San Francisco Marathon Training Week 8

Name Change!!

Let’s be real, who was I lying to?  As if calling it “Week 21 Training Recap” meant I could bury my head in the sand a little longer?    So, let’s rip the band-aid off.   There should be an emoji for that.

If you’ve read my whiny, ranting post from Friday, you know that last week went a little sideways.  After such a great week 7, I was hoping to keep the momentum going.    But, well, life happens right?

Monday- Rest  I had a doctor’s appointment where I had 3 excisions done.  Why I thought I was going to follow through with running after that, I am not sure.  One was even under my sports bra band so it’s not like I really wanted to put one on after that.   Combine that with my car battery dying in the office parking lot and the day was shot.  It was surprisingly hard to find a place that sold the battery to my car.  My very common Nissan.  Grrr.

Tuesday- Rest/ furniture moving  I had what I called severe allergies start after my run on Saturday but by Tuesday, it was full blown head cold status.  I could barely see out of my eyes and spent most of my time sneezing.   I ended up leaving work early and went home.  I treated myself to my go-to sick meal- In n Out- on the way home and then took a 3 hour nap.  On the floor. 😝    Once I woke up, the rest of the evening was spent moving furniture in preparation for new carpet the next day.

Wednesday- Rest  This time planned but I felt guilty.  I should have been running.  I still wasn’t feeling well but I made it through the full day at work before heading home to move furniture back into place.   Apparently, I am not as strong as I once was.  Some of that crap was hard to move!

Thursday- 3.4 miles  Aborted tempo.  What’s that saying about good intentions?  I headed to the lake path to get in what was supposed to my last 5 mile tempo.  Next week they jump to 8 miles.   Holy crap!  Anyways, back to this week.   Let’s just say I should put my phone on Do Not Disturb when I run from now on.  Of those 3.4 miles, 2 were at tempo pace.  What was not cool was how hard they felt.   So much harder than the week before.  Had I finished my run I am not sure I could have held that for another 3 miles.  That worried me.  Ok, it freaked me out.  Hence Friday’s post.

Friday- Rest  Oddly enough, one of the excisions was really bothering me .  Of course it was the one on my butt.  Maybe it was just trying to make me sit less?  Oh and the morning started with finding out that my debit card had been compromised.   Not my main one but the one linked to my race account.  Double Grrrr.

Saturday- 12 miles-  I worked in the morning so I knew this would be an afternoon run.   Luckily the temp was predicted for the mid 60’s so I wasn’t too worried about that.    I used the timing as a training exercise, sort of.  I’ve been trying to figure out what I can eat before long runs and races that my system will tolerate.   I’m testing out various protein shakes as I seem to tolerate liquids better.  So I had 2 pieces of sausage for breakfast and a protein shake at 11:30.  The poor choice might have been the cookie I ate as well.  😝

That said, I headed out around 2 PM for my run.  Overall, I kept my head down and just kept running.   I was feeling ok and didn’t need any walk breaks through mile 5, I met with my mom halfway through mile 6 so I walked with her for 1/2 a mile.  Then I ran on and just kept trucking.  It was so windy, my hat was almost ripped off my head 3 times.    My stomach cramped in bad way at mile 10.  I stopped for a moment and breathed it out.   I was only 2 miles from being done so I kept my break short and ran on.  My stomach cramped again around mile 11.3 but this time I walked it out.   Stupid stomach.   I then ran on to finish my run.    Other than the cramping issues, the run was pretty good.  My pace was right in the middle of my long run range and it would have been even better without the the little break in the middle.    Obviously I need to work on the fueling thing some more.

Sunday- 6.2 miles – The plan called for 6 but I wanted 8.  Seriously, this was one of the slowest 10K’s of my life.   Smash Run tells me it was my 47th slowest- yay!  I don’t know what it was but I could not get it into gear.  My legs felt fine but the rest of me just wasn’t out there.   My pace was all over the place and by the end I was glad the plan only called for 6.   I felt fine when I was done so maybe it was all in my head?

So yeah, 21.6 miles.  About 15 short of where I had hoped to be.  I am trying to find the shiny here and say that 21 miles is still pretty good for a Slacker right?   We live and we learn and we plan for the week to come.   Right? Right.   #justkeeprunning   I am still on the fence about Saturday’s half- partly due to indecision and partly because that account was cleaned out.  Boo.  I will get the money back and I will make a decision but right now I am playing it by ear.   I also want to give the protein shakes another try.  Any recommendations?

How was your week/ weekend?

Ever been hit by fraud?  Someone had fun at a bar with mine.  And tried to buy a suit.  Weird.


11 thoughts on “San Francisco Marathon Training Week 8

  1. Boo boo and double boo to the fraud situation! 😦 That happened to me last month, actually. Someone spent $60 at Pandora Radio and the red flags when up when they tried to buy a Lexus on the other side of the country. Jeez. It’s a creepy feeling, plus SUPER obnoxious to have to change my card info for all my bills and stuff. People suck sometimes.

    21.6 is awesome weekly mileage, IMO. Certainly better than 0 miles! 😉 I’ve never really gotten into protein shakes so I can’t offer any recommendations… I used to try the Gatorade recovery shakes and the vanilla were pretty yummy, but I haven’t had one in years. Good luck with the fuel quest!


    1. A Lexus?! Holy crap, they went for the big spending! Considering how often I use my debit cards it was bound to happen sooner or later. I know I’ll the money back sooner rather than later but it does bite.
      Oh, I forgot Gatorade made those recovery shakes! I may give those a try. Does the vanilla really taste like vanilla? Every time I try something vanilla flavored it tastes chalky.


      1. Right?? And it was my debit card, which does not have anywhere near enough money in the account to cover a Lexus, haha. I guess I admire their lofty goals? Ish.
        I haven’t had the Gatorade shakes in a while so I don’t know if they’ve messed with the formula or whatever, but the vanilla was pretty tasty and not at all chalky!

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  2. Ugh, I’m sorry your account was compromised–that blows! I’m actually trying to use my debit card a lot less these days because I’m worried about somebody hacking it. As for fueling-do you like/tolerate sweet potatoes? I’ve been eating them nonstop lately and find that they are great for pre-run. Easy to digest, you can salt them up for some extra electrolytes, and throw a scrambled egg on top for some protein.


    1. Debit cards are more protected than check fraud so I use mine everywhere. I figured it would happen sooner or later. The odd part was that it happened to my race account, I use that card at very few places.
      I’ve never really had a sweet potato now that I think about it. I may have to pick some up this weekend and try that, thanks!

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  3. I just had to close down my secondary account and get a new card for it 😦 But did feel good it wasn’t my prime one! I like the Met Rx Vanilla protein plus – Trader Joes, $25.
    I just ordered and got Quest Strawberries and Cream, as Mr. T wanted a strawberry flavor.

    The Met Rx is very mild – 24 grams/100 calories per scoop if I remember correctly. I drink one every morning after I run. Take it for what it’s worth. LOL.


    1. I think my main account would have made more sense, I use that card everywhere. But the race account? I register for races and I used it at Disneyland back in February. I know most times the scammers sit on your information a while before using but I am still intrigued by the card that was hit. I think I surprised the fraud department by how calm I was the whole time. 🙂 Sorry you had to change accounts! That can be tedious.

      Ohhh, I forgot to check Trader Joes- oops! Does the vanilla taste good? Not chalky in any way? I can’t seem to find a vanilla that I like the taste of. 😦

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      1. It’s not bad, I didn’t notice it being chalky, but I only do 1 scoop instead of the recommended 2, so that might make a difference. I never would have thought of Trader Joe’s but a personal trainer that is in a fitness group I’m in on Facebook highly recommended it. Mr. T called last night and said 24 hour fitness had some powders on sale, so we bought a $90 mix for $40, banana cream… Having it this morning, not bad.


  4. Honestly, I think you’re doing great with the marathon training thus far. In training for my first one, I didn’t really have much structure at all – I maybe ran 3-4 times a week and definitely didn’t do tempos. By the way, tempos always seem to be a pretty hit or miss for me too. Sometimes they feel great and you’re on top of the world while other times it’s a struggle and you have to bail and you have no idea why it all went wrong.


    1. Thank you! The first plan I was following was very basic and while I liked it, I started to worry that it wasn’t enough. I changed plans in a major way but still made some slacker adjustments😛. But man, tempos are hard!!!


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