Sunday, November 28, 2021

Workout Recap - Week 48

Sunday, November 21st – Rest Day

Monday, November 22nd – Rest Day

Tuesday, November 23rd – Rest Day

Wednesday, November 24th – Rest Day

Thursday, November 25th – Rest Day

Friday, November 26th – Rest Day

Saturday, November 27th – Rest Day


THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW WITH NO WORKOUTS! Don't get me wrong, I have still been walking (a ton), but no official workouts (i.e. biking or running). I'll be honest, the first week I didn't totally miss it, since we were soooooo busy with house/ moving stuff, but now I am itching to get back to it. If I had to guess, I think what might have happened was I pinched a nerve in my back when I was doing the 50-Mile Bike the Coast ride (since the pain tends to radiate down my left leg a bit), but I'm hoping to try to slowly add some runs back in to see how the body holds up. Wish me luck ;)

How were your workouts this past week?

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Workout Recap - Week 47

Sunday, November 14th – Rest Day

Monday, November 15th – Rest Day

Tuesday, November 16th – Rest Day

Wednesday, November 17th – Rest Day

Thursday, November 18th – Rest Day

Friday, November 19th – Rest Day

Saturday, November 20th – Rest Day

I know, I know, THIS IS WEIRD, right?! I went a full week with no workouts... First, if you read last week's workout recap you probably remember that I mentioned my left hip flexor/ glute/ groin was angry with me... Well, wasn't 100%, so I decided to take time off until it felt better... and it hasn't felt better... Second, as you know, we are in the middle of moving (we were crashing with friends for a couple weeks in between having to get out of our condo and having our new place "liveable") so I gave myself a little extra grace and got some extra sleep/ rest during this extremely hectic time. I'm hoping and praying that my body will feel back to normal soon and I can get back to tackling the miles that I love (and miss!)!

How were your workouts this past week?

Monday, November 15, 2021

Bike the Coast 50 Mile Ride Recap

A couple weeks ago I participated in the Bike the Coast event (I decided to tackle the 50 mile ride, although they also do offer 7, 15, 25 and 100 mile options as well). I won the entry on their social media back in 2019 for the 2020 event, but due to COVID that ride was postponed so I was finally able to redeem my registration at the beginning of November.

When in doubt, throw on ALL THE COLORS and ride it out!

I have participated in this event twice before. In 2014 I did the 50-miler and in 2017 the hubby and I did the 25-miler

Left: 2014 // Right: 2017

#RealTalk - I figured that 25 miles is probably more of a casual distance (maybe two hours or so), so why not add a little challenge if I'm going to do it?! (That was also the thinking I used when I selected the 50-miler as my first ultra distance... I figured that if I could do 26.2, then I could probably definitely do 31, so why not make it a little tougher and go for 50?! ;))


If you've been around my corner of the InterWebs for a bit, you may remember that the hubby, pup and I are in the middle of moving. We sold our condo and bought a house (everything became official at the end of September) and are in the middle of renovations (it was built in the 70s and we're only the third owners, so to say there are A LOT of necessary updates would be quite an understatement). Well, unfortunately we did not get enough done at the new place before we had to move out of our condo so we actually bunked with friends for a couple weeks while getting the new place "liveable". This bike ride took place in the middle of this transition, so it was a bit more hectic and chaotic than usual. 

With all but about four or five outfits that we had at our friends, everything else was boxed up in the new garage. The night before the ride we went over to get boxes out of the rafters so I could put together some sort of race day attire. I decided, seeing as this ride was all for fun (in fact, they don't even consider it a race), I'd go as bright and colorful as possible. 

Note: The bib on my shirt is not actually a bib, but my BIKE NUMBER ;) And there's a few "new" items not normally in my
flat runner [because it's a FLAT RIDER] pictures - like a helmet (borrowed from my boss) and homemade handlebar streamers ;)

The 50 mile ride was set to begin at 7:45am (with all riders needing to be started by 8:30am), so, as per usual, I set multiple alarms. One of the "nice" things about waking up at 3:33am during the week so I can run before work is when my alarm is set for 5:35am it feels like sleeping in... well, had I not been up until 11:30pm the night before... #Oops

The hubby offered to drop me and my borrowed bike (oh yeah, did I not mention that I don't own a bike?! HA! I actually was going back and forth on whether I should participate in the ride seeing all the hassle it was going to take, but finally decided to go for it when a friend offered up her cruiser {with gears} to use) at the start. There was a fun whale on the wall near where he was dropping me off so he snapped a quick pic before he took off (off to do more housework, of course).

Be honest, did you see the tiny surfer on the painting the hubby somehow got to line up perfectly like they were on my helmet?!

The weather was cool, gray, humid and overcast, so I wore thin gloves for the first few miles till my hands warmed up.

Can you say SOGGY?! And, YES, I am WELL AWARE that I'm a weather wimp now after living in SoCal for 15 years.

I ended up being in the 11th wave, which started right at 8am. I had no idea what to expect (sure, I might ride a stationary bike during the week while watching Netflix, but it doesn't have a speedometer or odometer so I have no idea how far or fast I'm riding {I normally just do it to get in a little sweat time while keeping my routine and not pounding the pavement every day}). I thought maybe I could ride a little less than twice as fast as I could run, so say I run 8-9 minute miles, maybe I could bike two miles every 10 minutes, but had no idea if that was a gross over- or underestimate... 


Before we get too far into the recap I want to address something. As you can see from the bike I was using and the outfit I was wearing, I am not what you would consider a "serious" biker. I'm not comfortable on a road bike and would prefer to avoid the head-to-toe lycra if at all possible ;) I am 100% positive that one look and everyone knew I was not "in it to win it". I was planning to enjoy the views of the coast while getting in a good workout and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. Well, apparently the other participants (at least the vocal ones) did not appreciate that attitude... The nasty comments (both to me and said loud enough near me so I could hear) started as soon as I rolled up to the ride. They ranged from "Have you ever even gone 50 miles before?!" to " I would never ride a bike like THAT for more than 10 miles at a time" or "Did you think she even trained for this?!" and those were all before I crossed the starting line! While on the course I was told that the bike was "too heavy", "too slow", "didn't have enough gears" and at one point, while I was waiting at a traffic light, an older gentleman rode up next to me, looked me up and down and told me that his only goal for the day was to beat me. I mean, really... How am I supposed to respond to comments like that?! I don't remember if I just tried to laugh it off or if I said anything in response, but I would assume my jaw was dragging on the ground for the next mile or so. I got a few "positive" comments, but most of them were about my outfit - not about how KICKASS I was doing. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't breaking any records, but I was on a bike probably twice as heavy and half as fast as most of the ones out there (and probably a tenth of the cost ;)) and was still going the same exact distance as they were. 


I'll be honest, at first I wasn't sure if folks were laughing at me or with me, I was just glad they were smiling... but after a while the comments stung. I know, I know, "sticks and stones", but it was a bit much. I did my best to keep a smile on my face, cheer on folks who passed me (because, let's be real, I'd pass a couple people as I stood up and pumped like heck to make it up the hills, but other than that I think the only people I passed were changing flat tires ;)) and enjoy the ride.


I'm not saying this for a "poor me" or to get sympathy, I'm saying it because if someone is doing something that seems to be making them happy and it's not hurting/ impacting you, YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY FOR THEM! And, at the very least, you shouldn't try to tear them down or rain on their parade. Let's spread kindness and keep the rudeness to ourselves, k?!


Okay, enough giving the haters the headspace (and blog space), onto the rest of the ride. Like I mentioned, I've done it twice before so I remember it being a ride and not a "race". I'm assuming they can keep the cost lower by not having to close the course/ get permits/ etc. Seeing as I was never going to win, I didn't care whether it was a ride or a race (I mean, we still got a medal at the finish, so I was okay ;)), but the one negative about the course not being closed (meaning we are just riding in the bike lane along a specific route) is you have to follow all of the laws of the road. Don't get me wrong, I'm NOT a rule breaker, so that's not what I'm saying, but what I AM saying is having to stop at every single stop sign, traffic light, etc gets old QUICK! In years past I remember there were police officers at certain intersections and would write a ticket if a biker did not come to a complete stop and put at least one foot on the ground. Now, hear me out, I do this anyway (although I'd say unless we were in a busy part of one of the cities we rode through, I was the ONLY person doing this... participants weren't even doing 'rolling stops', they were just blowing through intersections with no regard for signs or signals), but having to start and stop constantly makes getting into a rhythm pretty difficult (especially when they was significant elevation along the route, so having to stop or start on steep uphills or downhills can be a pain in the batoot!). 


Remember how I mentioned I was borrowing the bike from a friend. Well, when the hubby went to pick it up (the day before the ride) he tried to do a few tune-ups on it (loosen the brakes so the front wheel could actually spin, lube the chain, etc) but it definitely wasn't in tip-top shape. In fact, although it had 7 gears, only gears 3, 4, 5 and 7 worked (the chain wouldn't catch on 1, 2 or 6). At some points it seemed like it was either way too easy or way too hard to pedal, but again, I was just thankful to be out there, enjoying the ocean breezes, so I didn't mind. I definitely had to "work" for this finish line. With that said, I didn't really have many opportunities to take photos. I snapped a quick selfie at one of the aid stations (and a picture of the bike), but other than that I had the pedal to the metal and was just chugging on. 

In fact, I have to say I am extremely proud of myself because I didn't stop a single time. I thought there were definitely going to be times where I'd have to walk the bike up hills, but I was able to power through and reach the top each and every time! 1,900 feet of climbing might not seem like a lot, but I promise you, on THAT bike, it was a booty kicker!

You'd think a "coastal" ride would be flat, HA! Funny joke!

When I had stopped at the final aid station, which was about 15 miles from the finish, I sent the hubby a text to let him know so he could leave to head down in about an hour to cheer me in. Seeing as I was in the back of the pack, the majority of the food was already gone, but I was able to snag a banana to help me make it to the finish (all of my normal running fuel was packed in boxes at our new place, so I was relying on the aid stations to keep me powered for the ride). Before I knew it the sun was popping out (the overcast weather kept the temps cool for most of the morning, which was much appreciated, at least by me ;)) and I was heading towards the Oceanside pier with the hubby waving at me!

The end was in sight!!

In total it took me about five and a half hours to finish the 50+ miles (there was a detour due to construction on the 101 in Encinitas, which added some distance and elevation, hence the almost 52 miles). Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

The green band was to show the volunteers at the aid stations that you were officially part of the ride.

I think I'll opt out of bike events for the future. I know not all bikers are rude-er-tons, but when I posted about my ride on social media, many people said they have had similar experiences in the cycling world, so I think it's best for me to pass. 


PS I don't blame Bike the Coast for my less than stellar adventure (well, the lack of aid for the back of the pack and the constant start/ stop because of the open route may be their "fault", but they can't control the attitudes or comments of their participants). I appreciate the opportunity to win the entry and love supporting local events whenever possible. If you are a "real" biker (or maybe have thicker skin than me), you might love this event! #ToEachTheirOwn #AndThats100%OKAY

When was the last time you were on a bike?

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Workout Recap - Week 46

Sunday, November 7th – Rest Day

Monday, November 8th – 10.10 mile run

Tuesday, November 9th – Rest Day

Wednesday, November 10th – 10.10 mile run

Thursday, November 11th – Rest Day

Friday, November 12th – 14.64 mile run

Saturday, November 13th – Rest Day

Well, that was not how I foresaw this week going... I'll be honest, I think I might have tweaked my left hip flexor/ glute/ groin during the Bike the Coast 50-miler because it's been tight and a bit angry since then. I tried to dial back my pace during the week, but when I went out to do 18 on Friday (I worked Sunday - Thursday so actually had off Friday and thought I'd get my longer run in then) my body was NOT having it so I pulled the plug early. It could be a combination of a lot of things (lack of sleep, higher stress, less than stellar fueling, the tweak in my leg, a huge weather swing {it was in the 60s on Wednesday and in the 90s by Friday}, just my Fibromyalgia being Fibromyalgia, etc), but I am trying to listen to my body and take its cues rather than pushing on and making it SCREAM at me. So, although I was originally planning on more miles on Friday and a whole nother run on Saturday, it's stretching, rolling on a lacrosse ball and time off for me. 

How were your workouts this past week?

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Rock 'N' Roll San Diego Half Marathon Race Recap

A couple weeks ago the hubby and I ran the 2021 Rock 'N' Roll San Diego Half Marathon (let's just say life has been a little chaotic lately, so you'll just have to excuse the delay in recaps...). This was actually my SEVENTH time running Rock 'N' Roll San Diego. I have run the half marathon distance in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019, along with the full marathon in 2017 (plus, a few of those years, I ran the 5K race the day before for good measure {and extra bling}). 


Due to COVID-19, the June 2020 event was postponed, so this was the rescheduled event. I'll be honest, I was nervous about this one. Sure, we ran an in-person race before this one (the Balboa Park 8-Miler), but that capacity was very minimal compared to the Rock 'N' Roll events. In fact, I had reached out to Rock 'N' Roll to see if we could postpone our entries until 2022, but we were told we would have to pay a transfer fee (if I remember correctly it would've been upwards of $45 per person). After much deliberation, we decided we'd do our best to take all possible precautions and run it.


If you've been around my corner of the InterWebs for a bit, you may remember that the hubby, pup and I are in the middle of moving. We sold our condo and bought a house (everything became official at the end of September) and now are in the middle of renovating the new place (it was built in the 70s and we are only the third owners, so to say there are A LOT of necessary updates would be quite an understatement). Seeing as the hubby and I both work full time during the week, the weekends are when we are able to do a bulk of the house stuff, so the timing of the race was a bit inconvenient (we had about five weeks between closing on the house and having to be out of the condo where we could be doing renovations and not living in the construction zone, so we were trying to do as much as possible before having to move in). Our game plan was to try and do as much house stuff as possible on Saturday morning before driving down to San Diego for the Health & Fitness Expo (we normally don't spend a ton of time at Expos, unless there is a meet-up with friends, so we figured we'd get shoot to get there 30 minutes before close, grab our bibs and skit-skat-skaboodle). 

Selling a place / buying a place / renovating a place / moving... it's all a bit overwhelming and stressful!

We live about 45-60 minutes north of San Diego (depending on SoCal traffic), so the original idea was to leave by 3:30pm, get down there by 4:30pm and have bibs in hand, ready to grab some dinner by 5pm (I know, I know, some folks laugh at how early we eat, but I promise you race morning alarms come quick, so the sooner we can eat, the sooner we can be in bed, the more sleep we can attempt to get!). Since the number of participants made this a "Mega-Event," all attendees needed to adhere to the State of California's policies. One such requirement was that we needed to either have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test no more than 72 hours prior to attending the Health & Fitness Expo. With that said, Ryan and I got our COVID tests first thing Thursday morning, expecting the results within 48 hours (which would be prior to us arriving at the Expo). Well, let's just say the clinic we went to forgot to tell us the results could take 3-4 days so we were in a pickle. Thankfully Rock 'N' Roll made an adjustment this year and allowed someone else to pick up your bib on your behalf (in years past this was NOT an option, but they only allowed you to pick up ONE additional bib, so we actually had to ask two friends). BIG THANKS to Lisa and Richard for being ROCKSTARS and grabbing our goodies for us! 


Oh yeah, and our {negative} COVID results were emailed to us at 5:09pm on Saturday... The expo closed at 5pm... 

Once we had locked in two amazing friends willing to pick up our bibs and participant tees for us, we realized we didn't have to be to San Diego for the Expo, which meant we could use more of the day to do house projects. #GlassHalfFull Thankfully we were able to get a decent amount done before dropping off the pup and jumping in the car to head south. 


On the way to our hotel (normally I have a hard time justifying spending money on a hotel within an hour of where we live, but due to COVID cancelled trips, we had a free night that we needed to redeem on before the end of the year or it would expire, so decided to take advantage of it so we wouldn't have to leave the house before the buttcrack of dawn on race morning), we were able to swing by where Lisa and Richard were eating dinner so we could grab our goodies. 


Seeing as we had X amount to spend on a hotel room, we went "big" and got one right near the finish line of the race (again, normally I'm very frugal when it comes to accommodations, but it was "free" money, so why not?!). The view was the San Diego Bay, which was awesome (even if we arrived when it was already dark). There was quite a bit of commotion outside, until about 10pm, but thankfully it eventually died down and we were able to get some decent sleep. 

The Star of India was literally right outside our window.

As I'm sure you can imagine, living out of boxes and suitcases isn't super convenient, especially when it comes to having to get ready for a race, but thankfully I was able to track down enough gear to throw together a decent race-day kit ;)

PS When I was running at home on Saturday morning there was a chill in the air and it was pretty soggy out, so to be
safe I packed a long sleeve, but come race day I ended up rocking a tank top because the weather was near perfection.

Like I had mentioned, the alarms would start EARLY on race day. (#RealTalk - Now that I am working full time, I actually have my alarm set for 3:33am most weekdays so I can run before work, so this was technically sleeping in for me ;))

As always, my body woke me up way before my alarms started...

The race was set to start at 6:45am and we were about a mile and a half away from starting line (Google maps said it'd take about 35 minutes to walk), so our plan was to leave the hotel by 6:00am, which would give us enough time to walk over, hit up the port-o-potties and then snap a couple quick photos with friends before we would have to jump into the corrals. (Normally this race weekend is a HUGE meet-up for PRO Compression Ambassadors/ #WeRunSocial/ friends from all over the country, but with the pandemic, many friends pushed back their entry to 2022. While we were bummed we didn't get to see everyone we usually did, it was still awesome to see some of our friends in real life, face-to-face!)

The sunrise wasn't too shabby!

A smaller crew than normal, but still awesome to see friends in person!

In years past, this race has ended up being more of a "party pace", which is how I actually talked the hubby into registering for it (he hadn't run it in any of the six years before with me). We normally fuel with donuts and hydrate with whiskey, stop for a ton of photo ops and just enjoy the sights/ sounds/ neighborhoods around America's Finest City. The hubby's pace is normally a bit slower than mine, so he didn't want to hold me back with my friends, but I told him it would be totally fine (and then some of my running pals that I normally do this one with weren't coming, so it worked out okay in the end). Oh yeah, and let's just say that with all of the house stuff going on, his training has been less than stellar lately, so if we were going to run, he was definitely planning on a more casual pace. Before we knew it, it was time to get ready to go. We put up our masks (any time we were in a congested area we wore them), got into our corral (trying to leave space around us, but that wasn't super easy with the large number of runners) and waited for the final countdown.

Once the corrals started to fill in the masks went up. And Almi surprised me before we started.

The sky looked cotton candy-esk! So pretty!

To try and spread runners out, they had "funnels" that runners would use to get to the start. You would get in line and then they had a red light and green light above the starting line. It would change to green and the first runner in each line would start, then it would quickly change to red. I think there were about 3 or 5 seconds between the red light and green light. It was definitely an interesting idea (they said San Diego did much better than Virginia Beach had the weekend prior). It seemed to help spread folks out a bit, but not sure how it impacted running with a pace group or actually trying to race... 


I started before the hubby, but ran slowly (off to the side as to not trip up any runners behind me) so he could catch up. As I'm sure you could guess, we weren't planning to break any speed records, so fun and easy was the motto for the day.

Taking it slow and steady meant I had an extra few seconds to soak in the amazing sunrise!

It also meant listening to your body and stopping to stretch/ walk whenever was needed.

#RealTalk - The hubby isn't super interested in stopping for photo ops along the route, which is totally fine, so I'd see something, tell the hubby, pull over (watching my surroundings so I didn't cut off anyone around me), snap a picture and then catch back up. It definitely makes my pace a bit more sporadic, but it's all in the name of having a good time ;)

Definitely not as many spectators as normal, but we were grateful for each and every one of them!

And we can't forget my girl Kelly and the Badass Lady Gang!

The hubby may not be big into picture opportunities, he's TOTALLY down for donut stops and friendly neighbors handing out alcohol ;) We OBVIOUSLY had to stop at the Mile 4.5 Bar (if you've run RnRSD before, you know!) - I had Fireball and he had some beer. Then shortly after we saw a "Scottish Sobriety Checkpoint" so popped over for a shot of Jameson ;) 

Get in my belly!

Don't worry, we also actually fueled with PROBAR BOLT Chews around Mile 6.5 to make sure we'd get to the finish line ;)

The hubby and I split a pack of Pink Lemonade - YUM!
There was also a potato aid station. Don't get me wrong, I've seen them at ultras, but it 
seemed a little out of place at a road half marathon. The hubby still grabbed one ;)

Along with the awesome spectators and "refreshments", there was also a ton of fan-freakin'-tastic street art! I pulled over for a few murals, but missed a ton! Maybe the hubby and I should head down to San Diego for an art run or something...


I've gotta say, I was SUPER proud of the hubby. We didn't take nearly as many walk breaks as I was expecting and before we knew it we were heading to the finish line. (Side note: The elevation on the half isn't very noticeable, but it did seem like there were quite a few rolling hills near the end and folks would tell us that THIS was the final hill and it was all downhill from there... only to come to another bump ;) I didn't mind too much, but the hubby was a bit frustrated {like I've mentioned in the past, running isn't his #1 jam, like it is mine, he tends to get roped into these adventures because he loves me, so by this point in the race, when he's tired and "over" running, hearing there are no more hills only to come upon another didn't sit well with him... All that to say, if you are spectating, please make sure your cheers are accurate ;)}.)

A sub 2:15 with minimal training for the hubby?! THAT'S AWESOMESAUCE!

After we crossed the finish line we were able to collect our bling, snap a selfie and then grab all of our finisher goodies. 

We weren't sure how crowded the finisher chute would be, so made sure to have our masks on when we got closer. 

Normally I try and remember a bag of some sort in my Nathan handheld, that way when we go through the food line I can just throw everything in a bag rather than having to figure out how to carry it all in my arms. Well, I forgot this time, but saw an empty box on one of the tables and told the hubby to snatch it up so we could use it to carry all of our goodies (don't worry, we didn't take more than we should have, we just used the box to make it easier to transport everything!). 

Having some sort of carrier makes it SO MUCH EASIER!

Since our hotel was so close to the finish line, we actually dropped off our stuff before checking out the "beer" garden. 

The views from our hotel balcony once the sun was up and shining.

I don't drink beer, so I figured the hubby could partake in his and mine, but we quickly found out the free "adult beverage" was alcohol free (Heineken 0.0). The hubby drank one and then we took the other one with us (since it didn't have alcohol in it you could take it to go as long as it wasn't opened). We didn't hang around long, just long enough to snap a quick picture and head to the room (the hubby wanted to shower and then we were stopping at IKEA on the way back north).

I really liked the design of this medal but was a little surprised at the size.

I'll be honest, I run this race year after year mostly for the my friends. I've sort of had a sour taste in my mouth for Rock 'N' Roll events for the last couple years and I think I'll probably spend my money on other races in the future (we still have entries for the Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in February that we've already paid for {originally for the November 2020 race that was postponed due to COVID}, but I think after that we'll probably opt out. You might still see me in town, hanging with friends and showing my support along the course, but I'm not sure I'll be paying to run these any longer.


Do you do the same race(s) year after year or do you like to constantly switch it up?