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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?

 

Run!, Slacker

Week 12 Recap- Crash

Last week I jokingly said that the week felt like a truck had hit me.  Be careful what you say- this week a truck literally did hit me.  But more on that fun morning a little bit later.   So let’s get to it!  I started the week with a fun doctor’s appointment where I got to swallow what looked like plastic toys and get x-rays taken.  I would return later in the week for more x-rays.

Monday- 3.5 miles

Slog fest.  After having a few days with no running I was really looking forward to this run.  I had a seminar on Tuesday evening so I had to push the run up a day.    Monday was the start of a heat wave but it was only in the low 90’s when I got to the lake after work so I thought it would be fine.   I don’t know if it was the heat or if I was still feeling poorly but this run was rough.  I felt like I never even got started.   I wanted 4 miles but the idea of running past my car only to turn around was not appealing.  I called it when I hit my car.

Not a run-rise but a commute-rise?
Not a run-rise but a commute-rise?

Tuesday- Rest

So yeah, that run was apparently too hot.  I felt a heat headache coming on Monday night and tried to head it off by sleeping with an ice pack.  No such luck.  By the time I got off work Tuesday-late- I felt like my head was going to crack open.   I had no idea how I was going to handle a seminar.   Thankfully my mother wasn’t feeling well either.  Since I was getting into the seminar with her when she decided to not go I was thankful.   We went to pizza instead.  Comfort food for the win.  #paleofail

Wednesday- Rest

The week’s speed work was on tap.  However the events of the drive home changed that.   I was just a little too shaky after.  So comfort food again- a yummy quesadilla.  #paleofailagain

Thursday- 6.61 miles -Intervals 😃😄🎆

Predicted temps were 105* so I knew I was headed to the gym.   I knew I was going to have to make some adjustments to the workout due to my stomach but I was hoping to get as close to the plan as possible.  I took my warm up super easy.  Partly because it takes me forever to find my groove on the treadmill and partly because I was trying to ignore the fact that nature was calling.   I have to drink less after 4 pm, seriously.  Finally I just got over myself and used the restrooms before starting the intervals.  Might as well take advantage of the gym right?    speedThe plan called for 3 minute intervals at 10K pace.  I have no idea what my 10K pace should be- my PR is over a year old.  So I figured I’d wing it.   I set the treadmill to 7 which computed out to 8:57 a mile.  Ok not bad, I figured I would see how I did.   The first 3 intervals went well so I stepped the next 3 up to 7.1.  Which according to the treadmill is an 8:37 pace.   My math doesn’t agree with that but oh well.  The 3 intervals were going well but I could tell I was tiring by the 6th one.   So I did one last interval at 7.2.  Boom.  Just kidding, couldn’t help myself.  😃   I only managed a 13 minute cool down as my stomach cramped pretty badly.  But it let me complete the majority of the work out so I’m still calling it a win.   This was pretty awesome run.  I felt strong for the first time in months.  Now if only that feeling could stick around.

Friday- Rest

I had my last set of x-rays that morning so I was taking care of that before work.   Apparently life decided I hadn’t had enough excitement during the week and I was in an accident getting off the freeway.  I stopped at the red light at the end of the off ramp and the truck behind me didn’t.   😂    Seriously?!  I was in disbelief for a moment- did that really just happen?  It did- we pulled off the road and did the exchange of information bit.   He was super apologetic but I was kind of still in disbelief.  The irony of the timing of my previous post going up was not lost on me.   His all metal truck was fine and my car was drivable so we went our separate ways.

I headed to the doctor for my x-rays.  I also called work and let them I was going to be later then planned.  I then took my car to my dad to have him check it out before I headed to work.   I know he couldn’t see everything but as a former mechanic I knew he would know if there were any trouble spots.   My bumper is pushed forward, as well as a hole in it and my trunk is jacked up.  Other things sound odd but I am thinking optimistically.  I then started a claim with my insurance just in case before I finally headed to work.   I’m not sure how much use I was though.     😐

Saturday- 5.5 miles bike

I spent most of the night before sick due to too many comfort food meals (pizza again Friday) and I woke up super sore.   I had really wanted to do my long run that morning but there was no way.   I tried to ride out some of the stiffness on the bike but no luck.  My stomach didn’t appreciate it either so I just decided on a rest day.IMG_1819Sunday- 7.1 miles

I slept like crap again, so I was late getting out the door.  I was still sore but thought I could run it out.  Ha!   Plus while the temp started in the 60’s it jumped drastically by the halfway point.  Like 20 degrees.  Really, I would call this more of a walk.  I averaged a 13:00 minute pace.   I was thisclose to calling my mom to come give me a ride.   Since I say a  long run is anything over 7 it’s not a complete fail but I am not sure if it was helpful.   Slow mile better than no mile right?

Overall, this week had its high points and its low.  Way more drama than I would have liked.  I need a vacation.   The last few weeks have been hit and miss with running.  If I hit a speed work out I miss the long run and vice versa.  I really wanted to hit both this week.  I didn’t say it in my last recap but that was a huge goal for me this week.   I feel liked I missed it again.  Yes, there were extenuating circumstances but I feel like I fall back on that excuse a lot.   I need to get out of my own way, but more on that in another post.  Now I have to figure how to structure this week as I have a 5K on Sunday.    That is freaking me out a bit.

Paleo- C-

That may be aiming high considering how much “comfort food” I ate this week.   My stomach did not appreciate it by week’s end either.    I know what I did wrong though so it’s fixable.   Lunch and breakfast is still on track.

How was your week?

Ever been rear ended?  Should I just stay off the roads?

Anyone racing soon?

Run!, Slacker

Strike 2

And another missed long run.  If we are counting, I have not run long in 16 days.   SLO is 20 days away.   And yet, I am not freaking out.

I had great intentions with my long run this weekend but I also had great intentions with a lot of things this past weekend.  What do they say about intentions?    For some reason I made quite the weekend to-do list without taking some things into account.  Like I worked Saturday morning.  I wanted to spend 2+ hours at the movies.   Easter was Sunday.  Oh and I am a Slacker.    I accomplished maybe half of I wanted to do this weekend.   Better than nothing right?

This makes me laugh
This makes me laugh

After getting home from work on Saturday I headed out for the scheduled easy run.  While the overall pace looks easy, the run was kind of erratic.    I started out walking with my mom and then I would run ahead and double back.  Except that didn’t always work.   Every now and then I would lose her somehow and have to run like hell to catch up.  I did one hill loop backwards with the hope of catching her at the bottom after that loop but no luck, she was already more than halfway up it.   I’ve never run that side of the hill but I gave it my best.  Halfway up I needed a short walk break before resuming running.    I lost her one other time towards the end too when she switched streets on me.  I ended up spotting her though an alley and again had to haul.   I loved the walk breaks when I caught up with her.    🙂   So let’s call it easy meets fartlek training?  6.5 miles done.sat4-4I did spend the evening at the movies.  I am a sucker for the Fast and Furious movies so I dragged my mother with me to see Furious 7.   Yes, it was totally over the top and borderline ridiculous but I still loved it.  I only got a little teary eyed.   We lucked out with fresh and hot popcorn and I disregarded all dietary rules.  It’s not like I go to the movies all that often.   🙂

Sunday dawned and after a week of rough sleep, and not getting to sleep before 1 the night before, I was looking forward to sleeping in.   I woke up at 8.  Seriously?!  I briefly thought about going for my run but really wanted to fall back asleep.  I stayed in bed until 9 when I gave up on the sleeping in.   Kimi was happy though, she loves when I sleep longer.   So one of us was happy.  🙂

Well, she was happy until I got up
Well, she was happy until I got up

I knew we were having family dinner for Easter so I needed to run before that.   The time came to get a 10-12 mile run in and I just wasn’t feeling it.   I kept putting it off.   First 10 minutes then 20 and so on.  I finally decided that I would head out for an easy 6 and call it good for the day.    But even that didn’t happen.  My uncle dropped by for a surprise visit.  Family trumps running, right?    After that we enjoyed a yummy dinner and there was no way I was running after that.  So long run fail.

But I am actually ok with it.   Something in me just wasn’t feeling it this week and I decided to listen to that little voice.  Yes, that re-confirms my Slacker status.   That being said I cannot miss my long run this coming weekend.  Plus all the stuff I didn’t get done last weekend.  Oh and I have a race!  First 5K in 5 months.   And it’s gonna kick my ass.  I am so looking forward to it!!

Happy Monday!  Can that even be a thing?

What was the last movie you saw?

Ever missed 2 long runs in a row?