The beginning of this week was full of late work meetings so with the lingering effects of SLO being felt, I figured it was a good reason to use the time to rest. Otherwise I probably would have tried to run too soon. My left ankle was very sore and achy so taking Monday through Wednesday off was probably the smartest thing to do. But it was hard, I still packed running gear and took it to work every day. 😛
There was also the lack of sleep. What I didn’t mention was that pre-SLO, I only slept for about an hour. I generally sleep poorly before races but rarely that bad, I didn’t feel like it affected my race performance though. I was looking forward to sleeping on Sunday night… except I couldn’t. I managed less then 5 hours. Grrr. Monday night was more of the same as was Tuesday. By Wednesday I was running on fumes but it didn’t really hit me until Thursday when I was driving home from work. I started to get sleepy. Like so sleepy I had to change my running plans because I wasn’t going to make the whole drive home.
That’s not to say it was a bad week, it wasn’t at all- it was a good week. I just had some speed bumps. I ate some super yummy food this week and that’s never a bad thing, right? I did start a Random Friday post but dozed off part way through. Oops!
Monday- Rest Day 1 of the planned 3 days. I had a meeting after work so I knew running was very unlikely. Which was good because damn my ankle was sore.
Tuesday- Rest Day 2 but like I said I carried my running gear with me every day. Optimistic or in denial? My ankle was still achy. I stretched and foam rolled and planked that night.
Thursday- 3.5 miles I ran! But I damn near fell asleep on the drive there. I planned on running in home time but halfway there I realized I wasn’t going to make it. So I made an emergency right at the lake path and hoped the fresh air and a few miles would wake me up. Thankfully it did. As for the miles, I was sluggish and a little sore to start but once I got going things loosened up. I still made sure to foam roll and stretch really well that night. I also iced, just for GP.
Friday- Rest I worked open to close so I knew it was going to a long day. We were treated to breakfast which was yummy Acai bowls which almost turned bad. I took a bite of mine and it tasted off. I took another bite, nope- it still tastes wrong, tastes like nuts. Turns out they messed up my order and gave me the wrong base, which wouldn’t be so bad except the 2 main ingredients were peanut butter and almond milk. Umm, I’m allergic to nuts. I was just going to say whatever and have a cookie because you don’t complain about free food but a coworker took it back and the store corrected it to my original order. She’s awesome. (I can’t leave- I swear I’m not just lazy 😛)
Saturday- 6.2 miles My overall fatigue level for the week never really improved so I made the decision on Friday that I was not running long this weekend. I was doing 2 6 milers and I was comfortable with that. Rest is important too. A cold front came in so I was able to sleep longer and head out for an afternoon run. Running wise, it was awesome. Smashrun says it was my fastest run in 6 months. However it was freakin’ chaos- it was moments of running calmly interspersed with moments of running for my life along with some walking. It started out normally but went weird soon. I noticed that a tiny house I’d been watching had recently sold and the new owner had a dog. I wondered if the dog was nice because dogs like to eat me. 1/2 mile later I was running past a couple of parked cars when 4 pit bulls tied in a truck bed decided I looked like a good snack. I freaked out and jumped into the middle of the street. The owner said nothing and just looked me. Asshat. 2 miles later on my way back I stopped at an intersection because I realized I don’t really know a 6 mile route from my house and was wondering if my mileage was going to work out when I heard a loud BANG! It sounded like a gunshot and it was right near me. What the hell?! I know it wasn’t a gunshot because that is actually not an abnormal sound on my longer runs (rural area) but I bolted like a bat out of hell. I’m running neighborhoods, what is going on? Then is started raining on me. Seriously, just get me home.
Sunday- 6 miles Rest It was raining in the morning so I planned on running in the afternoon. At least that was the plan. I ended up super dizzy and nauseous in early afternoon and it lingered into the evening. I kept trying to force myself to get out and run but I am clumsy on a good day, who knows what damage I could do to myself if I tried to run while dizzy?
9.7 miles for the week. Perhaps more of a step back week then I planned post SLO but maybe my body was trying to tell me something. With a race next week, I chose to listen for once. Who knew?
I did go and see Guardians of the Galaxy 2- Freakin’ awesome!
Oh- who watched Breaking 2? What did you think? Kipchoge was so close!
How was your week?
What was the last movie you saw?
Running to find joy and a few beers along the way
5K, 10K, Half-Marathons, Fun Runs, & Obstacle Races!
A Blog of Running Exploits
living, loving, and running are what keeps me alive
How I wander and where it brings me
A place to soak in tips and stories from life, running, and anything in between.
I like running and singing, but not at the same time...
My journey from being injured and out-of-shape to a 5k, half marathon and ultimately a sprint triathlon... and seeing all 7 continents along the way.
Sharing all things running and racing
running, drinking & our life online.
Slow runners make fast runners look good - you're welcome.
writer | traveler | food❤️er | yogi | runnin' fool
Learning to love myself, one run at a time