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Week 43- Strange

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Ever have one of those weeks where you are just kind of cranky but no there’s no real reason behind it?  That was last week for me.  Still not sure why.

I ran more than I have in months- which is kind of sad considering the overall total.  I cross trained, work was fine, I watched lots of Stranger Things 2. I was just fussy some reason.   Maybe I should blame the heatwave?


Monday- 3 miles Due to our abnormal heat wave, for the first time it was cooler in home town than work town.  I headed that way after work.   It was still warmish- 80’s- but nothing like the high 90’s I left behind in work town.   For some reason I could only find one Knuckle Light- I am so not ready for the time change.

Tuesday- 7.3ish miles ride  Oh hey, I have a bike!  Tuesdays will likely be cross training days while training for Big Sur so why not start now? Once again I accidentally bumped the buttons with my phone again and started over so I’m not exactly sure how many miles I did.  Oops!

Wednesday- Rest  I was feeling super cranky and just wasn’t feeling my run.   I was looking for any excuse to bail.  I wasn’t going to without a reason other than me being cranky.  Thankfully I got a text from my parents wondering if I wanted to go to dinner.  Yes!


Thursday- 2.7 miles Damn that got dark fast.  And it was hot.  How is possible I needed lights to see but also a visor to keep the sweat out of my eyes?  My legs felt good and wanted to run more but I think this was my last solo run even on the roads of the river path.  I may have to visit the dang treadmill sooner than want.  Or find a running buddy.

Friday- Rest  Open to almost close? Say what?  I was there through closing time but I did leave before everyone else.  The new boss started.  I can leave the building again! Do a little jig.


Saturday- 3.66 miles Stupid.  I had a plan for the weekend to help get me ready for Vegas but I maybe should have adjusted since it was 90*.   But I really wanted to sleep in.  😛   I set out for a 3 mile run in the afternoon but in an effort to stay cool I wore a shorter pair of shorts.  Well, they seemed shorter than the last time I wore them.  So short I took the longer way home so less cars would pass me. 😂  The heat slowed me down considerably but other than that it wasn’t a bad run.


Sunday- 8 miles  I woke with a headache, turned off the alarm and went back to sleep.   That wasn’t part of the plan but my head was not happy.  Luckily the weather was cooler when I finally headed out around 3:15.  Even with that I still drove across town where it usually a good 5-10* cooler and breezy.    Which paid off except for miles 3 and 4.  I was on a long stretch of road that zero shade and no breeze.  It felt like the surface of the sun.   It didn’t help that I was wearing capri pants.  Why did I do that?  Other than those 2 miles I actually kept a fairly steady pace which is good but my legs were very confused by a long run after running the day before.

17.40 miles run -7.3 miles bike for the week.  I may have been cranky but I actually moved this week!  Who knew?

How was your week?

What did you do this weekend?

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Rambling On 19

I need a vacation.  On a beach.  Swinging in a hammock.

Have I said that before?

Our little county boasted the hottest point of the country on Tuesday- 108.  Say what? No, just no.  The break room air is on the fritz so it’s a balmy 84* in there.  🤣

I think something about the heat- work town broke 100 a few times- made this week seem super long.  Either that or I was just feeling a little cranky.   I tried to just ignore it and move it but I was just blech.  I’m still not feeling great either and 2 more employees were down sick as well so maybe there’s just something going round.

Squeezing in 29 before Vegas is looking less likely.  Not only am I just tired but in truth my budget doesn’t really want to include a hotel right now.  Entry fee? Fine.  Hotel cost- not so much.  My race account is looking a little sad.  Plus I want to have money to have fun in Las Vegas.

Vegas!  It’s almost here!  How is that possible?  I’m not ready yet!  How do you mentally prepare for Las Vegas?  Help!😛

Heck, Halloween snuck up on me.  How is almost November?

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What are your plans this weekend?

 

 

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Should Have Said No

Happy Wednesday!

I finally completed my larger paper and turned it in on Monday.  I usually run on Mondays and rest on Tuesdays but I swapped that this week due to the paper deadline.  On Tuesday morning I left for work with my gear, totally planning on running after work.   By the end of the day though, I had absolutely no desire to run.  I don’t know if it was because it was my usual rest day, if I was finally unwinding from the paper drama or what.  I told myself to get over it and just go.  I changed at work and headed to the lake for the 4 miles that were on my schedule.

You know that saying about how you never regret a workout?  That’s a lie.   A big, fat lie.   I should have just gone home.   I kept telling myself that I have a 10K race in a week and a half in 6 weeks.  I had already had a hit and miss week (more miss than hit) last week due to my Slacker-ness, so I needed to get out there.  And it was only 4 miles, I could do that, right?  

Thanks Pinterest and Grumpy Cat
Thanks Pinterest and Grumpy Cat

My lack of eagerness had not improved by the time that I reached the lake park.  I parked, put in my headphones and put on my belt then started my Garmin and headed out.   I made it 30 feet before I noticed that nothing was coming from the headphones.   I tried to fix them while walking, also trying to dodge the construction that was suddenly cutting across the path.  Couple hundred yards later after crossing one of the little bridges, I came to a complete halt.    I could not get the headphones out of the headphone jack.  And all my attempts to correct the problem just turned my headphone cords into a giant knot.   I finally ripped the headphones out of the extender but still could not get the extender out of the phone, it was completely jammed.   I managed to snap the back cover off but still no luck.  By now I had been standing there for almost 10 minutes. 2 guys had run past but either chivalry really is dead or I looked scary mad.  😦   I shoved the tangled headphones into my belt and started walking, I figured I might as well move while fighting with my phone.   ¼ of a mile later, I gave up.  I shoved my phone and the case pieces in the belt and started running.  By now I was super cranky and irritated and just wanted to quit.   I told myself 1 lap was sad (only 1.2 miles) and I should at least do 2.  I was already frustrated about potentially breaking my phone so why not?

So I dodged the construction again and kept running.  Half way through the second lap around I had to backtrack because my pepper spray decided to leap from my belt.  It was like it hopped and skidded away from me in slow motion.    I was done, so very very done.  Normally, I try to stop on .5 or full miles but I hit 2.25 and shut everything off and walked to my car.  I then did a girl move and went crying to my daddy about my phone.   This run did nothing but tick me off.    I don’t know what it is was, but it was not my night.   It put me so off, that I decided not to do my speed work tonight.  I brought my stuff to work again but this time I am going with the nope.

The aftermath
The aftermath

 

It wasn’t my running, nothing hurt, I just wasn’t feeling it.  I wanted to post this last night but I held off since I was so stinkin’ cranky.  I figured I needed to sit on it a bit.   I didn’t want that irritation to spill over to my next run, so I headed home after work tonight.  My gear can stay in my car for another day.

I submitted my final paper tonight, so life and running and blogging should return to it’s regular schedule.  🙂   Today wasn’t an exercise free day though.  After submitting my paper, I randomly decided to do some late night yoga.  Well, Jillian Michaels style yoga anyways.   I only fell on my face a couple of times.  🙂

Has anyone else ever had one of those moments that led into a rough run?

How has your week been?

Who has a Memorial Day weekend Race?

 

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April Recap

April was a busy month.  Not just for me but most people I think.   I mean taxes and Boston in the same month, right?  Or in my case, the SLO Marathon weekend.  So my month brought me this-aprilrecap

Miles- 70.4
Races-2 – Firehouse 5K & SLO 1/2 Marathon
Money spent- quite a bit
Toenails- 1 almost gone 🙂

I actually felt pretty good after Sunday’s race even with all the hills.  I took Monday off, both from running and work, planning to return to both on Tuesday.  Work went great on Tuesday and I was looking forward to my run.   What I did not account for was the freak heat wave we have had lately.  Even work town was friggin’ hot and it rarely gets above 70 there.

I went to the lake after work hoping for an easy 4 miles.   I was warm, not hot but uncomfortably warm.  It was 88º when I set out.  I called it after 5K and just walked back to the car.   I didn’t see a need to push it.  It was a bummer because my legs felt good but I need to acclimate to the coming summer heat a little better.4-29-14

For some reason, I thought Wednesday was Thursday all day long.   Not cool. I had planned on running after work but for the first time ever, this Slacker forgot her running shoes.  How does one even do that?  I do have a spare pair in my car (and socks, shorts, shirt and sports bra) but it was hot again, so I decided on another rest day.  I did just run 13.1 right?  Sadly it meant that my monthly mileage stalled at 70.4 and I had really wanted to get to 75.  But I am still on track for my yearly goal, so yay!timeout

Thursday, well yeah.  I felt like Thursday turned into a mayday, and not the fun dancing around the May pole kind.  Work bordered on insane and the town was crazy.  My original plan was to run 3-4 miles in work town before heading to SLO for packet pick up for tomorrow’s race.  But there is a huge car show in town this weekend and people were pouring in so I just got the heck out of dodge.   I was halfway to SLO when it occurred to me that I had lost $200.00.  I could not remember what I had done with it but I did not have it. That was the final straw and I burst into tears while driving down the highway.    😦  Once I made it to packet pick up (Sports Authority), I was texting all of my co-workers in a panic.   No one could remember seeing it.  There was nothing more that I could do about it then, so I dried my eyes as best as I could and went to get the packets.  I figured I would be in and out and hardly anyone would see me, so the red eyes wouldn’t be so bad.

Wrong.  This pick up was for Run or Dye.  The line was wrapped around the interior of the building.  I was in line for over 30 minutes.  Seriously?!  I am still on the fence about this race as it is.  Then when I was picking up my bib and for 4 friends, the Run or Dye staff told me 8000 people registered.  I’m sorry what?   How do you fit that many people in a smaller park and where do they all park?  I was still super cranky so I think I may have given the poor guy the look of death at that news.  Sorry!

New stretching equipment?
New stretching equipment?

I was still so frustrated that I was torn between getting a pizza on the way home and eating it all or trying to run it out.   I chose the healthy choice and took the freeway exit to run town.  I was running behind on time so I was thinking 2 laps of the lake would be good.  Apparently there was some function at the pavilion because I had to circle around a few times and ended up parking on the backside of the lake.   Which was weird but I jumped out, walked a quick warm up and then just ran.   2 miles later, time had run out but I was feeling a little better.

Rebel without a clue
Rebel without a clue

I am something of a clean freak about certain things, so I am really not sure how I will handle people throwing colored dye at me as we leisurely ramble through the course tomorrow.  Plus, I am wearing a tutu.   I had always promised C that we run a race in tutu’s.  Why,  I am not sure, I always feel awkward in costumes or outfits.  I am still just getting used to running in shorts.   But, I did buy a bright pink tutu and I will be rocking it tomorrow.  Along with all black.  🙂   I’m picking NikeC up early so we can hopefully get a good parking spot.  Then it is time for a Team Slacker meetup!  On the upside, I think we have a group of 10 or more running tomorrow!   Plus no pre-race jitters.  🙂

And the lost money? Found today, I have awesome co-workers.   🙂

How was your week?

Ever done a Run or Dye or Color Run? Any advice?

Good luck to anyone at Wildflower this weekend!

 

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Monsters and Miles

Tuesday’s gym plan did not happen.  😦  Turns out my group wanted a few corrections on the advertising plan, so I spent the evening reformatting again. And fighting the urge to chuck my computer across the room as it froze every 20 minutes.  But it was finally done.  I was able to walk it down to print shop today to get it bound.    My coworker, who is also in my class went to pick it up after work and they had done it wrong.  She was able to get it corrected fairly quickly, but still.  It was good thing she was one the picking it up because I may have lost it on the print guy.  Not sure if I would have started crying or yelling, though.

Yep! The lovely folks @ I Love to Run
Yep!
The lovely folks @ I Love to Run

Adding to yesterday’s chaos, I finally paid attention to my tire pressure warning light.   It has been coming on and off for the last few weeks and I had a done a pretty good job of ignoring it.  I did get air put in the left front one three times, but I finally had to admit that I probably had a nail.  As I was driving to work yesterday, the tire light was on and so was the frost warning.  It was 24° and part of my commute is down a narrow, windy, 2 lane road with a wall of hill on one side and a ravine on the other.  My overactive imagination struck yesterday and I was suddenly trying to figure out what I would do if my tire blew out.  Ok, stay calm, slow down and find the soonest place to pull off to the side.  But what if I jerked the wheel?  Right would send me into the hill that already had landslides on a daily basis, what would a car hitting it do?  Left would be like pulling a Thelma & Louise.  See?  Crazy imagination.  So after all that paranoid thought, I got to work and asked what a good repair shop would be.  One was super close, so I took my car over and walked back to work.   There was a nail, they took it out and fixed the hole and my car was good to go.  I walked back over to pick up my car, so some exercise!!  As I picked up my car, I looked at my passenger seat and laughed.  The day I take my car in and it looks like this- oops!!!  It looks like I live in it.

See gym bag? I really had planned on running.
See gym bag? I really had planned on running.

Other than the binding fiasco, today was a pretty good day.  I was dismissed from jury duty without having to appear and I remembered to get a picture of our work tree.   Plus plugging and unplugging all our lights is a pretty good little workout.  We have 13 strands of hung around the building and all the outlets are in the ceiling, so twice a day up and down, up and down.   Once I saw the completed project I was just done.  All energy left me and all I wanted to do was sit and maybe read.    But I had felt like a busted can of biscuits all day so I changed and drove home by way of the gym.

Only a little crooked :)
Only a little crooked 🙂

I hate the treadmill.  Those felt like the hardest 4 miles of my life.   I was tired and sluggish and to top it off, someone had that show “Monster Inside Me” on one of the tv’s.  Yuck!!!!  I kept trying not to look but it was like a magnet drawing me back.  I am probably going to have nightmares about the creepy larvae things.  Why would someone do that?   NikeC was busting out her own miles a few treadmills away and she couldn’t help being distracted by it as well.

Back to the miles, I walked 1:30 at the beginning of every mile, I was tired.   Then maintained average pace until the .8 mark and cranked it up to 7 for the last .2.  It was kind of funky but I felt like I was doing something.   Could only get my pace to 10:30 overall, though.   I swear I am slower on treadmills than outside.   😦  And I apparently started my Nike+ in the parking lot getting out of my car, so oops 🙂

Tomorrow I have to turn in the dang advertising plan and prepare for final presentations next week.  I am so ready for this class to be over.  I probably won’t get in any running until the weekend but its also supposed to 70° again, so woo hoo!!!

So tell me, am I the only one whose imagination goes into overdrive at times?

Does anyone like the treadmill? And if so, help!!!

Hope everyone is having a good week!