Week 7 Recap- Hello Lucifer

Training for:

  • Livermore 13.1 -March 26
  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13

So other states have winter storms with names but California never has.  Mostly because we rarely get storms out here.  We get earthquakes.  Well, last week California got their chance at a storm with a name- Lucifer paid us a visit.  Talk about over dramatic.   But in all seriousness, Friday was kind of like all hell breaking loose.  Flooding, landslides, sinkholes, etc.   The drive to work was sketchy at best with next to zero visibility between rain and fog and that was before I encountered the crazy wind.    Debris was all over the road, I really missed owning an SUV.   I was rerouted in work town due to downed power lines.  We ran without power for 3+ hours at work.  At one point, the entire town was out of power.   Trees were falling left and right, including our parking lot.  Work is one building over from the police station and one block up from the the fire department- I have never seen that much non-stop activity before.   One news report said that there was a new emergency call every 2 minutes.  All state parks and beaches were evacuated and closed due to falling trees.   Roads were closed for flooding all over the county.     And this was calm compared to some of California.

Monday- Rest  After the previous days long run, my legs were a little tired so I stuck to the day off in between workouts plan and rested.  As I drove away from what looked like an amazing pink sunset and decent temps for once, I couldn’t help but think that I should have run.

Tuesday- 3.1 miles   The slowest, most uncomfortable miles ever.     My stomach was being a total asshat but I forced myself to run anyways.   Or I tried… if you can call it that.   I couldn’t tell you the last time I ran that slow.  It was definitely not a confidence inspiring run.  What I haven’t mentioned is that my stomach has been a complete asshat these past 2 weeks.  Pretty much everything I eat makes me sick, boo.

Wednesday- Rest  After the previous day’s farce, I wasn’t even going to attempt it.

Thursday- Rest- More asshat-ness from my stomach.  Yay.  This time I listened to the cues from my body and just put my running gear back in the car and drove home.

Friday- Lucifer–yeah, no running.

Saturday- 4.5 miles  I had planned on running my long run but the break in the storm wasn’t as long as the weather app said.  Boo.   Then when I did head out, I could not get it into gear. I was so sluggish.  Even downhill; I slowed down downhill- who does that?   I know there’s a ton of moisture in the air which is not making my asthma happy but man I saw some numbers on the watch this week that just depressed me.  So I tried not to think about it.

Sunday- 8 miles– I slept like crap the night before so when my alarm went off to get up and run, I slapped that thing off, rolled over and went back to sleep.   I figured I would see how many miles I could squeeze in before the storm came back in the afternoon.    I won’t lie, I kind of wanted to skip the whole thing.   I told myself I could cut it short if I was absolutely miserable.    I was thinking about it during mile 2 but I kept pushing on.   Mile 3 picked up the pace a bit, same with mile 4.  Mile 5 saw some rain, a hill and a mini wall.  I slowed down but kept going.  I also let myself be distracted by a cute little house for sale.  Mile 6 was better but I knew mile 7 had a big hill.  Oddly, mile 7 was the exact same pace as mile 5.  I did an out and back loop kind of thing that put me just past 7 at the bottom of my driveway.   I had a sudden burst of energy so I ran past so I could hit 8 miles.     For a run I didn’t really want to do, it ended up being the best run all week!

15.5 miles for the week and actually 3 running days.  Now if I could just cross train.  😛  The miles went up and in some ways it was a better week then last week.   Have to look on the shiny side right???    Now if I can just keep the momentum going and not backslide.   Which may be hard, I admit I am struggling with all this rain.    There is still more to come.   I think I can, I think I can.

How was your week?

What did you do this weekend?



Recap, Run!, Slacker

Adios April- Recap

May Day!!!! I am in total denial that tomorrow is May Day.    How does this keep happening?

April, while all over the place, was a pretty dang good month.   So, here we go-


Firehouse 5K

SLO Half Marathon

I wish that my miles were higher but with the dietary changes during the month, I am still pretty happy with that number.     The first couple of weeks were a little rough.   A full post on what changes I made… or was supposed to make will be up this weekend.      I still feel proud of how I handled everything thrown at me during me SLO.   I feel like using an actual training plan and following through 85% of the time gave me the confidence I needed in myself.  The last half of last year kind of kicked my pride and confidence in the gut.  I know I can and will break 2 and when it happens, it happens.    🙂   Plus those hills at SLO didn’t seem very big this year.   🙂

My body seems confused this week.  SLO was my last big race for a while and though it’s only been a few days, I feel a little lost.   I am sure the Slacker in me will kick in sooner or later and embrace the laziness but this week I just wanted to run.    Monday, I was sore from the fall.  My legs felt great after the race but my knees hurt and I suddenly knew how hard I had landed on my right shoulder so I rested.    I had Monday and Tuesday off and I indulged by being lazy.   sadrunOn Tuesday, I set out for a slow recovery jog.  Ha ha!    3.5 miles in 47:51.   It was in the high 80’s and I loved it.  I wore my new Wave Inspires since I am still trying to break them in.  I just can’t, I’ve never met a pair of Mizuno’s that I didn’t like but these are leaning towards hate.    They still feel huge and I can feel the insole on the inside of my right foot.  I’ve tried moving it around but no luck so far.   A coworker described it perfectly- it’s like when you are wearing boots and short socks and your sock keeps slipping down inside the shoe.    I finally just gave up and walked most of it.  I figured I didn’t make it through 4 months of training and 5 races to hurt myself on a short recovery jog.     I am planning on trying the shoes one more time but I am afraid that we may have to break up.   😦IMG_0276

Today’s run was a farce.  My head is in the game but my body is not.   I did one lap of the lake.  One lap.  1.2 miles.  And the Garmin registered it short so it doesn’t even show as that long.   My mother called part way through the lap asking if I wanted to meet her and a tennis player at Chipotle.  It didn’t take too much convincing.  So, that brought me to 79.3 miles for the month.  Yes, a tiny part of me considered running up and down my driveway to hit 80 but I didn’t.

On to May.   I have decided to pass on one of the 10k’s but I would like to up my training.   I want to bring my base mileage up so that I when I start training for fall races, I feel stronger.    Also with temps hitting the 90’s again, I would like to transition to running 3x a week after work and a long run on the weekends.   That would mean a little less heat and sun exposure, plus an entire weekend day off.    That sounds kind of nice.   🙂   Or who knows, this could be the start of me transitioning to running 5x a week.   Ok, let’s not get that crazy yet… I’m still a Slacker.    I also want to get back out on the trails, I miss them.    I should also add cross training.   Or at least try.

Oh and I finally figured out what to do with my medals!! –IMG_0272Non running goals for May are a little up in the air.    I would like to read more, and hang out with friends.   There are some movie nights coming up too.  I need to focus on the diet a little more as well.  And I really need to start that project for the craft swap I signed up for.  Oops!!   Running may also turn into stress relief because work is about get insane for a month or two.

How was your April?  Goals/ plans for May?

Anyone racing this weekend?

Ever been unable to break in a pair of shoes?  Any suggestions?

Happy Friday!!!