Running, Lately

Back to our regularly scheduled programming: yes, I have been running lately. Not as much or as regularly as I’d like to, but better than what I did in January. It’s been frustrating though – it seems that as soon as I get into some semblance of a running routine, something pops up – whether it’s work, a small niggle, or an impending cold. But that’s life, right? The real problem is when I don’t have a massive goal hanging over my head, I tend to err on the side of caution and go into self-care mode.

After a satisfying race at Kaiser, a weird, intense pain on the outside of my left foot (below my ankle) popped up during my walk to work. I don’t ever recall having pain like this, though I did experience something similar when I landed weird while jumping off the bouldering wall a few years ago. Despite the pain, I managed my best week of 2017 yet with 4 runs totaling almost 20 miles. This included two treadmill runs (kill me now) and a quad- and lung-busting climb up Mission Peak with Cathryn and D. (You can read Cat’s recap here.) We finally got a break in the rain and it was great to spend a couple of hours sweating and chatting away with these two ladies.

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Quite steep near the summit!

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We made it!

I woke up Monday with painfully sore quads, which continued for the next couple of days. Clearly, I haven’t run hills in quite some time! Despite the soreness, I ran on Tuesday and enjoying the first outdoor weekday run in weeks, thanks to clear skies. Unfortunately, I woke up Wednesday feeling oddly fatigued. I didn’t have any other symptoms besides feeling run down, but I decided to skip the planned (and new to me) circuit training class and come home early from work. Was I being smart, or just lazy? No way of knowing for sure. I do know that I woke up Thursday feeling similarly tired, in spite of sleeping 10 hours. So, another rest day it was!

By Saturday, I was feeling better so I went for a short run around the neighborhood. I ran at what should’ve felt like a very easy pace, but in truth, it was a struggle. I definitely think I’m fighting something, but I still don’t have any obvious symptoms so I’m at a loss. (And for those who might be wondering, I’m not pregnant!)

With Badger Cove 4 weeks away, I was determined to do a 9 mile trail run this morning, regardless of how long it took me. We’ve gotten a ton of rain lately, so many of my favorite trails at Lake Chabot are actually closed or under water. I planned a route that was mostly on pavement, but had to take a detour once I realized the unpaved portions were too muddy to run. I mean, I could’ve pressed on, but it would’ve been a long slog that wouldn’t have been very fun. All things considered, I think I made the best of circumstances. Hopefully the trails will dry out soon… so many parks and trails are closed because of flooding, it’s been crazy.

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Saddest two words to any trail runner: “Trail Closed”.

Although I haven’t logged a lot of miles recently, I’m proud to say that I’ve managed to do a lot more cross training than I have in a while. I’m averaging one session a week, and this past week was the first time I skipped a session. I’m hopefully on my way to becoming a more well-rounded athlete!

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Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

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