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Week 30- Headcase

If I could stop injuring myself, that would be great.

Also could the ants stop invading my bathroom? I know they are just looking for water in the heat wave but there cannot be ants on the toilet seat!!

Last week was a little off. I started the week with a possible concussion and just rolled on from there. This is not the first time I’ve had a concussion, nor is it the first time I’ve given one to myself. Oops.

So that was fun.

Monday- 1.5 miles/ Rest
Once I finally figured out what was wrong with me, I knew there was no way I was running that day. I just went home and tried to chill in a dark room.

Tuesday- 3 mile tempo, 1.5 up/down/ 1.5 miles
I was still feeling off- less dizzy, mostly head pain. I took my run super slow and easy. Which might have happened anyways as it was almost 100*.

Wednesday- 1.5 miles/ 2x 1 mile repeats, 1 mile up/down
I decided to attempt what I thought was the easier of my speed work and as it was 105* out, I headed to the gym. Yeah no. Lingering head pain made me super wobbly on the treadmill. My Garmin tracking was way off again too. Then I had a coughing fit and was getting the stink eye from other gym goers so I bailed. 2.25 miles done

Thursday- 3 mile tempo, 1 up/down / 2 mile tempo, 1 up/down
I didn’t feel like the previous day had been an actual workout so I decided to attempt my other speedwork. It was 95* but there was a decent breeze so it felt ok. I actually probably would have finished the whole workout but I had worn the wrong shorts and the thigh chafing was extreme.

Friday- 1.5 miles/ Rest
Friday snowballed and by the time I left work I was not feeling it. Plus it was the last Friday of the fair and I didn’t want to deal with any potential idiots on the roads.

Saturday- 1.5 miles/ Rest
I had to work on Saturday so I had already planned on pushing my long run to Sunday. Which, considering it was 106* seemed better anyways. I meant to get out in the evening for the missed 1.5 mile run but didn’t.

Sunday- 10 miles/ 9.3 miles
I set an alarm but still snoozed for 2 hours, I was out the door a little after 8. It was still too hot. I don’t know if I was still feeling the affects of the giant bruise on my noggin or what but somehow this run turned into a walk and then a shuffle. I was not feeling it at all. I kept moving forward but it was like I had no ability or desire to move any faster. It was one of those old type runs where I was running to a certain place and then my mom was picking me up to go to lunch. I hit the meeting spot at 9.3 and didn’t even care enough to push it to 10.

16.4 miles for the week. 6 miles off target and the workouts were kind of a farce but it was better than it could have been. And my head is feeling better and the heat wave broke, so yay!

How was your week?

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Week 15- Antique

People, keep me out of antique stores.

Seriously. I am blaming that for the lack of running this week.

However it started off as all my fault. I missed Monday’s run because work was just chaos. We are hiring one position right now and another called in sick. That dropped us to 4 people and one is relatively new to the position. It was just scrambling to survive. That kind of set the tone for the whole week actually. Monday, Tuesday and Friday were just crazy busy.

Wednesday- 4 miles/ yoga
I headed to home town after work and set out for a few miles. I honestly thought I would turn around at the point for a quick 5K but instead I continued on. I was still on antibiotics at this point so I stuck to my run/walk intervals. That said, I kept the miles pretty steady and they weren’t a bad pace.

Once home, I found a yoga for runners on Beachbody and followed along. Oh man, that was a good stretch.

Thursday-2.5 miles/ yoga
For some reason, I couldn’t decide where to run. I wasn’t feeling work town, headed for run town- almost pulled into the parking lot but changed my mind at the last minute. I headed for home town and ran a shorter version of the previous nights run. I should have run more but I was feeling moody and funky and figured I would make it up over the weekend. I had planned on a long run and trail day. I did the same yoga workout again when I got home.

Weekend- oops
Keep me out of furniture stores. I had promised my mom a day of shopping in SLO and the plan was to finish off the day with a hike. However she has a foot issue (likely PF) that grew worse over the day and I wore stupid sandals that rubbed my feet wrong. So we headed back towards home. We detoured on the way back into a one street town that has an awesome antique store of all things. And I may have fallen for a dresser. Oops. Then on Sunday, I had to beg my mother’s help and her Explorer as there was no way the dresser was fitting in my rental car. Once home, of course I had to fill it and organize it right??? I had to be able to find all my running clothes after all!

I really need to not miss the beginning of the week runs. I was so much more organized when I got in a Monday/ Tuesday run. 6.5 miles for the week.

How was your week?

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Week 12- Denial

Oh, denial is such a fun place to live in. Until reality slaps you in the face.

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (Thanks BibRave)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

This week was rough, a few more early starts at work, but mostly due to my ability to ignore the signs. It’s a skill. I have many skills but a lot of them seem to only give myself ways to get in my own way, ha! But it was race week- I had to be excited!

Monday- Liift4
I really planned on running, packed all my gear but realized half way to work that I forgot my shoes. Doh. Stupid. Work was a little chaotic so maybe it was a good thing? Who knows, all I know is Liift4 felt harder than usual.

Tuesday-1ish miles
A rain storm was predicted to arrive overnight but I figured I could get in Monday’s run. It wasn’t cold but I didn’t account for the very cold, very strong wind. Less than 1/2 a mile in I could feel an asthma attack coming on. I slowed to a crawl and the feelings eased but do not go away. I called it at one lap of the lake and ended with a serious wheeze. It took a few hours for it to really ease.

Wednesday- ????
I woke up with a sore throat but attributed it to the asthma issue. Other than that I can’t remember much of the day.

Thursday- 2ish miles
Another sore throat and another early morning meeting. I think this was the second of the week. I headed out for 3-4 miles after work but wasn’t feeling it. I felt off. The denial is strong with this one.

Friday- Nada
I worked the late shift which was amazing after the early starts. Again, I was ignoring the sore throat and increasingly consistent coughing.

Saturday- Race Road Trip!
I felt a little more rested as I was able to sleep longer than normal before heading up towards Oakland. It took around hours and I only had 1 missed exit, ha, but I made it to the expo area around 2. Instead of going directly there, I decided to drive to the start line and check out the area for the next morning. That didn’t take long and I was dropping my car with the valet at the Marriot all to soon. That hotel is deceptively large and the expo was in the Convention Center. I picked up my bib, wandered around and then wandered around again. Bought a shirt, was able to get my shirt AND medal from the canceled Monterey Bay Half last year and met an Olympian!! Alysia Montano was at one of the booths and I got her autograph! Y’all this required so much stepping out of my shell. Then I couldn’t kill time anymore but the hotel let me check in early and then I just crashed. I ordered food from the hotel and never went anywhere. The coughing was becoming a thing.

Sunday- Oakland Marathon- half
Race recap to come.

16 ish miles for the week. And a heaping pile of denial. Stay tuned for the slap in the face.

How was your week?

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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?

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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?