Run!, Slacker, Training

Week – Slacker

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (more to come)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 5-4 Wildflower (Thanks BibRave)  Canceled
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

Thy name is Slacker and last week I lived up to it.

I have this bad habit of sinking into a dark hole when I get stressed and anxious. Some people run the feelings out but that just gives me too much time alone with my own thoughts. Instead I tend to watch too much TV while reading or trying to and playing word searches on my phone. Productive? Not so much. Distracting, yes.

I had a big A-race planned for the year but I hadn’t announced it here. Good thing a the planned race suddenly changed locations, dates and dropped my distance. Grrrr! Then I received news that another race I was running was canceled. Is fate trying to tell me something????

I was also feeling a little bit of pressure on running because of a running group app. Which made me respond like a teenager and do the opposite. Which is to not run. I was stressed because of a work situation, well situation isn’t the right word- more like possible opportunity. And it’s making me a little anxious.

So did I do anything last week?

Thursday- 1.6 miles
I was feeling fussy and wanted a change. I decided to see what I get in around the lake path. I may have lights but I won’t run at the lake after dark. But I was hoping I get in something. That something turned out to be 20 minutes. A slow walk to begin and then I ran until it was time to quit.

So yeah, it was a very Slacker- like week. Also very hermit like. Here’s to digging myself out this week.

How was your week?

Run!, Stomach, Training

Week 4- Not Too Bright

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (more to come)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 5-4 Wildflower (Thanks BibRave)  Canceled
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

You know what they say about best laid plans?

I had my week planned -when I was going to workout, how I was going to eat healthier, be less of a Slacker, yada yada. And well… yeah.

Cold wind kept me indoors on Monday which is silly as I hate wasting a non work day. But I also really hate a really cold wind. Then my stomach turned into an asshat on Tuesday and that lingered for a few days. That’s what I get for thinking I was having a good spell. Then there’s the random tiredness. Which actually isn’t so random. This was week 2 without soda and my new migraine medication can make me groggy. Not the greatest combo… or maybe it is, who knows. I did manage to finally clean my car this weekend so that in itself should make this week a win. Ha!

Monday- Transform 20
Well, I started the week slightly according to plan. Then it was off to that doctor’s appointment I made a month ago when I was so sick. Which didn’t really get me anywhere.

Saturday- 8.4 miles
Long run Saturday. Despite the opinion of my Garmin, I actually felt pretty good this run. I kept things slow and easy and started with run/walk intervals but was able to ditch them around mile 4 and only walk occasionally. Which I thought was great considering how little running I’ve been doing but my Garmin judged me and told me I needed 3 days to recover post run. How rude!

Sunday-4 miles
I headed out for some nice and easy recovery miles. I won’t lie- even though I kept the pace slower than Saturday’s long run, there were parts that were the very opposite of easy. I kept pace and ran all but one of the hills though. Still, I wish it had felt a little better.

12.4 miles for the week and only 1 Transform 20 workout. Which means I will be restarting week 2 come Monday as I was barely hanging on as it was. I am hoping to get in 2 short-ish runs before race days so fingers crossed!

How was your week?

BibRave, Training

Week 3- Shock

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (more to come)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 5-4 Wildflower (Thanks BibRave)  Canceled
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

In some ways I was my Slacker self last week and in others I was not.

The week was busy at work and when it wasn’t I spent the time rearranging my desk and getting used to all the new changes with my computer at work. I think I am going to love it but woah it’s different. I am not the tallest and I joke I need a trampoline to keep an eye on everything now.

The room refresh is coming along too, or was until a shelving unit I was waiting for didn’t arrive on Friday. Now we have had crazy rain storms so the delay was understandable; I am just tired of being disorganized. Fingers crossed it arrives on Monday. But the cats approve of the new chair.

And of all things I learned that even though I swear I drink water all day long, according to my blood work, I am very dehydrated. Say what?! So a change in my migraine meds was prescribed.

So did I do anything active last week or just repeatedly move furniture around?

Monday- Transform 20
I am so not coordinated. Throw in a step and it’s almost hazardous. I am glad I am doing this by myself because it’s probably hilarious.

Tuesday- Nada
Tuesday was weird. I somehow even forgot it was Tuesday and missed #bibchat. Oops.

Wednesday- Transform 20
More un-coordination for the win. And what took me so long to put in a ceiling fan?

Thursday- Lazy
I had an morning work meeting which meant I had a longer lunch so I planned on attempting another runch but somehow I totally forgot. Oops.

Friday-Ditto
I told myself I was going work out all day. Right up until 11PM. I never did.

Saturday- 6 miles
I ran! And it was more than 2 miles! I knew it was going to be hard and it was. It was the longest run I had done since Holiday Half in December. I stayed pretty consistent for most of it but it was tiring. Not as much as Garmin thought though. It told me I needed 53 hours to recover. What?

Sunday- 4 miles/ 2 Transform 20 workouts
I was feeling industrious… or guilty that I slacked on the Transform workouts throughout the week. I headed out for 4 easy miles in the afternoon and treated them like recovery miles. Kept it about a minute slower than the day before, partly because I was trying to be smart and partly because I doubted I could run faster, haha. I did manage to power up
2 hills though so I am calling it a win.

10 miles for the week and 4/6 Transform 20 workouts. Not much but compared to last week (and the weeks before) it’s an awesome improvement.

How was your week?

Run!, Training

Week 2- Ouch

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (more to come)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 5-4 Wildflower (Thanks BibRave)  Canceled
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

Well, this will be short and not so sweet.

I ran 1.6 miles last week. One run, less than 2 miles. I DNS’ed my first race of the year. I “rested” my foot for the majority of the week and I can still feel it. Grrrr.

Let’s talk about the one run I did do.

Tuesday- I runched! It was about half walking and running as I was unsure how well this was going to work out. I gave myself 20 minutes to cover as much ground as I could without getting to sweaty. I made it all way to the Embarcadero and back. Wish I could have run more but I was trying to be gentle on my foot and with a 45 minute lunch, I had time constraints.

Thing about the work run…

Then once the rest of the week went downhill, I did what any sane person would do- decided it was past time for a bedroom refresh. Tore most everything out of the room, fresh paint, fresh fixtures and fresh furniture. Changing myself might be a difficult task but the room I spend a lot of time in? I got this.

Ever overhauled a room on a whim?
How was your weekend?

Training

Week 1- Bumpy Start

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (more to come)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 5-4 Wildflower (Thanks BibRave)  Canceled
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

And just like that we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019. I celebrated the New Year like I usually do, quietly, haha. Big partier over here. You all partied for me right?

Last week was chaos at work. For a short week, it was the longest week ever and I swear we had 3 Mondays. I still wasn’t great and a migraine came to visit on Wednesday. It’s still here. Then I compounded the issue by wearing a new pair of shoes on Friday. They are super cute and I have worn thembefore but they are tight and I ran around ragged on Friday and now my left foot hurts even 3 days later. Crap.

I am planning on changing up these recaps up but I haven’t quite fully worked out how yet. So let’s recap the active things I did do. It wasn’t much thanks to rain and my foot but it was still more running than I did the last 3 weeks of December- ha!

Tuesday- 4 New Years Miles
I ran outside! Yay! I forgot how much I missed it. Ever since I was sick, everything seems cold to me so I was bundled up like it was 20 degrees cooler than it was but it worked for me. I ran surprisingly well though and powered up a few hills and then promptly had a wheezing attack. Haha! I also lost my Buff partway and had to take my car back along the running route to find it.

Saturday- Treadmill 5K
Rain came to town and I ran and hid. High winds and flood advisories, oh my. I did a few miles on the treadmill at a nice, easy pace. I felt a twinge in my left foot, I immediately slowed down but the twinge didn’t really go away. Not cool.

Sunday saw more rain and wind and a not happy foot. Instead of my 6 miler, I sat and watched the rain. Boo.

7.1 miles for the first week of 2019. Less than I planned but 3 times more than last week so I’m calling it a win.

How did you greet 2019?
How was your week?