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Week 52- Christmas

Is anyone else loving the Apple commercials with Frankenstein’s monster as much as I am?  Random, I know, but I can’t help but smile but when I watch them.

While last week seemed to be prolific in writing- I wrote 4 posts!- it was less so in running.  No lies, I did nothing that even remotely resembled exercise.  I meant to but it just never happened.   Oh well.    I made through a full week of work, that counts for something right? ๐Ÿ˜›

I caught up on everything I missed while I was gone from work for 2 weeks.  I don’t really know anything more than I did before in regards to the merger but I am choosing to remain as optimistic and open about it as I can.    I did some last minute Christmas shopping.   I tried to help my mom with some last minute Christmas shopping.  It kind of failed.   We tried, though right?

Friday, I kind of felt like my day turned into a bad country song.  It’s not even that the day was bad, it was just a rough start to the morning.  Then I was delivering chocolates and cards to a few of our customers and realized that my old boots really need to be retired.  That same puddle I parked in rewarded me with wet feet for the rest of the day.  Then the end of the work day turned classic.   You know those scenes in movies when cars drive by and drench the person and you think that doesn’t happen in real life?  It so does!  One lingering employee caught the action and we just stared at each other in disbelief.  Well, she was in her nice dry car laughing and I was in a new puddle by my car.๐Ÿ˜”


Christmas eve dawned and it was freaking cold!  I was hoping to get in a short run before Christmas Eve dinner and movie but instead I helped my brother do some very last minute Christmas shopping.    Family had a very low key Christmas, comfy clothes, yummy food and movies for the weekend.   This year’s viewing choices were Sully, Star Trek Beyond and a Netflix series called Travelers.  Just the way we like it.   It’s been a sad year family wise, so it was kind of an odd Christmas too but that happens sometimes too right?

How was your Christmas?  or weekend?

Did you run? 

Best gift?

 

chill out, Run!, Slacker

Week 46 Un-Training Recap

Training for:

<insert sound of crickets>

Nothing!   I have no scheduled races for the remainder of 2016 right now.  That is so weird!   After the last month of feeling stressed and sick, slightly injured and seriously bitchy, I knew what I was going to do post Golden Gate Half.

I was taking the week off.  I  didn’t even do that post marathon.  Mostly because I had crazy high hopes that marathon training would bring me speedy fall half marathons…which didn’t happen.    Actually I don’t think I’ve taken a solid week off all year long.  Which is odd for this Slacker.

I had plans, I really did.  I was going to get on the bike to keep the legs loose and blood moving.  I was going to try more of my yoga app.   I was thinking about busting out the kettle bell, maybe attempting a plank or 2.    What happened?

Nothing.   Not a damn thing.

Well, I gained 5 pounds but let’s not go there.

see those sad steps?!!๐Ÿ˜‚

I slept… a lot.  Turns out I really wasn’t feeling well.   The week kind of passed in a foggy haze.   I took Monday off as a vacation day to recover from the race and had Friday off due to the holiday.  You’d think all that extra rest would have helped me feel better but no such luck.

Granted part of that fog may be due to drastically cutting back on my caffeine and sugar intake last week.    I also finally had an appointment with a neurologist last week so maybe my daily headaches will be coming to an end?  Fingers crossed?!?!?   The appointment made me laugh though- at one point I had to do the “one foot in front of the other walk” down the hallway and I fell into into the wall.  Ha!

A week off is enough though.  I’m feeling equal parts twitchy and nervous.  That first run back is always so hard.  Combine that with the fact that I know it will be on a treadmill and boo.     I also have that same old shoe conundrum again.  My Hoka’s are ok but not great.  They aggravate a weird soft spot in the bottom of my left foot.   Also, by the end of the Harvest Half, I felt like my toes were bruised and bloody.  They weren’t but they sure felt like it.   I admit that I no longer look forward to shoe shopping.  Now it just stresses me out.  Grrr.

Ever take a week off? Or more?

What did you do?

How was your week?

 

 

 

Run!, Training

Week 38 Training Recap

So, I think I have been a little too hard on myself.  Maybe.    It’s been 50 days since I ran a marathon and I’ve been over sitting over here pissed that my long runs haven’t hit 16 yet.   This coming from the person who took 3 months off after her first half marathon years ago.     I think I momentarily lost my mind.   So, I am trying to get it back.   My legs are achy and I am more tired now than I was during marathon training.    I also have 6 races in the next 8 weeks.  Oops.   I have the opportunity to work with Ekiden Coaching though, so I am hoping that having someone to report to will reign in my craziness.  Fingers crossed!

Training for:

  • City to the Sea 13.1
  • Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half

So let’s get to last week!


Monday- 2.34 miles Another short Monday.    Not entirely my fault though.  You can read all about the creep fest here.

Tuesday- 8 miles bike, plank, pushups, bridges.  I had an appointment with my gastro and it was more of the same old, same old.  Decent cross training after though.

Wednesday- Rest.  I had planned on running but I fell off/ on my stool at work and it felt like I broke my foot.   The top swelled and turned purple.   Destructo girl, that’s me.   My planks had to be broken into 30 second sections- it hurt to bend my foot.


Thursday- 4.25 miles  Not the best but could have been worse.  I determine my last pair of PureFlow 4’s were dead dead though.   Calf pain, shin pain, foot pain, you name it this run had it.    I changed into my Nike’s for the last 1/2 mile or so.  I just really wanted to hit 4 miles!

Friday- Rest First early shift Friday in over a month- it was awesome.   Except the computers were down for the first 6 hours.   Oof.


Saturday- Rest  Well, does shopping and trying on shoes count as exercise?  I did clear 10, 000 steps without running though.  Woo hoo!    The PureFlow 5’s went back to the store.  I hate returning shoes!  I went in with an open mind and asked for help.  I tired on 10 pairs of shoes!!!  10!   I was torn between a pair of Nike’s, New Balance and Hoka’s.  I left with the Hoka’s.   Fingers crossed!


Sunday- 10 miles In my original schedule for myself, I really wanted to run 16 miles today.  But since I didn’t pull off 14 last week or 12 the week before, I decided to be smart.   After last week’s tunnel of dark and pain 8 miles, I headed out early and with a full Camelbak.   It wasn’t early enough.  The predicted high for the day was 102.  Ouch.  I optimistically hoped for 12 but knew 10 was more likely.  Especially since I was running this in my Nike’s.  I didn’t want to test the Hoka’s on a long run.   My Nike’s may be the least painful pair of shoes I own but they are not a distance shoe.   10 miles is their limit.  Truthfully, today I wanted them off my feet by mile 9.    The run was hot and long and I was tired.    I found a lone shady spot at the end and sat down.  Cool concrete post run feels kind of amazing.  ๐Ÿ˜›

Rookie moment- My mom had planned on meeting me halfway so she could walk some miles but had texted that she wasn’t feeling well.  Which I got because I was thisclose to saying screw it when my alarm went off.  Anyways, while I was waiting for her to pick me up so we could do lunch I drank more water from my Camelbak then part of water bottle when she picked me up.   Too much water, too quickly.   I got so nauseated I thought I was going to lose my cookies.  Guess it’s a good thing I don’t eat breakfast before running right?   I know better!

16.6 miles for the week.   It is what it is.  There was a time when I would have called this a very solid week.  That was also the time when I lied to myself and said I ran long runs but rarely did.  I was also faster than so hmmm…..

How was your week?

Ever tried to run in Hoka’s? Thoughts?

How is it almost October?!?!?

 

Run!, Slacker

Fri- Yay! Thoughts

The weekend is almost here, woot woot!   I am so ready.  How about you?

How I will feel at closing time on Friday

My brain has been all a-jumble this week so I figured I would just ramble on a bit.  Join me for a stroll?

So you know how some people celebrate races by treating themselves to all kinds of food?  I thought I would be one of those people.  I mean I already have a messed up relationship with food- reward/comfort but that’s another story- but that’s not what panned out.  Instead I seem to have gone through a 3 week period of impulse purchases. Oops!!!    New shoes, new shorts, the transition towel, a 26.2 sticker for my car, a new planner and a little something else that I can’t wait to share.  To bad the projected time frame for delivery is 8-12 weeks.  Boo.


I’m still in that weird spot of wanting to grow my hair but hating where it’s at right now.  I’ve been thinking it might be time to dye it again.   So I took a pair of scissors to it over the weekend.   I now have bangs.  And they went a little 80’s on Wednesday.  Oops.

We’re doing a Biggest Loser type contest at work.  I figured a little motivation wouldn’t hurt right?  Oh man, I am losing so badly.   And I broke my scale.  Not sure how I am weighing in tomorrow.  Yikes!


And I thought the Soberanes fire was bad- the Chimney Fire while smaller is a lot closer and burning like crazy.   The air is full of smoke.   Town is full of firefighters.   The smoke is a little insane at times, my lungs are very cranky.  Serious thank you to all the firefighters.

I am on Olympic overload.  There I said it.    Can I have normal tv back?  I miss the news.  The news at 11 was my sign to go to bed, now I am all confused.I’ve been dvr’ing it and fast forwarding through a lot.  Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the dumb way NBC is airing things.    And some of the announcers are driving me bonkers.   #watchonmute

Instead of the Olympics, I’ve watched a lot of Bones.    It’s surprising how much I remember.

Stickers on cars- yay or nay?

Your thoughts on the Olympics?

Any plans this weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recovery Week 2

I hadn’t really planned on another recovery week but well life right?

I was feeling very out of it all week.  I had troubles speaking and couldn’t seem to remember anything.   With working last Saturday and then the company picnic on Sunday, it just felt like the longest week ever.  I was just so tired and so ready for the weekend.   That said, this will not be a very long recap.  ๐Ÿ˜›

Monday- Rest   I got a phone call Sunday evening from an employee calling sick.  With another one on vacation I knew the day was going to be straight chaos so I left all my running gear at home assuming work would run late.  And I was right.  I wasn’t completely lazy though, I managed to clean my car after getting home that evening.  I am embarrassed at the state that it was in.

Tuesday- Rest  Same situation as Monday.  However I also had a meeting in another town in the AM and I had the brilliant idea to wear heels for the first time in a month.  Oh my word, blisters suck.  Ouch!    I did make it home in time for #bibchat though.  I took advantage of a discount being offered and finally ordered myself the fancy transition towel I had been eyeing on the Orange Mud site for a year.    Monday’s car cleaning also aided in me finally clicking buy.


Wednesday-Rest I can’t remember why though.  I know I took my gear to work but didn’t run.  Hmmm.  I ate pizza though.  ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•


Thursday- 4.5 miles   Fully staffed for the win!  I taped up my blister and ran in home town.  It was a little warmer than I would have liked and I started out super cautious thanks to the blister but it turned out to be a pretty good run.    I have my watch set on 5 min run/  2 min walk intervals, I am trying that these first few weeks post marathon.   The first mile was super slow due to more walking and mile 4 somehow came in at 9:40.  Ummm, oops?  I think my new playlist may have been a little too inspiring.   I felt pretty good at the end of this run though.

Friday- Rest  So damn tired, is it the weekend yet?  We also started a Biggest Loser type bet at work and the scale really pissed me off this morning.

Saturday- Rest.  I planned on running, I was aiming for an 8 mile mid to long run and had been looking forward to it all week.  I could not get out of bed.  I stayed in bed past 3 alarms and could not get moving.  When I finally did get moving, I was moving like a snail.   Ok, running probably wasn’t the best idea.  So instead I headed down to SLO for some errands.  That included a stop at the Running Warehouse for some new kicks-


Sunday-8 miles.  I was still tired when my alarm went off but not like Saturday.  That said, I didn’t get started on this run until 9.  That was stupid.  I only took my handheld with 23 ounces of water- rookie move #2.  Miles 1-4 weren’t bad.  I was feeling tired but overall ok.  Miles 5-8 were a hot mess.  I was overheating, slowing down and having troubles with my asthma.  I couldn’t smell smoke in the air but a huge wild fire broke out nearby Saturday night and I figured that could be affecting me.    My mother met me at the halfway point, well that was the plan, I was so slow I didn’t catch up to her until mile 7.  Oops.   I just kept telling myself get to my car, get to my car.   It felt like forever but finally I was done.


I was glad to have completed the run but things went south in the afternoon.   I started to feeling very not right.   I couldn’t regulate my body temp and I was burning up.  I took the coldest shower possible and was chugging water.  I was coughing a little more than normal and couldn’t focus on anything- which is why this post is also a day late.  I texted my boss to let her know that I wasn’t doing so great.  For me to text my boss, things are bad.  At last check, I had 220+ hours of sick time available.  Which is now 8 less because I did not make it to work on Monday.

I am feeling a tiny bit better and hoping that it was just too much sun/heat on top of being overly tired that kicked my ass.  It was in the 90’s when I finished on Sunday which shouldn’t feel like a lot considering I live in Central CA but it’s better than the alternative.  That coworker that had been out at the beginning of the week?  Pneumonia.   So yeah, I am hoping for too much heat.

12.5 miles for the week.  More than the week before, that’s a plus right?

How was your week?

Do you keep your car clean?