Slightly Unfocused

Ever have one of those runs that makes you feel crazy?  Today’s run went something like this–

Yay, the sun is shining- oh more geese, but they don’t look cranky today, that’s good- wow, this feels hard, maybe I’m running too fast- check watch- oh a 10 minute mile, not so tempo-ok, let’s make this an easy run- well that’s assuming I can finish this second lap- man this kicking my butt, 3 is good right- left, right, left- take deep breathes- just keep going- ok, 3 miles done, I can do 1 more right?- this is not easy- man, it’s hot-get over it, it’s like 60, big baby- man why is this so hard- yeah Saturday was 11 miles not 8 but 3 were slow walking- did I foam roll? I can’t remember- I took Sunday off, I should be fine- it is Monday and work was busy but aren’t all Mondays?- Maybe I too much popcorn last night- did I eat enough today- I did start earlier, but I took a full lunch, so those cancel out right?-hey look, sprinklers! Can I run though them?- Water sounds really good right now, why didn’t I bring any?- Yay 4 miles! But I’m on the other side of the lake- If I keep running, I will get to my car quicker-  just keep running, just keep breathing- man, I feel hot- even the nasty lake water looks inviting- on second thought, not so much- oh thank god, the parking lot- pause watch- oh wait, 4.70 miles- I can run a bit further right?- I can finish 5- oh this sucks-what was I thinking- I should have quit at 3-just keep breathing- yay the watch vibrated!- 5 and done- where’s water- I should stretch-ooh, my splits kind of look like a pyramid.

photoSo, I was just a tad unfocused during tonight’s run.    Throughout the day I was undecided about what I would run.  I was torn between 4 miles of downhill-uphill in work town or a 5 mile tempo at the lake path.   I had my Wave Rider’s, so I was hoping for a repeat of last week’s great speed work out and I headed to the lake.  While work had been long (I started early) and crazy busy; we managed to get out on time.  The sun was shining and the weather looked great, so I started my drive.  I was still excited when I got to the lake, but it didn’t take long to lose that energy.   After the first mile, I mentally changed from the planned tempo to an easy run but it was rough the whole way through.  I should have quit at 3; I really should have.   I also should have taken water.  What good is my shiny new handheld if I don’t use it?  As I was stretching, I figured out that it was actually in the mid 80′s.  At 7:00 pm… oops.  That’s not even a newbie mistake, just me being stupid.5mile

Overall, the pace didn’t suck.  I drove home remembering all the times I ran 12:00 minute miles just wishing I could break 10.  This may have been a less than stellar run but overall it’s still an improvement.   :)   I managed a long slow run of 8 miles on Saturday.   8 miles at 10:18- that used to be my 5k race pace, so that’s a plus.     After those 8 miles, I headed out for another 3 with my mom and the puppy.  So Saturday was an 11 mile day, yowza.  Nothing to complain about there.

Could have used this earlier...

I took Sunday off but it wasn’t exactly restful.   I headed down to SLO to browse hardwood options with my mother.  Hit Dick‘s and finally chose a new gym bag.   Had a yummy lunch before heading back to town to go to a friends BBQ.  I got to hang out with Baby G for a bit :)  She has gotten so big; she walks and dances now!    I went home to do some laundry, then I joined my mom at the school.  They’re doing construction so she needed help moving all of her tennis stuff. (Can we count that as strength training? Ha!)   That was followed by a quick dinner before going to the theater to see Captain America.  Which was awesome, but I may have indulged in a little too much popcorn.  It was worth it.  :)

Could have used this earlier

Could have used this earlier

Please tell me I am not the only who conversations in their head while running?

Seen any good movies lately?

 

 

 

Paving the Road

Sunday started out according to plan.  I slept in a little, started some laundry and then met my family for a last guilty lunch.  Per usual, it was pizza and salads at a local restaurant.   It was very yummy.  I then headed home to work on organizing and cleaning my closet before heading out for a run.  I had enlisted my mother’s help with the early spring cleaning.  She is an organizational queen, I once posted a picture of her closet on Facebook.  All the the tank tops were hung by color, and it was very noticeable as she had upwards of 140 at the time!  With my inherent Slacker-ness, minor OCD and germophobe issues, I can have hoarding tendencies.   She on the other hand loves either throwing things away or donating them.  I figured between the 2 of us, it would take an hour, hour and a half tops.

I found it again!  Do you see that?!

I found it again! Do you see that?!

I was so naive.  It took an hour to empty the closet.  How is it that items that fit so well before suddenly expand to fill up a room and then some?   It was ridiculous.  I seriously do not need any more running clothes.    It was dark by the time it was finished, with 2 bags of trash and 2 bags to donate.   I was so over it by then, now the test is to see how long it lasts.   The thing about closets; they have doors, so very easy to hide a little mess.  :)

It was now too late for a run.  I don’t run in the dark, the streets around my house are just not designed for that.  There is one, just one, street that has sidewalks but they are more like hurdles, haha.  My gym also closes early on Sundays.  Then my phone rang, when my phone rings on Sunday afternoons, it’s rarely ever a good thing.   It was someone calling in sick for Monday.  Waaah!  That meant that for Monday, it would be a crew of three, just me and two others.  Yikes!  I had a hard time sleeping last night just trying to figure out the logistics of only three people.

A little energy boost

A little energy boost

So this morning that meant I had to be up earlier and out the door sooner.  I also went for a double dose of caffeine.  I had the feeling I would need it.   I even upped from a small soda to a medium.   Caffeine and sugar!   Work started out well, it stayed steady all day but didn’t really pick up until the afternoon.  I managed to sneak away at 2:45 for a few minutes to eat a quick lunch.   From then on, it just felt like chaos.   I hardly sat down and walked back and forth about a hundred times.  And sadly this is not an exaggeration.    I was exhausted.  We even managed to get help from another location, but it was still rough.

I had optimistically packed my running gear and my shiny new Garmin but I was in no mood to deal with people :(  And it was too dark to run outside- stupid daylight savings!   Tomorrow is more of the same work wise :(  But it’s New Years Eve, so we’re wearing jeans!!!  It’s the small things right?

I am also torn between going to a New Years Eve party or trying to hit the gym again.   My gear is still in my car, ready to go.   Hmm, decisions, decisions.

 

So is the road to hell paved with good intentions or good excuses?

Who got in a last or second to last run of 2013? You rockstar!

 

In the home stretch…

The final countdown has begun!!!

countdown clock

I am torn between being super excited and freaking out.  It happens before every big race, that feeling of “oh what have I taken on?”.  But I can’t wait!  Due to the previously mentioned dream, I may be setting 6 alarms but I am still excited!

Judging from what I have been reading on everyone’s blogs, I am not the only one with a big race this Sunday!   So it looks like October 13 is a good day to race.  Good luck to everyone who is running!  Bring it on! :)

 

Tuesday was volleyball night and we won!  Ok, only one match, but that is better than none!  I still haven’t picked up new volleyball shoes but I managed to get last season’s shoes workable.  They had been turned in gardening shoes, oops!  So a little water to rinse them off and a borrowed pocket knife and I had some traction; no more slipping and sliding all over the floor.   We won our first match in 2 games and had a little down time before the second.  The thing that frustrates me about the team is that when we lose, we aren’t being beaten.  We are making unforced errors that cost us too many points.  We have the skill but we just can’t seem to close.    Guess that provides the justification for our team name of “Aimless”.

Today, I thought I was going to have to drop my 2nd work school course but a last minute change yesterday meant school was back on.  I do not understand why it takes me 30 minutes to go 17 miles.  From one town to another and 10 of those miles are highway!  And I do not drive slowly.  Class ran late but that was ok as I like to space out my runs during race week. 2 days between each run, so, I ran Monday and I will get in some miles tomorrow, then race day on Sunday!!!! :)

I may try to do an easy 2 either on the treadmill or at the track on Saturday, but not likely.   I plan to drive down and pick up my race packet and shirt and do a bit of shopping that day.  I would rather spend the gas money and go down twice than have to stress about picking the packet up on race day.   Plus I am kind of OCD and I like to get all my gear together the night before.  This way I don’t have to think about it race morning.   I can worry about other things.

 

Like how crappy race photos turn out!  The race photographer sent an email tonight saying there will be 7 photographers on the course along with 2-3 people filming.   Great, more cranky looking pictures.  Like this one from the 10K I just ran-

 

Come on, really?

Come on, really?

And seriously what kind of lens does he use?  Everyone looks very stout, even the tallest skinniest of people.  Oh and the course? It was flat, like pancake flat-

Where did those slopes come from?
(Photos by Brian P Lawler)

So here’s to hoping this next photographer uses different filters and I get one I may actually want to pay for.

 

Hope everyone made it through Wednesday and is having a good week!!

 

Anyone else with OCD tendencies?

Less than 12 hours to go!

Race day is just a few hours from now and I am stoked.  I worked the registration booth for a few hours today and it’s always fun.   People are so eager and excited to pick up their gear and see what this year’s shirt looks like.   Grey and oh so soft, mine might become a sleep shirt.

 

Woo hoo!

Woo hoo!

There are also the first timers.  Picking up their packets and asking lots of questions. Where’s the start, how does my chip work, do I wear my shirt?   Awww, I remember that feeling.   I kind of wish I could go back.   I still get super excited (and nervous) but that first race was just so new and so different.

So what the HOB Fun Run offers are a 10K, a 5K, a kids ½ mile, a 75 yard dash and a not so dirty diaper dash.  On that note, how cute is this onesie!  Even the smallest competitors receive race swag!

 

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

This year the adults don’t receive a medal but the kids all earn a cool dog tag for completing their race.  Plus, like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the winners receive cash! Woo hoo!   Not that I will ever be that fast.  Last year, the same guy won the 10K and the 5K.  I think his times were 30 min and then 15:something.  Or something around that, either way, freakishly fast.

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The start/ finish line goes up today, so that section of road closed early.  By the time my shift was done, the big parts were up.  By tomorrow morning there will be banners and lots of red carpet.  This is the only way I will ever be on the red carpet!

 

Getting Ready!

Getting Ready!

There’s also a pasta feed tonight, pancakes in the park tomorrow, face painting and bounce houses.  I am so pumped up!  I had my own spaghetti carb load meal for dinner.

 

carbs are good right?

carbs are good right?

I still can’t decide what to wear tomorrow; I have 3 outfits lying in various spots around the room.  I really need to try and get to bed early, got a big day ahead tomorrow.  2 races, with a great crowd and some friends running too!  I still haven’t quite worked out the logistics of 2 bib numbers and 2 timing chips, but I will.

 

I hope everyone had a great Saturday and a better Sunday to follow!  Sweet dreams!

Run, Run, Run!!!!!

So Sundays planned day of rest turned into a 4.5 mile trail run/walk. This was after a yummy lunch and a little shopping :)  While shopping I picked up a pair Yurbuds.  I could never find a pair of earbuds that didn’t hurt in some way, so I thought I would step up the money and see if it was worth it.  Worn them twice so far, and have to say, pretty nice.

I told myself I was going to take it easy on the trail run, and I did half the time, I ran the other half.  It was a very pretty trail.  Could have done without the snake that decided to say hi, I think we equally scared each other!  I may have to do this again sometime.

Nice little up!

Nice little up!

So pretty :)

So pretty :)

Really liked this tree for some reason

Really liked this tree for some reason

After running on Saturday and the trail on Sunday, I really should have taken a rest day today but I was so close!  After the trail, I noticed that my Nike+ app said 997.1 miles.  I was almost at 1000!!!  I wanted to hit that number so bad, so I went for a run after work.  Figured I would force myself to go easy for 3 laps of the park.  The weather was good except for the backside of the lake, the wind was ridiculous!  And of course, I was running into it :(

So my ankle was not feeling so great and I was tired, so I was actually taking it easy.   As I’m running, I’m telling myself that my slow today is still faster than when I first started running and this time last year and at least I was getting in a workout.  Of course, while I’m trying some motivational self-talk, what happens?  A freakin’ turbo comes flying past me, leaving me in the dust.  Gee, thanks dude, did you miss my inner pep talk?!  Seriously, he was fast, and more power to him, I was just envious.

But Turbo-Man aside, I hit 1000 miles!!! Hell Yeah,  Little happy dance.
:)

Hell yeah!!!!!!

Hell yeah!!!!!!

Now if only the average pace was more reflective of the past year, hehe.

Tomorrow is definitely going to be a rest day and since I work later than usual on Wednesday; that will probably be a slacker day.  I’ll get running again on Thursday.

Anyone else have any turbos on their runs?