Vanilla’s Training Log 2-15-15 to 2-21-15

Winter finally made it to Colorado this week!  I guess we were jealous of the entire  country, so we needed our share of snow!

2/15:  Easy 8.3 miles.  Left the house with bright sunshine and blue skies, and after about 45 minutes later, I could just see the clouds rolling over the mountains.  By the time I reached the last mile, snow flurries started.  Colorado weather changes so quickly!

2/16:  President’s Day!  Day off from work!!  Took the day to ride 31 on the trainer.  Evening workout of weights then 3 @ 23:25.

2/17:  Had great intentions of waking up early for a workout, but I could not get out of bed!  My muscles were achy, my stomach hurt, I had a horrible headache, and I had bathroom issues!  My thought was that I was getting sick again, which was odd since I had no warning signs.  I couldn’t focus at work. My head was pounding.  I did make it to my run group workout to coach and managed just over 3 miles.  I still felt awful!  I spent most of the night curled up in a blanket watching TV.  I felt like every muscle in my body had arthritis.

2/18:  Decided to move forward from yesterday and try a workout.  I couldn’t get through 10 minutes of running without major stomach issues and heavy breathing–just on the warm-up!  GRRRRRRR!!!  Somehow, I made it through 2 miles, then I had to stop.  I was so upset, and then I started to think about what illness I may have?  Mono?  Pneumonia?  Bronchitis?  I got ready for work, including taking my daily supplements (which included a multi-vitamin), and I got my answer.  I grabbed my bottle of multi-vitamins, literally had it in my mouth ready to swallow, when I happened to catch out of the corner of my eye that one of the main ingredients was wheat!!!  Are you kidding me???  For those of you who don’t know, I have a gluten allergy that I have dealt with for most of my life.  Usually, when I accidentally have wheat/gluten, I have much worse symptoms, but since this was likely a trace, they weren’t as bad as usual.  Son of a bitch!  You would think after all of these years, I would remember to READ food labels!  I spit out that vitamin immediately. Once I discovered the issue, it made perfect sense.  I bought the vitamins on Monday night, and took one when I got home from the store, then again Tuesday morning after my botched workout.  No wonder why I felt so much better on Monday morning!  I did manage 4 miles in the evening with some stomach pains and cramps–not sure if that was smart, but it was needed more for my mental sanity!

2/19:  Morning weights then 10 miles on the bike.  2,750m swim in the evening.  Feeling much better after lots of bathroom visits throughout the evening & day.

2/20:  Time to try a workout.  15 minutes easy; 15 minutes at goal half marathon pace; 15 minutes at goal half ironman/half marathon pace.  Felt much better, but I really had to go when I was done.  6.1 miles done!  Weights & 1,750m swim in the evening.

2/21/:  10 miles in 1:19 before the 15 inches of snow!  Felt easy and controlled.  Weights and 12.65 miles on the trainer before heading out to a birthday party.

Weekly Totals:

Running:  37.1 miles

Biking:  53.65 miles

Swimming:  2.77 miles

Weights:  2 + hours


Winter has arrived in Colorado!
Winter has arrived in Colorado!


Native Ohioan now living in Boulder, Colorado. I love to run, tri, train, eat good chocolate, drink good rum, and laugh (a lot). I am a CPA by trade and work for Newton Running.

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