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Last week was one of those weeks that started off great and then slowly got worse as the week went on. At least it was that way when it came to my fitness. I know that everybody has those weeks every now and then but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating to deal with when it happens.
Monday, July 16th
I was able to escape for a solo run after my husband got home from work. There had been a mid-afternoon thunderstorm which left me facing very high humidity during my run. The humidity forced me to take a couple of extra walk breaks during my run, but I refused to let the humidity get the best of me and still completed my planned 45 minute run. After running 4.20 miles I walked an additional three quarters of a mile.
Tuesday, July 17th
I spent Tuesday evening at the gym where I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical and another 35 minutes doing full body weight training. I felt strong when I left the gym, and had I had more time I might have worked out even longer.
Wednesday, July 18th
Wednesday’s run was one of those runs when I felt like I could have kept running and running and running. Little man and I completed six miles together, and after pushing the stroller for six miles I let him walk and push the stroller the rest of the way home.
Thursday, July 19th
It was during Thursday evening’s gym workout when things started going downhill. I felt fine during my 30 minutes on the elliptical, but during my 30 minutes of weight training I felt progressively weaker and weaker. It was far from my greatest workout, as I felt weak, but I kept telling myself than any workout was better than nothing at all.
Friday, July 20th
Since I had planned to do my long run on Saturday, Friday was a planned rest day.
Saturday, July 21st
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned over the weekend. I woke up Saturday morning with a sinus headache, which instead of getting better throughout the day only got worse. By Saturday evening it had turned into a migraine. I went to bed hoping that I would feel better the next day and that I’d be able to still complete my planned 8 mile long long run for the week.
Sunday, July 22nd
Unfortunately, my migraine was worse the next morning. The idea of trying to push myself to run 8 miles made me sick to my stomach. After taking a nap while little man took his afternoon nap I felt well enough to be able to head out for a family walk. While I hate that I had to skip my long run for the week, deep down I know that it was the right decision. Thankfully this past week was a cut back week and I didn’t mess up increasing my long run mileage.
Total Weekly Mileage – 19.59 miles (11.50 miles less than week 6)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 175.10 miles