If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter, then you already know that yesterday’s race didn’t go as I had hoped. I didn’t give up during the race, despite how challenging the race wound up being for me. Although I was initially disappointed mid-race as I watched my chance of reaching my goals slip away, I still crossed the finish line with a big smile on my face. I hadn’t given up on a difficult day of running, and for me yesterday, that was a huge accomplishment.
Like recent weeks have been, the week leading up to race day was also a very busy one.
Monday, April 16th
After work I made it to the gym from cross and weight training. I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Tuesday, April 17th
Despite Tuesday being a very long day, it was still a very productive day. My alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. so that I could get an early start on some grading (end of the quarter grades were due at school last week).
After a full day at school, I still made it a priority to get my run in. Even though I was tired and would have rather curled up on the couch under a blanket, I still laced up my running shoes and headed out the door for what wound up being a fairly strong run.
Wednesday, April 18th
After a very long Tuesday, I more than earned my mid week rest day.
Thursday, April 19th
Despite desperately wanting to run outside, the wind was blowing at 25-30 mph when I left school, so I headed to the gym instead. I was a very sweaty mess after my 5 mile run on the treadmill, which I followed up with a 0.75 miles walk.
Friday, April 20th
Eager to get in another cross and strength training workout, I headed back to the gym after work. I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical and then did 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Saturday, April 21st
In addition to knowing how important it was to take a rest day the day before my big race, I was also at school before 7:30 a.m. to proctor a practice AP exam for my AP students. It was a very long and busy morning. I then spent the afternoon doing errands and chores at home.
Sunday, April 22nd
As I already shared, race day wound up being not what I had hoped for. A full race recap will be coming soon.
Total Weekly Mileage – 30.66 miles (11.31 miles more than week 7
Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 171.87 miles
QOTD: How do you encourage yourself to keep moving forward during a challenging run or workout?