Monday, July 2, 2012

Week in Review: June 25 - July 1

Running ShoesThis is my weekly training journal. Including it in the blog gives me a little extra accountability in the mileage department & helps me stick to my schedule. :)

5 weeks to Summer Breeze 10K

8 weeks to Santa Rosa Half Marathon

Grand Total: 21 miles, all easy (well...sort of)

Posts have been a bit sparse since this whole three jobs situation came up, but I'm trying to at least keep up with my training journal & race reports, if not much else. This too shall pass! Only four more weeks (ish?) until I'll be a normal, one-job-having person.

(Did I mention not spending 2.5 hours in the car every day? Soooo over that.)

In other news, I won a RoadID gift card last weekend. That plus ~$2.50 got me my very first RoadID (don't yell at me). I am fancy AND safe now!

I didn't know it until I went online to buy it, but they have interactive ones now where the bracelet has a hotline & website plus a serial # & PIN that first responders can use to access a secure online profile you create for yourself. This means that instead of just a phone number or two, they have access to your medical history, insurance info, doctor/hospital contact info, etc. It also means you can change your info as often as you need to without getting a new plate. The interactive part will set you back a whopping $9.99 / year (with the first year free).

The one I have is the Wrist ID Slim version, which is even slimmer than it looked on the site. I've worn it all day today just to see how it feels, and seriously, I barely notice it's there. Highly recommend.

Monday: Karate + strength work. One of my first senseis from over a decade ago was in town, so it was great to see & work with him again.

Tuesday: 6 easy. This was a hot one! For the first 3 miles (uphill), 8:30 felt like a damn tempo run. (Realistically, I should probably count it as such, since it was DEFINITELY not an easy effort, regardless of the numbers.) The return trip was faster but much easier.

Wednesday: Karate. No strength work due to summer school back to school night = late to class.

Friday: 6 easy. I came home from work exhausted & the last thing I wanted to do was run. I knew I'd feel better after, though, so I went anyway, and indeed felt better (but still tired).

Saturday: 9 easy. And WOW, the universe did not want this to happen. Once again, I decided that booze + dessert + dairy products + double digit run was a GREAT idea, and once again my body reminded me that it was definitely, definitely not. I really wanted to get to 10, but I felt so terrible by 8 that when I passed the house a mile later, I decided there was no shame in ending this one early. On Sunday I was still feeling pretty icky, so I contented myself with a few chores & errands.

Yes, this was a modest week in terms of mileage, but I did meet the 20+ baseline goal I set for this short period of summer insanity, which makes me happy. It could've conceivably been 30, even, if I hadn't been still feeling bad on Sunday. In a perfect world, I'd find some time for some track workouts & long runs as well (what with the 10K & half coming up in a few weeks), but if I can keep this much up, maybe I can at least avoid embarrassing myself in August.


  1. I really need to get a road ID for when I start running more. There are so many crazy people out there and seriously anything can happen. My hubby gets worried about me and so do my parents. Honestly I don't blame them. I am going to have to look into this. Right now I am just "running" on the track so I think I am pretty safe. :-)

    1. Yeah, I've been saying "I should get one of those..." for years now. I seriously don't know how long it would've taken me if I hadn't gotten the gift card!

  2. Thanks for posting the road ID stuff, it really is a good idea. Also thanks for reminding me about Summer Breeze 10K; I haven't registered yet.

  3. I'm another "I should wear ID when I'm out by myself for hours" person. And I KNOW the hazards! I, of all people, should wear ID! I like the idea of the slim Road ID, but my problem with clasp-free bracelets has always been my wrist size: If the bracelet is big enough to get over my hand, then it's loose on my wrist. Maybe I should just suck it up and get used to it.

    1. Lolz. I too suffer from large hands and tiny wrists. This band is pretty stretchy, though, & goes back to the normal size once it's on. I was right on the cusp between the small & medium but ended up getting the small. It JUST barely fits (definitely wouldn't want it any snugger), but I was afraid the medium would be too loose if I went medium.

    2. Ooohh, so it stretches! That's good to know! I have a $2-off coupon, so maybe I should just finally DO IT.

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