Friday Five – Current Countdowns

March 1st is next week, which also means that Spring is right around the corner.  I cannot hide just how excited I am about the start of Spring.  Not only do I love Spring weather, but I also love that Spring is often jam packed with lots of fun activities, and this year certainly won’t be an exception.  There’s always so much to look forward to with the arrival of Spring.

I can’t wait for some of activities that are on our calendar this Spring.  Some of my current countdowns include:

1.  8 days until my dad arrives into town.  My dad is coming for a multipurpose trip, including to meet with clients, and we cannot wait to see him.

2.  15 days until Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.  My current training cycle has been flying by, and I cannot believe that I’m only two weeks away from running my 11th half marathon.  Still want to register?  Use code DANCINGTORUNNING to save $15 on your half or full marathon registration.

3.  28 days until we head to Illinois to visit my parents.  We’ll be spending a long weekend in Illinois for a big celebration, which I can’t wait to publicly share when I’m able to do so.

4.  43 days until we leave for Florida.  We’ll be on vacation for a week in Florida, spending the first half of the week on Treasure Island on the Gulf Coast, and the second half of the week at Disney.  Vacation cannot get here fast enough!

5.  99 days until ZOOMA Annapolis.  I still haven’t made a final decision as to whether I’ll be running the 10k or the half marathon.  But one thing is for certain: I had a blast during last year’s ZOOMA race weekend and I’m looking forward to an equally exciting race weekend this year.  Want to run ZOOMA Annapolis, or any other ZOOMA race this year?  Use code KATHRYN2017 to save 10% on your race registration.

After crossing the finish line at ZOOMA Annapolis last June

After crossing the finish line at ZOOMA Annapolis last June

QOTD: What Spring activities are you currently counting down to?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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Marathon Training Plan Advice

Its no secret that I wear many hats and juggle a lot, including being a mother to a toddler, a full time teacher, and a wife.  Being a runner is only one of the many hats that I wear, and while taking on the challenge of training for my first marathon is a time consuming task, I also recognize that it’s a task that I cannot devote 24/7 of my life to.

Last week I shared some thoughts both here on the blog as well as in a couple of Facebook groups that I belong to, in search of advice of how to go about personalizing a marathon training plan.  I greatly appreciate all of the suggestions and tips that I received, and it left me with a lot to think about.

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Some of the big takeaways are that:

  • Stretching out marathon training over too long of a period of time will lead to the risk of overdoing it, peaking too soon, or burning out.
  • Maintaining a running base prior to the start of marathon training will help prevent the need to stretch a training plan out over too lengthy of a period of time.
  • Needing to consider how many days per week I will focus on running vs. cross and strength training
  • Make sure to enjoy the marathon training experience
  • Be prepared for an emotional journey, especially once tapering starts

After taking some time to digest everybody’s advice, my plan is to follow an 18 week training plan, which puts me at starting my Chicago Marathon training the week of June 5th.  This works out well with ZOOMA Annapolis, and allows me to choose whether I want to run the half marathon or 10k based on my preference and not based on where I will be at in marathon training.

While training for Chicago, I will continue to run three times per week (two week day runs plus a long run over the weekend), which will allow me additional time for cross and strength training, which I’ve also tried to incorporate into my half marathon training plans.  This will also allow me the flexibility that I need when it comes to fulfilling the other commitments in my life and on my personal calendar.

Thanks again to everybody who offered suggestions.  Your input has been quite valuable!

QOTD: Do you have any additional advice as I work on solidifying my marathon training plan?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 7

Unfortunately, illness has plagued our household again.  It started with just little man getting sick, and now I’m sick too.

Monday, February 13th

My body was still feeling sore from my 12 miler the Saturday prior, and my lower back and right shoulder were really bothering me, so after my weekly chiropractor visit I decided to take an extra rest day.  I’m so glad that I listened to my body because my body needed the extra rest.

Tuesday, February 14th

After some slower than usual weekday runs last week, I was able to push my pace a bit during Tuesday’s run.  Not only was it a great run because I felt like I was flying, but I also set a new weekday personal distance record and ran 4.81 miles in 45 minutes.  Although my pace wasn’t entirely consistent (9:39/9:13/9:22/9:26/7:21 last 0.81 miles), I was definitely celebrating the 9:22 pace post run.  I capped off my run with 15 minutes of strength training.

Celebrating a great run by mimicking the flying feeling

Celebrating a great run by mimicking the flying feeling

Wednesday, February 15th

I had to take another unplanned rest day on Wednesday after getting the dreaded phone call from little man’s daycare that he was fussy, had a fever, and needed to be picked up.  One visit to the pediatrician later revealed why he wasn’t himself: he had yet another double ear infection.

Thursday, February 16th

Thankfully I was still able to get my planned run in on Thursday.  I spent the first half of my run running into the wind, which slowed me down a bit, but I’m still quite proud of the splits that I was able to accomplish: 9:49/9:47/9:38/9:49/6:01 last 0.64 miles.

Not only was it windy for Thursday's run it was also cold. Is it Spring yet?!?

Not only was it windy for Thursday’s run it was also cold. Is it Spring yet?!?

Friday, February 17th

After work I headed to the gym where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 25 minutes doing a total body weight training workout.  It was a great way to kick off the weekend.

Saturday, February 18th

Saturday morning we packed up and drove to New Jersey to spend the long weekend at my father-in-law’s house.  During the drive up I started coughing a lot, and was feeling quite tired and achy by later that afternoon.  I decided to put my long run off by a day in hopes that I would feel better on Sunday.

Sunday, February 19th

Although I woke up still coughing on Sunday, I wasn’t achy and decided to attempt my run.  It was a mentally and physically challenging 10k, but I pushed through and earned my ZOOMA Run Love Challenge medal.  Since I wasn’t feeling 100% my pace was definitely slower than usual.  The silver lining was the weather though.  How often is it sunny and in the mid-60s in February, and you get to run in a tank top outside?  The weather definitely made up for how I felt both during and after the run, as well as my slow pace and splits (10:14/10:15/10:10/10:33/10:26/10:45/2:05 last 0.2 miles).  I was so glad when I was done with my run, and unfortunately by Sunday evening I was feeling achy again.  I doubt that I’ll get all of my workouts in this coming week, particularly during the early part of the week, if I’m still feeling sick.

Don't let my smile fool you. I was not feeling well during or after my run.

Don’t let my smile fool you. I was not feeling well during or after my run.

Total Weekly Mileage – 19.03 miles (7.87 miles less than week 6)

Total RnRDC Mileage – 124.44 miles

QOTD: How has the weather been in your area?  Does it feel more like Winter or more like Spring?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – Potpourri v. 18

TGIF!  Is it just me, or has this been an incredible long week?  Maybe that’s because I have a sick child, which threw my weekly routine for a bit of a loop this week.  I’ve been doing my best to roll with the punches.

There’s been a lot going on lately, so I thought it would be appropriate to do some “thinking out loud”today.

1.  First of all, thanks to everybody who offered feedback about putting my Chicago Marathon training plan together.  I greatly appreciate everybody’s suggestions and advice.  I definitely have a lot to consider as I work on solidifying my training plan for my first marathon.

2.  This weekend I’ll be participating in the ZOOMA Run Love Challenge and completing my virtual 10k.  I’m excited to use the motivation of a virtual race to push myself just a tad more during this week’s long run.

After I earned my ZOOMA Run Love Challenge medal last February

After I earned my ZOOMA Run Love Challenge medal last February

3.  Speaking of long runs, I cannot believe that I only have one more double digit long run before next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll DC.  I have 14 miles on tap for next weekend, and then it will be time to taper.  Time is just flying by, and I cannot believe that I’ll be toeing the start kine of my 11th half marathon in just three short weeks.

4.  Speaking of ZOOMA, did you hear their big news this week?  Although ZOOMA Annapolis had previously been announced, this week ZOOMA announced three additional upcoming races in 2017 and 2018: Cape Cod, Florida, and Texas.  Be sure to check out all of the details!  And even better news: my ZOOMA discount code works for Annapolis, Cape Cod, Florida, and Texas!  Use code KATHRYN2017 to save 10% on registration for any race distance at all four upcoming races.

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5.  With it having been an incredibly long week, I’m more than ready to enjoy the three day weekend.  I’m incredibly thankful that I have Monday off for President’s Day.

QOTD: What is on your mind this week?  Are you off from work on Monday?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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Putting Together My Chicago Marathon Training Plan

Even though my current focus is on training for Rock ‘n’ Roll DC, since one of my big goals for the year is to run my first marathon, I’m constantly thinking about how I’ll put my training plan together.  Some of the factors that I’m considering and the questions that I’m asking myself include:

  • How many weeks will I spend training for Chicago?
  • What race(s) do I plan to run while training for Chicago?
  • What plans do I have on my calendar, particularly on the weekends, that might impact my ability to complete a long run?

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Some of the answers to the questions that I’m asking myself are:

  • I am a ZOOMA ambassador and will be running Annapolis the first weekend of June, though I still need to decide whether I’ll be running the 10k or the half marathon.
  • Our family will be spending a week in Florida during my Spring Break in April, vacationing with good friends.  While I look forward to running during our time at the beach and at Disney World, I don’t want to feel guilty if I don’t keep up with a regular training schedule while we’re on vacation.
  • Preston and I will be attending at least one, if not two, weddings this summer, one in July and one in August, and both of them are out of town (one is actually out of the country).  It will definitely be unrealistic to do a run longer than a 10k during either of those wedding weekends.

What I do know is that just like with my half marathon training I will be following a modified version of one of Jeff Galloway’s plans.  His run-walk method has helped me progress as a runner over the past couple of years, so there’s no need to break what isn’t broken.  If I follow one of his 18 week plans that would put me starting my training at the beginning of June, but I’m thinking that because I want to give myself a buffer and some flexibility with the long runs that I might bump my start date up to sometime in May, or even April.

One thing is for certain: I’m excited to officially start training for my first marathon.  I’m so excited to run the streets of Chicago in October and to run for Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

QOTD: For those of you who have run a marathon, what are your answers to any of the questions that I’m asking myself?  Are there any factors missing from my list?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 6

This past week was an incredible week of training for so many reasons.  Not only did I work out five out the past seven days, but I also reached my first mileage milestone of the year.  In the middle of Saturday’s long run I surpassed the 100 mile mark!  (My current 2017 mileage is actually 110.6 miles!)

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Monday, February 6th

Since Monday was a teacher workday, I spent the morning grading at home, and took a mid-morning break to complete my run.  I’m not used to running in the mornings during the week, and Monday morning’s run was a struggle.  My body was also sore from my weight training session the day before, and the run was a difficult one.  My splits were very inconsistent (9:58/9:46/10:17/9:59), and it was one of my slowest paced weekday runs in awhile.  I was so glad when I was done with the run.

Absolutely exhausted after a difficult run

Absolutely exhausted after a difficult run

Tuesday, February 7th

The weather last week was quite the roller coaster, including several 60 and 70 degree afternoons.  On Tuesday the temperature reached 73 degrees, so I opted to do a walking commute to daycare to pick little man up.  It was so nice to be able to enjoy a sunset walk home from daycare with him, and the round trip wound up being just over two and a half miles.

Wednesday, February 8th

Another warm afternoon called for getting outside for another warmer run.  The big problem that I faced during this run was the wind, which I ran into for the first half of my run.  My splits were much more consistent than they had been during Monday’s run (10:05/9:49/9:51/9:52/5:31), though my run was still at a slower than recently usual pace.  I have been focusing a lot on strength training lately, and am guessing that my sore body is a big contributor to the slower pace.  After my run I did 15 minutes of strength training.

I'll take 70 degrees in February any day!

I’ll take 70 degrees in February any day!

Thursday, February 9th

After a couple of days in a row of warm afternoons, Thursday was the complete opposite, and it was snowing as I drove from work to the gym.  At the gym I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 30 minute full body weight training session.

Friday, February 10th

Having had an intense weight training session on Thursday, and knowing that I had a planned long run for the next day, I took a complete rest day.  Boy did my body need it!

Saturday, February 11th

I headed out the door shortly before 10:00 a.m. for my 12 miler.  Since Rock ‘n’ Roll DC is a hilly course, I’ve been trying to utilize hilly routes near my house for many of my long training runs, and Saturday’s run was no exception.  I felt great during the first half of my run, taking a Gu gel around mile 3 and two Clif Shot bloks around mile 6.  I was quite pleased with my negative splits during the first half of my run: 10:38/10:28/10:22/10:23/10:19/10:14.

The second half of my run was more of a struggle than the first half had been.  The hills really started to take their toll on me, which made it difficult for me to maintain a consistent pace.  I took another Gu around mile 8 and two more Clif Shot bloks around mile 9.5, but regardless of my consistent fueling it was difficult for me to maintain a consistent pace: 10:37/10:35/10:28/10:49/10:42/10:18.  My final pace for the 12 miler was 10:29.  Overall, I felt good at the end of the run, which is making me think that RnRDC will be a great race next month.

Feeling great after Saturday's 12 mile run

Feeling great after Saturday’s 12 mile run

Sunday, February 12th

I didn’t sleep well Saturday night, and wound up only getting about four hours of sleep.  That, in addition to needing to rest after Saturday’s 12 miler, and needing to take care of chores and errands, meant that I took my second rest day of the week.

Total Weekly Mileage – 26.90 miles (10.39 miles more than week 5)

Total RnRDC Mileage – 105.30 miles

QOTD: How do you handle running slower paces than you would like.

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Who Wants to Run the 10th Anniversary of ZOOMA Annapolis?

Disclaimer: As a ZOOMA Ambassador I received a complimentary race entry.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I had a blast running ZOOMA Annapolis last year.  From the time that I started my postpartum fitness journey, my big goal was to train for and run ZOOMA Annapolis.  Despite it being hot and humid on race morning, I managed to completely surprise myself and get a half marathon PR that morning.

I’m incredibly excited to return to ZOOMA Annapolis this year for the 10th anniversary race.  Though I don’t know yet whether I’ll be running the 10k or the half marathon (it depends on how my Chicago Marathon training pans out), I’m incredibly excited to participate in this race weekend again.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my race experience last year.  Some of the highlights included:

Meeting up with other like-minded women who enjoy making fitness a priority

Last year's ZOOMA Ambassadors

Last year’s ZOOMA Ambassadors

ZOOMA ambassadors ready to take on the streets of Annapolis

ZOOMA ambassadors ready to take on the streets of Annapolis

Running through scenic downtown Annapolis

Running towards the waterfront was one of my favorite parts of the ZOOMA Annapolis course

Running towards the waterfront was one of my favorite parts of the ZOOMA Annapolis course

A fun post race party at Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium, including a live band, food, and wine

Post race with fellow ambassadors Sandra and Cynthia

Post race with fellow ambassadors Sandra and Cynthia

Being able to celebrate post race in a coastal setting

Celebrating down on the water

Celebrating down on the water

This year ZOOMA Annapolis is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  To commemorate the anniversary, ZOOMA is planning a race weekend that’s bigger and more special than ever before.  Past ZOOMA participants who sign up for Annapolis will be treated as VIPs and will receive a special bib as well as special race swag.  As part of the celebration, ZOOMA is introducing a new virtual half marathon and 10k, which will allow people to be able to participate in the anniversary race, even if they can’t make it to Annapolis the first weekend of June.

Want to join me, either in person or virtually, for ZOOMA Annapolis this year?  Use discount code KATHRYN2017 to save 10% on your registration.  Discount code is good for all race distances, for both the traditional race and virtual race options.

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I hope to see you on June 3rd in Annapolis, or online running the virtual race!

QOTD: What late spring/early summer race(s) are on your calendar?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 5

After two very rough weeks, this past week was all about getting back on track.  And for the most part, I accomplished that goal.

Monday, January 30th

After last Sunday’s 10 miler, I took a complete rest day on Monday.  I don’t usually like not working out on Mondays, but my body was craving the rest, so rest is what I gave it.

Tuesday, January 31st

After work I headed home as quickly as I could.  The high on Tuesday hit the mid-50s and I wanted to soak up as much of the Spring-like weather as I could.  After a difficult couple of weeks, it felt great to close out the month with a strong 4 mile run.  My splits were 9:34/9:47/9:43/9:34.  Even though my splits weren’t very consistent, it felt good to be able to enjoy the weather while outside running.

It felt great to finish out January with 4 strong miles.

It felt great to finish out January with 4 strong miles.

Wednesday, February 1st

Since I’m determined this month to have a much better month than I did last month, I knew that I wanted to start the month off on the right foot.  So I headed straight to the gym after work, and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 30 minute full body weight training session.  I left the gym feeling sore but satisfied with my workout.

Thursday, February 2nd

Since I had a late afternoon doctor’s appointment, there wasn’t time for me to workout by the time that I arrived home.  But my body, particularly my lower body, was incredibly sore after Wednesday’s workout, so a rest day wasn’t a bad thing.

Friday, February 3rd

You may have noticed up until this weekend that I haven’t been sharing many pictures or stories on Instagram over the past couple of weeks, and that was partly due to my phone not fully functioning.  Last weekend it stopped taking pictures, so unless I had access to Preston’s phone I wasn’t able to take pictures.  After putting off replacing my phone for a couple of weeks by letting others things take precedence on the priority list, I finally made it top priority to stop by AT&T on my way home from work to replace my phone.  It was a several hour affair to replace the phone and transfer everything over, but I’m so happy to finally have a fully functional phone again.  By the time that I finished the process, it was late in the evening and working out was out of the picture.

Saturday, February 4th

Late Saturday morning little man and I headed out for our first run together since his surgery.  Only a couple of minutes into the run he fell asleep in the stroller, which made for a peaceful run for me.  During my 10k run I maintained 4:15/0:45 intervals, minus one extra long walk break at the halfway point so that I could take a Gu.  I struggled during most of the second half of my run to find my rhythm again, which made for some very inconsistent splits: 10:36/10:32/10:14/11:35/10:43/10:41/2:02 (last .2).

Boy was it cold out there for Saturday's run! It was 30 degrees, with a wind chill of 21, when I started my run. I pushed against the wind on a somewhat hilly route and reached a new stroller PDR. Little man didn't seem to mind the cold and wind one bit and napped during my entire run!

Boy was it cold out there for Saturday’s run! It was 30 degrees, with a wind chill of 21, when I started my run. I pushed against the wind on a somewhat hilly route and reached a new stroller PDR. Little man didn’t seem to mind the cold and wind one bit and napped during my entire run!

Sunday, February 5th

As part of my effort to make up for my missed weekday run, as well as to spend more time focusing on strength training this month, I headed to the gym midafternoon, where I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical and 35 minutes doing a full body weight training workout.  The gym was almost empty, likely due to people getting an early start on celebrating the Super Bowl.  Fine by me, as I love it when the gym feels empty.  It makes it so much easier to workout!

Total Weekly Mileage – 16.51 miles (1.94 miles less than week 4)

Total RnRDC Mileage – 78.40 miles

QOTD: What did you do for the Super Bowl?  Quiet evening at home, like at our house, or did you go to a big Super Bowl party?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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February 2017 Goals

Last month was quite the roller coaster of a month.  I started the month, and year, off strong, and was on track with my goals for the first couple of weeks.  Mid-month I felt like my fitness started to unravel a bit as I faced numerous challenges (the entire family getting sick, my grandfather’s death, and little man’s surgery, just to name a few), and I found it very difficult to stay on track.  I did the best that I could, and that’s really all that I can ask of myself in trying to reach last month’s goals.

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1.  Log at least 80 miles.

Grade: B+

My mileage total for the month was 71.4 miles (89% of my goal).  Given that I missed several weekday workouts, I’m quite proud of my final total for the month.  With my 2017 goal being to log 1,000 miles, this puts me at 7% towards my yearly goal.  I would have needed to log 83.3 miles to be 1/12th of the way towards reaching my 1,000 mile goal, so I know that I’m not too far behind in reaching my bigger goal, and know that I have plenty of time to get caught up.

My Run the Year team reached our first big milestone last weekend, and we earned our first 100 mile badge.  I’m so proud of our team and the progress that we’re making (I’m running my miles while my father-in-law and sister-in-law are walking their miles).  Our team total is currently 117.67 miles.

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2.  Strength train at least twice per week.

Grade: B-

While I technically only failed to meet this goal during one week last month, several of my strength training sessions were short 10-15 minute sessions at home.  I’d like to see if I can push myself to find the time for some longer sessions this month.

3.  Focus on healthy eating.

Grade: B

Overall, I was successful with getting my eating back on track last month.  I was very good for the first part of the month about avoiding the very tempting candy bowl in the school library.  However, as the stress piled up during the second half of the month, I didn’t always stay on track with the healthy eating.

After a difficult couple of weeks, I’m incredibly motivated to refocus this month, and am looking forward to a much better month.

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1.  Log at least 80 miles.

I would need to log at least 85 miles to be 100% on track with my yearly mileage goal, but knowing that February is the shortest month of the year, I want to give myself some grace this month and not put unrealistic pressure on myself.

2.  Strength train at least twice per week.

In addition to getting the strength sessions in, I’d also like to focus on longer sessions this month.  I’d like for my strength training sessions to be at least 20-30 minutes in length.

3.  Focus on self-care.

Last February I participated in a self-care challenge, which is inspiring me to focus on taking care of myself again.  After an incredibly stressful and difficult couple of weeks, I need to focus on taking care of myself in addition to all of the responsibilities that I have.

QOTD: What are your goals for February?

I’m linking up with Ange and Carmy for the Monthly Goals linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 4

When it rains it pours.

If I thought that week 3 of my training was tough, then week 4 was definitely one for the record books.  This past week was a test of my mental, emotional, and physical capabilities.

Monday, January 23rd

Monday was the first of several hard days last week.  My grandfather’s visitation at the funeral home was Monday afternoon and evening.  While it was nice to be able to visit with and catch up with so many members of our extended family, it was an emotionally exhausting day.  Early that morning I did fit in 15 minutes of strength training, focusing on my upper body and abs.  I wish that I would have had time for a longer workout, but training just wasn’t my priority that day, or much of the week for that matter.

Tuesday, January 24th

Early Tuesday morning I headed to the hotel fitness center to run on the treadmill.  I slogged through my run, and after just two miles had to call it quits.  Throughout the entire run, but especially during the second mile, I battled terrible side cramps.  How I felt during the run was symbolic of the day, as my grandfather’s funeral was that day.

Two physically and emotionally difficult miles was all that my body and mind could handle the morning of my grandfather's funeral.

Two physically and emotionally difficult miles was all that my body and mind could handle the morning of my grandfather’s funeral.

After spending the day with family, celebrating my grandfather’s life, we left north Jersey around 5:30 p.m.  Thankfully we encountered very little traffic during our drive home, and pulled into the driveway just before 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25th

Wednesday was the only day last week that I went to work.  I didn’t want to go, but knowing that I hadn’t been at work since the previous Thursday, and that I would be taking the following two days off, I dragged myself into school.  I spent much of the day running around trying to get caught up, and also write sub plans for the rest of the week.  After school, I had to take my sister to the airport and pick up Riley from boarding.  By the time I finally made it home it was almost 7:00 p.m., and I was pooped.

Thursday, January 26th

Thursday put the icing on the cake for my difficult week.  Little man had been scheduled to have corrective eye surgery, and since his ophthalmologist only does surgery at our local children’s hospital one day per month, we really didn’t want to reschedule it, even though my grandfather’s funeral had just been two days earlier.  Thankfully, there weren’t any complications during his surgery, and his recovery at home has been going well.

Little man just prior to going back to the O.R. Hopefully we'll be seeing that smile on his face again sooner than later.

Little man just prior to going back to the O.R. Hopefully we’ll be seeing that smile on his face again sooner than later.

Friday, January 27th

Since little man couldn’t go to daycare, Preston and I were home with him.  Although he’s been in pain and extra fussy and clingy, he has still been sleeping well, so I was able to escape the house for a run during nap time.  It felt great to be able to go for a real run for the first time in almost a week, and it felt even better that I felt as strong as I did during my run.  My splits during my 4.71 mile run were very consistent too: 9:32/9:34/9:37/9:36/6:43.  I ended my run hopeful that the run would mark the start of my return to consistent training.

I was so happy after completing a strong training run, and my first "real" run in what felt like forever.

I was so happy after completing a strong training run, and my first “real” run in what felt like forever.

Saturday, January 28th

Unfortunately, I came down with a stomach bug and was up at 1:30 a.m. sick.  I spent much of the day fighting to find energy, and thankfully little man’s godmother came down from Baltimore to help us take care of him.  Just when I thought that I was making a turn for the better with my training, I was thrown yet another curve ball.

Sunday, January 29th

Thankfully, I woke up Sunday morning feeling much better than I had felt all day on Saturday.  Not only was I feeling better, but I was incredibly motivated to get outside and complete my planned long run of 10 miles.  Since I had no idea how the run would go after almost two weeks of inconsistent workouts, I told myself as I headed out the door that I’d strive to run 8 miles, and push myself to run 10, if I was feeling good.

I felt strong during the first 6 miles of my run.  But as I started my seventh mile, I started to loose energy.  I forged forward, and finished the 10 miles that I had written on my training calendar.  It felt incredible to finish all 10 miles after the past couple of weeks that I’ve had.  My splits were: 10:27/10:23/10:24/10:22/10:23/10:11/10:36/10:27/10:22/10:23.

Jumping for joy after completing my first double digit run November, and the fact that after a difficult two weeks that I still got my planned long run in yesterday.

Jumping for joy after completing my first double digit run November, and the fact that after a difficult two weeks that I still got my planned long run in yesterday.

And to top off the incredible feeling, and to make sure that I met my weekly strength training goal, I also did 15 minutes of core and upper body work that evening.

I’m not going to lie, I’m very frustrated that I haven’t been able to work out consistently for the past two weeks, and was am starting to worry about whether I’d be half marathon ready by March 11th.  Yesterday’s long run gave me the confidence boost I needed after a frustrating couple of weeks.  I’m optimistic that my workouts, and my overall totals, will look much better next week.

Total Weekly Mileage – 18.45 miles (10.58 miles more than week 3)

Total RnRDC Mileage – 61.89 miles

QOTD: How do you get your mind back in the game after multiple difficult weeks in a row?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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