Run!, Slacker, Hiking-Trails

8-Disappeared

I kind of ghosted social media last week.

I didn’t mean to, I just kind of felt like one day it was Tuesday and then it was Saturday. Woosh.

The week started strong. With Monday off work, I headed down to a new set of trails that opened recently. Holy moly- it was like Disneyland! I have never seen so many people at a trail before. The good sized parking lot was full as well and we had to park on the other side of the freeway about 1/2 mile away. I was with my mother and she was feeling super sore so we picked one of the shorter trails. We ended up with around 3.5 miles.

The trails were very runnable and had gorgeous views. I can’t wait to go back. However, I was very irritated by the lack of trail etiquette by so many people. There were already trampled down short cuts visible and people were climbing all over a tree that clearly has signs saying to stay away. I may have snapped something very not nice at them.

Tuesday was a long day at work but I held strong and changed into my running gear. I headed out for an easy 3 after work. My legs were feeling the previous 2 days worth of running but overall it was a decent run.

After 3 days running, I knew I needed a rest day on Wednesday. My legs are not used to that.

I had planned on running on Thursday, I really did. I told myself if I ran on Thursday, I could enjoy a leisurely Saturday with no guilt. But thanks to some family drama- more ER trips, that did not happen. I did got to dinner with my mother though.

I thought about trying to run on my lunch on Friday but I chose to read a book instead.

Caturday, right?

Despite failing to run on Thursday, I did take the leisurely Saturday. With only a minor built of guilt.

This weekend was supposed to be chilly and rainy so I slept in on Sunday and headed out for my run in the early afternoon. It was not rainy. The run started off very sluggish and rough. I tried to not think about it at all and just keep going. Not gonna lie, I am currently using a run/ walk strategy for my long runs. And the running portion isn’t very long. Like I ran 9 miles in the time it used to take me to do 10. However, it is what it is and I need to stop stressing about or I run myself into a panic attack. So that is what I tried to do this run. I have to say that it ended much better than it began.

15.4ish miles for the week. Better than last week, time to keep moving up.

How was your week?

Run!, Slacker, Training

7- Dizzy

Last week was a bit like a tilt-o-wirl.

Is that what those things are called?

I had plans of running on Monday but was lured away by home cooked tri-tip. I’m sorry but when someone offers your tri-tip, you go.

I did get out for a bit on Tuesday– all of 1.6 miles. My mother was having a bad day and wanted to meet for dinner so I squeezed in what I could between work and meeting her. I threw is some sprints too and while they were 2 minutes slower than they used to be, it felt good to crank it for a short time.

Ahhh, Wednesday, when the world went sideways. Or that was me. I woke with a migraine but it wasn’t even a bad one, however it had some fun side effects. The room was spinning, I could barely stand up. Sadly, it took me falling 3 times in 20 minutes before I chose to call in sick. This isn’t the first time it’s happened so I wasn’t too alarmed. Seems to happen every 4-5 years. The first time, I went down so hard in the bathroom, I swear I still have a dent in my chin. The next time was also another bathroom fall but that time I gave myself a concussion. Good times.

So, all in all, I remained mostly unscathed this year but it did keep me fairly lazy for a few days, i.e Thursday through Saturday. I did make it to work on Thursday and Friday though. Heck, I was so tired and fuzzy, I didn’t even play with the new shoes I received on Wednesday.

I headed out for my long run on Sunday but that may have been an overshoot. I was riding the struggle bus. Everything was so hard, my pace wasn’t even the frustrating part- it’s how hard everything felt. I ended up bailing at 6 miles and hitching a ride from my mother.

I was disgruntled with my run though, so I headed out for another few miles that afternoon. In shorts! And my new shoes. Another 3.3ish miles added to the bank. These miles weren’t drastically different pace wise from the morning miles but they felt so much better.

So 10.9 miles for the week. Not at all where I wanted to be but I’ll call no permanent damage from the dizzy spells a win.

How was your week?

Run!, Training

5-Started Good

On Monday, I lost steam towards the end of the day. The migraine from the previous weekend finally eased around 4 on Monday. I had lost the desire to do anything at all.

I asked my coworkers if I should run on Monday or Tuesday. Their answer? Both.

What?!?!

Monday- 3.3 ish miles
I headed out for a run just like they said. I kept the pace nice and easy and it felt pretty good. If you see my Strava- it looks really easy as I had a wardrobe malfunction. My sports bra came undone! I didn’t want to just stop on a dark street so I tried to fix it while walking and not flashing any passing cars, it took way longer than if I had stopped. Ha!

Tuesday- 3 miles
They said to run, so I ran. There was an unbelievable sunset so I probably spent more time gawking than running.

Wednesday- Rest
I had planned this as a rest day so it was good timing that my stomach decided to be an asshat.

I had planned on running on Thursday, packed my clothes and everything. But in my rush to get out the door in the morning, tripping over my cat and texting a coworker calling in sick, I forgot to grab my running shoes. Doh!

Friday– haha

A migraine had rolled in on Friday afternoon and was still present when I woke up on Saturday. I had to work in the morning but I was hoping it would ease up as the day went on. It didn’t but I still managed to be productive at work and then went down to SLO to enjoy the 70 something degree weather and spend money on running gear. Like I need more, ha!

The weather on Sunday morning was cold with 95% humidity, nope. However when I was running with 20-30mph winds that afternoon, I slightly regretted that choice. That and this run kind of sucked. I ran it at what should have been an easy pace but it felt so damned hard. So hard. I got a little emotionally frustrated at the end and may have said a few choice words with some watery eyes. I know it’s all my fault but it’s damn irritating. Still, 8 miles done.

14.2 miles for the week. Stronger than previous weeks but still a long, long way to go.

How was your week?

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Excite-d

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I briefly alluded to waning to do things differently in 2020 in a previous post. I also recently mentioned that I had registered for 4 races. So let’s talk about one of those!

I used to run short races. And they were fun. I also want to do new things and run new races…

So, I am running the Giant Race in San Jose! I am so excited.

The Giants Races first came on my radar a few years ago. There are 4- Scottsdale- Arizona, Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco. There’s even an extra medal for running the whole series. Yay for medals!!

The San Jose race takes place around the Excite Ballpark which is home of the San Jose Giants. I grew up playing softball and watching baseball with my mom and grandfather. We only got Denver news stations when I was younger so I did not grow up watching the Giants, oops.

It might sound odd that I’ve wanted to run these races for years but I really have. I’ve been telling everybody at work about it I am so excited, now I am telling you!

Want to come run with me? They offer a 5 mile, 5k, and a virtual option. I am running the 5 mile. My first non trail 5 mile race – that should guarantee a PR, right?? Who cares??? I just want to have fun.

Join me and use code GIANTS2020 for $10 off.

What sport did you watch or play growing up?

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Week 4- Drag

Well, last week was interesting. Or more of the same depending on how you look at it.

Monday arrived and I was still feeling sick. So no exercise for me. However I was oddly productive as I did my taxes, vacuumed, grocery shopped and cleaned my closet. Not how I usually like to spend a day off from work.

Tuesday was back to work and one more day of rest after work.

I really did plan on running on Wednesday. Really, brought the gym bag into work and everything. Then my brother texted that he wanted to take the family to dinner. Running is awesome and all but I don’t turn down free food!

Thursday dawned and I was exhausted. Like dragging my feet, struggle to get out of bed tired. I did make it out for a slow moving 3.3 miles that evening but I was very sluggish. I felt better for having run but still so tired.

Friday was more of the same exhaustion. Even coworkers were commenting on it. I was hanging on by a thread.

I slept in on Saturday in hopes that I could kick the tiredness. I made it out for a miserable 3 miles in the afternoon between errands and laundry and running down to SLO for some dinner and wandering. The run was rough from the get go and the way my stomach cramped a mile in, I am honestly surprised I made it 3 miles.

A migraine started to roll in on Saturday evening and I just hoped sleep would keep it at bay. No such luck, I awoke on Sunday and knew I didn’t even want to open my eyes. Once again I was wondering why I don’t have blackout curtains in the bedroom. My hope that the pain would ease as the day went on did not come true. Instead of running, I napped. Oh and a trip to the emergency vet for the cat.

So, 6ish miles for the week….yay. Shockingly enough, even though my month has been rough going, I have surpassed the miles I ran in January 2019. Ha!

How was your week?