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Week 16?- Blah

I really have to go back over these posts, I think I am a week off somewhere.  I shouldn’t be on week 16 until next Sunday.   Hmmm, maybe I can’t count?

If you read Thursday’s post, you know I got a little emotional last week.   I’m still feeling a out of sorts but I’m going to just keep smiling and fake it til I make it.  Thank you to everyone who commented.  🙂

Monday- Rest

Harvest Marathon meeting.  Where did the time go?  Race day is only a month away?  Well, crap that’s soon.   Unfortunately numbers are down.  I’ve noticed that at a lot of races this year.   I run a lot of the same races and they all seem smaller this year.  Has anyone else noticed that?

Tuesday- 3.8 miles

I really wasn’t feeling a run.  I couldn’t really pinpoint why so I made myself change into my running gear.  I headed to the river path for an easy run.    My mother texted me as I parked and I was hopeful she wanted to meet for dinner and I could ignore the run.  I was half right.  She did want to meet for dinner but was still at a tennis match.  So I went running.    Despite my weird funk it was a pretty solid run.   It started out slow with a nice progression to a faster finish.   I fit in 3.8 miles before I went to meet her. 

 Wednesday- 11.5 miles bike

Today was rough.   I think the bad news about the potential job was the final push and I got a little emotional.   At least I made the right choice that night and turned to exercise instead of food.  My legs felt a little rubbery when I was done with those miles.   😄

Thursday- 4.77 miles

Once again, I just wasn’t feeling my run.  The plan called for speed work but I was having troubles talking myself into even running 2 miles.  I headed back to the river path and just figured I would run whatever my head wanted to.  I kept it easy and tried to just shut my brain up.   I don’t know how well it worked but I feel like it was a solid set of miles.  While our temps have been very un-fall like- we have had some amazing sunsets.  It’s hard to be mad when you see this-

 
Friday- Rest

More like chaos.  Due to some scheduling issues and a late summer illness, there was only myself and 2 other people at work.    Being down 50% of your crew is painful.  I knew we could do it, but there were some logistical issues that had me concerned.    We did get a some help from other locations for portions of the day and thankfully it was a slightly slower than normal Friday.    We got through the day and I have never been so glad to close the doors.   😖 But hey a customer told me I had an amazing attitude so score!

  

Saturday- Rest

I planned to ride the bike but I was so damn tired I chose a nap instead.  Wish it could have been longer.   I also worked the registration table for my favorite race of the year.  HOB Fun Run!    This was the first race I’d ever run.  And it turns out it was 5 years ago Saturday and this showed up on my Timehop-
Sunday- 10K and 5K

I love this event but it does stress me out.  It’s a race where I am guaranteed to know a ton of people.  Performance anxiety!!!!  Plus the last two years we’ve had a running team with matching shirts.  You can’t hide when you’re wearing matching clothes.  😉  Race recap will be up Wednesday.

   

   
Oddly enough, for a week when running was the last thing I felt like doing, I turned in one of my highest mileage weeks in months.  Which is partially cool and partially sad because I would love to see a higher number.    But it is what it is.  Despite my funk, I feel like they were all solid miles and solid miles help build a stronger runner.   Right? Can’t complain about solid miles.

Paleo–  Oh hell, I don’t even want to grade myself.  Lunch and breakfast were still good but other choices were not.  Let’s just say donuts and pizza happened.  Way more often than they should have.   Oddly enough it was my nice healthy salads that made me feel sick.   I’ve been experimenting with various types of lettuce and some are not winners.    But now I know I can add kale to the list of things I can’t eat.     I’d never eaten it before so luckily it’s not something I’ll miss.

So yes, last week was rough but I am going to try to look on the bright side.   I got all my miles in plus a solid cross training workout.   I had a fun (busy) weekend and got to see a bunch of people.    Oh and I dyed my hair again.  😏   My boss is back this week- woo hoo!- and I am looking forward to a weekend of nothing.   And then taper!  Or am I in taper now?  How did I mess up my damn race plan so much?

How was your weekend?

What’s your favorite race? 

Is taper the week before race week of the week of the race for a half?  My brain has turned off.

Run!, Slacker

Week 14- Stutter

I knew going into this week that schedule wise it was the toughest week of the month.   My boss left for vacation so starting Friday I was flying solo and the weekend was the Avocado Margarita Festival and I was conscripted volunteering all weekend.   With that in mind, I was hoping to front load my miles.  Monday was Labor Day and I had Tuesday off so I was optimistic that I could pull it off.

 Monday-  4 mile recovery run

I usually take the day off after any race but I was hoping to get in my easy run of the week.    This was probably a bad decision.   I’d waited until 6 but it was still around 90 outside.   My mother was having an evening tennis practice so the plan was to run to the school, maybe do a few laps on the track and then go to dinner.    It was utter crap.   My legs didn’t want to work and my lower back was super sore and achy.  2 miles in and I was done.  However I was 2 miles from home and 2 miles from the high school so I just headed to the school anyways.   Somehow I managed to negative split the run but I have no idea how.  It never felt any better.    13:11, 11:12, 10:23, 10:10.

 Tuesday-  Plan– Long run 10-12 miles-      Real life- 3 miles

Maybe Monday was a sign or maybe I should have rested- who knows.  We had a heat wave last week and Tuesday was a comfortable 103*.    I just headed straight for the gym.  I was hoping to get in 6-8 miles on the treadmill and then do a temp check.  If it had dropped below 90 I was going to finish the run outside.   Otherwise I was just going to stay on the treadmill.   My back was still achy but I was hopeful it wouldn’t bother me.  However, the ankle pain was unexpected.    My left shin and ankle straight up hurt.  Not ache but actual pain.   I called it at mile 3.   I’m too close to race day to chance an injury.  Plus, it was only Tuesday.

Wednesday -Rest

The Wednesday black hole is back- I can’t remember what I did!

Thursday- 8 miles Stationary bike

Apparently I can’t tell time.  Or subtract.   I had a doctor’s appointment so I left work early.  I had somewhere to be at 5:20 but hoped to fit in my long run or some speed work in between.   I didn’t even get out of the doctor until after 3.   By the time I got home, changed and was ready to head to the gym (another 103* day) it was almost 4:30.   Color me confused, how did I mess up that badly?   So I hopped on the bike for some intervals.   😃

Friday- rest

This day kicked my ass.   It was straight chaos at work.  At one point I straight sat down in the middle of floor behind my desk because I was just done.   I ate cookies again to deal with the stress, oops.

 Saturday- rest?

Avocado Margarita Festival day one. I slept in a bit before heading back to work town.  It’s a good thing I left early because I got super lost picking up a coworker to work the first shift with me.   All my fault- I assumed I knew better than Siri.     I think he got his revenge though- the route to get back to where I needed to be damn near made me car sick while driving.

A little over 7 hours later and I was free!  Haha.  Being locked in a tiny room all day is draining.   The constant hum of the generator wasn’t helpful either.   I felt fried.   The only exercise accomplished was walking to and from the event- about half a mile each way.   My Fitbit tells me I moved way more than I thought though so who knows.

 Sunday-  3.25 miles AM, 3.5 miles PM

I had a later shift at the festival so I squeezed in some errands in the morning.   My alarm had gone off for a morning run but my stomach was expressing its displeasure with the previous day’s meals.   I had a tiny window before I had to leave so I fit in some miles.   It was warm but overall the run felt good.  I wished I could have kept running but I had to make sure I could clean up in time.  I mentioned the tiny room right?  Had to make I didn’t stink it up smelling like I had just run. 😀.   I discovered a new level of contortionist though- ever take off a sweaty sports bra just to put on another one?  Crap, that was hard.

After another numbing 4 hour shift I was finally heading back to my car.   Didn’t think about the fact that now I was lugging all the supplies we used back up the hill.  Half a mile uphill with 40+ lbs? Sure no problem.  Ha!

  
I headed to the lake path to get in a few more miles.   I really wanted 5 or more but this run was the complete opposite of the morning run.  Struggle from the get go.   I was achy and stopped to stretch a few times.  I also visited with lake cat quite a bit.  😃.  I called it after 3 laps.

So while I didn’t pull off a long run this week like I wanted to, I still got in some time on my feet and the bike.   More than I thought was going to happen by week’s end.    It’s a hell of a lot more than I accomplished this week last year.  😛

Paleo- C

Honestly the week started out well.   I derailed on Friday -cookies!  Plus my boss put together a little care package for me while she is gone.  2 full size bags of the sweet potato chips, a big bag of pretzels and 2 bags of cinnamon bears.  Covering all the cravings since I can’t leave the building.  😀.    Saturday’s lunch was provided for the volunteers and I don’t complain about free food.  Even if it was wheat bread.   I met my parents at Olive Garden that night and had a few bread sticks.   Oops.   At least my chicken breast and broccoli was on point.   😋.

My goal is to not stress eat over the next two weeks.    Good thing the snack bags will eventually be empty and I can’t run to the gas station to buy more.  I just need to make sure I don’t have crazy dinners as a way to decompress.  Why is food so comforting?!

How was your weekend?

Ever volunteer for local events?

Would you eat an Avocado Popsicle? I saw those this weekend.

Run!, Slacker

Week 12 Recap- Crash

Last week I jokingly said that the week felt like a truck had hit me.  Be careful what you say- this week a truck literally did hit me.  But more on that fun morning a little bit later.   So let’s get to it!  I started the week with a fun doctor’s appointment where I got to swallow what looked like plastic toys and get x-rays taken.  I would return later in the week for more x-rays.

Monday- 3.5 miles

Slog fest.  After having a few days with no running I was really looking forward to this run.  I had a seminar on Tuesday evening so I had to push the run up a day.    Monday was the start of a heat wave but it was only in the low 90’s when I got to the lake after work so I thought it would be fine.   I don’t know if it was the heat or if I was still feeling poorly but this run was rough.  I felt like I never even got started.   I wanted 4 miles but the idea of running past my car only to turn around was not appealing.  I called it when I hit my car.

Not a run-rise but a commute-rise?
Not a run-rise but a commute-rise?

Tuesday- Rest

So yeah, that run was apparently too hot.  I felt a heat headache coming on Monday night and tried to head it off by sleeping with an ice pack.  No such luck.  By the time I got off work Tuesday-late- I felt like my head was going to crack open.   I had no idea how I was going to handle a seminar.   Thankfully my mother wasn’t feeling well either.  Since I was getting into the seminar with her when she decided to not go I was thankful.   We went to pizza instead.  Comfort food for the win.  #paleofail

Wednesday- Rest

The week’s speed work was on tap.  However the events of the drive home changed that.   I was just a little too shaky after.  So comfort food again- a yummy quesadilla.  #paleofailagain

Thursday- 6.61 miles -Intervals 😃😄🎆

Predicted temps were 105* so I knew I was headed to the gym.   I knew I was going to have to make some adjustments to the workout due to my stomach but I was hoping to get as close to the plan as possible.  I took my warm up super easy.  Partly because it takes me forever to find my groove on the treadmill and partly because I was trying to ignore the fact that nature was calling.   I have to drink less after 4 pm, seriously.  Finally I just got over myself and used the restrooms before starting the intervals.  Might as well take advantage of the gym right?    speedThe plan called for 3 minute intervals at 10K pace.  I have no idea what my 10K pace should be- my PR is over a year old.  So I figured I’d wing it.   I set the treadmill to 7 which computed out to 8:57 a mile.  Ok not bad, I figured I would see how I did.   The first 3 intervals went well so I stepped the next 3 up to 7.1.  Which according to the treadmill is an 8:37 pace.   My math doesn’t agree with that but oh well.  The 3 intervals were going well but I could tell I was tiring by the 6th one.   So I did one last interval at 7.2.  Boom.  Just kidding, couldn’t help myself.  😃   I only managed a 13 minute cool down as my stomach cramped pretty badly.  But it let me complete the majority of the work out so I’m still calling it a win.   This was pretty awesome run.  I felt strong for the first time in months.  Now if only that feeling could stick around.

Friday- Rest

I had my last set of x-rays that morning so I was taking care of that before work.   Apparently life decided I hadn’t had enough excitement during the week and I was in an accident getting off the freeway.  I stopped at the red light at the end of the off ramp and the truck behind me didn’t.   😂    Seriously?!  I was in disbelief for a moment- did that really just happen?  It did- we pulled off the road and did the exchange of information bit.   He was super apologetic but I was kind of still in disbelief.  The irony of the timing of my previous post going up was not lost on me.   His all metal truck was fine and my car was drivable so we went our separate ways.

I headed to the doctor for my x-rays.  I also called work and let them I was going to be later then planned.  I then took my car to my dad to have him check it out before I headed to work.   I know he couldn’t see everything but as a former mechanic I knew he would know if there were any trouble spots.   My bumper is pushed forward, as well as a hole in it and my trunk is jacked up.  Other things sound odd but I am thinking optimistically.  I then started a claim with my insurance just in case before I finally headed to work.   I’m not sure how much use I was though.     😐

Saturday- 5.5 miles bike

I spent most of the night before sick due to too many comfort food meals (pizza again Friday) and I woke up super sore.   I had really wanted to do my long run that morning but there was no way.   I tried to ride out some of the stiffness on the bike but no luck.  My stomach didn’t appreciate it either so I just decided on a rest day.IMG_1819Sunday- 7.1 miles

I slept like crap again, so I was late getting out the door.  I was still sore but thought I could run it out.  Ha!   Plus while the temp started in the 60’s it jumped drastically by the halfway point.  Like 20 degrees.  Really, I would call this more of a walk.  I averaged a 13:00 minute pace.   I was thisclose to calling my mom to come give me a ride.   Since I say a  long run is anything over 7 it’s not a complete fail but I am not sure if it was helpful.   Slow mile better than no mile right?

Overall, this week had its high points and its low.  Way more drama than I would have liked.  I need a vacation.   The last few weeks have been hit and miss with running.  If I hit a speed work out I miss the long run and vice versa.  I really wanted to hit both this week.  I didn’t say it in my last recap but that was a huge goal for me this week.   I feel liked I missed it again.  Yes, there were extenuating circumstances but I feel like I fall back on that excuse a lot.   I need to get out of my own way, but more on that in another post.  Now I have to figure how to structure this week as I have a 5K on Sunday.    That is freaking me out a bit.

Paleo- C-

That may be aiming high considering how much “comfort food” I ate this week.   My stomach did not appreciate it by week’s end either.    I know what I did wrong though so it’s fixable.   Lunch and breakfast is still on track.

How was your week?

Ever been rear ended?  Should I just stay off the roads?

Anyone racing soon?