Run!, Training

Week 26- Goodbye June

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock to the Pier 10K?
  • Salinas Valley Half Marathon

This week was odd.   I joked that I had to get all my stupid out before my boss left for vacation.  She’s gone the majority of July.   That and I was just freakishly tired last week for some reason.    I am cycling through new medications for my stupid stomach and I started a new diet which hit me harder than I expected on my first run of the week.

Monday- Rest  I normally run on Mondays but instead I went to the movies.  I saw Transformers.  Pretty good, the beginning jumped all over the place but it pulled it together.    Plus, my legs were achy so I figured rest would be good.

Tuesday- 12 miles bike I took my gear with the intention of running but those achy legs got worse in a bad way.  I ran across the street to get a soda and almost lost a shoe- my flats are slightly too big and I was trying to move faster than oncoming traffic and whatever it was it hurt.  What the hell? So instead I went home and got on the stationary bike.


Wednesday- 3.5 Straight up misery.  I felt good leading up to the run and had plans for 5 miles but once I tried to run, it was pure hell.  I could barely catch my breath and heart rate was through the roof.   Worse is that I was crawling.  I was having troubles maintaining even a 12:30 pace.  I could not get going, I was so tired and just not feeling it.   The only thing I could figure was that I actually hadn’t been eating enough with the new diet.   It hadn’t been intentional, I just hadn’t been hungry.  I also hadn’t had any meat but hadn’t supplemented it any way either.   Again, that hadn’t been intentional but I don’t think it helped matters.


Thursday- 3.5 miles  More food meant a better run that way but my legs were still pissed about something.  Everything ached from the knee down bordering on pain.  I also felt what seemed to be a giant blister forming on right heel.  I’ve never had a blister there so I kind of freaked out.  I called it after 3 laps of the lake path.  I foam rolled that night and slept in compression socks.   I couldn’t see a blister but my heel felt odd.   It was also my last run for June-


Friday- Rest I wore different shoes which made my legs happy, heel a little less cranky but made my toes feel pinched.  Oh come on!  So by the afternoon, if I was where customers and cameras could not see me, I was bare foot.  Luckily my boss just laughed.

With my legs being so damn odd all week, I went into the weekend knowing I was not running a long run.  I was splitting it in 2 instead.


Saturday- 5 miles  Why do I keep running in the afternoon in CA summer?  I need my head examined.  Once again, it was hot and I crawled.   It just felt so much harder than it should have, especially for the pace I was averaging.   I stopped at 4 miles and sat on the ground in a rare spot of shade just to cool down a bit.   Then I crawled the last mile home.   Ugh.


Sunday- 5 miles Every run has been rough lately so I expected more of the same. I slept in and headed out around 10.  The first mile was with my mother.  Once I split off from her I made sure to follow the 2:00 run/ :30 walk intervals on my watch to be nice to my legs.    Mile 2 clocked in as I was going up a hill and I laughed.  10:38. Ha, what?!  Was my watch broken? Yet, the miles kept coming in like that.  What was going on?  I was taking my walk breaks every time the watch buzzed.  I was trying to be smart after the odd week I’d had.   Yet somehow I pulled a speedy 5 miler for me these days.  Then Smash Run tried to bring me down by telling me it was still my 41st fastest 5 mile but whatever Fred,  I’m still counting it as a win.  😛

17.1 miles run
12 miles bike

5 days, 5 workouts, that’s not too shabby.  Especially considering how scatterbrained I was all week.   Dude- there were some serious blonde moments.  I even lost a dress in my closet at one point.     Now, let’s see what July brings.

How was your week?

How did June treat you?

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8 into the Wall

Ooof, it’s been a long week.  And I have 2 more days of work to get through, wah.  Ok, now 1 since I fell asleep before finishing this last night.

I knew going into this dietary change that the first few weeks were going to be rough.  I just didn’t realize how tired I was going to feel.   This is a new level of tired.   In some ways the adjustment is going easier than I thought but I know it will take a few weeks to figure things out and get in the flow.    I’d like to try to give it some more time before I get into more details, hopefully.  I’m anxious about how it will go over for some reason.IMG_9971

Last week we hit the 90’s a few times and this week we have had some crazy wind going on.  I left work on Wednesday and was treated to 35 mph winds.  Which might be nothing to someone else but is about 16x the normal for around here.    I was glad I wasn’t running until Thursday.   Plus, Thursdays’ run was making me anxious so putting it off was a little bit of denial.    Thursday was the rescheduling of Tuesday’s speed work.   8 miles on tap- 2 mile warm up, 4 miles at half marathon pace, 2 mile cool down.    Say what?!  8 miles mid-week was the first part that made me anxious.  Luckily I had a half day on Thursday, so that was kind of awesome.  As for half marathon pace miles, I have never intentionally set out to run those paces in a run outside of a race.   When I cut back on the speed work in March due to my hamstring issues the only workouts I missed or abbreviated were tempos or intervals.  This was the first time pace miles were on the schedule.   Plus being so tired and basically under-fueled made me nervous.  I am all for running on an empty stomach but it’s been a very light few days- calorie wise.  I wasn’t even sure I could hit those paces right now.IMG_9974

While the idea of lapping the lake numerous times didn’t thrill me, I headed to the lake path after work to get in the miles.    I parked on the backside so  I could have easy access to my car.  I treated it like an aid station.  I left my water in the car and had some string cheese in case I needed a snack.  IMG_9964Mile 1 felt tough but manageable but I was still thinking of only doing an easy 5.    I was feeling better in mile 2 so I decided to stick to the original plan.   Mile 3 felt hard but not too bad, 9:13 wasn’t where I needed to be but it was pretty damn close.   I was trying to not look at my watch while running and just judge by how I felt.  Mile 4 felt similar to 3 but clocked in faster at 8:56.  I was feeling pretty good but had to detour to the restrooms.  Another plus about running at the lake.FullSizeRender (5)Starting mile 5, I was still feeling pretty good and starting to think I was going to pull this off.   Seeing 9:05 when it buzzed was pretty cool.   I was still only looking at my watch when it buzzed the lap splits.    Mile 6 was a whole other story.  I have no idea what happened.  I felt like I was putting out the same effort and running the same pace but I happened to glance at my watch and I saw a 10:00 lap pace.  What?!

I had walked slightly more in the beginning of the mile because I had to dodge around a large crowd of people in the park.   No matter what I did, I just could not get the lap pace down.  I felt like I was running through sand and my legs just wanted to stop moving.  Then as I neared my car again, I noticed a truck parked length wise behind it blocking it in.  What the hell?  I stopped a bit away to see what was going on and instead of hitting pause, I hit the damn lap button.  Ugh.  Turns out the truck was just a city worker replacing the doggie bags in the dispenser.   I then ran on, trying to hit my pace for what I thought was left in that mile.   Didn’t happen.

Pace miles done, all I had left was the cool down.  The rest of mile 7 still felt hard and sluggish.   Mile 8 felt much better.  I had a delusional moment during 8 where I briefly considered trying to run my 12 miler right then.  Luckily sanity kicked in and I finished with 8.     Miles 6 and 7 kicked my ass and I was considering more?  I walked back to my car using the fitness equipment along the way to stretch.

So, I hit pace for 3 of the 4 HMP miles.  Not too bad.  I really wish I would have hit the 4th mile as well but I am still calling it a win.   Now I just have to figure out how to get through a 12 miler this weekend without running into the same wall.  I think I may slow my pace to a crawl to get through it.   Make my goal time on my feet, so even if I have to walk part of it, that’s fine.  But we’ll see how it goes.

What about your weekend?  Long run or race in the plans?

12 mile crawl or solid 8-10?

How is your weather?