Here’s how a text conversation with my Dad went Friday night after we had spent much of the day texting, e-mailing, and talking on the phone with each other:
Dad: “How are you doing?”
Me: “Stressed, tired, and sad.”
Dad: “Stressed, tired, and sad captures my feelings too.”
Last week was one hell of a week. I shared last week that little man spent the last part of the week sick. By the end of the weekend, Preston and I had each gotten sick too. Little man and I are still sick.
But three of us being sick is far from what made last week what it was.
Monday, January 16th
Preston and I were both off from work on Monday for Martin Luther King day. Since I had completed an 8 mile run the day prior, I decided to take advantage of my day off to spend some time at the gym. Between 30 minutes on the elliptical (2.57 miles) and 30 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, and abs), despite the tickle that I had in my throat, which was the start of my cold, I left the gym feeling an athlete’s high from a strong workout.
Tuesday, January 17th
I wound up taking an unplanned rest day. Tuesday was a cold, rainy day, and by the time I got home from work I had a slight headache. Running in the rain sounded like a miserable idea to me.
Wednesday, January 18th
I felt incredibly achy on Wednesday, so it was another rest day for me. Little man wasn’t getting any better from his cold and ear infection (in fact, he was getting worse), so we also had to schedule an evening appointment with his pediatrician.
Thursday, January 19th
You would have thought that only having to work three days last week would have made for a great day on Thursday, my last day of work for the week. But my cold was at its height on Thursday, with full on congestion. Working out definitely wasn’t in the cards for me.
So tired of being sick! I just want to feel better so that I can workout again! 😷
— Kathryn (@Dancing2Running) January 20, 2017
Friday, January 20th
After several days of feeling miserable, I didn’t think my week could get any worse. But it did.
Around 7:30 a.m. I called my mom. She had flown to New Jersey earlier in the week to be with my grandfather (her father), who was in the hospital. I called wanting to get an update on how he was doing. The update that I received was far from what I expected.
He had passed away.
Thanks to Inauguration Day, Friday was a federal holiday in the DC area, so both Preston and I were off from work. Thank goodness, because there’s absolutely no way that I could have focused at work or been an effective teacher that day. I spent much of the day figuring out travel plans and such with my dad, sisters, and father-in-law. It was a long, hard day. There simply wasn’t time to work out on Friday.
Saturday, January 21st
Saturday was the first day since Monday that I felt physically well enough to work out. I bundled little man up, put him in the BOB stroller, and enjoyed 5 stroller miles with him, followed by a 0.30 mile cool down walk. Since I was still a tad congested, and it was also my first run in almost a week, it was slow going. But it felt good to get outside and just run.
Sunday, January 22nd
We spent Sunday morning doing laundry and packing up for New Jersey, and pulled out of the driveway around 12:30 p.m. On our way out of town we did a couple of errands, and dropped Riley off for boarding. By the time we were on the road it was raining, which never makes for an easy drive. But the rain wasn’t the only thing that made our drive north difficult. Traffic was absolutely horrible, and little man threw up three times in the car. We had to stop numerous times to clean him up, change his clothes, and run into a grocery store to buy Pedialyte.
On top of the difficult drive, I battled a migraine all day long too. I woke up around 3:00 a.m. in excruciating pain, and it wasn’t until mid-morning that I finally felt some relief. The long day didn’t help matters, so needless to say, working out was far from my priority yesterday.
I hate that I only ran once last week, and worked out twice, but that’s sometimes how things go. My weekly numbers are the lowest I’ve seen them in quite some time.
Total Weekly Mileage – 7.87 miles (10.11 miles less than week 2)
Total RnRDC Mileage – 43.44 miles
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what to expect in terms of working out this coming week. We’ll be in New Jersey for the first part of the week for the visitation and funeral, and visiting with lots of extended family. I did pack my running shoes, but I have no idea if I’ll have time or feel up for working out. I’ll be playing things by ear this week.
QOTD: What helps you to cope during difficult weeks?
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.