36 hours in Phoenix (for a race, of course)

Mom, kiddo and I ventured out to Phoenix on Friday to take part in the Phoenix Women’s 10K (me running, them spectating). With only a short time in town, we tried to get in as much as we could.

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Friday

We landed late into Phoenix and stayed with Marriott points at Towne Place Suites in a nice 2-bedroom suite with a sofa pull out.

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Saturday

We took a Lyft to Butterfield’s Pancake House in Scottsdale for breakfast because I read about their oven-baked pancakes (which apparently take 30 minutes to prepare — at least the menu warns you!). It was super yummy, but way too big. Thankfully, I had only ordered 2 eggs to go with it for some protein.

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Next stop: The OdySea Aquarium. This was kiddo’s vote, and we obliged. It was a cute aquarium, not as much to see inside as you would expect from how massive the external building is. But, it was still nice. My favorite was the jellyfish.

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We took another Lyft to the Arizona Fine Art Expo which had the most amazing pieces. We watched a glassblower make paperweights, and I bought one of his glass pumpkins to bring him.

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We ended the day at Buca di Beppo near the race, to meet up with another member of the Fifty States Half Marathon Club for dinner. Then it was off to bed.

Sunday – Race Day!

The race recap is here: https://runtraveldream.com/2018/01/28/phoenix-womens-10k-race-recap/.

Not much else went down on Sunday except a hot soak in the tub, a flight from Phoenix to Denver, then one from Denver to Newark.

Next time we return to Arizona, we hope to hit up Grand Canyon!

Week 14 recap & tallies

I started off week 14 with a 6-mile run-walk Monday on a city running tour in Honolulu. I forgot to pause it during miles 2 and 5 when we stopped for snacks and photos, so the time is screwy. My shin was sore, so I popped some Motrin and did a lot of pre-run stretching. I got through! I also found a rainbow (above my sweaty head).

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At the end of week 14, I got in another 6 miles: to the park, around the park, and home… but I had to walk most of the last mile… my right calf cramped badly and my right foot was completely numb. It didn’t help that my watch face froze most of the run, then wouldn’t allow me to click done after. So I took a photo of it for the blog. Overall, I felt good during most of the run, keeping about a 12-minute pace until I walked.

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I’m making progress though: 2.5 months ago I couldn’t run a half mile. Aches and pains are all part of the process, right? The black tee is my post-run mood lately… lol.

This week, I also got my new 2018 planner. 2017 has been amazing… now, it’s time to get cracking on next year with my new planner from May Designs.

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Here’s my tally for the last 3 weeks:

***TOTALS***Measure

Week 12: 6 miles ran

Week 13: 2 miles ran (the shin sidelined me)

Week 14: 12.2 miles ran/walked

18 days til next 5K

67 days til FIRST 10K

107 days til Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, support me!

And we’re back… Running in a skirt!

Today was my first run after being sidelined all week with shin splints/cramps. I did 2 pain-free miles, and walked a total of 1.58 miles before and after the run, while listening to Power 105’s Sunday night reggae mix (NYC) via iHeart Radio. I also made sure to really stretch today, and it helped.

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This is the park I ran through – Ala Moana. Great views of the ocean!

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I also ran this afternoon in a skirt! No, not like an A-line — a skirt specifically made for running, from Skirt Sports. The pair I bought has biker shorts sewn-in, and it was surprisingly comfortable. I thought the legs of shorts would irritate me, but I immediately forgot I was wearing anything special: super comfy.

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Pre-run, I had an açaí bowl with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, quinoa puffs and a scoop of peanut butter, with carrot lemonade as my beverage. Yum!

Tomorrow is my last day in Honolulu… I have a super early running tour of Honolulu lined up before I leave. Can’t wait!

Week 12 recap and sidelined in Hawaii…

After my 5K on Sunday the 29th, I didn’t run again until Friday when I squeaked out 5 miles with my running buddy.

I totally forgot to take a selfie at the end of that 5 miles. It was a rough one. I still had sore gluts from my post-race deep tissue massage, and my foot was numb for half of it. Then my IT band acted up for the last 1/2 mile. I was a mess! But guess what? Another 5 miles in the bank, just before I started my travels.

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Later that day, I flew to Phoenix for a certification course, and was itching to get outside for a run that Sunday. 


However, it was a tough, disappointing run. I felt winded at first, then once I got into a groove at the 1 mile mark, my left shin/ankle cramped and I could barely dorsiflex my foot. At the same time, my right foot went numb. I just walked the 0.8 mile back (which was a struggle) and called it a day. I think it was a combination of wearing heels for 3 long days straight (which I rarely do), and then running on uneven sidewalk.  

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I continued with pain, so I didn’t try to run before I left for Hawaii on Tuesday.


Wednesday morning, I got up bright and early for morning yoga. I walked 3 miles round trip to the meeting site, and my leg started to feel better.

But, despite soaking and massaging all week, I kept being awakened by excruciating pains at night for the remainder of the week. Last night, I got the great idea to use my TENS electric stim machine along my tibialis anterior muscle. It was my FIRST night with no pain!

I have, however, been enjoying my time here in Honolulu.

I’m taking it easy with this left leg now, with the hope that I can get a run in tomorrow.

Week 9 Recap

Monday

Monday was my makeup for Sunday — a hills workout on the dreadmill since San Jose is relatively flat. I did 6% incline for 90 sec, recover, 7% for 1 min, recover, then repeat x 5 with a warm-up and cool down. Not a lot of good sleep the night before… I was so ready for a nap!


Tuesday

A rest day — I spent Tuesday catching up on work and visiting my friend, husband and new baby in the hospital.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a rest day. I spent most of the day flying from Cali to Providence for work.

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Thursday

After a 12-hour shift, I had to do my track workout on the dreadmill… 1200m intervals (at 5mph and 5.2mph) with recovery breaks in between. Felt really good. I wasn’t dead by the end, which was nice. Progress!

Saturday

Saturday night dreadmill run. Got a cramp in my good leg and had to walk for a few seconds midway through. But another 3 in the bank! I threw in 50 squats, 50 sit ups and 25 pushups at the end. Long run planned for Sunday…

Sunday

I landed from Providence this morning to find my race packet from the Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago on my doorstep… 2 more weeks!

Later that night, I finished off week 9 with my long(est) run: 4.5 miles. My running buddy and I took it easy, but by the end, I was still beat and a sweaty mess. I was certainly feeling Saturday night’s 3 miles + squats workout. Feeling proud though.

Week 8 Recap

Monday

I did this week’s long run on Monday as a solo morning run: 4 miles straight without walking (my longest distance during this training so far!), complete with 2 inclines on each of the 3 laps. My “bad” foot did go numb from mile 2.7 to 3.9 then the tingling just disappeared. Weird. Still feeling proud of myself for getting to mile 4. The weather was nice and cool, which helped.

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Tuesday & Wednesday –  Rest days. Mostly because I worked back-to-back 13-hour shifts.

Thursday

A quick 2-mile run at home on the dreadmill while watching Grey’s Anatomy, after my 3 back-to-back 13-hr shifts. Another run was scheduled at 8am the next morning, plus my foot went numb, so I didn’t wanna overdo it.

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Friday

Sluggish morning run. I was so beat, but we did it! My foot also went numb again for the last mile which is getting annoying. But hey, it’s another 3 miles in the bank. Not stressing over one tough run.

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Then, later that day, I headed to the airport for my trip to the Bay Area.

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Saturday & Sunday

Having a ball so far in California… lots of good eats. Saturday was Sam’s Chowder House (beautiful views of Half Moon Bay) and today, we went to Brenda’s French soul food restaurant. I skipped my hills workout today after we walked nearly 4 miles up and down San Francisco’s hills (my Garmin says it was the equivalent of climbing 28 flights of stairs). I’ll make it up tomorrow (Monday).

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Dessert at Sam’s Chowder House

Week 6 & Week 7 recaps

Week 6 Recap

After the 5k run on Wednesday, the 20th (see the post here), I finished off the week with two additional runs.

Thursday

I had a nice afternoon solo run. I was scheduled for 2.75 miles, but I took a pee break after the first 4 minutes and my Garmin can’t pause. So, it’s broken into 2 entries! I kept an average pace of sub-12, complete with a few inclines… and I didn’t feel like I was gonna die! #Progress Maybe I took today’s shirt literally. 🙂

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Friday

A short Happy Friday run with a running girlfriend: 2 miles. I’m getting faster!

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Week 7 Recap

At the beginning of week 7, I took a brief hiatus to recharge and vacation in Atlanta. So, I only got 2 runs in before the end of the week.

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Monday-Thursday (Atlanta)

I also took a break from low-carb on my getaway, and enjoyed some good eats! In particular, some great seafood gumbo at Pappdeaux’s and the best strawberry cheesecake at Sage Woodfire Tavern!

 

Friday

My first full day back in NJ, we did a slow and easy 5K distance, catching up on life.

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Saturday

After a lot of self pep talking this morning, I got out on the track for 5 miles of speed work with run-walk intervals. My overall pace was faster than my normal running time (including walk breaks), which shows me that I could probably be running faster.

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