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Last week was physically challenging. After pushing myself at last Sunday’s Leesburg 20k (recap still to come!), my legs were very sore for several days. Coupled with long days at school as I prepared for my students, my weekday runs were anything but stellar. I’ll be honest, it had me worried for how my long run for the week would go, but thankfully my long run was the strongest of my three runs last weeks.
Monday, August 20th
To help stretch my legs out the day after the Leesburg 20k I did a walking commute to daycare to pick up little man that afternoon. Its about 2.5 miles round trip from our house to daycare but I extended the route to 3.35 miles. We both enjoyed the much needed time together after his first day back at daycare.
Tuesday, August 21st
Afternoon thunderstorms resulted in me heading to the gym after work to complete my run on the treadmill. My run wound up being both mentally and physically challenging. Not only were my legs heavy but it was also on the hot side inside the gym. After pushing myself to run for 45 minutes I walked 0.75 miles and then did 30 minutes of weight training.
Wednesday, August 22nd
Between a long day at work and a doctor’s appointment late in the afternoon, I was too physically and mentally exhausted to work out by the time that I made it home.
Thursday, August 23rd
Thursday’s run was another hard one. I was exhausted from the busy teacher back to work week, and my legs felt like they each had a heavy brick attached to them. I took several extra walk breaks during my run, and despite the number of times that I wanted to give up and just walk back home I didn’t. 5.75 miles later I was very happy that I had pushed through and hadn’t given up.
Friday, August 24th
Between being at school for 13 hours (a full day of work followed by the fall kick off event and first home football game of the season) plus having my long run the next day I was more than happy to have a planned rest day.
Saturday, August 25th
After two challenging runs earlier in the week I am so thankful that my 18 miler wasn’t mentally challenging. It was a beautiful 61 degrees when I headed out for my run, though it quickly warmed up and was 81 degrees by the end of my run. I did an out and back route, which included lots of hills and some areas with very little shade. Despite the hills I managed to maintain a sub 11 minute pace during the first six miles of my run. My pace slowed down dramatically during the last eight miles, and I wound up having to walk nearly every hill during the last three miles. Nonetheless, I was quite pleased with how Saturday’s run went and my run earned a big thumbs up. Afterwards I completed a 0.77 mile cool down walk.
Sunday, August 26th
Not only was I sore from my run but we also made a day trip to Pennsylvania for a big family BBQ. We were gone for just under 12 hours and I was completely exhausted by the time we arrived back home.
Total Weekly Mileage – 33.06 miles (4.25 miles more than week 11)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 331.96 miles
QOTD: How do you push yourself through the mentally and/or physically challenging training runs?