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Week 15 Recap- Extremes

Week 15?!  My race is almost here?  How did that happen?  I haven’t even registered for it yet!   Well, crap, I better get on that.  Right after this damn heat wave leaves.

Monday- Rest

Lugging one less bag to work on Mondays is kind of nice.  Think I’ll stick with this Monday rest thing.  I was going to come home and ride the back but I decided to dye my hair instead.  #byebyeblonde

 

Tuesday- 4.51 Miles

Holy speed, Batman, I ran a 7:49 mile?!?!?  Awesome!    I’m still kind of stoked about that.   If you missed me shouting it from the rooftops, you can read about it here.  😃😄

Wednesday-Rest

Day from hell.  For reasons I can’t say, the day went south real fast in the afternoon.  If there was ever a day to drink, it was this day.   But the only alcohol in my house is Patron and I wasn’t feeling shots.  😏 So I ate pizza instead.

 

Thursday- 4 Miles

It was in the low 80’s when I started my run and it was so nice.   There was a nice breeze too.  It later turned into a pretty strong headwind but that’s not the point.   The cooler temps were amazing, this run actually felt comfortable.  I wanted to keep running for a few more miles.   But the downside to the cooler temps is the quicker setting sun.  And the river bed is not really the place for a post twilight run.  But it was a 4 solid miles.  ✅

 Friday- Rest

Day 10 of 11 in a row working.  Stick a fork in me, I’m done.    I really did think about getting on the bike when I got home but just couldn’t make myself do it.   Plus the heat had come back and my house wasn’t much cooler than outside.

Saturday- 7.5 miles bike

Day 11!  With a projected high of 100 I knew I wasn’t running after work.  Unfortunately I am just not fast enough to pull off a long run before work on Saturday’s.  Even with it being a later start, I still have to be on the road before 8.   So errands, laundry and biking was it for the day.

Sunday- 6 Miles AM, 3.2 Miles PM

Shot myself in the foot on this one.   I needed to a run a 12 miler.  Needed it for this training cycle and mentally because I have as serious mental block with a 12 mile training run.   It was also predicted to be 101.  My alarm was set for an early morning run, I even managed to go to bed around the 11:30 on Saturday.  I was going to do this.  Then my alarm went off.

So, the average hours I sleep every night run around 6.  And those aren’t a good 6.    I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in so long I can’t even remember.   Until Saturday night.   When that alarm went off, I didn’t even think about it, I turned it off. I was in such a good spot sleeping, I wasn’t wasting it.   I had a back up alarm an hour later anyways.   Except it was turned off in the same way.   The sleep was seriously awesome.  I did eventually make myself get up and got ready to run.   I was out the door by 9:15.  It was already warm so I knew I wasn’t finishing 12.   So I planned to get in as many as I could before I felt too hot and then do the remainder at the gym a little later.   Not ideal but better than nothing.


I pulled off a slow, hot 6 miles before calling it.  After a few more errands I was on my way to the gym.   I was taking my mom to the movies later so I wasn’t sure I had the time for 6 anymore.  Thanks to some stupid shorts and some horrible stomach cramps I only pulled off 3 miles.   I started to feel better around 2.5 miles but the first part took so long I wasn’t getting much farther.  So I called it and went home to shower for the movies.   9 miles for the day- not what I wanted but not too bad either.  I don’t regret the extra sleep at all.  I needed that.  😏

The movie- The Scorch Trials– was awesome and the popcorn was a yummy consolation prize.  Oh and that temp?  We broke records and hit 105*.

Paleo- C

Honestly, this might be a B.  I was pretty behaved last week even with all the stress.  I didn’t binge on chips or cookies and after Wednesday, I could have rationalized it.  But I didn’t.    However, I did eat pizza twice and had the popcorn and some candy at the movies.  So I am sticking with the C.

Considering the chaos of last week, I am actually content with the training I got in.   They were all solid miles that will only help me grow as a runner.  I am thinking more long term than short term here and that’s what counts- running for a long time to come.   Not just for my upcoming races.   😊     And there was that fast mile!   Yeah, I’m going to hang on to that for a while.

Now this week-  My boss is on vacation still so one more week with little breaks is on tap.  That’s ok, I can do it.  Then this weekend is my favorite race of the year!  Woo hoo!  I will be racing a 10K on Sunday and running a 5K right after.  😜  Oh and volunteering the day before.   Love it.

How was your weekend?

Tell me all about your fall weather- I need to live vicariously right now.

Ever run double races?

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Bye July/ Week 8 Recap

First up, let’s talk about July.   July did not see the mileage increase that I was hoping.  Between a week of feeling meh some achy legs and well life, the number didn’t grow.   Instead, my mileage held steady.   Which for right now, I am calling a win. July Miles

Miles- 64.30
Races- Shoreline Half

So let’s move on to last week’s training!IMG_1410Monday- 4 Miles

This run sucked.   There are no other words for how much I hated this run.  There was some reason I was running on Monday instead of a rest day like usual.  Except even then, I couldn’t remember why.  Maybe it was a combo of all the fair walking on Saturday plus the speed work on Sunday but my legs would not work.   I knew I was tired and was aiming for a nice easy run at recovery pace.    Instead I got a jumbled mess- 14:09, 10:51, 10:08, 9:43.   Even walking felt funny at the beginning so I walked more.   Then I ran too fast when I did run.  But even that felt like I was slogging through peanut butter while running.  IMG_1416Tuesday- Rest

Awesome.   Plus I enjoyed Monday’s usual pizza night just a day late.   I said 80/20 paleo right?   But even more shocking- I left the building!  Haha.  But seriously, I can count on 2 hands the number of times I’ve left the building during work for the last 2+ years.   I had to get my book swap package in the mail so I decided to walk on down to the post office.    It was farther than I thought in heels- oops!

Wednesday-

Seriously, is Wednesday a black hole?  Why can I never remember it?FullSizeRender (21)Thursday- 4.26 miles

Same route as Monday but a better run overall.   My mom met me there so I ended up walking the first mile with her.   15:01, 10:08, 9:41, 9:09.   Seriously, what is with this route and the progression miles?   One of these days I will get my weekday runs back up in miles.   One day.    I meant to run slower due to achy legs but nothing seemed labored so why not?

Friday- Rest

I survived cookie day unscathed!  Woo hoo!!    Plus grocery shopping for all the veggies.  🙂

Saturday- Rest

Walked around SLO most of the day and did a little shopping.  I really mean little- I bought one shirt.   But I got my steps in so yay!     I also woke up to an email regarding the HP swap I signed up for that had me scrambling all day.   Let’s just say I am starting over…only 2 weeks from ship date.  Well crap.  Is it odd that I think the time crunch pressure might be fun?  I ended the evening at movies.  We saw Mission Impossible.  Not my choice but I was outvoted.  It wasn’t bad.  I also ate way too much popcorn.

IMG_1456Sunday- 7.3 mile long run

My mother was going to clean/ organize the tennis courts so my plan was to run early and meet her there then she would give me a ride home.    I was feeling rough that morning so I set out a little behind schedule.   I then walked the first 10 minutes just to make sure I was even ready to run.   Other than that first mile I maintained a 10:30 pace for the rest of the run.   I am completely ok with that pace for a long run right now.   It was just under 5 miles to the school and I finished the rest on the track.    Mile 4 makes me laugh.  I hate running the bridge across town and tend to pick up the pace there.   As much as I can with 4 stop lights that is.  Then a hill hits you in the face so you slow down.  😐    Outside of the obnoxious humidity (68%!) I liked this run.   I felt pretty good afterwards.   😃   Oh, and I meal prepped salads for lunches for the week. Who am I?

All in all, an average week.  I felt tired all week so I passed on my speed work.  I am sure smoothies for lunch and cutting back on soda added to the tiredness but I anticipated that so I planned to take it easier this week.    My mileage stayed pretty consistent to previous week so that’s a plus at least.     Going into this week, I have some scheduling issues but I would like to see the miles increase.  Pace will depend on how I feel with my stupid stomach and new (goal) eating habits.  Fingers crossed!   As for August?  Keep on keeping on.  😄

How is your training going? 

Any streets/ bridges you dislike running?

Seen any good movies lately?

What are you looking forward to in August?

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Finally

Is Sunday already over?  Boo.   Weekends need to be 3 days long, they really do. EDIT- read this as if I posted Sunday evening- I was having internet issues- and then WordPress erased half of it- grrrr.

I finished the week out with a short 4 mile run on Sunday afternoon.     I think I am finally ready for this lackadaisical approach to training to go away.   Getting ready for City to the Sea starts tomorrow.  I will probably stick to the 3x a week plan until mid July.    By then we should be fully staffed and my hours can get a little shorter.   Fingers crossed.  But going forward I plan to have my runs be something of substance rather than just phoning it in.  Speaking of substance, I had hoped that Sunday’s run would be between 6-8 miles but I held off too long.   I headed out late afternoon when it was close to 90.  Oops.  I also didn’t have enough time as I had Sunday dinner to get to.    Another reason I have been trying to rearrange my long run days.    The run was warm but not too bad.   I walked the first 10 minutes though, it took awhile to get my head and legs into it. 😬. After that I averaged a 10:30 pace which for the temp and it only being my second run in that warmth, I say is pretty good.     Heat and slow pace aside, this run felt good.  I was dripping in sweat by the end but smiling.    It was the first run in a month where I was just happy to be running.   Yay!   And these might have helped too-   I decided to buy another pair of 17’s.   I know they are being phased out but I figured it made more sense than running in shoes that made my feet cranky.   Yes, I still felt the odd little niggles but overall they felt like slippers on my feet. 😃 Truthfully, I didn’t even try them on the store, I just told them my size and paid.   The Warehouse did let me know that they have about 100 in my size so I might be able to get another pair in a few months.   If only I had unlimited funds and a place to store them, I would seriously stock up right now!!   Orange wasn’t my first choice but it grew on me.     I think I was obnoxiously bright when I ran today-  In non running news- Friday was a sad day at work.  My fish died!!   I always greet him in the morning and my greeting turned into a shriek!   I was sad and didn’t know what to do.  😢    Customers asked where he was throughout the day and we had to tell them the sad news.   He had been a little under the weather for awhile but I was hoping he would pull through.

Saturday saw a family tradition when we went to see Jurassic World.   I really liked it, my brother was meh about it.    My mother liked it even though she made fun of parts of it too.   This also meant I decimated a movie popcorn but I was ok with that.  I also realized that I can no longer tolerate candy.   I was on such a sugar high, I felt ill.  Score one for Atkins.  I also had a similar revelation to pizza last week, boo.

I am finally eager to get back to training.   I really would like to break 2:00 in a half this year.  In order to do that, I have to put the work in first.    This also means that I am reconsidering my July race.  I keep going back and forth about what to do.  But that’s for another post.   I may need your help.  🙂  I also misplaced my training so I am trying an app this time.

How was your weekend?

What are you training for?  Do you train during the summer or just run?

Ever had a fish?  How do you take care of them?!