Hiking-Trails, Run!, Slacker

8-Disappeared

I kind of ghosted social media last week.

I didn’t mean to, I just kind of felt like one day it was Tuesday and then it was Saturday. Woosh.

The week started strong. With Monday off work, I headed down to a new set of trails that opened recently. Holy moly- it was like Disneyland! I have never seen so many people at a trail before. The good sized parking lot was full as well and we had to park on the other side of the freeway about 1/2 mile away. I was with my mother and she was feeling super sore so we picked one of the shorter trails. We ended up with around 3.5 miles.

The trails were very runnable and had gorgeous views. I can’t wait to go back. However, I was very irritated by the lack of trail etiquette by so many people. There were already trampled down short cuts visible and people were climbing all over a tree that clearly has signs saying to stay away. I may have snapped something very not nice at them.

Tuesday was a long day at work but I held strong and changed into my running gear. I headed out for an easy 3 after work. My legs were feeling the previous 2 days worth of running but overall it was a decent run.

After 3 days running, I knew I needed a rest day on Wednesday. My legs are not used to that.

I had planned on running on Thursday, I really did. I told myself if I ran on Thursday, I could enjoy a leisurely Saturday with no guilt. But thanks to some family drama- more ER trips, that did not happen. I did got to dinner with my mother though.

I thought about trying to run on my lunch on Friday but I chose to read a book instead.

Caturday, right?

Despite failing to run on Thursday, I did take the leisurely Saturday. With only a minor built of guilt.

This weekend was supposed to be chilly and rainy so I slept in on Sunday and headed out for my run in the early afternoon. It was not rainy. The run started off very sluggish and rough. I tried to not think about it at all and just keep going. Not gonna lie, I am currently using a run/ walk strategy for my long runs. And the running portion isn’t very long. Like I ran 9 miles in the time it used to take me to do 10. However, it is what it is and I need to stop stressing about or I run myself into a panic attack. So that is what I tried to do this run. I have to say that it ended much better than it began.

15.4ish miles for the week. Better than last week, time to keep moving up.

How was your week?

Run!, Slacker, Training

7- Dizzy

Last week was a bit like a tilt-o-wirl.

Is that what those things are called?

I had plans of running on Monday but was lured away by home cooked tri-tip. I’m sorry but when someone offers your tri-tip, you go.

I did get out for a bit on Tuesday– all of 1.6 miles. My mother was having a bad day and wanted to meet for dinner so I squeezed in what I could between work and meeting her. I threw is some sprints too and while they were 2 minutes slower than they used to be, it felt good to crank it for a short time.

Ahhh, Wednesday, when the world went sideways. Or that was me. I woke with a migraine but it wasn’t even a bad one, however it had some fun side effects. The room was spinning, I could barely stand up. Sadly, it took me falling 3 times in 20 minutes before I chose to call in sick. This isn’t the first time it’s happened so I wasn’t too alarmed. Seems to happen every 4-5 years. The first time, I went down so hard in the bathroom, I swear I still have a dent in my chin. The next time was also another bathroom fall but that time I gave myself a concussion. Good times.

So, all in all, I remained mostly unscathed this year but it did keep me fairly lazy for a few days, i.e Thursday through Saturday. I did make it to work on Thursday and Friday though. Heck, I was so tired and fuzzy, I didn’t even play with the new shoes I received on Wednesday.

I headed out for my long run on Sunday but that may have been an overshoot. I was riding the struggle bus. Everything was so hard, my pace wasn’t even the frustrating part- it’s how hard everything felt. I ended up bailing at 6 miles and hitching a ride from my mother.

I was disgruntled with my run though, so I headed out for another few miles that afternoon. In shorts! And my new shoes. Another 3.3ish miles added to the bank. These miles weren’t drastically different pace wise from the morning miles but they felt so much better.

So 10.9 miles for the week. Not at all where I wanted to be but I’ll call no permanent damage from the dizzy spells a win.

How was your week?

Slacker

Ramblin On- 60something

Happy Friday!!!

Wait, is something else happening today? ❤️😂

I do know I am excited about a 3 day weekend! Sleep and running, that’s whats on schedule for me. Well, hopefully.

Had a lovely day of dizzy spells but I refrained from giving myself a concussion this time so I am just going to call that a win. See, I can think positively!

Oh and I got new trail shoes! Hopefully I can get back out on the trails now. Which I haven’t done in months. Those Cascadia’s can burn in hades for all I care. My feet still have nightmares from them. And a bunion I’ve apparently had forever but has never bugged me until now. Grrrr.

Anyone else still feel like it’s January?? I cannot get the date right at all.

I was supposed to run a race this weekend but I’m not. Not sure I’m up to unpacking all the reasons why at the moment.

I feel like binge watching something… any suggestions??

Have a great weekend!

Slacker, Training

6-Up to 4

Oh lord, it’s been one of those weeks.

Ok, truth- I wrote that first line as an intro for a Ramblin On post on Friday but it never got any further than that line. Oops.

Last week was an odd one. Lights on and off, literally. Brain all over the place. Chopping my hair off. Binge watching Locke and Key. Finally deep cleaned my car. Then cleaned my closet too.

Monday- 1.65 miles I headed out for a run still feeling the irritation from the previous days long run. I didn’t anticipate the cold and the insane wind. I was so cold and I hadn’t packed clothes for that. After a cold few minutes and texts from mother trying to convince me to meet her for dinner- I caved.

I’m sure I did something on Tuesday but can’t recall what. Oh- I cut off my hair!

Wednesday- Yep, all blank here.

Thursday- 2.5 ish miles I would have liked to run more but this run was the final nail in the coffin for my pink Ghost 11’s. I’ve been feeling extra achy in them the last few weeks so I ran Sunday’s long run on my new Ghost 12’s and put the pink ones back on for this run. Nope. The shoes are dunzo.

Friday- haha

On Saturday I headed out in the early afternoon for a short run. I was going to dinner with my mother so I kept it short and sweet with 5K. The only bad thing about this run was that I was wearing a cute new pair of full pants and it was 70*! I was melting!

That previously mentioned Saturday dinner did not sit well with me and wreaked havoc on my sleep. When my alarm went off on Sunday to run I almost threw the phone across the room. Instead I went back to sleep. I ran some errands and then dozed off a bit. I was thisclose to bailing on my run entirely but decided to just go out and see what my body was willing to do. I got in 7.3 miles not the original planned 9. I was slow and sluggish but it wasn’t horrible. I was glad I went out and at least tried. Although my watch only shows 6 miles. I had a pause/ unpause moment when I stopped to snap the above pick. Doh!

So the miles weren’t great but I did move 4 of the 7 days. 14.8 miles for the week.

How was your week?

Run!, Training

5-Started Good

On Monday, I lost steam towards the end of the day. The migraine from the previous weekend finally eased around 4 on Monday. I had lost the desire to do anything at all.

I asked my coworkers if I should run on Monday or Tuesday. Their answer? Both.

What?!?!

Monday- 3.3 ish miles
I headed out for a run just like they said. I kept the pace nice and easy and it felt pretty good. If you see my Strava- it looks really easy as I had a wardrobe malfunction. My sports bra came undone! I didn’t want to just stop on a dark street so I tried to fix it while walking and not flashing any passing cars, it took way longer than if I had stopped. Ha!

Tuesday- 3 miles
They said to run, so I ran. There was an unbelievable sunset so I probably spent more time gawking than running.

Wednesday- Rest
I had planned this as a rest day so it was good timing that my stomach decided to be an asshat.

I had planned on running on Thursday, packed my clothes and everything. But in my rush to get out the door in the morning, tripping over my cat and texting a coworker calling in sick, I forgot to grab my running shoes. Doh!

Friday– haha

A migraine had rolled in on Friday afternoon and was still present when I woke up on Saturday. I had to work in the morning but I was hoping it would ease up as the day went on. It didn’t but I still managed to be productive at work and then went down to SLO to enjoy the 70 something degree weather and spend money on running gear. Like I need more, ha!

The weather on Sunday morning was cold with 95% humidity, nope. However when I was running with 20-30mph winds that afternoon, I slightly regretted that choice. That and this run kind of sucked. I ran it at what should have been an easy pace but it felt so damned hard. So hard. I got a little emotionally frustrated at the end and may have said a few choice words with some watery eyes. I know it’s all my fault but it’s damn irritating. Still, 8 miles done.

14.2 miles for the week. Stronger than previous weeks but still a long, long way to go.

How was your week?