Feeling Like a Slacker

Wouldn’t it be nice if weekends were 3 days long?  That would be awesome.  I would totally work 4 10′s.  I say that now, but wouldn’t that make it harder to run?    This weekend actually turned into 3 days for me but it wasn’t a good thing.  Friday actually turned out to the be roughest I’ve felt in the last 2 months.  I only made it about an hour and a half at work before heading home.  I hate leaving sick or calling in, there’s a reason I have almost 150 hours of sick time accumulated.     I particularly felt guilty because someone had to drive out to cover me.  :(   I tried calling my Gastro but they can’t see me any sooner and I am “managing” ok.  Ugh!!!!!  I slept for most of the day.

Kind of nerdy and maybe slightly narcissistic.

Kind of nerdy and maybe slightly narcissistic.

This ending up effecting my weekend.  :(  I had plans for an 8 mile run and a 4 mile over the weekend.  Plus a little shopping and good food on Saturday.   Instead, Saturday was spent doing laundry (so much running stuff!) and catching up on scrap booking my bib numbers.   I felt like I needed to do something, so I headed to the gym for the treadmill; easier to quit if I felt sick.    The treadmill sorely tested my new found appreciation for the warmup.   It was sooo boring.  I made it about .6 of a mile before picking it up.  photo 1 (2)

I used this as a reason to break in the new pair of Wave Riders that I picked up in May.  So much color!   My feet really wanted to move, every now and again I would run into the front of the treadmill.   Oops.   But I was trying to be smart and ran a .9/ .1 interval.  .9 of a mile at 6.00 and the .1 was a walk at 4.00.   I felt ok, so I decided to do 6 miles.  The only problem came in when I was nearing an hour.  With the first warmup mile around 13 and each following mile at 10:30, I was running into the machine cut off.   The last half mile was a race with the cool down setting on the treadmill.  It would automatically lower it and I would raise it back up, this time to 6.5 just to get it done.   Finally done, 6 miles in 1 hour and 5 minutes.   Not bad for an off day and I made it through the whole thing!  Plus the shoes were awesome.    I like that this pair seems to have shorter laces than my white/purple Wave Riders- those laces were ridiculously long and I was just too lazy to change them.  Slacker!

As of right now, I have still not made it out the door for a run.   It’s hot and I am tired but I am telling myself to get off my butt.  I have a feeling that I may end up completing the yoga DVD instead.  It’s been a week or two and I should get back into it.    Or maybe when the temps fall below 96, I will feel inspired to get in some miles this evening.   My next half is only 6 weeks away and it’s not going to run itself.   Plus I still need to finish yesterdays scrapbook project.  My new computer and my printer don’t like to get along.

Congrats to everyone who ran San Francisco this morning, I am sure you rocked it!

How was your weekend?

What do you do with your bibs?


Told Me So

Is it Friday yet? I am actually counting the hours this week.  I’ve been a little cranky this week, I think stress has gotten to me, I noticed yesterday that even my jaw aches.  Ugh.

Need A Little Motivation?

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Anywho, moving on!   Yesterday, NikeC and I got back to the gym.   I wasn’t feeling like running much, so we just walked a slow mile on the treadmills to warmup before heading to the circuit room.   It’s only been 2 weeks since I was last there but I felt so weak!   I felt like I was starting from scratch again.  We managed to make it all the way around the room this time around.  4 people came in and used random machines and then left.  One lady glared at us while I was using one of the leg machines.  Hey, we were going in numerical order!    My gym is pretty low-key and I have never seen anyone monitor the circuit room even though there is a sign on the wall.   I also had the privilege of hearing my first gym grunter.   I have seen all the stereotype memes, gifs, and commercials but didn’t think they actually existed.  The free weights section of the gym has always seemed more like a coffee date than anything else, more talk than working out.  This very buff guy comes into the circuit room and goes to one of the arm machines (I really have to figure out what they are called) and cranks the weight up.  He then proceeds to do his reps, grunting and talking to himself.  And he was grunting loudly.    But who am I to talk?  I can’t even use doors properly.  As I was leaving the gym, the door only opened about 45 degrees.  I wasn’t paying enough attention and slammed into it, loudly.  Just call me grace.

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A post run mother- daughter selfie

Ever since my rough race a few weeks ago, I have been running a little differently.  I’ve been starting out with no real goal in mind other than just to run.  I have also been taking my time with my first mile, i.e my warmup.  I have mentioned before that warming up is a weakness of mine.   That just takes too much time for this Slacker, cue the eye rolling and head shaking.  I also hated seeing that warmup bring down my overall pace.   Ego much?   Most of my last few runs, I have met up with my mother more often than usual.  This usually meant that my first mile is slower while we walk and chat.   A month ago, seeing that first mile in the high 12 to high 13 range would have irritated me to no end.    The last couple of weeks I noticed something- my pace is consistently back under 10:00 a mile after that first slower mile.  This was true even today when it was 93º at the beginning of my run and 91º when done; I also took a few walk breaks in the shady section.     Well, don’t I feel silly stupid.  Granted it’s only been a few weeks but I think it’s safe to say that I have learned my lesson.   The Slacker can learn. photo 4 (2)

We have had a brief cool off, but the temps are going back to triple digits this weekend.   My long run will probably not be that speedy, despite everything previously mentioned.  :)     But that’s ok, too.

What does your weekend look like?  Anyone racing?

Anyone else shortcut their warmup?  Or is it just me?

Busting Out

Saturday’s fair trip took the place of running. I dug out my Fuelband and wore it just for the fair that afternoon. Just under 10,000 steps. Which means it was actually over 10,000 because the Fuelband hasn’t worked properly in months. Granted that wasn’t anywhere near enough to negate the funnel cake or the pretzel I ate but it only comes once a year right? Totally worth it.

so yummy, I had to show it again

so yummy, I had to show it again

Sunday, I was a little tired, so I headed out for my run in early afternoon. I did this run the same way I had the previous two. Letting my feet do whatever they wanted to do, and every now and again they were reined in by my stomach. Apparently my head was still not invited to the party. I set out to do 5 or 6 miles. Also on the plan was to meet up with my mom and the puppy for the first mile and then mile 4. Other those 2 miles which I knew would be mostly walked, I had wanted to keep miles 2, 3, 5+ around a 10:15 pace. That seemed like a good pace for an easy run for me. Well, that’s what my head wanted to do. Miles 1 and 2 went mostly according to plan. Mile 3, umm oops. Mile 4 brought a big hill and puppy time, so it was back to the plan. Except I would have thought it would have been a little slower than that- closer to 14:00. Mile 5- again, oops. So not 10:15. Maybe I should ignore my head more often? I shut off the Garmin at 5 miles and walked another ½ mile to my house.7-20 (1)

Every time I walk up my driveway, I tell myself that it is the perfect place for hill repeats if I could just force myself to follow through. I totally get the point of hill repeats but they are just so damn scary sounding.

Halfway up said hill

Halfway up said hill

Monday was well, Monday and let’s leave it at that .  :)   Since I usually leave work and head somewhere else to run, it is inevitable that when I get there I have the urge to pee.  So annoying, and of course, there are often no available bathrooms. So I generally run the next 4-5 miles trying to ignore it. Great training for a half right? Haha! I planned on running tonight after work and at 3:30 I realized that I had already consumed 154 ounces of liquid. Ummm, oops?  So I stopped drinking after that to see if it changed anything.    I headed to the river path for a few miles.  Even though I was running solo, I chose to treat the run like I was starting with my mother.   I walked the concrete part of the path before hitting the asphalt and running.7-20 (2)

It felt so much hotter than 80.  They were quite a few people out today.  As I was running up the hill, it felt harder than it should.   As I was huffing and puffing and probably turning a lovely shade of red, I noticed about 3 people running towards me.  3 turned into 5 high school boys.   A hundred yards later, oh look here comes the cross country boys team, complete with coach and assistant.  Please don’t notice my poor form or the fact that a 9:30 mile is kicking my butt while you all fly by me.   At least it wasn’t the girls team, that would just be perfect.  Did I mention I felt like busted can of biscuits when I put on my running clothes tonight?  Thanks “recovery” week.   Few hundred yards later, oh look- I spoke too soon.  Here comes the girls cross country team.   And yes, I now feel giant, thank you very much.photo

I kept running until I hit the turn around point.  My pace felt pretty good going back down but harder than I would have liked.    I ran under a little tree, little not big, and my Garmin went cuckoo.  My slow pace alert kept buzzing- 15:14, 14:45, 13:25, and on.  WTF!  I know it wasn’t right but it was pissing me off.  For once, I really did need the Nike app as a back up.  My pace was pretty good (for me) but I was tiring, so I called it at 4 and just walked the rest of the way back to the car.  Which turned out to be good choice because I could the trail from the street and there were 2 roaming, off leash dogs.   Safe!!  My splits on Nike were pretty good actually.  The Garmin had mile 3 about 35 seconds behind, but mile 4 was pretty close.  How does that work?

My shin is still a little sore from last week’s half so I am thinking of trying to go other day now for a while.  I even wore compression sock under my boots while walking around the fair on Saturday.20140719-184635-67595930.jpg

Speaking of the fair, I can hear Lady Antebellum through my windows right now.  Last night was the only concert that I kind of  really wanted to go to but couldn’t make it work with work right now.   :(   I was hoping I could some of it but it was the first concert that I couldn’t make out.  All I heard was bass and drums, come on Florida Georgia Line, help a girl out!

How has your week gone so far?

Any good concerts on your horizon?  Or even bad ones?


Letting My Feet Do the Talking

It’s almost Friday!

I was kind of disappointed with my showing at the race on Saturday.  I was so irritated that I contemplated taking a week off from running.   I always treat the day after a half as a rest day, so I used that as a testing ground.  I spent the day shopping and even with my lower back being sore from the race, I felt kind of lazy having a rest day on a Sunday.  This was the first time I’ve run a half marathon on a Saturday.   I kind of splurged and treated myself to a new laptop on Sunday- my old one is a 6 year old beast that has had issues from day one.  And it weighs like 25 pounds.   I had Monday off from work and thought about running but trying to get things moved over gave me a great excuse to not run.  And even now, I am still having troubles moving iTunes.  Ugh.10524595_780886761933167_2318417895026259963_n

I packed my gear for Tuesday after work but I was still feeling very anti-run.  The horror!  But I was a good little runner and changed after work before heading to meet my mom at the path we have been running.  I think I will call it the river path from now on just for ease of typing.     We started like usual with a walk and I was still fussy.  I still had my slow pace alert on my Garmin from the race and it kept buzzing.  I tried to turn it off but all I succeeded in doing was pushing the lap button multiple times so my splits look a little funny.  I gave up worrying about it because I figured I was going to be a little sluggish.   I walked with my mom until the concrete ends and then run ahead.   My first mile came in under 13.  Hmmm, that’s odd.  Usually walking the first .6-.75 of it makes it pretty slow.   I decided to let my feet do whatever they wanted to do and not over think it and just kept running.   I hit the turn around and once again, there was a headwind going down, where does that come from?!  If it hadn’t been for a horrible stomach cramp at mile 2.6ish that stopped me dead in my tracks for a moment, this probably would have been a nice little progression run.  :)  Instead I will call it a nice little, unexpected tempo.   12:42-9:41-9:55-8:50-4:12 (1/2 mile)- then another 1/2 mile cool down walk. photo 1

Wednesday I tried out my new Barre dvd.  The instructors are a little interesting.  At first, I was thinking that there is no way this will count as a work out.  10 minutes later, my legs were shaking.   It felt like I was getting a good workout during but I recovered really quickly after, so I am not sure how well it worked.  I will have to try it a few more times before I really decide.   photo 3

Tonight my running plans fell through.   I had planned on catching up with an old friend from out of town, but we weren’t able to make it work.   :(  I was torn about where to run.  Work town looked amazing outside and it had been awhile, so I decided to run there.     The route that I run there is around 4 miles, part of it in a state park on a narrow road with no shoulder.  I had been told there was a little dirt path near the road but I was never able to see it.  I decided to look for it on the way back this time.  I made it through the sketchy part on the way down and stopped for some pics. 

I found the path!!

I found the path!!


Once by the water I was able to find the path and I was followed it back out of the park.   I had to walk part of it because I almost fell on my ass twice.  There was a section of super loose dirt, covered in fallen Eucalyptus leaves- it was like a giant slip and slide.   :)   The route is downhill for the first 2 miles and uphill back.  I always go out too fast and slow down on the way back.  But once again, I decided to let my feet do whatever they wanted to do.  It was a great run actually, other than it was hot!!!  Work town is not supposed to be in the high 70′s at 6:00PM! photo 2

Both runs this week went better than I had anticipated.  I needed that to get over my crankiness.  My left shin is a little sore, so I will probably only run once more this week and take it easy before getting back into training for the Ventura half.  That’s ok it gives me more time to figure out this computer thing.  And hopefully not want to punch it thanks to iTunes.  I’m only missing around 3000 songs, no big deal right? Ugh.

In other news, the fair is here!  I live fairly close so I last night I was able to hear the Zac Brown Band cover Metallica.  Ummm, what?  Tonight, it’s Kid Rock.   I am looking forward to spending Saturday bumming around the fair and eating some yummy fair food.  It only comes once a year right? Plus I walk there, so there’s a little calorie burn.  :)

Anyone taken time off after a disappointing race?

Who’s racing this weekend?

What’s your favorite fair food?