Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 11

Never mind, can I have week 10 back?

Who knew that it would look good by comparison.  😛

This week was a step back week but I had a specific way it was going to go down.  Run Monday and Wednesday after work, 8 miles on Friday since I had the day off due to a tennis thing and then a local half marathon on Sunday.

I hit a minor stumbling block on Monday but wasn’t worried as I still had the rest of the week to catch up.   The tennis trip was canceled due to rain so I debated canceling my vacation day too but decided to keep it after Wednesday night into Thursday morning turned into pure misery.  My stomach hurt so bad, I just wanted to cry.  Thursday morning saw me sitting on the floor by my closet talking myself into getting dressed and forcing myself to go to work.   Things didn’t get much better from there.

Monday- Rest Planned on running but a sudden trip to another work location at the end of the day put a pin in those plans.   Actually I would be at this location for the next 2 days.

Tuesday- Rest Pouring rain and working in the other location kept me from running.  The drive to work was sketchy enough, I wanted to get home and off the road as soon as possible.

Wednesday- 3.30 miles Once again at the other location which meant the only running option was changing ad heading back to home town.  I hit up the river path and hoped to break in my new Altra’s.   While I had no real break in period for the Torin’s, that is not going to be true for these Intuition’s.   My calves and achilles were super tight so I kept stopping to stretch them out.  Which gave me more time to enjoy the sunset.  😊  I also made my last mile a bit speedier than my past few runs.  I think I’ve made the run/ walk intervals a crutch.  They were only supposed to be for long runs for Big Sur practice but they’ve become more of an every run thing.  Oops.

Thursday- 2.3 miles The start of the pain days.  I headed to the lake path after work hoping that a few miles would help make things better.  I figured the path was a good idea because if things went south, the car was never that far away and there are bathrooms there if needed.  It wasn’t a miserable run but it wasn’t marvelous either.  Nor did it seem to help the pain or make it worse.  Just to be on the safe side, I called it at just shy of 2 laps of the lake.

Which was probably a good idea as that night I was in so much pain, I damn near went to the ER.

Friday- Rest Less pain than the day before.   I had the day off from work due to the now canceled tennis trip but I knew I wasn’t getting in my 8 miles like planned.  In fact, I knew I was barely going to do anything.  I was also beginning to question the likelihood of me running the half marathon on Sunday.   This was further reinforced by another epic bout of pain that evening, this one my mother happened to witness and she was volunteering to drive me to the ER.

Saturday- Rest Less pain but I was still on the fence about the race.  I went to packet pickup and picked up my bib and shirt.  I’d never down graded a race before but I also didn’t think I had a DNF in me if it came to that.  If you’ve been following me for a while, then you may recall that I have a proclivity for running races when I shouldn’t or finishing them when I know I shouldn’t.   My mother was lecturing me and I was texting Kate who was trying to talk me down.  In our Squadrunner channel, James and Dorothea were also trying to talk some sense into me.   I went to bed mostly decided to drop to the 5K but still thinking about the half.  I love this half and it would be half #30.

Sunday- Wine Country Run 5K  Holy crap, I did something smart.  😛  Race recap to come but damn it was cold!

8.71 miles for the week.  Sunday evening was actually the best my stomach has felt in days so fingers crossed that stays.  The coming week has tons of rain and a 19 miler on the schedule.

As for my stomach- my gastroenterologist can’t see me until the middle of May.  So either I get lucky and snag a cancellation or I wait it out.  Otherwise another round like this week may send me to the ER before then.

So, someone tell me something good!


  1. Something good…you ran way more miles than me even with the stomach issues. 👏🏼 Hope you feel better ASAP!!!


    1. Thank you! Fingers crossed!

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  2. I’m so glad you did something smart!! A 5k is so much better than a DNF!!


    1. I know, right? Who knew I could be smart??😛Thanks for helping talk me down!


  3. Paula C says:

    Loved the pictures from your runs. Those should have made your runs worth it. Hope you feel better. As a fellow sufferer of GI issues I know just how difficult running can be.


    1. They really do! And give me the perfect excuse for a “rest” break, haha. What is a week or day without GI issues?? I want to know! Sounds great, right?


  4. 50in50marathonquest says:

    sorry you had such a rough week, hope they can find some resolution for you soon…as for something good, well you avoided a DNS and a DNF, got a couple amazing sunset pics, and completed a speedy 5K all while earning points for our amazing SquadRunner team 🙂


    1. I don’t know about the soon, my appointment isn’t until the middle of May. 😦 I love the sunset pics while they last, soon it lighter longer but I love that too. I’ve had 2 lower weeks, I feel like I am slacking with the team!


  5. Those sunset pics are beautiful! Glad to hear changing to the 5K was a good decision!


    1. Thank you! It was definitely the right choice, I’m glad I was able to take pride and stupidity out of the equation. 🙂

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  6. I hope you are feeling better, still. Rick and I close on our houses (selling mine/buying ours) next Wednesday!!


    1. Thank you! Yay- that’s exciting!! The packing of boxes less so, but congratulations on the new house!

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      1. Thanks!! I see an upper body workout in my future!!


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