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Another week of being away from home called for another week of flexibility when it came to my training. You can plan everything to a T, but then factors like the weather that are completely out of your control require you to adapt and modify as necessary. Two days of travel also impacted my training schedule for the week, but I’m still pleased with the workouts that I was able to complete.
Monday, August 6th
I kicked off the week with another scenic run in Miami. I started off my 4.25 mile run by running through some of the neighborhood streets in Coconut Grove, which is where our hotel was, and then finished my run on the waterfront at Dinner Key Marina. Once again the Miami heat and humidity challenged me, but I refused to let it stop me from completing my run. After my run I completed a 0.75 mile cool down walk, and then later that afternoon did 30 minutes of water aerobics at the hotel pool.
Tuesday, August 7th
For my last workout in Miami I headed to the gym where I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical and followed that up with 25 minutes of weight training.
Wednesday, August 8th
I spent the majority of the day flying from Miami back to central Illinois. It was a bittersweet day of travel for me because although I left my husband behind in Miami to complete his temporary work assignment I was reunited with my little man later that afternoon. That evening we went to see the local minor league baseball team play. Although this left me with no time to work out spending time with little man was a much higher priority.
Thursday, August 9th
Midday I took little man for a walk around the neighborhood, and then after my mom got home from work I headed to the gym to complete my run on the treadmill. After a couple of very hot and humid runs in Miami, I was in desire of a break from running in the brutal summer weather, but unfortunately I didn’t find much reprieve at the gym. It felt hotter and stuffier than usual at the gym. As the woman on the treadmill next to me said as we both finished up, “That was a tough run.” Despite it being a difficult day for a run I still completed all five of my planned miles, and did so with negative splits.
Friday, August 10th
My original plan for the week was to complete my long run on Sunday. However, after keeping a close eye on the weather forecast at home, and seeing that there was an 80% chance of thunderstorms all day long, I didn’t want to risk having to run 16 miles on the treadmill. So even though I had just run 24 hours earlier, I decided that completing my long run Friday evening was my best decision. Due to running on tired legs, as well as the high heat and humidity, it wound up being one of my most challenging runs ever. After a busy day with little man I headed out in a feels like temperature of 93 degrees. I quickly drank all of the water in my hydration vest. Thankfully I had a couple of dollars on me so just past the 9 mile mark I stopped a gas station to buy a bottle of water. During that brief stop my legs locked up though and I struggled from the moment that I left the gas station. At times during the last 7 miles my run felt more like a shuffle, and I had to take extra walk breaks, but I refused to give up and still finished all 16 miles.
Saturday, August 11th
Little man and I spent the day traveling home from Illinois. There simply wasn’t time, or energy, to workout.
Sunday, August 12th
Given that my legs were still incredibly tired and sore from my tough 16 miler, I decided that another rest day was the smarter choice than trying to push through and still get a workout in. I didn’t feel guilty about my choice whatsoever.
Total Weekly Mileage – 32.89 miles (3.44 miles more than week 9)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 270.09 miles
QOTD: Do you take extra rest days after challenging long runs?