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Week 30- Goodbye July

Upcoming Races-

  • Salinas Valley Half Marathon

This was a calmer week at work thankfully.   I’m still feeling a little ragged around the edges but I think we’re pulling it together.   Have I mentioned my coworkers are rock stars?

The hours were a little more normal and I was able to get in a few more miles than week 29. Not a lot but a few.  ๐Ÿ˜›


Monday- 2.5 miles.   I packed all my running gear planning to run in work town after work but then work kicked my ass.  I was so tired I decided to just go home.  Something on the drive home made me change my mind and I changed super fast at home and ran out the door.   I was able to get in a short 2.5 miles in my birthday shoes.  ๐Ÿ˜€

Tuesday- Rest.  I made my first #bibchat in weeks! Sweet!


Wednesday- Fair!! I took all my running gear to work but realized I had left my pack and inhaler in my garage after Monday’s run.  Womp womp. So sudden change of plans- my mother and I hit up the fair after work.  Funnel cake for the win.๐Ÿ˜€

Thursday- migraine from hell.  By the end of work, I could barely see straight.   I thought about running to see if it helped but I was also concerned it would make it worse.  Combine that with the insane traffic I was fearing I would face going home and I just decided to head home.  Why insane traffic?  Garth Brooks.   He performed at our little fair- 2 concerts in a row- and getting home was a little tricky.

Friday- Rest The headache was still lingering plus with working open to close, I was just exhausted.  I haven’t been sleeping well this month.


Saturday- 10 miles Despite how tired I was, I forced myself out of bed on Saturday morning to get in my long run.  Well, I did hit snooze when the alarm went off at 7.   I knew I wasn’t going to be setting any speed records so a little bit warmer wouldn’t be horrible.    It actually ended up being my slowest 10 miler ever, there was a lot of walking the last 3.5 miles.  Ok, mostly walking.  But this run was just meant to be time on my feet and not to worry about pace.  I think I accomplished that.  ๐Ÿ˜›  Then I spent the rest of the day trying to relax.  I randomly went and saw Spiderman in the evening…not bad.

Sunday- Rest.  So not the plan.  I planned on sleeping in, running some errands, doing some chores and then braving the heat for a few miles.   Everything was going according to plan right up to the laundry.   I went to grab the first load out of the dryer and noticed a funny smell.    It smelled like burnt plastic.   And everything I had just washed and dried stunk of it.   Did I mention the washer was full of freshly washed sheets?    So then I spent the afternoon trying to line dry everything without a line.  Lay it on something, point a fan at it, come back in 20 minutes and rotate.  Everything that had been washed had to be rewashed.   Yay.   That was fun.  It felt like a workout but it wasn’t running.   3 loads of laundry dried by 2 fans.

12.5 miles for the week.   Like I said, not a huge improvement over last week but a step in the right direction.

How was your weekend?

Had any appliance issues lately?

Last movie you saw?

 

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To Sur….with Hills

We interrupt regularly scheduled programming  for a little announcement.  ๐Ÿ˜›   My workout recap will be up on Wednesday.

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Big Sur International Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I thought it was fitting that I drop the news about marathon #2 on the anniversary of marathon #1.

One year ago today, I crossed the finish line of my very first marathon.  Unlike some, I hadn’t planned on running a marathon, in fact when asked, I usually said “oh hell no”.   It was never a goal of mine, it just kind of happened.   All of sudden I was registering for it, training for it, hurting over it, and then running it.   And I didn’t hate it.  ๐Ÿ˜›

I kind of always knew I was going to run another one but nothing ever seemed right.  Every time I looked at websites or checked dates, it all seemed too forced.  Nothing clicked for me.   Then a chance to run the Big Sur International Marathon came up.  Once again, it just seemed to happen.

Views along Highway 1

Big Sur is an amazing race that runs point to point along Highway 1 in CA with some of the most amazing views.    It offers a marathon, 21 miler, 11 miler, 12K, 5K and 3K.  You name it and there is a distance that will work for you.  It is also is extremely popular and registration for the marathon runs by lottery system, the remaining distances are first come, first served.    A few years ago, I ran the Monterey Bay Half Marathon (then named the Big Sur Half) and the loved it.  We drove Highway one home and the scenery is just amazing.

Elevation

That said, I had my hesitations before throwing my name into the hat.    I know I say I prefer races with hills but this has HILLS.  It took me 5+ hours to run San Francisco, could I do this?   But it was calling my name, so I took a chance.   When I found I was in, I was torn between jumping up and down in excitement and wondering what I gotten myself into.๐Ÿ˜›

But self doubts aside- I am so looking forward to this race.  My hotel is already booked and I have a starting day for marathon training- Christmas Day. ๐Ÿ˜‚     Now I just need a training plan.    I got this.

Have you ever run Big Sur?

Training plan suggestions?

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Rambling On 12

Friday, Friday, yay.

People, I have huge race news but I don’t have the brain power to adequately share it.   But let’s just say marathon #2 is on the calendar.  Who wants to come to CA and run some hills with me?!

Work has calmed down a little.  I’m still crazy tired but some of my piles have gotten smaller.  Or I’ve moved them.  Hmmm, I’m not sure.

I  have run this week actually but barely.  So far more than this point last week though.  ๐Ÿ˜›

This went down last night-


And right now Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are causing chaos a mile down the street.  ๐Ÿ˜›  ( ok, I typed this Thursday night)

How was your week?

What are you doing this weekend?

 

Run!, Training

Week 29- What’s Running

Upcoming Races-

  • Salinas Valley Half Marathon

This will likely not be a long recap.  ๐Ÿ˜›  4.5 years ago I went through a system conversion/ merger where I worked insane hours and managed to only run on the weekends.     Advantage last time was that I knew all the systems and everything else.  This time I know next to nothing.    Why I thought this would be different, I have no idea.  Maybe I repressed all those memories?  Maybe I was naive?

Either way, this week had little to no running.   I packed my gym bag with all my running gear including my new running shoes on Sunday evening.  Then I just stared at it in my car everyday like it was taunting me.   I felt like my shoes were calling my name.   But my shortest day was getting off work around 6:30 not counting my commute.  If lunch hadn’t been brought in each day, I don’t know that I would have time to make food.  But it is what it is and I have amazing coworkers and we made it through.

Yep, it was that kind of week

So yeah, let’s get to it-

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday– Yeah no.  It was all I could do to just to get through work then come home and crash.

Saturday– I woke up early but my entire body felt sore and bruised so I decided to sleep longer and go for a run in the afternoon.  Which was the plan until it was decided that my cat needed to go to the vet.  She had been lethargic and acting like she had a UTI for a couple days but it got worse.  We found a vet who squeezed her in but it was a literal wait in the waiting room until all the other appointments were seen.   So almost 3 hours.  But she was seen and was given medicine.   Which she does not appreciate.

Then of all odd things- the other cat is now freaked out by her.  Like screaming in the middle of the night, wake the whole house up as he runs from her.  WTF?  So they had to be separated.


Sunday- 7.5 miles I should have gotten up earlier but I just couldn’t make myself.  The plan started out as 10 miles then turned into 8 but ended up being 7.5.  It was hot and I was still tired and when I was walking more than running, I decided that pushing it on my first run in 7 days wasn’t the best idea.   My legs felt fine but the rest of me was not on board.  I ended up going home and crashing hard and taking a long nap.   I was actually supposed to go to the fair with my mother in the afternoon but we both bailed on that.  I was just too tired.

7.5 miles for the week.   I cry on the inside but sleep and work were more important.

Now, fingers crossed the gym bag leaves my car this week.

How was your week?

How do you deal when you’re too busy to run?

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Cross my Heart

 

Disclaimer: I received a Phone.Flask.Vest from Orange Mud to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming aย BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I have a couple of Orange Mud products- the handheld and the Transition towel.ย  I love them both but I’ve really had my eye of their hyrdation/ gear packs.ย  Have you seen them?? So pretty!ย  You know runners love their gear right?ย  Then I saw the Phone.Flask.Vest and was like- wait, what?

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I mean logistically how was that going to work?ย ย  Don’t get me wrong, looked awesome but that mannequin looks noticeably flat chested- I may not be Dolly Parton but I’m also not flat chested.ย ย  I was confused.ย  At the time, they weren’t any pictures of the pack on women on the site either (there are now).ย ย ย ย  I was intrigued enough to want to try it.

It arrived and it was even smaller than I thought it was going to be.ย  However there were plenty of pockets.ย  On the front side- there was the flask packet, another pocket directly in front of that, a key pocket, and a pocket on the shoulder.ย  The entire back was a pocket complete with an extensive shock cord.ย ย ย  The included flask was 450ml.ย  Which if you’re like me, I had to look that up-15oz.ย  ๐Ÿ˜›


Getting it on was a little tricky- silly me forgot to loosen any of the straps, ha!ย ย ย  Once I did that it just a matter of finding the right fit.ย  Which, I am not going to lie- I have to adjust the fit every run.ย  However, the fault for that lies purely on my abnormal upper half- most of the time I’m a Cish cup, however there are times I’m above a D cup.ย  Yeah, it’s fun, but I guess you could say I tested the pack in a variety of ways?๐Ÿ˜›


Ok- now for the running with it part.ย  As long as I had it tightened properly- I never had any bounce.ย  It only moved around on one run and I think I was just too tired to get it properly situated.ย  Either that I was freakishly small that day.ย ย  One quirk about the straps is that they tighten towards the back- so to tighten it- you pull it to the back.ย  It was a little awkward at first but then I adjusted.ย ย ย  It’s super lightweight and I can barely feel it when it’s on.


A full flask fits perfectly in it’s pocket and it worked great but to be honest I didn’t use it much.ย  There were a few reasons.ย  I kept forgetting it, I was only running a few miles and didn’t need water or I needed more so I carried a handheld too.ย ย  My phone was also problematic.ย  I have Iphone 7+ and the thing is huge.ย  It does fit in the front pocket with flask in place but it’s a very snug fit.ย  I preferred to run without the flask and put my phone in the flask pocket.ย  Then I kept my pepper spray and chapstick, sometimes and entire body glide in the front pocket.ย ย ย  My inhaler went in the shoulder pocket for easy access.ย  The only pocket I had issues with was the key pocket.ย  It’s small- very small.ย  But then my new car key is huge- I was bemoaning that fact while buying the car.ย ย  I didn’t even have the pack yet.ย  ๐Ÿ˜›ย ย  Instead I keep a little hook on my key and attach it to the shock cord and place it in the pocket on the back.

Not only have I run with the pack every run since I got it, it has so far stood up to my treatment of it.ย  I am hard on gear.ย  I have a tendency to toss things around and I expect them to be able to handle that.ย  For example- when I run after work, I am often parked in odd locations.ย  The only door I open is my driver side door.ย  I won’t open any other doors or the back of the car.ย  I don’t want to dump the sweaty pack on the passenger seat post run ( I need another transition towel!) so I slingshot it from my seat to the back of the car.ย  With all my stuff still in it.ย  I don’t care how it lands as long as it’s on the very back of the car.ย  ๐Ÿ˜›ย  So far, this hasn’t hurt it!

So a few things that could make it better-

2 buckles.ย  There is only one buckle on the left side.ย  While I can now get it on and off without taking my hat or glasses off, it would be a lot easier with 2 buckles.ย  Sometimes it’s like taking off a sweaty sports bra.ย ย  I also have a small head, so this would a very snug fit for those with more of average size head.ย  Hmmm, that sounded odd.

I’ve got a theory (it could be bunnys) While I have plenty of leftover space on the straps, I wonder about the sizing.ย  I measured multiple times and ordered a S/M because according to the site that’s what I needed.ย  However I’m kind of wondering if the L/XL would have made the pack itself fit even better due to my ummm, upper half.ย  It makes me wonder if the sizing for woman should be more like S/M for those who wear A/B and L/XL for C and higher.ย  But again that’s just a theory and not one that I could test out.

Want to your own or anything at Orange Mud?ย  Use “BRPPFV” for 10% off.

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Ever used a pack like this?

What do think?

Anyone catch that reference?