Training Week: November 11 to November 17

7 and 8.

How many complete rest days I took — not even yoga! — and how many running days I took off. Trainer prescribed, and I didn’t argue too much ‘cuz I needed the mental and physical break. But listen, by Sunday night I had had it! I bargained with Trainer to be able to do short runs. He relented (awww). Here’s how the week went.

So this was my first run and first session back with Trainer where we focused on glutes, hip flexors, and lower leg (not shown). We are building the house and getting me strong for when I jack up the miles again next month for Surf City Half Marathon training. The break was good…the return is better.

Only doing short fast stuff for a bit, so today it was back on the treadmill for that horrible 1½ minutes of incline at a good clip. I have done these drills now a few more times with Trainer. Everything goes “well” (comfortably uncomfortable) for the first 1 minutes and 5 seconds, and then with about 25 seconds to go that lactic acid floods both my legs and my arms. Last time I actually made a sound that I don’t think anyone has ever heard me make (something like a whimper and gasp). Ha. BUT not only have I been able to finish (i.e., not tap out like I did the first time), but I am slowly getting acclimated to the feeling. The first time it happened, I was scared, but now even though I dread it, when it happens, I am calmer and know I won’t die, and that I just have to hang in there. It’s all about that mindset and tricking your brain into tolerating this level of discomfort better. Listen, this ain’t for everyone…What is wrong with me 😂.

Closed out the week with a 3-mile trail run with the Singapore National Jiu-Jitsu Team. So random, right? My brother has lived in Singapore for almost 20 years, and he is committed to building up the sport of Jiu-Jitsu – hopefully soon an Olympic sport there. Well, Singapore is known more for its scholars than for its athletic dominance, so my brother was able to obtain sponsorship to bring the team to the U.S. to train at world-class training facilities and with elite athletes in their sport. They were given a suite at the Mamba Academy for the week (one of the women met Kobe!!), trained with World Champion Edwin Najmi among others…and then did a trail run with me – Auntie Mary (my godson/nephew is with the team)! Hmmm one of these seems a little anti-climatic, but whatever. Singapore is a tiny island, so I think they enjoyed seeing how huge Los Angeles is. Great views and a challenging run with a great group of kids/athletes. Fun and unexpected way to spend time with my baby brother.

Total Miles: 15
Long Run: 3. Yes, 3.

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