F&@k f&@k f&@k

Ok, so it’s been over a month since I’ve made a post. This is not a surprise. Why?

Since my last post, I’ve:

  • Spent a week in Barbados for a work meetup.
  • Spent a weekend at WordCamp Minneapolis.
  • Spent 8 days in Portland for new home scouting/vacation and a work conference.
  • Got sick two separate times – once due to an allergy-related sinus infection, then getting a cold on top of the allergies. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
  • Family gatherings (Easter).
  • Moving prep (OMG).

Due to the travel, I didn’t stick to my training regime as strictly as I should have. I did well in Barbados, and did fuck-all in Portland other than two runs under 3 miles. Then being sick made me want to die and not run whatsoever.

Since I hadn’t run in over a week, any distance I had built up was basically lost. The longest “run” I’ve done to date is 9 miles. I say “run” because it was mostly running with pauses to stretch out stiff leg muscles and walking for 30-60 seconds when I got winded.

My last half back in 2010, my longest run had only been 10 miles, however, I had been logging in ~25-35 mi/week at the same time. The past two weeks I’ve been barely scraping above 15 mi/week. Considering the half is 13.1 miles, this is not good.


Now, in order to even finish the race, I’m going to have to use the Galloway plan for running this half. Well, more run/walk the half. Planning on the 3:1 run/walk to start out, but I might be none:all run/walk by the end. I’m pissed because I had been doing great with my training and was en route to having a PR in the half, and now I’m going to be lucky if I finish under 3 hours. 😦

What huge bummer. But, there’s not much I can do at this point – other than to never travel again during training.

Will post the recap after this weekend. Wish me luck!

I Should Have Stayed In Bed

I had this great plan of taking a midday break to go to the gym and get a good 3+ mile run in. Help reduce stress, do something to counteract Moose and his behavior. All good things, right?

Got changed and drove to the gym. Upon arriving…



Even Picard is disappointed in you.

Sonnek, you disappoint me.

My friend E sympathized and said this was why she packed her gym bag obsessively every night (she goes to the gym at zero-dark-thirty) so that doesn’t happen. But I only take ONE THING to the gym aside from myself: my running shoes.

In the winter months, I don’t wear my running shoes to the gym because of the salt and snow. Besides, most gyms will not let you use their machines if your shoes are wet. Thus, I wear my regular shoes to the gym, then change into my running shoes in the locker room.

Besides, if it’s not winter, I’m running outside!

When I got there today and realized I didn’t have my shoes…I felt like such a bonehead. Mainly because I am a bonehead. I had grabbed my shoes, but apparently I set them on the floor when I put my coat on and neglected to pick them back up. They were sitting there mocking me when I got back home. Stupid shoes.

Here’s hoping attempt #2 after work will go more smoothly. Fingers crossed!