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Finally a Reason

Friday morning, I woke up feeling like I had slept more hours but they were just as crappy.  I just wanted to burrow under the covers for a few more hours.  But I dragged myself out of bed and got ready for work.  Since I was feeling crappy, I wore my newest skirt and my most comfortable boots to work.  Fake it ’til you make it right?

Yeah, I rock funky socks, every day :)
Yeah, I rock funky socks, every day 🙂

Don’t worry, I push the socks down before we open the doors.  🙂  I was also treated to this morning view while picking up the cookies-

The seagulls were going crazy!
The seagulls were going crazy!

Shaping up to be a good day, right?  By early afternoon, my headache had turned into a head pounder and my swallowing was so painful.  Ahhhh, light bulb moment, I was sick.  Maybe that explained the week of crappy sleep and the zoning out I did a few times at night.  I watched Biggest Loser on my DVR over the week, but I couldn’t tell you a dang thing that happened.    I don’t remember it at all.  😦  After leaving work yesterday, I crashed in the Comfy chair with a blanket.    I was hoping I would be better in time for a long run today.

I had a little shopping trip planned with my mom; she wanted help looking for a wedding gift for one of her former players.  I set an alarm in the hopes I could get a run in this morning first.  Ha!  My head and throat were worse.  So I tried to get a little more sleep before getting ready for the day.  Shopping went well, even if both my mother and I were feeling poorly and moving a little slower than usual.   Even though my throat hurt, I was able to enjoy lunch.  🙂  She also found a great gift, which is good as the wedding is tomorrow.   🙂

She then needed to head to the Tennis Warehouse to pick up a few things for the team.  Uhoh- danger zone!  The Running Warehouse was literally 10 feet away.  And I had been feeling the urge for new shoes.   I was one of those rare runners who only had one pair of shoes.  I wore them for every race, training run and occasional trail adventure.  When they wore out, I replaced them.  With my planned increase in training this spring and more half marathons on the schedule as well I was thinking about getting another pair.

The place was packed, but then the store front is small.  However customer service there is amazing.   I tried to resist, I really did.  I ended up trying on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 17.    I love my current pair of Inspire 9’s so I was optimistic for the 10’s.  They felt like an entirely different shoe, tighter and flatter.  Not cool.  The Wave Rider’s on the other hand felt awesome!   Restraint be damned!

So shiny and new
So shiny and new

The Wave Rider’s are a neutral support shoe so that is a change.  So I will be trying them out on the treadmill for the first few runs.  If I like them, I figured I would use them for the flatter, shorter runs and races.   I can’t wait to test them out.  Our shopping trip was longer than planned; I ran out of daylight.   My mother cannot make a quick trip to Petco.  I ended up wandering away at one point and having a conversion with a little boy about betta fish.  He was excited because they are fighter fish.  I told him we have one at work that likes to try to attack a coworker.  He thought that was great.  🙂

Once home, I had absolutely no energy for the gym.  So today became a rest day.  I am hoping that I will feel better tomorrow and can get in some miles.  Maybe not the 8 that I missed today but anything between 4 and 6 would be cool.  It will have to be early though as I am my mother’s plus 1 for the wedding.   My dad, well he’s not the partying type.  Neither am I, really, but I fake it better.  🙂

How was everyone’s Saturday?

Was I really the only one with one pair of shoes?

chill out, Reward, Run!, Slacker

The Difference in Numbers

It’s almost Friday!!!!

The schedule for Wednesday showed a 5 mile run.  However, sleep on Tuesday night while better than Monday was the opposite of good.  I was tired and my head hurt so I skipped the run and went for a rest day.  Since running 2 days in a row, I was hoping a day off might.  No dice.  Again with the restless, crappy sleep.  I barely managed to drag my tired butt out of bed this morning at 6:40.  Why was this bad?  I have leave for work by 7:15.   If only I could find a way to channel that speed into running. 🙂

Work for the last week has been great all day and then chaos for the last 45 minutes.  Is there some weird moon thing going on or something?  Today was no different.    I also spent over 30 minutes sitting in my car at lunch waiting for a car wash.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one running errands on lunch.  So now the outside matched the inside.  Well, kind of.  Now that it looks all shiny and clean, I can see just how badly I cleaned the inside windows.  Seriously, I make them look worse after cleaning them.

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After the last minute craziness at work, I changed and was ready to hit the gym.  Tonight’s run called for an easy 3.   However I ended up stuck behind a car going 20 miles under the speed limit who brake checked me every quarter mile.   So much for a nice calming commute 😦   So I had some energy to burn by the time I finally made it to the gym.  Once again I had the Garmin and Nike+  to track my miles.  Combined with my fuel band on the other hand, I probably looked like the biggest gear nerd.   The place was packed.  It was the busiest I had seen it all week, I almost didn’t find a treadmill.

Once I found one, I started it up as well as all my gear.  I admit I walked a minute of every mile.  I ran 10 miles at race pace before walking in my last half marathon, but I can’t run one on the treadmill.  What gives?  Plus I still haven’t mastered drinking and running, ha!  Ok, I’m not that bad but it’s a great excuse.  🙂  I hit 3 miles at just shy of 31 minutes and kept going.  I actually sped up.  I was tired and hot but feeling ok so I pushed on.   4.5 miles in 44:55 so I pushed stop on both the Garmin and Nike.   I walked another quarter mile cool down.

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Stat check:  The treadmill read 4.5 miles in 44:55.  Nike said 4.37 miles in 44:56 and the Garmin?  Well, Garmin said 3.90 miles in 45:01.  Hmmmm, what to believe.   Other than the 60 seconds of walking each mile, I ran between 6.4 and 7.1, so I really want to believe the treadmill.   I think the Garmin will only be used outside from now on.  Once home, it was time for another smoothie.  And hopefully some decent sleep very, very soon.  Please?  I rarely ever get in a run on Fridays, so I am looking forward to getting in my long run this weekend.

Oh, yesterday I received the medal from the only virtual race I did last year.   I’m still not sure how I feel about those but I will admit that I did this one just for the medal.  My inner nerd girl was jumping up and down-

tardis

How has everyone’s week been? 

Any races this weekend?

chill out, oops!, Run!, Slacker

Treadmill Tuesday

Totally random, but let’s start with this little snippet- Hell froze over!!
 
Sorry couldn’t help it, but that must be why I made it to the gym two days in a row 🙂  Can we say ugh squared to the treadmill? Maybe it’s because of the circulated air or the fact that you have run while staring at yourself in the mirror but running just seems so much harder. 
 
Last night I slept horribly.   First I couldn’t fall asleep and then I tossed and turned.   For someone who used to be something of an insomniac, this is not cool.  An unexpected bonus to commuting and the crazy insane schedule I had for the first 3-4 months of the year was finally sleeping a little better.  I am hoping tonight is better and that last night was just a one off.
 
6 miles were on the plan for today but I knew that wasn’t likely when I woke up.  While getting ready, I figured I could do a 2 mile walk while on lunch and then hit the gym for 3-4 miles after work.  That seemed more feasible.  As I was walking out the door to go to work, I received a text message.  Someone called in sick. 😦  So I canceled the lunch walk with the intention of taking a shorter lunch and getting back to work.  Best laid plans right?
The opposite of walking
The opposite of walking
 
We have a Comfy chair at work too, and I sat down after eating my lunch.  Then I fell asleep… oops.    I had even turned my jacket into a blanket.  I woke up almost 40 minutes later.  So much for a short lunch, it was just shy of regular.   I jumped out of the chair, refilled my water bottle and ran out of the break room.  FYI, I also spilled my water 3x today.
 
I was still tired and was debating even running but I knew I needed to go.  Luckily ME emailed me around 4, so I asked her join me.  Part of my gym membership is that I can take a guest whenever I want :).  She wanted to go, so we planned to meet up as soon as I got back into town.   Woo hoo for company!  She’s just getting back into things after a nasty bout of strep and I was still tired, so short and sweet it was!  3 steady, solid miles, done!  We hadn’t seen each other since before Christmas so we exchanged gifts in the parking lot after.  We’re classy like that. 🙂  So, ME is super crafty and she made these adorable earrings for me-
Cute, right?
Cute, right?
I managed to finally get the Garmin to work on the treadmill.  Well, kind of.   As you can see in the picture, the mileage was off.  Both Nike+ and the treadmill actually agreed for once.   The Garmin however was lagging behind.  Time for more research on how to get it calibrated properly, or at least as close as I can.   I love Google. 
Keep up Garmin!
Keep up Garmin!
 
 
I came home and rewarded myself with a nice cold strawberry banana smoothie.   I may have killed the blender in the process, it was not a happy camper.    Since it’s so heavy, will that count as strength training for the day?  Probably not.  😦
Yum!!!
Yum!!!
 
How was everyone’s Tuesday?
 
 
chill out, Eat!, Run!, Slacker

Watery Eyes

Thursday was supposed to be a rest/ cross training day but since I knew the likelihood of me running today was pretty nil, I optimistically packed my running gear.   It was a pretty good day at work.  We were fully staffed, and even with the hectic-ness of month end, new month, year end and new year all at once, it was still good.   I was looking forward to a good run after work.  I wasn’t too eager to find out just how many people were working on their New Year’s resolutions but oh well.   It wasn’t until 4:45 that things went screwy.

I lost my mojo (if I ever had any to begin with).    I had absolutely no desire to go for a run or deal with the after work New Year crowd.   Even my drive home sounded horrible.  It wasn’t except for the random tears that started on the way.  For no flippin’ reason!!!!  Seriously nothing was wrong but I was crying.

Yup, that's about right
Yup, that’s about right

Today was my late day, so driving home last night in between sniffs, I thought about the logistics of a morning run.  I even laid out clothes before sleeping last night.  Then I went to sleep in the hopes that I would wake up in a better mood.   When my alarm went off, I rolled over and pulled back the curtain, still dark.  I hit snooze.   Second alarm went off, more dark, another snooze.   This continued for all 5 alarms.  I then had to drag myself out of bed for work.  The funk was still around.

I treated myself to a peppermint mocha along the commute hoping that it would help.  Not so much, I almost cried twice at work before 11:00.   What the hell.   I really don’t understand it.  By the time I got off work, all I wanted to do was eat a large pizza, but I didn’t.  Mostly because I didn’t want to pay for it, so I can’t even call it a will power win.

Tomorrow's question
Tomorrow’s question

8 miles are on the calendar for tomorrow but I missed a 4 mile training run.   So here’s to hoping for a good run of some sort tomorrow and a better mood.  Or at least one that makes sense.

Anyone else ever randomly cry for no reason?

I see everyone is doing great with their goals so far!!   Such a great thing to read!

Any races this weekend?

chill out, Run!, Slacker

A New Year 10K

I love days off in the middle of week, even if they do confuse me a bit.   This feels more like a Sunday than a Hump-day Wednesday.  Which is not a horrible thing.  It means I only have 2 days of work before the weekend, not 5, woo hoo!   Can’t complain about that! And bonus, tomorrow there should be a crew of 5 at work, well hopefully.  Fingers crossed!

Last night was an extremely chill New Years Eve.  Like so chill that I forgot to watch the clock so the fireworks had to remind me of what time it was. After I jumped about a foot in the air, that is.  Then it was off to bed for me.   The plan was to sleep in but I woke up around 7:30 thinking I had a bladder infection (TMI?).  Not pleasant.  So I read some blogs while trying to doze of for the next 2 hours.  Getting up I still felt a little touch and go but chose to ignore it.  I headed out for lunch and some errands.   I hit up Target to stare at some more food labels.  It was funny how empty town was and it was after 12 by then.   How late did some people sleep?

I was out the door by 2 for an easy run.  I was aiming for around 5-6 miles. My first 3 miles were at a good pace even with my little walking warmup.  A little past 2 miles I hit the top of incline and usually head back down a block over.  This time I went right and continued up another little hill.   As I rounded the downhill on the other side coming on 3 miles, I saw my mom and Zoey down the street.  Or heard them, Zoey was not being a good walker today, haha.  I met up with them at the bottom of another hill.  They were headed up it, I really didn’t want another hill but I joined them.  I won’t lie, I walked that hill and was huffing and puffing all the way up.   This is one way Garmin is not great, I looked at my watch and saw that my pace was now 16+ minutes per mile, yikes!

Haha, can you see where the hills were?
Haha, can you see where the hills were?

Once at the top, I walked another .25 of a mile with them.  I tried to jog with Zoey to the end of the block but it only lasted about 20 yards before she decided to pay tug of war with the leash.  I think though that whenever she is finally trained she will be a fast running partner.  She’s less than 4 months old and she treats 4-5 mile walks like it’s a run around the yard.    I didn’t know an animal could have that much energy!  Downside is she seems to think I am a giant chew toy.   No matter what I say or do, she jumps all over me every time she sees me.  I have puppy teeth marks up and down my arm and holes in some of my clothes. 😦  She’s lucky she’s cute.

Hill in the background, Zoey chewing her leash in front :)
Hill in the background, Zoey chewing her leash in front 🙂

I left them there and ran on.  I added in one last uphill towards the end so I would hit 6 miles.  I finished my run at 6.31 miles.  Perhaps not as speedy as I would liked but pretty dang good for an easy run where I walked too.  So first day of the year, and the first 6 miles towards my 750 goal done!  Now if I can just keep it up.  🙂

I love this wall for stretching!
I love this wall for stretching!

I stretched out and then completed my first Nike Training workout.  I always wanted to try this out but my previous iPhone didn’t have enough memory.  When I upgraded to the 32gb in November I was finally able to download it.   I tried my first one today and I was glad no one was around to see.  I am seriously uncoordinated and just special when it comes to thing like that.  Seriously, I forgot how to skip!  Other than that, it felt like I did something and I liked that I could choose my own music.

I think my issue from this morning was a false alarm but I will keep an eye on it.   It couldn’t be a hydration issue because I usually drink too much water on a daily basis.   I though the doctor was crazy when he told me to drink less, but then another seconded that opinion.  Well, damn.  But I ok with nothing being wrong because I want to run this weekend!!!! Hmm, maybe tomorrow?

Hope everyone had an awesome New Years Day!