Unfortunately, illness continued to be the theme this past week. And when you’re sick, everything else in life is unfortunately affected.
Monday, February 20th
After struggling to complete Sunday’s 10k, my body was screaming for rest on Monday. I felt miserable, and was so tired that I had to take a midday nap. There was no working out for me on Monday.
Tuesday, February 21st
I was still coughing, and my congestion was also in full force. It was another rest day for me.
Wednesday, February 22nd
I finally felt well enough to get outside for a walk. Since the weather was incredibly unseasonable (the high was in the mid-60s), it would have been a crime to not get outside and enjoy the weather. Preston and I took both little man and Riley for a family walk. We all needed, and enjoyed, the fresh air.
Thursday, February 23rd
It was in the mid-70s when I left work. Between the sunshine and the warm air, my body was screaming for a run, even though I still wasn’t feeling 100%. Preston and I took little man out in the BOB stroller, and took turns pushing him during our run. Since I was still fighting my cough, it was slow going, but boy did it feel good to get out and run in a tank top and shorts. Our splits were: 10:37, 10:18, 10:35, 10:43, 2:54 (last 0.29 miles).
Friday, February 24th
Another 75 degree afternoon called for a walking commute to pick up little man from daycare. Enjoying a 2.5 mile walk in the sunshine and warm air was just what I needed at the end of a long week of being sick.
Saturday, February 25th
I had 14 miles on tap for my last double digit training run before Rock ‘n’ Roll DC. I headed out the door just before 9 a.m. knowing that I needed to beat an incoming thunderstorm. Even though I was still dealing with my cough, and ran on a fairly hilly route, I felt strong during the first four miles of my run and ran strong splits: 10:29, 10:14, 10:24, 10:23.
Unfortunately, the wind really started to pick up around mile 4.5. The wind, coupled with the hills, started to slow me down and I started to have a lot of difficulty the further that I ran. I was able to maintain my 4:15/0:45 run/walk intervals until around 6.75 miles when I had to take a longer walk break. My splits for miles 5-7 were 10:32, 10:53, 11:26.
I was never able to recover after that longer walk break, and found myself needing to walk more and more frequently. At one point the wind started blowing at about 20 mph (according to The Weather Channel app) and I have no idea what some of the gusts were. Between my chest congestion, the hills, and the wind, I became more and more defeated the further that I ran. I texted my friend Kathleen on and off during the run, and while her texts were initially helping me to stay motivated to keep going, I decided at 12 miles that I just couldn’t fight anymore. The further that I ran, the slower that I ran, and I just couldn’t fight anymore. My splits for the last five miles were: 11:22, 11:07, 11:01, 12:34, 12:23.
I’m so disappointed that I couldn’t finish the last two miles that I had planned. I’m trying to not be too hard on myself, since I know that I’m prepared to run a half marathon in two weeks. But its not like me to not finish my planned mileage. What I do know is that I did the best that I could.
Sunday, February 26th
I finished out the week with a 15 minute strength training session, focusing on abs and lower body.
Total Weekly Mileage – 22.21 miles (3.18 miles more than week 7)
Total RnRDC Mileage – 146.65 miles
QOTD: How do you rebound from a physically and mentally challenging run?
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.