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Rambling On 17

What’s up Friday! It’s almost long run time!  🙂

Who am I kidding, I’m looking forward to a morning of sleeping in.    😛

Have I mentioned I have an awesome team at work? Because I do.  I just need to throw that out there.  They rock on a daily basis.

My back still hurts.  More of a dull ache than sharp now so I just try to do everything slowly.  I stupidly wore the wrong heels all day Thursday and my back is pissed about that.    Silly Slacker, emergency heels are for emergencies not 9.5 hour days.  Stupid.

Apparently I spoke too soon about Fall weather.   The 90’s have made a roaring comeback.  It’s even been in the 80’s in work town.  Then Timehop reminded me that last year and the year before was hotter.  Ok, fine whatever, I want fall weather!

Rock n Roll San Jose is in a little over a week and I still haven’t registered.  But I have 2 hotels booked.   Think I’m doing something wrong? 😂

Speaking of doing things wrong- if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post about My Fitness Pal giving up on me.


Ouch.  Dissed by an app.

What are your weekend plans?

Run!, Training

Week 38- Stupid

Upcoming Races-

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

I feel like all I do these days is make excuses.   One of these weeks, I will type “this week was awesome!”.  But that was not this week.

My back has been acting up and my hope that my new bed would cure all has not materialized.    Boo.  Actually, I am still on the fence when it comes to the new bed.  But it’s only been 2 weeks, right?   It has to get better right?  I do feel less tired, so that’s a plus.

Ok, let’s get to the running or lack there of.  This week had a good run, a creepy run and a disaster run.

Monday- Yoga app.  Monday is a running day and I should have run but my back was pissed so I passed on the run and headed home to try and stretch out my back.  If a yoga app could get dusty, mine would be.  I chose a flexibility workout and tried to follow it the best I could.  I also used my foam roller.

Tuesday- More stretching  I still hurt more than I could ignore so another rest day it was.  Ugh, this was getting old.


Wednesday- 4 miles The pain had downgraded to an ache so I figured I would try a run.  Honestly I thought I would only get in a mile or 2.  Imagine my surprise when I felt ok enough to keep running for 4 miles.  I was slower than molasses but I felt ok.  It was a decent run.  It was also in the 60’s for the first time.  I almost felt cold.  😛


Thursday- 1.5 miles Creeptastic run.  I knew running 2 days in a row could be pushing my back but that was not what cut this run short.   I set off and was walking my warm up when I noticed a bush on the back side of the lake.  Except that bush had never been there before.  And it seemed really boxy….and was it wearing shoes?  As I’m giving this bush the stink eye, it jumps up and tries to scare me.  Ummm, no dude.  He was full on wearing one of those camouflage bush outfits.  What? 1/2 mile later, some guy tries to preach to me.  Which normally wouldn’t seem too odd but something about him just weird-ed me out.   1/4 mile later, bush guy was in a new hiding spot. I gave him the stink eye again.  1/4 mile past that, there was a dude dressed in a black hoodie, all covered up with a large black backpack.  All right, I’m done.   Get me out of here.

I did get to leave for lunch though

Friday- Rest Being down my boss, means that Fridays will be open to close for a while.  That said, no running will be happening.  My back was feeling a little better though.  Or the migraine and dizzy spells that came with that time of the month just took precedence.

Saturday-Rest Based on how I felt Friday I knew I wasn’t running long in the morning but I had thought about making up Monday’s/Thursday’s missed miles in the afternoon.  At least until I took a nap on the floor and really pissed off my back again.  Stupid.

Sunday- 8 miles I planned on running in the morning but apparently my body had other ideas.  I vaguely remember my alarm going off and me thinking 10 more minutes sounded nice.  Then it was 9:45.  Well, crap.   Instead I set out for my long run at 3:00.   It was 82* but I figured I would be fine.  Bad idea.


Miles 1-4 weren’t bad.  I stuck to my 1 minute run/ 1 minute walk and drank water when needed.  I added a new street to the route and ran until I literally ran out out sidewalk.   It was on the way back that I started to realize I had a problem.  I really needed a bathroom! I swear I have never had to pee that bad in my life.  I knew there was a park about a mile away and I was hoping the bathrooms were open.   I got to the dog park first but the bathroom was so disgusting- I wasn’t that desperate.  There was another set across the street so I kept my fingers crossed.   Much cleaner but there were no doors for the stalls!  What?  Ok, I was that desperate.  Luckily, a nice stranger was waiting outside for her son in the men’s room so she kept watch for me.  Thank you!  But by then I was also figuring out that I was overheating.  My fingers had turned to sausages, my head was starting to hurt.    Miles 6-8 were a slow slog of just trying to take the shortest route back to my car.  Screw 10 miles, that wasn’t happening today.   Why was there no shade?!

13.58 miles for the week.  Considering my track record lately, it didn’t suck.   At this rate, I won’t hit the 20’s again marathon training.  🤣  I had better be wrong about that.

How was your week?

Do you have fall weather?

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Rambling On 16

Is it Friday yet? And now it is because I didn’t finish this when I started it.  Oops.  But yay!

Nothing makes a lazy runner stretch more than the first twinge of an injury.

Right?

I’ve been having some back issues and I was hoping they would clear up with the new bed.  Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet.   I realize it hasn’t even been 2 weeks but still.  I think the movie theater chairs really pissed it off.    Monday saw the yoga app being used and more stretching on Tuesday.    Sitting on tennis balls, foam rolling, you name it.  Grrr.

This week has been odd.  I feel run over but not exhausted.   I don’t even know how that makes sense.   It’s been odd adjusting to my boss being gone and as a result, I’ve been a little absent this week.  Ok, if I’m honest- the last month.   I am going to get back to a normal schedule- I miss you guys!

We now get to wear jeans on Fridays and I think I am the only one going wah.  I have to wear pants?  But I don’t like pants.  😛  It’s ok, I can deal with it once a week.  😀

With San Jose in 2 weeks, I would really like to pull off a 10 miler this weekend.  Fingers crossed!!!

In other news, Fall is definitely in the air!!

What are you up to this weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run!, Training

Week 37- Hobble, Hobble, Ouch

Upcoming Races-

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

As much fun as last week’s trail race was, it took me much longer to recover from it than I had thought I would need.  I was walking funny for days.   I ended up taking an extra rest day last week and only running 3 days.  But there was a very unhappy twinge from my left shin area that I’ve learned that ignoring it can lead to bad things.  Another day off was the better option.


Monday- 2.3 miles  Ha!  I could barely walk straight but I was hoping that I could try to run it out.   I managed 2 laps of the lake but it was more a hobble-walk-tiny jog.  I still felt so stiff and sore, my legs just weren’t working right.

Tuesday- Rest  And flats again to work.  Still had trouble getting on and off my stool. 😛

Wednesday- Rest  I was moving better so I planned on trying a run after work.   I even changed.    Once in my car, I had one of my OCD moments where I forgot something very important so I jumped out of the car and ran back to check.  Pain shot up my lower left leg.  Enough to make me doubt the intelligence of a run.  I debated it on the drive back to home town.  I ultimately decided to play it safe and decided not to run.


Thursday- 3.1 miles  I was definitely moving better and the odd leg pain hadn’t reappeared so I set out for an easy run after work.   I was back to following doc’s orders of taking it easy so I went back to 1 minute run/ 1 minute walk.    I was sluggish but overall I felt ok.  I just kept it nice and easy.  I also had a vanity moment where I tried to save a good hair day while running but it drove me nuts and only lasted a mile.  😛

Friday- Rest  This day was odd as we said goodbye to my boss after 3 years.    So now, we’ll see what happens next.

Saturday- 8ish miles I planned on running my long run on Sunday so I decided to sleep in and catch up on some things.   I ended up spending the day shopping in SLO with my mother.  Not exactly catching up on rest but fun.  Once I got home I randomly decided there was just enough time left in the day to get in my long run.  So I changed and took my car across town.


I was under hydrated and not properly fueled but this was surprisingly one of my best long runs in months.    I stuck to my 1 run/ 1 walk intervals and just trucked on.   I was probably running too fast as my pace wasn’t too far off my typical long runs.    It all felt pretty good though.  The only irritations were accidentally hitting the lap button halfway through and then completely stopping the watch when some girls shrieked in the riverbed.   Turns out they were just trying to carry a piece of driftwood out and dropped it.   Well, they freaked me out!

Sunday- Rest  I thought about running.  I did.   My leg was a little ache-y.  I was a little tired.   I took the parents to the movies.  When my dad mentions in passing that he wants to see a movie in the actual theater, I will make it happen.   We saw American Assassin.   Then I was in a popcorn coma and ended up taking a nap.  Oops!

13.7 miles for the week.  I miss the miles of that missed run but I know my leg was a little angry after the race.  So, maybe don’t run mountains after 2 months of lackluster training months?  Haha.  🤣

How was your week? Do anything fun?

Longest it’s taken you to recover from a shorter race?

 

 

Race Day, Recap, Run!

SLO Ultra 5 Mile Recap

I say my legs love hills but this tested that theory.

I didn’t look at the elevation chart until the Friday before the race.

Walking to the start line, I could see the half marathoners on the first climb– no one was running.

At one point during the race, I heard a woman huff out- “rolling hills, my ass”.

At the end, a woman wearing a Leadville jacket is talking to another 5 mile finisher asking how she’s feeling.  She then says she would never do these races because if you are under trained  they’ll wreck you.  Ummm, what??!

Ok, backing up.  SLO Ultra is a trail races that offers a 50 mile, marathon, half marathon and 5 mile.  I had originally planned on running the half but then conversion month and the stupid antibiotic non running episode derailed me.  I figured I would downshift to the 5 miler.    I’ve done multiple trail races, how could this be worse than the 25K? I could handle 5 miles.


Then I checked the website the Friday before and saw the elevation profile.  1500 feet and change over 5 miles, WTF?  Combine that with the abnormally busy Saturday I had ahead and I almost considered a DNS.    But I followed through.


The race was run on trails on private property out by Avila Beach but they all had staggered start times so my race didn’t start until 9:30.   I was able to still get parking on site about an hour before the start and slowly made my way the 1/2 mile or so further in.   As I said, I could see the half marathoners on the first real climb and it was not reassuring.    Hanging out near the start didn’t help.  I saw runners coming back through the start and they looked rough so I figured they were the marathoners finishing a loop (didn’t have enough gear to be 50 milers).  Nope.  Just the half marathoners finishing mile 3.     Oh crap.  Then it was time, so we all lined up.   Only to be warned the first 3 miles were Hard. Yay.

Mile 1- 16:37

We were off!  And we ran for all of .25 miles.  If that.  I take consolation that 95% of us slammed to a crawl.  There were still some speedy people out there (Pepe, Racheal I’m looking at you) but us mortals all were struggling just to power hike the damn mountain.   Like hands pushing down on knees trying to get leverage going up the hill.   We were all breathing so hard, it was a symphony of wheezing and gasping.  But the views halfway up?  Awesome.  But damn that thing was steep.


Mile 2-11:41

Does this climb ever end?!  Oh damn, I think something is in my shoe.   Oh look, downhill!  I shouldn’t run fast but, on your left!  Hey, this woodsy part is cool, let’s take a pic.  While running down a hillside.  Looks at watch- at a 9:20 pace- living dangerously.  😛  Oh- my first water crossing!  Ok, it was tiny but it still counts!  Then there was a portion of single track where some people didn’t have the best trail etiquette.  Stay on the trail!  This is why we can’t have nice things.


Mile 3-16.53

Another climb.  Not long but steep.   I made friends.    We were commiserating.  One woman asked her friend is she was doing the mountain bike races the next day, (same course) she was no longer sure.   Another asked if these hills were worse than those of the San Francisco Marathon, 3 of us shouted out Yes!  I cracked a joke that I don’t think this is what my doctor meant when he said to return to running slow and easy.   We had a downhill and I ran on to the flat and back to the start to the aid station but I was noticing a problem.  I couldn’t run the flats.  My legs were shot.  My Achilles’s were the tightest they have ever been and the flat surface felt like it stretched them out too much, kind of like they were going to tear.  So I backed it off and walked.


Mile 4- 17:02

Ok, maybe I backed off too much.   Yes, there was another big climb in this mile but I think I lost the most time on the flat section truthfully.  I chatted with a man I had been yo-yo’ing with most of the race.  My GPS had also been off since the tree covered section in mile 2 so I really had no idea how far I had left in the race.  Oops!


Mile 5- 8:40 pace

By mile 3.8ish I could see the turn around point at the aid station and I was done.  I jogged up to it, grabbed a cup of water, drank and then decided my legs had wings.   I almost ate trail in a section that was like running through a sandbox.  I hit the flat section and my legs suddenly felt ok so I kept going.    Slowed down so as not to face plant over the rickety bridge over the stream right before the finish line- almost did anyways- and ran through the finish.

1:09:43


So much slower than I would have liked but I survived!  And I was still in the top half of the pack so that’s how damn hard this freakin’ course was.   I am also having trouble walking 3 days later.  😛     Good thing about slower?  I never got misdirected like more than a few of the lead runners did.  Oops.

I will run this again, stronger and faster.  I think I can, I think I can.  Plus, that’s the only way I can get back on those trails.😊