Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chicago Bucket List

I want to be a tourist in Chicago for a while. I'm compiling a list of things I want to do when we finally have some time to explore. I will add to this as I get ideas and cross things off once they are done. Any suggestions? Send them my way!

  • Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field
  • Willis/Sears Tower
  • Millennium Park
  • Run the entire Lakeshore Trail
  • White Sox vs. Cubs game
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Lollapalooza
  • Second City comedy show
  • Chicago Theatre
  • Navy Pier
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • John Hancock building
  • North Avenue Beach
  • Wicker Park Fest
  • Shoreline Sightseeing tour
  • J. Parker
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Kayaking
  • And many more ...
I'm overwhelmed with the number of dining options in the city. I've seen a bunch of restaurants in my neighborhood that I want to check out as soon as we can. Again, please send me your recommendations.

I also am looking for a yoga studio in the northern part of the city, though I will travel for a good class. Namaste!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Marathon Training, Week 14

Our big move fell on Week 14. I had to skip my long run of 18 miles in order to begin our drive from Phoenix to Chicago at the end of Week 13. I hope to get back on track soon.

Monday: Finished the drive to Chicago.

Tuesday: Apartment hunting in Chicago. I was too exhausted to do much else.

Wednesday: I finally caught up on sleep. Yay! I did 37 minutes of yoga that afternoon, followed by more apartment hunting.

Thursday: 3.2-mile run on Lakeshore Trail. On Wednesday night I decided I would face my fears and drive Graham to work so I could go to the lake and run. The thought of driving in the city has scared me. I don't know where I'm going, what the speed limit is, or how to parallel park. After I left his work, I returned to our airbnb rental and considered going back to sleep. Instead I forced myself to change into my running clothes. Finding parking was easier than I thought it would be. I set off along the trail along with other runners. For 30 or so minutes I felt like I belonged. That was nice.

Friday: We found out that we couldn't pick up our belongings from the storage place over the weekend; we would have to move that day. We rented a U-Haul truck in Des Plaines, where our shipping containers were being held, and transferred our things from the containers into the truck. Then we drove during rush hour to our apartment to unload what we could before it got dark. I consider it my strength training because I had to help Graham lift our furniture and heavy boxes. We had no one else to help us.

Saturday: We had family drive into town from Louisville to help us finish moving. It was such a relief to A. see familiar faces and B. have a home. The only exercise I did was carry boxes up the stairs to our apartment. I felt as though I had done 200 pushups by the end of the day. The soreness persisted for the next day.

Sunday: Graham told me it was sleeting at one point, so my long run was out the window. I was going to skip it altogether, but I managed to get 2.65 miles in before dusk. The wind felt like it was holding me back. I will have to get used to running in this weather though as a Chicago resident.

Mileage: 5.85.

March mileage so far: 53.7.

#1800MinuteChallenge so far: 2,290.

I really want to get back on track with training during Week 15. I'm planning to do two more long runs (the longest being 20 miles) before I start tapering. Wish me luck!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Welcome to Chicago

On our second day in Chicago, it hit me how different our lives are going to be here. I broke down as I walked out of a grocery store. I didn't even know the name of the store (Jewel-Osco), but I know we didn't have a loyalty card there (We do now!). It's no Bashas'.

Graham has reminded me incessantly that we're going to be OK.

I'm sitting in an airbnb rental that was not what we thought it would be, but we're making the most of it. The heater warms the loft one degree a day, so maybe by the time we leave it will hit 65 degrees. The WiFi didn't work until the second day, after several emails to the owners via my phone. But it's dog-friendly!

We drove into the city to find 30-degree weather and snow on the ground. Welcome to Chicago in the spring! I knew it would be cold here, but I thought that I wouldn't see snow until later this year. Nope. Wrong. That was followed by some lake effect snow last night.

The good news is we found a home! We hope to move in this weekend, but we have a lot to do (surprise!) before then, including possibly renting a U-Haul truck because our street is too narrow to have our shipping containers delivered. That brings me to my first lesson in Chicago: Nothing is easy!

It's an adventure.

Apartment hunting was just that. We were limited in what we could rent because we have two dogs and one of them weighs 100 pounds. Anyone who knows Taylor would say she is the sweetest, friendliest dog, but when you mention that you have dogs people just say no.

Yesterday I mentioned to Graham that we are at the "wall" phase of a marathon. We are so close to the finish but we just have to push through those last several miles. It will feel so good once we are all moved in and can finally start living.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Marathon Training, Week 13

Moving across the country completely threw off my marathon training plans. I had little time for anything else but preparing for the move. Somehow we pulled off packing, selling, donating and shipping our things in a week and a half. I am proud of us. But I am so out of shape now thanks to road trip junk food and little exercise. I could really use a yoga session and a massage.

Monday: Going-away dinner at The Yard with friends. I'm going to miss them so much!

Tuesday: Going-away dinner with a friend at Postino on Central Avenue. As I walked to my car, I looked up to read just the sign I needed to see.

Wednesday: 2.8-mile run and packing. I couldn't sleep — the norm these days — so I ran at 7 a.m. (Early for me!) I don't know why, but lately I've been turning around during my out-and-backs too early, which is cutting my runs short. My motivation was renewed by a gift from my friend Ashley of Perfectley Peared. She sent tags to wear during my first marathon, and one is engraved with the date of the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. The other says "Never Give Up." So, I guess this means I can't back out now.

Thursday: I started the day with 10 minutes of yoga. That's all the exercise I had time for besides packing and loading all of our belongings into shipping containers.

Friday: We did more packing and cleaning. The only running I did was errands.

Saturday: 4.32-mile run before more errands and my sister's baby shower. It was an amazing celebration of my baby niece!

Sunday: Started the drive to Chicago. (More on that later!)

Weekly goal: 23 miles.

Actual mileage: 7.12 miles.

March mileage so far: 47.82.

#1800MinuteChallenge so far: 2,187.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CPR: A Skill I Never Want to Use

I became certified in CPR and first aid last week. When I walked into the class, the instructor asked, "Why do you want this certification?"

I'm glad you asked, sir. First, I think it's essential to have some knowledge of CPR. You never know when you might need to help someone. Also, I am certified to teach yoga, and I wanted the skill in case anything ever happened in class. Lastly, I have a baby niece and another on the way. I wanted to know infant CPR especially for any time I am near children and when I have my own.

Most of the class attendees had jobs in the health-care field, and this was not their first rodeo. I, on the other hand, had no knowledge of basic CPR and first aid. Most of the statistics the instructor discussed were new to me. For instance, for every minute that a person goes without CPR and defibrillation, the survival rate decreases by 10 percent. He also said that 85 percent of the time, chest compressions that people do are too shallow. He emphasized not being too afraid when performing CPR. We practiced how to use an AED, which seems pretty easy, and how to perform abdominal thrusts for choking. The most nerve-racking part of class for me, though, was infant CPR. Being involved in a situation in which an infant is in distress would likely be chaotic and emotional. I hope to never have to use these skills, but I'm glad I have more knowledge of them.

For CPR classes in your area, check out the American Heart Association website or your local parks and recreation page. I found my class through the city of Phoenix and it was run by a local firefighters union chapter. The money benefited local charities.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Marathon Training, Week 12

Last week was hectic. Graham and I made the decision to move to Chicago after receiving an official offer from his new employer. On top of that, my friend Charlsy was in town until Tuesday, and I wanted to squeeze in one more hangout before she left.

I'm not sure how our move will affect my ability to travel to Louisville to do the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. I wouldn't have to travel as far, but I'm not sure what Graham's schedule will be. I hope we can still make the trip.

Monday: Happy hour with my yoga friend as a belated birthday celebration and catch-up session and dessert with Charlsy. Absolutely no exercise.

Tuesday: I had a headache, so I did a little bit of yoga. By little I mean 10 minutes. I went to sleep at 9 p.m.

Wednesday: 2 miles before work. I had a long day ahead. I gave my notice at work, thinking I would be jobless soon in Chicago. Instead, my employer and I came to an agreement that I would work from home. After months of manifesting the idea, it finally came to fruition. I was so relieved and happy to see one of my manifestations come true. After work I attended a CPR/First Aid certification class. I signed up weeks ago when I was actively looking for yoga-teaching jobs. I'm glad I have this in my tool belt now in case I want to teach in Chicago.

Thursday: 45 minutes of yoga and extra core work.

Friday: My training on this day was walking around Lowe's for an hour and then packing for two hours. I believe I made my steps goal, but then my Garmin Vivosmart went dark and its screen wouldn't light up anymore. Bummer.

Saturday: I finally made it to Angie's power yoga class at Sutra. I have been signing up for this class every week, but every week I cancel because of plans, work or marathon training. I wanted to attend at least one more of her classes before we head to Chicago. I'm glad I made it. Her intention for the class was courage. She shared the Ernest Hemingway quote, "Courage is grace under pressure." This is my new mantra for the next month as we make our transition.

Physically, my yoga practice is not where it was a couple of months ago. I couldn't fully do a lot of the arm balances that I could formerly do. My handstand work has improved, though, and I can still do forearm balance. I can't remember the last time I was as sweaty as I was that Saturday morning.

Sunday: 15.5 miles. The goal was at least 17. I got a late start because I couldn't find my armband and get myself together in time. I left the house an hour later than I planned. The morning heated up quickly. I lost momentum and considered walking home. At 7.7 miles, I turned around to head back, somehow thinking I was at 8.7 miles. I realized a few miles later that I would be short, but I didn't care at that point. I just wanted to get home. I had a full bottle of water with me, which I finished at Mile 12. It was a long, hot final 3.5 miles. All I could think about was getting home to drink water. I was a tad emotional running on the canals for my last time in Phoenix before we move.

Weekly goal: 28 miles.

Actual mileage: 17.5.

March mileage so far: 40.7 miles.

#1800MinuteChallenge: 2,070 minutes so far.

Friday, March 13, 2015

What I'll Miss About Phoenix & Arizona

In less than two weeks we will leave Phoenix for Chicago. I plan to soak up every last minute in the city that has treated us well. I know we'll be back to visit — my family is here and so is our townhouse — but I've been thinking about the things I will miss about my hometown while we're away.

I'll miss my family and friends, of course.

I'll miss the period from late November until March or April when the weather is simply perfect.

I'll miss the purple, dark blue, gold, orange, pink and red sunsets.

I'll miss the clarity after a rainstorm washes away the dust.

I'll miss the excitement when a dust storm warning blows up our phones and we watch it roll in, blanketing us in darkness.

I'll miss being four hours from the nearest beach and six or seven hours from Southern California or Las Vegas.

I'll miss being within two or three hours of amazing camping spots.

I'll miss being a few miles from mountains to hike in the middle of the city.

I'll miss knowing where everything is.

I'll miss my favorite local restaurants.

I'll miss running on Murphy's Bridle Path and picking which house I'd love to buy someday.

I'll miss the palm trees. Especially seeing their silhouettes during sunsets.

I'll miss my studio, Sutra Midtown, where I first fell in love with yoga. I'll miss the yoga community I've been a part of here.

I'll miss being able to take outdoor yoga classes at the Clarendon, Hotel Palomar and Biltmore Fashion Park, among other places.

I'll miss the Grand Canyon. It's one of my favorite places.

I'll miss the view of the mountains from my office building's windows.

I'll miss going to as many spring training games as I can during March.

I'll miss my local sports teams.

I'll miss local races like the Phoenix Marathon and Pat's Run.

I'll miss being a six-hour nonstop flight from Hawaii.

I'll miss downtown Phoenix and seeing it evolve.

I'll miss the rare smell and feel of rain, and the clouds that are left behind.

I'll miss my centrally located neighborhood, which has a nice running path and lots of local restaurants and constantly has redevelopment projects popping up.

I'll miss being home when my good friends who have moved away come to visit.

I'll miss living in the townhouse we have called home for the past few years.

I'll miss wandering around the Phoenix Botanical Garden, especially during the luminaria days. We even got engaged there.

I'll miss going to the Phoenix Zoo with Graham.

Trust me, I could go on.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

We're Moving to Chicago

Be careful what you wish for.

In January I declared this the year of adventure. And now I know what our next one will be: Graham and I are moving to Chicago this month.

We have talked for a couple of years now about moving away from Phoenix, but our goal has always been to live near the Pacific Ocean. In the back of our minds, we had Chicago as an option if an opportunity arose in Graham's field, and that's exactly what happened. We know that it's a good detour along our journey.

I'm happy to support my husband in his career and am lucky enough to have an employer that will allow me to work remotely.

We don't have much time to prepare for our big move. My to-do list suddenly became overwhelming. But besides feeling a bit of stress about the quick move I am looking forward to exploring a new city and making a home there. I know I have a lot of growth ahead.

I hope you'll read along as I document our new life in Chicago.

Photo credit: Choose Chicago ®

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Training 2015: Salt River Fields and Camelback Ranch Glendale

My favorite time of the year is upon us.

For my first spring training game of the year I reunited with friends at Salt River Fields. The Chicago Cubs were playing the Colorado Rockies, according to my ticket stub. We watched perhaps one play and spent the rest of the time catching up and eating. Don't ask me who won.

Lawn tickets were $9 plus fees.

We checked out the food options around the stadium. It was a tough decision, but I ultimately chose a Pima taco without the beef. The stand had the shortest line and was next to the lawn.

Sunday's game was the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch Glendale. I was grateful to be sitting in an actual seat in the shady part of the stadium for a change. I spotted a familiar name in the lineup: Gerardo Parra was one of my favorite Diamondbacks. Seeing him play reminded me of some of the amazing moments I've witnessed at Chase Field over the past few years.

People watching

Before Sunday's game, as I waited for my mom, I couldn't help but overhear conversations. I counted four people on their phones with friends/family yelling "Where are you?" Confusion seemed to be common when it came to figuring out which gate to meet at. One woman mistakenly referred to her location as the "third base entrance" when it was the home plate gate. I also heard people complaining about the long walk from their parking spot to the gate. Maybe it's the eagerness to get into the ballpark to enjoy the game. I get it. But I remember thinking, "It's spring training, folks. Relax!"

Monday, March 9, 2015

Marathon Training, Week 11

Last week was about getting back on track with training. It's been a difficult couple of weeks in my personal life, but I'll write more on that later.

Monday: Mondays are typically rest days, though I had contemplated attending a Power Yoga class. Life got in the way.

Tuesday: I ran 4 miles: 3 miles at an easy pace and 1 mile slightly faster. I persisted through my soreness.

Wednesday: I wanted to take a power yoga class at Sutra. Again, I didn't make it. Instead I ran a mile as fast as I could, which turned out to be about 9:24 pace. Sometimes you need some blooms from your husband and a run to lift your mood.

Thursday: Happy hour with Charlsy! It felt marvelous to reunite with one of my best friends over nachos, a Mixed Berry margarita, salad and churros.

Friday: 1.2 miles. It was supposed to be 3.25 mile interval training. Personal problems drained me of any energy I had.

Saturday:  2 miles. It was 1 slow mile followed by as fast a mile as I could muster.

Sunday: 15 miles, my longest run ever (at once). I woke up as early as I could (7 a.m.), which made a difference. It wasn't as hot as it has been recently during my long runs. The only hiccup was a leak in my water bottle that caused me to lose about half of the water I took with me. I couldn't wait to get home to drink water. I had thought about running 16 miles, but without more water it just wasn't going to happen. I also had a spring training game to get to. I used KT tape for the first time on a long run, and it completely alleviated the pain in my right calf.

Week's goal: 29.25.

Actual mileage: 23.2.

March mileage so far: 23.2.

#1800MinuteChallenge so far: 1,708.


I am still feeling some tightness in my right calf. I was able to invest in a massage stick thanks to a gift card from my friend, and it has helped immensely. I need to force myself to stretch and practice yoga more. Having to skip or reduce miles has shown me that even just 1 mile is better than nothing.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: C. Booth Triple Action Wash and Alaffia Facial Cleanser

Yoga teacher training taught me about the potentially harmful ingredients used in everyday products. One of our instructors was a naturopathic physician who suggested we check what's in our products using the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database page on Environmental Working Group's website.  I've since tried to switch to products that are free of such chemicals. Some products were more effective than others. Deodorant, for instance, didn't work for me. I'm still on the quest for a natural deodorant that does its job.

Here are two recent purchases and my thoughts and findings on each:
  • C. Booth Triple Action Rosemary Mint Bath, Shower and Hair Wash: This was an impulse purchase. I saw the bottle and thought I would try it. The label says you can lather it into a shampoo or body wash or use it in the bath. I preferred to use it as a shampoo. The lather wasn't as sudsy as a typical shampoo but my hair felt smooth and clean. I didn't notice any residue. I didn't use it as a body wash because I prefer other scents. The price was not unreasonable, at about $7. The product label says it is free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum. A search in the EWG database shows it has a hazard rating of 9, however. Concerns include cancer, biochemical or cellular level changes, additive exposure sources, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) and data gaps.

  • Alaffia Rooibos & Shea Antioxidant Facial Cleanser: The wash had a nicer smell than a previous natural face wash I had used. It also had more of a lather, though still not as much as a non-natural wash. I have used a natural product before that dried out my skin, but I noticed that after one wash my face was smoother with this face wash. The package says it's for oily or combination skin. I didn't really see any improvement on my breakouts, though other factors may have contributed to that (stress). I may consider a different face wash from the same company in the future. Note: I didn't find this particular product in the Skin Deep database.

    Alaffia advocates for fair trade and empowerment. Its website says, "We encourage empowerment through our community projects, our women's cooperatives, and education and involvement in our customer communities. We firmly believe that the cooperation of people across the world is as essential part of building sustainability in all our communities." 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Rocky Point Spring Break Packing List

Spring break will be here faster than you can say margarita. The time to get your packing list together is now, folks. Our recent weekend trip to Rocky Point, Mexico, gave me plenty of ideas on what to throw in my suitcase for a beach getaway.

  • Bathing suit(s).
  • Beach towel.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Beach hat.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Camera/GoPro.
  • Cellphone charger.
  • Chapstick.
  • Passport and passport holder, if you have/need one.
  • Wristlet or small purse, if you have/need one.
  • Sandals.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Beach tote.
  • Outfits: Think shorts, crop tops, sundresses, but throw in a jacket for cooler nighttime weather. Guys can throw in shorts, T-shirts and some hats/caps for sun protection.
  • Toiletries and your toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. Pepto-Bismol and/or Tums. Your favorite over-the-counter medicine for headaches, just in case.
  • Optional: Water tight box to hold your valuables while on the beach. 
  • Optional: Yoga mat for oceanside yoga.
  • Optional: Running shoes if you want to get crazy and run on the beach. I wished I had brought mine on our recent trip.
Have a great time, amigos!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Free things to do in the Phoenix area

This blog began thanks to my desire to be a tourist in my own city. As a frugal explorer, I always appreciate advice on free or low-cost things to do. This post is an attempt to compile a list of such activities in my area. I hope to add to it regularly. Any more ideas on free things to do? Send them my way!

1. Check out the lawn games at the Yard.

2. Hike at one of the countless Valley trails.

3. Walk, run or ride your bike down Murphy's Bridle Path or the canals.

4. Check out what's going on at 200EVB during EVB Live.

5. Attend a free yoga class at Lululemon at the Biltmore on Sundays.

6. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesdays from 3-9 p.m. or during First Fridays.

7. Check out Scottsdale ArtWalk 7-9 p.m. Thursdays or First Friday in downtown Phoenix.

8. Drive to the top of South Mountain.

9. Stroll through the Japanese Friendship Garden.

10. Take a walk or run around Tempe Beach Park and on the pedestrian bridge.

11. Check out a Culture Pass at the library to get free admission to Valley museums.

Mesa Contemporary Arts

12. Attend Arizona Cardinals training camp during the summer.

13. Peruse one of the local farmers markets.

14. Attend a free ice-skating lesson Saturdays at AZ Ice Peoria. (This class can only be taken once and you should register in advance.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An Update on New Year's Goals

In a blur it has become March. Where did January and February go?

In the spirit of holding myself accountable, I'm checking in on my new year's goals/predictions. It's perfectly acceptable to adjust your expectations as the year goes on, but I'd like to show some commitment to my resolutions.

Here are my goals and how I've done up until now:
  • Run a marathon and run 500 miles.  I'm on Week 11 of training. I'm at more than 165 miles so far in 2015, which is almost the mileage I ran in all of 2014. I'd say I'm halfway there.
  • Move. We're getting closer. There are opportunities popping up. 
  • Volunteer more. I've volunteered once so far and am signed up for another opportunity this month.
  • Travel outside of the country and to (at least) one state I haven't been to yet. We have plans to visit Nashville, Tenn., when we travel to Louisville for my race, so that should check this one off. It would be nice to travel outside the country, but we don't have concrete plans yet.
  • Teach yoga again. I may have an audition in the coming weeks. I am also exploring teaching on my own.
  • Do a handstand away from a wall. I haven't been working on this lately. I hope to get back into yoga in the studio regularly, because that's where I have the support from the instructor that I need.
  • Work on a book. I'm at 10,000 words. I need to get back into it.
  • Completely unplug after dinner time. Fail. I try some nights, but it's hard to also work on promoting my blog, looking for yoga jobs, researching recipes, etc., without being on my phone.
  • Cook more. In January I tried meal planning, but I didn't keep up with it. Running has consumed my life lately, and I haven't devoted time to much else.
  • Work on my decision making. I think I've made progress.
How are your resolutions holding up?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Phoenix Half Marathon 2015 Recap

My alarm went off at 3:20 a.m. on Saturday to wake me up for the Phoenix Half Marathon.

I wasn't thrilled about my wake up time.

I needed to head to Courtney's house so we could leave by 4:15 a.m. as planned. I toasted bread and topped it with peanut butter and honey, but I had to put it in a plastic container and take it to go. In hindsight I should have set my alarm for 3.

We hit race traffic on the Loop 202 at Dobson, but we made it to the van pickup location by 4:45. Courtney had been kind enough to pick up our race packets on Friday, so I didn't get my hands on mine until we pulled up to the Mesa Riverview parking lot. It was there that we discovered we didn't have safety pins. We wouldn't be able to wear our bibs, which was a bummer. I ended up folding mine and putting it in my running sock.

We deboarded the bus to find a mass of runners. The lines for the portable bathrooms were 30 people deep. We figured we might as well get in the queue immediately. By the time we were finished the national anthem had been sung and we headed toward the chute. I was grateful for the cool weather sans rain. In 15 short minutes, we were running across the start line.

Courtney runs at about the same as me. We maintained close to that pace for most of the race. I searched the crowds for the pacer who sold me my running shoes last week, but he was nowhere to be found. We stayed just behind the 2:10 pacer for most of the way. By Mile 10, the 2:20 pacer had caught up to us. I started to hit a wall by then. I hadn't had enough to eat before the race. I typically eat a bowl of oatmeal or cereal and toast before a long run. I had only eaten one slice of toast Saturday. I had to rely on Gu Chomps and persistence to get me through the race.

As we neared the last half mile of the race, the full marathon winner passed us. Courtney and I were so inspired that we picked up our pace so we could see him finish. It was incredible that he finished a full in the time we finished a half. What an amazing athlete!

I'm glad I signed up for a half as part of my marathon training because it renewed my motivation. For the past two training weeks I have been pulling back on mileage because of calf pain and my cold. I am now ready to get back into it. I am actually excited for my next long run.

The highlights

  • The spectators along the way were awesome! It's always so uplifting to have people cheer you on.
  • The volunteers were equally appreciated. I loved the themes at the stations.
  • I noticed many runners with T-shirts honoring someone they've lost. That's always so touching.
  • The race shirt is my favorite.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Marathon Training, Week 10

Last week was not the best in terms of training. I focused most of my time on getting over a cold. But the Phoenix half marathon on Saturday inspired me to get back into it. Now I finally over my cold and feeling ready to ramp up my mileage.


Monday: I rested and tried to recover from Ragnar Del Sol and my cold. I felt awful not because I was sore but because my cough and headache would not go away. I took half the day off to drink tea and rest.

Tuesday: Yin Yoga at Sutra Midtown taught by Nelly. I still felt sick, but Graham suggested that I go to yoga to get out of that mindset. I've also been told by teachers that sometimes when you are getting over something it's good to go to yoga. I made sure to place my mat away from others just in case.

Wednesday: Rest. I meant to run 5 miles, but I didn't feel like myself yet. Misunderstandings with loved ones didn't help matters.

Thursday: I debated going back to bed, but, alas, I am an adult. I started my day with a few minutes of meditation. After work I picked up my running shoes and practiced yoga at home.

Friday: I tried out my running shoes for 1.2 miles. My feet were being carried in little clouds, or at least that's what it felt like.

Saturday: 13.1 miles at the Phoenix Half Marathon. Courtney and I finished at a slower pace than our last half marathon together, but I am proud of us!

Sunday: Yoga at Lululemon at Biltmore Fashion Park. The class was challenging enough but not too rigorous for a post-half-marathon day.

Weekly goal: 22.1 miles.

Actual mileage: 14.4.

February mileage: 85.2 miles.

#1800MinuteChallenge so far: 1,442 minutes.