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Logistically, this past week was a difficult week. Little man and I were out of town for five days, and travel in and of itself often makes keeping up with workouts difficult. Although I did complete my three planned runs, I didn’t hit either my cross training or strength training goals for the week. We were in northern New Jersey at my grandfather’s house, helping my parents work on cleaning it out (he passed away at the end of January). Between spending time with them, and playing with little man in the backyard and taking him swimming in the pool in the backyard, my attention for working out was turned elsewhere.
However, there’s also some things from last week to celebrate. Runkeeper notified me that I reached a couple of milestones for running this past week. I have now run the highest number of miles in a single month (my current total is at 98 miles, and I’m planning on running today). I have also run the highest number of miles in a single week (this past week I ran 25 miles).
Monday, July 24th
Time wasn’t on my side on Monday, as I needed to pack up for little man and I to head north the next morning. And since there was absolutely nothing for little man up at my grandfather’s house I had a lot to pack up (pack ‘n’ play, toys, pool float, the list was very long). Since my time was limited I didn’t get any running or cross training in, but I did do 30 minutes of strength training.
Tuesday, July 25th
Before hitting the road, I was able to enjoy a beautiful summer morning during my run. After my run, I packed up the car and started the drive north.
Wednesday, July 26th
Little man and I were able to enjoy another beautiful summer morning during a just over two mile walk around my grandfather’s neighborhood.
Thursday, July 27th
Thank goodness it was yet another beautiful summer morning with low temperatures and lowish humidity, because the hills of northern New Jersey were quite the challenge during my run. I was so happy that despite the hills that I was able to maintain a sub ten minute average pace.
Friday, July 28th
After struggling during my long run last week, partly due to sore leg muscles, I decided that I needed to take a complete rest day in advance of my 15 miler. I am so glad that I made this decision.
Saturday, July 29th
I was worried for several days that my long run wouldn’t happen. Between driving back from New Jersey and arriving home in the early afternoon on Saturday, and there having been storms here for a couple of days, I questioned how I was going to be able to fit this run in, especially since I really didn’t want to run 15 miles on the treadmill. Thankfully, there was a break in the storms and I was able to get outside for my run. Yes, there were puddles that I had to dodge, some of which I successfully navigated around and some that I didn’t, but I got my run in and reached a new personal distance record!
Sunday, July 30th
Between recovering from my long run and celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary, I took another rest day. Since my sister is in town, we were able to go out to a nice dinner thanks to her volunteering to babysit little man.
Total Weekly Mileage – 27.84 miles (1.96 miles less than week 7)
Total Chicago Mileage – 220.00 miles
QOTD: What milestones did you reach last week?
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.
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