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Week 39- Keeping On

Upcoming Races-

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

Week 39? How did that happen? It’s October people!  How did that happen?  Anyone else feel like this year is flying by?  Damn that’s a lot of questions, I’ll stop.

My back was better last week but still very present if that makes sense.  I went with 3 days of running instead of 4.  Thought about adding a 4th on Sunday but ultimately decided not to.


Monday- 3 miles  My legs were feeling a little tight from the previous day’s hot mess of a long run so I kept things nice and easy.  And short.    My legs were a little stiff in the beginning but they loosened up.  I ended up walking more than I would have liked at the end as a man had 2 large off leash dogs running around on the river path.   They looked friendly but I don’t take that chance.  I don’t have the best track record with dogs.  πŸ˜›

Tuesday-  Rest Holy crap, I was walking out the door to go to work and I was hit with the worst charlie horse!   I get them occasionally while sleeping but this was a first while moving.  Weird.

Wednesday- Rest  My back was cranky and it was 90* in home town at 6.  I had changed and planned on running but when my mom called and suggested we meet up for pizza, it didn’t take much convincing. πŸ˜›


Thursday- 2.8 miles ish Maybe?? Work ran late so I had a late start.  It was still almost 90 in home town when I started running.  I forgot my hat, luckily I had a visor.  Should have worn shorts not capris.  Probably shouldn’t have started a run when my Garmin was at 8%.   Thankfully the changing seasons had the sun dropping quickly.  Less cool was that my Garmin died completely around 2 miles in.  1 tiny buzz of “low battery” to black screen.  No!!! I stopped and said a few colorful words but I only had myself to blame.  I pulled up Strava and tried to squeeze in what I could in the dying light.  Running wise- it was a decent run.  It also told me that I really need to start carrying my Knuckle Lights with me.

Friday- Rest Open to close.  Let’s be real, by Friday- I’m a little loopy- nothing extra outside of work is happening.  πŸ˜›  I was looking forward to sleeping in the next day.


Saturday- 8 miles  I swear I was planning on sleeping in but somehow I was turning off my alarm and getting ready to run.  I planned on running 10 miles from my house and ending at my mother’s tennis practice.   However a couple of wardrobe malfunctions had me crunched for time.  I first realized that the shorts I wanted to wear were dirty so I went with my second choice.  Except when I went to use the bathroom one last time before leaving the house I found a huge hole in leg.  WTH?  Ok, what is my 3rd choice?  I ended up running in a skirt.  Which I use to run in all the time but I don’t anymore because I feel uncomfortable in them being that I am a little overly fluffy right now. Thankfully,  it didn’t suck.

By the time I got out the door, I figured I would only have time for 9 miles.  That said, it was a surprisingly even paced run.    I was feeling pretty good.  My back was cooperating and so was my shin.  Halfway, I see someone running my way and think I recognize them.  I do!  It’s NikeC!  So we stop and chat a bit before going our separate ways.  Then I ran on knowing I now only had time for 8 miles.  Fine by me.  In fact it was barely 8.  I was coming up on 7.7 trying to get to the high school when my mother called.  She had finished practice and wanted to know where I was.   I’m trying!   I ended up having to run a circle in the parking lot to hit 8 miles.  πŸ˜‚

Sunday- Rest This time I did sleep in.  It was awesome.   Less awesome was the 90* temp of the day.  My back was a little fussy, not hugely more than usual but with the higher temps I kept pushing a possible run back.  I finally cleaned my car and sadly it was so dirty that it was quite a work out.  πŸ˜›

13.8 miles for the week.  Still low but the back is feeling a little better.  I do have a doctor’s appointment this week and I am still going to ask for a referral to a PT.  Can’t hurt right?

How was your week?

 

 

 

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.  πŸ˜›


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?

Run!, Training

Week 36- Not Quite

Upcoming Races-

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

I had this cutesy little plan that if you lined up weeks 34, 35 and 36 the title modifiers would all add up to say “Kind of Back To Normal“.  Except this week wasn’t the normal that I wanted it to be hence the title change.  While I ran 4 days, when you add up the mileage it looks quite sad.  And adding a run on Sunday became laughable when I was hobbling around and had trouble just walking.

Anyways, moving on.   Last week was an odd one.  We found out on Tuesday that my boss is turning in her 2 weeks so the week just felt a little off.   Well, all weeks after a 3 day weekend feel off but this one felt more off.  Then I realized I seriously overbooked my Saturday and couldn’t figure out how to fix it.  I had a race, a shift at the Avocado Margarita Festival, a bed delivery and a possible haircut appointment.    I needed a clone.. or a teleporter.  Everything took place in a different town.


Monday- 3.1 miles  With the day off for Labor Day, I had thought about getting a long run out of the way early in the week but then I overslept.  It was another triple digit day and my motivation flagged as the day went on.  At the last minute I threw on running clothes and managed to get out the door for a late evening 5k.  It was short but I am glad I did something other than laze around like a sloth.

Tuesday-  Rest I rarely run the Tuesday after a 3 day weekend.  Work is usually crazy and runs late.  Theory held.  πŸ˜›


Wednesday- 2.0 miles This was supposed to be 4 miles but work ran late and this was all I squeezed in before the light really faded once I got back to town.   Oops.

It looks so much brighter in this pic than it was

Thursday- 1.5 miles Failed kitten rescue!  I set out to run but only made it about 3/4 of a mile up the hill before I heard a little meow then saw a tiny kitten in the storm drain.   He looked like he needed help so I tried to rescue him.  I managed to coax him out of the storm drain and noticed he was limping but he wouldn’t let me near him.   I followed/chased him through bushes, freaked out a dog in a yard, almost fell down a little hill, got odd looks from other runners passing by but couldn’t find him.  He went into stealth mode!  After more than 30 minutes I gave up, sad.  By then it was getting dark so I just headed back to the car.

Friday- Rest  I worked then out to Avila Beach to pick up my race packet.  Packet might be a misnomer- it was a bib and shirt.  And I almost got lost in the parking lot- a few more signs would have been nice.


Saturday- SLO Ultra 5 Miler Recap to come but I will say -oh my quad—the hills.


Then I attempted a quick change before heading to work town for the Avocado Margarita Festival.  Where I had to park way too far away and book it down to the volunteer tent in flip flops.   My haircut appointment was a no go and my dad was a champ and met the delivery guys to accept the bed delivery.    Even though that was an adventure in itself.  His solution to making sure that the cats or dog didn’t get out while the guys were there was to just have them deliver the new bed to the garage.  Then when I got home we carried it into the house and set it up.  πŸ˜›

Sunday- Haha!  Oh my god, I’m broken.  I can’t move.   I can’t even remember the last time I’ve been this sore.  Like I wish my bathroom had those handicap accessible bars in it for I need to use the restroom.  πŸ˜‚  I kept telling myself that I was going to run but the very idea of going down my driveway actually scared me.  Ouch!!!

11.6 miles for the week.  Haha.  I really should have run that long run on Monday.  Maybe I also should have looked at the elevation profile of the race sooner than Friday too.   I might have anticipated my broken-ess a little more.   Right now I am just hoping I can walk normally on Monday.  πŸ˜›

How was your week?

When was the last time you felt abnormally sore?

 

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Salinas Valley Half Marathon Recap

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The morning dawned dark and early.  With the race starting at the Soledad Mission, I was up early and heading north.  After getting a little turned around (all my fault- it was literally straight up the freeway) I arrived early enough to pick up my bib, debate what pack to use and use the port a potties.    I had woken to a very angry stomach and had to use the facilities a few times before the race.  Lovely.     I headed to the start line to the beat of an ipod and an upbeat announcer.   The weather had been predicted to start in the 70’s and be in the high 80’s by race end so I was very excited to see a heavy cloud cover that kept the temps about 10* cooler.


Miles 1-3- 10:01, 10:07, 11:04

The course started off nice and flat.  Which I appreciated for about 1/2 a mile.  My legs were already fussy so by mile 2, I was running in the dirt on the side of the road.   If there’s dirt, I will find it. πŸ™‚    My shoelaces on my right shoe came untied in mile 2 as well.   I was moving surprisingly faster than I thought I was going to be though.    Mile 3 saw my first walk break as well as my shoelaces coming untied again.  What gives?!  I was enjoying the scenery.  We ran past crop fields of Cauliflower and Peas.   I was taking pictures while running.


Miles 4-6- 10:44, 11:01, 10:45

Here’s my main gripe- the first water station wasn’t until mile 3.3.    For a race in CA in August, I thought that was too far in.  I carried a larger bottle of BeachBody with me but I still like water at each station.   We started into a little rolling section of the course which was giving me slight downhills which was slightly helping my pace.  This was cool because the walk breaks were becoming more regular.   My legs were starting to get super stiff though.   My brain may have seen the road as slightly rolling but legs were telling me it was flat.  I needed a hill!


Miles 7-9-  12:47, 11:59, 10:48

A hill!  My legs were thankful, the rest of me not so much.  I walked all of it.  No shame, I knew this was going to be a slower race so there was no point in making my heart rate go crazy.  πŸ™‚   That climb started in 7 into 8 and partly into 9.  Honestly it wasn’t even a big one, I just took it easy.   The sun had also come out and temp instantly jumped 10*.  Yikes!  Water!   I was still taking in the sights of the course and enjoying the music stations along the course.  Then in mile 9, I got a little downhill to enjoy.


Miles 10-12- 11:58, 11:49, 11:36

The sun was shining in full force which made the scenery awesome but did no favors for my pace.   I started rocking out.   Literally.  We came upon a hill the race calls the “Beast of Eden” and I ran up it playing an air guitar the whole way.  It was also the only hill I ran up.  πŸ˜›   I then sang and played an air guitar or drums for the next 3 miles.  I gave thumbs up to race photographers (which actually turned out to be a terrible picture).   There was a strawberry station at mile 10.2 and while they looked amazing, my stomach was starting to cramp up and I passed on them in fear of a repeat of the morning.

Mile 13- 11:42

Ok, I was done.  I felt like this mile took 20 minutes.  The finish line was never getting closer.   I was hot, thirsty and tired.   We ran past the buses to take us back to the start and man they looked tempting.  I was walking so much.  We turned left but still no finish line.   Just an uphill.  Waah.   I was walking towards the last little turn to the finish and the announcer called me out!  Seriously!    Just make it obvious when I start running.    Thanks dude.

Finish 2:28:44


Considering how I thought this race was going to go, hell yeah!  If the sun had stayed away, I think I may have been about 5 minutes speedier.    It warmed up really fast once the sun came out and I wish there had been another water station or 2.    I drank water at every station and had my bottle.  Once across the finish line, I downed a chocolate milk and a bottle of water.  Normally drinking that much that fast would have me feeling very ill but I felt fine.   Like I said, it was kind of warm those last miles.

Overall, I really enjoyed the race.   It was kind of nice to go into a race mostly relaxed and barely even glance at my watch.   I enjoyed the backroads, and the crop signs and Steinbeck were an added touch,  The only thing I would change is more water stations.

Half marathon #27 done.  πŸ˜€

Run!, Training

Week 31-Of Concerts and Poor Sleep

Upcoming Races-

  • Salinas Valley Half Marathon

 

Every time  I think I have a handle on things, wham, curve ball.   That’s life right?   I don’t have a big opener this week so let’s get right to it!


Monday- 2.3 miles  I think I got about an hour of sleep Sunday night.  I was super tired after work but what else is new.   I headed to the lake path because I wanted to at least get my new trail shoes dirty.   That was the upside to the run.  The downside was the 93* temp and the crazy high heart rate.  I was practically crawling and couldn’t get it down so I made it a short one.

Tuesday- Rest Work ran late and I didn’t make it home until after 7.


Wednesday- AFI!!!  One of my favorite bands came to town and I wasn’t missing that.   The concert was awesome.  It was a late night but it was awesome.


Thursday- 2.3 miles.  I’m sensing a pattern here.  Not sure if it’s a good one.  πŸ˜›  I was so tired after work I was thisclose to just skipping my run.   But I made myself change and headed for the river route.  I ended up sticking entirely to the paved portions and keeping it short but it didn’t suck.  I was glad I squeezed in a few miles.     That was until I went to brush my teeth later and my left leg buckled… and then did it again.  Something hurt right where the leg and hip connect.  Umm, not cool.

Friday-  Rest All the crappy sleep and long hours are catching up to me and I was a little slap happy at work.  One coworker thought it was hilarious and the other said she was just going to back away slowly.    My leg was still not happy but there wasn’t any more buckling.


Saturday- Salinas Valley Half Marathon That was an early morning.  Race recap to come.  πŸ™‚

Sunday- Rest  Serious rest.   I slept in until almost 10.  Well, kind of, I woke up a few times but refused to get out of bed.     I thought about running in the afternoon but I took a long nap instead.  Like passed out on the ground for almost 2 hours.  Woke up, moved to a chair and fell asleep again.   I decided to listen to what my body was shouting.

17.7 miles for the week.  A run on Sunday would have put me over 20 but like I said my body was trying to tell me something.     I know that part of my tiredness is stemming from work and part is coming from my bed.  My bed has decided to die in the last month or so.  I swear it went from fine to crap overnight.    Sleeping has been rough.  But a new bed is not exactly in the cards right now.  Grrr.

How was your week?

Ever have an odd pain come out of nowhere?

Last concert you saw?