Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sick, Who Me? (WW # 154)


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For the first time in I can't remember when (10 Years? Maybe 15?) I got sick.  Very sick.  Sore throat, fever, non-stop coughing.  Ugh.  Sitting in the hot sun watching the Little League state championship playoffs from Friday through Tuesday did not help.  In case you missed the news, our grandson's team won at the state level and will be playing in the Little League World Series in North Carolina.   Go AUM Green!

Number 16 is my favorite!


By Wednesday, I felt a little better and went to work. The ladies at the office followed me around with a can of Lysol Disinfecting Spray.  Ha...you think I'm kidding.  My voice was almost non-existent.  I can't really blame that ALL on my illness.  I had screamed like a crazy HoHo for five days straight; sore throat be damned.




I planned to run Friday morning.  Really, I did.  But still feeling exhausted, I did not get up.  My running mojo was nowhere to be found.  Saturday I made plans to run with a friend, hoping that would be the kick in the pants I needed.   Again, I felt utterly exhausted.  The feels like 90 at 6:30 was unkind to me.  I had to stop repeatedly but was grateful for the company on this short run.

Sunday morning was spent at the lake.  I was finally able to ski behind our new boat  The conditions were perfect and I loved every second of it.  Enough said.

No zoom to show what 75 feet away really looks like.

So, I'm heading to Chicago for the Rock N Roll half marathon.  Who knows how that will go.  I did not get my last long run done and truth be told -- even before getting sick, I'd only made a feeble attempt to run the miles I should have.  I know it will be a fun trip regardless of what happens.

And that's a wrap!

When is the last time you were really sick? 

Would you run a half marathon if you knew you were not prepared?


Sunday, July 8, 2018

What Day Is It? (WW # 153)


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With July 4th smack dab in the middle of the week, it certainly felt weird.  I didn't know what day it was.  Still don't.  It felt like a Friday every day.  Or Monday.  With weekend plans looming, I had to do my long run early in the week before work which only added to my confusion.

10.9 miles before work on Tuesday!

We spent a lot of time at the lake this week breaking in a new boat.  Hopefully it will be ready for a skier soon.  Because seriously, I've been patient long enough!  At least I've gotten my much appreciated and very necessary water therapy.
 


Something (someone) is missing...

An amazing lake sunset on July 4th!

I didn't run again until Friday morning.  I'd been battling a sore throat since Tuesday and although it wasn't any better on this run, but it felt good to sweat it out for 5.4 miles.


Mailbox Greetings!


Adding to my what-day-is-it disorientation, our weekend consisted mostly of sitting in the heat watching baseball games.  Our grandson's team is in the state little league championship playoffs.  So far, so good.  They won their first game 15-4 and the second 9-1.  As this goes live, we are watching game 3.  I'm sad we'll have to travel home tonight and miss his final games.  However, I'm pretty sure Monday will feel like a Monday all day long.
 
Go AUM Green!


Still feeling under the weather, I ran Sunday morning on the hotel treadmill.  I only mention this because I can't remember the last time I did so.  My best guess was maybe 2013?  Being honest, it was just as miserable as I feared, especially since the air had been turned off all night in the fitness room.  I might as well have run outside in the feels-like 90 degrees morning heat.  Four miles was the best I could do.

I had to document this as it
may never happen again.


And that's a wrap!


When is the last time you ran on a treadmill?

Are you a baseball fan?  Does anyone in your family play?





Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer Sizzling (WW # 152)


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For risk of sounding like a broken record this week...it was HOT.  As I wrapped up last week, I explained how I was just doing whatever I felt when it came to running.  I felt really good last week and that translated to four runs.  I actually wanted to run every day but held back.  This week?  Not so much.




My week started with good intentions.  I did my usual strength/pre-hab routine on Monday and Tuesday morning I was at the mailbox bright and early for a 5 mile progression run.  However, the sun was so intense and the heat was already wide open.  Afternoon triple digit heat indexes, morning humidity at 100%, dew points in the mid 70's, and feels like 90 at 6 a.m.were unfortunately the theme for my week.  The same as last week.  I live in the deep south.  I get it.  But it doesn't mean it makes it any easier to run in.


I was back on the streets early Thursday morning for another 5 miles.  It ended up as a progressive run as well but a bit speedier than Tuesday's run so I was pleased.


By Friday, exhaustion from not sleeping well all week and possibly the heat had caught up to me.  After going to bed early and then sleeping in the next morning -- there was still no physical activity on Saturday.  I had to work a short while and then we were out of town the rest of the day anyway.

That brings me to Sunday.  Although I needed a double digit run, I just wasn't feeling it.  I did get out for a slower paced 7.7 mile run before we headed to the lake.  That is likely where I still will be as this goes live.  

I hope I can squeeze in that double digit run one morning before work this week as next weekend we'll be busy watching our grandson's baseball team compete at the state championship level.

And that's a wrap!


How are you coping with the summer conditions?


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friday Runfessions (June)



It's the last Friday of the month and you know what that means...

It's time for Runfessions!  Let's get right to it.




I runfess...

I lost all of the information on the My Races tab [^^ yes, right up there ^^].  When I recently went to edit that page, my list of nearly 200 races and links to their corresponding recaps had vanished.  Sitting there instead was my recap from the Tear Drop Half Marathon.  Seriously, how did that happen?  I've been able to recreate the list of marathons, half marathons, and cycling events.  But the rest of it?  All of those painfully hard fought 5ks?  It's too overwhelming.


I runfess...

I take a lot of photos.  In order to get an acceptable picture for blogs or other social media, I'm sure you all can appreciate the lengths we go to for just the right shot. Over and over.  And over.  My "thing" is to routinely take one after running; standing in the road waving to, or doing other silly things in front of, my mailbox.  Well, sometimes I'm caught red handed by a neighbor walking their dog or driving to work.

Don't mind me, I'm just counting my mail. 
Doesn't everyone?

I runfess...

This was on my last Runfessions post.  My bike is still on its trainer.  Since I consider myself solar powered and love to be outdoors, I realize this makes no sense.  I have no rationale.  This month I'll further runfess the front tire is pitifully flat.  And one more runfession for the road [get it?] - the frame makes a really handy rack for drying sweaty, nasty, dripping running clothes. 


I runfess...

Unless I've forgotten an essential race item, I usually don't buy anything at race expos.  In my opinion unless it's a race specific souvenir, most items they have for sale can be bought online much cheaper.  I guess the mile high altitude made me delirious because I caved and bought sunglasses at the REVEL Rockies expo. At least I wasn't the only one who succumbed.   Thanks Teresa for sharing the "2 For" price with me!


A more honest runfession...
You Had Me At Lime Green


I runfess...

Earlier this year, I decided to finally have orthotics made for my running shoes.  I have super high arches and, according to my podiatrist, that is why I've fractured my metatarsal bones.  Twice.  However, I was instructed not to start using them until after my marathon training and the race itself were finished.  Umm...at my count that was almost four weeks ago.  They are still in their plastic bag. 



What would you like to runfess?


I'm linking with my friend Marcia today from Marcia's Healthy Slice.
Please stop by and join in with your own Runfessions!

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I'm also joining in on the Friday Five 2.0 linkup
Stop by and see what everyone is talking about.





Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Heat Is On (WW # 151)


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The heat is on...still.  Since our temps started ramping up back in March {or one could even argue February - talking about you Mercedes Half Marathon!} I've already been through several stages of heat+humidity suffering.  The denial is gone.  The whining.  The avoidance.  ["I'm just not going to run then, so there!".]  I'm finally at the acceptance stage.  My paces are much slower.  Life goes on...really, nobody cares other than me.  Why sweat it?



I ran four days this week for a total of 23.9 miles.  You may remember, I used a less is more approach for my latest marathon training cycle.  It did keep me injury free -- hallelujah -- but it was nice to be back to a fourth day of running.  It really wasn't by design.   I'm not officially training for anything.  Yes, I am running Rock N' Roll Chicago, but I'm just running when I feel like it and doing whatever I feel like doing.  See paragraph one about life sucking heat+humidity.

First mile 10:07 -- Fifth mile 9:19


It was nice to get a little progression going on two runs.  I automatically gravitate toward this type of run anyway.  I start my runs early in the morning without my beloved coffee.  This produces my still sleeping pace.  Then, I pick it up some once I'm fully awake.  . 

First mile 10:28 -- Fourth mile 8:38

I didn't run Saturday opting to catch up some long awaited and much needed yard work.   When I awoke around 5:15 Sunday to run, I checked my weather app which reported a feels-like temperature of 86.  I decided if I was going to suffer in that anyway, I'd go back to bed for a little while.  I finally hit the pavement a little after 7:00 when it felt like 89.  I had no expectations for this run and walked some, especially in the last few miles.  And of course... this happened.  No, an Olympic diver I will never be.

And that's a wrap!

What stage of summer running are you in?

Are you a good diver?