Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rest days

I was going to run today, but it's as cold as the moon outside and I just can't make myself get out there. Today is going to be a busy day, so I decided to double up tomorrow in the interest of having another rest day. But that's all the schedule juggling -- now I have to stick to the plan.

This is an easy week -- the schedule my coach gave me has two hard weeks and then an easier one.  I think the rest is just as important mentally as physically. After all that hard work last week, a 6:30 week feels so deliciously lazy.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Completed As Planned

TrainingPeaks (affiliate link), the app I use to plan and track my workouts, has a feature I just noticed. When I would record my workouts on the iPhone app, I was actually manually adding the time. But then I figured out that if I just clicked the "Completed As Planned" button at the top, it automatically filled in the time I had already allocated for the workout.

There is something so satisfying now about clicking that "Completed As Planned" button. It's not an exuberant, half-disbelieving, "I DID IT!!!"

It's a head nod.  Yeah, of course. "Completed As Planned." It makes me feel like the kind of person who just expects to achieve her goals.

By the way, I clicked that "Completed As Planned" button 11 times this week, for a total of 10 hours, 45 minutes, my biggest training week to date. Sure, some of those workouts were easy, but a lot of them were very hard. The last two today especially. I had to juggle things to make them work this week, and that meant stringing a lot of workouts together in one day. But despite the inevitable thoughts that I was tired and maybe should back off, I remembered how good it would feel to look at that whole week and think "Completed As Planned."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: I bought a TIM3 MACHIN3, and I love it

Note: I bought this product with my own money and was not asked to write a review. I just think it is really cool and wanted to share. 

No, it's not a Hot Tub Time Machine, but it's still kind of fun. I bought this updated rice cooker from Kickstarter. And yes, I had a rice cooker before, but just like the TIM3 MACHIN3 ad said, it always burnt the bottom of the rice, was hard to clean, and generally just was a waste of space and money.

This one is different, because it stops cooking and holds the rice at the perfect temperature for up to 12 hours. I made brown rice in it first, and it came out like that perfectly plump, beautiful rice you get at Chinese restaurants.  The next morning, I set it up so that I had steel-cut oats waiting for me for breakfast.

It's easy to make extras and have leftover grains ready, too, so this morning I just warmed my leftover oats in the microwave, and for dinner tonight we will have the leftovers of the brown rice with chicken.

I can't wait to try their quinoa recipe, which has a special toasting cycle.  They also said on their Facebook page that they would be posting recipes for other whole grains soon. I'm not sure I'd bother trying to make my own yogurt because I like the Greek kind.

Obviously, if you're following a Paleo plan, there's nothing to see here. It does also steam and work like a slow cooker, but there are much cheaper options for those functions. If, like me, you're someone who wants to substitute whole grains for than processed ones without spending a lot more time cooking, the TIM3 MACHIN3 might be for you. The Kickstarter campaign is over but it is now available for pre-order.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Biggest training week ever

Today was a big training day in what is my biggest training week to date. I'm so tired but also proud that I got through 3 hours and 34 minutes of workouts today.

I'm really amazed at what having a big goal has done for my training. I know that if I don't get the training hours in, I'll suffer on race day.

A little more than 41 hours down so far, with "only" about 417 hours more training to go.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blog recommendation: Better View of the Moon

One of my friends from my MFA in Poetry days just started a beautiful blog, Better View of The Moon. I suppose it's not surprising that she takes the mundane things I yammer on about and turns them into something larger and more crafted, as she has continued to work her poetry through motherhood, moves, and job changes. Unlike her, I have made several  halfhearted attempts at book manuscripts and stopped when the writing got difficult. She would say the problem is in my butt.

I almost wasn't going to share because I'm a little jealous. But her work is definitely worth reading, so I hope you will take a look. She writes about struggles I find familiar, like the impossibility of shopping for vintage clothes as a plus-sized woman:
And more writerly things, like the fact that literary magazines seem to think that motherhood is completely unworthy of poetry:

Anyway, stop by and leave an encouraging comment if you enjoy her work. I'm pretty sure that you will.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Mad Men" is my oracle

In preparation for the long-awaited final season of Mad Men this spring (still no release date available), I have been re-watching all the episodes.  I had forgotten about how powerful the moment was when Peggy finally tells Don she's leaving the agency. It brought tears to my eyes.

I got my first job at 16, so I have had a lot of last days, but I'm not sure any were as emotional as this.

I love the moment when Peggy is stepping forward into the elevator and suddenly realizes she's excited about starting something new.

Are you Mad for Mad Men like I am?

"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07