Friday, October 24

  • 5-2 eggs, 3 chicken sausage, 2 toast, 2 SB&J toast, coffee w CM
  • 9-coconut rice bar
  • 1015-Renola
  • (1030-10m run)
  • 1215-toddler pack
  • 115-2 eggs, 3 chicken sausage, 2 toast, chia bootch
  • 330-lemon super cookies 
  • 5-half bag pork jerky
  • 745-salad 
  • Calories 2650: P 750, C 1050, F 850

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 845p-5a, 88% quality. Solid except from 2-4a or so, pretty choppy in there. Got up feeling well-rested.

Healthy Movement: Sat all morning, then went for a medium solo trail run. Had my usual/frustrating anxiety about how hard it might be and what if I want to quit early...and somehow it was perfectly lovely and nearly-easy 10 miles. Hooray! Also: crossed into PR-month territory. Again! Entire rest of day spent sitting. Made my left core ache return. Argh!!

Fun & Play: Fun morning at NSS. Lovely run in the lovely woods on a lovely morning. Fun eve spent with cousin Diane and family. 

Thursday, October 23

Nutrition: Today I learned that Americanos are NOT like regular coffee. Had two this morning, figured it's the same as two fills of cheap-ass work coffee - but most definitely not. BUZZZZZZ.
  • 445a-2 eggs, chicken sausage, 2 sandwich rounds, coffee w CM
  • 745-Larabar
  • 930-chicken sausage, 2 dinner rolls
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 130-tuna w mustard, rice crackers, dinner roll
  • 3-grapefruit, Kind Strong bar
  • 7-salad, chicken sausage, SB&J sandwich rounds
  • calories 2375: p 650, c 1275, f450
Sleep: 7.25 hours in bed, 915p-430a, 79% quality. Solid, but woke early and couldn't fall back. Again.

Healthy Movement: Body is almost normal, though a little all-over stiffness. Great session, killing the pull-ups again!

Fun & Play: Productive morning. Great meeting with my lead. Fun session that included my Timmy. Sunshine. SUPER productive afternoon, but it drained my bah-RAIN. No LCSP-ing for me tonight. Shit to pack, anyway! Time outside with pooches and kittehs soaking up the lovely evening.

Wednesday, October 22

Nutrition: I had no eggs for breakfast. Nor sausage. ZOMG HOW DID I LIVE THROUGH THIS DAY. Actually, I was pretty damn hungry all day again, and ate a whole pizza for supper when I totally didn't need it. May need to quit buying them for a while, sheesh.
  • 515a-2 SB&J sandwich rounds, coffee w/ much CM
  • 6-Larabar
  • 915-Larabar, black tea
  • 12p-tuna w mustard, rice crackers, dinner roll, apple, Larabar
  • 4-chicken sausage, dinner roll
  • 715-Daiya pizza
  • calories 3100: p 350, c 2200, f 550

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 9p-5a, 82% quality. Wide awake at 2a, up for bathroom & water; fell back solidly but was in/out 4a onward. Gah.

Healthy Movement: Low legs have improved, though left Achilles still tight in AM. Class warm-up felt fairly good, but could feel yesterday's squats somewhat, and more so throughout the day. Yoga club was no challenge at all, except in terms of mobility, and I did not enjoy. Lotta back bends, not my thing.

Fun & Play: Super fun class! Lunch with Timmy. A treat in my drawer from my Buddy! Supper plans with Mom next week while Dad is off hunting out west; will be using the gift card I just got at work yesterday, WIN-WIN! Fun all-team meeting, I got to talk a lot. (Why do I enjoy that?) Target of yesterday's RAK has received it and seems to be delighted. I must do things like that more often! Super productive workday, major progress plowing through my stack, whew. Yoga with friends. FaceTime with hubs, sharing the silly critters like Hanky trying to sit in my lap.

Stress Management: Had to skip a lunchtime LAPW event (too long, not enough time this week), and also canceled on an LAPW committee meeting for Friday; doing my best not to feel guilty. Also considering taking myself off the UW committee at work. There's only so much Sabrina to go around, and when it's not fun anymore, why am I doing it?

Tuesday, October 21

Nutrition: And just like that, it becomes hard to get enough calories again, scrounging for more after tallying up the day. What?
  • 530a-2 eggs, 3 chicken sausage, 2 toast, coffee w/ much CM
  • 845-Larabar
  • 10-pork jerky
  • (11-Dustin session)
  • 1215p-chicken sausage, dinner roll, Larabar
  • 4-fruit
  • 5-4 gummies
  • (545-3.2m run)
  • 615-Renola
  • 645-chicken w BBQ sauce, chia bootch
  • 745-2 SB&J sandwich rounds
  • calories 2625: p 1000, c 1050, f 575

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 915p-515a, 84% quality. Solid until 3a, then in/out, dang.

Healthy Movement: Body feeling good in the morning, other than very tight Achilles (both) getting out of bed. Decent upon movement. Session felt harder than it should have, but still a decent showing. Debated an eve run all day long, until I let the weather convince me. But it didn't go well - felt pukey at just 2.5 miles so I shut it down. Oh well.

Fun & Play: Today I did one of my best RAKs ever: I sent a gift to a good friend's good friend, who is just barely my friend. I only got to know him last month, but he's awesome. Anyway, he's in the hospital recovering from a tough surgery, so why not spend $15 on a thoughtful, funny gift, a RAK that could truly make a difference in his mindset during such a sucky time? Plus, it's also kind of a way of gifting to my good friend, which of course I love to do.

Silly emails to some people who needed a boost today. Team fun. Looong meeting that wasn't so bad after all, since it ended on a high note, what with my slogan winning and all. Woo hoo!

Stress Management: So much work to do. So much of it that is being half-assed, which of course I hate to do. So many stressed-out team members. So very badly do I want to take on tasks from them to relieve their loads, but I am also maxed out & dropping balls already the way it is. I just want to help, somehow. Keeping their brains level is about my only contribution right now, and it just doesn't feel like enough.

Monday, October 20

Nutrition: Back to normal. Kinda. Felt hungry much of the day, so I boosted intake a little.
  • 445a-3 tiny eggs, 3 chicken sausage, 3 toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 545-Larabar
  • 9-Larabar
  • 12-Subway salad with NO AVOCADO HMPH, apple
  • 215-bag apple chips
  • 4-Simple Squares bar
  • (530-7m run)
  • 645-bit of chicken, bit of yam, bit of summer sausage, some chia bootch, pint AZ w SB
  • calories 2500: p 825, c 975, f 700

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 915p-415a, 68% quality. Hank was being an asshole again.

Healthy Movement: Body feels great. Wearing calf sleeves. In class warm-up, the only thing that felt off was lunges, slightly stiff knees - yet squats felt great. After standing at my desk for a couple hours, knees were REALLY stiff. More movement is the solution! Started to lose all energy around 330p, and felt stiff as hell, but I knew it was also partly from spinning-in-a-meeting frustration - but I nearly canceled on Brian. Dustin's "Do it if it feels good, but be honest with yourself about how it feels" was echoing in my ears. Except, Winter looms, and I need every single second of trail love I can get, until I can't get no mo'.

The run felt tough, but it was fun anyway; just let Brian babble on about all his crazy race thoughts, and focused on keeping up. Maybe that's why I love running with him; his ideas of normal & possible have inspired the shit out of me, gotten me to do so much more running than I ever have before, and it's been wonderful. Plus all of his races sound like SO MUCH FUN to crew: beautiful nature, mountains, isolation...yes, please! I just wish I could feel capable of pacing as well. The controlled burn on the north end of the park flooded us with smoke at our finish, making it end on a shitty, cough-filled note. Blech.

Fun & Play: Productive morning. Buddy chat time. An errand knocked out for the hubs, finally. Nature & fun chitchat with my running fave.

Sunday, October 19

Nutrition: Still in "eat what-the-fuck-ever mode." Back to normal tomorrow.
  • 845a-2 eggs, 3 chicken sausage, 2 toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 11-Larabar
  • 1-Daiya pizza, bootch
  • 230p-tiny apple, in the sunshine, on the back step, with begging pooches
  • 5-summer sausage, rice crackers, apple, glazed nuts
  • calories: 2825: p 525, c 1900, f 400

Sleep: 9.25 hours in bed, 1115p-830a, 88% quality. In late due to travel, woke at 3a but fell back, choppy when the rest of the house got up at 6a, but woke naturally when the sun got bright. Got up a little tired, but decent.

Healthy Movement: Tight left Achilles. Stiff knees. Feet a little bit fat. Outer shins sore to pressure (calf sleeves all day & night). Everything else feels perfectly fine. YAAAAY! Began considering an evening run, just to be a badass who can say she did. Brian didn't tell me it was nonsense, and he told me he'd be there at 630p. So I took that as an invite, and logged 5.4 miles that felt pretty great; my only struggle was a tight left Achilles, which warmed up eventually, and everything else was good from the start. AND it got dark halfway through so I got that night run I've been craving. Wins all around! I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I am that I'm feeling so good. It's such an incredible, wondertastic thing to stop being afraid of injury with every outing.

Fun & Play: Sleeping in. Silent house. Much coffee in my new 50k mug. Chores mostly done. Time in the sunshine with my critters. Feeling good. Night run!

Saturday, October 18

Nutrition: Oh hey, I ate ALL THE FOODZ today, bitches. Sorry if there was none left for you! The only race food I'd change is more of the rice crackers. Those salty babies were the best-tasting thing in the world.
  • 545a-half Daiya pizza, coffee
  • (8a-430p-50k)
  • During race-rice crackers, apple chips, banana chips, maple-sugar covered almonds, toddler squeeze packs, SB&J sandwiches, gummies, salt tabs
  • Immediately post race-finished off the banana chips, apple chips, and super cookies: HUNGRY GIRL
  • 7p-2 SB&J sandwiches, bag pork jerky
  • Calories 3850: p 300, c 3100, f 450 (more guessing than usual here, but I know about how much I brought & have left after the race, so it's reasonably close)

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 915p-515a, 100% quality. Um, no it was not. (The bed was amazingly lovely for the price of that motel, though.) Quite choppy after 3a. Awake at 5a, thought about the day ahead, then got moving.

Healthy Movement: Let's be realistic: forward motion for 8.5 hours is probably NOT all that healthy; 50k does a number on the body! Still, it was a successful accomplishment, and I'm thrilled to have gone back to finish Wild Duluth & leave it on a high note. We finished around 430p, sat around, ate some, and then about 6p we enjoyed an ice bath at Mike's cabin. I added calf sleeves on the drive home at 930p; I should have put them on at the second-to-last aid station; thought about it while running, but never thought about it while actually at an AS & able to do it. Outer shins are quite sore to the touch, began hurting around mile 20, and downhills didn't help. Everything else is very normal long-run soreness and nothing to worry about. Yay!

Fun & Play: Time with friends in the woods. Seeing runners I knew and cheering them on. Nature nature nature. Monica & Jodi finishing. Race recap with Mike at the cabin. Chatting with Jennah's family & playing with pooches. Chitchat with my peeps about the race. Satisfaction of a job well done, and feeling pretty good physically (relatively speaking, of course) after such a distance.

Nature: 9 hours in nature? Yes, please! I so thoroughly love the SHT, even when she acts like her only goal is to trip you. I'm dying to be able to run that trail regularly, in short, non-painful, non-brutal doses. I wish I wish I wish.