I'm a Slacker with a running problem, wait, maybe that's backwards
Author: Fallon @ Slacker Runner
Hi! Welcome to Slacker Runner! I'm Fallon and this is where I share my love of running and sometimes my frustration. I'm on a journey to become a better runner and make healthier choices, but yes pizza is still amazing. So join me as I try to balance running and a desire to watch Netflix. :)
This will likely not be a long recap. 😛 4.5 years ago I went through a system conversion/ merger where I worked insane hours and managed to only run on the weekends. Advantage last time was that I knew all the systems and everything else. This time I know next to nothing. Why I thought this would be different, I have no idea. Maybe I repressed all those memories? Maybe I was naive?
Either way, this week had little to no running. I packed my gym bag with all my running gear including my new running shoes on Sunday evening. Then I just stared at it in my car everyday like it was taunting me. I felt like my shoes were calling my name. But my shortest day was getting off work around 6:30 not counting my commute. If lunch hadn’t been brought in each day, I don’t know that I would have time to make food. But it is what it is and I have amazing coworkers and we made it through.
So yeah, let’s get to it-
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday– Yeah no. It was all I could do to just to get through work then come home and crash.
Saturday– I woke up early but my entire body felt sore and bruised so I decided to sleep longer and go for a run in the afternoon. Which was the plan until it was decided that my cat needed to go to the vet. She had been lethargic and acting like she had a UTI for a couple days but it got worse. We found a vet who squeezed her in but it was a literal wait in the waiting room until all the other appointments were seen. So almost 3 hours. But she was seen and was given medicine. Which she does not appreciate.
Then of all odd things- the other cat is now freaked out by her. Like screaming in the middle of the night, wake the whole house up as he runs from her. WTF? So they had to be separated.
Sunday- 7.5 miles I should have gotten up earlier but I just couldn’t make myself. The plan started out as 10 miles then turned into 8 but ended up being 7.5. It was hot and I was still tired and when I was walking more than running, I decided that pushing it on my first run in 7 days wasn’t the best idea. My legs felt fine but the rest of me was not on board. I ended up going home and crashing hard and taking a long nap. I was actually supposed to go to the fair with my mother in the afternoon but we both bailed on that. I was just too tired.
7.5 miles for the week. I cry on the inside but sleep and work were more important.
Now, fingers crossed the gym bag leaves my car this week.
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I have a couple of Orange Mud products- the handheld and the Transition towel. I love them both but I’ve really had my eye of their hyrdation/ gear packs. Have you seen them?? So pretty! You know runners love their gear right? Then I saw the Phone.Flask.Vest and was like- wait, what?
I mean logistically how was that going to work? Don’t get me wrong, looked awesome but that mannequin looks noticeably flat chested- I may not be Dolly Parton but I’m also not flat chested. I was confused. At the time, they weren’t any pictures of the pack on women on the site either (there are now). I was intrigued enough to want to try it.
It arrived and it was even smaller than I thought it was going to be. However there were plenty of pockets. On the front side- there was the flask packet, another pocket directly in front of that, a key pocket, and a pocket on the shoulder. The entire back was a pocket complete with an extensive shock cord. The included flask was 450ml. Which if you’re like me, I had to look that up-15oz. 😛
Getting it on was a little tricky- silly me forgot to loosen any of the straps, ha! Once I did that it just a matter of finding the right fit. Which, I am not going to lie- I have to adjust the fit every run. However, the fault for that lies purely on my abnormal upper half- most of the time I’m a Cish cup, however there are times I’m above a D cup. Yeah, it’s fun, but I guess you could say I tested the pack in a variety of ways?😛
Ok- now for the running with it part. As long as I had it tightened properly- I never had any bounce. It only moved around on one run and I think I was just too tired to get it properly situated. Either that I was freakishly small that day. One quirk about the straps is that they tighten towards the back- so to tighten it- you pull it to the back. It was a little awkward at first but then I adjusted. It’s super lightweight and I can barely feel it when it’s on.
A full flask fits perfectly in it’s pocket and it worked great but to be honest I didn’t use it much. There were a few reasons. I kept forgetting it, I was only running a few miles and didn’t need water or I needed more so I carried a handheld too. My phone was also problematic. I have Iphone 7+ and the thing is huge. It does fit in the front pocket with flask in place but it’s a very snug fit. I preferred to run without the flask and put my phone in the flask pocket. Then I kept my pepper spray and chapstick, sometimes and entire body glide in the front pocket. My inhaler went in the shoulder pocket for easy access. The only pocket I had issues with was the key pocket. It’s small- very small. But then my new car key is huge- I was bemoaning that fact while buying the car. I didn’t even have the pack yet. 😛 Instead I keep a little hook on my key and attach it to the shock cord and place it in the pocket on the back.
Not only have I run with the pack every run since I got it, it has so far stood up to my treatment of it. I am hard on gear. I have a tendency to toss things around and I expect them to be able to handle that. For example- when I run after work, I am often parked in odd locations. The only door I open is my driver side door. I won’t open any other doors or the back of the car. I don’t want to dump the sweaty pack on the passenger seat post run ( I need another transition towel!) so I slingshot it from my seat to the back of the car. With all my stuff still in it. I don’t care how it lands as long as it’s on the very back of the car. 😛 So far, this hasn’t hurt it!
So a few things that could make it better-
2 buckles. There is only one buckle on the left side. While I can now get it on and off without taking my hat or glasses off, it would be a lot easier with 2 buckles. Sometimes it’s like taking off a sweaty sports bra. I also have a small head, so this would a very snug fit for those with more of average size head. Hmmm, that sounded odd.
I’ve got a theory (it could be bunnys) While I have plenty of leftover space on the straps, I wonder about the sizing. I measured multiple times and ordered a S/M because according to the site that’s what I needed. However I’m kind of wondering if the L/XL would have made the pack itself fit even better due to my ummm, upper half. It makes me wonder if the sizing for woman should be more like S/M for those who wear A/B and L/XL for C and higher. But again that’s just a theory and not one that I could test out.
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This week was so much better than last week but there were numerous points when I felt like an internet browser with too many tabs open. Not just any internet browser- Internet Explorer.😛
The week leading up to system conversion was just as crazy as I anticipated and I didn’t make it to half of the training meetings that I had on the schedule. I managed to have everyone else stick to the plan but me not so much. Adding to the chaos, I was greeted Monday by a dead computer. Yay. With the computer change coming, I didn’t the point in bugging IT when they were already stressed to the max so I just stole pieces from other computers until I was working, haha. This actually prompted someone to tell me that I was surprisingly positive. 😛
Oddly enough, this week, I was. Don’t get me wrong, there were times I felt completely underwater but somehow stayed positive. At least I think I did. Maybe I should with my coworkers. I was exhausted but kept trucking. Ran more miles than last week but still fell short in a big way. Oh and that 10k? Ha!
Monday- Rest I had an early morning conference call and afternoon meeting at the south end of the county. The meeting ended early but instead of heading home, I headed back to the office which turned out to be a good thing as even with me, we still got out an hour late. No running for me.
Tuesday- 4 milesFirst run in 4 days. And a source of amusement. I was a little accident prone this week. How I did not cause actual harm to myself on this run, I have no idea. It was a slow run but it was a nice stress release besides all the drama. 😛
Wednesday- Rest The day was chaos. It was also my birthday. Neither meeting really panned out. My coworkers brought me donuts, Taco Works and Starburst’s. Aww, they know me. This system conversion is going to make my pants tighter. 🙂
Thursday- 3.6 miles The tiredness was setting in. I was beginning to realize that Saturday’s 10K was not a good idea. I really did not want to run. I changed and headed for home town trying to talk myself out of running the whole way. However I parked, changed into my shoes and told myself I could do a 5K. I ended up running a little more that but it wasn’t pretty. I was sluggish and stopped more than necessary for a short run but it was done.
Friday- Work We’re just going to call it that. I think I left work after a long day a little after 7. Maybe later. It’s hard to remember.
Saturday- 4.2 miles trail Ok- no 10K race because- 1) the thought of an early morning alarm made me want to cry, 2) the idea of driving to work town 12 days in a row, mmm, nope. So instead my mother took me shopping for my birthday- new shoes!- and then we did a little trail run in the afternoon. The trail is awesome and very friendly to tired Slackers like me. I considered running 6ish miles when I got home to finish a long run but it was 100+ still and there was another fire so we had a smoke advisory. Boo.
Sunday- Work Here’s where the 12 days in a row would have come in. I actually went in to work in running clothes with my shoes and pack in the car but we ended up being there so much longer than planned. I also found that while I had managed to get a computer working for me during the week I didn’t come out so pretty on the other side of conversion. A lot of my settings and links were unrecoverable. 😢 It’s cool, I didn’t need those anyway right? Fingers crossed. I returned home to temps of 104. I still planned on trying for a few miles but I ended up passing out for a long nap instead. Oops.
11.8 miles for the week. Again so much better than last week but kind of missing that 10 mile long run. I am hopeful for the coming week but I know that it’s going to be another intense week at work and that needs to be my top priority. I think I can, I think I can. I also don’t want to disappear into a hole. I feel like I barely read or commented on your blogs last week- well I think I read them but I’m not sure what happened after that. Like I said- I was kind of hazardous. 😛
What do you do when a Sig alert comes across your phone saying that your route home is currently blocked due to a string a fires?
Well, first you stare dumbly at the phone. Then you check the CHP website, followed by the local news sites, no one hurt- fires mostly contained but freeway blocked. Hmmm, now what? You adapt. Running gear still in car from a failed attempt at running on Monday? All right, time for a Tuesday run.
Running on Tuesday’s is odd. Smashrun told me that only 7% of my runs are on Tuesdays.😛 I’d had a day where I was surprised I didn’t break something. Slammed my fingers into things so many times I lost count, dropped things, knocked my elbow, kicked things and popped my toes out of joint at one point. That said I was looking forward to my first run since last Thursday.
I headed out for a run in work town. The humidity was higher than I would like but there was no smoke so bonus points there! It didn’t feel like a walk in the park after 4 days off but it felt so good to be out running.
That is until I hit a root on the path and went pinwheeling.
Seriously, my thoughts alternated between- “pull up!, pull up!” and ” I’m going down!”.
I swear I pinwheeled half running, half falling, arms swinging for almost 50 feet before I somehow pulled myself out of it somehow. Then I came to complete stop, gasping for air- mostly out of shock- damn that jarred my whole body! Geez- what else could I do to myself? Shouldn’t have asked- I was only 2 miles into the run. 😂😂
I ran on to the turn around point and then made my way back towards my car. Around mile 3, I looked down at my watch once I got to a sidewalk. Only to look back up and immediately dance right. Holy sh**, phone pole in the face!! No pausing this time, just running on to avoid embarrassment of both the pole face and some colorful language that escaped as now people were around.
Apparently I needed to be put in a protective suit on Tuesday. 😛 I finished 4 miles and drove home on mostly clear roads and tried to just not further injure myself. Then I realized that it was my last run at that particular age so maybe I really wanted it to be memorable? Ha! Or maybe I was saying goodbye to a hazardous year? Who knows?