Saturday, July 5, 2014

May / June Catch Up

I actually had a May numbers post in draft but never finished it.  June got busy & now it is already July.  Training was been a bit off this Spring.  I had a terrible time with allergies & colds/flu & then June brought a work trip to Europe.  So here I am just after 4th of July wondering where the heck the first half of the year went & trying to catch up on the last couple of months.

The first half of May was great.  The weather was awesome.  I was getting in some good workouts - evening adding some bricks (bike + run workout) to the weekly schedule.  Ruth & I ran our first trail run of the season at Raven Run.  Love, love these - I want to try to do 1 trail run a month.  So good for my soul.

Raven Run - KY River in background - nice floater
I ran in two 5Ks in May.  It was really the tale of two 5Ks - I ran the Derby Day 5K on May 3rd & The Run for the Nun on 5/31.   I placed 2nd in my age group at the Derby Day Stakes 5K.  The Run for the Nun was pretty rough though.  I probably shouldn't have run it since I was still fighting a nasty cold but I took it super easy.  I kept my breathing really easy & walked up the 3 big hills.  I ended up with a PW - Personal Worst.  No biggie - I rewarded myself with a Magee's breakfast afterwards so it was all good!  Also, I took not one but two naps post race & breakfast.  It's not everyday you can say you took 2 naps - awesome!

2nd in Age Group
Run for the Nun - Saturday Morning Coffee Run Club

May Numbers

Swim: Goal - 15,000 Yards, Actual - 11,600 yards
Bike: Goal - 100 miles, Actual - 46.15 miles
Run: Goal - 44 miles, Actual - 27.95 miles
Walk: Goal - 0 miles, Actual - 26.76 miles
Weights/TRX: Goal - 4 sessions, Actual - 2
Yoga/Pilates: Goal - 2 sessions, Actual - 0
Races: Goal - 2, Actual -  2 - Derby Day Stakes 5K (5/3) & Run for the Nun 5K (5/31)

June was better - no colds, allergies were mostly gone I just had work get in the way.  Although an all expense trip to Europe wasn't too shabby.  The purpose was to get to the bottom of some customer issues that we were not able to reproduce in the lab but we did get some fun sightseeing in as well.  It was a whirlwind of a trip.  

June Race - Well, it was really a 27 Hour Relay. I like to call it more of a tailgating event with a few physical activities occasionally thrown in.  I have written some posts in the past about this awesome event Paula puts on every year - check them out HERE & HERE.  The weather was absolutely perfect again this year.  This year the event followed the same format - 2.5 hours of swimming, 12.5 hours of biking & 12 hours of running.  Our team divvied up the times so I ended up swimming for 25 minutes, biking for 1.5 hours & running for 1.5 hours.  

Beautiful Sunrise
2nd Year Clark has Sponsored the Event 
Team Tailgating Setups 
Tent City 
Smiley's Annex at the Finish
New Chiropractor - I started seeing a new Chiropractor in June.  He has done a lot of work with the local TNT chapter & quite a few friends are patients so I figured I would give it another shot.  My hip hasn't been terrible but it isn't good either.  I think the only reason why my hip has been as good as it has been is because my total numbers are way off for the season.  (Hey - I just found one good thing about not achieving my goals - minimal hip pain!)   

So far I am digging his approach.  One big issue is that my glutes are not firing properly.  What I like about his approach is that instead of giving me 4,001 exercises like past PT's have done he has given me 3.  Glute squeeze, glute bridge & clamshells.  Prior to going I was doing walking lunges, squats, etc but these are too advanced for my non-firing glutes.  What I needed was to go back to the very basics. Stay tuned - More to come on this.

European Vacation, er, I mean Business Trip - This was the Facebook post I wrote as I sat waiting for my beer the night before we flew home - '8 nights, 5 hotels, 3 countries, 3 Lexmark offices, 17 hours of flight time, 19 hours traveling by car, 5 hours on a train to make 5 customer visits. Even though I am exhausted & ready to come home understanding the customer's problem that we could not reproduce in the lab makes it all worthwhile!'  

We covered some serious ground in those 8 days.  We started in Germany where we did 3 customer visits & had a day off to explore Stuttgart. We then headed to Belgium where we spent the weekend.  After a couple days in Brussels we then drove to the Netherlands for 2 more customer visits prior to heading home.  This trip really deserves it's own post but a bunch of pictures will have to suffice.

Mercedes Benz Museum - Highly recommend if you ever get the chance
Mercedes Benz Museum - Stuttgart, Germany
Mercedes Benz Museum  - Stuttgart, Germany
This train went on forever - Brand new Cayenne's, Jeeps, Audi's & Mercedes - Stuttgart, Germany
Run in Stuttgart in front of New Palace built in the mid 1700's and then reconstructed after WWII
Outside hotel window in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Best freakin' crepes EVER
Brussels, Belgium
Tiny Cave Town in Belgium
Grottes de Han - Belgium

Our co-worker invited us to a BBQ for a singing group they are in

The guys turn
Where I ran in Brussels
Brussels, Belgium

Musical Instrument Museum - Brussels

Adolf Sax - 200 Year Exhibit

Grand Place - Brussels
Elvis Style - Can't believe we missed the actual fountain!  Just right around the corner - doh! 
Grand Place - It takes your breath away
En route to Zwolle, Netherlands

View out hotel window in Zwolle, Netherlands
Zwolle, Netherlands 
De Librije - The restaurant we wanted to eat at but was closed on Monday's 
The driver & his fancy car who picked us up to go to the sister restaurant
Amazing meal at Librije Zusje - 2 Michelin Stars
Amazing meal at Librije Zusje - 2 Michelin Stars
Where I ran in Amsterdam.  Bike trails are all over the Netherlands.  I want to go back & ride my bike!

One bummer about being in Europe was that I missed the 2 year birthday of the West 6th Run/Walk Club.  Fortunately, my husband is awesome & made sure I was in the picture along with a couple other buddies who were out of town.  

Dewayne, Me & Tommy
Where's Andrea?  3 Way Racing Photo
June Numbers

Swim: Goal - 15,000 Yards, Actual - 9064 yards
Bike: Goal - 100 miles, Actual - 43.96 miles
Run: Goal - 44 miles, Actual - 37.97 miles
Walk: Goal - 0 miles, Actual - 22.79 miles
Weights/TRX: Goal - June Arms ChallengeActual - 12 of 30 days of the June Arms Challenge
Yoga/Pilates: Goal - 2 sessions, Actual - 1
Races: Goal - 1, Actual 1 - Well not really a race but a 27 hour triathlon relay

Mid Year Mileage Tally

Swim: Goal - 176,000 Yards, Actual - 73614 yards
Bike: Goal - 1000 miles, Actual - 365 miles
Run: Goal - 500 miles, Actual - 214 miles
Walk: Goal - 0 miles, Actual - 140 miles
TOTAL: Goal - 1,600 miles, Actual - 762 miles

I am off on all my goals.  The bike miles will be easy to make up but the run & swim miles will be tougher.  I have added a ton of walking since adopting Sammie in January so that is why the run miles are down.  Once she gets to be a year old I am going to try to run with her more.  She is a super strong dog for how small she is.  I considered adjusting the goals but think I will just let them be & see what happens.  

Sammie - January 18, 2014 - ~4-5 Months old 
Sammie - July 5, 2014 - ~9-10 months old
July Goals

Swim: Goal - 15,000 Yards
Bike: Goal - 100 miles
Run: Goal - 44 miles
Walk: Goal - 0 miles
Weights/TRX: Goal - 4 sessions
Yoga/Pilates: Goal - 2 sessions
Races: Goal - 1, Asheville Sprint Triathlon with Audrey.  This will be a fun weekend!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bountiful Baskets - A Fruit & Veggie Co-Op

A few months ago Steve's running buddy Ben turned us on to a little known co-op called Bountiful Baskets.  It is a not for profit fruit & veggie co-op that eliminates the middle man - aka your local grocery store so you get more for less. A full explanation of the program can be found HERE.   Bountiful Baskets is available all across the county.  Search for a city near you HERE.

In a nutshell, every other Monday there are a limited number of baskets for pre-order.  A conventional basket is $15 plus a transport fee.  The first time you order there is a one time only $3 basket fee. You can order 3 baskets per person so you can split the processing fee with a couple of friends.   This is actually what I have been doing - ordering 3 shares & splitting it with 2-3 of my training buddies.

The baskets are split about 50/50 between fruits & vegetables.   Each week they have extras that can be added on.  Extras are different every time but in the past they have offered flats of strawberries, blueberries, grill packs, juice packs, etc.  Also, they offer different types of breads.  The breads are really good but they need to be either eaten within a few days, refrigerated or frozen because they don't have all the crap in them that keeps them from never going bad.  Have you ever noticed how long the typical grocery store hot dog bun will stay 'good' on your counter?  It kind of freaks me out.

The co-op is volunteer run which means every 6 or so orders it is good karma to show up an hour early to help unload the truck & fill the baskets. Be advised it is hard work!  For volunteering you are rewarded with an extra goodie in your basket & first pick of the baskets.  All produce is equally divided amongst all the baskets & then the extras are also equally divided to the baskets.

The Bountiful Basket Delivery Truck
Unloading the Goods
The Baskets - 1 veggie & 1 fruit
Below are the goodies from an early March basket order.  Included in this share are:
  • 3 heads of green leaf lettuce (1 was for volunteering)
  • 3 heads of bok choy
  • 1 thing of celery
  • 3 red peppers
  • 1 - 5lb bag of potatoes
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 4 bananas
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 7 pears
  • 20 lemons
Early March Conventional Basket
Bountiful Salad

To date I have participated in 6 orders.  I have even introduced a few of my training buddies to Bountiful Baskets as well.   Every share the produce is different so you can experiment with new things.  So far, I haven't wasted too much produce.  It helps we drink smoothies on a regular basis.  I will put just about anything into a smoothie these days - well, not onions or potatoes but definitely greens, carrots, celery, zucchini, etc.  If I can freeze something I will do that as well.  That is what I did with the 20 lemons order - I juiced them, put them in 1 cup containers & froze them.   I did have one batch of bananas that never ripened but other than that everything has been high quality.

Below are the goodies in the May 31st share:
  • 1.5 heads of broccoli
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 3 squash
  • 12 white onions (a few were extras from Ruth)
  • 1 pack of blackberries
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 6 green apples
  • 6 bananas
  • 1 bag of grapes
  • 2 orange peppers
This week in addition to the conventional basket I also ordered 1 flat of strawberries & 1 flat of blueberries.  The total for 1 conventional basket, 8 pounds of strawberries & 72 oz of blueberries was $47.  Pretty good deal plus we are guaranteed to eat a lot better!  I freeze most of the strawberries & blueberries to use in smoothies.  They do offer an all organic share for an additional $10.

May 31st Conventional Basket 
Bountiful Grill - Purple potatoes from a previous basket
Grilled Naan Bountiful Pizza
The national Bountiful Baskets has a Facebook page as well as at the state level.

National Bountiful Basket - HERE
Kentucky Bountiful Basket - HERE

When I first started ordering in March the baskets would sell out in about 2-4 hours.  Since then Lexington has grown to a double site - meaning they support around 200 orders.  I don't think they haven't sold out since making Lexington a double site.  I think it may be a combo of the weather being nicer & the farmers markets in full swing has slowed the ordering quite a bit.  Kentucky is trying to expand so they are trying to get the word out about this program.

The next ordering opportunity for Kentucky is Monday June 9th at 1PM.  The Lexington pick up site is at 5PM Saturday (next one is 6/14) on Southland drive.   If you eat a lot of fruits & veggies or if you want to start eating better this may be a great program for you.

Let me know if you have any questions & I will do my best to answer them.


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