A Crazy Week and First Race of the Year

The past few weeks have involved quite a bit of traveling, but this weekend I was finally home. I was excited to run my first race of the year on Saturday (a 10k) and also spend some time relaxing and catching up on things I haven’t done on the weekends when I was away. However, life always has other plans, right? 

I was exhausted during the first few days of the week. I blame this on not getting enough sleep over the weekend (I stayed up later but still couldn’t sleep in much later than usual). I didn’t start feeling back to normal until Thursday. I also think the weather made the first few days of the week a struggle with the rainy mornings. Once the spring weather broke through at the end of the week I immediately felt a little better!

First I’ll just share my workouts for the week- which were much lighter than usual. I took 3 full rest days! I definitely think I needed it. I could have run Sunday, but wanted to rest up and move into this new week feeling refreshed.

weekly workout recap

Monday: Rest, walk in the evening

Tuesday: 4 miles with 6 hill repeats at the end, core and hip exercises 

Wednesday: Total body strength training (did you see this circuit workout I shared last week?)

Thursday: 4 easy miles, core and hip exercises 


Friday: Rest

Saturday: 1 mile warm up plus Sole of the City 10k (7.2 miles total), plus lots of walking- my vivofit measured 14.75 miles for the day!

sole of the city

Sunday: Rest, walk in the evening

Total: 15.2 miles

Walked: 22.3    Push-ups: 3 days

Yearly Total: 658.5/2016

I had great intentions to go grocery shopping after work on Friday so that I could enjoy the weekend (and also because we would be racing Saturday morning when I usually make a trip to Trader Joe’s). As I drove to pick up Rob, I noticed a weird noise coming from my car- never a good thing especially because we only have one car! Rob noticed it too and as we drove home he opened the window and it was really bad. Of course this sort of thing happens on a Friday night!

After getting it looked at, we were told it was the brake pads and that they “may or may not be able to replace them on Saturday”. We were thinking we would have to skip the race to have to deal with the car stuff. After some strategizing we decided to bring it to a mechanic in the city and take our chances that it would get done that day. This meant we were able to drop it off at 8am and walk to the race. 

As I was enjoying my post-race beer I got the call about the work that needed to be done and cost– always fun to deal with car stuff. It wouldn’t be ready until later in the afternoon, so we decided to walk to the harbor for lunch, take an uber home, and then uber back down later to pick it up. Traffic was crazy so this process took much longer than it should have. I did manage to sneak in a quick nap in between all this!

You are probably wondering about this race I mentioned. I am planning to write a recap this week, but as of right now my official results are missing. We got an E-mail the afternoon of the race that there were some issues with the timing system, so I am trying to get that worked out. My unofficial time was a 46:58 which was about a 33 second PR, so I was pretty happy about that!


Thanks to Holly and Tricia for hosting the link-up!

Anyone else have to deal with car troubles lately?

Does it stress you out to be unsure whether or not you will be running a race?

Have your official race results ever been missing? Did it get resolved?

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46 thoughts on “A Crazy Week and First Race of the Year

  1. Congrats on the unofficial PR! I am sure once the results come in it will be an official PR. It might even be more of one as we usually forget to pause our Garmins for a second or two! Way to go!

    Adam has been dealing with car trouble lately. His car has been in the shop for a simple repair for almost three weeks now! Luckily he works from home so it hasn’t been too much of an issue, but three weeks is definitely getting excessive. He said he thinks they are putting off working on his car because the place is a certified Rolls Royce repair shop and he just has a Scion, haha!
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  2. Dang I would be pissed if they lost my race results! But it sounds like at least you know you PR’ed so that is awesome!!!

    I hate car stuff. We only have one car as well because Paul doesn’t drive, so it is always tricky when the car needs work done or needs inspected… like, I NEED my car to get to work! It’s not like I live in the city and can take public transportation!
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  3. My car is 14 years old, so it’s not uncommon that something old needs to be replaced. It sucks, but I’d personally rather deal with paying for small things in the hopes that my car lasts a bit longer. Congrats on your race!

  4. So brutal about the race times! AHHHH! How frustrating. Hopefully that gets worked out really fast, because you’ve got a PR to celebrate! I have a weird noise coming from my steering system, especially when it’s cold. It makes a lot of noise from the outside, and it’s really embarrassing. I heard it’s $1500 to fix. Ugh.
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    • Oh that’s terrible! Mine sounds like something was scraping the ground outside the car but there was nothing visible to us. Apparently the brake pads were so low and that’s what was making the noise. I guess it was better to hear the noise and know to go get it looked at!

  5. Congrats on the PR! I wanted to run but obviously I’m not quite ready yet haha it’s one of my favorite races though! I need to take my car in to get it checked out and I’m dreading what they have to say. Ugh. Never fun.
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  6. I had to drop my car off at the dealership this morning for them to check out something. It was doing the same thing at this time last year, so maybe it’s the crazy weather now that my car is getting older? I got a shuttle to work and I’m waiting on the phone call that they’re sending a shuttle to pick me up.
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  7. Congratulations on your PR! Changing breaks sucks! We had to have them changed on both cars last fall. My wallet wasn’t happy haha! Now I’m paying attention to how I break, coz I want those suckers to last longer 😀 xoxo

  8. Wow! Sounds like you had an awesome race. Cannot wait to hear more! Sorry about the car. We just went through furnace hell and of course the weather was in the 20s so it got down to 50 in here before it was replaced. Things like that always seem to come out of left field.
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  9. ugh car troubles. luckily it was just break pads, strange noises could be anything! yay on the PR, when you are so fast already 33 seconds is a big deal! For the first time my last half actually didnt get my start time so my official time was off by 5 minutes! luckily it was resolved pretty quickly but that was scary since my fitbit also messed up on me as well. hate it when that happens

  10. Car trouble is such a pain! I recently got a letter from Honda that my car is being recalled…again. Sometime this summer I’m supposed to bring it in to fix the air bags. Thankfully I won’t have to pay for it, but geez…

    Congrats on your race! I don’t know what it is but the last couple of races I’ve run have had issues with chip timing. Hopefully you’ll get the official results soon!
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  11. Congrats on the PR! Oh car troubles… not fun! Our vehicles are okay currently, but my van has 223,000 miles and I have a feeling the end is near. I’m praying that she keeps pushing on 🙂 Love my van!

    I hope your race results get resolved, too! You had a nice time either way 🙂

  12. One of our three local race timing companies is horrible about missing people and just getting things wrong in general. They must be cheaper than the other two, that’s all I can figure. Car trouble is so stressful! I’m glad you got it resolved fairly quickly. That’s a great time for your 10k! Congratulations. That’s my least favorite race distance. I need to work on my attitude about them! Ha. Thanks for linking with us Lisa.
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    • That’s interesting that the 10k is your least favorite distance! I think I like it more than the 5k. Luckily our results got resolved really quickly…the company that puts on this race and most other races in the area is actually really great about that stuff, so I was surprised that there was an issues at all.

  13. I think with as much traveling as we’ve been doing you would think I’d be use to adapting to the work week. Not. I always start the week off in the negative on sleep.
    Wow you did do a lot of walking on Saturday! It’s never fun dealing with Adult stuff an car issues. I hope it works out fine. Great job on your race and a PR!! Woop Woop! Thanks Lisa for your support!

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