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After falling during my long run last Saturday, my focus this past week was on getting back on track with my training. Even today, nine days since my fall, I’m still dealing with some minor aches and pains. My wounds on my knees and right shoulder are still quite tender, but are slowly healing up. Even though I wasn’t able to work out the way that I would like to, especially when it came to strength training, I’m still quite proud of the fact that I remained focused and determined on moving forward this past week.
Monday, June 18th
Monday was my last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year. It was a teacher workday, and I spent a good part of the day packing up my classroom for the summer. Once I was finally done and had checked out with my principal I headed to the gym to kick off my summer vacation with a run on the treadmill. I’ll be honest, I was a bit intimidated of the idea of running outside only two days after my fall. But given that the feels like temperature outside was 105 degrees, I was actually happy to have a very valid excuse to need to complete my run on the treadmill. After my run I walked an additional mile.
Tuesday, June 19th
After spending my first full day of summer break with my little man and my sister, I went to the gym for cross and weight training. I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical and did 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Wednesday, June 20th
I kicked off the day by completing my training run. It felt great to get my run out of the way first thing, which allowed me to focus on spending time with my little man the rest of the day.
We drove up to an orchard in Maryland, where we picked blueberries. We had an absolute blast spending the day outside together.
Thursday, June 21st
Because we spent the day in Annapolis, Thursday was a planned rest day. My body was more than in need of it, especially after not having had a full rest day since the previous Friday.
Friday, June 22nd
Even though it was raining, my sister and I had promised little man that we’d walk to the bagel shop for a Friday morning breakfast treat, and we didn’t want to break our promise to him. So instead of getting in the car and driving to the bagel shop, we bundled up in rain gear, put little man in the stroller, and still made the mile and a quarter walk. The smile on little man’s face made the walk in the rain worth it.
Saturday, June 23rd
I was worried all week about how my long run would go one week after falling. It had rained all day Friday, which left the roads and sidewalks quite wet and slippery on Saturday morning. The thought of running on the treadmill crossed my mind several times, but I eventually convinced myself to run outside, and I’m so glad that I did. I felt quite strong throughout my run, and even though I had eight miles on my training plan wound up pushing myself to run nine miles. After my run I walked another mile before heading home.
Sunday, June 24th
After logging ten miles on Saturday my body was more than in need of a rest day.
Total Weekly Mileage – 26.44 miles (4.71 miles more than week 2)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 68.52 miles
QOTD: How do you encourage yourself to get back up and at it after an injury and/or setback?