Do you hate me for making that pun? I kind of hate me a little for it.
The sad thing is that I really didn't bring six-y back and am not having a good pre-season training week. I've done exactly two runs this week, a 3 miler and a 6 miler. Which on the surface, at least I did something, but I REALLY struggled with those runs. We've had high humidity here lately, at least for Oregon anyway, and it is really kicking my ass. My last few runs have been so bad that now I'm starting to dread runs, and that's not a good place to be when you start marathon training in a week. The main issue is that I can't breathe, which you know...that's kind of important. But I get to where I can't breathe, then I start panicking, then I get pissed because I have to constantly stop my watch because I'm out of breath. I'm mainly mad because I've had such a great week on every other level, and I wanted to top it off with a good run.
I also am still struggling with hip pain, and though I think it's getting better, it doesn't help the situation! The trigger point massage is helping, but the points I'm hitting definitely have major issues and a lot of dehydrated tissue for me to have to work through.
I'm trying to contemplate how to handle this breathing/heat thing going forward, because unfortunately our summers suck ass anymore until late September, so I'm going to have to find a way to deal with it. I'm resolving to do a marathon somewhat right this time, which means faithfully sticking to training. I am already a slow runner, and if I slow my pace anymore than it is now, then I'd pretty much be walking. And you know, I can't walk a marathon. Well I could, but then that shit would take 14 hours. My thinking is for August I could adjust my walk/run intervals. Right now I'm at running 0.90 then walking 0.10, which is awesome for me because that's an even mile and that just makes it easy when I'm setting up interval training on my Garmin. But I suppose I could shorten the run intervals so that I'm taking walk breaks sooner.
Having a job is a new thing for me to have to work around, so that will be interesting! I'm assuming I can just do my shorter weekly runs before work, although that means running in my ghetto neighborhood. That kind of scares me, but I don't really have the luxury of driving a 30 minute round trip to the place where I normally run, so I may just have to put my stab knuckles on and hope for the best. At least once late September hits I'll be able to do my runs after work since it won't be stupidly hot. If they are three milers I could easily knock them out at lunch time. I know I'll figure it out, it's just a huge adjustment after not having a job for like 7 months! At least I know for a fact I will not be working overtime or be too drained/exhausted to keep myself from running. Work/life balance, what a concept right?
Just to jump back to my run today, during the first three miles of it I came upon the oddest sight.
Like, what is that? A shrine? Voodoo? Sidewalk art? It kind of creeped me out because it's like something out of the Blair Witch Project. The weirdest part was that I don't know where the rocks came from. This is a subdivision with all grass, nary a rock in sight. So weird. I always see at least one interesting or odd thing on my runs, but this is definitely up there!
I can't believe how good I feel otherwise this week, things really have turned the corner and I feel so happy! Besides my job prep excitement, I reconciled with an old friend I hadn't talked to in a really long time. I'm very happy this person is back in my life, and I'd really missed them! I just feel good all around and full of hope. Even my fortune cookie was all in on the action:
I am not stressed about money per say, it's just that I will be making a lot less at this job and am having to adjust things in my life and be all adult and have a budget and shit. Trust me, it's completely worth it for everything I'm getting in return, it's just a matter of being careful and responsible. It was just funny I got this as a fortune, it made me smile and was a nice reminder that everything works out just fine usually.