I love Fridays and I think this one will be decent as I do not have to work open to close. Woot Woot!
It’s fair time here and I think I may be skipping it this year. What? Don’t get me wrong, I am craving a funnel cake something fierce but the idea of the costs and all those people does not float my boat. Hell, getting to and from work for the last week and a half has been stupid. We’re a town of 30,000 and right now we’re probably clearing 100,000. And yes, we have that many hotels.
My summer TV binge continues. I finished Veronica Mars over the weekend. I then broke up with Hulu. I really did. Now, I’m on to Teen Wolf. Which I watched before and is surprisingly better than you think. Well, once you get past first season. That was pretty cheesy.
The heatwave is real but I’ve been at work all week and haven’t been able to leave so I feel like I’ve missed most of it. Ha!
I was giving directions in Spanish one day this week and totally blanked on the word 20. What? How basic is that??
Of all the bands at the fair so far, I could only hear a little from Blake Shelton and Cardi B. Why Don’t We has been the loudest so far. I heard nothing from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Really?
My training plan is all messed up this week. I may have given myself a concussion and I have to work on Saturday. Boo.
This week was up and down and topsy turvy and that was before the earthquakes.
Yeah, Cali’s been moving around this week. On one hand the former wanna be geologist in me is excited by earthquakes. On the other, my town suffered a lot in the last big quake about 15 years ago. Downtown was leveled, a sulfur spring ruptured and numerous other buildings were condemned. And for some reason it took almost 10 years to cap that damn spring. Downtown was rebuilt but we had a giant hole blocked off in the library parking lot for years. A stinky one at that.
In other news, going back to work the day after the 4th of July was hard. It was like the Monday of Fridays. Anyone else not have a long weekend?
And then I played tourist in my town on Saturday and ventured out to the Lavender Festival.
Plan vs Reality
Monday- 1.5 miles/ 1.5 miles I don’t recall much about this run other than I got it done. I didn’t even post about it to social media, ha! But I took a pic so I guess it really happened.😛
Tuesday- 2 mile up/down, 3x 1 mile repeats at 5K pace / 1.5 up/down, 3 miles of pain- yoga I’ve been beginning to realize that I may over overstepped with the training paces on my training plan. Reality hammered that home with this run. Not only did I tank the paces prescribed, I ended with a possible injury. I knew I should have quit during the second repeat attempt but I am stupid. So stupid. I limped back to my car hence the shorter cool down.
Wednesday- 1.5 miles/ Nada I limped around the office all day, that was fun. My stomach also decided to hate me so that was fun.
Thursday- July 4Th! 4 mile fartlek/ MM100 I thought about trying for at least an easy run but decided to be smart instead. Boo. I did attempt a very slow workout video.
Friday- 1.5 miles/ Nada My leg felt better until the end of the day but I was just fried and didn’t run. I really need to figure out how to run in the morning. Especially when I work open to close.
Saturday- 9 miles/ 9 miles I actually got up early for this! Except nasty humidity rolled in so I actually think it was hotter than my last 2 long runs in the afternoon heat. Oh and I got fried. So much for sunblock. I also think it was the slowest 9 miles I’ve ever run. I had a freakin’ panic attack around mile 3. I started noticing the symptoms just before crossing the bridge. Which could have been partly fueled by the previous nights tremor. I’m not a big fan of bridges, at least not being on them, so why I chose today of all days to run across it for the first time in months, I have no idea. I refused to let the panic attack win and just slowed way down anytime I felt the usual symptoms. I also explored a side path off one street in an effort to distract myself.
Sunday- Rest/ Rest I thought about trying to make up some of the 7 miles I missed throughout the week but ended up napping instead. Oh and I started Stranger Things 3.
15.3 miles out of 22.5 for the week. My leg is still not right so I am holding out optimism for the week to come. Plus I went in and adjusted the paces zones in my training plan so now they should at least be achievable.
Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)-10/8
City to the Sea 13.1-10/14
Rock n Roll Los Angeles 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)- 10/29
Monterey Bay Half Marathon (Thank you Bibrave!)- 11/12
So close, so close! I almost hit every work out. But I didn’t. I tried rearranging to fit life, the heatwave and my leg and it just didn’t work.
The plan for the week was 4 Liift4 workouts and 3 runs. The runs were originally laid out as an easy 4, a 30 minute tempo and a long run of 6 miles. I knew I had a 5 mile race on Saturday so I figured that would be my tempo and I would just run another easy 4 to make up for the shortened long run. Well, that was the plan.
Monday- Liift4/ Fair Stupid mistake #1. Possibly 1 and 2. I should have done the Liift4 workout in the morning. I didn’t- I did it after the fair, finishing around 11. I wore flip flops to the fair- which might have been fine if it was just the fair but I also walked home. Everything below my left knee was pissed. The funnel cake was awesome though.
Tuesday- Liift4 I packed my gear to run but my leg was still pissed at me for the flip flops. In the end I decided another day of rest was best and met my mother for dinner instead. However that may have been a bad idea as I spent the rest of the night violently ill.🤢
Wednesday- 4 miles With the temps in hometown around 110, I opted to run in work town where it was a pleasant 66. I always feel super awkward running in work town for some reason but usually settle into it around 1.5 miles in- around when I hit the eucalyptus grove. I feeling good and running an easy pace but the 80% humidity was making my breathing sound like I was sprinting. That said, this was a rare time I powered up the hill back and felt like I could have done it again. I didn’t.
Thursday- Liift4 I wanted to run but it was another 110 degree day and a late afternoon doctor appointment in another town messed with my plan to run in work town again. Traffic getting home due to the Luke Bryan concert irritated me and I really wanted to run but the temps didn’t really cool until after 9 PM and not really even then. I don’t run at night let alone at night during the fair.
Friday- RestThe Liift4 leg workout was on the schedule but I remembered being extra sore last weekend afterwards. Which normally would be fine but with a trail race on Saturday and my leg still feeling funky, I decided to push the workout until after the race. Possibly mistake #3.
Saturday-Vintner’s 5 Mile Race Race recap to come complete with vines, dirt, rocks, barns and medal snafus. My Liift4 workout did not happen that evening.
Sunday- Rest Oh, what the??? Not only did I not do the Liift4 workout I missed, I did not run. Without going into too many details from Saturday, there are some lingering issues and anything weight bearing sounded and felt like it would do more harm than good. I wish I could say I made that choice easily but I kept telling myself that things were going to improve right up to 5PM. Nope. Crap.
So yeah, 9 miles for the week, 5 out 7 workouts. Which on the surface might not look so bad but I am a little for how it going to play out this week.
Last week did not go like I planned. Have I ever said that a week has gone according to plan? But this went south real fast in my first run of the week which was a drastic contrast to the awesome run I ended week 19 with. Maybe that should have been a sign? Who knows.
I did make it to my gastro last week to finally see about the left side pain that’s been nagging me since January. He’s scheduling a CT and politely recommended a few dietary changes, haha. Is it sad that I’ve just become used to the side thing?? Actually I prefer the side pain over the migraines. 😛
Monday- Rest As awesome as Sunday’s run was, I was cognizant to the fact that I was running faster than I should have been and I am only 2 weeks past a marathon. I figured running would probably be stupid so I just did a few of my PT exercises and squats/ lunges. Plus I had a headache again.
Tuesday- 1.5 miles I headed to the lake path hoping to try for some speed work. It might not have been the best idea but I was feeling like some 400’s. Things started to go wrong in the first 100 yards. I always walk the first 1/2 mile of my runs but I was keeping pace with someone on the path and it was awkward. Instead of running ahead, I like power walked to get ahead and then stay ahead and something in both my hips just felt wrong. I figured I would walk it out. No dice. It just kept getting worse… I tried to run and whimpered out loud. I felt like my legs weren’t connected to my pelvis correctly. What the hell? I thought about pushing through but this was straight up pain so I turned around and hobbled to my stretching bars then my car.😒
Wednesday- Holy migraine hell. Are you kidding me?? This is getting old, not only did my head hurt, now my jaw hurt. Oh and my hips still hurt.
Thursday-2.5 milesShouldn’t have done that. My head still hurt but the hip pain had faded slightly and I really wanted to run. I kept moving forward in hopes that I just needed time to warm up but it just hurt. I finally grew a brain, turned around and hobbled back to my car.
Friday-Nothing Work and a little bit of stretching and rolling. I stopped sitting in my recliner- I think it’s making things worse. Oh and I still had a damn migraine.
Saturday- Rest I slept in knowing that the smart thing would be to take the weekend off, both for my head and my hips. I ran some errands then took a nap in the afternoon. On the ground. Funnily enough- that helped my head more than I could have guessed. (Better not have jinxed that)
Sunday- Rest More of the same. Sleeping in, stretching, rolling, and all tv watching is happening from the ground, usually with a foam roller not far.
4 milesfor the week, if they even count. I knew May wasn’t going to be great mileage after Big Sur but I didn’t think I was going to fall apart. Grrrr.
Isn’t that a song? I feel like it’s a song lyric. 🎶
Last week was a little better than the previous week though not by much. I doubled the miles but when you run barely more than zero, double is still next to nothing. Which is problematic because filling all my extra time with Christmas movie watching has given me the most intense craving for sugar cookies with icing ever. I want them all. That’s not a good thing.
Last week was kind of odd anyhow. I had my interview on Wednesday which had interesting moments but not of the usual interview kind. Then Saturday saw my mother’s birthday and my dad’s is this week. I also had the world’s messiest oil change. Like my car was leaking oil for the next 3 days. I called the dealer it was so bad, thinking they had screwed something up. Nope, they just slopped oil everywhere.
Ok, so what were the piddly “workouts” I did last week?
Monday/Tuesday- Nothing but a little stretching. My leg wasn’t too happy and I wasn’t going to push it. I am embracing the flats life. It’s so boring.
Wednesday- 2.51 miles I meant to head to the gym for a few test miles but realized I forgot my headphones instead I ran outside. Slowly. My leg wasn’t screaming but it wasn’t marvelous. However I was just so excited to be out there.
Thursday- 2.16 miles Should I have run so soon? Yeah, probably not but I had to take the car back to the dealer due to the oil change fiasco so I was home sooner than normal and I couldn’t pass up the chance. My leg actually felt better than the previous day. Yay!! Oh and it pushed me to 50 miles for November, which considering how many days I deliberately didn’t run because of my leg, I’ll just say Hell yeah!
Friday- StupidI wore low heeled boots to work. Only about 2 inches but it was stupid and my leg did not appreciate it at all. Stupid.
Saturday-Birthday shopping with my mom. I could feel my shin talking all day. Why did I wear heels on Friday?? Grrrr.
Sunday- 10 miles bike My leg still felt off and truthfully I might have done something stupid and gone for a run but an unplanned afternoon nap changed that. Oops. So I hopped on the bike to try and work up a sweat. Except the cat decided she really wanted to be part of the exercise too. She kept trying to go under the pedals. Don’t do that!
4.68 miles run, 10 miles bike. As I type this I realize I have yet to run in December. Yikes! Come on leg, knock it off, it’s only 3 weeks to marathon training!
How was your week?
Any Christmas festivities?
Anyone race? I was having major RnR San Antonio FOMO.