Last night, Day 26, I ran short around the neighborhood. This morning I went to spin w/ Reilly. This afternoon I ran 4 mi along the beach with Rae. This has been a crazy crazy work week but there is a lot to be thankful for - 4 day weekend starts now. Happy thanksgiving Eve everyone.
Short run around the neighborhood. I had planned to run longer but Thanksgiving prep took over. This is my second year hosting friends at the beach. If it does not rain, we will eat outside. Nothing like saying grace with ocean crashing in the background. I love beach living and count every blessing.
I had a 10 mi run scheduled this morning but hit off instead of snooze on the alarm so I missed my run partner. Thankfully I woke up in time to tell her I would not be there. My body felt like running fast instead of a long slow run I ran 3 mi fast- 1 mi fast, few seconds slow, repeat 3 times. It ended with Marine One flying directly over me. Apparently the President will be here on Monday so this must have been the practice run. (There are 5 helicopters that fly with the President with at least one Marine One decoy). I could not believe how low they flew over me. It gave me goosebumps. Happy Saturday!
Tonight I had the pleasure of running 4 mi with @tinkerbellrun. We ran a hilly route at a quick pace with one of her coworkers. It was glorious! I am looking forward to my planned 10 mi tomorrow morning. TGIF tumblrs!
I woke up at 5AM to light rain falling outside. I love running in the rain! I met my running partner at 6:10 for 5 mi. My legs are so sore that keeping up with her quick pace was a challenge. I feel so much better now that it is over.
I decided to take it easy and do a short garmin free run around the neighborhood instead of my planned trail run. Nothing exciting. I have to work tonight and have a full day at work tomorrow. Good times ahead!
This was supposed to be a slow long run but it turned into a faster short run. I am still pretty fired up from yesterday. I met my running partner at 6AM and knew immediately it would not be a slow run. My body wanted to run free.
Tomorrow morning it is back to the trails and a slower pace.
Run November Day 15- When life hands you lemons.. Go to spin class!
I had thought that I would spin this morning but that did not work out. I am still burning the candle at both ends at work. I am still hiring and on boarding new people. It takes so much energy. I forgot how much energy it takes, one person is plenty but four at the same time, it is tough. Luckily I have found some great people.
At the end of the day today, I recieved some bad news that I was not expecting. Again! What is up with the bad news over the past few months!?!? Enough with the bad news. I wanted more than anything to go home, sit on the couch, and have a glass of wine. Instead, I went straight to the gym for an hour of spin with the devil trainer (she is also a spin instructor). She went through 40 minutes of intervals! 40 MINUTES! Holy moly that was ridiculous. When it was all over, I went up to her and told her the bad news I had received ( through tears). I am so glad I chose spin. There is nothing like a good sweat.
After spin, a short run around the neighborhood to satisfy run November. TGIF!
I am suffering from major DOMS today. I had planned to spin but work got in the way, as per usual lately. Short run around the neighborhood tonight. I plan on a double workout tomorrow (training with devil trainer in the morning, run in the evening).
I love these short Garmin-less runs around the neighborhood. Today I could feel my calf and that was not a good thing. I am going to continue to run short and easy for the next couple of days. Let’s see how my body responds.
In over seven and a half years of running I have never observed an off season. Today I finally wave the white flag and surrender to an off season. The run club was scheduled to run 16 miles this morning. I had planned to run 11-16 with them depending upon how I felt. My subconscious mind objected. I overslept the start - I inadvertently set my alarm for the incorrect time. I joined up with the group at mile 7, still planned to do 9. My running partner was not feeling it and we ended up running 6. I felt a twinge in my calf this morning which reminded me that I am still recovering from injury. My type A personality brain wanted to push it and still run 9. But why? My A race is not until July. I plan to embrace the off season and recover so I am fully ready to chase a BQ in 2014.
Other runs this week- Run November Days 7&8 were short and Garmin free around the neighborhood.
Tomorrow - Long ride and short run to keep run November alive.
1 mi + 1 hour of TRX with the devil trainer. I gave her devil horns and a tail this morning. Hopefully I can get a picture of her in her horns. She really knows how to bring the pain and that is why I love her!
In November 2012 I completed my first ever 30 day run streak. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be! Today, I set out to complete another 30 day streak. My short term goal is 30 days. Depending on how that goes, I may take this all the way through to January 31, 2014. Let the streaking begin!
My body is well rested after 4 days rest this week. I went back to spin last night and it felt great to sweat it out again. Tonight, run and spin. Let’s do this!
The last few weeks have been a blur. I can say with certainty that I am in transition, new things are on the horizon but I cannot quite make them out yet. It is is exciting but also stressful. I am hiring a number of people at work right now and that requires a lot of time and energy (not only the hiring process but then the on-boarding). Last Tuesday I left work in a puddle. I literally felt like I run a marathon at top speed and gave it all I had. It is hard to give that much energy day in day out then have energy to devote to intense training. Yet, I need to train to sustain myself. I have carved time out over the last few weeks to put in some great workouts - including a 4 hour spin class with Reilly.
Today everything came to a breaking point. I woke up at 5:45 with intense stomach cramps and the realization that I am not super human. I am home today and hope that by tomorrow I will be on the mend and back at it.
This morning I was up before the sun to run 7 mi on the trails. It has been a long time. A few months? I practically crawled up the mountain but flew back down (7:30ish pace). My legs feel like I ran an 18 miler. Ouch! It feels so good. :)
Daily Sparkle brought to you by meeting for the first time and running with a tumblr, lagirlontherun.* So, it turns out that we are living very close to each other, work on the same campus (she’s even friends with my boss!), and our birthdays are 1 day…
So much fun to finally meet up with tinkerbellrun! She is my sister from another mother. To think that we have been two buildings away from each other, what are the odds!??!!!I wish her all the best as she runs her very first marathon on Sunday, Nike Women’s. Go T Go!!!!
The last couple of weeks have thrown me for a loop. Work has been extraordinarily tough. I keep thinking of the old adage “God will not give you more than you can handle”. I have been praying for the strength to get through this rough patch. Keeping up with my workouts has helped but not fully. I can feel the stress in my body. I have discomfort in my right arm for no apparent reason. It is like a marathon taper “phantom” pain. I know that nothing is really wrong but the discomfort/pain is there.
I am supposed to do the Santa Barbara Metric Century ride on Saturday (64 miles with 4000 feet of climbing). The weather forecast for Saturday is mid 80’s. Hot and climbing mountains? I am not sure that my body can handle that additional stress right now. Instead of throwing the whole ride out the window, I am thinking of dropping down to the 34 mi Foothill ride. It is 2000 feet of climbing, tough but manageable. We will see what happens.
In the meantime, the devil trainer canceled on me this morning. She is sick. I am taking this as a sign to do another hot Vinyassa yoga class today.
Here is to wellness and getting through life’s rough patches!