Migraine Wednesday

December 6, 2012

Short post today. I’m still dealing with the residual effects of a massive migraine I had last night, so my head is a little fuzzy. The worst part is over, but I still feel like I have a tight rubber band wrapped around my head. Does that happen to anyone else?

Migraines really do suck. What sucks even worse is I know what causes them, but there’s not a whole hell of a lot I can do (or am willing to do) to change that, so I just have to deal with them for the time being.

Sigh. Anyway.

I ran my 5 miles yesterday. They were fine. I only made it a mile and half before I switched to speed intervals to combat treadmill boredom, but I still finished them with about a 10 minute pace, so I was happy.

I’m gonna try workout two of phase one of NROLFW today, but I’m still not feeling 100% so I might skip it. Lifting heavy weights is quite possibly the worst thing I can do when I’m dealing with a migraine. So, I’ll keep you guys posted.

We’re making attempt #4 to see Argo tonight. Here’s hoping we make it โ€” it’s not going to be in the theaters much longer. I have high hopes for tonight, though.

I’m working from home tomorrow, and then we’re getting our Christmas tree on Saturday. I’m excited to finally be in a place where one fits!

Wow โ€” reading back through this post, I sound like I’m talking in a complete monotone voice. That’s about how I feel right about now. (Minus the errant exclamation point at the end of my Christmas tree sentence. Who wouldn’t be super excited for that?)

Anyway, happy Thursday! I’ll try to have a little more life in me the next post.

Meh.

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Behold! My Dining Table!

November 29, 2012

So apparently I need to post these blog posts on my personal Facebook profile instead of AHSOM’s FB page to get you people to read? I had the highest amount of views yesterday that I’ve had in a long time. (The most since this post, my most popular post ever.)

What the eff, you guys! Like AHSOM’s FB page damn it!

Pretty please? ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, first things first. Yesterday’s run.

It was….meh. I did 4 miles. Technically yesterday called for 5 according to my plan. But since I had to jump ahead to week 4 when really I feel like I’m at week 1 (which would have called for 3), I figured 4 miles was a good compromise.

Oh who the hell am I kidding? I cut my run short because my legs were sore from Shoddy Lifting Tuesday.

2 sets of 8 squats made me so sore that every step felt like burning knives cutting into my legs.

There. I said it.

Go ahead and judge โ€” I deserve it.

And now, let’s move on to what you’ve all really come here for. A picture of my Glorious Dining Table.

Actually, most of you have already seen it on my personal FB page, but I’m going to show it to you again. Without further delay:

(Confession: I was going to write “without further ado”, but I didn’t know if I was supposed to spell it “ado” or “adieu”, and instead of trying to figure it out, I decided to just use a different word.)

Anyway, behold:

Another angle:

I really love the look of it. I think it pulls the room together perfectly.

However, I gotta say– the table is a little scratched up, I suspect from the shipping process.

I was fully prepared for some damage, since I read the reviews on overstock.com. And I figured for the price of the table, we were going to get what we paid for.

There are lots of little scratches on it, and a few larger chips. (I colored them in with a sharpie.) The worst damage is the long crack that runs down one side of the table.

All of the damage isn’t really noticeable from afar, and not even that bad up close. Not bad enough for me to go through the hassle of returning it.

And since it’s just me and Joe, it’s not like it’s going to get a ton of use and abuse. So, it’s fine to keep. I will, however, be calling o.co to see about some sort of discount for the damage.

So, that’s my dining story. All in all, I’m happy with it, and so happy to finally have a place to sit if we have more than two people eating. YAY!

Now, if I can just get a certain someone to move this bookcase…

Ahem…

Happy Thursday ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s post will be short and sweet.

Just checking in to say, even though yesterday’s workout was shoddy, I’m sore today.

30 minutes of lifting and I’m sore.

Oh my, how I’ve fallen off the wagon.

I’m heading down to the gym in about 10 minutes for my planned 5 miler. Here’s hoping my legs hold up after my 2 sets of 8 squats yesterday.

Seriously?!?!

Stupid strength training.

PS- Is that really how you spell “shoddy”?

PPS- My dining table got delivered last night! Expect a picture of the glorious bastard tomorrow.

Shoddy Workout

November 27, 2012

I. Effing. Hate. Lifting.

Hate it. With a capital HATE.

My half marathon program means my current running days are Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays/Saturdays, meaning Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “strength training” days.

I did my 3 miles yesterday (more on that in a sec) and felt fine. Not as awesome as I did on Saturday, but as good as I could feel for a Monday.

But I knew today was going to be a struggle. Tuesday’s in general are hard for me because I have a standing 10am meeting with my managing editor, meaning my usual 10am workout doesn’t happen. And we all know how much I love keeping to a schedule, so normally, the gym doesn’t happen.

But, you guys, I need to get back on track, which means I’ll do best if I follow a program, and my program calls for lifting on Tuesdays.

Fine.

My meeting ran short today, so I was back at my desk around 10:30. This gave me only about 45 minutes total (that includes changing) to get my booty to the gym. I originally half-heartedly told myself that I’d go after work, but, yeah, no. There’s no way in hell that’s happening today.

So I pouted (legit pouted), put my away status up on my work IM, and made my way down to the gym.

It wasn’t pretty. At all.

My shoulder hurts. I haven’t lifted in a few weeks. And my lack of enthusiasm wasn’t helping me any.

But, I made the most of my 30 minutes I actually had on the gym floor and did a circuit. A really weak circuit, but a circuit.

Warm up/Stretching (I’m too lazy to list everything I did, but it included ankle/knee rolls, and some back and side lunges)

2 rounds of:

Barbell squats: 8 reps with 40 lb bar

Medicine ball slams: 15 reps with 12 lb ball

2 rounds of:

Overhead press: 8 reps with 15lbs DB

Push Ups

2 rounds of:

Stability ball sit ups: 15

Standing side crunches: 10 each side w/ 12 kg KB

Loads of stretching/foam rolling.

I felt awful, and even worse, I’m going to be sore tomorrow which means I’m not lifting enough which means I need to be doing a lot more of it.

Which means I’ll be grumpy Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Harumph.

Tomorrow, I run 5 miles.

I realized that my plan is a 16 week plan, but the half marathon we want to do is less than 16 weeks away, so I need to start a few weeks into my program. It’s not a huge deal– I’ve been running enough that I should be able to handle it.

Until then, I’m going to go dread Thursday.

Arg. Lifting. Seriously. I hate you.

Does anybody have any helpful advice to get over this horrible lifting slump I’m in? Short of hiring a personal trainer (which I can’t afford), I don’t see myself finding any sort of motivation to do it.ย  Help!

Long Weekend Recap

November 26, 2012

It was, without a doubt, a perfect weekend.

We went down to my parents house for Thanksgiving early Thursday, came back Friday, and then the rest of the weekend was the perfect mix of laziness/umm…not-laziness (?)

First things first, all I wanted (read: needed) to do on Saturday was go for a nice long run.

Last week kind of sucked (for lack of a better word) in the exercise department. We ran a 5 mile road race last Sunday, and I managed 5 miles on Tuesday, but that was it. Nary a dumbbell to be found.

So Saturday, I decided to put lifting on hold (again) in favor or a 6.33 mile run on the treadmill.

Yes. 6.33. I like exact numbers. ๐Ÿ™‚

And I felt awesome! It was a nice surprise considering my past couple runs haven’t been my best.

Today starts my half marathon training (gasp!), so my mileage is actually going to go down for the next couple of weeks. At leastย  it’ll give me a chance to start pumping some iron again.

I’m flabby, you guys.

On the bright side, my 3 mile run today will hopefully fly by, since I’ve gotten used to the longer distances. We’ll see!

Anywho, the rest of the weekend consisted of a trip to Home Depot for screws and spray paint for a long overdue project.

The screws were to put together a little table my mom gave me that was missing its hardware package.

Even after asking for help, I still managed to get all the wrong screws. I didn’t realize this until I got home, and since I was way too lazy to go back out, I assembled the table with the random screws I could scrounge up at home. It looks pretty good, as long as you don’t look too close. See?

Ohhhh, festive!

This photo makes my walls look very, very bland. Which they kind of are, but this little table actually looks pretty cute where it is. You’ll all have to come over to see it in person ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some more Christmas decorations:

And the weekend was rounded out with some of this:

All hail egg nog season!

That’s Hood Golden Egg Nog, to be exact. My boyfriend is an egg nog snob and will not drink anything else. True story.

Anyway, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Happy Moan-day!

Mid-Week Slump

October 24, 2012

There’s something about Wednesday’s that always make me tired.

On the one hand, the week is halfway over. But on the other, I still have 2 more wake-ups before the weekend.

Sigh.

On the bright side, my boyfriend had a meeting in town early this morning, so he offered to give me a ride.

Um, yes please! The bus and T don’t have heated seats and Opie and Anthony.

Where he dropped me off meant I could walk through the Common on my way to work. But while my little morning stroll was really nice, seeing the park preparing for winter made me a little nostalgic for summer.

Great. This is gonna be a long winter, folks.

The park is still pretty in the fall, though. At the risk of looking like a seriously nerdy tourist, I snapped a few pics:

But my question of the day is, have any of you ever seen a black squirrel?

Black squirrel? Or rat with really fluffy tail?

I’m obviously having lots of deep thoughts today.

Anywho…

I’ve got a run planned for this morning. I don’t really have a distance in mind, I just need to get my legs moving. I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday, due to meetings during the day and plans last night, so needless to day, I’m looking forward to working up a good sweat.

Wish me luck!

No Longer Sham-Less

October 18, 2012

When I woke up yesterday morning, I had told myself I was going to take the day off from the gym. My poor aching muscles needed a break.

But you know what makes poor aching muscles feel better? Moving and using them!

Don’t get me wrong– sometimes your body really does need a break. But what I needed was to get my blood pumping and my muscles warmed up.

All I could eke out was 10 miles (~30 minutes)ย  on the stationary bike and a boatload of stretching, but man-o-man do I feel better.

I haven’t ridden the stationary bike in I don’t even know how long. Typically, I do the “random hill climb” setting at level 13.

It wasn’t my prettiest (or most intense) workout of my life, but it was just what I needed.

Forcing myself to workout FTW ๐Ÿ™‚

Alllsssooo….

Look-y here! My pillow shams came in!

You know you’re old when pillow shams make your heart flutter.

…………………..

Speaking of shams, my boyfriend is out of town for a few days for work.

Yeah, that didn’t make any sense at all. Bad segue. My apologies.

Anyway, with him away, it means I can X.

Don’t worry, it’s totally G-rated. (My parents read this blog, you guys! Sheesh.)

Definition of X’ing: Lay in the center of the bed, with your arms and legs spread out in the shape of an X. Use as much of the bed as possible. In my case, I can reach both sides if I really stretch out.

Stay in said position all night.

If X’ing doesn’t strike my fancy, sometimes I use the entire comforter to wrap myself up like a burrito, and use all the pillows by makingย  a little pillow fort around myself. It’s fluffy and womb-like.

Hey, a girl’s gotta take advantage!

Anyone else out there do this? Please say yes.

Because it’s totally normal, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve got dinner plans with a friend tonight, so I’ll be running my planned 5 miler on the treadmill at the gym.

Don’t worry. I left the Vibrams at home and will be rocking the Puma’s for this run. I don’t want to offend my fellow treadmillers with the stench. (Yes. It has returned.)

Happy Thursday!