Week 36 Training Recap

Training for: 

  • City to the Sea 13.1
  • Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half


I said these training recaps were going to be shorter starting this week but I may have misspoke.  Last week ran me over like a truck…which then backed up.   So most of my posting plans were ignored in favor of sanity.    I did get most of my planned running in but the bike was ignored in favor of sleep and/or staring at the TV trying to decompress while binging on Netflix.  I’ve now started season 8 of Bones.   It’s a   ๐Ÿ˜›

So long story short- I walked into work on Monday and was greeted by a flood.    Ok, deep breath in and go!   Only a few rooms were flooded but we were literally sinking into the carpet.   Ok then.  Figured out it was the water heater and a plumber came out and fixed that.  We put up some normal fans while waiting for the restoration crew.  One fan damn near grenaded as I was running to wall to get it unplugged.  The restoration crew finally showed up and I thought that meant things were looking up.  Yeah, no.    5 high power industrial drying fans had to run 24/7.   All week long.   By Thursday, I thought I was going to lose my mind.   On Friday I partially did.  I started giggling at something an employee said- that wasn’t funny- and couldn’t stop.  Then I started crying.   I had no idea that sound could affect me that much.

Monday- 2.7 miles  Can’t blame the shortness on the flood this time.  I decided to break in my new shoes and knew by 1.5 miles in that I was going to have problems.   2.7 was when I decided I wasn’t going to make it back to my car without becoming bloody.  I turned off my watch and took off my right shoe and sock.  I stretched and walked back to my car half barefoot.   Grrrr.

Tuesday- Rest Day

Wednesday- Rest Day  I wanted to run but was feeling funky and decided it wasn’t worth it just to make August’s mileage look a little better.

Thursday- 4 miles  Ouch, ouch.  My calves were so damn tight and my brain was on the fritz.  It was day 4 of the fan drama and I really wanted to just run out all the stress but it didn’t work.   My legs were sore and my calves would not loosen up.  I lost count of how many times I stopped to stretch it out.

Friday- Day from hell.   Work was so busy, the fans almost broke me and I didn’t get home until 8.    I started crying on the way home.  Why?!?!

Saturday- Rest  I had made plans to run with Heather and Ashley but on Friday I knew that wasn’t going to happen.  As much as I wanted to run with them, I was fried.  So instead I did something I rarely do- nothing.   I slept in (that part’s not rare๐Ÿ˜›) but did nothing.   I sat out on the deck for most of the afternoon and just chilled.  I caught on some reading- Runner’s World and I finished a book.  I also listened to some music.  Turns out my calming music is Lifehouse- ha!   That said, it was kind of nice.   And it was so needed after the week of noise.

Sunday- 11 miles.  Oof.   My plan for my long run this weekend was 12.  The fact that I made it to 11 is victory enough.   I dragged my feet getting out of bed but did make it out the door before 9.  I was achy and tired and it never went away.   I was done by mile 3 but I told myself it would get better.  Plus I was meeting my mom at the halfway point so she could walk and I had to keep running to get to the meet up point.   I was so slow, I was taking walking breaks right and left; my pace was all over the place.    I just kept slowing down, I decided I was done at 11.  11 brought me back to the car right as my mother was finishing her walk.  I took it as a sign that 11 was good enough.  ๐Ÿ˜›   I was toast.

17.7 miles for the week.   Not great but not horrible.   At least I held steady from the previous week.     That’s a plus right?

Looking to this week, I would like to figure what is causing all the achiness.   However, I am not setting any definite plans as I know the fans are still running now.    Right now, my only hope is that they will go away on Tuesday.  Fingers crossed!!   The earlier the better.

How was your week?  Have a good Labor Day?

Ever had a pipe break? 

Thanks for sticking through another long post!


18 thoughts on “Week 36 Training Recap

  1. I got the 5’s earlier this year. They seemed to just fit ‘different’ than anything else from the Pure line. It took much longer for me to break them in and I still only use them for runs up to about 6-7 miles but that’s it. I had to start using Launch’s for my longer runs. It is almost like the material of the body is just very unforgiving, like buying a pair of jeans that aren’t pre-faded and take a million washes to final feel good.


    1. I am really going to miss my 4’s. I only have around 50 miles left on my current pair. The 5’s are just odd, the toes box seems narrow and small but the ankle area feels loose. I’ve only put 5 miles on them and I am hoping it gets better. I really don’t want to have to start over with the shoe search again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  2. We have a “running water” noise in our office occasionally and it drives me nuts. Nothing is leaking but it’s just the pipes in the walls I guess…anyway, you’d think it would be a relaxing sound but it’s not.


  3. Have you checked your iron levels? Achey and random crying…that’s what was wrong with me. Have been taking Feroglobin for iron and b12 for 2 weeks and it’s made a huge difference to my fatigue levels and ability to breathe and generally function as an adult! You’ll still be tired from the marathon as well.

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    1. That’s a good thought. The last time they were checked my iron levels were fine but my iron stores were low. I do see the doctor in a month so that is something I can ask for. That also reminds me that I am supposed to be on a low dose supplement but I’m not following through. Oops.

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  4. Hey slacker… Listen to your body if you are feeling achy. Rest is a runners best friend. Its the only way to ensure you’ll continue to enjoy the activity you’ve grown to love. Take care of the aches and pains now and the running enjoyment will come later. I don’t call myself “creaky joints” for nothing. I’ve been running a long time and it will get you through the best and the worst of times… If you respect the rest. And I mean zzzzzs. Feet up. Like you do. Hang in there!


    1. I am trying to listen, I think I am just frustrated that I am more achy now than I was post marathon. Then again, it’s only been a month so maybe I was hoping for too much. I think I will be sticking to 3x a week for the foreseeable future. Sleep is also something I need to work on. A 6 hour average is not helping me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  5. Oh sitting out on the deck sounds lovely! I sat out at my friends pool and it was so super relaxing after a long week of high mileage running. Sounds like you’re slowly but surely getting back in the groove. Don’t be hard on yourself, though. Enjoy those rest days! Have a great short work week!


  6. Glad you took a well-earned deck rest! We were in a cabin in Montana for the weekend with no tv so I got a ton a reading and sleeping done. I’ve given up on Brooks. I used to be all about the Pure line – the cadences and their trail shoe but they just don’t feel right so I’ve switched over to some Altras and Adidas Boost and am having a much better time.


    1. I am not a camping, cabin type of person but that sounds kind of awesome. I really need to disconnect more often. Yeah, Brooks. I think it’s time to branch out, my 4’s are dead and the 5’s are just odd. I have no idea where to start from now. Why can’t shoes be easier?!


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