Exercise · Life

Stress + Training = Exhaustion

It’s hard to separate the stress and the training… Part of the stress was my training, or lack thereof. I’ve been in physical therapy for my right knee and had a half marathon coming up.

While I wasn’t able to do much running, I did a lot of cycling. That definitely helped me keep up with my cardio training, but… It doesn’t help with the actual running part. Finally, 1 week before my half marathon, with the help of my physical therapist, I was able to do a couple of 5-mile runs with no pain. But, I had a 13.1-mile run in a week. And, I hadn’t been able to do any trail running since July. Only paved. Yikes!

On top of that, I was the auction chair for a non-profit fundraiser and the auction was a week after the half marathon. That means, I was neck deep in trying to secure donations and either collect those donations or make sure someone on my team collected them and brought them to the event. I have never done a silent auction before. That probably showed. But, the good news is that we raised a fair amount of money despite my bumbling and fumbling.

The Yosemite Half Marathon

On October 7, I did a short 3-mile trail run.

All good. Later that day, we headed up to Bass Lake, CA. That’s where the race ended. It started up in the mountains, not far from the Yosemite National Park entrance.

On October 8, the day of the race, we had to take shuttle buses up to the start, which was the best way to handle getting that many people up through windy mountain roads.

That being said, there was a major traffic jam in the small town of Bass Lake at 4:30am the morning of the race. Everyone was trying to get to the buses. The buses that were supposed to leave at 5am sharp.

My husband was dropping me off and about half a mile from the bus pick-up spot, we decided it would be faster for me to get out and walk. That was probably around 4:45am. And, it was faster. I also managed to get myself onto a bus from a closer location (I didn’t have to walk the full half mile. I totally lucked out) – Not sure how that even happened because when I got there, there were only a few people standing around. By the time my bus left, around 5am, there was a HUGE line… And, no more buses. I am sure the returning buses were going back to the pick-up locations to get the remaining folks, but it looked dire.

Here’s what the course looked like:

Yosemite Half Marathon 2016
Yosemite Half Marathon 2016

I  spent about an hour freezing. It was dark and in the upper 30s F. So maybe I wasn’t LITERALLY freezing, but it felt pretty darn close. I had on 4 layers of tops. 2 tank tops, 1 long-sleeve running shirt, and 1 jacket. I also wore gloves and long running tights. About 30 minutes prior to the start, I went to bag check and reluctantly took off my jacket. While that seemed like the right thing to do, I wish I had known their process better. There was a truck collecting all the bags right at the start line, so I could have thrown my bag in as my wave was getting closer to the start. I would have been a little warmer a little longer. I know now. 😉

I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes for the first 3 miles or so. Oh well. It was worth it. I did manage a couple of pictures:





And after:


Later that night!

The Silent Auction

We came home and I turned all of my focus to the charity event and the silent auction, which was this past Sunday. I was a little manic as I secured items and then organized bid sheets and worked on the checkout process.

I spent all of my spare time last week on the auction, including all day Saturday. My 3 1/2 year old son told me I was working too much and I had to agree with him, but I had no choice! People were depending on me. The day of the event went pretty well despite a downpour and rain off/on the rest of the day.

We raised a fair amount of money, which made me feel good. I was riding high on adrenaline through the remainder of Sunday. Yesterday was a decidedly different story. I was exhausted. So much so I had trouble focusing on work and actually had to take a nap – Good thing I was working from home. I’ve learned a lot about running a silent auction, so if I do this again next year, I will kick some serious butt! And, will procrastinate less. Wish I could say I wouldn’t procrastinate at all, but I know me pretty well! Bid sheets, displays, checkout… It’s a crazy amount of work.

Glad it’s all over though and I can get back normal. Loved spending time with my son last night – with no distractions. 🙂

And, I’ll leave you with this… The face of exhaustion (from yesterday):

Stay healthy!


Settling In With My Road Bike

I’ve been biking a lot lately, but it’s been road biking with a mountain bike. It didn’t feel efficient, but I thought maybe it would be ok. It wasn’t. I finally had enough. I took the plunge and got a proper road bike. And, like I have with my mountain bike, I got clip-in pedals.

Last weekend, I went on my last road ride on my mountain bike (mostly)!

Me on my Gary Fisher Sugar 3+ Mountain Bike

Well, you know that saying that things come in 3s? I’d say my first 3 rides on my new bike were less than stellar. I’m really hoping those are out of the way now. On my first ride, I somehow got off of the trail I meant to follow. Turns out that was a good thing… After stopping to consult my map a few times, I made it back to the original trail. Yay. Maybe. I stayed on the trail going back and found that I should have stuck with the “wrong way” because I ended up on gravel. On my road bike. Not cool. Made it back… But, sigh!

On my second ride, I fell close to the end of my ride because I couldn’t get my right foot out of the pedal. What’s worse is that people saw me, so in addition to a small bruise on my arm, I had a big bruise on my ego!


And, then there was the non-existent third try. I went to go for a ride and my bike was listing and wobbling… at 6am. Oh, great. A flat tire. I rode my mountain bike instead. Wow, it seemed super heavy after riding the road bike only a couple of times. Later in the day, I pumped up my tire only to realize that there was a slow leak. I found something had pierced it so I had to take it in for repair – I haven’t even gotten a repair kit yet.

And, that brings us to today. A successful ride of nearly 23 miles. No falling, no getting lost. (Hopefully nothing else in my tires.) Even the hills felt pretty good on this bike! It’s so much lighter than my mountain bike… Burned some calories and worked on my sprints. I highly recommend getting a proper bike for whatever you are doing or want to do – it makes a big difference. More on that and my bike in my next post.

Me and my Specialized Roubaix Road Bike
A Proper Road Bike!

I am participating in a half marathon this Saturday. My training has been pretty impacted by a knee injury, but I think I can run half, maybe most of it. We’ll see how it goes, but after a 5-mile run yesterday, I am feeling more confident in my recovery. All of this biking has certainly helped. I’ve been able to keep up my cardio while not over-straining my knee.

Stay healthy!