As long as I’ve had this blog, I’ve worked in the same location and commuted on the daily. In the beginning it didn’t effect my running. In later years, I am not so sure. I really could just be that lazy. 😛
Prior to that I had somehow managed to work within a mile or 2 of home since I was a teenager. Numerous things changed over the years but I managed keep a short drive throughout. I hated long drives, who would want to?
Then I earned a promotion and transferred 30 miles away. And those 30 miles took between 45 minutes to an hour. Yet, I didn’t hate it. Suddenly things didn’t seem so far away. My temper calmed down too. Hmmm. It helped that I worked with some truly awesome people over the years.
On Wednesday, I said goodbye to those people and that office. Goodbye to some great customers. Goodbye cute little beach town, thanks for making me like the ocean. So long, nice, mostly regular breezy temps. But that also means goodbye to filling my tank so often as gas prices average in the 4’s these days.
Hello to opportunity. Hello, new office with other great people. Hello to a much shorter drive. Hello promotion. 😀
I realize that I am my own worst enemy when it comes to training and even though I can admit that, fixing it is another story.
The week had some work stresses and some good news but that also brings a kind of stress as well. A good one but it allowed me to rationalize too much Slacker-ness. And pizza.
In nerdy news, I finished my re-watch of the majority of the Marvel movies over the weekend. Bring on Endgame!
Monday- Nada I need to run on Monday’s just to combat my own laziness for the rest of the week but I didn’t. Instead I finished my parent’s taxes. Does raising your blood pressure count as exercise?
Tuesday- 3.1 miles/ Liift4/ Transform20 I had a doctor’s appointment late in the day but I had planned on running. Then the appointment ran way late and I was coming up with every reason to skip my run. I was tired, it was late, I had to pee, it was Bibchat night, etc. I drove past run town and kept going. When I made it home town, I made a sudden freeway exit and headed for the river path. I told myself to get out of my own way and just run. It was a surprisingly decent 5K. I would have run more but I really did have to pee.
I did a few more workouts once I was home.
Wednesday-Nada I was feeling sore from doing 3 workouts the previous day but I had planned on running. However the weather changed that when it knocked down a tree which took down power lines and started a couple fires in the State Park. Which is where I planned on running. Yeah, I could have run somewhere else but that seemed like a pretty big sign.
Thursday- Rollercoaster I should stop planning. I got some great news which had me pumped and nervous. My mother also gave herself a concussion again so I spent the day checking on her via text and then headed home right after work to see how she was in person.
Friday- Still riding the emotional rollercoaster.
Saturday- 5 miles I had aimed to complete my long run on Saturday but when my cell and then my work cell both started ringing in the predawn hours, my day was thrown off. I didn’t sleep well and ended up napping more than I should have in the afternoon. Part of me considering skipping my run entirely but I laced up anyways. Blisters not withstanding, it was a surpisingly good run. I stopped twice to put more BodyGlide on my heels but the damage was done. Maybe I should give barefoot running a try?
Sunday- 6.2 miles/ yoga Long run fail. I overslept in the morning so that meant I had to run before Easter dinner. Which might have been fine except for lunch. I went to lunch with my mother and brother but we chose a place that I know tends to screw with my stomach. I ate less than I normally would but it wasn’t enough to stave the inevitable. I was sick a few times before I headed out to run. I was hoping things had calmed down but I was wrong. I was barely 2 miles into my run when my stomach protested. I tried run/walk intervals but those gave way to just walking. And deep breathing. I eventually admitted it wasn’t happening so I just slow crawled back to my car.
14.26 miles for the week. No, I am not concerned about next week’s half at all.
Yeah, I told myself I was going to cheer up and be positive last week, but nah.
I did try, I really did. I made it out for a short but sweet run at the lake on Monday so I started the week on the right foot. Then it all went sideways. On Tuesday, I received news that opportunity I was nervous/ excited about last week wasn’t going my way. Which while I kind of expected it, it still hit me where it hurt.
And started another moody spiral. Telling myself I was going to run and carting around a gym bag full of clothes does not count if you never change your clothes. However I do think I might have run a tiny bit more if we hadn’t received so much damn rain. Don’t get me wrong, we need rain desperately here but we are not built for it. The roads were flooding (some washed away) and people all drive like idiots in the rain. Didn’t exactly inspire me to get out the door.
So what does a moody runner not running do? Well they add 2 races to their calendar! Makes total sense, right? One is through BibRave to replace Wildflower since it was canceled last week and the other is through work. And hopefully goes better than the last time I ran it. You know that time I jumped out of my car on the freeway?? Good times.
So I gave myself one last weekend to wallow, think and generally just be in a funk. It wasn’t all bad; my mother has been bugging me to go shopping in SLO with her and we did that on Saturday. I may have done a little retail shopping and come home with a few bags. Ok, more than a few but I swear I didn’t spend that much!
So last week?
Monday- 2 miles Short but every time I run at the lake, I can push the miles a little further. When does the time change? The creepy factor of the lake keeps me from running there in full dark no matter how many lights I have but I do love the sunsets.
Oh and that shopping? I picked up a new pillow cover to finish off the room re-do, however it hasn’t actually made it to a pillow yet.
Still no running going on over here, if anything things got way worse. It’s been a few years since I was this sick and it sucks. I miss running. So let’s do a little ramble and catch up on the last week.
It was another week where I packed my gym bag with running gear but it never left my car. Boo. Wednesday had some of the prefect rainy day weather that we rarely get. Yet I was attending an all day, soul sucking notary seminar. And it was also the day I was the sickest yet. I felt so bad for the others at the seminar- I just tried to sit in the back and not disrupt anyone too much. Driving home was rough, the rain, my eyes were swollen and I kept sneezing and coughing. Ugh.
I think I mentioned that we were being audited at work. The auditor ended up only staying a day- so either we’re really awesome or super screwed. 😛 Won’t know which for a bit longer though. I was sick and not firing on all cylinders that day though.
Good news, when I left work on Friday, I was starting vacation! I don’t have to be back until December 13. Woo hoo! Now if I could just kick this cold.
I wish I had more pictures for this but I upgraded my phone over the weekend and while -yay, new phone!- I lost everything from the last 2 months. Boo. It’s supposedly backed up to icloud but no one seems to know how to get the pictures back so that’s cool.
Hmmm, this ramble turned into more of whine/ rant. Oops. See, I really need to run!
Monterey Bay Half Marathon (Thank you BibRave!)- 11/12
Oakland Turkey Trot- (Thank you BibRave!) 11/22
Another week on the road and I admit I was mentally fried. I spent the week feeling like I was fighting something and just overall very tired. I liked working in the San Diego office and the people I was working with but I missed home.
I had thought about running on the treadmill after work- I really needed to do laundry but I wasn’t feeling well after work. I went back to the hotel and just kind of zoned out.
I did laundry in the hotel laundry again and hopped on the treadmill for a bit while I was waiting on the wash load. Seriously less than impressed with those washing machines. And my mileage. I was also feeling sorry for myself missing the Kip Moore concert back home.
Wednesday- Mes de Mas
Well, kind of. I was modifying things so as to not sound like a herd of elephants to hotel room below me. Then I was about 20 minutes in when I had a repeat of Sunday and was running to bathroom. Yay.
Thursday/ Friday- Nothing
My stomach was an asshat for the next 2 days. Fun. I kept a smile on my face and just kept working.
I left San Diego early in the morning and arrived home in the afternoon. Home! After laundry and some errands, I was so happy to sleep in my bed.
Sunday- 3.1 miles
I slept in. I did wake up and follow the New York Marathon on Twitter but I did not get out of bed. 😛 I headed out in the afternoon for a short run, I knew I should probably do a long run but didn’t want to. Could someone tell me where the fall weather is? It was 85*- why? This run was not easy, it felt so much harder than I had hoped. I guess after a week of slacking that was to be expected. 5.1 miles for the week. Go ahead, laugh- I’m laughing too. If I travel like this again, I will be better prepared.