Week 10 recap- I lost the battle

Oof, where did last week go?  I just had to double check the race website that it really is only 7 weeks to race day.  What?! 

 Monday- 4 Miles- 14:52, 9:57, 9:42, 9:09

Another Monday run, who am I?  Plus it was National Lazy Day, yet I did the opposite.  Confused Slacker.     I was excited to actually run in my new Pure Flow’s so I headed to the River path after work.   Maybe a route that wasn’t 2 miles of up followed by 2 miles of down wasn’t the best idea for new shoes but oh well.   As you can see I started out super slow.  I wanted to make sure everything felt ok before I started running.   Holy splits Batman, I haven’t seen those in a while.    Like I mentioned before, I feel like my left leg finally joined the party.  It felt odd but good too.   I had a few aches later that evening and the next day but again, that is normal for me and new shoes.    My shins and ankles get fussy.  My knee feels good though so it evens out.  πŸ™‚ 

 Tuesday- Rest- 1 Mile stationary bike

My bike came in!  I drove to SLO on my lunch to pick it up.   πŸ™‚   Then the evening was spent struggling to put it together.  Can I call that a work out?  4 letter words were flying out of my mouth each time I needed more than 2 hands or accidentally skipped a page of directions.    Then I slammed my head into the dresser so that didn’t help.  😞   I finally finished it a little after 10 and had to take it for a test spin.   Just to make sure it didn’t fall apart right?   So, a 1 mile ride.

Wednesday- 5.5 miles Stationary bike

The plan was take my half day on Thursday so I was going to run my long run then.   Due to that, I chose to take another rest day from running but I got on the bike!    I took it easy since it’s been forever since I was on a bike and truthfully never a recumbent.  So far I like it.   It’s basic with no frills but that’s all I needed.  I do need to figure out a better layout though.  I slammed my left ankle into the machine in the dark one night. 

 Thursday- 5 miles- 15:02, 10:22, 10:17, 10:17, 13:41

Long run fail.  I was hoping for 8-10, barely managed that 5 mile slog.   It was 95* when I started running and the humidity while not high was not where I would have liked.  My asthma chose to be a dick and I had troubles catching my breath.  I had troubles getting going and then I couldn’t get it together.  I did not eat enough for a long run either.  By mile 4 I knew I was done.  I still had the weekend so I called it at 5.   I felt beat up.  πŸ˜“ 

 Friday- Rest

I planned on riding the bike after work but was so fried I just kind of crashed into the comfy chair.   I did receive some happy mail though!  My Hogwarts swap arrived from my partner and it was freakin’ amazing.  I may have squealed like a little kid.

Saturday- Rest

I worked in the morning and planned on finishing my Hogwarts swap craft that evening.  I was hoping for a short run too.  Haha!  This was the beginning of the end of training this week.   The swap deadline had been Friday but I had a small extension because one of the organizers had emailed me a week previous.  My partner (the person I was crafting for) dropped out at the last minute.  Well, crap.   Now what?  She asked it I wanted to take over for the person my partner was supposed to craft for.    I had to think about it.   They had entirely different tastes, different favorites and different color schemes.  I am not the craftiest so I wasn’t sure I could pull off starting over in time.    I committed though.  I bit off more than I could chew.   πŸ˜‚ 

 My plan was for a basic pillow and mug rug (coaster).  Sounds simple?  Did I forget to mention I’ve never sewed anything, ever?   My mom had a machine and I figured I could figure it out.   Ha!   We couldn’t get the machine to work.  I even You tubed videos but no help.   Now in a panic, I texted my former boss to see if she had a machine.  She did.  So I drove there (2 towns over) to borrow it, getting lost in her apartment complex along the way.    Then it didn’t want to work either.  That user’s manual and I became real good friends.   Finally got it to work and created the pillow.  Then it was off to bed, I was exhausted. 

A few friends for the walk
 Sunday- 4 mile walk/run

Did I mention the excessive heat warning this weekend?  Yeah, upwards of 105 both days.   My plan to run early failed when I could not drag myself out of bed.    I figured I would end up doing my long run at the gym on the treadmill.    Ummm, no.  Spent all day fighting with the sewing machine again.     I panicked when I ran out of bobbin thread.  How the hell do you replace that?   With the help of my trusty user manual I figured it out.  Or so I thought.   Every now and then my stitches would turn into a mullet.   The seam looked fine on the surface but the underside looked like a wig for an 80’s hair metal band.  Why?!!!!!  I managed to get out the door for a mile walk/ run but that was it.   And it was mostly walking.   Then it was back to finishing up crafting and crashing in bed.   For a weekend that I spent at home, I never even turned on my tv.

So, yeah not the strongest week of training.   But I can’t dwell on it, so time to move on.

Paleo grade- B

Lunches and breakfasts were still on point and I did not eat out nearly as much.  Score!   I made some veggie swaps for my lunches and my stomach liked those much better.    So I will be taking a break from romaine and cabbage slaw for awhile.     I do still get an intense craving for chips.    I admit I indulge if I think about them for more than 4 hours.   Only 2x last week.  I’ve been indulging with those Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips.   Not paleo, but at least they are kosher, vegan, gluten free and contain no GMO’s.  Baby steps, right?    I’ve held strong to the no soda in the mornings though, so yay for that!

Can you sew?  What was I doing wrong?

How was your weekend?  And weather?

What’s your favorite chip?

16 thoughts on “Week 10 recap- I lost the battle

  1. This heat has not been conducive to running AT all. Last week and the past few days were a huge reminder to me why training for fall races is so hard. It will all be worth it. Way to slog through.
    Congrats on your paleo adherence. I too have a serious potato chip addiction. Anything BBQ.


    1. Welcome back!! I have to keep telling myself that eventually running through the heat will pay off. Fingers crossed! When is fall again? πŸ™‚
      Oh chips and pizza are my weak spots right now. So hard. I’ve been craving donuts but have held strong! Those sweet potato chips have become an addiction.

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  2. Ugh, I wouldn’t want to run in those conditions either! We’re in the middle of a heat wave right now, and I’m grateful to have the excuse of rehearsals to take a short break from running. Regarding the bobbin thread, your tension was probably off, although I’m no expert either. But the finished products look great!


    1. The heat has been rough this past week, it finally broke a little but it was too late. There’s a huge wild fire right now that is wreaking havoc around the area. We are so dry.
      I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the bobbin tension. I scoured that manual and I just couldn’t figure it out. Thank you! I feel like I actually accomplished something crafty for once. πŸ™‚

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  3. Yeah, I can’t sew at all either. I have a machine but it’s still in the box! At one point I was all excited about crafting because I have a bunch of friends who loved doing it. But then I found out that I actually hate crafting.


    1. I always get these wild hairs to start some sort of project and go full steam for a few weeks. Then I get frustrated and stop and have collections of craft supplies I don’t use. I have a super crafty friend and am always envious of her talent!


  4. Oh man, sewing nightmare!!! I cannot sew, but I pretend I know how to do it by hand. Who does that anymore?? I have sewn a few halloween costumes together…the turned out okay on the outside but the inside was a utter mess. I have no idea how to work a sewing machine. I’d better stick to running:)
    Good luck in that heat..hope it’s cooling off.


    1. I don’t have the patience for hand sewing! Even with a machine I don’t think I could ever handle clothing. That’s intense!
      It’s cooled off a bit and hopefully it stays cooler for a while. There’s been some fire troubles.


  5. Great job this week, sometimes you need some extra rest and it’s totally fine! ESPECIALLY in the hot summer weather. It’s miserable. So did you like the Flows? I love my Pure Connects. I would give myself a grade D for Paleo lately. I’ve been all over the place! I will be better when I go back to school next week. It’s easier when I pack my lunch and can’t reach or anything else! I can’t sew AT ALL – major props for you even trying, and I think your stuff came out GREAT! Hope the weather cools off a bit for you!


    1. So far I am really liking the Pure Flows, I wish I could break them in a little faster. I know that would be foolish though. But then running in shoes that make my knees ache is kind of foolish too. It’s a catch -22! Packing my lunches does make things easier especially since I am too lazy to go out and get something else. πŸ™‚ Sewing was stressful but kind of fun. That said, it will be a long while before I attempt anything again. Thank you!

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