Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A change in schedule

After the travel of last week, the down week was needed. I know I have said that around a million times.

Yesterday I talked to Coach Jen and we talked about how I have been feeling. Admittedly, I have been feeling tired. Worn out. A little sore and achy. I have been feeling like it is possible that I have been trying a little too hard this cycle.

I am making some changes to my schedule. I talked about this a little bit before my travel, but I am actually trying to put it into practice now.

I asked myself... why am I so concerned with being in the office at 7:15 am? Why do I feel the need to get Addie to her daycare the moment it opens? This involves a 4 am wake time daily in order to get a run done, lunch packed, shower taken, and off to work on time to drop Addie off at 7 am. 4 AM!!! That is freaking EARLY! And then most nights, I stay awake FAR later than makes sense in order to get up at 4. I want to spend some time with my husband after Addie goes to bed, after all.

So, I am changing my process. I am trying to relax and level off my anxiety about changing my schedule (yes, it might be dumb, but I feel anxious about NOT being the first one in the office). And I am sure that will take time. But, I am planning on shifting my "out the door" time back approximately 45 minutes, and being out the door around 7 am. This will give me approximately 45 minutes to an hour (depending on the day) of extra sleep. And 45 minutes to an hour is enough to make a big difference on a lot of days. At least, that is my hope.
And every once in a while, you feel rested enough to knock out a solid run despite being a week of travel (across the country so jet lag plays a factor), despite cutting your run short the weekend before because you are having some hamstring issues, despite  taking an extra day off because you spent the entirety of it on a plane. Sunday was that day.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Training Update: Week of February 20

Another week of training in the books. This week was obviously a tricky one with my travel, not to mention the fact that I cut my long run short the previous weekend.
Lucky for me, it was a down week, and I definitely needed that.

Monday: 7 miles with 4x 30s strides (7.52 total miles). PT.
Tuesday: 50 minute walk. Core power yoga in Pasadena.
Wednesday: 5 easy miles, Core.
Thursday: 6 miles, Pure Barre upper body intensive.
Friday: OFF (travel)
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: 10 miles.

28.52 miles
1x yoga
1x PB

Not the greatest week, but considering the travelling that I had to do, I feel like this week was a success.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Travel progress

So I am in Pasadena. We have been here since Monday. It has definitely been an experience overall, and I am learning a lot about how this new company runs their ship. But obviously, that is not something that I generally write about here, so instead, let's talk about what I have been doing toward my own goals and stuff since I have been here.

I have been having this hamstring thing, so I took my time on Monday morning before I flew out to see Dr. Mike, get my hamstring worked on and then taped up, and feeling a little bit better before I left to come out there.

So on Tuesday morning, I just got up and did my XT. I walked on the treadmill. 50 minutes. We spent the entire day at the new office. It was a stressful day. Because of that stressful day we decided to head over to yoga. One of the coworkers who is here with me used to live in San Diego. She LOVES yoga, and specifically is into hot yoga, and spent a lot of time at one specific place. And they have a location in Pasadena.
Yep. 105 degrees. An hour of class. Everything about it was awesome. I loved it. Seriously. It's not pure barre to me, but I definitely could get there. Because I loved it.

Wednesday morning, I headed out for a run.
That was the view as I ran around Arcadia, which is where we are staying. Mountains... My happiness. Run went well overall...  I think things are coming along.

Our plan is to head back to yoga tonight, and I am already looking forward to 6PM CP2.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Long run, all the nope.

Last week's long run... sigh... But it is ok.

Last weekend I was supposed to run 16 miles. I was supposed to run 4x 1 mile at a 10K pace. But I have been feeling pretty worn out recently. My legs have been feeling tired. A little bit sore. And I was really struggling with some lingering sleep lacking...

I have not been getting as much sleep as I need for sure. Something about waking up at 4 am every single day will do that to you. So I have some thoughts around that, but I can get to those later...  This week is not the week for that since I am traveling and therefore have a more flexible schedule overall.


I ended up with (as stated in my wrap up the week post) running 9 miles with 2 miles at 10K pace. I stopped around 8 miles (maybe closer to 7.5?) to bend over and try and stretch out my high hamstring because it was not feeling good. I had to really stretch it out. Although I had been having some niggles in that area (and even told Lauren on our way to PB once that I had some soreness in my PB ledge - where your butt cheeks meet your hamstring), this was the first time that the niggle turned into pain.

And so... I ran home. I took my shoes off. I laid down on the floor of my living room. I tried really hard to not let it get to me. I text some birdie friends. I text Charlie and Jenn. I talked to Jason. Pretty much everyone that I talked to was in agreement, and then I just had to convince myself of it. It is better to cut one run short now than to be out for a week a few weeks from now.

That evening as I laid on the couch trying to figure out how I was going to handle things I emailed my ART guy immediately hoping that I would be able to get in with him on Monday before I left for CA. Luckily, he emailed me back Sunday morning and had two openings on Monday morning. I got in to see him at 11 am on Monday morning (my flight was at 4 pm). I decided that it made MUCH more sense to get over and see him than it did to get over to Pure Barre. Especially with it being a down week.

Getting worked on by Mike was definitely painful. It always is... But it felt so good. If you are in Cincinnati and looking for someone good to help with some deep tissue work on your muscles, I highly recommend him. You can find him here: Mike Turjanica. Call him.

I am running this week. I am logging my miles, but I am taking them so easy. Because I need to be kind to myself.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Emily v Hills

This time, I won.

Last week I ran my first hill workout. To be fair, it was not my first. I think I might have done a hill workout with Buckeye Running about a million years ago, or so it feels. I was looking through all of my garmin data to see if I could find that workout, but unfortunately no luck. I am apparently not very good at naming things there, so searching for "hills" and "mason" yielded zero results. Anyway, that workout was quick and steep. I think we did 8-10 repeats up a VERY short hill.

This past week it was a little bit different. LONG repeats at a hard effort. I had 5K effort for 5x 1/2 mile. And while I was not overly stressed about it (because I knew that it was not going to be 5K pace, just hard), I was stressed about trying to find the "right" hill to do a workout like this.

Enter my former (before he left my company and moved to Lexington) training partner Charlie. He had done a hill workout near our office once. I had come up with my own option early in the week. I went to scout it out and realized it was only about 0.16 miles long, AND I was breathing like 5K effort just walking. Where Charlie comes in is finding this website: www.findhills.com. And he sent me directly to the section near the office that he had run previously. The elevation profile looked like this:
So yes, tough, but not all red, right? And long enough. When he told me about that stretch before he sent me this, my response was "there is a hill there? I don't remember thinking of that as a hill." He asked if I had ever done hill repeats, and that I should expect to feel like death no matter what by the end.

Now, I had a bit of a mental hurdle when I actually got out there and started running. Basically, I made a dumb mistake and started running hard after two miles, but I was going down hill. I had the starting and ending point mixed up. And I almost broke down as a result. I got to the bottom, I was at 2.5 miles, and I had 5 miles to repeats to go. Half mile up and half mile down... 5 times. And then I had to get back to my office. I started to freak. I almost threw in the towel. But then I decided, well, I am about a mile from my office at the top of the hill. So instead of running a mile cool down, I do a half mile recovery and then a half mile cool down.

I am super proud of myself for relaxing and going with the flow when something turned into what I did not expect. That is not my strong suit, so getting over little dumb things like this are a big deal for me. And while the miles were not fast (not even CLOSE to 5K pace) they were all sub 8 (even with recovery), so I know that I met my goal of running at 5K effort.

Another 8 mile workout, done and done.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Training Update: Week of February 13

Another high-ish volume week of training has come and gone. Next week is a down week, and I need that. My legs are definitely feeling tired and needing a down week. Plus it is kind of nice that the down week is coinciding with my travel week.

So let's take a look at how this tough week went for me. 

Monday: 9 miles with 4x30s strides. 9.50 total miles. Pure Barre. Core.
Tuesday: 8 miles, easy (9:04 pace). Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre.
Thursday: 5x0.5 mile hill repeats. 8 total miles. Core.
Friday: 8 miles, easy (9:17 pace). Pure Barre. Core.
Saturday: 9 miles with 2x1 mile at 10K pace (see post later this week for more details)
Sunday: OFF

42.5 total miles
4x pure barre (YUS!)
4x Core

So let's enjoy this down week (and the CA sunshine - it better not be raining when I am there. That will be enough to irritate me!) 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Here comes the sun

I rarely rarely rarely talk about work here. Other than the fact that I am an accountant, and therefore I have some busy times of the year (year end, etc) and times of the month (beginning of the month when we are closing the books for the prior month), you probably don't know too much about what I do (unless you know me in real life), and that is ok. In general, I am going to keep it that way.

But, there is one thing that I feel like I can talk about. My company is being acquired. I have been there for nearly 7 years, been through a lot of things, and it is weird to think that soon it will change. (The acquisition has been made public, there have been some press releases and articles about it at this point, so it is not like I am spilling the beans about anything I am not supposed to). So while I am not sure how I feel about the acquisition yet, because obviously it means a lot of change, there is one thing interesting and hopefully good that came out of all of it...

Next week, I am traveling across the country for the week. We are flying out of Cincinnati on Monday evening. We are leaving in the early afternoon next Friday. And so I will get to spend a week in February in Southern California. Pasadena to be more specific.

So next week, when it is cold-ish in February here, I will be enjoying (I hope) some So Cal sunshine, working on my runners tan (or at least, running in a sports bra even if the sun is not up yet), and meeting some of the folks that I will be working with going forward.

Bring on the sunshine.