Week 22- Wrong Side of the Tracks

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock n Roll San Diego 13.1- race week!!!!

Short weeks always seem to be just a little bit harder than they should be.  Short weeks right before you go on vacation and you’re trying to make sure you get everything off your checklist done so no one else has do it? Just that much harder.  However I had the prizes of both a race trip to San Diego and vacation at the end so I just buckled down.

I think.  I feel like I forgot something.

Monday- Rest (Memorial Day) I hate wasting a non work day with rest, I usually love getting more miles in but I also needed to get a few things done first.  One of those things was cleaning out the inside of my car as it was long overdue and I managed to overheat while doing so.  I mean, yes it was 95, but still that is kind of sad.  It took me super long to cool down and by then I just decided to make up the miles sometime during the week.

Tuesday- Rest The day back after a 3 day week is usually super busy so I prepared for that and did not take running gear.

Wednesday- 4.1 miles I headed to the river path for a few miles.  I have a training app that told me to do intervals and the Squadrunner app that had a mission of 6K but I was feeling fussy and not sure what I was going to do or what my glute/hip was going to let me do.  So I just let my legs do what they wanted.  It turns that was a 4.1 mile progression run.  Who knew?   My hip/glute felt super tight for the first 2 miles, I warmed up with my usual 1/2 mile walk but also did a few lunges and some other stretches at that point.  It eventually loosened up and I felt ok by the end of the run.  Sitting; later was a different story.

Thursday- Rest I took my running gear to work but I needed to get some things at the store before the weekend’s race trip so I decided to do that instead.   I planned to start packing as well but I all I really did was pull together part of my race day outfit.

Friday-  Packing– Holy crap, work was so damn busy.  I drove home feeling fried.  If I run this race next year, I am taking the Friday before off.  I was scrambling to pack and now wondering why I put it off and had the feeling I was going to forget something.  It was damn near my sports bra.  I packed everything and had finally sat down for a moment to relax when I suddenly realized I hadn’t packed one!  How did I forget that?

Saturday- Travel day  Oh for crying out loud, it took us 7+ hours to get to San Diego.  I didn’t get to the expo until after 3.  Thankfully picking up my bib and shirt was a breeze.  I almost forgot to get my shuttle band but remembered at the last minute.   The Brooks booth had a lot of cute merchandise but I told myself I didn’t need anything at the expo but then lost that resolve at the Sparkle Skirts booth when I bought my first one.   Then it was off to check into the hotel before meeting Kate for dinner!

Our hotels were near each other so we met at a Claim Jumpers that was nearby.  I had never eaten there before.  The food was so-so, the service interesting but the company was excellent!     Seriously- the waitress like forgot Kate’s dessert and when confronted about it they had no reason for it.  Then when she was taking away the dishes, she dropped one the sharp knives but in a way that it came right for my stomach.  Yikes!  But it was great catching with Kate and making our game plan for race morning.  Then it was back to the hotel to relax a bit and get to sleep.

However I realized what I forgot to pack- the soft flasks for hydration that go with my pack.   So, how was I going to carry water?

Sunday- Rock n Roll San Diego -13.1 miles Race recap to come.

17.2 miles for the week.  Considering I only ran twice, that’s not horrible.  And now I am on vacation- woo hoo!

*Oh and the title of the post?  When we were leaving San Diego on Sunday, we turned up a street and it was really confusing but due to traffic and lights, we got stuck on the wrong side of the boom barriers for the railroad track- we couldn’t go forward and we couldn’t go back and there was the coaster coming.  Eeeek!!!!! Runners just leaving the event in the park assured us we were far enough back- which we all hoped so as they were standing level with us!  The train went through fine, barriers raised, lights went green and we went on our way but I thought that was a fitting title for the post.

How was your week?

Call Me Calamity

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?

Ever have a hazardous run?

 

Brain Dump-Marathon Edition

I’m freaking the frak out over here.  Be warned- this will be disjointed and rambling.

What the hell was I thinking? I am a Slacker- slacker’s don’t run marathons!

I’ve been a hot mess for 2 weeks.  Wednesday- I dropped a 5 gallon water jug on my foot.  It was full.  I was bitten by a spider.    Lunch made me sick.  Figured out later that the water bottle also bruised my lower stomach.

Thursday- I fell off my chair.  The spider bite grew.  I drew lines around it.   I ate Burger King while waiting in the car wash line- it was glorious.

It’s not the miles that are freaking me out- not really.

Thanks to my Fitbit, I know that every time I think about the marathon, my pulse jumps.

Back to the freakout- it’s the fog.   My last race kind of scared me.  What the hell was I thinking running a race in a city that named the fog?!?!?!   Damn Karl.

Why have I never bought a pair of blue compression socks?  I have no idea what I am wearing.  Running clothes are strewn everywhere.

This was the most solid training I have ever done but I don’t feel trained.   2 months of Hansons Marathon method training for a 4:30 and I felt pretty good.   Then my shins threw a bitch fit.  2 months of doing what I could destroyed any confidence the first 2 months built.

What if I can’t finish?  What if I fail? Do I consider that a failure? Do you consider that a failure?  How do you tell people? Well, I really tried.  

Or what if I push too far?  What if I should quite but don’t?  So many questions!

We’re stuck between 2 fires and have had an air quality alert for days.  It’s not like my lungs are getting a break.

My legs hurt and I have a wierd phantom limp.

I miss my heals.  And flip flops.   I am so over living only in running shoes, flats and Vans.

And on and on.    I think I just needed to vent.

Thanks for reading.😭😂😛😬

Call me Calamity

I feel like I have written a similar point in the past.  And I probably have.  Case in point- the nice line of bruises running up my spine from backing into the side of a door last week.  I have mad skills like that.  🙂

After getting off work on Tuesday, I headed to the gym.  I wanted to run but wasn’t looking forward to the treadmill.    I remembered my Garmin this time so I decided to see how it did tracking distance again.    I just put my phone on the treadmill screen/ display- what do you call that?   Every year it seems like it takes me a while to adjust to the treadmill.  I always feel a little sore when I first start running.  It wears off around a mile in but it’s still kind of odd.

I wasn’t feeling quite up to speed work but I decided to try to run as steady a pace as possible.  I wanted to see how far I could get before taking a walk break.    My lungs and my stomach behaved, woo hoo!   Looking at my splits later, it was kind of like a mini tempo run.  At least for what is my pace these days.  🙂  Barring a few issues, I ran 3.5 miles straight.

Little oops, but woo hoo!
Little oops, but woo hoo!

As for the calamity?  I wanted to run but I was having issues.  I kept the pace around 5.9  most of the time but kept punching the front of the treadmill.  At one point, I over balanced and had to pull myself out of a fall.  I think my arms were doing a little pin wheel at this point.   I righted myself, upped the speed a bit and kept plugging on.   Apparently my legs were feeling really good and wanted to go faster because I continued to run into the front of the treadmill.   So much so that I accidentally punched the stop button and the treadmill came to a halt.   How I didn’t smash my face against the front, I have no idea.

I managed to get the treadmill started fairly quickly and grabbed a drink of water while bringing it back up to speed.   I shouldn’t multitask.  The lid to water bottle went flying over a few treadmills and landed next to the ellipticals.  Seriously?!   I powered on for another mile before hitting what would have been mile 4 before I had to start over.  I decided to start my cool down but instead of hitting the speed button I hit the cord from my ear buds and knocked my phone down.  I watched it bounce on the treadmill and then slide offonto the ground.   Ugh.  Now I also had the attention of everyone running on the treadmills to my right.   In my efforts to slow down, I once again hit stop.  By the time I came to a stop, someone else had picked up my phone and handed it to me.  Thank you, kind stranger.

I decided I was done for the night.  I called it at 4 miles and just stretched out.  I was worried about not cooling down properly but I was taking the hint.  From everything I had seen on the machine readout and my Garmin, they pretty much matched minus my stop issue in the middle.   I didn’t look at my splits until later and when I did I was kind of happy.   I also noticed that I must have hit the split button at some point but don’t remember doing it.  All I see is that outside of my warm up, my average pace was under 10.  Woo hoo!!!  I haven’t seen that in months!

I came to find a delivery.  I’ve had a few fun mail days lately.  First I ordered a few books.  I am looking forward to reading 80/20.  IMG_7470Then I found out that my 25k in January only has one aid station.  I had to reassess the fueling situation, so I ordered myself a little something- well it’s not exactly small-IMG_7475I haven’t decided about it yet.  I really wanted pockets on the front and while I got those, I am wondering about how comfortable it will be.

How has your week been?

Ever feel achy on a treadmill?

Ever punch a treadmill?  Or worse- fall off?

Ever use a vest like this?  Thoughts?

Forget-me-what?

Now, I normally pride myself on freakish memory.  Particularly for numbers and things like that, sometimes I scare people.    This week though, my memory has checked out.    On Tuesday I was all set to run after work.  I felt like I needed a run, the morning had been a little odd.  I often take my clothes into work to change but leave my shoes in the car.  This sometimes means I walk to my car in running clothes and flats or heels.    I changed and walked to my car.  When I went to throw my gym bag on the floor of the passenger seat, I notice something missing. forgot shoes

I forgot my damn shoes.  Seriously.    As I drove back to town, I was irritated and debating what to do.   I could go home and get my shoes but I knew that once I was home, I was less likely to get back and run.    I keep a box of shoes in my trunk with a pair of flip-flops, some flats, a pair of heels and 2 old pairs of running shoes.  I like to be prepared.  🙂   So I decided to try running in one of those pairs.   I put on my old Wave Riders and set out.   I kept it slow and easy because I wasn’t sure how the shoes were going to feel.  No lies, my feet were angry, it’s time to retire those shoes completely, they cannot be run anymore.  I took a complete break at mile 3 to try to calm my feet down.  Once again, I looked up and NikeC was coming my way.  We chatted for a bit before I ran on and back to my car.    If it wasn’t for my shoes making my feet angry, I would say that it was a pretty good run.    9-25Instead of passing each other, NikeC and I decided to just run together tonight.  I made sure to pack my shoes; in fact, I packed both my current Wave Riders and Sayonaras.    🙂  But I forgot my Garmin and a decent sports bra.  Ugh!!!  I had one in my bag as a backup but I wasn’t sure how it would be for 5 miles.   We ran one of her usual routes.  Right away I just felt tired.   I was having troubles catching my breath- stupid humidity!  I felt bad, we would run and then I would have to take a walking break.   Granted, neither of us are used to running and talking so that was probably hindering us as well.  🙂    It may have been slower than planned but it was still a good run.  Plus being able to watch the sun set from different angles was cool.    My Nike+ app has been crashing but it said that we did 4.87 miles while hers was closer to 5.   I choose to go with the 5.  🙂   I missed my Garmin.sunsetAs of right now, I am signed up for the 10K on Sunday.    This may well be my last chance to run a 10K until next year.  10K’s are sparse around here.  I hoping that one will pop up around Thanksgiving but no luck yet- all 5K’s and half marathons.    When it comes to the 5K- well I am also signed up for that.  I have yet to decide if I am running it.   I will figure that out as it gets closer.   Actually right now I am more concerned about chafing.  I am wearing a team tank for the first time on race day, yikes!  I can’t test it out because I won’t even get it until Saturday.    My arms are very particular about what kind shirts they lake.   Which is why I have the same tank in 11 different colors.   Fingers crossed!

Happy Friday!!

Ever forget your shoes? Or something else equally important?

Who is racing this weekend?

How is Fall treating you so far?