I really wish that there was a “slow motion” button for life. With this past week being the first week of school with my students, I felt like I was not only constantly on the move but also moving at lightning speed because of everything that was going on. I feel like I’m becoming a broken record by saying this, but I have not been successfully meeting my monthly or weekly goals when it comes to my training. Its not that I don’t want to meet my goals, its just that too much has been getting in the way and my training has had to take a back seat. And its not that I’m asking for pity, this is just what my recent reality has been.
Monday was Labor Day, and it was great to for once not be traveling over a holiday weekend. Preston and I have spent the past three years in Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend, not only to end the summer at the beach but to also run Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach. Although we contemplated going again this year, we decided awhile back that staying home was the better option. Turns out, we made a great decision since Tropical Storm Hermine impacted Virginia Beach. Here at home, it was great to kick off the week with a strong run (I ran my last 5k in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Making the Band Virtual Race Series) and have time at home to work on chores and such.
Tuesday was the first day of school. The beginning of the school year is always busy as the students and I work on getting back into a classroom routine. I made it to the gym on Tuesday, and had high ambitions to work out for a third day in a row on Wednesday. I had hoped to take little man out for a run, until the sky opened up and we had a nasty evening thunderstorm that kept us inside instead. I knew that working out on Thursday was out of the question when the week started, as after a full day at school we had Back to School Night, and I didn’t get home until around 9:00 p.m. I had hoped to make up for two rest days in a row on Friday, except that I was absolutely exhausted from my long day of work the day prior and needed to rest instead Friday evening.
On Saturday I headed out the door for a run, planning to run at least four miles, and possibly up to six depending on how I felt during the run. Although my legs were tired by the end, I did push myself to run a hilly 10k. And even though yesterday was busy, which included hosting little man’s godmother for dinner, I did squeeze in a short strength training session late yesterday evening.
I’ll admit, I’m starting to feel a bit guilty about the number of rest days that I’ve had recently. I know that I shouldn’t, since life is all about balance. But part of me feels as though I should be more active than I have been, while the other part of me feels like I’ve been doing my best to balance everything in life, and that’s all that I can ask of myself. Regardless, I’m very anxious about Sunday’s half marathon. I know that I’ve put in the hard work, particularly on my long runs, to be successful on Sunday. But part of me wonders how much more I’d be able to push myself if I were more consistent with my cross training and strength training. But then there’s another part of me that thinks that I’m beating myself up too much. Regardless of which part of me is “right,” I can’t wait to see how everything plays out during Sunday’s race.
Mon 9/5 – 3.10 mile run, 0.40 mile cool down walk
Tues 9/6 – 30 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs), 15 minutes on the elliptical
Wed 9/7 – Rest day
Thurs 9/8 – Rest day
Fri 9/9 – Rest day
Sat 9/10 – 6.20 mile run, 0.66 mile cool down walk
Sun 9/11 – 15 minutes of strength training (upper body and abs)
Total Weekly Mileage – 11.58 miles (7.74 miles less than week 10)
Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 185.03 miles
QOTD: How hard are you on yourself when you don’t meet your goals?