Run!, Training

Week 45- Vegas Week!

Upcoming Races-

  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 5K
  • Rock N Roll Las Vegas 13.1!!!!!

This won’t be long, haha.  The previous Sunday’s failed long run was not only short on miles it left me with some serious leg and shin pain on the left side.  That pain stayed present all week.  And present in a way that I felt it when I just sitting down.   Being smart enough to know that is never a good sign and having a double race weekend coming, I decided I wasn’t going to run until it didn’t hurt just to walk to the bathroom.

That day just happened to be Friday.😂🙁

So, the week was spent finishing up things at work since I am actually taking all of next week off and I wanted to make sure to leave them in a good spot and not start any new projects.  I also spent multiple evenings running to stores picking up a few last things to pack for Vegas.  I packed and repacked my bag multiple times.  Couldn’t figure out what pair of shoes to wear.  Yeah, I was a giant ball of anxiety by the time Friday rolled around.

Then came the airport.  People, I damn near freaked out.  Then to make matters worse, as I’m making my way to security I discover one of my Knuckle Lights and a pocket knife in the front pocket of my purse.  WTH?!?  I stopped and kind of spazzed for a moment. I was texting Kate, I was posting on Twitter.  What do I do???  The knife went in the trash and the light passed security. 🤦‍♀️  I’m not allowed to leave the house anymore.


The plane ride was short and I only kept my eyes closed for half of it.😂  Apparently I am a very anxious flyer as an adult.    Then I land in Vegas and McCarran is a ghost town. Where are the people? And you need to take trams to get around.  Am I at Disneyland?  Then I find out that the airport doesn’t like Uber so I have to figure out how to take a taxi.    Did I mention small town girl?


Found the people when I got to my hotel- Excalibur- the check in line was 50 people deep.  They talked me into a room upgrade.  Can I say if that was an upgrade I’m afraid of the original room was.  Nothing was wrong with the room- it was just average and the view was of the airport.  I then left for a trek down the strip to stock up on all the water.  You know like runners do.


This is sad but I was so exhausted I crashed hard that night around 10.  That’s early for me even outside of Las Vegas!

Saturday- expo and 5k!  The expo was huge and pretty good.  All the usual race vendors were there.  I love how organized Rock n Roll expos are.   I stayed away from temptation although I did purchase a new belt that actually fits my phone and one tank from the merchandise booth.  The belt was also great as I hadn’t packed any of my packs.  My plan was to rely entirely on course aid and try carrying my phone.  Hadn’t really thought about the inhaler.  I was throwing that whole “nothing new on race day” rule out the window.

Race recap to come- it also includes the “friendliest” monorail ride ever.😛

Sunday- Rock n Roll Las Vegas 13.1 The morning started with a BibRave brunch, it was great getting to put real people to social media handles.  I also put in more than 10,000 steps before the race even started so oops?  Stay tuned for a recap that has the longest bathroom stop ever and cheaters!!!

So, 16.2 miles for the week and who knows how many walking around the Strip.  My legs are tired.😂

Race recaps to come!

How was your week?

BibRave, Race Day, Run!

San Diego Bound

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It’s race weekend!!!

Dang that one snuck up on me fast!   Well, truthfully, June snuck up on me.  Where did it come from?  😛


My first Rock n Roll race is this weekend!!!!  I’m not counting last year’s DNS.  😕 Dude, is this thing as big as I think it’s going to be?  I mean I’ve run Surf City and San Francisco but I have a feeling this is about to make those seem like small potatoes.  For example- I know there are at least 32 corrals.  32?!  Holy crap!   I’m somewhere in the middle there but that’s a lot of people in front of me and a lot of people behind me.

I am looking forward to this weekend.   This should be my biggest expo (Rock n Roll – you  better live up to this!!) and I am looking forward to meeting some blogging and IG friends in real life.   Yay!!!

Then there’s the city itself.  I have family there but I haven’t been since I was like 7 or something so I remember nothing.  I’ve heard great things so I can’t wait to see it with adult eyes.  Expensive parking aside, grrr.    My hotel is pretty close to the finish line for the finish line festival ( and the bay!).  I think.  I’ve been known to mess up hotels before.  Funny, stressful moment-  I actually changed hotels a few weeks ago and realized on Thursday that I had never canceled the original booking.  Oh crap!

I am torn on what shoes to run in.  I’ve been running in Adidas UltraBoost X but the farthest I’ve run in them is 8 miles.  They are also slightly too big.  But then my Brooks aggravate my calves for the first 3-4 miles and I just hope they loosen up.   Hmmm, there’s a lot of questions there.

I may also be taking a trolley to the start.  Holy crap, first time in pubic transportation.  Well, unless Uber counts.   But I’m still on the fence about that, mostly because I haven’t figured out how it works, haha.

Do you think I can figure it out? 

What are you doing this weekend?

Run!, Slacker

Week 12- Under the Weather

Upcoming Races:

  • Livermore 13.1 -March 26!!
  • Destination Races Santa Barbara 13.1- May 13
  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1 June 4

This will likely not be very long.  😛   Not a  lot happened last week unless you count coughing and sniffling.     Unfortunately I have yet to see any ab gains from all the coughing.  😛   A girl can dream right?

Monday- Sick-  I called in sick.  Who am I???  I got up and attempted to get ready for work but when it took me 20+ minutes to attempt to brush my teeth I conceded defeat.  I spent most of the day in bed.   The only movement was to move to the comfy chair when the bed got old.

Tuesday/ Wednesday- Rest/sick-  I made it to work both days but I was barely hanging on.   I was still coughing all the damn time and I had the worst sinus pressure building.  Grrrr.  I slept poorly all week as I spent most nights coughing.


Thursday- 2 miles- With Livermore 3 days away, I figured I needed to do a test run. I still felt miserable but I also needed to be realistic.  I bundled up like it was 30* outside ( it was 60) and headed out for short run.   Yeah, I walked the first mile and ran/ walked the second.   It wasn’t miserable but it wasn’t exactly pleasant either.

Friday- Rest-  My ears went funny on the way to work.  I was starting to seriously consider dropping from the half marathon to the 5K.       Work tired me out, how was I supposed run 13 miles?  Oh and the forecast still called for rain on race day.


Saturday- Road trip!  I packed and headed on up to Livermore.  Mom was along for the ride like usual and she let me know exactly what she thought of me running while sick.  😛    I was still debating about a 5k drop down.    After an uneventful drive up and a stop to eat for lunch at Pieology we arrived at the expo to pick up my bib.    After checking into the hotel we tried to do a little shopping at a nearby outlet mall but but we literally drove around the parking lot for 20 minutes with 100 other cars looking for a parking spot.  No thanks.   After dinner it was back to the hotel and an attempt to get an a decent night’s sleep.    Fail.

Sunday- Livermore Half? –  more to come on that.

Weekly miles- 15.1.  Guess that tells you what I ran.  😛

It was a long week of not doing a lot but I feel exhausted.   I am really hoping to be on the upward swing of this thing.  I miss sleep, I miss running, I miss what little breathing capacity I had before.  Ha!

This week coming is going to be interesting.   It’s merger week, so there is lots of overtime happening and some things are up in the air.   It’s going to be a very play it by ear week but I am hoping to get my mileage back up.  There was a trail race I was thinking about on Saturday but I can’t commit due to the up in air work schedule so I’m taking as a sign that I should probably not run up a mountain a week after a race.

How was your week?

Any plans this week?

 

 

 

Run!, Training

Week 9 Recap-Chaperone

Upcoming Races:

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

This week was exhausting.  I feel bruised all over.  Man, I’m getting old.  I actually crashed around 9:00 3 nights this week which is unheard of for me.   This post is a day late because I just couldn’t finish it on Sunday, I was so tired.   So let’s get to the recap!

Monday- 2.5 miles– I headed for the lake path after work.  I had been watching the light as I drove home on previous nights and I thought I had enough time to get in 3 laps before it went full dark.    I knew I had my Knuckle Lights but I wasn’t sure what the vagrant situation might be so I didn’t want to push things.    Holy crap, I had never seen the lake that full!   I only ended up getting in 2.5 miles.  Partly because I jammed my ankle jumping a curb and couldn’t loosen it up by running it out but mostly because I was completely distracted by the sunset-I took about 30 pictures😛.   The sky was amazing.   My Instagram has more pics too.  



Tuesday- Rest  Gave my sore ankle a break.

Wednesday-Rest– Same as above.  But it felt better so I figured I would be ok to run the next day.


Thursday- 3.5 miles.  Mother of migraine.   I felt horrible all day.   I was torn between running and going home and sleeping.  I damn near called in sick to work.    I decided to try a few miles to see if it would help the pain and nausea at all.   I headed to the lake again figuring it would be easy to bail if it turned out to be a horrible choice.    I wasn’t breaking any speed records but for 40 minutes, my head actually felt ok.  Then I stopped running and the pain came back, boo.


Friday/ Saturday- California Tennis Classic  Long days.    My mom’s tennis team was in a tournament up in Clovis and I agreed to be her chaperone/driver.  Did I mention I still had a migraine on Friday?  Ouch.   2 days with teenage boys and rap music?  I did pack running gear with the hope getting in a 10 miler if the court location was in a good area on Saturday but this Slacker forgot her shoes. How!   Which was a bummer because the area around the school was awesome, I could have totally gone for a run.      What was less awesome was the serious lack of sportsmanship I observed by some of the teams.  I seriously thought 2 of the teams were going to come to blows.  It started with the players and then moved up to the coaches.   Yikes!   Then again, if I hadn’t been there as a chaperone I might have responded in kind when one got in my face because I didn’t respond fast enough.   Ugh, that condescending tone of voice gets under my skin.   The boys did well though, they ending winning their bracket. 🙂


Sunday- 8 miles.  I did not want to run.  At all.  I was exhausted.  But I couldn’t miss a longer run 2 weekends in a row.    I forced myself out the door and decided to just do what I could.   My shoelace came untied and I was rushed by a giant German Shepard in the first mile, I damn near said screw it and went home.    Especially when the man told me “excellent choice” when I came to a dead halt.  Once again, I restrained my first impulse to snap back extremely colorful words.  Put your damn dog on a leash!!    I kept running.   At the turn around for my 4.5 I pushed on to 5, at that turn around I pushed on to 6 then the 8 mile turn around.  I still had an option to shorten it if I started feeling tired.  A little past mile 5 I added in a modest hill repeat so I could avoid the killer hill at the end, I just wasn’t feeling up to it.  Or so I thought.  Come up on 6.8 miles and I realize I really messed up my mileage.  The easiest way to hit 8 miles would have to include the nasty hill.  I almost started crying.    I just couldn’t.  I turned around and looped a neighborhood and approached my house another way.    I still had a hill but instead of soul crushing I was able to run this one and not hate myself and running at the end.

14 miles for the week.  Better than last week and considering how crappy I felt the last half, I’m just going to take it and move on.   On the upside, it finally looks like the weather is on the on the upswing and one of my favorite days of the year is on Sunday-time change!   More daylight after work hours- woo hoo!

How was your week?

Would you have your tongue about the dog?

Do you like the time change?

Run!, Training

Week 45 Training Recap

Training for:

  • Golden Gate Half

It’s the final countdown!    Race day was Sunday and I was hoping to get in a solid week of running before that.   Unfortunately, that was not the case.    The aftermath of the very wet Harvest Marathon took a toll on me.  Boo.

Monday- Rest   I was feeling a little rough so rest was awesome.  I was also afraid to even attempt putting on a sports bra after the chafing hell leftover from Sunday’s race.  Boo.

Tuesday- 45 minute recovery run  Sick.  I didn’t even make it through the work day.   I felt horrible and looked like crap so my boss kicked me out.  I made the long trek home and took a very long nap that felt more like a coma.


Wednesday- 2.5 miles.  I still felt wobbly but I wanted to try and get my legs moving.   Putting on a sports bra was a little uncomfortable.  Boo.  I lasted for a slow 2.5 miles on what was most likely my last time running the lake path until next year.   Good night lake.


Thursday- 3.6 miles Shouldn’t have done that.   I wasn’t feeling so great but I didn’t want to only have Wednesday’s run before race day.  So I headed out for a few miles after work.  I told myself to stick to 3 miles but I allowed the thought that this was likely my last work run until next year get to my head.  I ran on until the 2 mile point, not thinking about the fact that it was getting colder and the return trip was uphill.  I crashed hard.  Shouldn’t have done that.

Friday- Rest Felt like crap.


Saturday- Rest?  The plan called for a shakeout run but I was feeling crappy and didn’t want to figure out the logistics of that in San Francisco.  Instead my Fitbit says I covered almost 7 miles walking around San Francisco and it usually runs short so I figured that was enough.


My mom and I headed up to SF early and picked S up from college along the way.   The plan was to hang out around the Embarcadero during the day, pick up my race packet and head to the hotel.  The hotel was within walking distance of the start and then S and mom would come down to finish line on race morning.  I started to feel worse during the day but I tried to chalk it up to a bad pepperoni pretzel.  Wishful thinking.  After finding dinner a nearby burger place, I still felt horrible so I headed to bed early.  I also got a little bitchy.  Sorry mom and S!   I was tossing and turning, alternating between freezing and burning up.    Then to make matters worse- a large, loud group of guys returned to the hotel room next to ours around 1:30am.  They were the loudest, most obnoxious group of people ever.    It sounded like they were slamming into walls.   I can only imagine what the poor people below them heard.  ☹ I just wanted to sleep.   I was beginning to wonder if I should even race.


Sunday- Golden Gate Half….. could I do it?

How was your week?

Have any hotel nightmares? or chafing nightmares?

Would you have raced?