9.23.2013

R & R

Last week was scheduled to be my highest mileage week before starting the big taper for the Firetrails 50 mile race, which is in three weeks (eek). As I have mentioned before, things have been busy at work and it's been hard to fit any miles in at all, never mind a large amount of miles, so I was kind of looking forward to getting this week over with so I can start to return to a normal weekly mileage again.

However, I was also excited, because it would be my highest weekly mileage ever. It was going to be a 60 mile week.

But it wasn't in the cards. On Monday I started getting a cold, so I took the week easier than planned. I ran a 10 mile run on Tuesday in the city; it was a beautiful clear day. I got up on Thursday morning for a nice and early (and dark) 10 mile run before work, which I am really loving. It is really (really!) hard to get up any earlier than I already do, but man, the run in the dark and the silence, with the lack of cars, and being part of the early morning city activities (delivery, street cleaners, sleepless elderly folks out for their morning stroll) is really special.

On Friday I came straight home from work and got in my PJs and went to bed. I actually think I was asleep by about 9 o'clock. That is, after I drank about 248 liters of liquids! I tried it all; juice, tea, water, theraflu and soup. I was determined to get rid of this thing!

I got up Saturday and met up with Broski for a run in the Marin Headlands. There was a 50k we were going to run, but Broski works in the wine industry and they are in the middle of harvest, so we couldn't take that long of a run. The forecast called for rain around 8 am, but it was supposed to move through really fast so we figured it wouldn't matter if we got a little wet. We started around 6:30 and it was kind of misty/foggy for the first half an hour and then it just started pouring! It rained on us for roughly the next 3 hours (out of 4) and it was an interesting run to say the least. There were not a lot of great views but the rain also kept all the weekend hikers off the trails. We had them nearly all to ourselves. On this day, my cold was not too bad; and being in the woods made it easy to do a couple farmer's blows from time to time! I ended up running about 23 miles, which was longer than planned but the loop we took ended up being longer than we thought. We rewarded ourselves with a burrito before going our separate ways. I never say no to a burrito. Plus, isn't the saying, "starve a fever, feed a cold...a burrito"?

I got home, took a shower and got back into bed. It was kind of nice to finally have a relaxing weekend! I watched Midnight in Paris (which was a pretty good movie). I finished Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (which was entertaining) and started another book. I got some laundry done. I watched the first season of House of Lies. Yup, I watched a lot of TV, ate, drank and relaxed. It was great!

Sunday I slept in and was feeling much better, so I met up with some friends for brunch and a walk and then went for another run around the neighborhood. Ironically, after Saturday's rain, it was perfectly clear and warm on Sunday. However, my legs were pretty tired and my heart wasn't really into it, so I cut it a little shorter than I had planned.

I would like to say I reached my goal of 60 miles, but I didn't. Sometimes life just gets in the way! However, I did get in some good mileage and some good rest, as well as having a great weekend with good friends. Now, let's bring on the taper!

How was your week? Did you get everything done that you wanted to do?

10 comments:

  1. We were in that rain in SF winding our vacation down! Luckily it had basically stopped by the time we got to the city - we just drove in it. Hope your cold gets better soon.

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  2. It sounds like rest was just what you needed!!! Sometimes life has other plans! I'm sure you're ready for taper time!!

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  3. That sounds fantastic! 23 miles with a bro, tv & reading and no other hassles? where do I sign up?

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  5. That looks tiring but very healthy living! I used to run too but nowadays I just walk when I go to work. Goodluck with your mileage.

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  6. I think you were wise to listen to your body and cut back. In the long run, your body will thank you. I had to do that last fall when I got bronchitis. I had to miss my 21 mile run. I was so bummed, but I bounced back and did just fine at the marathon.

    Last week was a busy week for me as I had a super busy week at work and then flew home for the weekend. I was so stressed at work as we had this huge customer conference call that I was co-leading, I think the stress from that was impacting my sleep as I am sleeping better this week. This is another busy week for me as I have evening commitments 3 nights which is alot for me!

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  7. One of the (few) things I miss about marathon training was completing a long training run first thing on a Saturday morning, going home (shower optional, yes I'm gross) and climbing under the covers (either in bed or on my couch) to recuperate for a few hours. THAT was a true feeling of accomplishment!

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  8. Life definitely gets in the way sometimes. But you're ready regardless of that 60 mile week- enjoy the taper!!

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  9. Hope you're feeling better! I'm so jealous of your upcoming 50 mile event. You're going to be amazing!

    I never say no to a burrito bowl :)

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