Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Friday, February 12, 2016

Looking Forward to Valentine's Day

Still plugging away at this running stuff. Yesterday I ran a mile to the gym, did a few yasso's on the treadmill and ran back to work, for a total of 4 miles, about a 12:30 minute pace. Really that's not that bad (for me). 
I just hate that running is so hard. I'm always seeing other runners just gliding over the sidewalk all gazelle-like and I am clumsily lumbering along all clod-like. Gaaaaaaah. 
 Afterwards, I had to run out to pick up Valentine's day goodies for the Puff! She made me one proud mama when she suggested that she should bring CUTIES to her class's Valentine's Day exchange! Wow, that is so perfect, cuz THERE'S NO TRASH!!! The kid is brilliant.
I picked up 33 cuties for her to give to each classmate. She will undoubtedly bring home a enormous bag full of candy trash, but that's a problem for another day. 

This is my valentine right here. 
 And pizza too, sometimes. Too many times. 

But most of all, I'm looking forward to this for Valentines Day: 

Tomorrow is our first 5K of the year, Big 5K at Dodger Stadium. I'm excited about the race and even more excited to be at Dodger Stadium again! I'm gonna take LOTS of pictures!! 

Have a LOVE-ly Valentine's Weekend!





Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Still Slumping

The slump continues. I'm still not feeling great about running, but now I really think it's more mental than anything else. 
Because looking back at a few of my past results, I'm really not at all slower than I've been in the last several weeks. I'm just not having too much fun running right now. 

 But I AM having too much fun not running.

Yesterday, my coworkers and I celebrated Fat Tuesday as we always do, with a King's Cake from Randazzo's. It was cinnamonny, yeasty and delicious. I'm not sure what kind of crack they use in their frosting but it is the most addicting thing. 
 
After work, we continued our Fat Tuesday festivities with some bowling and lots of really bad food.  We ended up hitting 3 different restaurants/happy hours before the night was through. #partylikeits1999
After all that indulgence I am more than glad I am still getting my runs in even though they aren't so much fun. 

Just to throw things off even more, the weather is crazy around here lately. It is totally shorts weather (upper 80's) and I'm A LOT sad about that. 
Baring my legs in public in the middle of winter meant that I was in desperate need of lotion creme for my skin. Of course, I couldn't just run to the store to buy the stuff in plastic bottles. 

So, this week I made up a batch of homemade lotion and it turned out great! I've used this recipe plenty of times before, when I wasn't being lazy using the store-bought stuff. I adapted the recipe from here,, it's the best one I've come across out on the interwebs and once again I was super pleased with it! 

HOME MADE LOTION
Ingredients:

4 TBSP grated beeswax

4 TBSP coconut oil

1 cup of another type of oil or mixture of oils that totals 1 cup (olive, sweet almond, grapeseed, walnut, etc). for this batch I used 1/3 cup each of olive, grapeseed and avocado oils. 

8 TBSP water

Ylang ylang essential oil for scent (or other scented essential oil)

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. When the wax is almost completely melted, add the coconut oil 

Once the coconut oil is melted, remove the pot from the heat and add the rest of the oil while blending with a whisk or immersion blender. The oil will start to solidify though it will still be somewhat runny. 
Once the oil is incorporated, slowly add the water. The lotion will solidify a bit more once the water starts to cool the wax. This is also where I add drops of ylang ylang to give the lotion a great scent. Next time I'm thinking of trying lavendar oil just to mix it up.  
Pour lotion into a jar (about 16 oz) to cool where it will set up even further. Each batch has turned out a little bit differently for me, depending on the oils I used. 
This jar should last me a couple of months if I'm using it daily. A little goes a very long way. 

Total time, about 20 minutes. Total landfill waste, 0.