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Last week was a bit of a roller coaster. Getting back into a routine here at home after being away for a couple of weeks, as well as getting ready to head back to work, made for a very busy week. There were a couple of days when I felt very rundown, which resulted in a couple of extra rest days, but I’m thankful that the week ended on a high at yesterday’s Leesburg 20k.
Monday, August 13th
I kicked off the week, and my first weekday back at home, with both a dentist appointment and a visit to see the chiropractor. It had been three weeks since my last adjustment, and my body is used to going at least once a week. Let’s just say that after sleeping in multiple beds that aren’t my own, as well as six flights, that my body was in desperate need of that adjustment. I was very sore from Monday’s adjustment and decided that an evening of resting on the couch was more important than trying to get a work out in.
Tuesday, August 14th
Little man and I completed our first stroller run in almost a month. He was so excited that morning when I asked him if he wanted to go for a run with me. I took full advantage of both his excitement and the fact that it was a cooler morning with lower humidity and ran six miles. Afterwards I walked another 1.79 miles. Running with the stroller was slow going, but the fact that little man was so excited to go for a run with me made the challenge of running with the stroller completely worth it.
Wednesday, August 15th
Early evening I headed to the gym. While I was away my gym moved to a new location. Although it is slightly further from home it is also now slightly closer to work, so when I head to the gym straight from school the commute time won’t be any different than it has been in the past. The new location has all brand new equipment, which I thoroughly enjoyed being able to use during my 35 minutes on the elliptical and 40 minute of full body weight training.
Thursday, August 16th
Because little man and I had our last story time of summer break to attend Thursday morning I wasn’t able to get out for my run until later in the day. It had been an incredibly hot day, with the heat index well into the 100s, so I waited until as close to sunset as possible to head out for my run. It felt like 96 degrees when I left the house, and because of the heat I told myself that any distance at any pace would be an accomplishment. I finished 5.25 miles just as the sun was finishing setting.
Friday, August 17th
Friday was my first day back at work (yes, the new school year for teachers really started on a Friday this year in my school district). After a busy day of working on setting my classroom up I came home feeling rundown and had a slight migraine. Working out was far from my priority that evening.
Saturday, August 18th
Saturday was one of those lazy, dreary days. Late in the afternoon I did muster up the motivation to complete a 25 minute strength training workout at home. Given that I had my long run the next morning I didn’t push myself too hard but it felt good to sweat a bit.
Sunday, August 19th
Yesterday was the Leesburg 20k. When I signed up for this race I did so knowing that it would be a great way to mix up marathon training. Although I was doubtful about the weather while setting my goals for the race, it wound up being a gorgeous summer morning with the temperature in the high 60s and low 70s during the race. The humidity was also only 80%. I wound up being able to push myself a bit during the race, and finished the 12.4 miles (well, according to my Garmin I ran 12.58 miles) in 2:20:02. I crushed all three of my goals, and PRed! It was a great way to end the week!
Total Weekly Mileage – 28.81 miles (4.08 miles less than week 10)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 298.90 miles
QOTD: Do you enjoy using races as a long run while training for another race?