running week of 4/17 + not doing things

Apparently I’m training for a 5k now so I’m trying to put a little more thought into each run and not focus so much on “saving” myself for a Saturday double-digit run. I’d considered doing a May or June half marathon but since I have two halfs in the fall I decided it was not worth the effort and I’d rather put all my energy into PRing in my May 5k. So each week I’d like to do either speedwork or a tempo; a fast run; and a slightly longer run (like 6-8 miles) with a fast finish. It’s roughly what Hal Higdon prescribes but without the hassle of actually following a training plan.

Monday: weights + 3 @ 9:46. Hell of a day.
Tuesday: AM, a more successful repeat of last week’s speed drills: 1×2 (8:47, 8:44), 1×1 (8:27), 1×800 (3:59), 1×400 (1:52), 1×200 (:51)!!! (Converted to miles because of course I’m too lazy to change my Garmin to km.) The only one that wasn’t faster was the 400 which I ran a whopping 9 seconds faster last week. Also I’m super proud of the 200 (I ran roughly .13 of a mile) which worked out to a 6:11/mile. Yes, I only ran that fast for 51 seconds and yes that’s how fast some people can run marathons but STILL!! Total of 7 miles.

Aaaaand a PM 4.8 @ 8:58. I did a “tax day” group run with the local running store group. I ran from my house, did a fairly speedy (for me, for a second run) 3 miles with the group, then had a sandwich and chips and some cider back at the store and then ambled home.
Wednesday: weights. The back of my left butt cheek and my groin, down into my inner thigh, was hurting all night. I could not fall asleep because it hurt so much. I considered getting up to stretch/ice it but I was too tired/lazy. I iced first thing Thursday morning (before my run lol) though and it felt better. The pain came back briefly Sunday but it feels okay now.
Thursday: 6 @ 9:57, groin pain be damned! But I didn’t really enjoy it.
Friday: weights
Saturday: 6.2 @ 9:18. I’d planned on running longer, but I ran out of time before other commitments so I just did a fast finish. Mile 6 in 8:14 and last .20 in 7:11.
Sunday: 3.1 @ 8:45 Usually my rest day, but it was so pretty out – and I was just 3 miles away from reaching 30 for the week – so I did a quickie run with another fast finish. Mile 3 in 8:06 and last .1 in 7:26.

Total: 30ish!

And today, I’m resting.

another gripping training report (week of 4/10)

It was a pretty uninspiring running week for me but I guess any week without injury or illness is something to be thankful for.

Monday: weights + 3.1 @ 9:36.
Tuesday: Off because Kenzie was up half the night with a scary high fever. I could have gone in the evening but by then I really wasn’t in the mood.
Wednesday: Usually a lifting day but after taking Tuesday off I needed to run and I did OMG SPEED* DRILLS. I ran 1×2 (8:53, 8:49), 1×1 (8:34), 1×800 (4:05) 1×400 (1:43) and 1×200 (1:01). Alas, Garmin screwed me on my pace in the last interval because I went through some trees and lost my signal– before the trees, my pace was reading 6:30s. Total of 7 miles (half or quarter mile recovery jogs).

Tangent: We got some nice goody bags from Clif after the 10 miler, and one of the goodies was banana cinnamon oatmeal “energy food” pouch (far right).

This far exceeds probably any other race swag I’ve ever received.

It looks like the baby food pouches I used to feed my kids, but they’re made for grownups. Once you get over the idea of sucking oatmeal-banana puree out of a pouch, it’s not that bad. However, I failed to read the disclaimer, “FOR BEST RESULTS: consume pouch 2-3 hours before activity” and I ate mine in the car on the way there. So I had banana-flavored burps for like the first half of my run.

Thursday: AM: Zoo with my kids + PM weights + 3 @ 9:21. Oof. This was a tough one. I am so not a fan of afternoon workouts. I did manage to finally hit a 9:00 mile for the last one, but the effort felt like 8:00.

Friday: Nada. I was gonna lift or something but I ended up doing nothing.
Saturday: 11 @ 9:39. I got out about two hours later than planned, mainly because laziness, so the last hour of my run was kind of miserable. I actually really like doing long runs but I don’t feel like they’re doing much for my overall fitness lately. I just sort of slog through them and then congratulate myself on merely finishing. I used to throw some pace miles into the middle of my long runs to add value, so I may start doing that again. (Although I guess technically I’m now training for a 5k? So…?)
Sunday: REST

Total: 24ish

I always have this period of sulky reflection time after a bad race where I try figure out what went wrong and how to improve my routine**. My speed work is infrequent. I always aim to hit 30 miles a week and I never do it. And now I’m starting to wonder if I’m just getting old.

I actually really admire people who can just love running and not get weirdly competitive with random people who come up behind them during their long runs (why mile 5 was 30 seconds faster than any other mile on Saturday) or get all down on themselves when they have a bad race or like…a year-long plateau.

I feel like I’ve been working harder and not seeing any results. All of last year’s half marathon times were within a few seconds of each other, and none of them a PR. My 5ks were also dismal. The only thing I am really proud of is that I’ve been consistently lifting three days a week*** (more on that in another post) and I am stronger, but it hasn’t made a difference in my running AT ALL and that’s the ONLY REASON I’M DOING IT. I don’t want a bikini body damn it, I want a PR. And maybe the Monday (Marathon Monday, no less) after a lackluster training week is the wrong time to be complaining about a lack of progress, but…there it is.

*I use the word loosely
**I don’t have much of a routine
***Well, except last week

photo swiped from A Mighty Girl

subversive shit I did last week (month)

Uuuuuugh, I haven’t posted one of these since March 14. I started writing this post a few weeks ago and never finished it and now some of the issues I called/wrote my reps about have already been decided. Some of these links are old news. But instead of deleting and replacing, I decided to keep everything here and just add the more recent stuff so that you and I have a (somewhat) accurate record of things. Maybe someday we can look back at this time and feel grateful that it’s over.

Who I supported

Who I contacted

  • I called my reps to oppose Indiana SB 309, which would reduce solar energy incentives. Just another example of Indiana rolling back progress, y’all! Some concessions have been made on this legislation, but it’s still a POS and it is still moving forward.
  • I called my reps to oppose HB 1494, which would undermine Indiana’s already weak protections from factory farm pollution.
  • I used Indivisble’s script for calling my reps to oppose SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch (more on this below!).
  • I called my reps to oppose the president’s budget proposal. The weekly action checklist has a great script for this.
  • I contacted my reps to oppose S.J. Res. 34, the CRA resolution to kill the FCC’s privacy rules.
  • And just a note, all of these are from last month. I got burned out on the phone calls and I have called exactly zero reps this month. I will get back on it though, I promise.

What I read

What I did – This has been the hardest area for me. There are a ton of events and meetings that interest me but they’re either in the evening during dinnertime/the kids’ bedtime when it’s hard for me to get away or weekends when I’m selfish with my family time. I try to work extra hard in other areas to make up for it but I know that more than anything, so many organizations just need people to show up. So I’m going to try to do better at that.

Some good things + good people

  • Maxine Waters
  • April Ryan
  • We saved Obamacare! Or rather, DJT saved it with his ineptitude.
  • We stalled Gorsuch’s nomination for another week! Update (copied from Peace is Loud): “While Sen. Jeff Merkley spoke against Neil Gorsuch all night (15 hours!) on the Senate floor, communities held their own People’s Filibusters across the country, everywhere from Colorado to Arizona. (And yes, while the Senate chose to go nuclear and Gorsuch’s confirmation now seems inevitable, we consider it a victory that people mobilized and pressured Democrats not to give up without a fight.”)
  • Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland ruled against Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
  • Women dressed as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale to protest a Texas anti-abortion bill.
  • Nevada ratified the ERA
  • An Indianapolis judge blocked a state mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound 18 hours before having an abortion.
  • Also from Peace is Loud: “We already knew women were leading the resistance, but a new survey of progressive activists showed that women made 86% of the recent calls to Congress. Rebel girls, we hear the revolution, and we salute you.”
  • Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council (that DJT put him on BY ACCIDENT).
  • In a major victory for LGBTQ+ rights, a federal court ruled that the Civil Rights Act protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • The White House lifted the federal hiring freeze that led to a backlog of benefits claims at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department, delays in the processing of Social Security checks, staff shortages at federal prisons, the closure of childcare facilities at military bases and fewer workers at the Food and Drug Administration to work on drug approvals. (Because of course it did, ass.)

Read all of my subversive shit posts.

March recap

Oh my gosh you guys, my life is so crazy! I was so busy being popular and doing important things that I forgot to write up my running recap for the month of March! (Ha…no, I swear I didn’t mean that. Please keep reading.)

I found this by Googling “stupid sad white girl gif”

Total miles: 81 (I took about a week off when I was sick.)

Days running: 17 – only four fewer days than last month actually, but 30 fewer fewer miles. The fuck?

Longest run: 12 miles, in crappy weather.

Runs on the treadmill: Four. I like the treadmill for speed drills or days when I’m too lazy or the weather is too crappy to run outside. I don’t prefer the treadmill obviously, but I feel pretty lucky to have it as an option. I run about 15-20 seconds faster on the treadmill so I do think I still get a quality run out of it.

Races: I actually did one! Poorly, but still.

Group runs: One – a local running store held a St. Pat’s group run with pizza and beer. I got to run home with a mug and a pint glass.

Best run: Waaay back on March 2, I ran a 6-mile progression that was totally dreamy.

Worst run: Every run since. (JK) Probably the 8.7 I ran March 25 because I was too tired from the week to run as far or as fast as I wanted.

running week of 4/3 and a fun shower story

Race week training/I never know quite how to taper edition. I took off Wednesday because I had some other shit going on and then probably hammered my legs a little more than necessary later in the week. I think one of the reasons I keep falling apart at races is that I have unrealistic expectations. I’m not as strong or as fast as I think I am so I run harder than I should during the taper.

Monday: weights + I SWAM LAPS OMG. 1000 yards, which I know isn’t much for a real swimmer but it’s kind of a lot for someone who hasn’t done a single lap in at least two years. I can’t even remember the last time I was in the lap pool. (But the last time I blogged about it, I only had one child!)

I didn’t hate it!

What I did hate was stepping out of the gym shower (which by the way, runs at a trickle and has a single temperature setting: scalding hot) to find that my towel had fallen off the hook and was now sopping up public shower floor water. No more towels in the locker room, so I had to use the one small dry corner of my towel to try to dry myself, wondering what kinds of shower filth and foot fungus I had exposed to my naked body.

Tuesday: 8 @ 9:13. 
Wednesday: Off.
Thursday: weights + treadmill 3 @ 9:05. Wind and rain and just…nah.
Friday: Some halfass ab/leg stuff + 2 @ 9:52. Slight overkill? I wanted to do a shakeout before my race but it made me feel tired and I probably should have skipped it.
Saturday: Indy Miler Training Series 10
Sunday: REST

Total: 23 miles

Question: Does showering at the gym skeeve you out? I do it only when absolutely necessary, and never without flip flops. I have no reason to believe my gym is swarming with disease but there’s just something gross about puddles of water when it’s not from you. Like, I always imagine it’s all pee.

Couple things:

  • I am still doing the burpee thing on my weightlifting days. They are not feeling any easier yet.
  • My knee is no longer bothering me, so that’s good.
  • Next race: Pride 5k May 20.

I ran the Indy Miler 10 extraordinarily badly

I’ll get the basic shit out of the way first and then we can talk about how much I suck: I finished the Indy Miler series 10 in 1:28:59, a PR by 18 seconds. It was not the PR I wanted, but it was definitely the PR I deserved.

Age group: 13/159
Women: 65/963
Overall: 289/1629

I ran very badly.

Friday night I realized it had been exactly 27 days since the first day of my last period.

And can I just add that I’ve run like 18 races on my period this year? (Seriously, search my archives. I complain about it a lot.)

THEN, Saturday morning at 6 a.m. I opened our junk drawer in the kitchen where I keep my gels and there were no gels to be found. So I kinda had a case of the fuckits as I headed off to the race (with an Aldi protein bar stuffed into my bra).

The PLAN (before I abandoned it at the start line) was to begin conservatively, work up to 8:30s and then haul ass for the last couple miles. What I ended up doing was hauling ass for the first mile and then falling apart for the rest of the race.

I ran an almost flawlessly positive split until the last mile, when I realized a PR was still possible and I picked it up enough to squeak in just under 1:29:00.

It takes talent to run this fucking bad.

Probably around mile 5, I pulled out the protein bar and choked down a few bites. It was a lot harder to chew than I anticipated. I can inhale one of those things while I’m driving in my car. But while running, I felt like I was trying to swallow cement. I snorted and gasped and nearly aspirated a chunk of peanut butter rice crisp.

I shoved the bar back in my bra (in the wrapper you guys, I’m not totally gross) until just before mile 6 when I forced down a few more bites as I approached an aid station so I could chase it with some Gatorade. I had another splash of Gatorade around mile 8 I think, and that was it for the rest of the race.

So I ran a slightly faster race than my other 10 mile race, but I ran it indisputably worse. For comparison, my splits from the 10 miler two years ago:

In summary, I suck at running. It’s okay though! Next month I’m running a 5k. I’ll run it at roughly the same pace but it’ll be over a lot faster.

running week of 3/27

HI HI HI

Last week I took a few days off due to traveling but I stayed reasonably sober and ate pretty well so I didn’t feel disgusting and bloated when we got home and still managed a decent run on Sunday.

Monday: weights + 3.5 @ 8:55. I did kind of a dodgy treadmill speed workout: 400 (1:52), 800 (3:50), 800 (3:50), 400 (1:51). But it damn near killed me.
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:06. Another mostly successful progression run. I started at 9:30s and ended at 8:30s. Probably overkill a day after that treadmill run. Yeah, it took me two weeks, but it finally occurred to me that if I’m going to do a speed day on Monday, I probably need to move my tempos/progs to Thursday.
Wednesday: weights + 3.4 @ 9:23. Definitely overkill. This one felt painfully slow, but we left town Thursday and I knew I wouldn’t be running until we got back so I threw in a short one on leg day for good measure.
Thursday: nada
Friday: nada
Saturday: almost, but nada
Sunday:  6 @ 8:57. Sunday I wanted to make up for lost time and get in some confidence-boosting race pace miles (10 miler Saturday!) I warmed up, ran 4 miles at 8:42, 8:39, 8:36, 8:36 (a la my faithful Forerunner 110), and then a cool-down mile.

Total: 19ish

My 10 mile PR (my only 10 mile race) is 1:29:17 (8:55ish pace) so unless things go horribly awry, a PR is definitely possible.

But…my left knee started bothering me after our City Museum excursion. I didn’t notice it at all on Sunday but I’ve noticed it all day today. I’m going to do what I normally do and ignore it until either A) it’s unbearable or B) it goes away.

Anyway, that’s my plan: ignore my knees and run a 3-minute PR.