7/20 Vintners 5 Mile or Rock to Pier 10K (not looking good)
10/ 6 RnR San Jose (Thanks BibRave!)
I started the week with some drag and dropping of my training plan on Final Surge. I appreciate this feature with my training plan but the last few weeks, the ease of changing has enabled my inner Slacker to be even more Slacker like. I had a work function on Thursday and I knew I had to make adjustments for that.
I’ve also fallen into the bad habit of reading other blogs, but not commenting- I’m sorry! I’ve also stalled out in the book I am reading and the book I am listening to. May I should have called this post “Stall” since I kind of feel like that describes my running too the past few weeks.
Plan vs Reality
Monday 2.5 miles w/ strides/ 2.5 miles w/strides I had originally thought about moving my hardest workout of the week to Monday but I was still dealing with migraine fog so I am glad I didn’t. I headed to the lake path for a few easy miles with 6 strides… or 7, I kind of lost count. My mom was out there too, she decide to join me and do a few laps of the lake herself.
Tuesday 1.5 miles/ 1.5 miles I am really beginning to love these easy days. I am starting to realize that not every run has to be long to be worthwhile. Any movement is good movement. Sometimes I forget this.
Wednesday- 1.5 up/down, 2x 2mile repeats/ 1.4 up/down, 2x 2 mile repeats I was scared of this workout. I didn’t think I could do it. I have also been starting to realize that I may have over reached with my goal for Oaktown Half and may need to adjust my pace settings. My goal for this workout was for each repeat to be at 10k pace- 9:32-9:49. I’m not there yet. But I tried- the miles ranged from 9:58 – 10:21. And they were hard. So hard. Oh did I mention it was almost 90 and I forgot water too?
Thursday- 1.5 miles/ Mixer I had a feeling I wouldn’t run today due the mixer for work and that proved true.
Friday- 1.5 miles/ lazy I originally planned on doubling up for this run and running 3 miles to make up for Thursday. Work was a little crazy and I ended up staying til close. I have a feeling I will likely do that most times I open- I feel guilty leaving before closing. Then I was just kind of done.
Saturday- 9 miles/ 3.1 miles I was supposed to run my long run for the week but the snooze button was too tempting. So instead I headed out for a very easy 3 miler in the heat of the day. 95*- so much fun.
Sunday- Rest/ 5.5 miles Once again, I was too friendly with the snooze button. Even as I was lying in bed, I knew I was just screwing myself over and only had myself to blame. Then as the day progressed and the temp rose, I was tempted to just bail on the run. However, after an internal argument, I made myself go for a run. Just run and see what happened. Well, it was 90* so what I got was a sluggish 5.5 miles. However that was better than being lazy.
So 18.4 /21.5 miles for the week and more red than green on my training calendar. Also a good amount of irritation with myself.
Have you seen the Old Glory shoes from Brooks? Someone tell me I don’t need these. It’s so hard to resist!
I don’t talk about work much other than to say it was busy, but it has seriously been insane the last few weeks. Like full moon crazy for weeks. What?!?! Why?!?
Do we want to place bets on if I will get up early to run on Saturday? You’d think I would learn but clearly I don’t. I wouldn’t even bet on me at this point.
I recently started rewatching Warehouse 13. I miss cheesy, awesome sci fi shows like that. Where did they all go?
I was social! Well, kind of. Networking is not my strongest skill. Socially awkward over here. But I went to the monthly mixer and was moderately social. It helps that it was small and at a very pretty location.
I was torn between 2 local 5K’s in the next week and then time passed for registration for the first. Oops. But seriously, how is it almost July??? I think I am in such denial about how fast time in flying these days.
Anyone else feel like running has lowered their standards on what is acceptable to wear in public post run??? I used to be pretty put together and now I’ll go around in just run in clothes with sweaty hair, looking haggard. Which might not be so bad if people from high school or elementary school didn’t suddenly decide to be everywhere lately. I’ve be recognized at the random-est times by people I don’t always remember lately. What?? People, I was recognized by someone from the office staff of my elementary school. How??? It’s been decades. Literally.
I so wanted the headline to say Nailed It. In fact, after the first 4 days of the week that title was looking pretty good.
The week started with such promise, almost nailed a super challenging tempo, I was hitting the miles, making healthy eating choices, etc, etc. Then my good friend migraine came to visit. He was very uninvited and stayed way too long.
Due to some other plans after work during the week, I had to shuffle some things around in the training plan.
Plan vs Actual
Monday- 1 mile up/down, 5 mile tempo/ Nailed It! Maybe I was super nervous about this run. I am still not a fan of tempos. Blame it on Hanson’s or maybe I just got too comfortable being a Slacker all these years. I almost bailed but then I told myself to get over it and just run. Oh holy head wind. There were points in this run that I was being pushed backwards. I actually like headwinds but this was ridiculous. 2 of my 5 miles were on pace, 1 was damn close and 2 were 30 seconds slower. So, not exactly what I was supposed to do but it made me feel good about it.
Tuesday- 1.5 miles/ 1.56 miles + yoga Oh, yeah I was feeing yesterday’s miles. I kept things super slow and easy. Then I did a yoga video when I was home.
Wednesday- 1.5 miles/ 1.6 miles The schedule flip put 2 easy days back to back but I think I needed. My legs were still feeling the speed workout. That said this was a peppy 1.6 miles.
Thursday- 2 miles up/down, 4x 800 at 5K pace/ Nailed it! Well, almost Another run I wasn’t exactly feeling. However I just went out and ran. I took the wrong freeway onramp so I ended up doing these repeats in home town on the streets. 3 of my repeats were on pace and was 1 was a minute slower. Oops. The slower one was the second one and at that moment I didn’t think I was going to finish the workout. But I did.
Friday- 1.5 miles/ Nothing This day was crazy at work and I felt the beginnings of headache move in around 4 and grow worse over the last few hours. I decided to skip the run hoping rest would make it go away.
Saturday- 8 miles/ Migraine The migraine was in full force when my alarm went off, I went back to bed. I made it out for a few errands but wound up taking a seriously long nap.
Sunday- Rest/ Migraine Funny how a migraine doesn’t feel very restful.
13.4 miles for the week. Not even close to what was planned.
I was going to a Rambling On for today but I got distracted by YouTube.
My last Run to the Music was the beginning of January and prior to that was just before Big Sur in April 2018. I don’t do this very often. Possibly because I can listen to the same thing for a very long time. Actually since I realized that an Amazon Prime comes with streaming music too I have been branching out more than I used to.
However, I always come back to Shinedown. I’ve loved this band since Sound of Madness back in 2003 ish. Actually Sound of Madness might be my ringtone still. One thing about just upgrading your iPhone every year is that those settings just roll over. And my phone is on silent 95% of the time. This isn’t the first time they’ve made the blog or Instagram.
This isn’t even the song I meant to share at the beginning of this post. But I fell down a hole of videos and spent some time there. This also isn’t even the original version of the song but I think it’s better than the original. And it’s something we could all stand to hear sometimes.
Definitely a different vibe than Monsters which is what I went looking for on YouTube. But I can listen to this song on repeat for days. It helps that I have 3 versions. And if I ever manage to face the pain and get that tattoo I’ve wanted- I have a feeling one of their lyrics will be my second. Yes, I was born in the 80’s and I know that is cheesy.