Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 48 Um Ouch Recap

After the last week, I am so glad I don’t have anything to put under the “Training For” label.    I had such high hopes for getting back to running but life was like yeah no.  😛

Monday– I packed all my stuff for an evening run and I was looking forward to testing out my new reflective vest and tights.  My back started to feel sore bordering on painful towards the end of the day which I thought was odd but other than that didn’t think much of it.  Since I was also waiting for a new shoe delivery I used it as a reason to rest.  I figured I had the rest of the week to run, right?


Haha!  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday- Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch

My alarm went off on Tuesday and I damn near screamed when I went to turn it off.  Whatever had been wrong with my back the day before was nothing compared to this, I could barely move without crying.   Getting dressed was one of the most painful things I’ve done and I have a pretty decent pain tolerance.  Every movement hurt.    And kept hurting.  I could have used a sling, I basically kept my left arm at a right angle and glued to my side for 3 days.   Instead of screaming or cursing, I would only whimper with the occasional moan.

Problem was I realized just how left hand dominant I am.  I am right handed so I write and eat with my right hand but I do damn near everything else with my left hand and arm.     I felt like I forgot how to do everything.   I kept losing the computer mouse at work, I’m not used to having it on the right side!  Grrrrr.    Anyways, I was about as active as a lump on a log those days.   A moany lump on a log.

There were Shiny moments though-  I saw Fantastic Beasts and it was awesome!  Movie theater seats were not a good idea but the movie was great!  Thanksgiving was a very low key, chill day with family, just the way I like it.    I’m also not a huge fan of traditional fare so it’s the one day a year I have no worries of overeating.  😛😛   I was feeling a little better on Friday, so with slooooow, deliberate movements, a coworker and I decorated the building for Christmas.  I guess that was pretty active, I hung lights around 9 windows.  🙂

Saturday was crazy rainy but I was feeling a little better so I took advantage of a break in the rain and headed out to attempt a short run.    I made it 3 miles and kept it super slow both due to my back and the now 3 weeks off.  I feel like I am starting over!  That said, it was a pretty good run, it helped that I had zero expectations about this run.   I was pretty happy that I was even able to get a sports bra on.


Sunday was spent doing some Christmas shopping.   I also returned the Hoka’s.    They just weren’t working.   My toes felt bruised every time I wore them and I still have that odd spongy feeling in my left arch every now and then.  It never existed until the Hoka’s.  I hate returning shoes but I also can’t afford to just eat the cost on $130 pair of shoes either.   I exchanged them for another pair of Nike’s.   That is the only pair of shoes that hasn’t caused me any issues other than I can only wear them up to 8 miles.  But it’s not like I will be hitting the double digits any time soon so these should get me through.  Also, fingers crossed that the Hail Mary Sayonara’s that arrived on Monday will work for longer runs.

My back is still sore but drastically better then it was during the week.     I feel a knot or something but I’m still going to take it easy until it is back to normal.  This has happened once before, years ago.  I remember rolling over to get out of bed, feeling and hearing something pop before the pain hit and I couldn’t get up.  I also remember yelling for help for 40 minutes before someone in the house heard me.   That may be why I forced myself to try to work through the pain this week.  That or I am stupid.   My boss tried to get me to go to a chiropractor but 1- they scare me, 2-by the time I jump through the insurance hoops it will be next year.  😞

How was your week?

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you run a Turkey Trot?

Ever break yourself while sleeping?😛

Run!, Training

San Francisco Marathon Training Week 10

I have a hashtag for this week – #stupidshins

So yeah, another low mileage week in the books.  You know if I was just running I would be pumped at 3 20+ mile weeks in a row, I mean my monthly average was in the 60’s so 3 weeks of 20+ would have been awesome.   But for marathon training?  I’m trying not to freak out over here.  I am trying really hard to #findtheshiny here.  So here we go.

Monday- Rest  After Saturday’s race and Sunday’s migraine enforced rest, I considered running.  I didn’t as I really wanted to switch my Monday running with Wednesday’s rest day.  I think 3 days in a row will be much more manageable than the 4 I had on the schedule in May.   With the day off of work and no running on the plan, I have to say it was kind of nice.   My legs felt pretty good too, so I was optimistic for a good week.

I consoled myself with In n Out

Tuesday- 3.5 miles  I had 3 potential goals for this run- move my Thursday run of an 8 mile tempo up as it was projected to be over 100º.  If I wasn’t feeling up to that, then the planned intervals of 4 x1200, if not that then a good 7-8 miles.  None of that happened.

Right from the get-go, something felt off.  Then it just plain hurt.  I ran 1 lap of the lake and changed my shoes.  That didn’t help.  I ran- walked- hobbled another 2 laps.   I also sat on a rock and stared at the lake a bit.  Tried telling myself that all the pain was in my head but it wasn’t.  Grrr.   Home for some RICE.

Wednesday- Rest  So much for running on Wednesdays.  My shins hurt, my ankle hurt so I rested.   I also started alternating between heels and flats throughout the day at work.


Thursday- 3.5 miles  Oddly, I kind of missed my tempo.  Who knew?  I ran/ walked a slow 3.5 miles.   My shins were not happy but it didn’t feel like pain just severe achiness.   It was also very hot, so that helped keep things nice and easy.

Friday- Rest  Work was super busy though, so I felt a little ragged.  My boss in on vacation for a few weeks so that means Friday’s are an open to close kind of thing for me.

Saturday- 13.1 miles-   The weekend was predicted to be a hot one so I forced myself to get up early.   It wasn’t early enough.  😓  I set out for my long run and planned to take it nice and slow and walk whenever I felt more than twinge from my shins.   Surprisingly, I felt ok so I kept running.  I reassessed how I felt at each point where I could make the run shorter or add a little mileage.   I only felt one odd twinge but it passed quickly.


What I hadn’t planned well for was the heat.  I started at 7:30!  It warmed up faster than I planned.  There were a few sections where I felt like I was running on the surface of the sun- those were mostly walked.   I also realized by mile 6 that I was going to run out of water.  I had a 24 oz handheld but it wasn’t enough.   I just told myself I had to get to mile 9 and I could run into the AM-PM.   Except that was actually mile 10.  Oops.    My head felt like it was swollen and too big for my hat and the humidity had jumped drastically.   From mile 8.5 to 10, I just kept chanting AM-PM, AM-PM – I had about an ounce of water left.  I ran in and bought a Gatorade and a water.   I poured the Gatorade into my water bottle and carried the extra water bottle.  I was a two-fisted drinker for the last few miles.   I will never run long without my debit card again.

I knew I was going to be slow due to my shins so when I finished in 2:30, I was actually pretty stoked.  If it hadn’t been so hot, I would have shaved a couple minutes off and that’s actually pretty spot on my long run pace.

Sunday- Rest  While my legs feel ok, there is one hot spot on my shin that I don’t like.  After a mental argument with myself, I chose to rest.   It’s not what I want to do but isn’t the saying that under trained is better than injured?

He liked the rest idea

Crap, that only adds up to 20 miles.  Why did I think it was more?   Grrr.  But I had a good long run, so that’s shiny right?

Looking to this week, I am going to listen to my legs and go from there.  Speed work is off the schedule for now but I do hope to see the miles go back up.  I am only 8 weeks out now and that is kind of scary.  I really need to find more hills too or San Francisco is going to eat me for breakfast.  😛

How was your week? Anyone race?

Do you run with money?

How’s your weather?

 

Goals, Run!, Slacker

Lack of Umph

You know that saying about the difference between try and triumph is a little “umph”?  Or something like that?  I’ve lost my umph.  Where did it go?  Can you help me find it?

I’ve been feeling adrift since SLO.  I thought having no training plan would feel liberating.  I mean I am a Slacker after all, I was looking forward to it, thinking it would be awesome.   Yet it hasn’t been.   My last few posts have talked of my lack of motivation and each one said the same thing- I need to get back on track.  Obviously saying it means absolutely nothing.   Want to know how many miles I’ve run in May?   26.   Seriously!??  Ouch.

Ouch
Ouch

Work has officially hit crazy, and my hours got a little longer, like open to close.  Friday is the biggest change, last Friday ran around 11 hours.   However that should be no excuse to be lazy.   Maybe I should just try to go to sleep earlier.   Ok, that one made me laugh a little.   What time did this post go up?   I also need to work on my time management skills outside of work but that’s for another post.    Anyways,  time to hopefully actually follow through with what I say.  So to that effect, I planned out a race schedule.  With a goal race.  So here we go.

May– Bands on the Run 10K
June–  Talley Vineyard 10K
July– Rock’n around the Pier 13.1 and a possible 4th of July 5kAugust– Trail 25K
September– Central Coast Cancer Challenge 10k, HOB Fun Run 10K/ 5K
October– City to the Sea 13.1 (GOAL)
November– Big Sur Half Marathon

At least Sunday had a view
At least Sunday had a view

A race schedule seemed to work for me before, so let’s try it again.    Since I really think my training plan for SLO worked, I am going to re purpose it for City to the Sea.    That is also where I set my half marathon PR and I love the course…except they changed the course this year, so we will see what happens.   Now, this plan is flexible, life does happen so I may adjust things if I have to.  May, June, HOB and Big Sur are the only ones set right now.

Thank you wind for the crazy hair.
Thank you wind for the crazy hair.

Most of this was thought out after a truly lackluster weekend of running.  I ended up napping on Saturday- again.  Sunday did see my longest run since SLO- a slow 10K.    I ran a 10:52 pace which is great for an easy run which was the goal.  What was not so great was how hard it was.  I was huffing and puffing the whole way, that pace felt more like race pace than easy run.  Ugh.    That was not confidence inspiring, but rough runs happen and we move on.  But I was out there long enough to think of all the reasons I have been lazy and what I can do about it.   I am 20 weeks out from City to the Sea and I am aiming for a 16 week plan.  The next 4 weeks will be testing a couple of new weekly schedules out since this newest one isn’t working out so well.   🙂    Plus I need to figure out what works best with the work schedule.    Running later in the evening makes it harder to sleep and now I have to get up earlier so that probably won’t work, but I will figure it out.    I also need to figure out how to stop the stress eating that has been happening for 2 weeks.

What do you do when you lose your “umph”?

What’s your race schedule look like?

What do you do when you’re stressed?