On October 7th 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 theme of last week’s training was challenging. Not only is summer training often a challenge, but we were also out of town from Wednesday-Sunday, which added an extra layer of challenge to my training. Despite the challenges that I faced I refused to give up and kept pushing forward. I did the best that I could, and that is all that I can ask of myself.
Monday, July 2nd
After working out seven days in a row my body was in desperate need of a rest day, so that’s exactly what I gave it.
Tuesday, July 3rd
The heat here in Virginia went from bad to worse on Tuesday. After being under a heat advisory for several days in a row, we were under an excessive heat warning on Tuesday. Since being safe was my top priority, I completed my run on the treadmill at the gym. It was difficult enough to breathe and complete my run inside so I cannot imagine having attempted to run outside. After my 4.50 mile run I walked an additional half mile.
Wednesday, July 4th
Before heading out of town to celebrate 4th of July with my in-laws in New Jersey I headed to the gym for cross and strength training. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Thursday, July 5th
We spent the day in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, which was about a 90 minute drive from my father-in-law’s house. Our day included riding the historic steam train on the Strasburg Railroad. Little man is currently obsessed with anything and everything trains so he had an absolute blast during our day in Strasburg. Needless to say, working out didn’t happen, though I did do quite a bit of walking.
Friday, July 6th
Another busy day with family resulted in not being able to get a chance to run until after dinner. I didn’t wait long enough after eating dinner to start my run, which I completed on my sister-in-law’s treadmill. I struggled during the majority of my run, and eventually admitted that I needed to cut my run short. I walked half a mile afterwards, partly in hopes that I would feel better and would be able to resume running, but that didn’t happen.
Saturday, July 7th
We took a day trip to Ocean City, New Jersey, which with traffic was about a 90 minute drive from my father-in-law’s house. During our day there I walked just under five miles on the boardwalk while little man napped in the stroller.
Sunday, July 8th
After spending the early morning with my father-in-law we started our drive home mid-morning. After arriving home and eating lunch, I had a small window in which was my one and only opportunity yesterday to complete my long run for the week. When I started my run just before 2:30 p.m. it was at the height of the day’s heat and sunshine. I didn’t even have the time to drive to the gym to complete my run on the treadmill, so I sucked it up and headed out for my run. It was slow going, but I was happy just to be able to get my run in at all.
Total Weekly Mileage – 23.34 miles (9.22 miles less than week 4)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 124.42 miles
QOTD: How did you celebrate 4th of July?