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Week 35- Way Back

How is it September?? Seriously?

The 106* temps aren’t helping me adjust. On one hand, I am anxuiusoly awaiting Fall temps but I am not looking forward to it getting dark sooner. Also, I am not looking forward to the Pumpkin Spice- everywhere. Sorry but it’s true.

Last week was both good in ways and rough in ways. Running was better but I find myself in a funk I am having trouble swinging my way out of. People’s new penchant for making fun of my name isn’t helping.

I also had an appointment with my gastro last week. Which was good because I received a med change as well an appointment for an endoscopy. He also finally addressed the elephant in the room that is my weight. Do we have a direction to go? Not really but the fact that I’ve put on 40+ pounds in a not long period of time is finally ringing someone else’s bell than just mine.

I am still running plan- less as I prepare for all my October races. Which I was fine with because I somehow convinced myself I had plenty of time. Only to have the realization last week that I actually only have 5 weeks until my next half. What?!?

40 minutes of slogging and we drop 3 degrees

Monday- 3.1 miles
I was a little concerned how this was going to feel after essentially 2 weeks off but it felt pretty ok. Granted, I backed off on pace a lot as it was still 100 degrees by the time I ran and this idiot packed pants. Really?

Tuesday- 3.6 ish miles
I had new shorts to try out from Athleta and I was hoping they would be a good fit as they were cute. I was also feeling like running so I set out for my 5 mile route. Instead around 2.5 miles in, I was trying to map a shortcut in my head. The shorts and I were not getting along. I even tried Vaseline lip gloss as a substitute body glide but I feel like it just made things worse. The last mile was probably more bowlegged hobble than a run.

Wednesday- Recovery
The wounds of Tuesday needed time to recover. Plus this was my doctor’s appointment day.

Thursday- 3.1 miles
This was a kind of stressful day and I just wanted to turn my brain off. I went back to basics and ran the route I ran back when I was first starting out years ago. I just wanted to turn off my brain and run. And I maybe should have carried water- 95 felt hotter than I thought it would.

Friday- Nada
The beauty of no training plan is that I no longer have to lie to myself about running on a Friday. I don’t even attempt to plan it anymore.

Saturday- oops
I set an alarm to run but then didn’t get up. I also didn’t make it out in the afternoon as even I’m not stupid enough to run in 106*.

Sunday- 2.94 miles
See above and repeat. I did drag myself out after dinner for a few miles but as it was literally 10 minutes after eating, this was a walk. But something is better than nothing right?

12.9 sluggish miles for the week. Still an improvement on the previous 2 weeks. Small victories, right?

How was your week?

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Week 34- Bad Pavement

I had such good intentions last week, I really did.

You know what the say about good intentions? Yep.

The week started of good with an easy 5K run on Monday. After the previous 4 days off, I knew it could feel a little bumpy but it felt pretty good. Granted, I am running slower as I am toying with heart rate training. Y’all that crap is hard.

Then the poor paving started.

I meant to run after #bibchat on Tuesday but instead I spent a couple hours cleaning my car. Yes, it was that dirty. I am ashamed. But I also finally put on my current registration tags and a new 26.2 sticker to replace the magnet that mysteriously disappeared.

Then Wednesday, I had a van certification class for the high school after work. So much fun. However there were some questions asked during class that made me glad I don’t have kids in high school sports because I would Never let them ride in a car driven by those people. Seriously.

Part of the venue

Thursday was rough, I was feeling horrible all day but I knew I had a mixer after work. I made myself get through it all. The only thing I could keep down was curly fries, ha! It was also kind of a rough day at work.

Friday was still a little rough. I maybe have downplayed how rough my GI disorder has been treating me the last few months. It’s been so awesome, ha! But I do have a doctor’s appointment coming up.

Naps all around?

Saturday and Sunday were a hot mess. The weather man lied and the weekend temp was around 10* hotter than he said. You would think after Saturday was so wrong, I wouldn’t have trusted Sunday’s… but I did. And it was 106 so yeah, I was super lazy this weekend. Oops. Wait, does going to the movies count as activity? Nope. Oh well, at least Angel Has Fallen was good.

So yeah, 5k for the week and 0 MM100 workouts. Double oops.

How was your week?
How long does it take for you to change your tags?

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Week 33- Recovery

I did something last week I haven’t done since my first few half marathons.

I took the week off.

Well mostly, I jogged a short 2.5 mile run, did 5 Morning Meltdown workouts and took the puppy on a walk.

So not completely lazy.

I planned on running more but then I started to think about it. I used to take time after a race, then as I started running more and spending time on social, I started taking less time off post race. Even of after my first and second marathons, I was running by day 2 or 3. Why?

And I’ve been in a constant cycle ever since. So last week, I said Nah.

Don’t get me wrong- I still have 3 half marathons in October and I realize that I need to train for them. But one week wasn’t going to hurt me. Well, at least I hope so. If not, I’ll let you know in a few months.

So I was completely lazy but I did manage to catch up on some things on my DVR. Is it weird that I felt like it was cluttered?

How was your week?

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Week 32

Race week arrived and I don’t think I’ve had a bigger case of the whatever’s.

I worked hard for 13 weeks and then the last 2 was eh. Life, right?

Things were a little crazy last week as I canceled my hotel room on Monday and then rebooking another on Thursday. Work had it’s moments and asthma and I aren’t getting along. But I had a great race weekend to look forward to and I was bringing multiple people with me this time. More fun, right?

Except, I need to stay out of stores that sell purses. Full Stop, seriously.

Running wise though, my runs went surprisingly well.

Plan vs Reality

Monday- Up/down 1.5 miles, 2x 1 mile at goal pace/ 3.5 miles
I set out to do the workout but wasn’t feeling it. Instead I ran- ok mostly walked- a warmup and then ran 2.5 of the steadiest miles I’ve run in a long time. I’m counting it as a win.

Tuesday- 1.5 miles/ MM 100 7
I had post work plans and just decided to not even try to run. I did however squeeze in a MM 100 workout. While I love the workouts, I decided after this to put them on hold until after the race- my hamstrings were so tight.

Wednesday- 1.5 miles/ 1.3 miles
Ever have that vain moment where you think -“I’ve done a week of MM100 workouts, those cute shorts should work for running now”? Haha, nope. 1.3 was all my thunder thighs could handle.

Thursday- 3 miles w/strides/ 3 miles w/ strides
I did exactly what the plan said! Yay!

Friday- 1.5 miles/ Rest
Nothing but work and heading home to pack for Oakland.

Saturday- Road trip!
We all packed up and away we went. We did a little shopping, some pizza eating before checking into the hotel. Then it was more shopping and more eating before trying to get some sleep before the race.

Sunday- 13.1 miles
Oaktown Half – Recap to come.

21.02 miles for the week.

How was your week?

BibRave, Race Day

Hey Hey Oakland

Just like that, race week arrived.

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Part of me wants to say it snuck up on me and the other part feels like I’ve been preparing forever.

This week has been all over the place. My plans changed pre race and I canceled my hotel. Then they changed again and I was booking a hotel on Thursday evening again. My bib was supposed to arrive this week but there was a shipping snafu. Now I am picking it up on race morning.

I’m just rolling with the punches here. Maybe. Maybe I’m just wobbly.

I am looking forward to running around Oakland again. Now, I know to be prepared for all the street art. I may keep my phone out the whole time. I’m also not sick this time so yay! (knock on wood) This is also a different course so I am looking forward to checking out the differences.

That said, I am unsure if I have a goal. I originally was aiming for a 2:12 with my training plan until I realized I was over reaching. A lot. I am not sure what to aim for now or if I even want to have a goal. I also don’t know what shoes to wear. Well, no- I do. It would be insanity to run in my new Ghost’s. They only have 5 miles on them.

Decisions, decisions.

Anyone else racing this weekend?