Slacker, Training

12-Hold On

I am not even sure where to start this week. Doubt I am the only one.

This won’t cover any running as I didn’t do any last week. I debated about even posting something for the week but I do use these posts as a semi journal and who knows I may want to look back on this some day. Maybe?

My office was still open so I went to work everyday and then straight home after work. I guess I was sheltering in place before the county went on lock down. Our county went to shelter in place about 2 days before the state did. Things are chaotic and changing by the minute.

My GI disorder can be irritated by stress as are my migraines so I had a few issues last week. Can’t use that as the excuse for being lazy most of the days post work though.

On Thursday we shut down part of the building, still helping customers just less exposed for everyone. I desperately needed a run but I am still all torn about that. Aren’t I out there enough anyways? Yikes, I want to run.

On Saturday, I ventured out into the scary place of Target, I had to get a few things. It wasn’t as bad as I thought but the shelves were slim pickings. Then I was home for the rest of the day. I signed up for a free trial of Les Mils on Demand and did a yoga workout. Parts felt great and parts less so.

I had planned on getting rid of my stationary bike but hadn’t managed to donate it yet so that got cleaned off and brought back into the house on Sunday. However either the batteries are dead or the time outside killed the on board computer. So I rode for 50 minutes at unknown speed and distance. I did work up a decent sweat though.

So 2 workouts in 7 days. Could be a lot worse.

I am still trying to figure out the running part.

How are things where you are?

Run!

Just Stop

So here’s my question- Running alone is “currently” ok- social distancing and all.

But people aren’t running alone. Groups of 4-5 are together on the theory they will stay far enough a part. That cannot be guaranteed.

Also runners are making comments on how many people they see out- running, walking, etc. Tell me again how a crowd, no matter how small, is a good thing? And I see more of them every day. If you are typing those words on social media, there are too many people. Hell, if you are thinking those words when you are outside, there’s too many people.

Remember that old grocery store motto? 3’s a crowd? Come on people!

Trust me, I get it, running is my healthy way of relieving stress and right now I may rip my hair out. I am still working as my industry is considered essential which is fine I knew that shortly after I got the job. I am trying to present a calm front for my coworkers but don’t know if I am pulling that off.

I live with people and one of them qualifies as higher risk so there is that as well. Which actually might be the biggest point.

So yes, I need to run. Hell, if I am thinking optimistically, I have fall races to train for. However is my stress release worth the possible risk?

Yes, science says 6 feet is ok, science says solo outdoors is good for you. Thing is, science changes every day. Everything’s safe until it isn’t.

Part of me still thinks this is all overblown and that there is too much over reacting. But… what if I am wrong. What if it’s not an over reaction? Way I see it, better to tough it out now than suffer in something worse later.

Ok, maybe not a question, just a rant.

Oh and wash your damn hands.

Run!, Slacker

11- Unsteady

So, yeah, how is it going in your neck of the woods?

Last week started off pretty good actually and then descended into well, I am sure you all know.

Ok this was Wednesday

So, let’s go back to Monday– I headed out after work for a nice 3 miles. Ok, a cold 3. Winter finally brought the rain and it was so dark you couldn’t tell the time change had just happened. I stupidly didn’t pack a headband and when my ears get cold I am done. So, 3 it was.

I did something after work on Tuesday but can’t remember. Oh, it poured!

Wednesday was finally clear-ish and I headed out for a run. To be honest I wasn’t feeling it but ended up having a pretty great 4 miler. My apologies to the drivers who saw may have seen me dancing down the street.

This whole time, current events were starting to spike and I was wondering what was going to happen to my Spartan Trail Race over the weekend.

Running has been decent but there was an odd twinge in the my right leg-tendon or muscle something so I decided to rest on Thursday and just get in a good stretch. The news also dropped that my race was canceled on Sunday.

Then everything went to hell in a hand basket on Friday. As, I’s sure you all know. My migraines are partially induced by stress so I went into the weekend with a doozy. Work on Saturday and people crazy hoarding things didn’t help. Who stockpiles eggs?? Do they know something I don’t know??

No running happened last weekend, part rain storm, part migraine and part confusion.

Which remains. I need to run, my brain needs it but I am unsure. Also, I cannot work from and we are open for business. And I am in close proximity to someone who could qualify as higher risk. So I just don’t know.

Tell me something about your week.

Run!, Slacker

10-2.5

I didn’t plan on taking so many days off last week but that’s what happened.

I started the week off with some lingering unpleasant-ness post Napa Valley Half. I.E what has since been dubbed the second worst chafe of my life. Possibly tied for first. It hurt to walk for days. I tried pants, I tried dresses… nope to it all.

Thursday came around and I still hadn’t run and I was going stir crazy. I changed and headed out for a few miles. I had missed my sunsets. However, running was still not a good idea, haha! So a hobbling, 2.5 ish miles.

Friday and Saturday kind of snowballed in a less than stellar way and not lots of sleep was had. I was hoping for a rain filled, relaxing day but that was not the case.

Sunday morning dawned all too early but I knew before I even got out of bed that I wasn’t running. The last few weeks have been a little crazy and the upcoming few weeks are set to be equally crazy so I took a day to do nothing. I mean I wasn’t completely lazy- I did some errands, rearranged some furniture and took a power nap.

So yep, less than 3 miles for the week. But I can walk now so yay!

How was your week?

BibRave, Product Review

It’s a Handful

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Okay, let’s get honest here- I have a chafing problem. A real one. And it’s bad.

For now, lets talk the dreaded bra chafe.

I have numerous sports bras- some inexpensive, some very expensive. Pull over the head and front zip. The front zips while easier to get on and off rip me up no matter how much I slather up. I’ve used Body Glide, Vaseline, Squirrel’s Nut Butter- nothing works. I end runs and races with severe chafe to the point of slices at the bottom right of the front zipper and top left of the zipper. Any run over 4 miles and I would end up bloody. I’ve shoved my shirt up under my sports bra numerous times just to see if it helped.

Oh and the pull over ones? Chafe all along the back band. Not to mention how next to impossible they are to get off post run.

I had heard good things about Handful so when the opportunity came up, I thought why not? I opted for the Closer version as I really do love the ease of a front zip.

It was cute!!!

Here’s where things get tricky. I am currently up in weight- a lot- but all my sports bras are mediums. According to the Handful website you should choose your shirt size when ordering a bra. My shirts range from mediums to extra large. I chose a large. Once it arrived, I was excited. It seemed very soft and was super cute. Except… it didn’t fit. Like at all, there was no way that was getting zipped up. Nope. So I sent it back and exchanged it for an extra large. Which I won’t lie, stung a little.

Yeah, should have taken a pic of just the bra

Once it arrived, I tried it on right away. It felt big so I tightened the adjustable straps on the back. Took it for an 8 mile run, no chafe! It felt a little loose on the downhills though. So I tightened it again. Better. Took it for more runs. Still soft, still no chafe. Hmmm.

I gave it the ultimate test up in Napa this past weekend. Thanks to the temper tantrum that is my GI system, I was in the sports bra for over 5 hours. 3 of those were running hours… ok trying to run hours. Zero chafe!!!!! I didn’t even think that was possible. Who knew???

I am sold on the softness and the chafe free-ness. I do feel like I need it to be a little tighter but I can’t tighten the straps anymore. Handful does sell extra pads to insert so I could buy some and use those to make it a snugger fit. Or I can finally get my act together and to get to a point where I can buy the large. Plus that way I can get a fun pattern too.

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How do you avoid chafe?