Vacation- woo hoo!!! Why am I always sick on vacation?? Seriously, is it some kind of jinx?
I didn’t get in as much exercise as I originally would have liked this week. I did get some nice downtime in and finally managed to get the toy shopping for work done. Oh and both parents had birthdays. 😯🎊
Monday– Does cleaning your car count as exercise? I mean it was ridiculously dirty and I did work up a sweat for the first time in weeks. 😛
Tuesday/Wednesday– The rain came to town and I hid. Did I want to run in it? Yes. But I was still coughing and didn’t think running in the rain would be a bright idea.
Thursday-3.3 miles I ran! I headed to the gym to see if my legs still knew what they were doing. They did!! I couldn’t get anything else to work properly though. I forgot to start my Garmin, realized I never paired my headphones with my new iPhone and my footpod is out of calibration. Whatever, it was still a good run.
Friday– I wanted to run again but with the race this weekend I knew that would be more miles this week than I ran in the month of November. Yeah, you read that right. So I just spent the getting some errands done and packing for Pomona.
Saturday- Road Trip! Grrr, traffic. It felt like it took forever to get to Pomona. Once there, we checked out the race start location (not well enough) and then headed to the hotel to check in. An early dinner and then it was time to try to sleep. Ha! I think I woke up every hour on the hour. 😒
Sunday- Holiday Half Marathon– race recap to come.
16.55 miles for the week. Yes, more than I ran in November. Haha.
So, another week was lost to whatever the hell bug I am fighting. I completed 1 at home workout and ran a pretty good virtual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. So instead of dragging on and on about a crappy training week and how sick I am, let’s catch up via a Rambling On. It’s been a while.
I wish I could blame it all on the sickness but I have already watched a ridiculous amount of cheesy Christmas movies. And there are more on tap. Also, they have an app this year- so you can check off the cheesiness and not miss a single one! Yes, I downloaded it. 😛
Work has finally calmed down a little; I feel like I am wading in the water now not drowning. That said, we are being audited this week and I have to take my notary renewal seminar so fingers crossed I don’t go back under again. I seem to stress easier these days. I just keep telling myself I am almost to vacation, almost to vacation. Also, wish me luck for staying awake during the seminar. I have troubles with that- every single time.😒
I miss running. This time change and I aren’t getting along. Combine that with this stupid cold/flu and I haven’t made it out for a run after work since before the time change. I hate going to the gym. I just do. I pay monthly but honestly couldn’t tell you the last time that I was there. I recently checked out online treadmill prices and while there was one or two that I could afford, I have nowhere to put one. So that is a pipe dream that I can only dream about.
As much as I am fighting the beginning of December and therefor the end of 2018, all the trees are up. The big tree is up at home, the work tree is up at work. Work still needs more fine tuning- I don’t know if I am feeling inspired enough to wrap the garlands around the beams this year. That’s just a lot of work. I wasn’t feeling the decorations on my little tree this year though. Luckily my mother has kept everything from childhood so I was able to pull some and create a themed tree. Why haven’t I done this sooner????
I have added a Captain America and Harry Potter and have a Tardis ornament coming. Best tree ever!
How was your week? How was your Thanksgiving? Have you decorated yet?
Monterey Bay Half Marathon (Thank you BibRave!)- 11/12
Oakland Turkey Trot- (Thank you BibRave!) 11/22
Another week on the road and I admit I was mentally fried. I spent the week feeling like I was fighting something and just overall very tired. I liked working in the San Diego office and the people I was working with but I missed home.
I had thought about running on the treadmill after work- I really needed to do laundry but I wasn’t feeling well after work. I went back to the hotel and just kind of zoned out.
I did laundry in the hotel laundry again and hopped on the treadmill for a bit while I was waiting on the wash load. Seriously less than impressed with those washing machines. And my mileage. I was also feeling sorry for myself missing the Kip Moore concert back home.
Wednesday- Mes de Mas
Well, kind of. I was modifying things so as to not sound like a herd of elephants to hotel room below me. Then I was about 20 minutes in when I had a repeat of Sunday and was running to bathroom. Yay.
Thursday/ Friday- Nothing
My stomach was an asshat for the next 2 days. Fun. I kept a smile on my face and just kept working.
I left San Diego early in the morning and arrived home in the afternoon. Home! After laundry and some errands, I was so happy to sleep in my bed.
Sunday- 3.1 miles
I slept in. I did wake up and follow the New York Marathon on Twitter but I did not get out of bed. 😛 I headed out in the afternoon for a short run, I knew I should probably do a long run but didn’t want to. Could someone tell me where the fall weather is? It was 85*- why? This run was not easy, it felt so much harder than I had hoped. I guess after a week of slacking that was to be expected. 5.1 miles for the week. Go ahead, laugh- I’m laughing too. If I travel like this again, I will be better prepared.
On Thursday evening I went for a run around the lake path, a route I’ve probably put hundreds of miles on over the years. Some short, some long; it’s still home to my fastest unofficial 5K and once held a race that actually gave me my one and only first over all female win.
However that was years ago and this was not a race. All my runs start with at least a 1/2 mile walk. I know it drags down my overall pace but it’s how I warm up so I don’t care. Much. On this night I passed a woman running that I had never seen there before but let’s be honest I recognize the dogs more than the people. We passed each other going opposite directions during my warm up walk. We later passed each other again once I had started running. Only this time she yelled “hell yeah” and gave me a high five.
At first it made me smile… then I started to wonder. Was it a “hell yeah” in runner solidarity or do I just look so damn new out there? More like a newborn fawn these days than a runner?
I’ve made no secret that I’ve been riding the struggle bus since Big Sur. First my back and hips were causing issues then my left foot has been a jerk for the last month. Motivation has been lagging. Hell, the scale has hit the highest number I’ve ever seen. Oh and random asthma attacks have joined the party.
I don’t really feel like a runner anymore. I feel like a fraud.
Running is hard. Getting out the door is hard. Not giving up is hard.
I think that’s part of why I like the medals so much even if that seems petty. They remind me that I can do harder things. They’re a visual I can hold onto when I’m struggling through a 4 mile run. But then that also frustrates me. Why is it so hard??
I don’t want it all to be easy just a little less huffing and puffing would be nice.
I’m not new. But I am. I’m a runner… even on the days I’m not.
It’s one foot in front of the other, right? And repeat.