Race Day, Run!

A Tale of 2 Runs

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!    I had planned on finishing this post for Wednesday night but I was exhausted after a planned hike that grew…by a lot.   More on those adventures next time.  😄

I guess Monday was my first real, official day of vacation.  I slept in.  It was lovely.  I was feeling a little sore (my feet) after Sunday’s hike/ trail run but I was looking forward to a run.   Running outside on a weekday during daylight savings? Yes please!   I wasn’t sure how far I’d get with my feet feeling bruised but they felt pretty good once I started running.

I headed for the river path in the mid afternoon.  Seriously, I would love it if I could run at that time all fall and winter.  How can I make that happen?   Anyhow, my goal was to take this run super easy and shoot for 3-4 miles.     I really missed this route, it’s like the perfect excuse for a progression run.    I kind of zoned out a bit and just kept running.  4.5 miles later I was back at my car.   I might have added more but 4.5 was literally 2 feet from my car.  😉     Even better was that I hadn’t needed any walk breaks.  Last week, I struggled with a 12:00 pace on the treadmill and Monday I ran a 12:53, 10:38, 10:05, 9:29 for the full mile splits.   Why is the treadmill so hard for me?!    No walks breaks but I did come to a complete stop when I saw this tree.  Because holy crap!-


In trying to temper the urge to #runallthemiles on vacation since I’ve been a super slacker for the past month or so, I rested on Tuesday.   I met an old friend for lunch instead.   Wednesday’s workout doubled in planned size and left me feeling a little achy.  I was a little nervous for the Turkey Trot.  But I was running with C and her husband so I was looking forward to it.

Thanksgiving dawned and it was 30º.  Allrighty then.   Then I tried to get up.   Aaagh!  My calves were so tight, they were down right painful.   How was I going to run a 10K?  No lies, I texted C to see if she was ready, hoping she would say it was too cold.  No dice.   I had ProCompression full socks under my leggings and I left my house in my pea coat and Uggs.    I registered for the race in them as well.  I didn’t change shoes until about 5 minutes to the start.  😝

Me and C. I really dislike this shirt but it’s the warmest running gear I own. 😦
This trot is super low key.  You register on race morning, get your t-shirt and run your race.    The course is an out and back on rural roads and the start/finish is literally in the Food4 Less parking lot.   C, C-Hub and I had run the race before so we knew the course.   My parents usually come to the finish but when I was shivering in my car, I texted them and told them it was too cold and they should stay home.  They didn’t listen.    The race seemed smaller this year but that could have been due the freezing temps.

  
It was go time and we were off!  I was super tight and cold usually triggers my asthma so I was a little skeptic about how this was going to go.  Thankfully C and her husband weren’t feeling particularly speedy either so we just hung out the whole race.     My toes were numb, my hands were numb and my butt felt like it was frozen.    We joked about turning around at the 5K mark but kept going.    It was great catching up with them, I wasn’t able to run with them as much as I had hoped this year.   C-hub kept us running and even thought I wanted to walk a few times, we kept running averaging between a 10:30-10:45.  I felt so sluggish and my Garmin kept telling me we were running in the 11’s.  Guess it doesn’t like the cold either.   I was dreaming of a large, hot coffee from McDonald’s and started pulling away towards the end.  I didn’t mean to but I was letting my legs do whatever they wanted to, they were still so tight.  Mile 6 clocked in at 9:42.    Finish- 1:04:49.    Not the speediest but much better than I had been expecting and there weren’t any asthma issues.    😎 

I also wore my Turkey Trot shirt for the rest of the day.   And indulged in a few too many chips and a second slice of cheesecake.    It was a great Thanksgiving.     I am not fond of crowds so I will be avoiding anything Black Friday related.   My original plan was to go hiking but I’ve put 25 miles on these legs in the last 5 days, way more than normal, and my calves are seriously pissed.  So my plan is to take it easy, maybe take the puppy for a walk.  If I can move.

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you run a turkey trot?

Favorite food of the day?

Are you shopping?

 

 

Run!, Slacker

Changing it Up

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Last year I went on numerous hikes/ trail runs.  I would power walk up and run like a crazy person down them.  It was fun.   🙂   This year, with so many races and wanting to PR  a few, I was leery of trails.   Too afraid I would do something stupid and hurt myself.  Ego got in the way of fun.   😦     With my recent inability to maintain pace, I have decided to treat it like  good thing and get back off-road.  With that line of thought, I went and bought myself something pretty-trailshoesI figured that maybe an actual pair of trail shoes would be a good idea.  A little more traction for the times I careen wildly down a hillside.    Plus the purchase would help me guilt me into following through when I am feeling like a slacker.   🙂   Trails are the place where I have fun and don’t mentally berate myself for my pace.   I took my shoes for 3.5 mile spin around the lake in the dirt on Tuesday.   They felt great, so today is was time for a baby trail.

The easy part
The easy part

I was looking to start small, so my mom and I headed to the trail from the Firehouse 5K run.    It’s around 3 miles, give or take.  We headed up the back way, thinking we would hit the switchbacks on the way down.  Fine by me, switchbacks suck.     My shoes felt great in the loose dirt.  The only problem was my huffing and puffing.  It wasn’t humid so I thought I could get by without using my inhaler.  No luck, but I also hadn’t been stupid enough to leave it behind.    Gaining 500 ft in 3/4 of mile didn’t help either, but after using it I was fine.   The rest was mostly downhill, ha!

We made it! ( a little windy, too!)
We made it! ( a little windy, too!)

IMG_6789 IMG_6759The view from the top* was great as usual.  My mom wanted to go down a different path just to see where it went.   I think we lost most of that 500 feet in 1/4 mile.  I like downhill but this was ridiculous.  The sand was so loose, we kept sliding.  We slowed to a crawl-like pace but we made it.   Thank you shoes.  We came across a Y in the trail so we just picked one.  It led to another Y and again we just picked one.  The mountain’s not that big so we figured we wouldn’t get too turned around.  Plus this leaves more trails to explore another day.      IMG_6762

Where I started sliding
Where I started sliding

A little past 2 miles, we could see the road and figured that we had accidentally cut the hike super short.  It was getting pretty hot so we decided that we could deal with that instead of heading back the way we came.  Coming down the trail we came across 2 rows of white stone boxes on the right side and a few more on the left.  One was open, empty and a little broken.     Being the smart asses that we are, we start cracking jokes about the X-Files and vampires.

very large and ominous looking
very large and ominous looking

It looked like we were coming into the back of a park.  As we got closer we realized it was a cemetery.    Ok, the boxes make a little more sense.  But still stone?  Bad form for our previous wise cracks.   It was very pretty as we walked through to get back to main road. But I was also confused because the headstones seemed really close together.   I did Google it later and found that due to flooding over the years, not only have headstones moved but some graves have as well.  Some were moved to other cemeteries but the records are not the best.   IMG_6784

We came out on a rural highway.  We were actually about 1/2 mile away from where we parked but the road had wide shoulders.     Walking back put us around 3 miles.  It took us about an hour though, so it felt like a good workout.   So now it’s on to the next trail.  🙂

*I took a pretty cool panorama but it refuses to load-ugh.

How was your weekend?

Ever get turned around and end somewhere totally random on a run/ hike?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve encountered?

chill out, Eat!, Slacker

Dirty Girl Hike & Brunch

A few of my friends have May-June birthdays, and a few of their friends do too.  So it was decided to get a group together to do a hike followed by brunch.   The hike chosen was Bishop’s Peak in SLO.  This would be followed by brunch at a fancy shmancy hotel a few towns over- in our dirty hiking clothes.  🙂   So, bright and early Sunday Morning, we all met up and jumped in the car and headed down.

Going up
Going up
into the forest we go
into the forest we go
There were people climbing the backside of the rockface
There were people climbing the backside of the rockface

I have hiked this peak before and there are 3 different ways to go up for about the first mile.  From there they all converge into a narrow, rocky dirt track and switchback the rest of the way up to the top.    The trail head we chose is located in a residential area and parking was easy.   It starts of with an easy dirt road before it starts to get harder.   There were 7 of us out there and we just kept an easy pace going up.  It was fun getting to catch up and talk as we made our way up.    By about halfway we had split into a group of 4 and then a group of 3 a couple hundred yards back.    It was fun taking it a little easier too, I tend to be a little crazy on trails, so this time I was able to enjoy the view.   And what a view it was- seriously, I took over 100 pictures!

Let me take a selfie
Let me take a selfie

IMG_4680 IMG_4708It really was great getting to talk to everyone.    Bix and I were even able to reminisce about our loathing of switch backs (Firehouse 5K).   About halfway up, at a particular tricky part, we cracked a joke that we should be singing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, but we couldn’t remember the words.  Which was probably a good thing.  🙂  But we made it to the top!     And I was crazy enough to climb up the last few rocks, too.  After taking the obligatory top of the mountain pictures, it was all down hill from there.

Made it to the top!
Made it to the top!
Smaller rock to conquer
Smaller rock to conquer
I'm the only crazy one going up these rocks
I’m the only crazy one going up these rocks

IMG_4744Going down, we separated into a group of 5 and and a group of 2.  D and ML and I got involved in a Supernatural discussion, more accurately our love of Dean.  🙂     More and more people were hiking their way up as well; quite a few made comments about our shirts,  apparently we thought alike when we dressed that morning.

The shirt crew
The shirt crew
Me and Bix
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M and ML, a little blurry but I still like it

The way the trail wraps around, you can usually hear people long before you see them.   About 2/3 down, we realized it had been a long time since we heard from the other 2 so we stopped and waited for them to catch up.  It turns out they had gotten a little lost.  Trail buddy fail!!!!   We all met up again and then we had to step it up to get to the car, we had a reservation at 11!  This is also where I couldn’t help it anymore and I ran.    I love running downhill on trails, I really do.    2 miles up and 2 miles down and we were back at the start.

going down
going down
another selfie, D is more talented than I am
another selfie, D is more talented than I am

Then it was quick change time.  Even though we had discussed going in our hiking clothes, 5 of us brought a change of clothes.  So with the use of plenty of wet wipes (so handy!), we were changing in the car by the roadside.   My apologies if I inadvertently flashed anyone.  Then we were in the car and headed to brunch.  The place was packed, we had to park on a side street.   But as one of us pointed out, we had just hiked Bishops’ Peak, we could handle a few blocks.

Celebratory toast
Celebratory toast
So very yummy
So very yummy

Brunch was awesome.  The company was amazing and the food was great.  The service could have used some help and when the heck did brunch get so expensive?  Then again, I don’t think I have been to brunch since the last century, so that could be part of it.   We all ate too much and enjoyed our champagne and mimosas.   I don’t really drink, so I’m usually the DD, but this time it was nice that someone else was.   It’s still not my thing but it was fun.   Overall, it was an awesome day.IMG_4776

I did have my Garmin with me on the hike.  I didn’t care about pace but I had wanted the elevation profile.    Well, this blonde had some problems.  #1 was auto pause.  I do not like that feature, I think that it was what tripped me up with my time at the SLO Marathon.  During the hike, it paused when we were going through a cattle fence and never started up again.  It took me almost 1/2 a mile to notice.   Urgh.   Bix had the great idea that I should just start it over at the top, so at least it would be accurate on the way down, and then I could double it.   So I did that, but we stopped about a 1/3 of the way down so I paused it.  Why? I don’t know but I forgot to restart it and didn’t figure it out until it buzzed with the power save warning.   Ugh!!!   So yeah, that didn’t work, but we went from around 350 to almost 1500 and back.

But like I said it was an awesome day and I can’t wait to do it again!

How was your weekend?