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Call Me Calamity

What do you do when a Sig alert comes across your phone saying that your route home is currently blocked due to a string a fires?

Well, first you stare dumbly at the phone.  Then you check the CHP website, followed by the local news sites, no one hurt- fires mostly contained but freeway blocked.  Hmmm, now what?  You adapt.    Running gear still in car from a failed attempt at running on Monday?   All right, time for a Tuesday run.

Running on Tuesday’s is odd.   Smashrun told me that only 7% of my runs are on Tuesdays.πŸ˜›   I’d had a day where I was surprised I didn’t break something.  Slammed my fingers into things so many times I lost count, dropped things,  knocked my elbow, kicked things and popped my toes out of joint at one point.   That said I was looking forward to my first run since last Thursday.


I headed out for a run in work town.   The humidity was higher than I would like but there was no smoke so bonus points there!   It didn’t feel like a walk in the park after 4 days off but it felt so good to be out running.

That is until I hit a root on the path and went pinwheeling.

Seriously, my thoughts alternated between- “pull up!, pull up!” and ” I’m going down!”.

I swear I pinwheeled half running, half falling, arms swinging for almost 50 feet before I somehow pulled myself out of it somehow.    Then I came to complete stop, gasping for air- mostly out of shock- damn that jarred my whole body!   Geez- what else could I do to myself?  Shouldn’t have asked- I was only 2 miles into the run.  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


I ran on to the turn around point and then made my way back towards my car.   Around  mile 3, I looked down at my watch once I got to a sidewalk. Only to look back up and immediately dance right. Holy sh**, phone pole in the face!!  No pausing this time, just running on to avoid embarrassment of both the pole face and some colorful language that escaped as now people were around.

Apparently I needed to be put in a protective suit on Tuesday.   πŸ˜›  I finished 4 miles and drove home on mostly clear roads and tried to just not further injure myself.    Then I realized that it was my last run at that particular age so maybe I really wanted it to be memorable?  Ha! Or maybe I was saying goodbye to a hazardous year?  Who knows?

Ever have a hazardous run?

 

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Week 20- Oddly Inspired

Upcoming Races:

  • Rock N Roll San Diego 13.1-June 4

I planned to take it a bit easy this week post Wine Country Half but other than some soreness in my quads on Sunday and Monday, I was feeling pretty good.  I’ve been fighting some achiness in my left leg though so I am trying to be smart for once with another half in a few weeks.

Work was busy last week, meetings galore and more to come this week.   Thursday started an hour and a half early- damn that was a long day.  Guess one plus to no longer being salary is that I actually get overtime for crazy days like that.   πŸ˜›


Monday- 3 miles   I had new shoes- Adidas UltraBoost X to break in so I was looking forward to my run after work.    These are different than my past shoes in that they have a ton of arch support.  I took these miles slow as my feet were not entirely on board with the change.  I had to stop and listen the shoelaces as they felt super tight.  By the end of the run my left foot was on board, my right was still protesting.  I wasn’t worried about it though because it always takes me a while to break in new shoes.


Tuesday- 4 miles  AMGEN rolled into work town so we closed early and got the heck out of town before the chaos got too bad.   I had big plans for a Tuesday 10K at the lake but when I got there I didn’t want to run there.  So I drove to home town and the river path.    was still looking forward to the extra time to run but my legs were not on board.    They were stiff and just felt like boards.  I gave them until mile 3 to warm up.  When I still had dead legs at that point I called it at 4 miles.  It wasn’t happening and pushing it wasn’t likely to be beneficial.

Wednesday- Rest  After the dead legs of the day before, I figured I’d listen to my legs and take a day off of running.  I planned on some cross training but yeah, that didn’t happen.


Thursday- 2.6 miles I had 2 meetings at work and it ended up being a 10 hour work day.   My last meeting was in home town though so I rushed home and changed super fast to get out the door for a run.   It was in the 80’s but it felt ok.   I wore the Adidas again but this time with thinner socks to see if made a difference.  It did but it wasn’t all good.  On the flats and uphills, the shoes felt great but on downhills I was sliding all over the place inside the shoes.    That said, my legs felt great and I felt like I could have kept running but I forgot why I don’t run my neighborhood around 6- the elementary school is a death trap.  πŸ˜•

Friday- Rest Friday brain had definitely set in.   I planned to cross train after work but again, that didn’t happen.


Saturday- 3.1 miles  I planned a low key weekend hoping I could catch up on the sleep I’ve been short on for 3 weeks.  I knew that may mess up my long run but  I was ok with that.    I woke with my alarm, turned it off and went back to sleep.   Oops.  I headed out around 3:30 for a short, slow run.  It was mid 90’s when I started so I my only plan was to take it slow and just start acclimating to the heat.  And to force myself to wear my Stride shorts.  πŸ˜›   My legs felt great but yeah it was warm out there.  I wanted to run more but considering 70’s killed me at SLO, I forced myself to keep it short.

Sunday- 8 miles bike  Did you forget I had a stationary bike?  I kind of did too.  Last time I was on it was December.   My bad.   I stayed up late reading on Saturday night which meant an early morning run did not happen.  I still thought about heading out for 6 miles around 3 but it was 95.  Combine that with a sudden re-occurrence of the damn achy left leg and I chose another option.    However, I haven’t gotten my fan out of the shed and didn’t use the air conditioner so the room felt like a sauna while I was riding.  πŸ˜›

Miles- Run 12.7   Bike 8    Ok so the miles don’t show it, but hot damn people, look at this week!  I worked out 5 times!  Do you know the last time that happened?  Because I don’t.   Surprisingly, I also feel like I caught up on a little sleep and I checked a few things off of my to do list.  Say what?!  I don’t know what came over me last week but I kind of like it.   Will it continue or was it a one time fluke?  I’ve been struggling with motivation this year and I’m kind of over it.   I just want to run… and I need that feeling to last longer than this week.  Oh and I wore shorts 3 out of 4 runs!  It the little things right?

How was your week?

What’s your weather like?

Anyone race?

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Rambling On 8

Friday!!!! Yay!!!Β  Oh wait, it’s Thursday.Β Β  But it’s my Friday, I have a 3 day weekend!Β  Woot Woot!

I’ve started this post multiple times over the past 2 weeks but dozed off while writing it…oops!Β  I’ve been so damn tired these past 2 weeks.Β  I have no idea what’s up.Β  Can I blame the weather?Β Β  This is the weirdest damn May I can remember.Β  On day it’s on fire, the next it’s freezing and misting.Β Β  Grrr, just pick one already, me and my allergies can’t take it.

I think the universe is telling me to watch less tv, half the newer shows I watched this year were canceled.Β  With Bones and Grimm gone too, my background distractions are all gone.Β  How can I multitask now? πŸ˜›

Work has been going well with the new company.Β  Yeah we have our days of “huh?” but for the most part things are going well.Β  It’s hard to complain when they treat to breakfast and lunch.Β  πŸ™‚Β  Well, my waistline may have some complaints soon but yumm.

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Rambling On 5

Happy Friday! 

It’s time change weekend!!  Woo hoo!!! Now I will complain when my complain when my alarm goes off on Monday… and Tuesday, etc but I am so looking forward to more daylight for my after work runs.   I am sorry for everyone running a race this Sunday though.

Is anyone else watching Riverdale?  Does anyone else feel old watching Luke Perry and Skeet Ulrich?  Or is just me? πŸ˜›  And tell me, is that Zack or Cody?

For the first time in months, there is no rain in the forecast for at least 7 days.  Yay!!!  Now we just have wind.  Boo.  But the sun is marvelous.   I really wish we had some sort of outside sitting area at work.

how about a sunset?

Speaking of work, the merger is going full steam.   On a personal, whiny note, I learned that I have to start taking more normal lunches.  Boo.  My lunch is usually around 2:15 which is way past the 5 hour mark (CA law) but I signed a permanent waiver because my theory is that everyone else’s lunch was more important than mine.  Well and I used to be exempt.  I’ve adjusted to it over the years and now I like it.  But things will change in April.  But hey, maybe this will help my weird blood sugar issues?

I always start these posts with so much to tell you then forget half of it while I am typing.   😁

I may go shoe shopping this weekend.  The Sayonara’s have worked but they aren’t awesome.  My toes hurt after runs and my shins are not very happy.  I am hopeful that Brooks fixed all of the problems with the Pure Flow 5’s and that the 6’s are much better.  I’ve heard good things, so fingers crossed!

What do you have planned this weekend?

Anyone racing?

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Mid Week Musings 4

Happy hump day!!  And –

It’s Harvest Marathon week!!!!  Dude, race planning is stressful and I’m not even really doing anything. 😁  I feel bad for the others.

  
With the time change coming and my race in 17 days (yikes!)  I decided to do my usual Slacker thing until mid-November.   I don’t want to change things too much and likely hurt myself.  I also want to enjoy the last few runs I can get in outside after work.    I am not a fan of the time change, I am not looking forward to treadmilling it 2-3 times a week.  It kills my motivation.   I’ve thought about the options for running in the evening or mornings outside but there are a few problems there.   Yes, the biggest one is how lazy I am in the mornings.  But beyond that, the roads I run in my neighborhood are trashed.    I almost tripped 4 times on Saturday in broad daylight, low visibility may break me.   There are 2 streets with sidewalks but the sidewalks are hinky- uneven and varying heights.  Equally dangerous for a klutz like me.     πŸ˜›

I realized I’ve become a middle of the pack runner.  Which is cool because I used to be towards the back but all the people!!!  I was always used to crowds thinning out at races.   My average pace at races this year meant people were always around.  Sometimes it’s cool and sometimes it’s overwhelming.   Surf City never thinned out and City the Sea felt similar but there was about an 18,000 person difference between those two!   For some reason I thought Big Sur was around City to the Sea size- it’s not.  It averages 8500 runners.  In my world that’s a lot.  And 6:55 AM start time- waah!

I’ve been running without headphones lately.   No real reason other than I keep forgetting them.   It’s actually not horrible, I kind of like it.     Not sure I could do it for a longer run or race though.

And now it’s Thursday.  The Slacker strikes again.  πŸ˜›  Actually it wasn’t my fault.  I tried to work on the laptop but instead I had a lap cat.  I blame Kimi.

  
There were 3 days in between Saturday’s run and last nights.  I felt like I hadn’t  run in forever.  It’s interesting how your perspective changes the longer you’ve been running.  When I first attempted running, I often still felt sore 3 days later.  Granted, I had hell-acious shin splints which in turn led to a 2nd degree ice burn but that’s another story.     😝   I used to take a month off after a half marathon now I feel like I haven’t run enough in the last two weeks.   I’ve been eating like I ran an ultra though and that’s not good.  Well the food was yummy.  πŸ˜‰

And in good news, check out this weather forecast-

  
No 90+ temps in sight!  30-40 degree changes but that’s normal out here.  πŸ˜ƒ

If you made it this far after this rambling, drawn out thought process, thanks!

What are your plans this weekend?

Anyone racing?  Long run?

How many days off before you feel twitchy?