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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?

Run!, Slacker, Training

9-Wreck

I am not gonna lie, last week was rough. On most fronts.

My stress level may have hit peak levels. I wasn’t feeling great either.

No running on Monday as I had promised to help my dad with something.

Tuesday saw a nice, fairly relaxing run. I just enjoyed the sky and cleared my head. It was great while it lasted. 3 miles.

We don’t talk about Wednesday. Nope. Nope. Nope.

I desperately needed a good run on Thursday. However, that wish was denied. I headed out for a run after work and it hurt. My left leg was pissed and it would not loosen up. I ended up calling it and turning around to hobble back to the car.

Friday was a compression sock wearing stress ball kind of day.

Road trip!!! Saturday dawned bright and early and I was off to Napa with my mother. A little shopping along the way and then it was off to the expo. Not gonna lie, I felt a little claustrophobic in the expo. It was a snug fit in a tight space. Then we drove to find the race start and then our hotel. I suck at maps. The hotel was over 30 minutes away from the start. Oops. After the draining week, it didn’t take much for me to doze off early. Now if only I could have stayed asleep.

Sunday- Napa Valley Half Marathon
Recap to come.

18ish miles for the week. Could be worse.

How was your week?

Hiking-Trails, Run!, Slacker

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?