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Week 13 Training Recap

Upcoming Races– Firehouse 5K
SLO Marathon 13.1

Focus– I forgot to pick one- oops

Week 12 was pretty good so of course this week started off rocky.  One of these days the pendulum won’t swing back and forth so quickly.   The whole week was wonky actually.  It started odd, swung into worse and then swung back again.

Monday- Rest  I had planned on riding the bike but as I was leaving work I started getting texts from my brother.  He wanted to know where my dad was.  Odd but ok, so I called my dad.  No answer.  Hmm.  I called my mom, no answer.    That’s odd.  Now my mind goes to worst case scenarios and starts thinking that something happened.    Turns out my brother’s truck had broken down in the Subway parking lot.  As for my parents not answering- well, they have lives.   😛 But eventually, I picked up my mom and we ended up eating Subway for dinner while waiting for AAA to tow my brother’s truck.  

Tuesday- 3.5  miles– With my brother’s truck out of commission, he needed a ride to work.    His current job has him working in SLO.  Not in the town I work or the town we live in.  Well that makes the commuting a little tricky.    It’s sad how much getting up 30 minutes earlier kicked my butt.  I had running gear packed but wasn’t optimistic about getting in a run.  It ended up working out, I only had to take my brother halfway and he found another ride home.

I headed to the lake path to get in a few laps.  Ouch, Ouch, ouch.    My calves and shins were soooo tight.    I hoped they would loosen up after the first lap but no such luck.    I stopped multiple times to stretch during lap 2 but it didn’t help.   Lap 3 probably shouldn’t have happened but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being a big baby.   It still hurt, so I called it at 3.5 miles.

Wednesday- Rest-Another earlier than normal morning and time I did take my brother all the way to SLO.    That led me on a roundabout way to work but bonus- I found a new road to run on!!   You know you’re a runner when you drive new roads and notice how run-able the shoulders are.  I mapped it and I can run from my work location to another one and it’s around 14.5 miles.  Woo hoo!   Just have to figure out how to get back. 😛

Thursday- 7.5 miles–  As I mentioned in Friday’s post, this run sucked.   Pain, tightness, clothing issues, asthma issues, body insecurities; you name it, I had it and the run blew.  I was hoping to pull off 12 but called it at 7.5.    My brother took the family to pizza to thank us for the week.  🍕 Then I came home and vented about the run on the blog.   I also had the beginnings of a headache so I went to bed early with an ice pack on my head. 

I emoji’d myself- normal right?

Friday- Rest–  Like all Fridays. 😀My headache had turned into a migraine.   I tried drinking tons of water, caffeine, food, sugar, etc to help it but nothing worked.   I even took 2 Excedrin Tension Headache pills.   That was probably a mistake.  I tend to have odd reactions to OTC medicines.  Yeah, my pupils decided they wanted to be different sizes.  I ended up going home an hour early.

Saturday- Rest– I worked in the morning and it was chaos.  That seems to be the new theme for the Saturdays I work.  Can it stop?  Part of me wanted to run in the afternoon but I was considering another long run attempt on Sunday.  I don’t usually follow the 10% rule but since 2 weeks ago saw 4.5 miles and last week 17, I decided to be smart.

Sunday -10 miles run, 3 mile walk–  Holy crap people!!!!   After the crappiness of this week’s runs I was not optimistic for this attempt.    When my alarm went off and I saw 88% humidity for the weather, I hit snooze.   I thought about blowing it off entirely, but an hour later I was heading out the door.   I had zero goals for this run, I turned my watch face to the clock and then ignored it.   My mother, brother and I were doing lunch so she was picking me up at the end.  Erring on the side of caution, I told her to give me 2 hours. 

longest run in the new shoes

I didn’t worry about keeping my pace slow, I didn’t worry about being fast.  I ran what felt comfortable and walked when I needed to.   Per usual, I picked up my pace running across the bridge, it was the only time I really felt fatigued.   I kept running and was soon off road on the river path.  Which turned into a running hopping dance.   The path was full of stink bugs!  Half a mile of watching my feet and hopping over them when needed- that added some excitement to the morning.     Then it was up the hill for the river route and back down.   The humidity never broke and it was still around 78% at the end of my run.   I felt like a sticky, nasty mess but my lungs held up pretty well.     I finished down on the river trail again and stretched out.

Then I saw my watch- 10 miles at 10:27 average pace?  Where the hell did that come from?   I didn’t think I had seen that pace for a long run since last year’s training for SLO.    Hours later and I am still not sure how I pulled that off.  And I had time to stretch and walk it out before I met my mother.

When I uploaded my figures into Smash Run later, I realized just rare this run was.  I thought it had been the fastest in a year, umm, it was my fastest 10 miler since January 2014.  What?!?!  I’m still not sure how it happened but I will take it!

My mile splits make me laugh- typical me, all over the place.  But I felt good so I’m just going to call it a win.

This week was all over the place- work, life and running included.  I feel like I need another day to recover. Boo.   Oh well, moving on.     My hope this week is to stay consistent and pull off a new to me distance this weekend.  Fingers crossed!!!!

Low-carb–  umm, yeah, I had Subway 4 times this week.   It just kept happening!   It was easy and not horrible for you.  Ugh, well, Monday is a new week right?

How was your week?

Have any Easter plans?



Run!, Slacker

Cold and Windy

California is confused.  The weather has been cold and windy for a month.  It’s May and it’s California, what gives!?  I have run in pants and long sleeves more in May than I did all “winter” long.   Plus I put away all my “winter” clothing except for 2 pairs ofcapris so I have to keep washing them.  Grrr.     It was cold, windy and rainy tonight so I decided to stick to my original running schedule instead of trying the new one again.  I am so over the wind.  Wind aside, I did have a couple of pretty good runs this week.

Wednesday's run
Wednesday’s run

I headed out Monday after work to get started on the whole 3x weekday running.  Running on Monday seems so much harder but it wasn’t as rough as it was last week.  I headed to the lake with my new shoes to get in some easy miles.    You’d think the cold would make the gnats less annoying but no such luck.   Every third mile or so, I ran with my arms flailing around my face trying to keep them away.  But no such luck, again.  After finishing my run, 3.5 miles at 10:04 pace, I stopped to stretch and take a pic or 2.   I tried to get a selfie showing that I was actually wearing a race shirt- Surf City, long sleeves for the win!- but I failed.  However I noticed a speck on my face later.  I zoomed in and there was a gnat stuck to my sweaty forehead- gross!!!IMG_0374Sometimes I have to work on Saturday and when I do, I usually get a half day during the week.  I love half days.  🙂   To me they seem like an invitation to run more miles.  Sweet!   I had a half day on Tuesday and I was looking forward to at least 6 miles after work.   Thanks to a training meeting in my hometown that went 3.5 hours, I didn’t even have to drive to work town so I had even more time to run.  However, my stomach laughed at my plans and I eventually gave up trying.  I felt like it was a waste of a half day.  😦   But I did get some laundry done and took a small nap.

Work ran late on Wednesday (it started!) and then I spent 10 minutes looking for myFitbit.   When I was changing into my running gear I realized that it had fallen out of my sock at some point during the day.  Crap!    Luckily I found it by the front door.   I headed to the river path hoping for less wind.  Ha!  Luckily I found a headband in my car to cover my ears.   I can’t stand cold ears.

I look kind of scary in a headband.   :)
I look kind of scary in a headband. 🙂

I spent the first mile trying to talk myself out of running.   I was cold, tired and my stomach hurt.   And apparently feeling very whiny.   🙂   But I trucked on telling myself to get over it.   I kept my watch covered with my sleeves since I really didn’t have a pace goal, my only goal was to finish 4 miles.   I walked when I needed to and did pause for a break at one point for my stomach.    Overall the run felt comfortably hard and I felt that was more due to the wind than the actual running.    Then I checked my splits.


Say what?!  My last mile came in at 8:15 and I didn’t feel like throwing up?  My fastest mile since high school was 8:05, set last fall in broken down shoes, running in a straight shot, going downhill.  I thought I was going lose my cookies after that mile.    So how did 8:15 seem fairly comfortable?  Still mostly downhill, but across 3 intersections and a couple of streets.   Huh?  How did I do that?  Actually the last 3 miles were pretty speedy and didn’t feel horrible.  Sweet!  Can I do it again though?

As exciting as that last mile was, I was also very happy that I did not have to deal with any gnats.  🙂

Happy Friday!!! How was your week?

What’s the weather like where you are at?

Who is racing this weekend?   Good luck Charissa, Jessica, Molly and Hanna!  Did I miss anyone?