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Its never easy to keep up with a regular training schedule when you’re traveling. It takes a lot of planning, focus, and dedication in order to make sure that you can still get all of your workouts in when you’re away from home. I’ve been away and out of my regular routine for a couple of weeks now has, which made my marathon training a bit more challenging than usual, but I’ve also been more eager than ever to get my workouts in.
Monday, July 23rd
I was very eager to get my run in first thing, mainly driven by the fact that little man and I had a busy midday and evening schedule. I knew that getting my run in later in the day would be incredibly challenging, if not near impossible. It had been storming for a couple of days in a row at this point, but after closely tracking the weather forecast I thought that I had just a long enough break in the rain to get my run in. Boy was I proven wrong! It was drizzling when I left the house just after 6:30 a.m. and was pouring less than two miles into my run. Around 2.5 miles I knew that it was time to call it quits, and thankfully my husband came to rescue me. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so drenched so quickly!
Tuesday, July 24th
Since it was my last day at home before the big trip, I had quite the lengthy to do list, but I was also eager to get to my home gym for one last good workout. After 35 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes of weight training, the fact that I was drenched in sweat was a sign that I’d gotten that good workout in.
Wednesday, July 25th
Between flying to Illinois with little man and celebrating my dad’s birthday that evening it was a long, tiring day. I didn’t have it in me to workout after such an early start to the day.
Thursday, July 26th
Despite the fact that it was incredibly hot and humid for my first run in Illinois I was very excited about being able to run on the trail in my hometown. I always love being able to run on the trail there! After my run I walked another 1.19 miles.
Friday, July 27th
Because of plans that we had on Saturday to take little man to a local farm I opted to move my long run for the week to Friday morning. Despite the near perfect running weather, my body was tired and my pace quickly slowed as the miles increased. I rarely run two days in a row, so I’m not surprised or disappointed by that. I’m just glad that I was able to move my long run and still spend time with the family the next morning.
Saturday, July 28th
After a busy morning at a local farm and little man’s nap, he was eager to spend even more time outside so my sister and I took him for a long walk, which included a stop at a neighborhood playground. All three of us enjoyed our time outside together.
Sunday, July 29th
To close out the week I utilized my Gold’s Gym travel pass and headed to the gym in my hometown. I left the gym with sore muscles after spending 35 minutes on the elliptical and doing a 45 minute long full body weight training workout.
Total Weekly Mileage – 32.65 miles (13.06 miles more than week 7)
Monday, July 30th
Monday was another long travel day for me. I had an early morning flight out of the regional airport five minutes down the street from my parents’ house, a connection at O’Hare, and then flew to Miami where I met my husband. He is on a temporary assignment for work in Miami, but took a couple of days off early in the week so that we could celebrate our wedding anniversary together. We were very happy to be reunited on our 7th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated by driving down to Key Largo. We had a low key celebration during our two nights there, but it was what we needed after such a busy couple of summer weeks. By the end of the day I was far too exhausted from traveling to get a workout in.
Tuesday, July 31st
I closed out the month with a five mile progression run on the treadmill. The hotel gym was quite hot and steamy, partly driven by how hot and humid it was outside that morning, but despite the conditions I pushed through and got it done. Afterwards I walked an additional mile, and later that afternoon did 15 minutes of water aerobics.
Wednesday, August 1st
Wednesday morning we drove back to Miami and had lunch with friends who were on their way to the Caribbean and had a very long layover in Miami. After picking them up from the airport we had lunch at an adorable Cuban restaurant in Little Havana, after which we walked around the neighborhood. According to Apple Health I walked over three miles that afternoon.
Thursday, August 2nd
Between my run and walking from the hotel to both Starbucks for breakfast and Subway for lunch I got quite a few miles in on Thursday. I ran 5.50 miles on the hotel treadmill and did 40 minutes of full body weight training. Altogether I logged over nine and a half miles for the day.
Friday, August 3rd
I kicked off my Friday at the gym where I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical and did 25 minutes of weight training. I was feeling quite strong and sweaty at the end of my workout.
Saturday August 4th
I knew that this would be a challenging run because of the Miami heat and humidity but after having already completed two runs on the treadmill for the week I didn’t want to also complete my long run on it. So instead, I headed out and braved the elements. I had 8 miles on plan for the day, but wound up pushing myself to run 9 instead. It wasn’t easy, and maybe I was delirious from the beautiful scenery, but I felt quite accomplished by the end of my run. Afterwards I walked another half mile.
Sunday, August 5th
My legs were quite sore from Saturday’s long run. I more than earned my rest day.
Total Weekly Mileage – 29.45 miles (3.20 miles less than week 8)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 237.20 miles
QOTD: How do you stay motivated to keep up with your training while traveling?