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Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 7

Oh boy was I in a funk last week. I was cranky and moody and just kind of blah.

I kind of crawled into a hole and became an antisocial whiner.  Which is probably better than inflicting my crankiness on all of you but either way it wasn’t a great week.  The odd thing was that I didn’t have a solid reason for the crankiness, I just was in a funk and had to ride it out.    I was hoping I could run out some of that moodiness but that didn’t exactly happen during the week either.  Dude, someone give me a pizza.

I had an ultrasound and chest x-ray on Wednesday to see if that can help figure what is going on with the weird side pain I’ve been having.  Now to wait for the results.

Monday- Rest  I wanted to run but I also thought it might be best to my legs a rest after the weekend of running.    The only thing that’s keeping me from freaking out about my lower mileage this training cycle is that I am stacking my longest runs on Saturdays and Sundays, which outside of my Hanson’s attempt last marathon training cycle is not something I do.   I also haven’t been doing my PT exercises as they aggravate the side/flank pain so I figured rest would be best.

Tuesday- Rest  Should have run but the sudden drop in temp and the 20+ mph winds turned me into a big baby.    Where the hell did that come from?  The funk was also beginning to settle in.

Wednesday- 2 miles  This was supposed to be 4.  I mentally needed 4 because I was just super cranky for no reason at all.  I changed and headed out after work and immediately felt like a vice was wrapped around my left leg right above the knee.  Grrrr.  By a mile in, it hadn’t loosened up at all and actually felt tighter so I turned around and headed back for the car.   That was not the head clearing run I was hoping for and now I had another reason to be moody.

Thursday- Rest The day before had kind of scared me.  Should I run or shouldn’t I?

Friday- Rest Overslept, was running late but made it to work on time.  My side/flank was hurting more than it had all week so that wasn’t cool.

Saturday- 6.2 miles I headed out late in the afternoon for 6-7 miles hoping that my leg and my side would cooperate.  Surprisingly they both did.  My leg felt tight in the beginning but loosened up fairly quickly.    The temp was pretty perfect and I was feeling pretty good and I ended up negative splitting the run.  If I hadn’t waited so long I may have tried to turn this into my long run but I ran into dusk and I had no lights and very little reflective gear with me.

I could tell that my hips and back really needed help though so I decided to try my PT exercises that night.

Sunday-13.1 miles  Maybe it was the PT, maybe it was something else, but my side hurt the most it has in weeks.  I pushed my run back into the afternoon.  My plan called for 15 but I knew I was going to be slow and I was doubting I would even clear 6.  I started out and kept to my run/walk intervals figuring that was the best idea for this run.   Mentally, I wanted to quit at mile 2 but there was no physical reason to so I just kept trucking on.   I had to make a bathroom stop around mile 8, seriously, an aside to my city- what the hell?!?!!   I would imagine prisons have better bathrooms!  There is one park that has open bathrooms and they are creepy and disgusting, I even used the ones at the front of the park instead of the back this time and they are still gross.  But hey at least the stalls had doors this time!

Once leaving the bathrooms, I decided it was time for music and turned on my headphones.  However even with the added motivation, I knew I wasn’t going to hit 15.  Between the slower pace, the bathroom break, the stop lights and the pause to take off my outer layer then stash it, almost getting hit by a car not looking when they turned right, I’d been out there almost 3 hours!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much non-moving time on my Garmin before.  😛   I called it at 13.1.  Far better than I thought I was going to get.

21.36 miles for the week.  Pretty similar to last week and at least my long run went up.   I really need to work on building back up the weekly miles again.

How was your week?

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Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 6

This week was the week that I couldn’t lie to myself anymore.

I’ve been having some side pain off and on for the past month or so and just kept  adjusting my running and life around it.  Finally the pain and tiredness were too much to ignore or joke about so I went to the doctor.  He called it flank pain and is checking my kidneys.  Yes, I can still run for now- just slowly and I need to listen to what my body is saying to me.  But it made for an interesting week.

The plan-

week 6

Life-

Monday- Rest So, I wore a new shirt to week.  Apparently my wardrobe has gotten kind of tired because EVERY single coworker noticed and commented.   I’m not sure that’s a good thing.  😒

Tuesday- 3.45 miles I headed out right after work to take advantage of as much light as I could.  It was a slower but still decent run.   I ran into a woman at the halfway point who was looking for the owner of some dropped money.  And a pretty decent amount at that.  Good people do exist!!!   I finished at 3.45 because I wasn’t willing to run back and forth in front of the police station anymore.

Wednesday- Nope.  Woke up, admitted I had a problem and made a doctor’s appointment for that same day.  Lot of lab work ordered and a couple of other tests.

Thursday- Rest  I had all my lab work done in the morning but I had still taken my gym bag in a naive optimistic hope I would run after work.  However, I hurt more than could be ignored so I just went home.  And of course- that’s the day we left work the earliest in weeks.

FridayRest Typical Friday but I actually left the building!  Ok, it was only for 15 minutes and it was just to pick up the lunch we ordered but it still counts.

Saturday- 6.5 miles Mornings aren’t my friend right now pain level wise so I set out for my run in the late afternoon.  I had been hopeful I could do my long run but I seriously underestimated the temp- 75* and overestimated how I was feeling.  I was overdressed and I realized soon that trying to push further would do more harm than good so this turned into my “easy” run.   Except it felt damn hard.

Sunday- 12 miles  Once again a rough morning- except this was more due a surprising visit of the female variety than the other problem.   I can ignore lots of pains, tough out probably too many things, but for some reason cramps knock me flat.  I curled into a ball and tried to sleep it off.    Once again, I headed out in the afternoon but this time the temps were much nicer.

I am not a fan of 12 miles but it just seemed like the smarter thing to run this week.   I also knew that if anything changed in my side, I was calling it quits wherever I was.   That said, I was really hoping I could pull off the 12.  I tried to stick to my run/ walk intervals and just take it easy for all the miles.   Except I somehow managed to PR 2 Strava segments.   Apparently I hit a sub 8 pace.  Well, crap.  Luckily it was only 1/2 a mile.  I have mentioned that I hate the bridge, right?   So, I took it easy every other mile.  I felt surprisingly ok throughout the entire.  The only trouble came when I realized I screwed up my math and my route was going to be short.  Grrr. So I added a hill.

21.98 miles for the week, and yes if I had known how close I was to 22, I would run another couple hundred yards.  Double grrrr.

More tests this week and more riding the line between taking it easy but not fully falling off the track too.

How was your week?

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Add the Lime to the Coconut

Disclaimer: I was given Detach Coconut+ to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I would like to say that my hydration game is strong but if I am being honest it’s been a little lacking lately.  That’s not a good thing heading into marathon training.  Combine that with my tendency to run my long runs/ races fasted and I was open to suggestions.

However between my already picky taste buds and extremely temperamental stomach, trying new things doesn’t always goes so well.  😯 My concern with Detach did start with the taste- I am not the biggest fan of coconut water.  However, this is my year of trying to push my boundaries (that post will go up someday) so I figured why not try it?

The bottles are an adorable, little 12oz size and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste.  It’s called Ellie-Ade– named for creator’s wife as he created the drink as a way to ensure that she was properly hydrated throughout her work outs.  You can barely taste the coconut flavor and instead it’s a very subtle lemony-lime flavor.  More lime, I think.  Whatever it is, I like it… and that’s coming from the person who drinks water, coffee and Diet Coke.  Kind of bland over here.  😛

Ok, the healthy details-

  • Beta-alanine commonly found in trace amounts of legumes, seaweed has been shown to improve the muscles energy production at intensity and in some studies improving 800m times by ~10s for 1 time use and ~15s after cumulative use.
  • Citrulline commonly found in melons is a known vasodilator, improving Nitric Oxide levels in the body.  This opens up your blood vessels and improves blood flow.
  • Theanine – commonly found in many teas especially white and green teas. Theanine is also known as a neurotropic as it impacts feelings of positivity and focus.
  • All of this with only 60 calories per bottle and NO “fake” sweeteners which leave a nasty after taste.
  • Last but not least light refreshing citrus flavor that you will love!
  • Instructions: Best to take 1 bottle 30m before workout and 1 bottle during exercise. Can be mixed with other drinks as well.

Now, I was sick while testing this and my stomach was having one of it’s flare periods -yay me- so I actually only drank it before one run.  Everything was making me sick.  So instead, I had it post run or in my daily lunch smoothie.  That one run went well but then I got nervous when I started to get sick.   You know, as I type this I realize I was never sick after drinking it even if I had been sick during the run or before lunch.   Ok, maybe I should have written this sooner or paid more attention over the last few weeks.  Excuse me, I need to go order another case to test my new theory.

Oh and this may have been my lunch one day when I was sick.  #balance

One thing I loved is that even when I felt a headache coming on post long run, a bottle of Detach would knock it out.  Thank you very much, Detach.   😊

Detach Coconut+ is available at their website or Amazon.

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Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 5

Oh, last week was fun.  I think I slept walk (sleep walked?) through most of it.

That winter cold thing caught up to me after last week’s race.  I had zero energy, my stomach hated me, my head felt like a balloon and I was coughing all the time.  Fun.

And it made me stupid.  I did some of the stupidest things.   I should not be allowed on social media while sick.  My fat fingers are liking posts I do not want to like.  I’m accidentally having my Aftershokz calling guys I don’t want to call.  Which reminds me that I need to purge some really old numbers from my phone and just hope that I am the only weirdo who has the same cell number they did 10+ years ago.  Siri tried that stunt the previous week too.     Audrey and Siri really need to work on understanding me a little better.  🤣

However, it didn’t end up being a total loss of a week.

The plan-

Week 5

Life-

Monday- Sick- Yah, no.  It was all I could to get through the day at work.  By the time I left work, my eyes were so heavy and I was dragging big time…where was my bed?

Tuesday- More of the same but not quite as bad.  Just get through work and keep moving.

Wednesday- 3.1 miles  It was warm in work town and even though I was feeling better, I still bundled up and headed out to attempt a few miles after work.   With work town being so abnormally warm, I decided to try for a run there.  Plus I missed the ocean sunsets.   I was slow but otherwise this wasn’t a bad run.  It was also my second run in the Altra’s. 😀

Thursday- Rest I actually planned on trying for another run but my brother offered to take the family to dinner and I wasn’t going to turn down tri-tip and sourdough rolls.  I’m not crazy.

Friday- Rest For only running once this week, I was still so damn tired.   I knew I had a 12 mile run and 6 mile run on tap for the weekend but also knew sleep would be the smarter choice.  Falling asleep in my chair trying to watch TV on Friday night really drove that home so I turned off my alarm.

Saturday- 6 miles– After sleeping in and catching up on some much needed rest, I headed out for some afternoon miles.  I had actually wanted to try for my 12 but my stomach being an asshat put a stop to that before I even started.  I did manage 6 though. This was my longest run in the Altra’s since I bought them and I also wore shorts for the first time in months.  Once again, I was slow but that just seemed to be the theme of this week.

Sunday- 9.9 miles A last minute decision had me driving to work town to meet a friend for a 9-10 mile run on the beach.   The beach???? I haven’t run on the beach since the Asthma Drama of 2016.   Not only that– the beach is flat!  Well, let’s rip off the band-aid!   I met H for an earlier-than-I-would-have-run-on-my-own run and we set out down the beach.  For such a minimal elevation change, my legs were feeling ok.  I wish I could say the same for lungs and the humidity.  It was a clear day but the humidity was still higher than my lungs would have preferred particularly after being sick in the beginning of the week.    So, I stuck with my theme of the week- slow.  That definelty made catching up with H easier and meant I didn’t worry about the pace tanking when we had to climb over slippery rocks to get to the other side since it wasn’t low tide.

I had planned on getting in the last 2 miles later that afternoon so I could flip flop this week’s and last week’s long runs but my legs were feeling like they had had a very different work out than they were used to so I decided the morning run was enough.

19 miles for the week.     For being sick the majority of the week, I actually didn’t do too bad this week and still manged to listen to my body and not do anything stupid.  😛

How was your week?

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Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 4

I designed my plan with flexibility.   I know I like to be able to move my days around depending on how work goes or if my stomach is being a complete asshat.

That said, I didn’t plan on basically chucking the plan out the window in week 4.  I am so behind on miles.  Don’t freak out, don’t freak out.

I mentioned last week that I ended week 3 feeling broken thanks to a crappy treadmill and some shoe issues.  People, getting out bed on Monday hurt.  Walking around work hurt.  What the hell????? Don’t freak out, don’t freak out.

The plan-haha

week 4

Life-

Monday- Rest Haha, I worked and I rested.  I tried not to make any sudden movements and just get through the day.  I had to put the thought of my pretty new shoes out my head.

Tuesday- PT Otherwise, more of the same.

Wednesday- 4 miles on the bike  My lump on a log- ness was getting to me so I went for a very short ride on the bike just to test the legs out.    I followed up with half of my PT exercises.

Thursday- 2 miles I’m feeling very anti treadmill right now but wanted to test the leg considering I had a race on Saturday.  Oh crap.   While I wish I hadn’t been running on super uneven sidewalks, the miles were ok.  I always think I run differently at night due to the limited light.  I  love my Knuckle Lights but I still feel like I run a little off.  That could also be that I don’t run enough in the dark to get used to it though.

Friday- Rest For doing next to nothing all week, I was super tired.  That stupid cold/flu better not have caught up to me.  I worked the early shift at work and headed home to try and get some sleep before the early morning of race day errr, well supported long run. 😋

Saturday- Mission 10 miler– race recap to come.

Sunday- 3.1 miles I finally put some miles in the Altra’s.   I took it super easy as it was my first time in zero drop shoes but I surprisingly it took over 2 miles for me to feel any calf/achilles tightness.  Mini spoiler- that happened within 1/4 mile the day before during the race.  I also took it easy because I still wasn’t feeling well- another mini spoiler?  All in all this was decent recovery run.

15.4 miles for the week.  So basically, I ran a long run and skipped everything else.  Only 9 miles short.  Don’t freak out.

How was your week?<