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Woe is Me…Treadmill Runs

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Treadmill, treadmill, treadmill.  You know what I’m sick of?  The treadmill.  You know what keeps me coming back to the treadmill?  Being able to run.  I haven’t tried running outside since I joined the gym but I’m ready to back outside.  I miss fresh air, I miss keeping tabs on the goings on in my neighborhood.  I miss scenery.  But I’m not there yet.  Soon, my pretty!  Soon!

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So after taking Tuesday off from the gym, I woke up yesterday morning (late again but that’s a different story) full of energy and more like myself than I have been in a while.  I increased my intervals on Monday to 13:2 x’s 3, 8:2 x’s 1 with 5 min warm up and 2 minute cool down.  I’m back in the 10/11 minute range including the walking.  And I’m feeling really good about it.

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I hit the foam roller hard last night after my run.  I might have screeched a little bit when I hit a couple of really tight areas.  I’m pretty  sure I sweated it up more rolling then I did on my run but I’m feeling much looser today than I have been.  Stupid hip flexors have been really tight.

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Magg lent her support during the rolling by letting me know that unless she can sit on my stomach, she finds foam rolling to be such a bore.  Yawn.

What’s awesome this week:

  • Rest days
  • Library books
  • lasagna
  • A clean house

What’s awesome for you this week?

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Friday 5…

5 things I’m loving today…

1.  Coffee because…coffee.  I  need it.

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2.  Bluetooth Headphones.  Love these little suckers, can’t get through a run on the treadmill without them.

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3.  My Fitbit, helping me take off the pounds I gained while injured by encouraging me to stay active during the day.

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4.  Working hard and being able to see the results as my interval times come down and the distance I’m running going up.  It’s still a run walk but it’s becoming more and more of a run and less of a walk.

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5.  And last but not least, these guys.

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What are your Friday 5?

 

 

What to do…

Friday I had a “forced” day off. It was use or lose before the end of the fiscal year so I used it. I didn’t know I still had a day to use until Wednesday and Thursday I was in training all day so I quickly planned a trip to take the dogs hiking on Friday. I choose a pretty easy hike that I was pretty sure that I would be able to manage with my leg since I haven’t really done much of anything physical since I injured it.  So the dogs and I hit the road bright and early on Friday morning.

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We headed up Highway 88 to the high Sierra’s and got to the Shealor Lakes Trailhead about 9am.  It’s only about a mile and a half from the trailhead to the lake.  But because you have to go up and over a saddle, it can take a while.Shealor Lake 6

Shealor Lakes is located in the Eldorado National Forest.  One of the great things about national forests is loose leash laws.  I love taking the dogs hiking but they hike at drastically different rates so that can make it a bit difficult to hike with Buster and Maggie.  They never leave my sight but Buster generally likes to stay behind me so he’s keeping any eye on me while Maggie ranges ahead to make sure the trail is free from critters.Shealor Lake 3

So we went up and over.  The view from the top of the saddle is pretty amazing.  You can see Shealor Lakes and miles and miles of uninhabited wilderness.  Gorgeous.  We spent several hours just hanging around the lake.  The dogs went swimming and I waded in with them.Shealor Lake 4  We ate lunch at the lake before coming back out.  Hiking out is much tougher than going in due to the steepness of the trail.  We had to stop for several water breaks for the dogs.  And for me too.  I’ll admit that the high altitude made me pant a lot.  Not to mention the fact that I was carrying all the gear and all the water for both me and the dogs.  Water is heavy in case you didn’t know.Shealor Lake 5

Maggie loved letting the wind blow through her hair.  The weather was perfect, mid-60’s with huge white clouds to give us a break from the direct sun.

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The wild flowers were still blooming which is a special treat since the valley is already dried out due to the drought.  I haven’t seen any wild flowers since about May.

All and all, it was a great hike with very little pain in my leg.  I think I’m ready to start running again.

Trail Name:  Shealor Lakes

Location:  Highway 88 near Silver Lake

Use:  Light on the way in in the morning but heavy coming out in the early afternoon.  I can see this as a busy trail on the weekend.  Lots of dogs, even another dachshund.

Rating:  Maggie would rate it a 5 out of 5.  But Buster would give it a 3 out of 5 due to so much uphill on the way back.  We’ll be back to do this one again.

I’m Not Dead…

I’m still alive and still not running. After several doctors appointments and physical therapy, I pulled my groin muscle at Capital City Classic almost a week and a half ago. I took all of last week off from work but am back & slaving away like a good public servant.

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I spent last week lounging in my jammies, drinking coffee and cuddling doggies…becuase I couldn’t do anything else!  Ugh!  Injuries suck.  My left leg was so painful that even sleeping was painful.  Sneezing was pretty much out of the question.  Did you know that when you sneeze, pretty much all your muscles contract including pulled ones?  Ouch.

Galloway Pullover

In addition to drinking coffee and cuddling doggies, I also worked on my Galloway Pullover.  Little known fact…I like to knit.  I go to sleep at 9pm and knit.  It’s official, I’m a little old lady.  Plus for the last week, I’ve smelled like one too.  Tiger Balm is my friend except that the dogs hate the smell and refuse to sit with me.  I guess you can’t have it all.  In the week I was off work, I knit the whole body of the sweater and 80% of one sleeve.  It’s not that I’m a fast knitter, it’s just that there was nothing else I could really do.  I unloaded the dishwasher once and it took 30 minutes.  And did you know that there is nothing on TV during the day?!  True story, bro.  Ugh.  Thank god for Netflix and BBC mini series.

I went back to work yesterday.  I’m up and hobbling around but I cannot, cannot do stairs.  Too painful.  After work yesterday I was so exhausted, I slept for 2 hours in the living room chair.  The hours from 6pm until 8pm did not exist.  I was out cold.  It’s really hard when your whole body is trying to compensate for an injury.

The sports medicine doc said that I could be out up to 6 weeks.  And that means no Avenue of the Vines Half on the 18th.  I haven’t run at all but I am starting to have a lot less pain.  I miss running so much and of course this months Runners World showed up last week.  I haven’t even looked at it yet.  Reading it would be like showing drugs to an addict.  And that’s just mean.  Not to mention that I got an e-mail that my Stride Box is on its way.  Booo.  Pure torture.

Right now I’m choosing to leave everything up in the air regarding running.  I’m not saying I won’t run Avenue of the Vine.  I’m not saying I will.  I’m not saying I won’t try for a few 1 mile runs between now and whenever.  I’m just going to go on how I feel.  Today I feel much better than I did yesterday and walking is becoming much easier.  Time will pass no matter what I do, so staying positive is key.

Bustie & Me

And it never hurts to cuddle a cute dachshund!

Yesterday after work was so beautiful here. Due to all the road closures around here, my new commute is twice as long but takes me down some lovely rural roads. The fields are still green and with temps in the low 80’s, driving with the windows down was a must.

I got home a few minutes before my sweetie and headed out to the back yard with the dogs to enjoy the sunshine and play a little ball.  When Hubby got home this happened.

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Yep, dogs were used as pillows and naps were had in the grass.  Not real naps but some serious relaxing.  We sat out there long enough to justify ordering a pizza for dinner and for me to get a little sunburn on my arms.  Some how I always manage to forget that I’m fair-skinned.

I have to admit that I’ve been a bit disappointed by my morning runs since I switched over last Friday from 5:30pm runs to 4am runs.  My average pace as been slower in the AM then they were in PM.  But this morning, I think I finally found my AM run groove…despite the fact that my JayBirds ran out of power this morning on mile 4.  Thank goodness, it was a 5 mile run so I powered through the last mile without them.

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My first mile is always in the 10:30 range, always.  It’s my warm up mile.  No need to go out to fast and pull up lame.  That would not be good.  Seeing those 9’s pop up on my Garmin this morning was such a good feeling.  They’re not grossly fast for me but a good pace.  One I’d like to see repeated at my next half in May.  Or at the Capital City Classic which is coming up in a week and a half.

Speaking of the Capital City Classic (CCC), I’ve been kind of apprehensive about this race due to how bad my last one was.  I seriously thought about a DNF but I’m glad I didn’t.  For CCC, I opted for the 10 mile version of the race (they offer a 2.62 mile, 5k, 10k & 10 mile run).  It fits well into my training plan for Avenue of the Vines but has a couple of fairly serious hills on the course.  I’ve run them before in races a few years ago but this will be the first time this year.  Since my area doesn’t have a lot of hills (flat farming country), I’ve been going over to the new overpass on the south side of town on my long runs to incorporate it as a hill on my long runs.  It’s a long hill but not all that steep, similar to the ones I’ll face at CCC.  I’ve been operating under the theory, slow if you must but don’t stop for hills.  It worked at Modesto, and it’s worked on my long runs and I’m hoping that it will work again for CCC.

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I am looking forward to running two of Sacramento’s iconic bridges, Tower Bridge & I Street Bridge.  Both bridges are life lines between downtown Sacramento and West Sacramento.  Tower Bridge leads from Raley Field, home of the AAA baseball team, The River Cats into downtown.  I Street bridge is not as fancy or as celebrated at Tower Bridge but it beautiful in its own way.

ccc-2013-10K-10m-Map  Most of the course is run in West Sacramento which will be fun because I’ve never explored much of that area, unless you count going to Ikea.  I really enjoy when a race course goes through areas that I don’t know.  It’s like sight-seeing instead of racing and keeps my mind off the race.

I’m really looking forward to this race.  Not as long as a Half but not so short that it’s over in a blink.  Fingers crossed for a fast fun race.

What race are you looking forward to?

Do you like to “sight-see” while you race?  Or are you more of a focused runner?

Nappy Time Girl…

I took a little break from blogging over the weekend only because I was so bone tired that I spent most of Saturday and Sunday sleeping in the chair in the family room. My Sweetie was gone working so me and the dogs napped the weekend away.

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It looked pretty much like this…

I think some of the exhaustion was from having my schedule thrown off last week and because I upped my weekly mileage.  I didn’t up it that much but my 4 mile runs were starting to feel like they weren’t worth the effort to get out of bed for any more.  Two of my 4’s were upped to 5’s and one 4 was upped to 6.  That’s only 4 additional miles but since I was pretty much running on empty for Running of the Elks last sunday, those 4 additional miles really hurt.

Saturday morning was perfect weather to run.  It was 48 and sunny.  My legs felt awesome and I’m pretty sure that I smiled the entire time I was running.  Running around town has become a bit challenging since it seems like half the roads are closed or rerouted due to construction.  So I just meandered around and ended up with a very good run.

Saturday Run

Sunday’s run was not as good as Saturday and I suspect some of that was due to diet and sleeping all day on Saturday.  But the weather was ok.  It was overcast and I never did see the sun but the temps were in the 50’s which doesn’t suck.

Sunday Run

I’m feel pretty much back to normal now and even followed through with my plan to get up this morning at 3:45 to get my 5 miles in.

Monday AM Run

My neighborhood is basically a square with a road that runs around the inside with other streets branching off.  The road around the inside is about 9/10th of a mile and if I stick to the outside of the street, I only have to cross the street 3 times per lap.  I’ve been running this loop in the morning because I’m too chicken to leave the neighborhood at 4am.  Mostly I worry about cars and dogs more than anything else and for right now I’m happy with running this loop.  I’m never more than a half a mile from the house and most people know me because I run the area lot.  It’s a false sense of security but working for Corrections, I’m used to having my head on a swivel always watching for inmates so I think this helps me stay safe on runs too.

I finished my run with time to spare this morning so I hung out outside with the dogs while they did their business instead of just letting them out and getting in the shower.  I stretched out my very tight calf a while I waited for them.  And then it was time to get Sweetie up and for me to get in the shower.

How was your weekend?

Do anything fun?

Lazy Weekend…

I know it’s Tuesday but since yesterday was a holiday here in California, my weekend ran long. Thank you Cesar Chavez, I needed that extra day off (not to mention all the good work you did for farm workers).
Run Recap:

Friday: No run, got my furs done
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 9 miles – last long run before next week’s Running of the Elks Half Marathon
Monday: 4.5 miles – scheduled for 4 but was in such a crabby mood, ran an extra .5 to get me out of my funk.

Running fo the Elks

Next Sunday is the Running of the Elks Half Marathon. This is the Half that initially got me started back on the road of running half marathons and I’m looking forward to it. This week I will be tapering in preparation for this run, so that means less running & more carbs. Yay for carbs, boo for less running. I’m already crabby this week for some unknown reason and less running means more crabby. I’m planning to use my time wisely. I have a list a mile long of things that need to be cleaned or put away that I’m planning to take care of this week. Whether or not it all gets done is another story.

This last weekend was a rainy weekend, not to mention cold. Cold enough to see your breath and not just in the morning. So there was a lot of staying indoors. I know to you east coast people this is nothing but for me, brr. I hate the cold. Saturday I stayed in the whole day except for my run in the morning. Hubby had to work, so me and the dogs sat around watched TV and did some knitting. Sunday, Hubby was home but I still stayed in for most of the day after my long run. I worked on the second sleeve to a sweater I started back in January until a certain dog ate my knitting needle. Monday was short run and then errands for most of the day.  But I did get to replace the dog chewed knitting needles so that part was good.

Low Down Dirty Dog

She doesn’t look guilty at all after eating my needle…bad dog.  Good thing you’re so cute.

How’d you spend your weekend?