I could tell you about the 2 weeks of non-running- smoke in the air, bad AQI, sinus infections and migraines but instead I’ve had some rambling running thoughts I wanted to share.
I’ve been running less so my toes look so much better this year, ha! No missing toenails! My heels on the other hand look worse. Hmmm.
Anyone else notice that running bleeds over into other aspects of their lives? For example, my least favorite type of running route is an out and back. I much prefer a loop of some sort from start to finish. I’ve noticed I drive like that too. If I leave work for lunch, I inevitably drive in a near circle to get back even if it was shorter going back the way I came.
Without races and races trips to spend money on, I’ve become a little more of a compulsive online shopper. Oops? Apparently I should have bought a treadmill with my hazard pay months ago. Except I have no where to put one. Who needs a bed anyways?
This is the longest my running shoes have lasted in years. Who knew when I bought up extra shoes in January, they would still be in my closet in the boxes come October.
Also I seem to be buying lots of running clothes. Yet, not running. Makes total sense, right?
It’s fall but it doesn’t feel like fall. I am so looking forward to fall running. But maybe that’s me lying to myself? You know, like the “I’ll start on Monday” thing.
Timehop has been full of race pictures the last few weeks. It’s made me so nostalgic. That used to be one of favorite races. I miss races.
And people. I miss people. Which is odd as I see so many during the day.
The beginning of the week was crazy. The middle wasn’t much better.
A heatwave- all days above 100*- rolled in on Friday.
A migraine followed that for Saturday and Sunday.
I did not run at all last week. Zero. I didn’t do any workouts.
Hell, even my step counts look horrible. I work in a 2 story building with a stand up desk and I was never anywhere close to 7500. Which is the goal set by my calorie tracking app.
To add to that insult- our bathrooms broke on Wednesday at work. So that meant each time I needed the restroom, I had to go outside, cross 2 parking lots and an alley to get to the bathrooms in one of our other offices. Which I did twice. I still didn’t hit 7500.🤦♀️
The weekend brought more than heat and the migraine. Severe dry lightning sparked several fires around the state- 3 in my county- which brings the smoke into the county. I usually sleep with my window open a bit and my fan going full steam but after waking up choking, I won’t be opening that window anytime soon.
So here’s to hoping for an improved week to come….although the heat warning is still in effect. For at least another 7 days.
I am not even sure where to start this week. Doubt I am the only one.
This won’t cover any running as I didn’t do any last week. I debated about even posting something for the week but I do use these posts as a semi journal and who knows I may want to look back on this some day. Maybe?
My office was still open so I went to work everyday and then straight home after work. I guess I was sheltering in place before the county went on lock down. Our county went to shelter in place about 2 days before the state did. Things are chaotic and changing by the minute.
My GI disorder can be irritated by stress as are my migraines so I had a few issues last week. Can’t use that as the excuse for being lazy most of the days post work though.
On Thursday we shut down part of the building, still helping customers just less exposed for everyone. I desperately needed a run but I am still all torn about that. Aren’t I out there enough anyways? Yikes, I want to run.
On Saturday, I ventured out into the scary place of Target, I had to get a few things. It wasn’t as bad as I thought but the shelves were slim pickings. Then I was home for the rest of the day. I signed up for a free trial of Les Mils on Demand and did a yoga workout. Parts felt great and parts less so.
I had planned on getting rid of my stationary bike but hadn’t managed to donate it yet so that got cleaned off and brought back into the house on Sunday. However either the batteries are dead or the time outside killed the on board computer. So I rode for 50 minutes at unknown speed and distance. I did work up a decent sweat though.
I didn’t plan on taking so many days off last week but that’s what happened.
I started the week off with some lingering unpleasant-ness post Napa Valley Half. I.E what has since been dubbed the second worst chafe of my life. Possibly tied for first. It hurt to walk for days. I tried pants, I tried dresses… nope to it all.
Thursday came around and I still hadn’t run and I was going stir crazy. I changed and headed out for a few miles. I had missed my sunsets. However, running was still not a good idea, haha! So a hobbling, 2.5 ish miles.
Friday and Saturday kind of snowballed in a less than stellar way and not lots of sleep was had. I was hoping for a rain filled, relaxing day but that was not the case.
Sunday morning dawned all too early but I knew before I even got out of bed that I wasn’t running. The last few weeks have been a little crazy and the upcoming few weeks are set to be equally crazy so I took a day to do nothing. I mean I wasn’t completely lazy- I did some errands, rearranged some furniture and took a power nap.
So yep, less than 3 miles for the week. But I can walk now so yay!
Thy name is Slacker and last week I lived up to it.
I have this bad habit of sinking into a dark hole when I get stressed and anxious. Some people run the feelings out but that just gives me too much time alone with my own thoughts. Instead I tend to watch too much TV while reading or trying to and playing word searches on my phone. Productive? Not so much. Distracting, yes.
I had a big A-race planned for the year but I hadn’t announced it here. Good thing a the planned race suddenly changed locations, dates and dropped my distance. Grrrr! Then I received news that another race I was running was canceled. Is fate trying to tell me something????
I was also feeling a little bit of pressure on running because of a running group app. Which made me respond like a teenager and do the opposite. Which is to not run. I was stressed because of a work situation, well situation isn’t the right word- more like possible opportunity. And it’s making me a little anxious.
So did I do anything last week?
Thursday- 1.6 miles I was feeling fussy and wanted a change. I decided to see what I get in around the lake path. I may have lights but I won’t run at the lake after dark. But I was hoping I get in something. That something turned out to be 20 minutes. A slow walk to begin and then I ran until it was time to quit.
So yeah, it was a very Slacker- like week. Also very hermit like. Here’s to digging myself out this week.