Week 41: Monterey Bay Half Prep

Upcoming Races-

  • City to the Sea 13.1-10/14- maybe
  • Rock n Roll Los Angeles 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)- 10/29
  • Monterey Bay Half Marathon (Thank you BibRave!)- 11/12

This week was an odd duck.

I was so sore post San Jose, it was ridiculous.  I started the week planning a few recovery days but it kind of snowballed from there.

Then Wednesday arrived and a baby deer and my car collided on my way to work.   I managed to mostly swerve but the deer bounced off my door panel.  I pulled over and took a few moments to breathe.   The deer managed to get up and run away so I choose to believe all good things.  However my brother was not so lucky on the way to work that morning.   His was a big deer on the freeway and they collided in a major way.    Wednesday was just off.

I supposed to run a race on Sunday- City to the Sea- one of my favorite races.  But I kind of never registered for it.  Oops.  Maybe it was meant to be?  Or to not be?

I didn’t really have a plan this week, just wanted to get in some running and some cross training.

Monday-Liift4
I was so sore after Sunday’s race.  Seriously, flat is not my friend.  I was less sore after 26 miles of Big Sur hills.  I didn’t run but I did manage to complete week 2/ day 1 of Liift4.  Very, very slowly.

Tuesday-Nothing
I really meant to do something after work but just didn’t.  I knew I wasn’t running, I wanted to give my legs and back another day to rest but I had intended to at least do a workout when got off work but I didn’t.  Oops.

Wednesday- 1.14 miles, Liift4
Deer day.   Then the day was just odd.  I changed into my running gear after work but everything felt off.  I went to the river path but even the air felt off.  Ever have one of those days?  I walked/ jogged a short loop back to the car and called it.  I didn’t regret it but one of the local sub elites came flying past me I did groan and shake my head.  Of course, I was walking at that point.

Thursday- Mes de Mas legs
Haha, I am so uncoordinated.  I lost count of how many times I fell over.

Friday- Nothing
It was an open to close kind of day.  As I was driving home I suddenly wished I had my running gear because the sun setting on the beach looked amazing and it was warm outside.   I totally would have gone for a run on the beach.

Saturday-Nothing
More nothing.  I thought about running all day but that is as far as it got.    Instead I just kind of lazed about.

Sunday-5 miles
Since I wasn’t running the race anymore, I slept in.   I ran some errands before heading out for an easy run.  It turned into a progression run thanks to a little pass by homeless person incident at the start.   My legs felt good but then why wouldn’t they, they had all week off.

6.2 miles for the week.  I think I took more of a recovery week post San Jose than I did post Big Sur. 😛

How was your week?

Week 31:Upcoming Races-Rock n Roll San Jose Training Week 3

Upcoming Races-

  • SLO ULTRA 5K-9/2
  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)-10/8
  • City to the Sea 13.1-10/14
  • Rock n Roll Los Angeles 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)- 10/29
  • Monterey Bay Half Marathon (Thank you Bibrave!)- 11/12

This week was rough.    I hit a stumbling block I wasn’t anticipating but it made me glad that I picked a 12 week training plan instead of the 10 weeks.  That said, my miles are kind of sad.   9 more weeks to go!

This week was one I had been thinking about for months because I put a few too many things on my calendar for Saturday and had to decide what was going to lose.  There was a half marathon in Salinas I wanted to run, a concert by my favorite band in Irvine, a good friends baby shower and then a hair cut appointment.  I need to pay more attention to calendars.

The plan this week was for an easy 5, 3 mile pace, and 7 mile long run plus the 4 Liift4 workouts.   Yeah, well….

Monday- 4 miles
I knew my foot could be a problem so I was prepared to call the run short if it ever reached a point of pain or stupidity.  In fact I walked the entire 1st mile just to see if my foot protested immediately.  Then I used a 60 second run/ 30 second walk method just to ensure I wasn’t getting to crazy.  As long as I followed the intervals and paid attention to my form and how I landed the run was actually ok.  All the extra thought going into it tired me out though. Haha.

Tuesday- Liift4
Wanted to give my foot 2 days in between runs and not double up on workouts so I loaded up my first Liift4 workout of the week.  Which actually ended up being day 2 (backs/biceps) instead of day 1 because day 1 involved a lot of floor work and I did this workout in the garage so I could wear shoes.   Concrete is hard on the back so I flipped them.

Wednesday- Liift4
Ahhh, hello day 1.  This time on carpet so it much easier.

Thursday- .5 miles
I was ready to run and looking forward to it.  About 15 minutes from home town and the river path though I started to feel really weird.  My top lip was tingling and my arms were kind of numb.     I still drove to my parking spot and tried to run thinking I was just being a big baby about the 95*.  However .25 miles in, I knew I was being stupid.  I felt so off balance and half of me just felt numb.   I turned around and slowly walked back to the car.  I went home and just crashed for the night, hence no post on Friday.

Friday- Rest
I woke up feeling like complete crap.  I still didn’t feel right and was having trouble regulating my body temp.  I had zero desire to go to work but also knew the odds of finding another manager to come out and cover my location was unlikely so I dragged myself in.   My coworkers are amazing though so we made it through the day and then I went home and crashed again.

Saturday-  Rest
I was still a little off but mostly ok which was good because I had an early morning hair cut and then a baby shower in the afternoon.   Something about the heat of the day- 105- felt oppressively hot so I decided another day of rest wasn’t a horrible idea.  We’ve had hotter days but this just felt Rough.  I was still having issues regulating my internal temp.

Sunday- Liift4/ 4 miles
I couldn’t bring myself to get out bed early on the one day of the week that I was really able to sleep in.  Which was not a great idea as we’ve recently broken the local record for days in a row over 100 degrees.  Yay.     I made up Thursday’s missed Liift4 in the afternoon then rested a bit before heading out for my run a little after 5.  Never having run that close to a weight workout, I was a little concerned how my body would feel.  I should have been concerned about the heat.   My 7 miler turned into 4.  For once I listened to the signs of the impending heat headache and knew that even though I slowed it down, it was still 98*.  I will probably acclimate about the time fall arrives.  🙂

So, what, 8.5ish miles for the week and 3/4 Liift workouts.   Hopefully the weird sickness has gone away but I will be making a doctor’s appointment this week.   Seems like the thing to do.

How was your week?

Week 29/ Rock n Roll San Jose Training Week 1

That was a mouthful.  All right, when I said things were getting serious, I wasn’t exaggerating.  So let’s do this-

Upcoming Races-

  • Vintners 5 Mile-7/28
  • SLO ULTRA 5K-9/2
  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)-10/8
  • City to the Sea 13.1-10/14
  • Rock n Roll Los Angeles 13.1 (Thank you BibRave!)- 10/29
  • Monterey Bay Half Marathon (Thank you Bibrave!)- 11/12

Still with me? Ok, that tired me out just typing that up.   But I have a game plan.  I really do.

Remember how I mentioned in my San Jose post that I wanted to get as close to a PR as possible?  That is still my hope.  So with that in mind, I know I need to change things up.  Oh, so many things.

The real title of this post should be Shit Just Got Serious.

As my social handle suggests sometimes I lack motivation.  In my “about” section I mention that it was a competition with my mom that got me into the best shape of my life.  Well, outside of high school but we can never go back right? 🤣

So I put my money where my mouth is and joined a challenge group.    Now I have a partner I don’t want to let down as well as getting my jiggly butt back into PR shape. So how did week 1 go?

*If you’re interested, I am using Hal Higdon’s H3 training plan.

Monday-  AM- Liift4/ PM- 3.77 miles
Look who worked out in the morning??? 40 minutes of weights and a little bit of HIIT.   Who am I?

However, I may have hydrated way too much during the after that because I kind of bottomed out right before my run.  That and my run was extremely uncomfortable as I felt like I needed to pee the entire time.  It was supposed to be 4 miles but I could not hold it any longer.  I needed to be done and I needed a bathroom.  Lesson learned- don’t consume almost 200 oz of water in 9 hours.

Tuesday- Liift 4
More weights.  However I woke up with a headache so I snoozed for another hour so this workout was done after work.

Wednesday- 2.5 miles
It was a rest day from Liift4 and even though my next running day wasn’t supposed to be until Thursday but it seemed perfect to move it up so I didn’t have to double up.  I didn’t feel sore and the plan only called for 3 miles so easy peasy right?  Haha!  My legs quickly let me know they were not on board, all the soreness I had been missing suddenly showed up.   I could barely move and was just getting slower and slower.  I figured I wasn’t doing myself any favors and called it at 2ish laps of the lake path.

Thursday- Liift4
I slept right through my alarm- first and second ones- so that meant my workout was pushed until after work.  However, my family ended up texting me asking if I wanted to join them for dinner.  I am never one to turn down free food.  😛  Instead of being my usual Slacker self, that meant I was doing a shoulder workout at 9:30 at night.  But I got it done.

Friday- Liift4
Once again, I hit snooze one too many times plus I had an early morning lab appointment.   So after a long day of work, some slacking in the evening, I was again completing the workout after 10PM.   Part of that was also due to some animal drama outside though.

Saturday- Rest
I thought about getting my long run in.  I thought about going to the fair.  Did I mention the Fair is in town? It’s chaos, just chaos.   In the end, I did neither.  I had the beginnings of a bad headache that I really didn’t want to turn into a migraine.  So got my errands done, hydrated and just tried to rest.

Sunday- 6.2 miles
My fight to stave off the migraine failed.  My alarm went off to get up and run and any movement made me either want to cry or hurl.   I set the alarm for another hour and hoped for the best.  Nope.  Another hour and repeat.  Nope.   Finally I gave up and decided to push my run to the evening hoping the temps would drop enough- we’re under a heat advisory for the next week.

I headed out a little after 5 when the temps dropped to around 90.   I knew I was going to be moving slower than normal and I was ok with that.  That turned out to be true and it was hot but it was actually a decent run.

12.7 miles of the 13 on the plan.  All Liift4 workouts completed.  My training plan starts out on the lower mileage side and I am fine with that as I incorporate cross training in for the first time in years.   Only time will tell if this pans out.

How was your week?

Week 26- So Many Miles…

Just not on my feet.

Last week was the first of the big work trips and I was super nervous about it.   I was driving down to San Diego on Friday and back on Saturday.   I’d never driven that far by myself before.  I was only freaking out a little.  Ok, a fair amount.

I prepared plenty of podcasts to keep me alert- thanks Bibrave and This American Life- for some reason I can only seem to listen to podcast on long drives.  But the drives went well if not tiring.   As well as possible poor food choices.  😛

Monday- Yoga I wasn’t feeling too great so I passed on running after work and just headed home.  I did complete a yoga video later in the evening though.

Tuesday- 4.47 miles/ yoga Haha, should have paid more attention to the GPS before I stopped my watch.   I set out for a few miles and just tried to focus on how I was landing my left leg so my foot wouldn’t hurt.   I ended up re-lacing my shoe twice but overall it was a pretty decent run.

Wednesday- Yoga I meant to run, it fit my schedule better but for some reason I can’t remember I didn’t.😛

Thursday- 2.25 miles I had a few things I needed to get done before the next day’s trip but I wanted to get a few miles on my legs.  However my feet were so not on board.  Now, both feet were hurting?!  What?  Even yoga sounded like a bad idea-just painful.

Friday- Drive/work  I left my house around 5:45 in the morning and drove.  Unlike the race trip to San Diego, I made good time and arrived around 12ish.    Then we worked until after 6 and it was off to the hotel.  Originally I had considered running in the hotel fitness center but I was so tired that I crashed pretty hard once I found the hotel and then ate dinner.

Saturday- Drive home  This time I wasn’t so lucky and this drive took longer.  I hit so much more traffic through the Burbank- Ventura area.

Sunday- 5 miles I was hoping that my feet would allow me to get a good 6-8 mile run but my lungs had other ideas.   I had a freakin’ asthma attack in mile 3.  I was in denial at first but soon had to admit that it was real and that I really did need my inhaler.   And then again.  I was toast.  I tried to run again but it was just a farce.  I slogged my way home and called it at 5.

11.7 miles for the week.  Boo.  I am so behind where I need to be for the year and I need to figure out what is going on with my feet.

How was your week?

Week 25- Of Heat and Headaches

What’s up party people?

Yah, no, I’m never saying that again.

Last week was a typical work week.  I got in a few miles, did some yoga (say what?), probably watched too much TV, probably ate too much food, definitely consumed too much popcorn while watching Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Oh and I Twitter stalked the Western States results.  As one does.

Monday- 2.32 miles   I headed for the lake path after work hoping that the combo of the dirt trail and the flatness of the loop would be good for my foot.   It was a little warm- mid 80’s but I was only out there for a short time so how bad could it be?  Good lord, I was sweating so bad in those short 2 miles- what gives?  😛  However, as long as I focused on my form and how I landed on both my ankle and my left foot, it wasn’t a bad run.  I was feeling a little encouraged.

Tuesday- Rest  I wasn’t going to be stupid though and push it.

Wednesday- Rest I was actually supposed to attend a business mixer after work but I ended up feeling super nauseous and sick to my stomach towards the end of work so I ended up just going home.   Which sucked because I was planning on running after the mixer too.  However when I got back to town, I realized those plans would have been scrapped anyways as town was blanketed in smoke due to a brush fire on the army base.

Thursday- 3.14 miles It was 60 degrees in work town and 100 in home town, where do you think I ran?   Yeah, I never claimed to be a genius.   It actually didn’t feel that hot but I tried to be smart and made sure I took walk breaks consistently even if I didn’t feel like I needed them.  I also made sure I had plenty of hydration on me.  Overall, this was a decent run and I only one odd twinge from my foot.

Friday- Hey, migraine, I didn’t invite you to the party.

Saturday- Yoga My migraine was still an unwanted visitor when I woke up in the morning and it never really eased up.  It was another really hot day so I wasn’t going to push it with my head already being on the edge.  Instead I started a yoga series in the evening.

Sunday- 5 miles/ yoga Temps in the 80’s felt pretty marvelous after the previous few days.  I wasn’t feeling like running though so I kept putting it off. Truthfully I just wanted to take a nap.  But I made myself change and lace up my shoes and get out there for a few miles.  I told myself to do 3 but I was feeling ok so I ended up doing my neighborhood “easy” 5.    I shouldn’t call it that… the hills make it feel the opposite of easy.  I later did the second yoga video.

10.5 miles for the week.  Well, at least the number is going up and I think my foot is starting to cooperate.  Fingers crossed.

How was your week?