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13- Keeping On

And we gotta keep moving on, or trying to.

Last week was a full week of work and every time I think I have things handled, the rules changed again. Half of the building is closed and hours are shortened. I am rolling with it the best I can and trying to put the best foot forward for my coworkers. Speaking of foot- I found out we can wear sneakers! It’s the little things. Except I am still wearing my skirts and dresses so not sure how that would look. Ha! Also have to find the funny when I can or I may lose my mind.

The weather was cold and crappy last week so staying inside wasn’t that tough. We had hail and heavy rain which caused chaos on the roads, like always but at least there were fewer cars out, right?

I was pretty lazy Monday and Tuesday but forced myself on the bike on Wednesday after work. I had actually been super soar in my shins after Sunday’s ride on the bike. I jokingly posted on Twitter that I felt like I’d given myself shin splints. Apparently that is actually a thing, who knew?

What I didn’t mention on Twitter was that I had been riding the bike barefoot. Yeah…. So for this 30 minutes, I was in new running shoes and compression socks. I also adjusted the seat and pedals. So much better.

Then back to being lazy on Thursday and Friday. Can I blame the rain?

On Saturday I ventured out for supplies. You know I always wondered if I would save money by eating out less and eating at home more. Nope. Put that test to bed.

Then I ventured out for my first run in weeks. I felt torn about it but it was also kind of great. I did one loop of my block for 2.2ish miles. Yeah, it’s a big loop. And I gained over 200 ft. Yeah, there’s a reason I drive across town often to run. I kind of felt like me again.

I think Sunday’s are going to be nap days because what else is there? Haha.

So 2 workouts out of 7 days. Yeah, I should probably work on that.

How was your week?

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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?

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Napa Valley Marathon- Half Recap

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I knew Napa Valley was going to be interesting, I just had no idea how much that was true.

In other words- a new personal worst! And a PR for port-a-potty stops.

Race morning dawned early and a little chilly. I dressed and headed off for the start line. My stomach literally spasmed the moment I got out of the car. Um, what?

I headed to the tasting room at Conn Creek Winery which was the VIP area. People- a warm room and real bathrooms are so worth it. However my stomach felt ok again. Hmmm.

I met up with Stephanie from Run Strong Run and we headed to the start. Actually a little late- most runners had already started- we crossed the start line with the 3:00 hour pacers. We soon separated but it was nice ststarting with someone.

There’s a really tiny balloon in this pic

Miles 1-2 11:35, 12:16
I was feeling ok, but I knew I was out of shape so after about half a mile, I turned on my run/ walk intervals. I was enjoying the perfect cloudy weather and watching hot air balloons rise with the sun over pretty vineyards. Exactly what I had hoped for.

Mile 3 12:49
We had reached the first aid station, water bathroom and electrolytes- but I was fine. Half a mile later I was not fine. Not at all.

This is the scenery I love

Miles 4-6 12:45, 12:27, 17:20
Oh dear lord- where is next aid station?!?? This is a problem. Oh look pretty views, oh, ow, stomach bad. Just before mile 6- oh, hallelujah- an aid station.

Miles 7-8 12:45, 16:45
Ok, that was rough and I’m still not feeling great but let’s keep moving. Nope. Stomach doesn’t agree and now I’m worried there’s not another station until mile 9. Oh lord. Except, wait! Another station just before 8!

Miles 9- 11 12:50, 13:09, 13:51
Again I tried to run on. Nope- mostly walking. Stomach cramped again, badly a little after mile 10. And yes there was a station, but I decided to try and walk it out. I think I walked for 10 minutes straight somewhere in there.

Miles 12-13 13:07, 13:37
I am so close! Oh, here come the first and second marathon runners- ok that was kind of cool. Wouldn’t have seen them if I wasn’t having issues, right??? Trying to find the bright side here. The weather was still good, and I still loved looking at the scenery around me even if we were in town now. Oh— there’s the high school!! The finish!

Finish- 2:58:15

So yeah, that was not my best showing. Oddly enough, as rough as it was, I never once thought about quitting. I knew I was going to finish- eventually- it was just taking more energy than I thought. More energy to move slower but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and kept moving forward.

The course was so pretty, I really do love running by vineyards, I really do. Also this course is very PR-able- flat in a way that didn’t feel flat to me. I kind of feel like I need vindication- this is definitely a race I will run again. There were also VIP perks I missed out on post race- my stomach was not cooperating at all. Boo.

Napa Valley- I will run you again.

Ever had your body completely rebel during a race?