Slacker, Training

12-Hold On

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.

So 2 workouts in 7 days. Could be a lot worse.

I am still trying to figure out the running part.

How are things where you are?

Run!

Just Stop

So here’s my question- Running alone is “currently” ok- social distancing and all.

But people aren’t running alone. Groups of 4-5 are together on the theory they will stay far enough a part. That cannot be guaranteed.

Also runners are making comments on how many people they see out- running, walking, etc. Tell me again how a crowd, no matter how small, is a good thing? And I see more of them every day. If you are typing those words on social media, there are too many people. Hell, if you are thinking those words when you are outside, there’s too many people.

Remember that old grocery store motto? 3’s a crowd? Come on people!

Trust me, I get it, running is my healthy way of relieving stress and right now I may rip my hair out. I am still working as my industry is considered essential which is fine I knew that shortly after I got the job. I am trying to present a calm front for my coworkers but don’t know if I am pulling that off.

I live with people and one of them qualifies as higher risk so there is that as well. Which actually might be the biggest point.

So yes, I need to run. Hell, if I am thinking optimistically, I have fall races to train for. However is my stress release worth the possible risk?

Yes, science says 6 feet is ok, science says solo outdoors is good for you. Thing is, science changes every day. Everything’s safe until it isn’t.

Part of me still thinks this is all overblown and that there is too much over reacting. But… what if I am wrong. What if it’s not an over reaction? Way I see it, better to tough it out now than suffer in something worse later.

Ok, maybe not a question, just a rant.

Oh and wash your damn hands.

Run!, Slacker, Training

9-Wreck

I am not gonna lie, last week was rough. On most fronts.

My stress level may have hit peak levels. I wasn’t feeling great either.

No running on Monday as I had promised to help my dad with something.

Tuesday saw a nice, fairly relaxing run. I just enjoyed the sky and cleared my head. It was great while it lasted. 3 miles.

We don’t talk about Wednesday. Nope. Nope. Nope.

I desperately needed a good run on Thursday. However, that wish was denied. I headed out for a run after work and it hurt. My left leg was pissed and it would not loosen up. I ended up calling it and turning around to hobble back to the car.

Friday was a compression sock wearing stress ball kind of day.

Road trip!!! Saturday dawned bright and early and I was off to Napa with my mother. A little shopping along the way and then it was off to the expo. Not gonna lie, I felt a little claustrophobic in the expo. It was a snug fit in a tight space. Then we drove to find the race start and then our hotel. I suck at maps. The hotel was over 30 minutes away from the start. Oops. After the draining week, it didn’t take much for me to doze off early. Now if only I could have stayed asleep.

Sunday- Napa Valley Half Marathon
Recap to come.

18ish miles for the week. Could be worse.

How was your week?

Hiking-Trails, Run!, Slacker

8-Disappeared

I kind of ghosted social media last week.

I didn’t mean to, I just kind of felt like one day it was Tuesday and then it was Saturday. Woosh.

The week started strong. With Monday off work, I headed down to a new set of trails that opened recently. Holy moly- it was like Disneyland! I have never seen so many people at a trail before. The good sized parking lot was full as well and we had to park on the other side of the freeway about 1/2 mile away. I was with my mother and she was feeling super sore so we picked one of the shorter trails. We ended up with around 3.5 miles.

The trails were very runnable and had gorgeous views. I can’t wait to go back. However, I was very irritated by the lack of trail etiquette by so many people. There were already trampled down short cuts visible and people were climbing all over a tree that clearly has signs saying to stay away. I may have snapped something very not nice at them.

Tuesday was a long day at work but I held strong and changed into my running gear. I headed out for an easy 3 after work. My legs were feeling the previous 2 days worth of running but overall it was a decent run.

After 3 days running, I knew I needed a rest day on Wednesday. My legs are not used to that.

I had planned on running on Thursday, I really did. I told myself if I ran on Thursday, I could enjoy a leisurely Saturday with no guilt. But thanks to some family drama- more ER trips, that did not happen. I did got to dinner with my mother though.

I thought about trying to run on my lunch on Friday but I chose to read a book instead.

Caturday, right?

Despite failing to run on Thursday, I did take the leisurely Saturday. With only a minor built of guilt.

This weekend was supposed to be chilly and rainy so I slept in on Sunday and headed out for my run in the early afternoon. It was not rainy. The run started off very sluggish and rough. I tried to not think about it at all and just keep going. Not gonna lie, I am currently using a run/ walk strategy for my long runs. And the running portion isn’t very long. Like I ran 9 miles in the time it used to take me to do 10. However, it is what it is and I need to stop stressing about or I run myself into a panic attack. So that is what I tried to do this run. I have to say that it ended much better than it began.

15.4ish miles for the week. Better than last week, time to keep moving up.

How was your week?

Slacker, Training

6-Up to 4

Oh lord, it’s been one of those weeks.

Ok, truth- I wrote that first line as an intro for a Ramblin On post on Friday but it never got any further than that line. Oops.

Last week was an odd one. Lights on and off, literally. Brain all over the place. Chopping my hair off. Binge watching Locke and Key. Finally deep cleaned my car. Then cleaned my closet too.

Monday- 1.65 miles I headed out for a run still feeling the irritation from the previous days long run. I didn’t anticipate the cold and the insane wind. I was so cold and I hadn’t packed clothes for that. After a cold few minutes and texts from mother trying to convince me to meet her for dinner- I caved.

I’m sure I did something on Tuesday but can’t recall what. Oh- I cut off my hair!

Wednesday- Yep, all blank here.

Thursday- 2.5 ish miles I would have liked to run more but this run was the final nail in the coffin for my pink Ghost 11’s. I’ve been feeling extra achy in them the last few weeks so I ran Sunday’s long run on my new Ghost 12’s and put the pink ones back on for this run. Nope. The shoes are dunzo.

Friday- haha

On Saturday I headed out in the early afternoon for a short run. I was going to dinner with my mother so I kept it short and sweet with 5K. The only bad thing about this run was that I was wearing a cute new pair of full pants and it was 70*! I was melting!

That previously mentioned Saturday dinner did not sit well with me and wreaked havoc on my sleep. When my alarm went off on Sunday to run I almost threw the phone across the room. Instead I went back to sleep. I ran some errands and then dozed off a bit. I was thisclose to bailing on my run entirely but decided to just go out and see what my body was willing to do. I got in 7.3 miles not the original planned 9. I was slow and sluggish but it wasn’t horrible. I was glad I went out and at least tried. Although my watch only shows 6 miles. I had a pause/ unpause moment when I stopped to snap the above pick. Doh!

So the miles weren’t great but I did move 4 of the 7 days. 14.8 miles for the week.

How was your week?