Call Me Captain Grumpy Pants.

Today, I am still in a pretty poopy mood. I am blaming the steroids! My lungs are getting better, but my mood is getting worse! At least my taper is almost over. Work was…meh. My manager is super lame, and I am just going to say – I do not like her. I ended up canceling my OT hours, which I will probably regret later (you know…on pay day) but today I just couldn’t manage to produce more work for the lady that drives me completely insane 5 days a week.
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I DID NOT WANT TO RUN TODAY.

Instead I imagined a world where I could put on my biggest, comfiest sweatpants, eat a dinner that contained a lot of nacho cheese and be safely in bed at like, 7. That’s the fastest way to skip to tomorrow – because tomorrow is a new day.

I have a class I am supposed to go to on Tuesday nights, and I didn’t want to go to that either. I have been thinking of dropping out of the class, because I am not sure it benefits me all the much anymore. Things have changed, and the focus has shifted. The teacher is retiring and quite honestly the class is a hassle to fit into my training schedule.

After work (or 10 minutes before my day ended…same thing, right!?) I logged on to Rock My Run because my free mix credit was waiting for me. I love free mix day! I downloaded the 37 minute mix called “blissful beats,” a nice mix between peppy, fun, and inspiring. I figured it might help cheer me up and get me out the door. I lazily put on my Mizunos and then I sat on the couch for about 10 or so minutes pouting. I wasn’t sure where I was going to get my miles done today, and although I probably should have gone outside to train on hills – the weather here is very windy and cold. I just wasn’t feeling all that, so I headed over to the gym. The whole way there, I drove slow because I just didn’t want to go. Once I got there, it was pretty crowded, and I threw a mini tantrum in my head when I noticed a lady was on my “go-to-treadmill.” I didn’t even bother with a walking warm up, I went straight for the run. The two ladies next to me where chatting about their trouble maker kids and they where so loud! I had to turn my ipod up just to try and drown them out! At that moment, I was regretting not being on the trails. :/ The first two miles hurt. I am not sure where it hurt, it just hurt. I was uncomfortable and irritated. Thankfully by mile 3, I was feeling much better. My training plan called for 3.50 miles, but because I had set the timer for 40 minutes I exceeded the mileage.

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There's no rhyme or reason to these splits.

By the time I was done, I was relieved that I got things done today, and felt a tiny bit better. Except for the part where I was running along around mile 3 (which you can see if my fastest mile!) and two ladies come over and got on the treadmills on either side of me. I knew they were friends, but I just kept on my marry way. As I am running/sweating/panting along, one of them actually asked me if I would “mind moving over so she could talk to her friend….”

CAUTION: Don’t ask an angry runner to move on a treadmill, mid run!!!! I just looked (probably more like glared at) her, and kept going. I decided not to speak, because it would not have been anything nice. Seriously. They got the hint, and continued on their treadmills at the speedy pace of 2.3 while they texted on their phones (probably to each other…about the grumpy runner who wouldn’t move over!)

Seriously…If you’re at the gym, do yourself a favor an resist all communication on your phone. Put it on airplane mode if you must have it with you. You’re gym time should be about you, and nothing else. Focus on your body, and your goals – not your text messages.

End Rant.

I ended up missing class tonight, and I feel good about it. The thing about running, is that when everything else seems wrong – at least the run is right.
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Have a good night!

Week three is getting a little sketch.

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From Boston Marathon Official FB page

After watching the Boston Marathon via the live stream all day long, one would think I’d be full of motivation and inspiration. The excitement of the crowd playing in my office while I worked. Watching Shalane power through her race and earn a PR for herself and American women. Ritas overall win and course record for women…And my favorite – Meb! Kicking ass on course and winning the title for himself and America! Boom! Way to get it done! He’s one of my favorites, and this is just awesome :)

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From NBC News FB Page

Around noon I felt like I should go out and at least do 2 miles today. Unfortunately by 230 I was in the pretty grumpy (and/or bitchy) mood. (This is residual from Easter Sunday Flopday!) I got off work and waddled over to the couch…and fell asleep for 3 hours. Although I’m feeling less tired, I’m still feeling pretty exhausted. I’m hoping once my asthma is better, this will pass. I woke up and had no desire to do anything! (Except eat like I ran Boston today.) My training plan calls for strength/stretching on Mondays. So I’ve been using that time to do yoga. I find it has really helped the pains I was having in my back/buttocks/legs and the tightness in my hips. Plus with only having one rest day a week, I find it to be a bit less stressful in the beginning of the week.

It took me almost 2 hours of internal arguments and compromise, but I finally made the choice to get off my lazy duff and do 30 minutes of “restore and refresh yoga.” It was no sweat sesh for sure, but I did find it to be helpful and relaxing.

Namaste.

I was thisclose to having a dinner time food binge which involved Carl’s Jr and the insatiable want for a ginormous yummy milkshake and everything else on the menu. But once I got there, I talked myself down and ordered the “healthiest option” I could find. It ended up being the grilled cod filet low carb version and a side salad without dressing. I pretended it was a milkshake…but ya….that didn’t really pan out.

Hopefully tomorrow I will feel less grumpy. I have 3.5 miles ahead of me, but a have a busy day planned which always makes things a bit daunting.

Dipsea doesn’t really care if I’m in a bad mood, so I might as well let it go and stay on track, right?!

An Anticlimactic Easter.

Happy Easter to Everyone out there. I hope you’re enjoying this day, in whatever way it suits you.

This year our family Easter gathering seemed…kind of lame. I enjoy getting together with my extended family during holidays. I look forward to seeing everyone and catching up. Today our get together was incredibly short, and I didn’t really get a chance to chat with anyone because no one in the family can stay focused long enough to hold a conversation.
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Oh well. At least I got out of the house for a bit. Right?

This morning I woke up at 730 after sleeping blissfully through the night. I guess attempting to run up a mountain is a great remedy for a troubled sleeper. I felt fully rested and actually stuck to my plan of heading to the gym to get in Hal Higdon’s 40 minutes of cross training. I opted to go on the stairs of death. I hate those stair machines! But seeing has how Dispea has a million stairs, I figured it would be a great way to cross train. I ended up dying making it through 20 minutes and then hopped on the stationary bike. My legs are sore from yesterdays 10k (although, not as sore as I thought they would be!) So, I’m trying my best to listen to my body and train accordingly. There is just something about the bike that irritates me to no end. I am not sure what it is, but everytime I’m on the bike, I find myself so agitated, that I even start to tear up… So weird. I don’t think I’d make a good Tri-Athlete. Ha.

Next week I will be on week 4 of the plan, which is my 3rd week of training. I’m finding it to be beneficial, yet very tiring when trying to fit everything into my schedule. Oh well, it will be worth it!

In case you’re wondering how my online dating adventures are going…

Well they’re not. I’ve become so annoyed with the men on the the website and their complete foolishness that I haven’t even logged in for a week. It’s actually felt like a complete waste of time. (And money.) I have no idea how I’m ever going to meet anyone…but I don’t see it being through a website. I can go into details later… I will save the drama for another post. Ha!
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Enjoy the rest of your day.

The Devil Made Me Do It.

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Today was Brazen Racing’s Diablo Trails Challenge. This Race benefits the Save Mt. Diablo Foundation in their efforts to conserve and protect the area from development. My first experience was volunteering at the Diablo Trails Challenge in November a few years ago. It was cold, and I was in rain boots. It was an interesting introduction to the trails, that is for sure! November 2013 was my first race experience on the devilish trails. I did the 5k and enjoyed it, but did find it to be a challenge. So today, I really wasn’t sure what the heck i was going to do!

Per my Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training plan, I was scheduled to run 5 miles today. I was registered for the 5k, but seeing as how that’s only 3.1 miles, I would have to figure out how to add the extra 1.90 miles in! I think the point of the training plan is to do the miles all at one time, so splitting the run up not only seemed tedious - but also illogical. Of course my logical side said there was a simple solution to this debacle – and that was to sign up for the 10k.

Except my irrational side, got scared and kind of had a panic attack over that 6.2 miles on Mt. Diablo! With those dirt trails, and an elevation gain of over 1200 feet?!?

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Uhm… No thanks.

For some reason upgrading to the 10k just seemed so scary! I am pretty sure my still-healing ankle, and asthma/bronchitis issues this week had a major part in the fear – but it felt like there was more behind it as well. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish, or that I would fall on the uneven terrain and get hurt again. I was afraid to try this new adventure.

At the last minute, without putting anymore thought into it – I walked up to the “race entry problem table.” I was (almost too) easily able to hand over my 5 dollar upgrade fee, and the deal was sealed.

I was running a 10k on the Devils Mountain.

The don’t call it Mt. Diablo for nothing! I mean…it is a mountain! So the inclines can be pretty intense – but again I am training for Dipsea, so the more incline I train on, the better. (Right?!?!…Right!!!)

The first 2 miles of today’s race COMPLETELY SUCKED. I had cramping and pain from head to toe in the first mile and a half. I am thinking this has to do with the steroid taper I am currently on to treat my asthma exacerbation. I was told it can cause some imbalance in the body but “the benefits outweigh the risks.” I guess I should have mentioned I was running up a mountain today and I needed my electrolytes and body fluids in happy harmony so that I wouldn’t feel like crap! Thankfully after mile 2 (almost mile 3) things started to get better. (Of course I downed electrolytes at the aid station, so that may have helped.)
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About a mile and a half in, I hit the first ginormous hill. It was single track trail and basically made it so that a line of people were waiting to trudge their way up. I wouldn’t have been able to run up it even if I wanted to, because there was no where to go due to thigh high grass on either side. (This was the part of the trail that I only thought about rattle snakes, and getting the heck outta there!) There was another large climb around mile 3ish, it was slightly higher, but seemed a bit easier because the trail was much wider here.  I had to walk a lot of the hills today (especially the gigantic ones) but a big part of that was that I was struggling with my breath. I was, however, able to run all the downs, and flats, and even a few of the smaller hills! So, TAKE THAT bronchitis! (Although I will admit, my lungs are rather sore at the moment… :/)

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Per the course, I got to go on a part of the mountain I have never been on before today. It was rather green and there were wildflowers blooming everywhere. The trails are all dirt (and some areas that are smooth/giant rock areas) with the exception of a short span of loose gravel at the start of the race. There are a few small streams that were running across the trails that we had to run through. The sky was a beautiful blue, and looked rather radiant against the green, lush mountainside. It made for a beautiful trail run, and I found myself getting lost in the sights the surrounded me. I even totally tuned out my music, and only realized it was still playing when I got closer to mile 5! That is the zone – and I like it there.

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My official time hasn’t been posted yet, but there was also a 50k happening today, so I expect all results to be posted later this evening after it is complete. My Garmin said 1:26:15 - this is not my fastest 10k time, but it is also not my slowest! My slowest time was actually on a flat course (status post the original ankle sprain way back when!) So I consider this a win. I ran faster up a mountain, with bronchitis and a still healing (but healing well) ankle.

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SCORE!!!

During the first 3 miles of the race, I questioned why I was doing the 10k. (I also questioned why I even run to begin with, because man that was hard work!) Now that it’s done, I feel happy, accomplished, and relieved. I did it! My planned mileage was met (and even exceeded), I am still on track with the training plan, and I made it to the finish line with a smile on my face!

I danced with the Devil today, so I am glad tomorrow is Easter. It will balance things out. :)

The Brazen Streak Continues!

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PS: is it coincidental that my race bib has lucky number 13 on it?

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Some days you just don’t want to run.

Happy Thursday. Which means, happy Day before the official rest day (for me!)

Holy Hairdo Batman! This week has been a real pain in the lungs. So much so, that I went to the Doctor today. Thankfully my chest xray showed I do not have walking pneumonia as thought, but I do have bronchitis. As an asthmatic runner….bronchitis sucks. I am now on a 9 day prednisone taper. Yay for steroids! (9 is my lucky number, so this is good.)

The last few days I have just felt exhausted, and I am sure it is due to lack of oxygen… After Tuesdays harsh run on the hills of my park, I opted for Yoga and Stength on Wedesday. I got a new Yoga DVD that has several workouts to choose from, and the one I tried was a fast paced “calorie burn.” It got my heart rate up a bit, but its not what I am used too as far as calorie burn. Afterwards I did sit ups, squats, wall sits, tricep dips, dead lifts, and russian twists. I was a little sore this morning, but not as much I had hoped for. (These are the times I really miss my trainer. Where ever the hell he went :/ ) Today, I was feeling even more exhausted. The entire day I was just like, “screw you Hal Higdon and your training plan! I don’t want to do 3.5 miles AND strength! Eff that!” Today was a true test of my mental strength, to say the least.

Because I had my appointment in the morning, I had to make up my work hours, meaning I would be working until 530. I knew that if I had to wait that long to go to the gym, I wouldn’t leave my house.

So…drastic times call for drastic measures! Because I had hit my numbers, and the workque was where we needed it to be for the reports to run today…I made an executive decision. I threw on my shoes, and flew out the door slightly early. I couldn’t think about it, nor could I look back. I just had to go.

(Shhh…ok?)

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I got to the gym and did a small warm up, then got into my run. I started off slow, but worked my way up. For the most part I had negative splits, and I also cranked out 4 miles.
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So yay for that! I honestly didn’t feel “good” or comfortable until the last mile.

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But that’s okay because I am feeling a lot better now! I hit the weights and did a small circuit, I was happy because I noticed I was able to increase the weight on the few machines just from last week. Awesome! I ended my workout with some free weight action and called it a day!

Tomorrow is my official rest day, and let me just say – I am totally looking forward to it. Because I train 6 days week now, I have no time to keep up with my normal routine as far as house chores and such. So that is now my Friday night fun – cleaning house, doing laundry, shopping for food, and of course, this week…getting ready for Saturday’s race with Brazen

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Gotta keep the streak alive! As well as training to stay alive at Double Dipsea…

Remembering Boston.

This time last year, I sat on my couch in the living room with tears in my eyes and pain rattling through my heart. I sat frozen, watching as news report after news report flooded every media outlet available.

To this day, I am still speechless.

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But today, one year later – there are many stories of continued healing and strength.

This afternoon my training plan called for 3.50 miles. I have to be honest and say I was not looking forward to the run at all. I’ve had problems with my asthma for a few weeks now, and it feels as though I’m breathing through a straw. My legs are still sore from Saturdays Dipsea test drive. I’m totally exhausted…

But all of that doesn’t matter today. Because today I ran for those who couldn’t. It may have been slow, painful, and pretty much miserable – but I am thankful for each and every step I was able to take. I ran at my park, and cursed the hills – and then thanked God for allowing me to climb them – no matter how long it took.

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I spent the last 2 miles of the run in silent prayer. I prayed for many things – but I made sure to include all those affected by the events at the Boston Marathon a year ago today.

Boston Strong. 

How 6 turns into 10.5

This weekend I was scheduled to do 30 minutes of Cross Training on Saturday and a 4 mile run on Sunday. Except we planned to take a peak at the Dipsea trail.

Just driving to Stinson Beach was the first clue to what I have gotten myself into. It was a windy road that made me nauseous even though I was driving! Once we arrived we parked and headed to the trail.

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I thought our original plan was to do 3 miles and turn around. So when the trail started out like this…

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I was already looking forward to the turn around.
The trail is beautiful and I kept thinking I was in the rainforest or something.

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The trail was tough, with an elevation gain of over 2500 ft and trail names such as Cardiac…and I honestly don’t know if I feel better or worse about the upcoming race. We ended up doing 10.5 miles, and after that I was ready to be done. For the most part, I hiked most of the trail, because running it this early in my training plan was damn near impossible. The worst part is, I didn’t even get to the infamous Dipsea stairs! (yes there are way more than the ones I did find.)  There were positives – like the fact that I even made it that far without dying!
On Sunday I was sore and exhausted. I pretty much slept the entire day. But I figured since I did more than double the distance I was supposed too, and stairs are considered cross training – it all counts. So Sunday was an unofficial rest day.

Today I was able to make it through Yoga, which helped my aching muscles. I was feeling super ansty so I went to my favorite park and walked 1 mile and ran 1 mile back. It wasn’t on the training plan, so I didn’t want to over do it. But I really enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine.

Here’s to week two of training for the craziest thing I’ve ever done.

Dipsea training…

I’m in the 4th official day of my half marathon training (4 because I’m counting Sundays 4+ mile run, since it happened to be on the plan anyways.) I’m pretty sure this is the longest consecutive amount of time that I’ve stuck to an “official training plan.”

Go me!

Now I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’m actually shocked happy that I’m feeling this sudden spark of motivation. It could be because I’m totally scared of the Double Dispsea trail, and the only plan of attack I have – is Hal Higdons words of wisdom. (In the form of a novice half Marathon training plan.)

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Tuesdays are usually super busy for me. This Tuesday was exceptionally busy, with work, taking care of some things for my mom and going to my weekly class. I wasn’t even free until 8pm! Usually by that time, I’m hungry and tired and end up heading home instead of turning into the gym parking lot on my way back from class. Last night I told myself it was only 3 miles, I could handle that. So that’s what I did, got to the gym, and started with a slow jog, I worked my way up the “speed” ladder until I made it to my goal. Slightly over 3 miles and 37 minutes later I was sweaty, red faced, and headed home!

Today I worked overtime, and by the time my day was done, I was mentally drained and not wanting to do anything. But the Dipsea trail photos are still floating around in my head… 

According to the plan, today was a cross training day. After sitting so much, my hips and back hurt – so I opted to do some yoga again.

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Toes to the edge of the mat they said...

After that, I threw in some push ups (hate), planks, wall sits (also hate), tricep dips, and sit ups.

Now. I’m actually feeling much better and ready to tackle the planned 3.5 miles and strength tomorrow.

While I was doing my yoga (or wobbling all over the mat…damn balance!) UPS came and brought me my newest present!

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Nathan Race Vest!

I can’t wait to try this baby out this weekend!

Well, I hope your week is going well! It’s already halfway done! Woo hoo!

The Crazy Sh*t I do…

Monday is probably my least favorite day of the week! It takes me all day to focus, and my numbers at work are usually the lowest on Mondays. Mondays are like – residual hangovers caused by the weekend – but without the fun of alcohol. Anyway, I was trudging along, trying to make it through another manic Monday, when I happened to scroll through my Facebook newsfeed. Brazen Racing my all time favorite race company announced that race registration opened for the Walt Stack Double Dipsea race today.

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The difference with this race as opposed to all the other Brazen Races is that they partnered with the company that has been running the race all the previous years, so there is only one distance offered.

That distance is the Half Marathon….

Not only is it a half marathon, but it’s pretty intense! Trails among the redwood trees, and stairs…stairs for days.

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I really want to keep my streak going, so I emailed the race director to ask about options. There’s the option to possibly volunteer although the other company has control over the volunteer positions. They are also working on having a very early hikers start…this may be my only option. Because this race sales out rather quickly, my sister and I chose to sign up.

Am I excited?

Sure.

Am I scared.

HELL YES I AM.

I mean look at this elevation map….

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Anyways, I am worried about making the cut offs and such. But I think if I train – I may have a chance. I quickly searched the web for a training plan that I could fit (more like smash) into the next 11 weeks. I looked at a few, and felt that Hal Higdons plan would work the best.
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So I printed it out, and made the changes I needed too. Changes that included switching long run days with upcoming race days, and stuff like that. It actually works out perfectly, because on the weekend I am supposed to run a 5k race – I am! And on the weekend I am supposed to run a 10k race, I was already registered for a 5k, but was able to upgrade to the 10k no problem! It all works out!

I am slightly worried about how my ankle will do, but the good thing is that the plan has cross training too, so there is time for my ankle to build strength and stuff. Plus on the run days, if I have to walk/run…that’s what I will do. I know I will be walking a lot of the Dipsea, but the goal is just to make the cutoffs, and not be in pain.

I am already a week behind on the plan, but the great thing is, yesterday would have been a scheduled 4 miles – and guess what?! I totally already ran 4.48 yesterday! So, essentially, I started my half training plan yesterday and didn’t even know it! Today was strength and stretching, so I decided to do some Yoga.

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They wanted to do some yoga too.

I haven’t done yoga in a long time. I have an older DVD, but it worked well – its based on Ashtanga yoga, and allows for a bit of sweat and shakey muscles. Plus, It really helped open up my super tight hips! Which will definitely help my running.
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This impromtu-crazy-ass-half is going to take a lot of commitment…which we all know I kind of shy away from. But, I think I can actually do this! Another benefit is – if I do stick with the plan, it ends just as bikini season is kicking off. So it’s a double benefit, right?! Things I need to work on during this training, (besides the obvious of actually training) is cleaning up my eating – and hydrating. I suck at drinking the proper amounts of water, so I am going to try my best to get a good handle on hydration.

The last thing I was thinking about…is trying to “date” while training for a half, probably won’t work too well… so this might be awkward.
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Wish me luck!

 

Sleepy Sunday

Good day fellow bloggers! I hope this Sunday finds you well and maybe recovering from a great run?!

This weekend has been pretty fun for me!

Friday I worked more OT, so when it was time to get off work – I was super excited/relieved. I didn’t get to the gym, but I did have friends and family over for my monthly Book Club. We enjoyed a yummy baked potato bar, great conversation, and many laughs. After most everyone left my cousins, my friend, and I talked about what its like to get older. Let me tell you – this is a blog post in the making. We were laughing so much that tears filled our eyes and our stomachs and faces ached. It was wonderful!

On Saturday I worked more overtime. Not my favorite thing to do on the weekends, but I am going to need extra money for Jacques care…even though I still haven’t decided what that will be. I headed out after work with the intention of doing lots of things, like a manicure/pedicure, haircut, and shopping. I went to one store, and ended up coming home – I was just so tired! I ended up taking a nap until it was time to get ready for Girls Night!

We were celebrating my friends birthday, so us girls got together and went to dinner at Red Robin.

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Me and the Birthday Girl!

 

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a bacon cheeseburger on a gluten Free bun!

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cheers to good friends and birthdays!

They have gluten free items, and it tastes yummy! I indulged and got a white peach sangria – I think its my new favorite!

So Delish!

So good!

So good!

After dinner, we headed over to the theater to see Divergent. No, I have not read the book, it’s actually not the typical genre I would typically go for. But it was the birthday girls choice, so I happily went along.

I AM SO GLAD I SAW THIS MOVIE!

1.) it’s actually a good movie!

2.) Theo James.

That. Is. All.

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This is almost unfair.

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Pretty much, the highlight of my night…

I have actually ordered the book, and plan to read it as soon as it arrives. (I went with the paperback version because it was cheaper than the Ebook!)

We shared so many laughs last night, that again made my stomach and face hurt. It’s so worth it though. Because I have been struggling with my asthma, I was laughing so much that I needed my inhaler. Talk about feeling old! Ha.

This morning I woke up with a major headache, but after everything I ate yesterday I felt like I had to put my shoes on and do something. I went to the gym and managed 3.50 miles on the bike, and 4.48 on the treadmill.
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I felt pretty good! And, I am so excited because I had negative splits throughout the run! I thought it was funny, because as I was running and sweating up a storm – a man actually smiled at me. He must have felt bad for me…because I looked close to death I am sure. Ha ha!
Side note : the more I wear my Mizuno Wave Inspire 9′s – the more I like them. I came home, again with the plans of getting things done and instead I took a shower put on my comfy pants and slept for 4 hours.

He took a nap too.

He took a nap too.

I am pretty sure at this point I am fighting off some sort of cold or something. I just feel exhausted. It has been really nice just being able to relax though, so It’s okay.

I am going to work on my training schedule for this week now, because I really need to get back on track. I was doing planks today and could only manage 30 seconds, when normally I can do 1 minute. My fitness levels are going down – no bueno!

Have a good week everyone.

 

PS I logged into Nike+ today and saw this
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Per Nike, it was a 6 year anniversary. I remember my ex husband got me my first Nike+ sensor, which I ultimately lost… But my sister got me a new one which I still use! It wasn’t until 2010 that I started running consistently. But still – kinda cool that all these years later I’m still going.