Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 13

Ok, I lied, you get the training recap before the race recap.  Oops.

It’s coming, really!  It’s never taken me this long to write a race recap before but maybe that’s because my brain checked out last week.  I was so tired and just couldn’t figure out why or seem to catch up on my sleep.

I had wanted to move my 20 miler up a week to this weekend as it just fit my schedule better that way but between some leg issues and the extreme tiredness I was getting the feeling that was probably not a good idea.

Monday- 2.5 miles I planned on a few shake out, easy miles to get my legs loose from the day before.  I was aiming for 3-4.   My leg had felt ok during the day at work but it quickly let me know that it was not on board with a run.  Not at all.  I was hoping it would loosen up but instead it steadily grew worse until it felt like the pain was in the bone too which alarmed me so I called it short and just headed back to the car.

Tuesday/ Wednesday- Nada  I was giving the leg a few days to see what it would do.   Working at my desk makes it very, very angry.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again- stand up desks are not all they are cracked up to be.

Thursday- 4.5 miles  I headed to lake path as I had a feeling that the dirt path would be more forgiving than pavement or concrete.   I started slow and kept it nice and easy.  Because spring had suddenly made an appearance and it was 80 degrees at 6 PM, going slow was not an issue.  In fact I needed a few walk breaks due to the warmth.   However those breaks pointed out that my leg was ok once in motion, it really does not the stops and starts of walk breaks.  Which is problematic as I know I will be walking part of this marathon.

Friday- Stupid For some reason I was so freakin’ tired this week… and it was making me stupid.  And slap happy.  I took a nap on my lunch but it didn’t help.  I had a feeling my long run wasn’t happening on Saturday.

Saturday- 2.2 miles  I was still super tired and my leg was sore but this was supposed to be longer.  But we got a little lost.  My mom and headed to do a trail but the one we did a few weeks ago is closed, boo. So instead, we did the Pine Mountain loop.   It gains almost 500 feet in the first 1/2 mile or so but the path is fun with a couple of random off shoots.  Once we made our way to the top, we took one of the random off shoots thinking it would make the path longer but instead we had climb over and under some downed trees before it deposited us almost in someones front yard and on the highway.  Oops!

Sunday- 10 miles My leg was sore and I was still so tired, I pretty much knew that 20 wasn’t going to happen early and I was going to stick to the plan of 12.  But when my alarm went off in the morning, my head was pounding, likely due to hormones from that TOM, so I rolled over and went back to sleep.

That had me heading out for my run in the afternoon.  It was over 80.  I didn’t think it would be that bad.  And it wasn’t until mile 5 and then it was all downhill from there.  So much walking.  I was so damn warm.  I had 2 bottles of water in my pack and I drank them both.   I even took a few moments iny a lone shady spot to just try and cool off.   But no luck.  It took me so long, that I ended up only having time for 10 miles before I needed to head back for Easter Dinner.

19.23 miles for the week.  Not great but not horrible considering how my leg felt on Monday.

How was your week?

Week 43- Strange

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

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?

Week 13- Free Pass

Upcoming Races:

  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13
  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1-June 4

With so much going on this week with the merger going through, having run Livermore and still not feeling 100% I decided to give myself a free pass this week.  If I wanted to run, yay, if all I wanted to was sleep then I would sleep.  The only thing I had to do was get through each work day- long as they were.   And damn they were long.  Plus my cough was in full force so customers occasionally looked at me like I had the plague.  😛  I needed running to be a stress reliever not to add to the stress that the week might bring.

Monday- Rest–  I sort of had a vacation day.    I say sort of because this was the week of all the conference calls and meetings so while I had the morning off, I had a meeting in the afternoon.  I luckily could go to a closer location than normal but it was rough going from comfy clothes to slacks, heels and a blazer.

Tuesday- Rest- Work started an hour and a half early.  Combine that with my commute and ouch that was an early morning.  I had to use my Knuckle Lights just to open my gate!     I also had a doctor’s appointment and something in the waiting room really aggravated my cough.  I would cough uncontrollably, excuse myself to go outside, feel fine, go back in and it would all start over again.  Finally after the fourth time, a nurse came and opened the door and something about that made the air in the room level out and I stopped coughing.    I was so tired after that though so I just went home.


Wednesday- 4 miles  This day was equally as long.  Work also started an hour and a half early again.   I was tired after work but I wanted to try and run.  Good lord that first mile was hard.  I was so sluggish and just tired.    I sat on a bench and regrouped and changed my run/ walk intervals from 3/1’s to 2/:30’s.   It helped.  I actually ended up pulling off 3 progressively faster paced miles after that.


Thursday- 3.5 miles  Thankfully, this day had a much more normal start time.  I was still tired and the first mile was still ugly.   The next 2 weren’t speedy but ended up being very consistent- like they were the exact same pace.  Don’t think I could do that again.  maybe I should try sometime?

Friday- Merger day!   Over an 11 hour day and I was toast.   And with that it’s official, after 9 years, 11 months and 20 days, I work for another company.

Saturday- Rest- I thought about my long run but that’s as far as it got.  I was so damn tired.   So instead I ran some errands and ended the evening by going to see Power Rangers.   I actually did a journalism project on Power Rangers way back in the day (8th grade!) so it was pretty much a given that I was seeing this in the theater.  😛


Sunday- 5 miles   I had planned on a 10 mile long run where I met my mom in the middle but when my alarm went off I just couldn’t.   I kept telling myself to get up but I was still so tired.  It finally got to the point that there was no way I could get up, get ready and run to the meeting point in time so I texted my mom and bailed.     Instead I headed out in the afternoon knowing it was likely going to be a rough ride.   It was over 80 so I wasn’t even going to attempt 10 but I was thinking about 8.   That thought last 1.5 miles.  I was hot, I was wearing shorts for the first time in 5 months and they kept trying to turn into underwear.   My stomach started to cramp and my knee was hurting.    I sat outside the elementary school just to take a breather.    I decided 5 was a good number.

12.5 miles for the week.  Not great but for merger week and still being sick at the beginning, I’ll take it!    I made it through the week so woo hoo!

Now, things should calm down a bit.   Work may be crazy but the hours should normalize… I hope.   I am hoping to bring the miles back up this week though.   The only thing I think I have planned is a dentist appointment and I need my tires rotated.   Those are easy, right?

How was your week?

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San Francisco Marathon Training Week 10

I have a hashtag for this week – #stupidshins

So yeah, another low mileage week in the books.  You know if I was just running I would be pumped at 3 20+ mile weeks in a row, I mean my monthly average was in the 60’s so 3 weeks of 20+ would have been awesome.   But for marathon training?  I’m trying not to freak out over here.  I am trying really hard to #findtheshiny here.  So here we go.

Monday- Rest  After Saturday’s race and Sunday’s migraine enforced rest, I considered running.  I didn’t as I really wanted to switch my Monday running with Wednesday’s rest day.  I think 3 days in a row will be much more manageable than the 4 I had on the schedule in May.   With the day off of work and no running on the plan, I have to say it was kind of nice.   My legs felt pretty good too, so I was optimistic for a good week.

I consoled myself with In n Out

Tuesday- 3.5 miles  I had 3 potential goals for this run- move my Thursday run of an 8 mile tempo up as it was projected to be over 100º.  If I wasn’t feeling up to that, then the planned intervals of 4 x1200, if not that then a good 7-8 miles.  None of that happened.

Right from the get-go, something felt off.  Then it just plain hurt.  I ran 1 lap of the lake and changed my shoes.  That didn’t help.  I ran- walked- hobbled another 2 laps.   I also sat on a rock and stared at the lake a bit.  Tried telling myself that all the pain was in my head but it wasn’t.  Grrr.   Home for some RICE.

Wednesday- Rest  So much for running on Wednesdays.  My shins hurt, my ankle hurt so I rested.   I also started alternating between heels and flats throughout the day at work.


Thursday- 3.5 miles  Oddly, I kind of missed my tempo.  Who knew?  I ran/ walked a slow 3.5 miles.   My shins were not happy but it didn’t feel like pain just severe achiness.   It was also very hot, so that helped keep things nice and easy.

Friday- Rest  Work was super busy though, so I felt a little ragged.  My boss in on vacation for a few weeks so that means Friday’s are an open to close kind of thing for me.

Saturday- 13.1 miles-   The weekend was predicted to be a hot one so I forced myself to get up early.   It wasn’t early enough.  😓  I set out for my long run and planned to take it nice and slow and walk whenever I felt more than twinge from my shins.   Surprisingly, I felt ok so I kept running.  I reassessed how I felt at each point where I could make the run shorter or add a little mileage.   I only felt one odd twinge but it passed quickly.


What I hadn’t planned well for was the heat.  I started at 7:30!  It warmed up faster than I planned.  There were a few sections where I felt like I was running on the surface of the sun- those were mostly walked.   I also realized by mile 6 that I was going to run out of water.  I had a 24 oz handheld but it wasn’t enough.   I just told myself I had to get to mile 9 and I could run into the AM-PM.   Except that was actually mile 10.  Oops.    My head felt like it was swollen and too big for my hat and the humidity had jumped drastically.   From mile 8.5 to 10, I just kept chanting AM-PM, AM-PM – I had about an ounce of water left.  I ran in and bought a Gatorade and a water.   I poured the Gatorade into my water bottle and carried the extra water bottle.  I was a two-fisted drinker for the last few miles.   I will never run long without my debit card again.

I knew I was going to be slow due to my shins so when I finished in 2:30, I was actually pretty stoked.  If it hadn’t been so hot, I would have shaved a couple minutes off and that’s actually pretty spot on my long run pace.

Sunday- Rest  While my legs feel ok, there is one hot spot on my shin that I don’t like.  After a mental argument with myself, I chose to rest.   It’s not what I want to do but isn’t the saying that under trained is better than injured?

He liked the rest idea

Crap, that only adds up to 20 miles.  Why did I think it was more?   Grrr.  But I had a good long run, so that’s shiny right?

Looking to this week, I am going to listen to my legs and go from there.  Speed work is off the schedule for now but I do hope to see the miles go back up.  I am only 8 weeks out now and that is kind of scary.  I really need to find more hills too or San Francisco is going to eat me for breakfast.  😛

How was your week? Anyone race?

Do you run with money?

How’s your weather?

 

2016 SLO Half Marathon Recap

Sometimes it’s just not your day.  And that’s not always a bad thing.

Race day came early but I felt like I had slept ok.  Much better than last year at least, my Up band tells me I got around 5 hours of sleep.   Could have been worse.  I had no idea what I was going to wear until I put it on.  It was not one of the outfits I had tried on the day before.    😝

My mom was my driver once again (thanks mom!) so we headed out around 5:45.   She was able to drop me off at the same place as previous years, so I only had a short walk to the start line.   I ran into Heather along the way.   Perfect timing!  We headed straight to the porta potties.  Lines for days!  Seriously, for the second year in a row I started way behind all the pacers.  The race started right on time at 6:45.  I had no clue what I was going to run- I would have thrown a party for a sub 2:10 but also been happy with a 2:10-2:15.  While April was a very strong training month, I was tired.  Perhaps more than I thought.

Miles 1-3: 10:08, 10:07, 10:49

Not too bad.  Miles 1 and 2 were about what I was expecting  Mile 1 is downhill and 2 is uphill so keeping at that pace was where I wanted to be.  Heather and I were running together and it was cool getting to race together.  Mile 3 is where one of the longest climbs starts.   Last year I motored up it with no problems.  This year, it was kicking my ass.  It should not have felt that hard.

Miles 4-6: 11:06, 9:47, 10:48

And my first walking break.  I was already tired, I couldn’t seem to get into gear.  Strange thing- my toes went numb on both feet around mile 4.  Umm, what?   It leveled off a bit and we picked up the pace.  I don’t remember that mile feeling any different but it clocked in at the fastest.   We made it past where I fell last year and kept running.   Mile 6 was where we started uphill again.  This is not a course for the faint of heart.


Miles 7-9:  11:44, 10:47, 10:29

Hello, walking again.  This time longer.   I am so thankful for Heather sticking with me, I was realizing that this was not going to be my best showing.   We passed through the Cliff shot zone and I grabbed a citrus shot in hopes that it would help.  The turn around comes a little past the 7 mile mark, then we get some downhill to enjoy.    There was more walking in those miles as well.  Heather knows everyone, so we made some friends along the course.  😊


Miles 10-12: 11:19, 10:45, 11:19

With only 4 miles to go and it being mostly flat to downhill, I was optimistic that I could pick up the pace.  I say I because I was the one slowing us down.  I was dragging, couldn’t find another gear to get into and had to use my inhaler a few times.  It had turned out to be a very warm morning and was a little more humid than I would have liked but those things shouldn’t have effected me that much.   Mile 12 has a bridge that we have to switchback up then down and it kicks my butt every year.  This mile also had the last aid station.  It was manned by volunteers from one my work locations- and my boss’s boss- so I tried to at least smile at them when we past.  It may have looked more like a grimace.  😝


Mile 13:  10:43 -13.1 (8:31 pace to finish)-

Seriously, I was in a dark tunnel of misery here.  Not really sure why.  My calves were achy but nothing major, I was just beat and really needed to see that finish line.   Once again, Heather was awesome- I probably would have walked so much more without her keeping me going.  There is a tiny climb right at mile 13 that feels like a mountain and then it is all downhill to the finish.  That road seemed so long!!!   I spotted my mother along the side and tried to smile but again I think it was more of a grimace.  I dodged some people and crossed the finish line.


Finish- 2:21:55

We got our medals and headed for the water.  The expo area was kind of a hot mess when it came to recovery.   Water was the only thing that was easy to locate.   It took some effort to find the food and then more to find my mom.  Once I did, we took some pics before heading out.  I may have stuck around a little longer but that gel hadn’t settled well with my stomach so I was ready to get going.


Not the race I was hoping for but you can’t always get what you want.  However, the day was still good.  I got to run a course I love- hills and all- and it has pretty great spectators.   I got to run with a great friend and there is nothing bad about that.  🙂