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2020 was not what any of us had expected. Instead of training and running my third marathon, I was a lazy layabout for most of the year when not at work. Oops.

So when my Santa Rosa medal and swag arrived in the mail in early December I was a little stumped. Oh yeah, I was supposed to run that. Huh. What do I do now? There was no way I could run or walk 26.2 miles in one day. Was I supposed to bury it a drawer? Save it for next year? Hmmmm.

Yes, hmmm. I couldn’t do 26 miles in a day but could I do it in a week? 7 days?

I know running that in a week is nothing like running a marathon in reality but also truth moment- I logged 33 miles in November. All of November. And November was a good month for me in 2020. 26.2 miles in a week was asking quite a lot of my body actually. But I was on PTO for a week so why not try it?

I even made a teeny tiny Google sheet to track my miles and times.

I notched just under 4 miles on Monday with that numb foot mess of my Hot Chocolate 5K. Great start to the plan right?

Tuesday, I dragged the old spin bike out of the back shed and down to the garage. Dropped it on my foot and managed a 20 minute ride after cleaning the hell out of the bike. Spiders, eek! But also, a ride doesn’t count.

Wednesday saw me turning in 4 miles that were actually ok. I read a something on Twitter that actually reframed my thought process a bit and it really helped. Shocking, I know.

Thursday, I hit up the lake path for the first time in months and ran 4 laps. That added another 4.62 miles to my total. Yes, I was being that precise. Everything helped. I was also ensuring to keep plenty of walking in my miles. I mean, let’s be real- both of my real marathons contained a lot of walking and I am not a complete idiot. I know how out of shape I am.

Which was made apparent Friday, when I was feeling pretty crappy and never made it out for my run. Crap.

Saturday saw a spendy trip to REI with my brother as well as hike up Three Bridges. Good god, I cannot keep up with him. Another 3.62 miles added on. And steep ones at that.

Sunday, I headed out for 4 and then 5. But then thought, well, I do need to run a 10K for the Holiday Running Festival so why not? It’s been a long time since I went for a run and then decided to add on miles. It was a good feeling. 10K done and around 6.5 miles added.

But, that was day 7 and I hadn’t hit 26.2 miles. Crap. Whatever, it’s 2020, who needs rules?

Monday was my last day of PTO and out I went for my last push. 3.45 miles that I pretty much crawled as yes, I was feeling it in my legs and I was tired. 26.45 miles in 8 consecutive days.

I know most people wouldn’t count it, hell a lot runners run 26 miles on their weekend runs- but this was a lot for me, right now. Both physically and mentally. I feel like I did something to earn that medal though.

I also may have found something I was missing out there during those miles. Haven’t felt that in a long, long while, so yes, I will hold this medal proudly.

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I could look up the number but nah…

I have planned on writing all last week but a headache rolled in hard on Monday and seemed to want to hang around. I’m didn’t win.

It’s only 5 errr, 9 days into November but I’ve already watched more than a few cheesy Christmas movies. Maybe too many? Or not enough. Either way, there are so many more to go.

I have been eating such crap lately. It’s like the beginning of lockdown all over again. Even pizza doesn’t taste as good. I feel like I just need weeks of greens and colorful things. My wonky GI system wouldn’t appreciate that but the rest of me would.

And speaking of systems, I finally made the doctor’s appointment I have been putting off for almost a year. Which netted me an EKG, tons of labs, a referral to an ENT and a referral to a dermatologist. Yay? Actually I am looking forward to the ENT- I am tired of having a half working nose. Except they won’t call me back and make an appointment. Boo.

Oh, and I finally ordered new glasses. Have I ever mentioned how blind I am? I mostly get by with contacts but use my glasses for nighttime and first thing in the morning. And that enabled me to be super lazy and my prescription is like 6 years out of date. And while one eye stayed the same, the other did not. I finally caved after realizing my right eye was basically useless in my glasses. Except now I feel kind of drunk when I wear them.

I have been running… kind of. I also have some ambitious plans for the next week or so, so wish me luck.

I’ve also signed up for a few more virtual races. Some I should tell you about. All that I still need to run. Oops?

I complained about the late season warm weather and asked for fall. Someone delivered- maybe a little too much. Sub 30 anyone?? Means something different when it’s the temp and not a 5k race time.🤣

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39/40 mORE OF THE sAME

I could tell you about the 2 weeks of non-running- smoke in the air, bad AQI, sinus infections and migraines but instead I’ve had some rambling running thoughts I wanted to share.

I’ve been running less so my toes look so much better this year, ha! No missing toenails! My heels on the other hand look worse. Hmmm.

Anyone else notice that running bleeds over into other aspects of their lives? For example, my least favorite type of running route is an out and back. I much prefer a loop of some sort from start to finish. I’ve noticed I drive like that too. If I leave work for lunch, I inevitably drive in a near circle to get back even if it was shorter going back the way I came.

Without races and races trips to spend money on, I’ve become a little more of a compulsive online shopper. Oops? Apparently I should have bought a treadmill with my hazard pay months ago. Except I have no where to put one. Who needs a bed anyways?

This is the longest my running shoes have lasted in years. Who knew when I bought up extra shoes in January, they would still be in my closet in the boxes come October.

Also I seem to be buying lots of running clothes. Yet, not running. Makes total sense, right?

It’s fall but it doesn’t feel like fall. I am so looking forward to fall running. But maybe that’s me lying to myself? You know, like the “I’ll start on Monday” thing.

Timehop has been full of race pictures the last few weeks. It’s made me so nostalgic. That used to be one of favorite races. I miss races.

And people. I miss people. Which is odd as I see so many during the day.

Has running led to any oddities in your life?

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I’ve been playing hide and seek with a giant spider in my bedroom since Saturday. Send help.

But I did get a new pillow this week that sure is comfy for all that tossing and turning.

I’m barely running, have 2 pairs of shoes in my closet in boxes and yet I just ordered another pair because they might look good with jeans.🤣

I now have so many masks, I could wear a different one every day. However I still can’t find one that’s comfortable for 8+ hours. The search continues…

Speaking of work, I used to feel strong and on top of things, lately I just feel inadequate. Ok, that might apply in a lot of areas right now.

Our fair was canceled but they are having drive up fair food weekends. I am trying to decide how much I want a funnel cake. Hmmm.

Maybe it’s all impending birthday ennui???

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Rambling On 68

Happy Friday!!

And a 3 day weekend. Mentally I need it. I really do. Especially as next week brings change.

If you are reading this on Friday, today marks my last day in my current office. When I transferred there last April, I had no idea it would only be for a year. I mean I spent 6 years in the previous location and 5 in the one before that. In fact I found out about the transfer 2 days after my year anniversary in my office. It’s a big change but I’m ready.

Well mostly- why do I have so much stuff??? Seriously, I’ve been packing and organizing all week. The amount of water bottles and containers and things I have in the kitchen alone- did I move in??? Oh, and let’s not forget the NutriBullet.

Also, I gave myself the last month to become a morning runner… Fail. Didn’t make it out once.

I also need to stop online shopping. Some things were purchased as a wardrobe refresh before next week but how do I explain the Lululemon? Other than it was cute? Or the sunglasses? Actually the best purchase wast the Cake Batter Carmex. Best thing ever. It’s the little things.

I keep trying to find something to watch as background noise but I can’t find anything to that is both distracting and mildly entertaining as background noise. Any thoughts?

Ok, think I’ve rambled in enough even if I feel like I’m forgetting something…

How are you?