Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 44- Lazy Lesson

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

Ahh, Daylight savings time.  Love the extra hour for about 2 days in the morning but hate it in the evenings for running.   However, since the time change didn’t take effect until Sunday, I can’t really blame the laziness of the week on that can I?  Nope, this was all me. 

Monday- Rest Silly Slacker forgot her Knuckle Lights and I do not go the gym on Monday evenings.   So I just headed home.  Bad idea.\

Tuesday- 4.3ish miles bike I had my gym bag from the day before and my previously misplaced lights but with it being Halloween I figured an outside run was probably not a good idea.    My gym also has a tendency to close early for every holiday (which I previously learned the hard way) so I admit I didn’t even try.  I aimed for some cross training instead.  Maybe the not running was for the best as barely 4 miles in I was running away sick.  Stupid stomach.

Wednesday- Rest Ok I can never miss my Monday run.  It’s just a downhill slide of lazy after that.   It was too easy to be talked out my run tonight.


Thursday- 3 miles I ran from work hoping to take advantage of slower sunsets except it was overcast and the summer barely came out. Boo.   Other than that it wasn’t a bad easy run.  And somehow even with the massive hill at the end I still kept my heart rate out of the red zone.  Tiny wins.

Friday- Rest I didn’t have to work open to close- wow that was nice!   Getting home was a little tricky as the league championship high school football game was being played down the street from my house.   Spoiler alert- the home town that has gone through head coaches in a year (so much drama) somehow pulled off an undefeated season.


Saturday- 3.1 miles  I am trying to prepare for Vegas for so it was another double afternoon run weekend.  Saturday went according to plan.   Not speedy and kind of chilly to start- odd storm clouds had rolled through on Friday but it cleared partially mid-run and suddenly I was overdressed.  Ahhh, the running outfit struggles.


Sunday- 7.75 miles All aboard the struggle bus.  I set out in the early afternoon with a plan for 10 miles.  Mile 1 started out ok but mile 2 turned into a something different.  I couldn’t control my pace and my breathing was out of whack.  Just as my watch chimed mile 2, I felt like my blood sugar bottomed out and it was all I could do to stay upright.   I stopped and took a few moments.  I then changed my route so I was always near people and cars and I turned on the run/walk intervals so I could force myself to keep things easy from then on out.  That said, I still wasn’t sure how far I was going to get.   7.75 brought me back to my car and that seemed like a good number. Or better than nothing.

13.94 miles for the week, 4 ish on the bike.   Yeah, lazy week indeed.

And now we’re on to Vegas week!

How was your week?

Did you race?

Run!, Stomach, Training

Week 42- Strong Start

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

I was feeling pretty good after last week’s race- my quads were a little sore but the residual excitement of running a good race made that seem like nothing.   I was looking forward to jumping right back on the training band wagon.   My only concern was that I knew I was drastically cutting back on my thyroid medication so I wasn’t sure how that was going to hit me.  I was choosing to be optimistic though.


Monday- 3 miles I had the day off of work and maybe my mind had written a bigger check than my legs could cash. I slept late in the morning and headed out for a run in the afternoon.  I was hoping for 5 miles.  My legs were so not on board.   It’s when I really knew my quads were feeling the race.   I cracked a joke on Twitter that if there was record for taking breaks in a 3 mile run I just broke it.  😛

Tuesday- Chaos errr, I mean rest.  I didn’t get off work until well past 6.  I don’t really think I sat down.  I took the bare minimum required lunch.  It wasn’t that it was super busy but we were down a person so things got a little hectic.


Wednesday- 2.25 miles Ran a little late getting off work again.   I really need to get more reflective gear and figure out how to put my blinking lights on my Orange Mud packs now that I don’t run with a belt.     Ok, I also need to find them.  I am pretty sure they are in my car somewhere.  😛


Thursday- 3.5 miles ish  I think? I accidentally paused my GPS a block into my run and didn’t notice it for about 4-5 blocks.  Then my Garmin tried to die around 2.5 so I stopped and saved it before starting it again and running on.  I ran in work town so I had plenty of light but damn that last uphill takes a lot out of me.

Friday- Nah Open to close.  And a moment of oddness.  I was feeling super tired by weeks end but I was chalking to up to the medication change.  Then as I was walking from my desk to a cabinet I had a moment where the whole world spun and tilted.   Apparently it was fairly obvious because a coworker yelled out “grab the counter”.   WTH?  I stayed upright but it was touch and go there for a moment.

Saturday- Rest The Pioneer Day Parade was happening in town so I knew my long run was not happening in the morning.  Trying to dodge the parade crowds and rerouted traffic just sounded like a recipe for disaster so I was more than happy to turn off my alarm and sleep in obscenely late.

Sunday- Fail  I set my alarm for an early morning run but things were not ok when I woke up.  My stomach was horrible but that I could have rolled with.  My stomach is jacked up 85% of the time.  What I couldn’t roll with was the dizzy spells that had come back accompanied by nausea.  I thought about trying to run anyways but decided that would be stupid and just crawled back into bed.  I was hoping I would feel well enough to try for a few miles in the afternoon before my little brother’s birthday dinner but it didn’t happen.    Instead I watched an obscene amount of Battlestar.

So just shy of 9? Over 9?  I have no idea.  Either way, the week started out fine and ended with a whiny- I just want to run!  Grrrr.  The dizziness is odd, not sure if I am coming down with something or if is the change in medication. Hopefully the mostly sitting in a dark room today took care of it.

How was your week?

 

Run!, Training

Week 16- Short

Upcoming Races:

  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13
  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1-June 4

I don’t know what it was about this week but every workout fell short from what I planned.  This week was kind of all over the place…or at least my brain was.   Maybe it was just me?   Who knows.

I experimented with lunch and breakfast changes last week and they did not go so well at all.  Boo, I am so over smoothies.

Monday- Rest  After a weekend of running with minimal pain, I decided to give my legs a rest.  They might have let me get in a long run without screaming but I didn’t want to push it.

Tuesday- Rest This is where things started to get odd.  Work ran long and I was just so tired, I ended up heading home after work and picking up a pizza.🍕


Wednesday- 2.3 miles  So not the plan.  I was aiming for 4-5 miles and although I started off with sluggish legs, I felt like they were warming up.  What was not on board was my stomach and things turned ugly in my second lap of the lake.  Grrrr.


Thursday- 3.65 miles Again fewer miles than planned but this time I was ok with it.   With all my shoe issues I decided to try running in the Nike’s and for some reason that was a sign to my legs to move.   I was feeling out of breath in mile 2 and getting pissed off because I didn’t feel like I was moving that fast so I took a long walk break- almost 2 minutes.  That’s not counting the 1 or 2  30 second walk breaks I had already taken.  I figured out I was running too fast when mile 2 clocked in at 10:54.  Wait, with all that walking- how the hell fast was I was running?  Instead of fighting it I just let my legs do what they wanted to do.  I ran like hell for a while and walked anytime I needed a rest.    I was also singing and dancing to my music while running down the street.  😛

Friday- Rest  It ended up being an open to close kind of day and I was beat after work.   It’s always a great day when you’re told you shouldn’t go to lunch right? 😂

Saturday- Rest  I planned on running to make up the missed miles from earlier in the week but I kept procrastinating.   Run didn’t happen.


Sunday- 10 miles  Ouch.  I had prepped for a morning 12 miler.  However when I woke up my stomach informed me that the only place I was running was to the bathroom.  😞   So I pushed my run to the afternoon.  It was only supposed to be in the mid 70’s so I figured it would be ok.  Ha!  I was so hot and so slow.  It was seriously the slowest 10 miles I have ever run.     It shouldn’t have felt that warm to me but we haven’t been that warm yet this year with all the rain.  I’ve only run in shorts twice and I guess I haven’t acclimated.   I just kept moving forward- it took a lot of walking but I finally made it home.  I did sit down outside the elementary school for a moment in a effort to cool off a bit.  Grrr.

15.95 miles for the week.    Grrrr.  That’s all I got for this week.  Maybe a run on Saturday would have made things better but it was almost 90 so maybe not.   Time to put it behind me as I should be running a race next weekend.  Which would be fine if I had a pair of shoes that didn’t hurt.  The PureFlow’s start to aggravate my arch around mile 9-10.   Seriously, barefoot running is looking better by the day.

How was your week?

Do anything fun?

Run!, Slacker, Training

Weekly Recap 11-Slap Happy

Upcoming Races:

  • Livermore 13.1 -March 26!!
  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13
  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1 June 4

So yeah, last week was odd.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a good week.   I got a lot done at work, more things were completed in preparation for the merger- those all turned into funny situations too.   I got in a good run and a creepy run.    My stomach was a total asshat at the beginning of the week and I was abnormally tired but I was in a super good mood most of the week.   Maybe I should have realized that was a sign of things to come but I’ve never been too good at actually listening to my body.  I mean for crying out loud Friday’s post went up unfinished!  Sorry about that by the way.  😞


Monday- 4.25 miles– I love daylight savings.  I headed to home town after work and was able to run this entire run in full sunlight.  I took it really slow in the beginning as this was my first run in the new PureFlow’s.  From there I ended up running a nice (for these days) progressive 4 miles- 13:22, 11:04, 10:37, 9:06.  I say these days because that same day Timehop also reminded me that 3 years previously I set my unofficial 5K PB of 26:35.  Which is a far cry from the 11:00 ave pace of this run.

Tuesday- Rest/ Detox Yoga–   I got so damn tired on the drive home from work that I stopped at Target and wandered around it a bit in order to wake up.     My stomach had been horrible since Sunday so once home I tried some yoga to help ease some of the pressure.

Wednesday- Rest- Stretching/Foam Rolling– My stomach was still being a total butt face and work went a little late so I just decided a low key night was in order.


Thursday- 3.5 miles-  Creeper alert!  I headed to the lake path after work and was hoping for 5 miles.   There were more people out taking advantage of the extra daylight.  My legs were a little sore.  I’d worn flats a couple days this week plus breaking in the PureFlow’s with 4mm drop made for some sore calves.  Not enough to deter my run though.  What did was the creeper in the gold Thunderbird who slowed while driving past me then parked blocking my path.   Cars park on the path all the time so I wasn’t totally weird-ed out yet, only halfway there.  When I ran around the car, which reeked of pot and engine grease, as I cleared it- it revved the engine.   It then peeled out, spinning dirt everywhere, slowed while passing me again before squealing it’s tires again as it turned up a street.  All right, peace out, I’m done.   It might have had nothing to do with me but I wasn’t taking that chance.    I managed to find a group of Eagle scouts out for a stroll and put myself in front of them.     I tried to stay near their group while I got back to my car but I also didn’t want to turn into the creeper.


Friday- Rest-  I worked open to close and towards the end of the day I was getting slap happy.   I was having troubles putting words together properly.  Which should have been a sign.  Some people get cranky when they are getting sick, I get slap happy.   Yet it still didn’t dawn on me until that night when my throat really started hurting, my nose stopped working and pressure built between my ears.  Oh crap.

Saturday/ Sunday- Sick  My alarm went off for my long run on Saturday morning but I could barely move.  Seriously, my face hurt where the ends of my hair touched it.  My whole body ached there was no way I was running 10-11 miles.  I shut it off and thought maybe I could run in the afternoon, ha!    I barely moved all day.  I may have watched more than a few episodes of The Iron Fist on Netflix.  Sunday rolled around and while I hurt a little less I was nowhere near running shape.   Boo.

So yeah, 7.75 miles for the week.   I am trying not to freak out while I type that.    I have Livermore Half in just 7 days and I really wanted another double digit run before race day.  Plus that weekly mileage looks sad.  This was not the week I had been planning.   I’d actually planned on moving back to running 4x a week but instead I ran just twice.   Grrr.

And now I still can’t breathe and my eyes are crossing as I finish this recap.   So with that I will sign off.

Tell me about your week?

Do anything fun this weekend? 

 

 

Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 8 Recap- Sleepy Time

Training for:

  • Livermore 13.1 -March 26
  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13

This was a blink and you missed it week but it wasn’t without its own headaches.  That said it wasn’t a bad week it was just odd.   Well unless you count me finding out that someone has already filed a tax return using my social.  😒

Monday- Nada–  I had big plans to run but it was cold and windy and I just couldn’t make myself get out the door.  I usually love having Mondays off so I can get in a good run but the cold front rolling in just made me a big baby.  My toes have been so damn cold!

Tuesday- Rest- The work day was straight chaos.  With the power issues last Friday and this being the first day back after a 3 day weekend, things were nuts.   I wore a pair of old faithful boots but by the end of the day my feet hurt so bad that I wanted to cry.   My shoes turned on me!


Wednesday- 2.7 miles-  I headed out for my usual post work route run.  Except I hadn’t taken into account the cold and the wind.  I wasn’t dressed right with just capris and a long sleeve.   The winds were in excess of 20 mph and they almost took my Buff off my head twice.  My wool Buff that I recently accidentally dried.   I hit the spot where I take the sunset pics and decided it was too cold and turned around to head for the car.


Funny moment on the way back- if I am coming up on an intersection the same time as a vehicle or two and don’t want to play the “no you go, no you go” game, I stop before and stretch or fake tie my shoe.    This time one of those cars was a cop car and I guess they thought I looked shady.  I got the stink eye for a moment when I straightened back up.  😛    Nothing to see here, move along.     Even though when I damn near had an asthma attack 2 blocks later on a street corner I was wishing they could come back.


Thursday- 5 miles.     Blood work test fail #1.  Doctor said that I did not need to fast for a glucose test.  He even wrote it on the work order.   I took time off work in the afternoon and headed back to home town for the testing.    He was wrong, the lab refused to do the testing.  Grrr.  Now what?    I went running!   I dressed a little smarter this time but could have used another layer.   I’ve determined that as long as we have rain in the forecast, speed is not likely because my lungs just can’t handle the moisture in the air.  No sooner do I accept that than Strava informs me that I broke my previous record for 400m and wasn’t even trying…


Friday- Rest  Glucose test fail #2.  And then success.    I tried to get the process started in work town before work but was unable to, the line was insane.   Luckily my boss is awesome so once everyone got to work I went back to the lab and got the process started.  And then went back and forth for the next 3+ hours.   I didn’t finish the glucose testing until 1:30.  By then I was hangry and already bruising.  My lunch was around 2 and I went through a drive thru intending to treat myself to some french fries but I ended up being lured by a picture of giant burger so I ordered that and some fries.   Instead of feeling stuffed after eating it, I still felt oddly empty.  It was very odd. I was so hungry all day.


Saturday- Rest.  I crashed hard the night before around 9:30 which is odd for me.  Normally I am up late reading and catching up on tv on Friday nights.  I slept for 12 hours!  It wasn’t un-interrupted but that’s a little ridiculous!   Even when I did get up and get going I had zero energy.  After doing a few errands I ended up taking a long nap.    I had planned on running both Saturday and Sunday but decided that my body was trying to tell me something.

Sunday- Rest Yeah, this was just a total lack of motivation on my part.  I kept telling myself to change and get out the door for 10 miles but I couldn’t actually do it.   It was cold and my toes were frozen in my slippers in my house and no matter how much I berated myself I couldn’t make myself run.  I just kept pushing it back later and later.  #longrunfail

7.7 miles for the week.  I’m not going to say ouch because missing my long run was entirely up to me.   Was a case of the blah’s worthy of missing a long run?   Maybe, maybe not.   Only time will tell.   I do know I am over the cold weather.    Timehop keeps showing me pics from last year and I was running in shorts and a tank.  I miss those days.  This weird cold front and crazy wind, rain just needs to take a break.  I’m not saying it’s entirely responsible for my lagging motivation but it’s part of it.

How was your week?

Do you have warm weather?  Wanna share?