Slacker, Training

6-Up to 4

Oh lord, it’s been one of those weeks.

Ok, truth- I wrote that first line as an intro for a Ramblin On post on Friday but it never got any further than that line. Oops.

Last week was an odd one. Lights on and off, literally. Brain all over the place. Chopping my hair off. Binge watching Locke and Key. Finally deep cleaned my car. Then cleaned my closet too.

Monday- 1.65 miles I headed out for a run still feeling the irritation from the previous days long run. I didn’t anticipate the cold and the insane wind. I was so cold and I hadn’t packed clothes for that. After a cold few minutes and texts from mother trying to convince me to meet her for dinner- I caved.

I’m sure I did something on Tuesday but can’t recall what. Oh- I cut off my hair!

Wednesday- Yep, all blank here.

Thursday- 2.5 ish miles I would have liked to run more but this run was the final nail in the coffin for my pink Ghost 11’s. I’ve been feeling extra achy in them the last few weeks so I ran Sunday’s long run on my new Ghost 12’s and put the pink ones back on for this run. Nope. The shoes are dunzo.

Friday- haha

On Saturday I headed out in the early afternoon for a short run. I was going to dinner with my mother so I kept it short and sweet with 5K. The only bad thing about this run was that I was wearing a cute new pair of full pants and it was 70*! I was melting!

That previously mentioned Saturday dinner did not sit well with me and wreaked havoc on my sleep. When my alarm went off on Sunday to run I almost threw the phone across the room. Instead I went back to sleep. I ran some errands and then dozed off a bit. I was thisclose to bailing on my run entirely but decided to just go out and see what my body was willing to do. I got in 7.3 miles not the original planned 9. I was slow and sluggish but it wasn’t horrible. I was glad I went out and at least tried. Although my watch only shows 6 miles. I had a pause/ unpause moment when I stopped to snap the above pick. Doh!

So the miles weren’t great but I did move 4 of the 7 days. 14.8 miles for the week.

How was your week?

Run!, Training

5-Started Good

On Monday, I lost steam towards the end of the day. The migraine from the previous weekend finally eased around 4 on Monday. I had lost the desire to do anything at all.

I asked my coworkers if I should run on Monday or Tuesday. Their answer? Both.

What?!?!

Monday- 3.3 ish miles
I headed out for a run just like they said. I kept the pace nice and easy and it felt pretty good. If you see my Strava- it looks really easy as I had a wardrobe malfunction. My sports bra came undone! I didn’t want to just stop on a dark street so I tried to fix it while walking and not flashing any passing cars, it took way longer than if I had stopped. Ha!

Tuesday- 3 miles
They said to run, so I ran. There was an unbelievable sunset so I probably spent more time gawking than running.

Wednesday- Rest
I had planned this as a rest day so it was good timing that my stomach decided to be an asshat.

I had planned on running on Thursday, packed my clothes and everything. But in my rush to get out the door in the morning, tripping over my cat and texting a coworker calling in sick, I forgot to grab my running shoes. Doh!

Friday– haha

A migraine had rolled in on Friday afternoon and was still present when I woke up on Saturday. I had to work in the morning but I was hoping it would ease up as the day went on. It didn’t but I still managed to be productive at work and then went down to SLO to enjoy the 70 something degree weather and spend money on running gear. Like I need more, ha!

The weather on Sunday morning was cold with 95% humidity, nope. However when I was running with 20-30mph winds that afternoon, I slightly regretted that choice. That and this run kind of sucked. I ran it at what should have been an easy pace but it felt so damned hard. So hard. I got a little emotionally frustrated at the end and may have said a few choice words with some watery eyes. I know it’s all my fault but it’s damn irritating. Still, 8 miles done.

14.2 miles for the week. Stronger than previous weeks but still a long, long way to go.

How was your week?

Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 4- Drag

Well, last week was interesting. Or more of the same depending on how you look at it.

Monday arrived and I was still feeling sick. So no exercise for me. However I was oddly productive as I did my taxes, vacuumed, grocery shopped and cleaned my closet. Not how I usually like to spend a day off from work.

Tuesday was back to work and one more day of rest after work.

I really did plan on running on Wednesday. Really, brought the gym bag into work and everything. Then my brother texted that he wanted to take the family to dinner. Running is awesome and all but I don’t turn down free food!

Thursday dawned and I was exhausted. Like dragging my feet, struggle to get out of bed tired. I did make it out for a slow moving 3.3 miles that evening but I was very sluggish. I felt better for having run but still so tired.

Friday was more of the same exhaustion. Even coworkers were commenting on it. I was hanging on by a thread.

I slept in on Saturday in hopes that I could kick the tiredness. I made it out for a miserable 3 miles in the afternoon between errands and laundry and running down to SLO for some dinner and wandering. The run was rough from the get go and the way my stomach cramped a mile in, I am honestly surprised I made it 3 miles.

A migraine started to roll in on Saturday evening and I just hoped sleep would keep it at bay. No such luck, I awoke on Sunday and knew I didn’t even want to open my eyes. Once again I was wondering why I don’t have blackout curtains in the bedroom. My hope that the pain would ease as the day went on did not come true. Instead of running, I napped. Oh and a trip to the emergency vet for the cat.

So, 6ish miles for the week….yay. Shockingly enough, even though my month has been rough going, I have surpassed the miles I ran in January 2019. Ha!

How was your week?

Run!, Training

3-Sick

Well, this will be short.

Last week did not go according to any sort of plan. And it was not because last week was Quitting day- which ever of the many days that was or however it was referred to. I think I saw it referenced 3 or 4 different ways online.

Monday– I was a little sore from the weekend so instead of running I hopped on the bike for 8 miles. I used one of the pre-programmed workouts and yeah that makes a difference.

Tuesday– I was hoping to push my post work run to 4 miles instead I called it just before mile 2 and took the short route back to the car. My ankles and achilles were so sore. They would not loosen up and I was concerned I was going to hurt something. They hurt so much I took the shortcut to the car. Never again. It was complete blackness and kind of sketchy. 2.6 ish miles.

Wenesday – Intentional rest and I may have worn compression socks to work.

Thursday– Insane rain and wind. Besides another day of rest wouldn’t hurt right?

Friday– Ha

Then it fell apart. Even more than normal. Saturday was cold and I was feeling super tired. Then I ended up going to the phone store with my brother to upgrade his phone. I still have my entire family on my phone plan to save money but I’ve never added any of them as authorized users so any phone upgrades have to go through me. Maybe I should be less of a control freak? Nah. But the point is those things are never quick.

Sunday dawned and I was still really tired. Then I was nauseous and ill. My stomach felt like someone was trying to punch their way out. Instead of 7-8 miles, I slept for 3 hours. Actually think I spent a good chunk of 24 hours asleep, yay. I don’t have time for that.

So that was a useful week of training. And so far week 4 is starting rough too.

How was your week?

Run!, Slacker

Castle to Coast 2020

What is a runner with a slacker mentality who has a long run on a cold day but likes to be lazy? She signs up for a local race of course.

Castle to Coast is a super chill, laid back 8 miles along the coast. No bibs, no medals, just running. Actually I was surprised with the timing chips this year. Those could have been around last year too but I DNS’ed. Oops.

Far away castle

The morning dawned early and cold as I made my way over to the coast. Things started a little rocky as the park rangers hadn’t gotten the memo and the gates to the park were locked. In an odd way I feel it made check in go faster. Eventually the gates were unlocked and we were all able to get parked and hop in the portapotty lines. We started a few minutes late due to gate snafu but like I said it’s all chill.

We lined up and we were off. Now here’s the maybe not chill part- the roads aren’t closed and we run along the highway. Highway 1 to be exact- from Hearst State Beach to Cambria. Hearst as in Hearst Castle.

I planned to take it easy and was aiming for my current long run pace around 12:00. Or my all around pace right now, like I’ve said, I’m out of shape.

Miles 1-4 10:57, 12:18, 12:30, 12:28
Started a little too fast but nothing crazy and I felt like I settled into a nice, easy maintainable pace. Due to the running along the highway portion, the race is limited to 300 people and usually sells out. We started out in a big pack, sort of, all in the bike lane. With no room to pass, it takes a few miles to thin out even with so few people. That said I was still feeling pretty ok.

Mile 5- 13:23
I have no idea what happened. I hit the only water stop around 4 and it was like my body quit. I went from feeling fine to being done. And I mean done.

I may have made this one the wallpaper on my phone

Miles 6-8 12:55, 12:48, 13:18
Yep still done. I turned on my headphones – didn’t help. Had a gel- didn’t help. I was basically walking and sprinkling in running. People were passing me right and left. What the hell? The previous week’s long run had gone so much better. If this had been a regular run I would have quit but my ride was at the finish line. Apparently I wasn’t the only one having a bad day, I was passing people who had previously passed me. One runner told me I walked fast.

Finish 8.2 miles- 1:43:51

Only 20 minutes slower than the last time I ran this race. And I thought I was out of shape then, ha! Even days later I am trying to figure out why I ran out of steam. The humidity was high but my asthma was manageable. Or I thought so. My stomach did flare that afternoon and it lasted about 3-4 days but I don’t think pre-tired is a thing. Is it a thing?? Ha!

It was slow but I showed up.