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Week 10- Rain, Tears & Consistency

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (Thanks BibRave)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

This week was a little all over the place. I am so over the rain. Work was busy, like stupid busy. I took Monday off from running to rest my leg, turns out it was the driest day of the week.

A Target mirror gave me a rude awakening, I managed to stick to a workout plan- mostly. Now if I could just get my eating habits in order. It was a fairly consistent week that ended with a slight emotional breakdown when I thought I lost the necklace I’ve almost everyday since I was 17. I eventually found it but not before more tears than I ‘ve cried in recent history.

Other than that-

Monday- Liift4
Restarted the entire program- liked it the first time, decided to commit again.


Tuesday- Liift4
Following the plan.

Wednesday- PiYo
Rest day from Liift4, more rain, thought this would be a good stretch. Haha, this made me sweat.

Thursday-2 Miles
One last run in the twilight before the time change. The moisture in the air angered my lungs but other than that it was a decent short run.

Friday- 5 Miles
A day off from work meant I could run in the afternoon! I almost never run on Fridays so it was kind of cool. I played dodge the rain drops for a few miles and melted the other few. I also chose to run #allthehills. Why? I was feeling decent so I was looking forward to powering up the last hill and was doing so when my watch vibrated. I looked down to see “power save”. Oh for crying out loud! I stopped in the middle of the hill cursing out loud. Seriously, again?! I legit back tracked to the point I had paused my watch and ran the damn hill again. Which I did not make it all up without a walk break but then it was my second time up it. The only downside was the almost blisters my Altra’s gave me. I have to admit that they are dead.

Saturday-Liift 4, PiYo
My right leg and left ankle were feeling a little cranky so I opted for a non-running day.
I did make myself productive though and completed 2 more workouts.

Sunday-4 ish miles
I set out for my long in the early afternoon. Right as I parked my car there was a random lightning weather warning. I debated it because how likely would that be? Knowing my luck? I turned around and headed for the gym. Oh lord, I was melting. A blister was forming on my right foot and felt chafing on my left side- my butt. I was seriously overheating and thankful every time someone opened the door and the cold air puffed through. I couldn’t hack it anymore, I called it a little after 4 miles.

So 11 ish miles for the week and 4 cross training workouts. I worked out everyday this week. Who am I? Now, can I keep it up?

How was your week?

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Week – Slacker

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 3/24 Oakland Running Festival (more to come)
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 5-4 Wildflower (Thanks BibRave)  Canceled
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

Thy name is Slacker and last week I lived up to it.

I have this bad habit of sinking into a dark hole when I get stressed and anxious. Some people run the feelings out but that just gives me too much time alone with my own thoughts. Instead I tend to watch too much TV while reading or trying to and playing word searches on my phone. Productive? Not so much. Distracting, yes.

I had a big A-race planned for the year but I hadn’t announced it here. Good thing a the planned race suddenly changed locations, dates and dropped my distance. Grrrr! Then I received news that another race I was running was canceled. Is fate trying to tell me something????

I was also feeling a little bit of pressure on running because of a running group app. Which made me respond like a teenager and do the opposite. Which is to not run. I was stressed because of a work situation, well situation isn’t the right word- more like possible opportunity. And it’s making me a little anxious.

So did I do anything last week?

Thursday- 1.6 miles
I was feeling fussy and wanted a change. I decided to see what I get in around the lake path. I may have lights but I won’t run at the lake after dark. But I was hoping I get in something. That something turned out to be 20 minutes. A slow walk to begin and then I ran until it was time to quit.

So yeah, it was a very Slacker- like week. Also very hermit like. Here’s to digging myself out this week.

How was your week?

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Week 50- Disneyland

After last week’s race, my Garmin told me I needed a ridiculous amount of time to recover. It was something like 50ish hours.  Yes, I was sick but really?   After a couple of days, I realized it have been smarter than me.  

But, wait- what about Monday?  Hello Disneyland!!!!


My mother and I hit the park first thing in the morning and stayed until 7:30ish.  Our plan was stay until closing but I just couldn’t.   We rode all our favorite rides and some new ones.   Wow, the Jungle Cruise driver was snarky- funny but not what I was expecting.    😛   We even got to ride the Matterhorn twice in row- who knew they did bonus rides sometimes? I learned you should sit in the very back row on Star Tours- so much better! We finally found moderately decent food. Spent too much money on souvenirs. Took lots of pictures. Both ships were moving for the first time that I’ve ever seen. You could glimpse Star Wars land from the highest points of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

By 6, I was exhausted and my feet and legs were throbbing. Man, I feel old. I couldn’t fight the mob of strollers any more- aren’t kids still in school? Then, as we are making our way out of the park at 7:30, an announcement comes over the loudspeaker that they are going to dim all the lights so they can light up the castle. 😯🤬 That wasn’t on the schedule and there’s no way I could fight my way back through the crowds.😢

Tuesday- Shopping/ Travel

We were supposed to go to Universal Studios. However we both realized we would be phoning it in; we were both exhausted. So instead we fought LA traffic and hit a large mall on the way back north. Dude, just walking around the mall made my feet hurt and tired me out.

Wednesday- Rest

I almost ran but I wasn’t feeling well. I knew my heart rate was crazy high the entire race and my resting heart rate was still oddly high. I’d rather rest and get 100% healthy than push for some junk miles and get sick again. I was sick long enough. Plus I had a Ton of laundry to do.

Thursday/ Friday –
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to work I go.  I still felt crappy on Thursday but was starting to feel better on Friday and what do you know, my resting heart rate was coming back down towards normal. What does it say about me that I am calmer at work?

Saturday- HaHa
I could have run but I didn’t.  I tried to Christmas shop but I failed.  I am really struggling this year.   Nothing like the final countdown!

Sunday- 3.1 miles
I do know how to run!  I meant to run more but it was cold and again more shopping fails took up time.   My goal was to keep this run all in the green or lower according to the heart rate monitor on my watch.  Yeah, I need to work on that.   It actually felt good to get out there.  I’m still wheezing but thanks to my asthma, that will likely accompany me on all my runs for the next month. 

I also did a Beachbody Transform 20 workout last week but I can’t remember what day.   So 2 activities, not great but I do actually feel slightly healthy for the first time in a month so win!

How was your week?

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Week 23-Vacation

Upcoming Races-

  • Nada!

I do not have a race in the immediate future and y’all, I am so good with that.  I need a break.  Even though the marathon and San Diego were a month apart I think they were too close.   My body kind of rebelled during May, maybe it was trying to tell me something?

Currently, my next scheduled race is October.  I won’t last that long, I am already looking at race or two in July but a little break will do me good.   Which my body reinforced last week.

I took all of last week off work and that was so nice.   I caught up on a few things, ran- err attempted- a few miles and slept.  A lot.  I mean a lot.  I also ate way too much but let’s not go there.

Oh and the puppy got to go to the beach!!

Monday- Rest I didn’t get home from San Diego on Sunday night until after 8.  I woke up on Monday tired and sore.  So I didn’t do a whole lot- it was glorious.

Tuesday- 3 miles Not good.   Nope.  I couldn’t even force myself to round it out to 5K.   My legs felt ok but the rest of me felt exhausted.  Exhausted like I sat on a bench partway through the run just to chill, I was abnormally tired.  Grrr.

Wednesday- 3.1 miles Global Running Day!  However the smart thing should have been to skip the run.  I could feel that my hips/glutes were angry before I even started and I was still tired.  But it was Global running Day- how could I miss it?? Stupid.    Not my brightest move.

Thursday- Rest So this time I listened to my body and whining legs and rested.

Friday- 3.1 miles Sense a theme here?  I headed out for a run in the afternoon but knew 1 mile in it wasn’t happening.   Glutes said yah, no.  So I walked it out.    I tried to look on the bright side and think that at least I was able to finish a podcast that way.

Saturday/Sunday- Rest I took the whole weekend off!  It didn’t start out that way, I was supposed to go on a hike with my mom on Saturday.  However, it turned out she woke up sick and I was feeling an increase in my lovely side pain.   Yay.   So with that being said and still feeling off in my hips and glutes, I decided rest was best.

9.2 miles for the week.    Could be worse for a chill week but I think I needed it.😀😀

How was your week?

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Week 20- More of the Same

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock n Roll San Diego 13.1

Last week did not go like I planned. Have I ever said that a week has gone according to plan? But this went south real fast in my first run of the week which was a drastic contrast to the awesome run I ended week 19 with. Maybe that should have been a sign? Who knows.

I did make it to my gastro last week to finally see about the left side pain that’s been nagging me since January.   He’s scheduling a CT and politely recommended a few dietary changes, haha.   Is it sad that I’ve just become used to the side thing??   Actually I prefer the side pain over the migraines. 😛

Monday- Rest As awesome as Sunday’s run was, I was cognizant to the fact that I was running faster than I should have been and I am only 2 weeks past a marathon. I figured running would probably be stupid so I just did a few of my PT exercises and squats/ lunges. Plus I had a headache again.

Tuesday- 1.5 miles I headed to the lake path hoping to try for some speed work. It might not have been the best idea but I was feeling like some 400’s. Things started to go wrong in the first 100 yards. I always walk the first 1/2 mile of my runs but I was keeping pace with someone on the path and it was awkward. Instead of running ahead, I like power walked to get ahead and then stay ahead and something in both my hips just felt wrong. I figured I would walk it out.  No dice.  It just kept getting worse… I tried to run and whimpered out loud. I felt like my legs weren’t connected to my pelvis correctly. What the hell? I thought about pushing through but this was straight up pain so I turned around and hobbled to my stretching bars then my car.😒

Wednesday- Holy migraine hell. Are you kidding me?? This is getting old, not only did my head hurt, now my jaw hurt. Oh and my hips still hurt.

Thursday-2.5 miles Shouldn’t have done that. My head still hurt but the hip pain had faded slightly and I really wanted to run. I kept moving forward in hopes that I just needed time to warm up but it just hurt. I finally grew a brain, turned around and hobbled back to my car.

Friday-Nothing Work and a little bit of stretching and rolling. I stopped sitting in my recliner- I think it’s making things worse. Oh and I still had a damn migraine.

Saturday- Rest I slept in knowing that the smart thing would be to take the weekend off, both for my head and my hips. I ran some errands then took a nap in the afternoon. On the ground. Funnily enough- that helped my head more than I could have guessed. (Better not have jinxed that)

Sunday- Rest More of the same. Sleeping in, stretching, rolling, and all tv watching is happening from the ground, usually with a foam roller not far.

4 miles for the week, if they even count. I knew May wasn’t going to be great mileage after Big Sur but I didn’t think I was going to fall apart. Grrrr.

How was your week?