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This past week was another incredibly active, busy, and productive one. I pushed my long run mileage to 14 miles, which is the furthest that I have ever run before. (I have run a couple of 14 milers prior to previous half marathons.) When I next increase my long run mileage, I will be pushing myself to a distance that I have never run before, which is exciting and scary all at the same time.
My workouts this week brought my current mileage total for 2017 to just over 600 miles. It was so exciting to import my Garmin data last night and see the progress that I have made.
Monday, July 10th
I kicked off the week with a stroller run in the morning with my little man. I felt strong throughout the run, and managed negative splits. The cooler weather and lower humidity were a huge help with me being able to complete a strong run while also pushing the stroller. Since it was such a beautiful morning, I walked an additional mile after completing my run.
Tuesday, July 11th
Tuesday morning little man and I walked three and a half miles while running errands. That evening, I completed a 35 minute strength training workout, utilizing the new lower body workout that had been included in this month’s StrideBox.
Wednesday, July 12th
My one and only gym workout for the week was Wednesday evening. I cross trained for 30 minutes on the elliptical, and followed it up with a 30 minute full body weight training session.
Thursday, July 13th
Since my dad had been in town for the night, I was able to leave little man at home with him and escape for a solo morning run. With little man at home with me for the summer, solo weekday runs are a rare treat, so I’m thankful for whenever I’m able to get them in.
Friday, July 14th
On Preston and I drove north to State College, Pennsylvania for the weekend for a friend’s wedding. It was our first weekend away from our little man since he was born (we have only previously left him for one night). My father-in-law came into town to take care of him at our house, so Friday morning was spent picking him up at the train station, and getting him and little man situated at home before we hit the road. It was a very busy day, with no time to workout even after we got to State College, as we attended a welcome party with the bride and groom.
Saturday, July 15th
Even though we were out of town, I still had to keep up with marathon training. The bride knew about this, and a couple of weeks ago was able to forward a couple of running routes to me that she had received from another one of her friends. I ended up choosing the route that included running at Penn State. Despite how hilly the route was, the weather was quite beautiful Saturday morning (it was in the low 70s and only 65% humidity during my 14 mile run), which made running the hills a bit more bearable.
That evening we attended my friend’s wedding. Preston and I had a blast celebrating with everybody, and didn’t walk back into our hotel room until almost midnight. It had been a long day, and despite wearing flat sandals during the reception, my legs and feet were very sore from the day’s activities.
Sunday, July 16th
Before leaving State College, we attended the wedding brunch, and then made a stop at the famous Penn State Creamery with a couple of friends. It was a delicious way to celebrate National Ice Cream day.
We didn’t arrive back home until around 6:00 p.m. Because we had been away from little man for the weekend, I prioritized spending time with him over anything else. Even though I hadn’t met my strength training goal for the week, family time last night was much more important. Today marks the start of a new week, and the opportunity to work towards reaching my goals.
Total Weekly Mileage – 31.19 miles (1.88 miles more than week 5)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 162.36 miles
QOTD: Have you ever completed a long run and attended a wedding in the same day? How did your body handle all of the activity?
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.