Weekly Update – August 23 and 30thy

I didn’t write an update last week because there wasn’t really anything to write about. Recovery weeks are so boring! I know they are necessary, but I find them frustrating. I like to see progress and taking a step back every few weeks feels like I’m wasting time. My total mileage for the week ending August 23rd was 10.25.

  • Monday: 3.2 miles
  • Wednesday: 3 miles
  • Saturday: 4.05 miles


This week ended up being completely unpredictable. I cracked a molar on the 19th and the dentist couldn’t take a look at it until the 24th and then he didn’t have time to work on it till the 26th (getting a crown sucks by the way!). It hurt too much to chew, so I started drinking almost all my meals. Basically smoothies and meal replacement shakes. I knew I wasn’t taking in enough calories, but at that point I really didn’t care. The one positive is that I ended up losing 3 pounds. My total mileage for the week came out to 16.75… ouch.

  • Tuesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Saturday: 5.75


I completely crashed on Saturday’s run. I woke up early to get my run in before the heat, but even at 7am, it was already hot outside. I still wasn’t hardly eating, so I felt weak and draggy. Around mile three or four, I was running across a foot bridge when my toe caught a bolt and I went down hard and awkward. I got back up to finish my nine mile run, but I just didn’t have it in me. I was drained! My hand started swelling up and I became slightly concerned that I may have fractured something. About two miles later, I called for a pickup.



The swelling in my hand has gone down, leaving it a lovely shade of blue. I’m pretty sure nothing is broken, just deeply bruised… a little like my pride. I’m forcing myself to take in calories and ice my bumps and bruises. I’ll be back at it on Monday!

I hope everyone’s training week went better than mine did!


Weekly Update – August 16th

It’s been a hot week in Santa Barbara! Which means high 80’s and low 90’s. For us locals, that’s brutal! I’m sure people from other areas are reading this and thinking “Wimps!”.

I managed to keep my mileage increasing, but it was a little on the slow side thanks to the heat.


So the grand total for the week came out to 21 miles. Low but getting back up there! Feeling a lot more confident with my half marathon coming up next month!

  • Tuesday: 4 miles
  • Thursday: 7 miles
  • Saturday: 10 miles

I ate the asphalt on my Thursday run. Ended up more embarrassed than hurt. Knee is acting a little twingy, but I ran on it fine Saturday. This week coming up is recovery, so I’ll be able to give it a little rest.


May have also solved a migraine mystery this week… still have more testing to verify it. After some of my harder runs, my migraines have gotten pretty intense with some crazy painful pounding. After a conversation with my Dad, it dawned on me that it might be related to a recovery drink I added after hard workouts a couple months ago. I didn’t take the recovery drink this week and had zero problems! I feel like an idiot for not making that connection sooner.

Fortunately, I’ve loved this weather for the bike! I managed to get myself out the door to ride to work three times this week.

I hope everyone had a great week of running!