Mystic Art Fest!

The other day someone asked me what I do when I have to run in the heat.  Being the wiseacre that I am I replied “I sweat”.  Helpful?  Probably not, but in reality it is in fact good advice.  If you are running in the heat make sure you don’t stop sweating.  It has happened to me a couple of times.  I was running along feeling good and all of a sudden I realized I had stopped sweating.  So I STOPPED RUNNING!  Our bodies use sweat as a cooling mechanism.  In order to sweat we need to be properly hydrated.  It is possible that when I stopped sweating while running my body had run out of hydration to pump out and cool me down.  I am still waiting for someone to set up a water station for me when I run around my neighborhood, but in the meantime I am learning to carry my own fluids.  It’s kind of a drag to have to haul around 20 – 30 ounces of water or Gatorade but if it keeps me moving it is SO worth it.  Remember, we sweat to keep the skin cool, if we stop sweating we are risking overheating and that can be downright dangerous!

Run Strong, Run Safe!

As a girl with curves, it is not always easy to find running gear (particularly shorts) that not only fit well, but are comfortable AND have at least one decent pocket.  That is why I am excited about my new “Happy Puppies” running shorts.

What do you call one Flip Flop? A Flip or a Flop?
What do you call one Flip Flop? A Flip or a Flop?

These are the “Mandy” style which is long enough to prevent that dreaded chaffing while still being SHORTS.  And check out those pockets, TWO of them!  You never know when you are going to need to carry your giant phone and flip flops on a run!

“Happy Puppies” is a really cool company that does good things.  Check out their website.

http://happy-puppies.myshopify.com/collections/shorts-pants

Note: I am not a spokesperson for “Happy Puppies”, I just really dig them!

Christine, Joey and I found our way to Mystic on Saturday for the annual Art Festival.

So much fun!
So much fun!

When I was growing up my family had a cottage in Mystic and that is where I spent my summers.  Plodding around town brought back many happy memories.

Perfection!
Perfection!

We stopped and watched a silkscreen demonstration.  Have you ever seen this, it is so cool.  This is how they made those nifty marbled papers on the inside covers of books back in the day.  Now the technique is used to make beautiful, unique scarves.

First, add the oil paint to the water.
First, add the oil paint to the water.

Next the paint is manipulated, swirled, pulled, etc using either a metal rake-like tool or a simple pointy stick.  This lady used the pointy stick for her design.

The silk is placed on top of the water and paint for a couple seconds.
The silk is placed on top of the water and paint for a couple seconds.

Then it is pulled out and wrung out in a bucket of water.

See the bucket?
See the bucket?

Now the piece is complete and you have a one of a kind scarf!

Smile lady, this is for my blog!
Smile lady, this is for my blog!

The entire process is a little hypnotic to watch.  Let’s go back next year and make a scarf together…start thinking about colors!

There were SO MANY incredible artists at the festival, I am still smiling.  I snapped this picture walking by the Alpaca booth.  I wish I had stopped to inspect more closely.  I find Alpacas slightly fascinating.

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The “Dryer Lint Balls” what?!

Now I am off to meet Jenn at the track.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for stopping by!

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No Timing No Track

I always get super excited about races when I am sitting at my desk, or driving, or basically doing anything other than running.  I have high…SOARING expectations about what I can accomplish.  This week I learned that my friend Lynn is going to run a 5K at the end of the month.  So after not running, or even working out for a month until a few days ago, of course I am all over running it with her!  I have three weeks to get ready…doing it!

I think I can...I think I can....I KNOW I CAN!
I think I can…I think I can….I KNOW I CAN!

Along the same lines of lofty goals, I also REALLY want to run the “Surftown Half Marathon” in 2016.  I have never run a Half but I know, sitting here typing that I can definitely do it!  Will you come and cheer me on?  Pretty please?

Whooo Hoooo!!!!
Whooo Hoooo!!!!

On Monday afternoon I found myself cruising down the sidewalk.  The comeback has begun!  I purposely chose NOT to strap on any timing or GPS devices.  I simply wanted to get back out there and that is exactly what I did.

All day I had planned to drive over to the track so that I could just coast around at my own pace and know that when I wanted to stop I would be able to.  However, as soon as I pulled into the garage after work Phil tucked his car in right behind mine.  He was making new floor mats and wanted to be under cover.  Rather than bugging him by asking him to move his car I changed plans and ran out of the driveway.  The best part about running from home is that I start on a gradual downhill.  The worst part about running from home is that I end on a gradual uphill.  Of course come race day I am thankful for all of those uphill’s that I have trained on.  Maybe I need to reclassify those uphill’s as “best” instead of “worst”….maybe…I’ll sleep on it.

Not having a timing device with me I had no idea of my pace.  I felt like I was flying!  Still, I did get winded, and very very warm before the end of the street.  I know that from my house to the corner is slightly farther than half a mile so I pushed myself to not stop until then.  Whew, made it.  Then I let myself walk about 20 or 30 seconds before shifting back into high gear.  I ran another half mile then let myself walk again.  This was where I turned around and headed for home.  By now the sun was beating on me and I was crazy hot!  I really don’t understand why no one will set up a water station for me…rude! I made the management decision of taking it easy on the mile back home.  I ran/walked but still felt like I was pushing myself .  The cool part about returning to running, or I guess any sport, after a long period of time is that you can do it at your own pace.  It is acceptable to stop and walk if you get really tired/hot/thirsty/feel like dancing/whatever.

Do you hear the music?
Do you hear the music?

Then it was Thursday and Phil and I were off to dinner at Metro Bis in Simsbury with his Mom and the Kids.

Awwwww.......
Awwwww…….

The food was yummy.  Phil’s Mom suggested we order apps and dessert and skip the entree…Brilliant!  I had the crispy lobster ravioli and Pecan Pie with Vanilla ice cream.

mmmmmm..........
mmmmmm……….

Even the coffee was good.

When Wednesday rolled around I was determined to get to the track after work.  I really wanted to just run some intervals at my own pace and have the option of stopping when I needed/wanted to.  Once again Phil pulled his car in right behind mine!  I was taken aback because I had told him (more than once) that I was planning to head to the track.  The problem was that the landlord’s son was spreading gravel in the driveway and Phil had just washed his car and he didn’t want it covered in gravel dust…sigh.  When it comes to his vehicles my husband has blinders on, but that’s okay.  So once again I found myself pounding down the sidewalk.  I revisited that same two miles but this time I managed to lengthen the running intervals a little bit.  Progress!  I see you Old Wethersfield 5K!

http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/Events/Old_Wethersfield_5K___10K.htm

Bonk wants to know if you chew your socks too?

Weirdo
Weirdo
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Black and Tan

I am back on the move and feeling good!  That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!  Yesterday I got myself over to Just Results (gym) for an early morning spin class.

My Gang
My Gang

This was the first workout that I was going to attempt in about a month and I was nervous.  We started right on time….thank you.  The lights went out and we were off!  As we moved through the different exercises…climbing….climbing I felt my breathing and heart rate increase, so far so good.    After a while I thought, we must be almost done and I looked at the clock.  btw, NEVER look at the clock!  You guessed it, we were only 15 minutes in.  ugh! During one particularly strenuous climb, (well it was for me) I felt something wet run from the corner of my eye down my cheek.  Was that a tear?!  There’s no crying in spinning!!  But no, just sweat, it was still good. 🙂 Then, just when I felt like I was going to explode and fall off my bike a blast of AC came wafting through the room.  Ahhhhhhhh……  I can do this.  As we all know, what goes up, must come down.  This is the part of the class where we have reached the summit and get to ride back down.  No, we did not coast, I can’t believe you thought that!  We SPRINT fast, fast and faster.  There are different exercises to add variety (in the saddle….out of the saddle…etc.) but on the whole we were peddling like we were being chased by zombies.  Then we were done, we stretched and wiped down our bikes and headed home.

Until next time.
Until next time.

As I was leaving the instructor said to me, I hope you come back.  Yes, yes I will! When I drove out of the parking lot someone from class who I see at the gym from time to time but has never acknowledged me actually waved….to me!  I guess I passed 🙂

Every year when my peeps and I go cruising my buddy Bill and I find at least one day to enjoy a couple of Black and Tans.

Man that looks good!
Man that looks good!

Have you seen THIS?

I'm talking to you
I’m talking to you “Cruise Peeps”!

Now we can ALL enjoy a black and tan!

Half Chocolate and Half Salted Caramel.....yes please!
Half Chocolate and Half Salted Caramel…..yes please!

What’s better than ice cream?  Watermelon!  This beauty followed me home yesterday.

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I thought about trying to go for a short run today but I really need to be smart about returning to my activities.  I DO NOT want to wind up benched again.  Instead I think I will plan to save the running for tomorrow and I will simply read about it today.

I can do hard things.
I can do hard things.

Enjoy your day, thanks for stopping by.

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