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Week 39- Keeping On

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1?????????
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

Week 39? How did that happen? It’s October people!  How did that happen?  Anyone else feel like this year is flying by?  Damn that’s a lot of questions, I’ll stop.

My back was better last week but still very present if that makes sense.  I went with 3 days of running instead of 4.  Thought about adding a 4th on Sunday but ultimately decided not to.


Monday- 3 miles  My legs were feeling a little tight from the previous day’s hot mess of a long run so I kept things nice and easy.  And short.    My legs were a little stiff in the beginning but they loosened up.  I ended up walking more than I would have liked at the end as a man had 2 large off leash dogs running around on the river path.   They looked friendly but I don’t take that chance.  I don’t have the best track record with dogs.  😛

Tuesday-  Rest Holy crap, I was walking out the door to go to work and I was hit with the worst charlie horse!   I get them occasionally while sleeping but this was a first while moving.  Weird.

Wednesday- Rest  My back was cranky and it was 90* in home town at 6.  I had changed and planned on running but when my mom called and suggested we meet up for pizza, it didn’t take much convincing. 😛


Thursday- 2.8 miles ish Maybe?? Work ran late so I had a late start.  It was still almost 90 in home town when I started running.  I forgot my hat, luckily I had a visor.  Should have worn shorts not capris.  Probably shouldn’t have started a run when my Garmin was at 8%.   Thankfully the changing seasons had the sun dropping quickly.  Less cool was that my Garmin died completely around 2 miles in.  1 tiny buzz of “low battery” to black screen.  No!!! I stopped and said a few colorful words but I only had myself to blame.  I pulled up Strava and tried to squeeze in what I could in the dying light.  Running wise- it was a decent run.  It also told me that I really need to start carrying my Knuckle Lights with me.

Friday- Rest Open to close.  Let’s be real, by Friday- I’m a little loopy- nothing extra outside of work is happening.  😛  I was looking forward to sleeping in the next day.


Saturday- 8 miles  I swear I was planning on sleeping in but somehow I was turning off my alarm and getting ready to run.  I planned on running 10 miles from my house and ending at my mother’s tennis practice.   However a couple of wardrobe malfunctions had me crunched for time.  I first realized that the shorts I wanted to wear were dirty so I went with my second choice.  Except when I went to use the bathroom one last time before leaving the house I found a huge hole in leg.  WTH?  Ok, what is my 3rd choice?  I ended up running in a skirt.  Which I use to run in all the time but I don’t anymore because I feel uncomfortable in them being that I am a little overly fluffy right now. Thankfully,  it didn’t suck.

By the time I got out the door, I figured I would only have time for 9 miles.  That said, it was a surprisingly even paced run.    I was feeling pretty good.  My back was cooperating and so was my shin.  Halfway, I see someone running my way and think I recognize them.  I do!  It’s NikeC!  So we stop and chat a bit before going our separate ways.  Then I ran on knowing I now only had time for 8 miles.  Fine by me.  In fact it was barely 8.  I was coming up on 7.7 trying to get to the high school when my mother called.  She had finished practice and wanted to know where I was.   I’m trying!   I ended up having to run a circle in the parking lot to hit 8 miles.  😂

Sunday- Rest This time I did sleep in.  It was awesome.   Less awesome was the 90* temp of the day.  My back was a little fussy, not hugely more than usual but with the higher temps I kept pushing a possible run back.  I finally cleaned my car and sadly it was so dirty that it was quite a work out.  😛

13.8 miles for the week.  Still low but the back is feeling a little better.  I do have a doctor’s appointment this week and I am still going to ask for a referral to a PT.  Can’t hurt right?

How was your week?

 

 

 

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Rambling On 16

Is it Friday yet? And now it is because I didn’t finish this when I started it.  Oops.  But yay!

Nothing makes a lazy runner stretch more than the first twinge of an injury.

Right?

I’ve been having some back issues and I was hoping they would clear up with the new bed.  Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet.   I realize it hasn’t even been 2 weeks but still.  I think the movie theater chairs really pissed it off.    Monday saw the yoga app being used and more stretching on Tuesday.    Sitting on tennis balls, foam rolling, you name it.  Grrr.

This week has been odd.  I feel run over but not exhausted.   I don’t even know how that makes sense.   It’s been odd adjusting to my boss being gone and as a result, I’ve been a little absent this week.  Ok, if I’m honest- the last month.   I am going to get back to a normal schedule- I miss you guys!

We now get to wear jeans on Fridays and I think I am the only one going wah.  I have to wear pants?  But I don’t like pants.  😛  It’s ok, I can deal with it once a week.  😀

With San Jose in 2 weeks, I would really like to pull off a 10 miler this weekend.  Fingers crossed!!!

In other news, Fall is definitely in the air!!

What are you up to this weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run!, Training

Week 37- Hobble, Hobble, Ouch

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1???
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

As much fun as last week’s trail race was, it took me much longer to recover from it than I had thought I would need.  I was walking funny for days.   I ended up taking an extra rest day last week and only running 3 days.  But there was a very unhappy twinge from my left shin area that I’ve learned that ignoring it can lead to bad things.  Another day off was the better option.


Monday- 2.3 miles  Ha!  I could barely walk straight but I was hoping that I could try to run it out.   I managed 2 laps of the lake but it was more a hobble-walk-tiny jog.  I still felt so stiff and sore, my legs just weren’t working right.

Tuesday- Rest  And flats again to work.  Still had trouble getting on and off my stool. 😛

Wednesday- Rest  I was moving better so I planned on trying a run after work.   I even changed.    Once in my car, I had one of my OCD moments where I forgot something very important so I jumped out of the car and ran back to check.  Pain shot up my lower left leg.  Enough to make me doubt the intelligence of a run.  I debated it on the drive back to home town.  I ultimately decided to play it safe and decided not to run.


Thursday- 3.1 miles  I was definitely moving better and the odd leg pain hadn’t reappeared so I set out for an easy run after work.   I was back to following doc’s orders of taking it easy so I went back to 1 minute run/ 1 minute walk.    I was sluggish but overall I felt ok.  I just kept it nice and easy.  I also had a vanity moment where I tried to save a good hair day while running but it drove me nuts and only lasted a mile.  😛

Friday- Rest  This day was odd as we said goodbye to my boss after 3 years.    So now, we’ll see what happens next.

Saturday- 8ish miles I planned on running my long run on Sunday so I decided to sleep in and catch up on some things.   I ended up spending the day shopping in SLO with my mother.  Not exactly catching up on rest but fun.  Once I got home I randomly decided there was just enough time left in the day to get in my long run.  So I changed and took my car across town.


I was under hydrated and not properly fueled but this was surprisingly one of my best long runs in months.    I stuck to my 1 run/ 1 walk intervals and just trucked on.   I was probably running too fast as my pace wasn’t too far off my typical long runs.    It all felt pretty good though.  The only irritations were accidentally hitting the lap button halfway through and then completely stopping the watch when some girls shrieked in the riverbed.   Turns out they were just trying to carry a piece of driftwood out and dropped it.   Well, they freaked me out!

Sunday- Rest  I thought about running.  I did.   My leg was a little ache-y.  I was a little tired.   I took the parents to the movies.  When my dad mentions in passing that he wants to see a movie in the actual theater, I will make it happen.   We saw American Assassin.   Then I was in a popcorn coma and ended up taking a nap.  Oops!

13.7 miles for the week.  I miss the miles of that missed run but I know my leg was a little angry after the race.  So, maybe don’t run mountains after 2 months of lackluster training months?  Haha.  🤣

How was your week? Do anything fun?

Longest it’s taken you to recover from a shorter race?

 

 

Run!, Training

Week 36- Not Quite

Upcoming Races-

  • SLO Ultra 5 Mile
  • Rock n Roll San Jose 13.1???
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

I had this cutesy little plan that if you lined up weeks 34, 35 and 36 the title modifiers would all add up to say “Kind of Back To Normal“.  Except this week wasn’t the normal that I wanted it to be hence the title change.  While I ran 4 days, when you add up the mileage it looks quite sad.  And adding a run on Sunday became laughable when I was hobbling around and had trouble just walking.

Anyways, moving on.   Last week was an odd one.  We found out on Tuesday that my boss is turning in her 2 weeks so the week just felt a little off.   Well, all weeks after a 3 day weekend feel off but this one felt more off.  Then I realized I seriously overbooked my Saturday and couldn’t figure out how to fix it.  I had a race, a shift at the Avocado Margarita Festival, a bed delivery and a possible haircut appointment.    I needed a clone.. or a teleporter.  Everything took place in a different town.


Monday- 3.1 miles  With the day off for Labor Day, I had thought about getting a long run out of the way early in the week but then I overslept.  It was another triple digit day and my motivation flagged as the day went on.  At the last minute I threw on running clothes and managed to get out the door for a late evening 5k.  It was short but I am glad I did something other than laze around like a sloth.

Tuesday-  Rest I rarely run the Tuesday after a 3 day weekend.  Work is usually crazy and runs late.  Theory held.  😛


Wednesday- 2.0 miles This was supposed to be 4 miles but work ran late and this was all I squeezed in before the light really faded once I got back to town.   Oops.

It looks so much brighter in this pic than it was

Thursday- 1.5 miles Failed kitten rescue!  I set out to run but only made it about 3/4 of a mile up the hill before I heard a little meow then saw a tiny kitten in the storm drain.   He looked like he needed help so I tried to rescue him.  I managed to coax him out of the storm drain and noticed he was limping but he wouldn’t let me near him.   I followed/chased him through bushes, freaked out a dog in a yard, almost fell down a little hill, got odd looks from other runners passing by but couldn’t find him.  He went into stealth mode!  After more than 30 minutes I gave up, sad.  By then it was getting dark so I just headed back to the car.

Friday- Rest  I worked then out to Avila Beach to pick up my race packet.  Packet might be a misnomer- it was a bib and shirt.  And I almost got lost in the parking lot- a few more signs would have been nice.


Saturday- SLO Ultra 5 Miler Recap to come but I will say -oh my quad—the hills.


Then I attempted a quick change before heading to work town for the Avocado Margarita Festival.  Where I had to park way too far away and book it down to the volunteer tent in flip flops.   My haircut appointment was a no go and my dad was a champ and met the delivery guys to accept the bed delivery.    Even though that was an adventure in itself.  His solution to making sure that the cats or dog didn’t get out while the guys were there was to just have them deliver the new bed to the garage.  Then when I got home we carried it into the house and set it up.  😛

Sunday- Haha!  Oh my god, I’m broken.  I can’t move.   I can’t even remember the last time I’ve been this sore.  Like I wish my bathroom had those handicap accessible bars in it for I need to use the restroom.  😂  I kept telling myself that I was going to run but the very idea of going down my driveway actually scared me.  Ouch!!!

11.6 miles for the week.  Haha.  I really should have run that long run on Monday.  Maybe I also should have looked at the elevation profile of the race sooner than Friday too.   I might have anticipated my broken-ess a little more.   Right now I am just hoping I can walk normally on Monday.  😛

How was your week?

When was the last time you felt abnormally sore?

 

Run!, Training

Week 18- Step Back

Upcoming Races:

  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13
  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1-June 4

The beginning of this week was full of late work meetings so with the lingering effects of SLO being felt, I figured it was a good reason to use the time to rest.  Otherwise I probably would have tried to run too soon.    My left ankle was very sore and achy so taking Monday through Wednesday off was probably the smartest thing to do.   But it was hard, I still packed running gear and took it to work every day.  😛

There was also the lack of sleep.  What I didn’t mention was that pre-SLO, I only slept for about an hour.  I generally sleep poorly before races but rarely that bad, I didn’t feel like it affected my race performance though.  I was looking forward to sleeping on Sunday night… except I couldn’t.  I managed less then 5 hours.   Grrr.  Monday night was more of the same as was Tuesday.  By Wednesday I was running on fumes but it didn’t really hit me until Thursday when I was driving home from work.  I started to get sleepy.    Like so sleepy I had to change my running plans because I wasn’t going to make the whole drive home.

That’s not to say it was a bad week, it wasn’t at all- it was a good week.   I just had some speed bumps.    I ate some super yummy food this week and that’s never a bad thing, right?   I did start a Random Friday post but dozed off part way through. Oops!

Monday- Rest  Day 1 of the planned 3 days.  I had a meeting after work so I knew running was very unlikely.  Which was good because damn my ankle was sore.

Tuesday- Rest Day 2 but like I said I carried my running gear with me every day.  Optimistic or in denial?  My ankle was still achy.  I stretched and foam rolled and planked that night.


Wednesday- Rest Day 3  Car show sponsor dinner.  I learned last year that this would be a late night so there was no way running would be happening.  But with an awesome dinner, who can complain?


Thursday- 3.5 miles  I ran!  But I damn near fell asleep on the drive there.  I planned on running in home time but halfway there I realized I wasn’t going to make it.  So I made an emergency right at the lake path and hoped the fresh air and a few miles would wake me up.     Thankfully it did.   As for the miles, I was sluggish and a little sore to start but once I got going things loosened up.  I still made sure to foam roll and stretch really well that night.  I also iced, just for GP.

Friday- Rest  I worked open to close so I knew it was going to a long day.  We were treated to breakfast which was yummy Acai bowls which almost turned bad.  I took a bite of mine and it tasted off.  I took another bite, nope- it still tastes wrong, tastes like nuts.  Turns out they messed up my order and gave me the wrong base, which wouldn’t be so bad except the 2 main ingredients were peanut butter and almond milk.  Umm, I’m allergic to nuts.   I was just going to say whatever and have a cookie because you don’t complain about free food but a coworker took it back and the store corrected it to my original order.  She’s awesome.  (I can’t leave- I swear I’m not just lazy 😛)


Saturday- 6.2 miles  My overall fatigue level for the week never really improved so I made the decision on Friday that I was not running long this weekend.  I was doing 2 6 milers and I was comfortable with that.  Rest is important too.  A cold front came in so I was able to sleep longer and head out for an afternoon run.   Running wise, it was awesome.  Smashrun says it was my fastest run in 6 months.    However it was freakin’ chaos- it was moments of running calmly interspersed with moments of running for my life along with some walking.    It started out normally but went weird soon.   I noticed that a tiny house I’d been watching had recently sold and the new owner had a dog.  I wondered if the dog was nice because dogs like to eat me.  1/2 mile later I was running past a couple of parked cars when 4 pit bulls tied in a truck bed decided I looked like a good snack.  I freaked out and jumped into the middle of the street.  The owner said nothing and just looked me.  Asshat.    2 miles later on my way back I stopped at an intersection because I realized I don’t really know a 6 mile route from my house and was wondering if my mileage was going to work out when I heard a loud BANG! It sounded like a gunshot and it was right near me.  What the hell?!   I know it wasn’t a gunshot because that is actually not an abnormal sound on my longer runs (rural area) but I bolted like a bat out of hell.     I’m running neighborhoods, what is going on?  Then is started raining on me.  Seriously, just get me home.

Sunday- 6 miles Rest  It was raining in the morning so I planned on running in the afternoon.  At least that was the plan.     I ended up super dizzy and nauseous in early afternoon and it lingered into the evening.     I kept trying to force myself to get out and run but I am clumsy on a good day, who knows what damage I could do to myself if I tried to run while dizzy?

9.7 miles for the week.  Perhaps more of a step back week then I planned post SLO but maybe my body was trying to tell me something.   With a race next week, I chose to listen for once.  Who knew?

I did go and see Guardians of the Galaxy 2- Freakin’ awesome!

Oh- who watched Breaking 2?   What did you think?  Kipchoge was so close!

How was your week?

What was the last movie you saw?