The hills are alive, with the sound of runners

To say that yesterday was a little stressful for me is like saying the Grand Canyon is this little hole somewhere in America.

Stressful, hell yeah

As many of you know the Kid lives in Columbus but what a lot of you don’t know is that he has had some issues getting the title of his car transferred from Florida to the state of Ohio.  Without that title transfer he cannot get his tags and without Ohio tags he cannot drive his car because he had to return his Florida plate to the state of Florida.  The kid has to take a bus which means he has to leave almost two hours earlier than normal because the bus goes through downtown and near OSU and not on the interstate which is how he would normally go to work.

(You can only drive on your out of state tag for so long until they make you turn it in or you can risk losing your license and the kid is all ‘I’m not gonna break the law’ where as I would have been ‘just drive on it and be careful’ but he’s a good kid in spite of me so thank God for that.)

Anyhow, in case you’re wondering where in the hell I’m going with this post, yesterday when Columbus was being ordered to Run, Hide, Fight,  I was wondering if the kid was still on the  damn bus and anywhere near High Street!  Thankfully, he was nowhere near the area but once I entered the stress zone, I was there for the remainder of the day.

Pulling my hair out

I cannot wait until that title transfer goes through and I can go back to worrying about the normal things like the occasional neighborhood shootings, bad drivers, and wandering interstate deer.  I’d better stop myself now.

I did go for a five mile run yesterday to release some stress.  It helped immensely.  I definitely needed the release.  I even finished it up with a hill at the end.  I never do that.  Obviously I was feeling badass or I needed to feel badass but either way when it was over I just felt bad.

I mean I was fine, I wasn’t injured, just not in the shape I once was in because at the end I decided I’d run the last half mile up the hill by my house, which is a pretty steep incline for Florida, and no it’s not a bridge, it’s an actual hill.

Anyway, I’m chugging along and I think I really am making good time and that I really have this down and I’m repeating this mantra in my head, I got this, I got this, I got this.

I don't got this hill thing anymore

I need to run more hills.  I used to eat this hill for breakfast on a regular basis.  What’s wrong with me?  It’s time to get back to basics.

When is the last time that you ran hills and do you incorporate them into your regular running routine?

Owls, Hippee’s, and a training update.

So we are still in appliance hell. We got a call from the in-laws last week and they informed us that the new(ish) washer is no longer working correctly. Apparently it plays the steel drum and dances across the floor. It sounds really cool, except, it’s not really supposed to do that. I’m not buying another one though because I have more important things to spend money on….like races.

Speaking of races, I was thinking about how much it cost to race in other areas and how I never really do that because I fail to plan. And then I found these:

race banksWhat a great idea, right?

Over the weekend, MacGyver went to the cabin in Holopaw so the kid and I went to dinner together on Friday night. After dinner we made a quick stop at the dollar tree and then as we were leaving the store, I dropped my change on the pavement.

Within a second, a horned owl swooped down from a nearby tree, took the quarter and flew back up to the tree. I swear. An owl!

Really
The kid and I looked at each other in disbelief and without saying a word we both dug through our pockets and threw out more change….but he didn’t come back. Gah!

On Saturday I got my long run in and then I cleaned house for the entire day. MacGyver got home that evening and so we got up on Sunday and headed down to Venice. I was reading in the car on the way down and I saw this article and it really caught my attention. As someone who has suffered with hip problems, it spoke to me! I am definitely a hippee, you know, a runner who suffers from hip issues.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Ultrarunner Adam St. Pierre thought he had training down to a science. An exercise physiologist and running coach in Boulder, Colorado, he ran 40 to 70 miles a week, stretched 15 minutes twice a day, and saw a massage therapist twice a month. But at the peak of the 2014 racing season, the 33-year-old athlete was nearly sidelined by tight hip flexors. “The muscles run from your femur up to the pelvis. When they’re tight, you lose range of motion and considerable speed, and you feel like you have to pee all the time,” he says. That’s untenable for an average day, let alone a 100-mile race.

Go here to read the article in its entirety. It even has links to articles on how to sit correctly and other helpful things.

I’m still hammering away at my training for the Sarasota Half Marathon. I had a few successes and a few fails last week but as promised, here’s the recap.

marathon owl
Monday:
Ran 6 easy miles on the Legacy Trail
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
Tuesday:
Off
Wednesday:
Ran 6.5 miles in the neighborhood – Tempo Run – Avg. Page 9:30
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
50 Shades of Glutes Workout – This killed me!
Thursday:
Ran 8 slow miles in the neighborhood
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
Friday:
Off
Saturday:
Ran 12 miles in the neighborhood – I combined my long run with a hill run.
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
Sunday:
Ran 7 miles – Tempo Run – Avg. Pace 9:19
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad training week. Unfortunately, after the 50 shades of glutes workout on Wednesday my butt was so sore, I couldn’t even fathom doing another session like that during the week. I’m switching up the strength training this week and hopefully it will go a bit better.

So, now it’s your turn. Tell me about your weekend and if you’re training for a race, tell me about it!