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Week 10 recap- I lost the battle

Oof, where did last week go?  I just had to double check the race website that it really is only 7 weeks to race day.  What?! 

 Monday- 4 Miles- 14:52, 9:57, 9:42, 9:09

Another Monday run, who am I?  Plus it was National Lazy Day, yet I did the opposite.  Confused Slacker.     I was excited to actually run in my new Pure Flow’s so I headed to the River path after work.   Maybe a route that wasn’t 2 miles of up followed by 2 miles of down wasn’t the best idea for new shoes but oh well.   As you can see I started out super slow.  I wanted to make sure everything felt ok before I started running.   Holy splits Batman, I haven’t seen those in a while.    Like I mentioned before, I feel like my left leg finally joined the party.  It felt odd but good too.   I had a few aches later that evening and the next day but again, that is normal for me and new shoes.    My shins and ankles get fussy.  My knee feels good though so it evens out.  🙂 

 Tuesday- Rest- 1 Mile stationary bike

My bike came in!  I drove to SLO on my lunch to pick it up.   🙂   Then the evening was spent struggling to put it together.  Can I call that a work out?  4 letter words were flying out of my mouth each time I needed more than 2 hands or accidentally skipped a page of directions.    Then I slammed my head into the dresser so that didn’t help.  😞   I finally finished it a little after 10 and had to take it for a test spin.   Just to make sure it didn’t fall apart right?   So, a 1 mile ride.

Wednesday- 5.5 miles Stationary bike

The plan was take my half day on Thursday so I was going to run my long run then.   Due to that, I chose to take another rest day from running but I got on the bike!    I took it easy since it’s been forever since I was on a bike and truthfully never a recumbent.  So far I like it.   It’s basic with no frills but that’s all I needed.  I do need to figure out a better layout though.  I slammed my left ankle into the machine in the dark one night. 

 Thursday- 5 miles- 15:02, 10:22, 10:17, 10:17, 13:41

Long run fail.  I was hoping for 8-10, barely managed that 5 mile slog.   It was 95* when I started running and the humidity while not high was not where I would have liked.  My asthma chose to be a dick and I had troubles catching my breath.  I had troubles getting going and then I couldn’t get it together.  I did not eat enough for a long run either.  By mile 4 I knew I was done.  I still had the weekend so I called it at 5.   I felt beat up.  😓 

 Friday- Rest

I planned on riding the bike after work but was so fried I just kind of crashed into the comfy chair.   I did receive some happy mail though!  My Hogwarts swap arrived from my partner and it was freakin’ amazing.  I may have squealed like a little kid.

Saturday- Rest

I worked in the morning and planned on finishing my Hogwarts swap craft that evening.  I was hoping for a short run too.  Haha!  This was the beginning of the end of training this week.   The swap deadline had been Friday but I had a small extension because one of the organizers had emailed me a week previous.  My partner (the person I was crafting for) dropped out at the last minute.  Well, crap.   Now what?  She asked it I wanted to take over for the person my partner was supposed to craft for.    I had to think about it.   They had entirely different tastes, different favorites and different color schemes.  I am not the craftiest so I wasn’t sure I could pull off starting over in time.    I committed though.  I bit off more than I could chew.   😂 

 My plan was for a basic pillow and mug rug (coaster).  Sounds simple?  Did I forget to mention I’ve never sewed anything, ever?   My mom had a machine and I figured I could figure it out.   Ha!   We couldn’t get the machine to work.  I even You tubed videos but no help.   Now in a panic, I texted my former boss to see if she had a machine.  She did.  So I drove there (2 towns over) to borrow it, getting lost in her apartment complex along the way.    Then it didn’t want to work either.  That user’s manual and I became real good friends.   Finally got it to work and created the pillow.  Then it was off to bed, I was exhausted. 

A few friends for the walk
 Sunday- 4 mile walk/run

Did I mention the excessive heat warning this weekend?  Yeah, upwards of 105 both days.   My plan to run early failed when I could not drag myself out of bed.    I figured I would end up doing my long run at the gym on the treadmill.    Ummm, no.  Spent all day fighting with the sewing machine again.     I panicked when I ran out of bobbin thread.  How the hell do you replace that?   With the help of my trusty user manual I figured it out.  Or so I thought.   Every now and then my stitches would turn into a mullet.   The seam looked fine on the surface but the underside looked like a wig for an 80’s hair metal band.  Why?!!!!!  I managed to get out the door for a mile walk/ run but that was it.   And it was mostly walking.   Then it was back to finishing up crafting and crashing in bed.   For a weekend that I spent at home, I never even turned on my tv.

So, yeah not the strongest week of training.   But I can’t dwell on it, so time to move on.

Paleo grade- B

Lunches and breakfasts were still on point and I did not eat out nearly as much.  Score!   I made some veggie swaps for my lunches and my stomach liked those much better.    So I will be taking a break from romaine and cabbage slaw for awhile.     I do still get an intense craving for chips.    I admit I indulge if I think about them for more than 4 hours.   Only 2x last week.  I’ve been indulging with those Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato chips.   Not paleo, but at least they are kosher, vegan, gluten free and contain no GMO’s.  Baby steps, right?    I’ve held strong to the no soda in the mornings though, so yay for that!

Can you sew?  What was I doing wrong?

How was your weekend?  And weather?

What’s your favorite chip?

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January Recap

How is it 4 days into February already?!  I am not ready for that!

Backtracking to January- well it started great and then derailed.  I rang in the New Year and new month with a great 10 mile run.  I was ready to get to my training and get started on that 1000 mile goal for 2015.   I was doing great up until January 8.  Then the sickness hit.  I took 11 days off.  11?!  That hurt both my training and my miles.  According to Smash Run, I ran 10 days in January- 10. That’s 21 days off.  Ouch.  So with that in mind, I suppose the below number is actually a good thing-  🙂

January15So 68 miles?  Not too bad.  January included one race- Spooner’s Cove 25K.   My farthest race/ run to date and the most time I’ve spent on my feet outside of working at Taco Bell.    Just kidding.     However, with the way that my runs were so spaced out, I am not sure how well they added to base building.

As for some of my other goals?  Well, socializing didn’t happen because well, who wants to hang when you are contagious?  And I finished one book.   One of the 4 I started.   I did read your blogs and some fanfic online but that last bit doesn’t count.    January did have some shiny though- sorry- still excited.IMG_8778So now on to February.  The original plan was to run easy/ rest this first week of February and then get to work on speed.    My spring goal race is SLO and it is 11 weeks out now.   I admit I am nervous about breaking 2.  Part of me doesn’t think I can and the other part thinks I need to get out of my own way.   Luckily my training plan has me easing back into things the next two weeks so that’s a little comforting.   Oh and for added incentive- I received this shiny news in my email this morning-2015 MEDAL

Runners take their finisher medals seriously because it is a tangible badge-of-honor and proof of their accomplishment. The 2015 finisher medal with the barn and windmill highlights our local rural heritage, and like competing a marathon or half-marathon, it represents hard work and tradition,” said Heather Hellman, Event Director. “Our medals are unique and we change it every year, so they become very collectible. On race day, we look forward to placing our 2015 medals around the necks of all our proud finishers so they can take a little piece of San Luis Obispo home with them.” Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-san-luis-obispo-marathon-half-marathon-5k-april-24-26-registration-10056923529

That was just the kick in the pants I needed!  Plus I’ve kind of always loved old barns, so I think it’s kind of awesome!    The email helped get me out the door today for the baby speed work that was on my training plan.  Woo hoo!  Let’s see if I can keep this motivation going!

And on the socializing front, my friend talked me into I signed up for a craft swap online.  What the hell was I thinking?  Oh yeah, I heard Harry Potter and signed up.  However I have the crafting skill of Longbottom (nerd moment!!) so I feel sorry for my partner.  Fingers crossed!

How has your February started?

Are you crafty?  Help!!

What’s your shiny/ dull for the week so far?