Run!, Training

Week 42 Training Recap

Training for-

  • Paso Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half

I am not sure what happened last week.  I am not sure if it was the lack of sleep catching up with me and I kind of felt like I was fighting some bug.  I was feeling down but whatever it was, I fell off the motivation train.    I kind of just wanted to hide in a dark hole and sleep.    But life goes on right?

Monday- Rest  Rest day!!  And a day off, man that was nice.   I was feeling a little sore form Sunday’s race so taking it easy was fine be me.  Plus I had to take my dad to an appointment so I killed time in the best way-


Tuesday- 7 miles bike.  I felt crappy all day, just sluggish and worn down.  Sleep was rough which didn’t help.  I had packed my running gear as my coach had me scheduled for 30-45 minute recovery run.   By the end of work, I knew it wasn’t happening.  I headed home and did a slow 7 miles on the bike instead.

Wednesday- 6 miles Rest Yeah, I can’t really pinpoint what happened here.  I felt better but not 100%; I was tired but what else is new?  My family invited me to dinner and the tri tip was calling?  Whatever it was, it won and I did not run.


Thursday- 5 miles  The plan was to run 3 miles a little faster than goal half marathon pace plus warm up and cool down.   I was still in a funk and had a feeling that wasn’t going to happen.  I did try though.  I worked a partial day and headed to the river path to attempt it.   Yeah, it went about as well as I expected.  I could not get my legs into gear.   My splits for the speed work were 9:43, 10:35, 9:32.  Ha!  Not even close to a sub 9.   But I ran though, right?

Friday- Rest  Pretty typical Friday.  Work was work and I admit I caved and picked up a pizza on the way home.  Well, I ordered one but Domino’s messed it up so they gave me 2.  2?!  That doesn’t help the waistline.  🍕😛

Saturday- Rest I worked in the morning and enjoyed a white knuckle drive home as everyone in CA forgot how to drive in the rain.   It didn’t help that the fog was so dense, you could barely see a car length in front of you.  Throw in the steep drop on both sides of the highway and that was fun.  I meant to be productive in the afternoon but beyond laundry and posting my Bibrave review of City to the Sea, I really wasn’t.


Sunday- 8.1 miles– I wanted 10.  I could not make myself get out bed any sooner.  The day called for rain and I wanted to run in the only dry part of the morning.   I love the rain but figured if I was still fighting something, running in the rain wasn’t going to help.  I also had to run in the morning as my family had plans in the afternoon- my little brother turned 30!!!  Man, I feel old.


Anyways, back to the run.  It was kind of all over the place.  Kind of like the weather.  First it was cold, then it was super windy, then it turned unbelievably muggy and hot before starting all over again.  Every half mile was a new adventure.  Kind of like my pace.   Mile 4 was a 9:30- oops!   There were times when I felt like I was running tall, had awesome form and could go forever.  Then there times when I felt hunched over and tired, panting like a dog.    Can I blame the weather changes?    Whatever it was, I was glad to be done.

So to recap- 13 miles run and 7 biked.   I did get a long-ish run in so that’s a plus.  I’ve done some thinking about how how my next races will be run but I will save that for another post.   My hope is get in a solid week of training going forward.  And to sleep more.  Oh- I did receive my essential oils- after a battle, the post office lost them- so I have been trying those and will share thoughts soon.  It’s only been a few days so I am still on the fence.   😛

How was your week?

Would the lure of food keep your from running?

How’s your weather? Has fall really arrived?

Run!, Training

Week 39 Training Recap

Training for:

  • City to the Sea 13.1
  • Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half

Where has the time gone?! We’re into the last week of September, how?  I know I whine about this quite often but I really just can’t wrap my head around how fast this year is moving.   Slow down!!

Last week was interesting as I received a tentative training schedule from Ekiden and a phone conversation with my coach.  Woo hoo!!  But also eeeek!!!  Can I handle this?  Someone give me a pizza, I’m freaking out over here. 🍕🍕

Monday- Rest  Migraine from hell.  Apparently I’ve turned into a big baby and any heat kicks my ass.   Sunday’s long run while not super hot was too hot.  I hydrated well but I couldn’t fight off the headache that started that evening.  By Monday it was a full fledged migraine and it was all I could do to get through work.


Tuesday- 3.1 miles First run in the Hoka’s.  Not too bad, nothing felt immediately off.  Making it to 3 miles was huge though- I never accomplished that in the PureFlow 5’s.   I also ran into a tarantula so I stopped and chatted with a gentlemen out walking about it.

Wednesday- Rest  Yeah, I am sure I did something but I don’t remember what it was.


Thursday- 5 miles  Half days for the win!   I got off work early and finally went to lunch with my uncle.    We’ve only been trying that for 4 years!   Then I went home to wait for a call from my coach.  🙂🙂   It was a good conversation and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with this.  Then I headed out for a run.  The plan called for 4-6  easy miles with pickups so I figured I would run my 5 mile route.  I was also trying the Hoka’s again so I wasn’t sure how far I would make it.   Not too bad.  My average pace at the end looked like an easy pace but in reality I was kind of all over the place.  Oops.  I did pretty good on the pickups though.  I did have to reroute due to a large, angry dog though.  Grrr.   The shoes felt pretty good but I think I have a different definition of cushion than everyone else.  I think they feel kind of hard.

Friday- Rest day  The computers crashed for the 3rd time in a week.  And never came back.   Seriously?!  I didn’t end up getting off work until 7.  Ouch.


Saturday- 30 minute shake out 1.3 mile power walk  I completely overbooked myself.  I  slept through my first alarm, oops.  Then I headed out to work for the morning, thankfully the systems were back up.     Traffic was nuts on the way home, there was a huge cycling event on the highway.  I was volunteering at registration / packet pickup for the HOB Fun Run and I had to decide between lunch and running.   I chose food but went with my mother so she could drop me off at packet pickup.  After my shift was done I power walked home.   Something was better than nothing right?


Sunday- HOB Fun Run  10K/5K  Recap in next post.

18.8 miles for the week.  Not too bad, better than previous weeks.   I have some weird aches and pains right now so I am hoping that they go away quickly.  I’ve been foam rolling and icing and wearing compression socks.   Fingers crossed!!

How was your week?

What do you do at work when the computers go down?

Any tips for tight ankles?