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


Heeey 2000s, it’s me Marie

I’m doing three things Thursday but it’s only Wednesday!


I wanted to blog about three exciting new things I got into this week, but it occurred to me that none of these things are exciting or new to anyone else but me. Then I realized it’s my goddamn blog and I can talk about whatever I want. So!

LuLaRoe. For a while I was like FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SHUT UP ABOUT LULAROE. Then my mom bought me some LuLaRoe leggings as a gift and now I’m like, OH JESUS BRING ME ALL THE LULAROEZ. I still really do not like the ‘independent consultant’ buisness model because as an introvert I prefer to do my shopping (and most things) without having to go anywhere or speak to anyone, but they’re soooo soft I just might be willing to venture out of my comfort zone to buy some more.


Streaming TV! We have a really old television that doesn’t have the HDMI port you need for streaming. The TV just won’t quit on us so it seems frivolous to buy a fancy new HDTV just so we can be cool and watch Westworld like all of our friends. Finally though, we decided to look into what we’d need to do streaming and it turns out all you need is this dumb little converter box. I KNOW. It took literally three minutes of Googling to figure this out.


So we bought the box and the Google Chromecast device and behold! Now we stream. In a few more years we just might trade in our VCR/DVD combo for a blu-ray.


Gel nails. I get my nails done about once every decade so it isn’t any wonder that nail technology has improved by leaps and bounds since my last encounter with a nail tech. I went on a mani/pedi + margarita day date with some girlfriends on Sunday and the lady talked me into getting gel by telling me they are much sturdier and don’t easily chip.


Apparently the superior gel technology is substantially more costly than conventional polish but somehow these babies only cost me 22 bucks plus tip. (Apparently some places charge upward of 50 bucks?! Newwwwp.)


This is day four, you guys.

(Note: the lighting in my kitchen totally makes them look shit-brown but they are actually more of a purplish brown.)

That’s all!

What is something everybody else was doing before you? Are you an early adopter or do you hold out like a grumpy old lady refusing to learn computers? I was also among the last in the developed world to get a smartphone.