Run!, Training

 Week 40 Training Recap/ September Wrap

3/4 of the year is done!  Woah.  Already my Facebook feed is full of countdowns to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Knock it off people!!

Anyways, last week’s training started out great, maintained for most of the week then hit a big roadblock by the weekend.  One I am still trying to figure out.  Combine that with a truly craptacular week in sleeping and this one was a little rough.   Seriously, each night averaged around 6 hours.  😕

Monday- Rest– I somehow got used to running on Monday’s and now resting on those days feels odd.  However I was so abnormally sore to the point of painful after Sunday’s races that I embraced it.  Plus the temps were in the triple digits everywhere so why put myself through that?

Tuesday- 4.2 miles–  I was still sore so I opted for the lower end of what coach suggested.    I kept the pace nice and easy and walked whenever my leg felt odd.   To avoid most of the heat, I ran in work town.   I really wish there was more trail through the eucalyptus grove.  That said, it was a decent run and I managed to negative split, which considering it’s an out and back with the first 2 miles down hill is pretty sweet.

Wednesday- 3.75 milesFloat like a butterfly, pant like a dog.   Speed work!

Thursday- 3.5 miles.  Recovery run.  In retrospect, maybe I should have just gotten on the bike and moved my legs that way.  I was really trying to stick to the plan though.    I crawled.  My legs were not happy even attempting to run.  I iced and rolled and stretched that night but I had a feeling it wasn’t enough.

Friday- Rest- Ouch.  My left leg was pissed.  I felt twinges anytime I moved.  Which  brought me to a very cranky conclusion-

Saturday- 5K race– Yeah, nope.   I had planned on running the inaugural Run the Runways out at the airport but I realized there was no way my leg was up to it.    I knew I would get out there and likely do something stupid.   I did 15 minutes on the bike though.  Work is attempting the Tone It Up challenge for October, I looked at the daily exercises but they all required more leg work then I was willing to do, so fail day 1.😢

Sunday-9-10 mile long run– 30 minutes bike  Another one bites the dust.  I woke up with a headache, tried getting up to run but no.   Figured I would go out for a few in the afternoon and slept some more.   Afternoon rolled around and my leg was not happy.  I was trying to determine if it really hurt or if I was trying to be lazy and not feel guilty about it.   I hopped on the bike for a very slow ride for 30 minutes.  Judging but how my leg felt while riding, I made the right choice not running.  Boo.

So now, I am in limbo.  I have a half marathon on Sunday and I am hesitant about it.  Plus side is that I haven’t registered for it yet.  Downside- it’s one of my favorites.   So this coming week will be interesting.

Since last week saw the end of September, I added up my mileage- 75.85.  Not too bad.  Not where I had hoped I would be but it is what it is and now it is time to focus on October.   Which hopefully means that the high 90’s and triple digit weather is gone.  Fingers crossed! 

How was your week?  September?

Any plans for October?



Run!, Training

San Francisco Marathon Training Week 11

Another one bites the dust.

Anyone else just start singing that?  Maybe it’s just me.  😛

While my week 11 did not see the start of the strength portion of Hansons, it did see my mileage go back up a little.   Little victories, right?  There are a few perks to running fewer days though.  I suddenly have way less laundry to do on the weekends.  Which also means fewer clothing items strewn everywhere while they air dry.    Also I can wash my hair less, so that’s a win right?

Monday- Rest day  It was a fairly busy day at work and it went a little late.  Going straight home was kind of nice.

Tuesday- 6 miles  Slow and steady, slow and steady.   Outside of long runs, I’ve taken to run/ walk intervals.  My walk intervals are always .25 mile and the run portion will vary from .25- .75 miles.   It’s slow going but I am getting it done.   The shin pain was minimal so I’m calling it a victory.

Wednesday- Rest– We were down 2 people at work so I sure felt like I was running around though.

Thursday-6 miles   I had a work meeting in another town and about 3 hours in I started to feel super sick.   The room was so hot and stuffy, I thought I was going to lose it.   And this is coming from the person who runs her space heater everyday at work.   I still felt crappy at the end of the day but I wanted to at least attempt to run.   River path this time, so more concrete and baby elevation gains.  More run/ walk intervals but my shins were still manageable.    I was able to pick up the pace a bit on the downhill portions and things felt pretty good actually.   I also saw a bunny or two at the end!  😃

Friday – Rest  Another open to close and I was tired.  While my shins felt ok, my calf muscles on both legs felt like they were seconds away from a massive charlie horse all day.   I was supposed to run with Heather and Ashley the next morning but between being exhausted and my crazy calves, I texted and canceled.   I knew I would push harder than I should if I ran with people. 😢

Saturday- Rest  Oops.   The weekend was supposed to be cooler so I planned for an afternoon run.   It was nice not even setting an alarm that morning.  I admit I slept until 10.  No shame.   I needed it.  After lunch and a few errands, I was planning on heading out for a run.  I started to feel super nauseated though.  I waited to see if it would pass but eventually decided that Sunday’s long run was more important.

Run 1

Sunday-16 miles  -Run 1- 11.5, Run 2- 4.5 miles   Not the way I planned it but got it done!   Once again, I listened to the weather man when they said the weekend would be cooler.  I started my long run at 9 shooting for 16 miles.   6 miles in, I was over heating and my form was trashed.  My shins were holding up but I knew finishing 16 at that point would probably do more harm than good.   The plan had been to meet my mom at the high school after my run and go to lunch.  I texted her at mile 6 and let her know that was going to be sooner than planned.   With a route change I hit the school at 11.5 miles.  Good enough.  I felt like ran most of it but my Garmin data shows more than a few dips where I walked.

We ate lunch, then I rested a bit before heading back out to finish my mileage.   I was expecting to feel tired and have to concentrate on my form but I felt surprisingly good.   My legs actually felt kind of peppy.  I knew it was going to be slower due to the heat of the afternoon but I was fine with that.   What I didn’t account for was some….ummm… uncomfortable chafing issues that had me taking more walking breaks than planned.   I had changed everything I was wearing but my socks so I have no idea what was up with that.  I hope it never happens again though because that was not cool.  Sorry for the TMI.

Overall- 28 miles. 

Not too bad.   Better than the previous few weeks at least.   Survival mode it is, which means my long runs have become the most important part of my weekly mileage.  I do kind of miss the speed work though.  #justkeeprunning

Dietary wise– my breakfasts, lunches and most of my snacks have been on point.  Dinners have been a whole other ball game.  Kind of a mess actually.   Grrr.  And why does everything have soy in it?!  Some of my favorite Crystal Light flavors have soy in them.  What the hell does lemonade need soy for?

This week will probably see fewer miles than last week if I stick to the way the long runs are scheduled on my plan.   My boss is back though so hopefully things will calm down on the work front a little.  Fingers crossed!

How has your week been?

Do you flavor your water with anything?



Run!, Slacker, Training

On the Marathon

Slight left turn here, my weekly recap will be up next post.

I said I would never run a marathon.  Never had any desire to.    Vehemently shot it down every time someone asked me.    Thing is, it’s not even the marathon itself that deterred me.    I mean I am the queen of stupid stubbornness, I figured I could drag myself through one if I had to.  It wouldn’t be fun, wouldn’t be pretty, would take 10 hours, likely break me and turn me off from running forever.  Like I said, queen of stupid, I totally realize I was underestimating the thing.

What scared me was the training.    Who in their right mind signs up for marathon training?   The mere idea of a 4 hour long run at the ass crack of dawn on a weekend morning almost gave me hives. I mean have you looked at some of those training plans?  Who has time for all that?  Don’t they realize I have Netflix to watch?!    Doubt’s a nasty companion no matter hard you deny hearing it.

I am a self proclaimed slacker, laziness is my strong suit.  Just ask my mother.   I’d never stuck to a training plan for a half, how the hell would I stick one for a full marathon?   Throw in long work days and a commute and it seemed even more unlikely and I was fine that.  Until I wasn’t.

The hunt for a training plan began.  It’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of them available.   Some looked scary, some looked doable.  How do you know what to choose?  How do you know which one works for you?  For me, a person who loves sleeping in on the weekends.  For me, someone can find the simplest excuse to skip a run?  For me- who still feels like a poser sometimes?  There was one that kept jumping out at me…but it was for serious runners, not slackers like me.   That would be crazy.   But then I read the book and it didn’t help prevent the crazy.  I’ve never shared what training plan I am using because I know all you real runners would think I lost my damn mind.

So yeah, Hansons.   You know the one all about cumulative fatigue and hitting paces and no super crazy long runs?   I can hear the “WTH’s” now.   I blame Colby.  And then Allison.  ☺  Anyways, I read it cover to cover and then parts again. I stuck stickie tabs all over it.   Suddenly the crazy seemed doable.   The beginner plan looked like a chance I could take.   So I took pen to paper and mapped everything out on calendar pages.  April to race day.  Then I only looked at each month at a time.  April- nailed that.  May- I knew this was where things got intense so I made an adjustment- I dropped Friday’s run.   So, I guess this is technically no longer Hanson’s.  I Slacker-ized it.  But 5 days a week with 2 planned speed/ strength workouts was still such a huge step for me, I figured I would be sufficiently fatigued.  😛 My hope for June was to add in that 6th day.

Then I got hurt.  And it wasn’t the mileage that did it.   I only missed 4 runs in May and 3 didn’t happen until after I jacked up my shins.   I think I figured out what did me in- I ended an easy Monday 5 miler with some butt kicks and high knees.  Why? No real reason other than I watched a video on running form over the weekend.  People- if it’s not breaking you- don’t mess with your form during training!  After Tuesday’s 800 repeats, I did some more high knees and butt kicks.  By Wednesday I could barely walk.  That Thursday’s attempt at a tempo was laughable.  Everything since then has been some odd combination of the Just Finish version of Hanson’s and rest.   And I am pissed.

I was actually doing it- I was following a training plan.  Yes, it was kicking my ass but in a good way.  Tempo’s were growing on me and I was so stinkin’ proud that I was following through.  That is what this marathon training has taught me.    Doubt can shut it’s ugly trap.

There’s this tv show that I watch and there’s a character on it who says something like this-

” the souffle is not the souffle- the souffle is the recipe”

Which is finally making sense to me.   The marathon is not the prize- training for it is.  If I can train for a marathon and actually follow through with something, well, then I can do anything.  At least that’s what it feels like.

Who knows what the next 48 days will bring?  Not me, but until then I am going to #justkeeprunning.


Ambassador, Recap, Run!, Training

Training Week 18 Recap/ April Wrap up

Upcoming Race– SLO Marathon 13.1

Focus– Keep calm and don’t freak out about the weird leg pain 😝😓

By Monday morning, my left leg was feeling better so I was hopeful that was the end of my weird leg pain.  I was optimistic about returning to running as usual.  However if you read my Prepping for SLO post, you know I was suffering what must have been the taper crazies.  Except as I write this, I realize that I didn’t taper.  My mileage stayed the same.  Oops.

Monday- 4 miles  I headed out after work for what I hoped would a nice, easy run testing my new shoes for the first time, Skechers GoRun Ride.   I kept it pretty easy and my legs felt ok.   My shins were a little achy but overall it was a good run.  The shoes felt pretty good but I wasn’t going to push it.  4 mile test run and then I put the shoes away for the rest of the week.

Tuesday- 5 miles  More easy paced miles.  I had only planned on running 3-4 miles but I felt pretty good so I kept going.    I ran a slightly different route than usual and it ended with a pretty sweet downhill.  I’ve noticed that it takes me a good 2-3 miles to warm up now so most of my runs feel better at the end.    I actually negative split this run.    I also got to run past the creepiest ice cream truck ever.  First of all, I didn’t even know they still existed. Also you could see where they had painted over the old logo on the truck.  Apparently, in its former life it was an electrician’s truck.  Ummm, no thank you.

Wednesday- Rest  Pizza night and it was pretty yummy.

Thursday- 3 miles   My leg felt fine all week and that lasted until around 4 PM Thursday.   I was standing at my boss’s desk talking to her and I felt the same muscle/ tendon/whatever shift again.   Seriously?!   Cue a dull ache and some limping.  Grrr.

I caved and headed to the lake.  With my leg being off, I figured flat and easy access to my car would be a good thing.  I ran headphone free and with my pepper spray and paid extra attention.   Which was also a good thing as there were some new additions to the path-

Friday- Rest  Stupid leg.   I wore heals today as my legs usually feel better in them than flats.   I also sat a lot.

Saturday- SLO Expo day!! I wasn’t running but I knew the expo would be a bit of walking, so I made sure to wear actual running shoes instead of flip flops.  My leg/hip felt a little better but again I was planning on moving as little as possible.   The expo was laid out different than previous years and seemed smaller.   But let’s talk about the really important part.  SLO Ambassador meetup!!

📸: Ashley

It was great getting to catch up with everyone I met last year as well as meeting the new ambassadors.  Our jackets are super nice if a little big.    😏  I’ve been feeling super fluffy lately and not liking pictures of myself but I had to share this one.  Check out that photobomb!

Sunday -SLO Marathon 13.1   I didn’t fall!!!  Other than that, the details will be in the recap on Wednesday.  🙂

Overall, it was a varied week.  Running was ok but my weird leg thing kept lingering.   Thursday ached the most and Friday was uncomfortable.    Apparently I forgot how to do math since 25 miles is on the higher end for me.  Oops.  Speaking of mileage, let’s talk about April

Hot damn,  I think that’s my second highest mileage month ever.  Maybe third.  Wait, no, I just checked- this April was my highest mileage month ever.    I really thought I had had a higher one.   Guess there all no limits to the denial I was living in.   Higher mileage aside, April was a stressful, emotional month.  All of that meant poor sleep; combine that with all the running and I am so tired.    I relied on a little too much coffee and soda to keep me going.    Going into May, my mileage should keep increasing but I am hoping for some better sleep and less reliance on caffeine, fingers crossed.

Bring it May.

How was your week?

Anyone race this weekend?



Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 17 Training Recap

Upcoming race– SLO Marathon 13.1

Focus–  Keep working on the 4x a week and enjoy a step back long run.

Mission partly achieved.   As for the other part- uh oh?   For someone who has a propensity for colorful phrases, whether cursing or not, my training week ended with a very quiet, meek “uh oh”.

Monday- 3 miles  3rd day in a row and I was feeling a little tired.  However, that was part of the plan so I kept moving.    Mile one was super sluggish but I loosened up for mile 2 and 3.    I finished strong and headed home.  I did miss running with NikeC though.

Tuesday- 4 miles  4th day in a row?!  Who am I?  There is a method to my madness here, really.    By the end of the work day I was not feeling like running at all.   So I ran in work town; I knew that if I had to drive anywhere else, I would lose motivation and bail.   My legs are not used to 4 days in a row yet so they were feeling pretty tired.   I kept the pace easy and just tried to enjoy the view.  By the time I got to the eucalyptus trees and shoreline I was glad I had stuck to my plan.   Mile 4 felt the best to me which was funny as it is all uphill.  I was just shy of 4 miles when I hit my car so I figured another loop of the block would get it done.    Except I cut through the alley behind the police station.  Should be safe right?  And it was if you don’t count the crazy Husky that charged me.  Seriously, what is my luck these days?!  Someone called the dog off but he had the crazy dog look like he could snap at any time.

Wednesday- Rest  Except my mother had a random Wednesday tennis match so without pizza night or running, I felt a little adrift.  😝     Ha!  I ended up cleaning half of my car.   It still needs to be vacuumed though.

Thursday- Rest   I planned to run, I even changed into running clothes after work.   My mother wanted to reschedule pizza night but I said I wanted to run first.  Once again, she dropped the dad kryptonite.   So I enjoyed pizza in un-sweaty running gear.

Friday- 10 miles  I worked on Saturday and had plans to spend a day shopping in SLO, both of those things were stressing me out about my long run.    I was able to leave early on Friday though for a partial day.  As I was changing into my running clothes it started pouring in work town.  Boo.  I headed towards home hoping it would clear up on the drive.  When I parked it looked stormy and threatening but was not even raining.  A little rain is one thing, the pouring diagonal mess I drove in- not so much.

My first mile was super slow- more walking than running- I was mentally debating if I was going to run or bail.   I didn’t have a mile goal in mind at all anymore, I was just out running.  At every point where I could make the run shorter or longer, I would assess the situation.  How did my legs feel and what did the skies look like?    It was cold and windy but the storm clouds were holding.    My upper left thigh felt a little off, kind of like there was a band around it.   Nothing hurt, so I kept running.   I was keeping a pretty steady pace and while it was faster than it should maybe have been, it felt good.

I was coming down a hill about a mile from my car when I felt it.  Something in my left leg moved.  I felt it shift on the outside of my upper thigh.   I calmly said “uh oh” out loud and continued to run.  Smart, right?   It didn’t hurt but it felt very off if that makes sense.    Good news was that the band feeling had gone away.    I finished out 10 miles and stretched really well.  At least I hoped so.  I also attempted some butt kicks and high knees.   Things felt weird.  Oh crap.

Saturday- Rest  I still wasn’t in pain but things weren’t normal.  By midday, I was limping.   But it still didn’t hurt?  How does that even make sense?    I chose to skip my planned easy run.  Boo.  If I didn’t have a race (SLO!!) next week, I may have pushed it.

Sunday- Rest  For the most part, I felt better.  Every now and again, I would feel an odd twinge but overall it felt ok.    I spent the day schlepping around SLO and by the end I was exhausted.  I haven’t slept well in almost a month so even though there was plenty of daylight when I got home, I passed on a run.   I did however spend a very long time at The Running Warehouse, trying on all the shoes.   At least it felt like that.    The Launch’s and I broke up for good after that last cramp-tastic run.  I hate returning shoes but I also can’t keep giving them to my mom.  My budget is not that big!

So yeah, not the week I was hoping for but it could have been worse.   I wasn’t planning on tapering for SLO but that will depend on my leg feels on my first run this week.    It’s being weird so who knows?   Fingers crossed?

Funny story, Friday I was sitting at my boss’s desk talking to her.    I heard something behind me so I looked- crazy husky!!!!!  He was in the building!   Turns out he was looking for a treat.  Small towns, right?

How was your week?

Ever have an odd, weird twinge?   I’m thinking it’s my IT band.