Finally a Reason

Friday morning, I woke up feeling like I had slept more hours but they were just as crappy.  I just wanted to burrow under the covers for a few more hours.  But I dragged myself out of bed and got ready for work.  Since I was feeling crappy, I wore my newest skirt and my most comfortable boots to work.  Fake it ’til you make it right?

Yeah, I rock funky socks, every day :)

Yeah, I rock funky socks, every day :)

Don’t worry, I push the socks down before we open the doors.  :)  I was also treated to this morning view while picking up the cookies-

The seagulls were going crazy!

The seagulls were going crazy!

Shaping up to be a good day, right?  By early afternoon, my headache had turned into a head pounder and my swallowing was so painful.  Ahhhh, light bulb moment, I was sick.  Maybe that explained the week of crappy sleep and the zoning out I did a few times at night.  I watched Biggest Loser on my DVR over the week, but I couldn’t tell you a dang thing that happened.    I don’t remember it at all.  :(  After leaving work yesterday, I crashed in the Comfy chair with a blanket.    I was hoping I would be better in time for a long run today.

I had a little shopping trip planned with my mom; she wanted help looking for a wedding gift for one of her former players.  I set an alarm in the hopes I could get a run in this morning first.  Ha!  My head and throat were worse.  So I tried to get a little more sleep before getting ready for the day.  Shopping went well, even if both my mother and I were feeling poorly and moving a little slower than usual.   Even though my throat hurt, I was able to enjoy lunch.  :)  She also found a great gift, which is good as the wedding is tomorrow.   :)

She then needed to head to the Tennis Warehouse to pick up a few things for the team.  Uhoh- danger zone!  The Running Warehouse was literally 10 feet away.  And I had been feeling the urge for new shoes.   I was one of those rare runners who only had one pair of shoes.  I wore them for every race, training run and occasional trail adventure.  When they wore out, I replaced them.  With my planned increase in training this spring and more half marathons on the schedule as well I was thinking about getting another pair.

The place was packed, but then the store front is small.  However customer service there is amazing.   I tried to resist, I really did.  I ended up trying on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 17.    I love my current pair of Inspire 9′s so I was optimistic for the 10′s.  They felt like an entirely different shoe, tighter and flatter.  Not cool.  The Wave Rider’s on the other hand felt awesome!   Restraint be damned!

So shiny and new

So shiny and new

The Wave Rider’s are a neutral support shoe so that is a change.  So I will be trying them out on the treadmill for the first few runs.  If I like them, I figured I would use them for the flatter, shorter runs and races.   I can’t wait to test them out.  Our shopping trip was longer than planned; I ran out of daylight.   My mother cannot make a quick trip to Petco.  I ended up wandering away at one point and having a conversion with a little boy about betta fish.  He was excited because they are fighter fish.  I told him we have one at work that likes to try to attack a coworker.  He thought that was great.  :)

Once home, I had absolutely no energy for the gym.  So today became a rest day.  I am hoping that I will feel better tomorrow and can get in some miles.  Maybe not the 8 that I missed today but anything between 4 and 6 would be cool.  It will have to be early though as I am my mother’s plus 1 for the wedding.   My dad, well he’s not the partying type.  Neither am I, really, but I fake it better.  :)

How was everyone’s Saturday?

Was I really the only one with one pair of shoes?

A little unplanned rest?

So, yeah, this week has been a total mess.  If my goal was to be as much of a Slacker as possible, I have succeeded.  However, since that was not my goal, big fail!!!!!  I have not run since Sunday.  Yikes!!  I swear I have this kneejerk reaction to challenges, it’s like I try to fail.  It has happened twice now with both the plank challenge and the pushup challenge.   As I posted before, I set myself a challenge for miles in November and the first week isn’t looking so pretty.

Pretty much sums it up

Pretty much sums it up

Monday I did not run as I was getting ready for the trip the next day.  I did take my running gear with me on Tuesday, hopeful that I could get in a few miles around the area while the girls were playing their tennis match.    First sign against this was the tall locked gates and fences prohibiting us from actually getting on campus, let alone to the tennis courts.  Once we finally were let in, it was around the 3rd comment from another coach there that we had to make sure to look out for “unsavories”, which made me think, umm maybe not.   I sat in the van for a bit and worked on school work instead and sure enough, some kids tried a stunt until they noticed me still in it.  Seriously?  That was an exhausting day without running though, so maybe that was a good thing.

ok, this should have been the first clue

ok, this should have been the first clue

As for Wednesday, that was just pure Slacker-ness.  I should have taken my gear with me and changed at work and then driven straight to the gym.  But I did not.   No, I drove all the way home with the intention of changing and then heading out.  Well the road to Slacker-ness is paved with good intentions, right?   Yep, day 3 with no run.  :( Tonight was school and with the time change, I can no longer run before class.  The road is too narrow to run in the dark.  Ugh!!!!

 A little pre- dinner road trip photo op.

A little pre- dinner road trip photo op.

I have been feeling a little under the weather the past two days but didn’t think much of it.  That changed tonight when I became so ill in the class that the teacher stopped class to ask if I was ok.  That was then followed by them trying to find me a ride home.  The campus is about 30 miles away.  Talk about embarrassing.  I drove myself home but did leave early.   Plans of trying to run tomorrow before work have now been scrapped.   This time may be for a good reason but I feel like I have become the excuse queen this week.

I have work tomorrow and Saturday, so at this point I think I will just call this an unplanned rest week.   It means I will more than likely not make the miles goal that I set for this week for the Pile on the Miles challenge.  :( But hopefully some rest, planned or not, will just help me step it up next week and after.   As for now, I am resting in my chair watching Glee.

 

Hope everyone else is having a good week!

Any races this weekend?

I run, why can’t I do this?!

Apparently working in a town that rarely gets above 72 has killed my heat resistance.  Living in a town that averages triple digits in the summer makes that a problem.  Today’s workout was only around 90, but holy hotness I was dying.

Hit the track with the intention of doing 5 miles.  Ha!  I maintained race pace for 2 miles, then did some speed work for the remaining 2 miles, completing only 4.   I think I finally started to notice a difference in my running after 27 days of squats.  Running the straights, I felt like my legs were working more efficiently even if the heat was kicking my butt.  Of the course, the breeze didn’t pick until I was done running.  After running, I decided the grass looked nice and comfy :)

Nap Time!

Nap Time!

So my mother was there too, having absolutely no problems with the heat.   Then she spends most of her time in it, she’s the tennis coach.  Before we left, she challenged me to do some ins and outs?  Umm, do what now?  So we went over near the tennis courts, where I saw ladders painted on the ground.  I got it now.

Evil, Evil

So she demonstrated.  I thought, “sure no problem”.   Ha!!  I couldn’t even complete one.  So it’s an in then out pattern with each foot, so 1-2 in, 3-4 out, repeat.  I kept turning it into hopscotch!   She does it 5 more times and I fail every time.  I thought I was somewhat coordinated, apparently not :(  It was a good thing no one else was around, because the more I messed up, the more colorful and vocal I became.

Me, making a fool of myself on top. Mom rockin’ it on the bottom.

New goal, complete these damn ladders.  Will attempt it again next weekend, fingers crossed!  Anyone else have problems with these or is it just me?