On October 8th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause. Thanks!
The past two weeks have been incredibly busy, as well as productive. They have included a long weekend out of town with family for the 4th of July, lots of running, and reaching my RMHC fundraising goal! I am so excited to have the stress of reaching my goal out of the way. Just because I have reached my goal does not mean that I will stop my fundraising efforts though.
Week 4 Training:
Monday, June 26th
I kicked off my first day of summer break with an evening run. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and it was the perfect way to celebrate finally being done with the 2016-2017 school year. Since it was cooler and less humid I was able to push my pace a bit more than I have been able to recently.
Tuesday, June 27th
Little man and I kicked off our first full day of summer break with an almost three mile walk, during which we ran several errands. I also did 20 minutes of strength training at home that evening.
Wednesday, June 28th
Little man and I enjoyed an absolutely beautiful summer morning. Since the weather was so nice, I ran for an hour instead of my usual 45 minutes for my weekday runs.
Thursday, June 29th
After Preston got home from work I headed to the gym where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 30 minute full body weight training session. Although I love being home with my little man, it was nice to have a short break to just focus on me.
Friday, June 30th
Friday was my only rest day for the week. After such an active week, I knew that I needed to rest my legs for my long run on Saturday.
Saturday, July 1st
Although I had planned to do my eight miler solo, little man had other plans for me. Since he woke up before 6am, I wound up turning my solo run into a stroller run. Although the stroller slowed my pace down, I will never regret spending time with my little man, especially outside since he loves being outside just as much as I do.
Sunday, July 2nd
After my run on Saturday we packed up the car and drove to New Jersey to spend the holiday weekend with my in-laws. On Sunday we took a day trip to Ocean City, NJ (about an hour away from my father-in-law’s house). Little man’s nap time offered me the opportunity to get in a long walk on the boardwalk. I pushed him in the stroller while he napped, and I got in an almost four mile walk. It was a win-win situation.
Total Weekly Mileage – 28.82 miles (1.94 miles more than week 3)
Week 5 Training:
Monday, July 3rd
Although I didn’t do any formal training on Monday, we did go to the Philly Zoo for half the day, where I did quite a bit of walking. While it wasn’t at a brisk pace, I was on my feet for most of the morning and early afternoon.
Tuesday, July 4th
I kicked off Independence Day with a five mile run around my father-in-law’s neighborhood. It felt good to push my pace, run a relatively flat route, and run all sub 10 minute splits. After my run I did a 30 minutes of strength training.
Wednesday, July 5th
We drove home from New Jersey Wednesday morning, and while Preston went to work for half the day little man and I took a two and a half mile walk to and from the grocery store so that we could restock the fridge.
Thursday, July 6th
It was quite rainy and stormy here on Thursday, which left me with no choice but to complete my run on the treadmill at the gym. Preston and I met up after he was done with work for the day so that I could pass little man off to him, and afterwards I headed to the gym for my run. I did a progression run on the treadmill, running the last mile in 8:46. It felt incredible to run fast, which isn’t the norm lately because of the heat and humidity outside.
Friday, July 7th
We kicked off our day with a three and a half mile walk around the neighborhood. Afterwards I did 25 minutes of strength training.
Saturday, July 8th
I had planned to head out the door early for my 12 miler, but wound up getting a late start due to little man wanting to cuddle in bed with me after he woke up. Although this choice made for a very hot and humid long run, I don’t regret my decision to spend quality time with my little boy. I finally started my run around 7:30, and the further that I ran the stronger the sun got and the hotter that it got. Surprisingly, I felt pretty good for the first nine miles, and it wasn’t until the tenth mile when I had to start taking extra walk breaks. While there were several times when I wanted to give up, I pushed through the heat, humidity, and hills, and finished my 12 miles in 2:07:23 (10:37 pace). I was drenched in sweat afterwards, but was so glad that I didn’t give up.
Sunday, July 9th
Church, running errands, and chasing my little man around made up my “rest” day.
Total Weekly Mileage – 29.31 miles (0.49 miles more than week 4)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 131.17 miles
QOTD: Do you usually stay active while away from home, or do you take a break from exercise while traveling?
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.