Week 40:Upcoming Races-Rock n Roll San Jose Training Week 12

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)-10/8
  • City to the Sea 13.1-10/14- maybe
  • Rock n Roll Los Angeles 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)- 10/29
  • Monterey Bay Half Marathon (Thank you BibRave!)- 11/12

Welcome to funk town.  I’m in a funk.  I need out.

On the work front, things are getting interesting.  We had an employee give notice which was sad because we had a great team in place.  We were super lucky and managed to hire someone quickly so we were only short staffed last week but another employee turned in notice last week.  Aaargh…what is in the water?!?  And both of the them were afraid to tell me because they didn’t want to disappoint me so I was always the last person to “officially” know.  Thanks, I think?

So workouts- the plan called for a 3 mile run, 4 mile run and the race.  I also hoped to fit 3-4 cross training work outs in.

Monday- Liift4 week 1/day 1, Mes de Mas day 1
With my leg feeling cranky from the hot mess fail of a long run on Sunday, I decided not to run and just restart Liift4.  It felt harder this time around.  Hmmmm.   I was feeling like doing more though so I pushed play on the Mes de Mas workout after.  A workout for body and brain as the instructions are in Spanish.   I’ve been looking forward to this one becoming available and it was fun.

Tuesday- 3 miles/ Liift4
I kept the miles nice and easy and just tried to focus on my form and stride.   Nothing hurt but my leg didn’t feel marvelous either.   I did another round of cross training once home.

Wednesday- Rest
Something pissed off my stomach in major way.  It was enough just to make it through the work day.   It also rained so I tried to just see it as good timing to feel crappy.

Thursday- Rest
My stomach was still angry.   It’s been a while since I had bad flare up so I guess I was due for one.   Race week timing was not great though.

Friday- Nothing
I meant to run a couple miles. I took the day off work in order to get a few things done and checked off my to-do list but only managed to check off a few things.  Grrr.

Saturday- Road trip to San Jose
Road trip!  I was on the road around 9 for the drive up to San Jose.  Luckily San Jose is only about 3 hours away so the drive wasn’t bad.  Getting to the expo was the easy part.  Bib pick up was a breeze.  Getting around town after was ridiculous.  It was like Apple maps and Siri just refused to work.  We got lost multiple times- on foot and by car.  Grrrr.  Thankfully I nailed the hotel choice- within walking distance of the start/finish- and it was within walking distance of a Spaghetti Factory for dinner.   Though I came to regret that.    Then I tried to get a decent nights sleep.  Fail.

Sunday- Rock n Roll San Jose Half Marathon
Race recap to come.

16.2 miles for the week.

How was your week?

So Now What

Yeah, test results.

Left Kidney- normal.  Small cyst on right kidney but let’s not worry about that (his words).

Lungs- yeah, inflamed but more than likely all due to asthma.

So- in other words- no kidney infection and no valley fever.

Yay?

Except it still hurts (not all the time) and the doctor has no answers.  Other than to ask if I was sure the pain was internal and not muscular in nature.  Grrr.  I think I would know the difference!  I realize I tend to ignore pain a lot and have a pretty good pain tolerance but this is not muscular.

Besides running doesn’t make it worse, running is actually one of the few things that doesn’t hurt.  However the pain usually comes after eating or drinking or sitting.    Sitting in my comfy chair?  Not so comfy.   Go figure.

So, instead I get to go back to my gastroenterologist because my primary doc thinks it might be time for another colonoscopy.  Oh yay.   Ok, the first one wasn’t that bad but still.  Grrr.

And until then, I’ll keep running because it doesn’t hurt (and I have the all clear). But on the off chance my doc had a good idea and I have no idea what pain is, I ordered a couple new packs to test for my longish runs.  My current one hasn’t really been working for me and I contort myself into weird stretches to get to my water.    New running gear is always fun, right?  I would like to buy a new chair but that’s not really in the finances at the moment.  😛  No, that’s going to be a washing machine.

Who else misses being a kid sometimes?

Any tips for side pain that may or may not be a thing? Haha.  🤣

 

Week 42- For Real

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

Anyone else notice I skipped right past 41?  I went from week 40 right to 42 last week.  Oops.  Apparently I forgot how to count, oops.  😛

All right let’s get to another episode of Confessions of a Chaotic Runner.  Though I tried to ignore it and live in denial, by Thursday I knew I had a problem.   When I had to put a customer on hold and pass the phone to coworker and excuse myself to run the restroom, there was probably something wrong.    Problem is, I am so used to my stomach being an asshat on the daily due to my GI disorder that it was easy to lie myself about it being something else.  I didn’t want to admit I had the  weird bug going round.  By Friday,  I was coughing, bleary eyed, and just walking from my desk to the copier was exhausting.  But I was still planning on a long run! Runners are crazy.  My coworker told me I looked like her 5 year old- running a fever and ill but trying to convince her to take me to McDonald’s.  Hmmm…accurate.


Monday- 3 miles Fairly, steady paced twilight miles.  That will be the last venture into the actual river portion of the trail in the dark though.   The most horrific, blood curdling scream rent the air just 1/2 mile from my car.  WTH?   What way do I go?  I took the shortest path back to the street only to discover the source of the scream was a child throwing a tantrum at having to leave the park.  Lady- hire your kid out for horror flicks.

Tuesday- Rest  I am sure I did something else but I can’t remember what it was.  Oh yes, the stomach troubles really started but I ignored them.


Wednesday- 2.3 miles Short easy miles as I was back at the lake and I will not run into twilight there due to previous creepy situations.   But I got to enjoy a pretty good sunset.

Thursday- Rest  I was feeling poorly but still refusing to admit that I was sick.  I did let the registration window for a potential #29 close though- Ventura- so I wasn’t being completely stupid.

Friday- Sick I was still in denial.  I took running clothes to work.  Halfway through the day I finally admitted that I shouldn’t even be at work let alone running.    But I forced myself to get through the day.

Saturday- Rest Other than running some errands, not a whole lot happened.  I kept talking about running like it was going to happen but even I knew that would have been stupid.


Sunday- 5.25 miles Not sure if I would call that a long run but it’s the longest run I pulled off this week.  I set an alarm for the morning but at some point in the night I must have turned it off.  😒  I still felt touch and go all day but I decided to attempt a run in the early afternoon.   I maybe should have chosen a route with less hills.   I wish it had been a little cooler than 80.  I sat down on a wall at mile 4 because I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish the last mile.  But I kind of had to as I had to get home.   😛

10.55 miles for the week.  Kind of crappy but considering half the week was spent fighting some crappy stomach bug, I’ll take it with little complaint.  I’ll save that for another week.

How was your week?

Tell me about your amazing running!

 

Week 42- Strong Start

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

I was feeling pretty good after last week’s race- my quads were a little sore but the residual excitement of running a good race made that seem like nothing.   I was looking forward to jumping right back on the training band wagon.   My only concern was that I knew I was drastically cutting back on my thyroid medication so I wasn’t sure how that was going to hit me.  I was choosing to be optimistic though.


Monday- 3 miles I had the day off of work and maybe my mind had written a bigger check than my legs could cash. I slept late in the morning and headed out for a run in the afternoon.  I was hoping for 5 miles.  My legs were so not on board.   It’s when I really knew my quads were feeling the race.   I cracked a joke on Twitter that if there was record for taking breaks in a 3 mile run I just broke it.  😛

Tuesday- Chaos errr, I mean rest.  I didn’t get off work until well past 6.  I don’t really think I sat down.  I took the bare minimum required lunch.  It wasn’t that it was super busy but we were down a person so things got a little hectic.


Wednesday- 2.25 miles Ran a little late getting off work again.   I really need to get more reflective gear and figure out how to put my blinking lights on my Orange Mud packs now that I don’t run with a belt.     Ok, I also need to find them.  I am pretty sure they are in my car somewhere.  😛


Thursday- 3.5 miles ish  I think? I accidentally paused my GPS a block into my run and didn’t notice it for about 4-5 blocks.  Then my Garmin tried to die around 2.5 so I stopped and saved it before starting it again and running on.  I ran in work town so I had plenty of light but damn that last uphill takes a lot out of me.

Friday- Nah Open to close.  And a moment of oddness.  I was feeling super tired by weeks end but I was chalking to up to the medication change.  Then as I was walking from my desk to a cabinet I had a moment where the whole world spun and tilted.   Apparently it was fairly obvious because a coworker yelled out “grab the counter”.   WTH?  I stayed upright but it was touch and go there for a moment.

Saturday- Rest The Pioneer Day Parade was happening in town so I knew my long run was not happening in the morning.  Trying to dodge the parade crowds and rerouted traffic just sounded like a recipe for disaster so I was more than happy to turn off my alarm and sleep in obscenely late.

Sunday- Fail  I set my alarm for an early morning run but things were not ok when I woke up.  My stomach was horrible but that I could have rolled with.  My stomach is jacked up 85% of the time.  What I couldn’t roll with was the dizzy spells that had come back accompanied by nausea.  I thought about trying to run anyways but decided that would be stupid and just crawled back into bed.  I was hoping I would feel well enough to try for a few miles in the afternoon before my little brother’s birthday dinner but it didn’t happen.    Instead I watched an obscene amount of Battlestar.

So just shy of 9? Over 9?  I have no idea.  Either way, the week started out fine and ended with a whiny- I just want to run!  Grrrr.  The dizziness is odd, not sure if I am coming down with something or if is the change in medication. Hopefully the mostly sitting in a dark room today took care of it.

How was your week?

 

Week 35- Back To

Upcoming Races-

  • SLO Ultra 5 Mile
  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1???
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

I ran 4 days this week!  And bought a bed!   I don’t know which is more exciting.

Ok, truth, my miles were still super low but 2 of those 4 days were still technically when I wasn’t “supposed” to be running.  Combine that with our crazy heatwave and I was pretty stoked.  Until I looked at the overall number.  Then I felt a little bummed.  Apparently I’d done my math wrong somewhere, I thought I’d run more.  Boo.

Back to the bed.  My freakin’ bed is breaking me.  My back hurts, my arms hurt, my left hip hurts.  Sleep is just no fun.   To be fair- my left hip can often be fussy- I sleep on my left side.  I went to another bed store to check out more options.   Blech, less blech, yuck, too soft,  wait.   Wait a second- no left hip pain?  Sold!  It’s some sort of hybrid- memory foam and springs.   I can’t even remember who makes it right now, I just want it but instead I have to wait for it to be shipped and then delivered.  Boo.

Back to running, my miles were a bit of struggle this week.  I feel like that break made me lose so much fitness.  Well that and a lackluster July due to conversion.  I’m also not using either inhaler right now because it can still have a reaction with the meds in the antibiotics.  Never taking those again.  So each run has been super slow and a lesson in breathing.   But the doc gave me the all clear to run on Thursday as long as it’s slow and easy, so woo hoo!


Monday-  3.2 miles  It was 100 degrees in home town so I ran in work town which temp wise was about 30 degrees cooler but a super dense marine layer moved in so I was a little worried about how my lungs were going to react.    I kept it super slow and walked whenever I needed to.  I might have run longer but a man popped out of the bushes in the eucalyptus grove and scared the crap out of me so I hightailed it back to my car.   I think he was just waiting for a ride but it weird-ed me out.

Tuesday- Rest


Wednesday- 2.5 miles.  Miserable miles.   It was over 100 degrees after 6.  My shorts kept riding up into non existence.  My pack kept either trying to choke me or the bottle was smacking me in the back of the head.  My breathing was nuts considering I was barely moving.  Finally I decided I was doing more harm than good.  Why I thought a 5 miler was a good idea with temps like that when I wasn’t even technically supposed to be running anyways? Who knows?


Thursday- 2.3 miles All clear!  However it was 101.  So in deference to the heat and the migraine I could feel coming, I just stuck to 2 laps of the lake path.  Either way, it was still better than the day before.

Friday- Rest  Migraine City, baby.  Fun.


Saturday- 6.22 miles I planned for an 8 mile long run but when my alarm went off, I was a little too ill to run (stupid stomach),  I managed to get out the door by 9 but with the temp predicted to hit 112, I knew it was going to get hot too fast.   I signed up for the #RunforTexas virtual run to help raise funds for those affected by Harvey so I knew I was making myself finish a 10K.  To make sure I took it easy, I ran 1 min, walked 1 min which actually put me around a 12 minute pace. Who knew? This was working out ok until 4.8 when my stomach forced me to stop for a bit.  So I parked it on the sidewalk for a few minutes hoping it would calm down so I could continue.   Funnily enough- there was a bright red Corvette for sale on the road side about 20 yards up from where I was sitting.  It was getting a lot of attention from drivers passing by.  I was trying not to stereotype but by the time the 4th car had stopped to check it out- #midlifecrisis anyone?  I finally got up and ran on.  I slowed a bit more, but finished the 10K.  It was 98 when I finished.  8 miles wasn’t happening.

Sunday- Rest  I thought about running but couldn’t get a handle on the weather.  It was 100 again but we also had thunderstorm and lightning warnings.  The humidity was intense and the sky looked weird.  Rain is cool- lightning, not so much.   The rain did come, the storm mostly hit southern county though.

14.2 miles for the week.  Better than previous weeks but not what I had somehow convince myself I had done.  Oops.  Well, at least I’m not a rule breaker anymore.

How was your week?

Any funny run stories?