Are We There Yet?

We made it to the middle of week 11. Boredom and brain fatigue are starting to creep in. My training runs are not as fun as they were a few weeks ago. UGH I’m sticking as closely to the plan as I can muster but it’s been a struggle. I figure these ups and downs are normal. At the same time, I’m getting really excited for SeaWheeze which is a little over 2 weeks away. EEEP!

I skipped my recovery run last Sunday (end of week 9). Week 10, I ran on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

Wednesday, 7/22/15:

Full 3 minutes faster than my last 5 miler!

Full 3 minutes faster than my last 5 miler!

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Neon PC Runner socks and Hoka One One Clifton.ย 

I took my new Hoka Clifton out for a spin. They were springy and super light. The sole is a little thicker than I’m used to which caused me to scuff the bottoms here and there. Not a big deal. I was just happy I didn’t trip and fall. I thought my PRO Compression neon PC Runner socks went well with the bright Hokas. ๐Ÿ˜€ By the way, if you’re looking for a good, low profile running sock, these are great. No slipping, sliding or disappearing into your shoe. PRO Compression also makes my favorite compression sleeve. I think I’ve posted about them before but they’re just so convenient to wear around with flip flops.

Friday, 7/24/15: 4 miles (45:59).

Early Friday morning. 4 miles.

Early Friday morning. 4 miles.

I took a last minute day off and went over to my mom’s to help her with some bathroom updates she was having done. As payment, she made lunch. ๐Ÿ˜› Korean dumpling soup or Su Je Bi. One of my favorite dishes of all time. Mouth scorching jalapeno slices are mandatory. YUM!

Su Je Bi

Su Je Bi

Saturday, 7/25/15:

Faster than last Saturday! Weeeee!!!

Faster than last Saturday! Weeeee!!!

 

Saturday.

Saturday.

Saturday’s 9 miles came and went. Two miles in, I was a little skeptical about being able to finish. My right foot was still giving me grief and my head wasn’t in it. But somehow, I kept plugging along and telling myself to go another mile. It got easier once I hit the halfway point but overall not a good day. I was surprised to see that my time was about 8 minutes quicker than last Saturday. Unexpected for sure.

The remainder of my weekend was rest, relaxation, homemade guacamole and spending time with Jon. Boo had to get in his snuggle time too.

Googled a Chipotle wannabe recipe. NOM

Googled a Chipotle wannabe recipe. NOM

Hamming it up for tummy rubs.

Hamming it up for Jon to get more tummy rubs. Say, “CHEESE!”

More human than a human.

More human than a human.

That’s all I’ve got this time around. The next time I post will most likely be RIGHT before SeaWheeze weekend! WOOOOO HOOOO!!! Let the madness begin!!!

Until next time, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Au Revoir Week Nine. Good Riddance!

The heat won’t quit. Although, we enjoyed a cold snap (mid 70s) that lasted all of two days. Ha! Again, I pushed my weekday runs to the following morning so I could avoid the afternoon heat. Week 8 consisted ofย 6 miles on Wednesday (1:10:32), 4 miles on Friday (44:47) and 8 miles on Saturday (1:38:13 – THREE minutes faster than my previous 8 miler!) Sunday’s 2 mile recovery run got pushed to Monday. I’ll explain a little later.

Wednesday 7/8/15, 4:00am.

Wednesday 7/8/15, 4:00am.

Friday, 7/10/15:

Friday, 7/10/15:

Way too early and way too dark.

Saturday, 7/11/15:

Still slow but faster than last week!

Still slow but faster than last week!

I didn’t take any photos on Sunday. This is about the same time my brain went on vacation. LOL I woke up feeling like a zombie. I could’ve slept all day but I forced myself to get up and human. *WARNING: TMI AHEAD* PMS and all that goes along with it really jacked up my week. My piddly 2 mile run got pushed to Monday. That was the hardest 2 miles I’ve run in a while. ๐Ÿ˜€ I skipped running on Tuesday and Thursday. I was too hot, too tired and too cranky. By Friday night, my brain returned and I was fretting my Saturday long run. My alarm went off at 6am. My plan was to be out running by 7am. The forecast high for the day was 91. I’m notorious for farting around so naturally, I got out the door at 7:30am. By mile 2, I was feeling the effects of taking the week off. I wanted to stop and walk but I kept telling myself, “Just 7 miles left.” and kept counting down. It helped a little. I try all kinds of tricks to keep myself going. Usually goofy pep talks like: “I’m not going out like that.” “Nuh uh, I’m not brand new.” “Eyes on the prize.” Really embarrassing stuff. ha ha ha By mile 7, I was seeing shapes in the bird droppings on the ground. I, for real, saw the silhouette of the Air Jordan logo. I should’ve stopped for a photo.

Saturday, 7/18/15:

Before the run. Hey, is that Michael Jordan?!?!

Before the run. Hey, is that Michael Jordan?!?!

 

Everything hurt when I was done but I did it!

Everything hurt when I was done but I did it!

Watermelon NUUN and leftover water.

Watermelon NUUN and leftover water.

Both knees and right hip were bothering me towards the end of my run. I’ve noticed a nagging pain in my right foot too. I figured it was time to replace my running shoes. The Saucony Hurricane 16 have worked well for me so I dug around the interwebz (I know, sorry) and found them on sale. WOOT! I also found Hoka One One Clifton on sale (original not Clifton 2) so decided to give them a try.

TWINNING! Replacements on the left. Saucony Hurricane 16

TWINNING! Replacements on the left. Saucony Hurricane 16

Hoka One One Clifton

Hoka One One Clifton

I feel like Napoleon Dynamite in his moon boots when I have these on. <3

I feel like Napoleon Dynamite in his moon boots when I have these on. โค

SeaWheeze is just around the corner. I’m starting to get so excited for it! THEN KAUAI!!!

Boo is not excited.

Boo is not as excited about SeaWheeze or Kauai.

Week 10 should be interesting. The weather is a mystery. I’m seeing forecasts anywhere from 70 degrees with showers to sunny and 80 degrees. The higher miles are really starting to intimidate me. But I’ll stick to what’s working for me. I can’t remember where I read this phrase, it may have been Runner’s World, “Run the mile you’re in.” Kind of a “duh” statement but I love it. It helps me chop up the runs into bite size, doable pieces. During the hilly portions, I usually give thanks for the ability and strength to make it up those hills and pray for additional strength and mental toughness to get through the run without stopping. These are my one-on-ones with God. It does my mind and body good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Way Through Training! Weeeeeeee!!!

I made it to week 8 and still getting my miles in. I’m very impressed with (and a bit surprised by) the 16 week training plan I’m following. ๐Ÿ˜€ Every week, I fret the Saturday long run but every Saturday, I’m able to complete it. It’s the weirdest thing, during the run, I feel confident that I can finish. This feeling is totally new for me.

Other than trying to beat the crazy hot temperatures, my 6th week of training went smoothly. 7 miles ended up not being as bad as I thought it would be. It helps that I got out the door by 7:00am. It was getting plenty hot by the end of my run though. Sunday was 3 short miles.ย I’ll try to post the photos in chronological order but bear with my bad memory. No promises.

Saturday, 6/28/15:

Slow 3 miler on Sunday.

Slow 3 miler on Sunday.

Week 7 included a lot of swapping days and early runs just to find some relief from the sun. Tuesday’s 6 mile run got pushed to Wednesday morning. My alarm went off at 3:20am. I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee. Got out the door at 4:04am. Yikes, who stole my brain and replaced it with a crazy person’s?!?! It was really dark and sketchy for the first 30 minutes. I’m sure I looked like a loon running with high knees. I was afraid of tripping on a crack in the sidewalk so my form was wacky. hahaha Good thing it was dark and NOBODY was up and about. As I was finishing my 2nd three mile loop, I saw what looked like a white plastic bag on the side of the road. As I got closer, the bag turned and looked at me. HOLY MOLY! I jumped back a bit but kept running. It was a white cat just hanging out. LOL I almost stopped to pet it because he/she was eyeing me longingly. Cute little stinker!

Wednesday, 7/1/15:

Way too early but gotta beat the heat.

Way too early but gotta beat the heat.

On Thursday, my office building had a “Tenant Appreciation Day”. FREE BBQ!!! WAHOOO!!! I’m all about the food and if it’s free, what more could you ask for?

 

I felt like I was back at Royal Fork again...ah, the memories.

This is how I maintain my rock hard abs.

Thursday’s run got pushed to Friday morning. LOL I figured, since I had a long weekend, might as well wake up early and run.

Friday, 7/3/15:

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Not the most patriotic of running outfits but my shirt is blue. Pink bra is close enough to red, right?

Not the most patriotic of running outfits but my hat is white and my shirt is blue. Pink bra is close enough to red, right?

Temperatures still in the low 90s. UGH. When will we get back to our normal of low 70s??? Stink!

More cold noodles for this oppressive heat.

More cold noodles for this oppressive heat.

Which leads me to my 8 mile run. I started out at 6am and ran a route Jon suggested. It was incredible! I got to see Mt. Rainier in the morning sun. She’s a true beauty! Saw lots of rabbits, a few cats, a couple friendly dogs and a squirrel. I also said, “Hello, crow!” to every crow I came across. Have I mentioned I’m an animal lover, crazy dog lady? I passed by a blueberry farm and a little public fishing lake. Who knew all of this was in my neighborhood? At the end of my run, I was feeling pretty tired but really happy. I wasn’t as emotional as I thought I would be. I guess I built it up too much in my head. It was anticlimactic but I’ll take it. Every mile closer to 13.1 make me a happy runner! Oh, I almost forgot to mention…I got a hydration belt at Road Runner Sports. Tried it out and it worked pretty well. My only beef is the belt doesn’t stay tightened up. I kept having to tighten the straps every so often. I’m going to try and mess with it to rig up something that will keep the straps tight. I love the bottle portion (Camelback Podium Chill). It kept my water cool throughout the run.

Saturday, 7/4/15:

8 MILES! Put it on yo calendar! :D

8 MILES! Put it on yo calendar!ย 

New Road Runner Sports Delaney hydration belt made by Camelback.

New Road Runner Sports Delaney hydration belt made by Camelback.

My old laptop bit the dust last week so I scheduled an appointment at Apple. They had it working in an hour and it was a cheap fix! So stoked to have a working laptop again.

Thanks Genius Bar!

Thanks Genius Bar!

I enjoyed Sunday’s 2 mile recovery run. Mostly because it was short.

Sunday's OOTD: Super bright Lululemon Var-city tank.

Sunday’s OOTD: Super bright Lululemon Var-city tank.

My new buddy. This cat came running up to me at the end of my run. What a cutie.

My new kitty pal.

My new kitty pal.

Well, that’s it for this too long post. Until next week (or later), thanks for reading!