Hiking-Trails, Training

Week 14- Trail Therapy

How many times can I say the pendulum is swinging up before it hits me in the face?

  • 2019 Race Schedule (so far):
  • 4/28 SLO Half Marathon
  • 6/2 RnR San Diego (more to come)
  • 8-11 Oaktown Half (Thanks BibRave)

See that race schedule up there? Yeah last week included 2 races that weren’t listed- a trail race on Saturday and a local half on Sunday. Neither of those happened.

However, it wasn’t a wasted week entirely. I wasn’t entirely a sloth- I was able to get in a few miles. I continued to take my antibiotics- well mostly- seriously, I need a keeper.

Work has been a little on the crazy side, and it’s making me feel a little off. I really needed to run but I also wanted to make sure I had a couples days of antibiotics in me first. I also had an overdue dermatologist appointment. Once again I day why bother with the gowns? Make paper versions of shorts and bra tops or something. Show up in your bathing suit- either of those would be better than the gowns. And this years biopsy is going to be on my arm. Yay.

Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday
I thought about running but knew it was probably stupid. I was still stubbornly holding onto the possibility of running the 10K on Sunday instead of the half.

Thursday- 3.1 miles
I headed out for a run attempt after my doctor’s appointment. I set my watch for 1 minute run / 1 minute walk intervals and straight up walked the first 12 minutes. It wasn’t as rough as I had feared but it was not a walk in the park. How did I finish 13 just 10 days ago???? Note I did not say run. 😂

Saturday- 5 miles
Seriously is my voice ever going to come back and my ears unplug??? I waited until the warmest part of the afternoon and attempted my “long” run of the week. I kept tot the same intervals as Thursday. My pace wasn’t horrible considering but it was tough. What didn’t help was the heel pain I had on my right foot. I wore a stupid pair of flip flops earlier in the day since I left my main ones at work and they jacked up my foot.

Sunday- 3.25 miles
Trails! I missed you! Let’s never be apart for so long again.

My heel was still sore so I headed for 3 Bridges for some nice hiking miles. Except of course, I had to run chaotically downhill for at least part of it. Reckless abandonment-that’s my trail running motto. I did scream like a banshee when a wood mouse decided to try to run under my feet and then race me along the path. I was more concerned with stepping on it than I was scared but I react loudly. Ha! Now picture that and include the fact that my mother was out there with me except about 1/4 mile back. She heard the scream. Sorry mom!

11.4 ish miles for the week. Could be worse. Hopefully this week will continue to improve.

How was your week?

Hiking-Trails, Run!, Slacker

Trail Tuesday!

I have to say that I am liking Mondays as rest days.  Even when I didn’t do anything on Sunday to warrant it.  🙂IMG_7381With that being said, I was ready to do something on Tuesday.  Just not too early.  🙂  The temperature dropping at night combined with a new set of flannel sheets makes it really hard getting out of bed in the morning.  But eventually I managed it.  I headed down to SLO for a little shopping and a good lunch.   From there my mom and I headed for a trail that she has done before with my dad.IMG_7286 This trail is at the top of the grade, and you just pull off the freeway and park.  You literally have to climb a fence and gate to get to the path.  The fence is more for livestock than people and the trail sites actually tell you to jump the fence so I’m not that much of a rebel.  Still, I was spooked for 2 miles for some reason.  I knew there were other cars parked so there must be people on the trail but it was over 2 miles before we saw anyone.  IMG_7299

Hmmm, they look smaller close up
Hmmm, they look smaller close up

Now trail may be a misnomer.  While the sites claim it’s 4.6 miles up with an elevation gain of 1200’+, the trail is actually a dirt road.  A well maintained dirt road.  Why so maintained?  TV towers!!   Can’t lose access to those right?  🙂    Also I forgot my Garmin.  Fail!!   According to my Nike+ app which is kind of working again, it was 4 miles up with just under 1200′ elevation gain.  IMG_7294On the way up, there is a steep drop to the right as you wind up the hill.  You can see 101 but eventually the cars turn into ants and then you can’t hear them at all.   I won’t lie, something about the climb and the trees bordering the side, I was waiting for the something to jump out at us.   I am not sure what I was expecting more- a very real mountain lion or some mythical evil creature.  You know you watch too much Supernatural when you start cracking jokes about wendigos and Sasquatch’s.    Then a woman rode up behind us on a bike.  I shrieked like a little girl and jumped 3 feet in the air.   Seriously Fallon?!  Get it together!IMG_7403IMG_7370 IMG_7309We power walked up and power walked down enjoying the views along the way and at the top.  It was overcast and chilly but still had great views.  From the top we could see all of SLO.   This put into perspective just how high up we were.  I could see all of the two most well-known peaks in SLO- Madonna and Bishop’s Peak.  They looked so small!  At one point on the way down I looked west and realized I could see the rock and stacks in work town too!   Kind of awesome!   isWatermarked IMG_7415 isWatermarkedI wasn’t feeling well, so we kept the pace easy and stopped to take pictures and I usually didn’t pause the Nike app because it’s kind of a pain.  Even with that we still completed the 8 mile trek in 2 hours.  That’s not too shabby!  I would like to go back again and try running it next time.  And maybe keep my cool a little more.  🙂   I also need to remember my Garmin for more accurate data.  I am trying to figure out where the other .5 mile is.   There was a point when the trail went 3 possible ways right near the end.  Plus we lost the mountain biker for a while.  She ended up passing us on the way down.  She had to have taken one of the other 2 ways.  IMG_7292 IMG_7394

All in all, I’m happy with an 8 mile day.   🙂  Now if I could just get to the treadmill.

What about you? 

Ever jump a fence?  With or without permission?

Afraid of things that go bump in the woods?