Week 10 Training Recap

Upcoming Races-  Wine Country 13.1??
SLO Marathon 13.1

Focus– Keep it slow and steady but solid.

The lament of runners all over- Easy is hard!  Grr.   I’ve been thinking a lot about pace.  It’s part of that insecurities post I’ve been sitting on for a while.  But in short, I’ve been thinking about how I ran better when I didn’t care about my pace as much.  98% of my runs were also “easy” runs.   So, I’ve been revisiting 80/20.  I bought it about a year ago but really just skimmed it.  With my lungs being what they are lately, I figured this would be a good time to read it again.    Plus, running slower is fun when it’s the plan.  😀 But still hard.

Monday-  Rest I really love Monday rest days.   I really do.

Tuesday- Rest  I usually run on Tuesdays and that was the plan.  Work was insane that afternoon and ran late.    By the time I would have changed and gotten out the door I would have only had time for about a mile before the sunset.  I took it as a sign that I should just head home and get to the pharmacy for my new medications before it closed.  Since I’m still only running 3x a week right now, I figured I had plenty of time to make up my run.   Plus I was able to take part in my first Twitter chat.   Damn that moves fast!

Wednesday- Rest  Spanish tutoring.   Or I tried.   My mother volunteered me to help one of her tennis players.   Except that the days of me being fluent have long since lapsed.   Conjugating my verbs is not something I do anymore.    But I tried…and since we met at the pizza place, I still had my Wednesday pizza night.

 Thursday- 3.91 miles   I headed out after work for a few miles.   El Nino has been threatening to drop some heavy storms in the area so I knew the humidity level was up.  A heavy marine layer was rolling in and I knew this run was going to be a struggle breathing-wise.   It was but I just slowed down and tried to keep my breathing under control.   It was rough but there was an amazing sunset so it all evens out right?   I hit 3.9 miles at my car.  I was going to run around the block to hit 4 miles but there was a crowd of cops outside the police station so I just called it.   Running around the block a few times looks crazy to most people- what would the police think?


Friday – Rest day  Something about this week kicked my ass.  I was so tired by Friday and the scale pissed me off in the morning.    I was waiting for closing time a little more eagerly than usual.  

Saturday- Rest This was not the plan.   My mom had been wanting to go shopping in SLO so we were going to head down in the AM and I was hoping to get in a few miles later in the day.   It was also supposed to pour all day.    SLO did happen but running did not.  I felt super tired when I woke up but other than that ok.   I didn’t realize anything was wrong until my first few words to my mom.  I had no voice!   I sounded like a squeaky frog!   What the?!   It continued to get worse throughout the day and I felt off.    Like I couldn’t keep my body temp regulated.   So I skipped my run.  Boo.   But I did indulge with some pretty kicks. 


Sunday- 8 miles  My training plan called for 10-12 miles but I wasn’t even going to try for that.  I still had no voice but I felt ok, just tired.   I decided to head to the lake path and attempt my long run.   Lapping the lake meant I was never even a mile from my car so if I had to bail, I could.  I also had my mom and S along for the ride; they were going to walk while I ran.   This way I had backup if things went south.   The weather was sunny and high 50’s but I wore pants and long sleeves just in case.   I tried to keep things easy.  I went back to my old method of running at the lake- ran all of the lap except the park.  I walked through the park.  That way every lap had a built in walk break and it was easier to avoid all the children playing.    I felt tired and sore but not bad.  I just kept moving.  I told myself I would be happy with 6 miles.  That put me on the backside of the lake so I figured why not finish out the lap?  Then back at the parking lot I could see my mom and S on the backside but they seemed closer so I figured I would keep running until I caught op to them.  Yeah, my eyesight must have been off.  I didn’t catch up to them until 7.6 miles.  Then I figured I may as well just run until I hit 8 miles.   So I did.  But there was nothing else left in me.  Surprisingly though, the run was one of the steadiest paced runs in a long time.  Go figure!  

I don’t feel any worse right now but I don’t feel better either.  Wine Country is 7 days away and I am on the fence about it.  It’s one of my favorite races and this would be my 6th year running it.  I will just have to see how I feel this week.   Hopefully my voice comes back soon, I am tired of sounding like an angry Mickey Mouse.  At least according to my mom and S.

Low-carb-– I did damn good last week, I really did.  I was so proud of the myself.  Then the scale pissed me off on Friday and I let it derail me this weekend.   Time to start over on Monday- again.

So it wasn’t the best week but it could have been worse.  Right?

How was your weekend?

Ever lose your voice? 

Do I have a shoe problem?


21 thoughts on “Week 10 Training Recap

  1. Another new pair of shoes? Lucky duck! They’re way too expensive for me to buy more than one pair at a time. I just got some new ones, and I’ll probably buy another pair in April to wear for the marathon, and then I won’t have a shoe budget for a long, long time, haha! I’m sorry that you’re not feeling well, and hope you’re on the mend soon!


    1. They are last season’s model so I was able to get them for around 60 otherwise it might have been a different story. I have big plans for late spring and summer so I figured I better get the shoe thing figured out before then. I ended up staying home from work today so hopefully the extra rest will kick whatever this is. Thank you!


  2. I probably need to look into getting a new pair of shoes again soon, but I am so overwhelmed with all the choices and wanting to find the right pair!! Most feel good when I’m just walking around the store, but running is a different story all together!


    1. There are so many choices out there, it’s kind of ridiculous! I know what you mean, my running store has a treadmill but I feel like I run so differently on them that it’s not a good way to test the shoes. Luckily the store also has a 90 day return policy.

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  3. Yes you have a shoe problem! There is not another runner out there buying shoes as fast as you are! I’m not saying that’s a bad thing – I’m just saying!!! 😀 And, it’s not a bad problem to have!

    Oh my gosh, today I obsessed a bit over pace, but it’s the first day I’ve ever run far enough to actually check my mile-to-mile pace and I was so happy it was consistent! And you know I struggle when my overall pace drops – lol – but I think that is a theme I see out of every runner!! I just finished reading a book Ashley recommended, I need to go tweet her, Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall – that was amazing!! (<– that is my "book" contribution since I haven't read 80/20) 🙂


    1. I feel like it’s been a crazy few months of shoe buying. My feet have decided to hate everything. It’s driving me nuts. And breaking the bank. 😦
      Pace is hard, we see it as a measure of our improvement but that’s not necessarily true. We can look at a run and be disappointed since it was slower than we wanted but ignore the fact that maybe it was farther than usual too.
      Is it bad that I’ve never read Born To Run? It’s one of the first running books everyone recommends but I just can’t seem to bring myself to buy it! Oops?


  4. Ahhh your Launches are gorgeous! I just bought the Launch but in the black and mint green. I might be regretting that because yours are so pretty. Great picture! You always have the best shots!


    1. Oh, the black and green ones? I wanted those! Mine are actually the 2’s. The guy in the store pointed out that there isn’t much difference between the 2 and the 3…except the price. Plus this way if the 2’s work out for me, I know I will like the 3’s too. 🙂
      Thank you!

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  5. Love the new kicks! I feel like it’s hard for runners to NOT have a shoe problem… even when we’re not buying new ones I’m sure we all look at/lust after them 🙂 I lost my voice a few years ago during a bus ride from NYC to Boston after a weekend of sleeping in a room with no heat and a broken window (in the winter). I had to go straight to work off the bus and work the circ desk at the library, only I couldn’t manage any sounds at all. That was awkward! Hope yours gets back to normal soon!


    1. Haha, right? Shoe ads are the worst! I see one and think what are those?! I want those. Oh, that story just made me feel cold. I think it’s cold out here during the winter but a New England winter with no heat?! Yikes!


  6. I’m sorry you’re feeling so poorly – I hope you can make the race this weekend. Running (and drinking?) in wine country sounds like so much fun. I’m also jealous of your new shoes. I need – well, I want – new shoes but I’m going to wait until after my next half marathon and then treat myself.


    1. Once again, I replied wrong and just figured it out- sorry!

      Thank you, unfortunately, the race isn’t looking good. It’s a great small town race, I look forward to it every year. Shoes just haven’t been working out for me lately so I keep trying new ones!


  7. Thank you, unfortunately, the race isn’t looking good. It’s a great small town race, I look forward to it every year. Shoes just haven’t been working out for me lately so I keep trying new ones!


  8. I definitely have a shoe problem. Runners need lots of shoes!!!

    Running 80/20 is a pretty good plan. I only know a couple plans that have people run particular paces for easy runs, and frankly, I don’t think they are a great idea. I got my first running injury while using one of them. The great thing about plans that let you run easy super slow is that I finally trained myself to stop staring at the Garmin so hard.


    1. Trying not to look at the Garmin is so hard! I spent so long trying to get faster and worrying about my average pace on every run but it wasn’t making me a faster runner, just a stressed out one. Running slower is a different kind of hard but I am trying!

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