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After a physically challenging week during week 12, week 13 of my Chicago training proved to be a very mentally challenging one, at least in the later part of the week. Between the heat and an incredibly busy first week with students at school, my mental strength was put to the test last week. At times I overcame the challenge, and at others I opted for extra rest.
Monday, August 27th
Most of last week included temperatures in the 90s and a heat index in the 100s. The DC area was under an excessive heat warning multiple days last week, and Monday was no exception to that. After work I had an appointment with the chiropractor, and had hoped that the closer that it got to sunset the more bearable the conditions outside would become. That didn’t happen, and because I had planned to run with little man I couldn’t make a last minute escape to the gym. Monday wound up being an unplanned rest day.
So much for going for my run tonight. There’s no way that I’m running with the BOB in this heat! pic.twitter.com/3h0tfdvNvK
— Kathryn (@Dancing2Running) August 27, 2018
Tuesday, August 28th
In celebration of the first day of school with students I headed to the gym immediately after school for my first run of the week (we were under an Excessive Heat Warning for the second day in a row). It was also once again hot and stuffy inside of the gym. I had to run slower than I would have liked to but I pushed through and ran 4.50 miles. Afterwards I completed a one mile cool down walk.
Wednesday, August 29th
Once again after school I headed straight to the gym. Once there I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 40 minutes of full body weight training.
Thursday, August 30th
Because of Back to School Night Thursday was an incredibly long and busy day at school. After a full day of school I quickly ran home to pick up little man from daycare and get him situated at home with his godmother before returning to school. Even if I had wanted to work out there simply was not time.
— Kathryn (@Dancing2Running) August 31, 2018
Friday, August 31st
After an exhausting Thursday I just didn’t have it in me to workout on Friday. I ran some errands on my way home from school and then relaxed at home with my boys after a long week. Even though I was less than four miles from reaching my monthly mileage goal I just didn’t have it in me to head out for one last workout for the month.
Saturday, September 1st
There was a chance of thunderstorms all day long on Saturday and I didn’t want to risk getting stuck in a thunderstorm during my long run. Despite the high mileage on my training plan for the day, I quickly modified my long run mileage for the next couple of weeks and headed to the gym for my long run. I spent ten miles running on the treadmill while watching John McCain’s funeral. Despite the distraction and feeling both physically and mentally strong for the majority of my run (I only started to become bored during the last two miles), I was so glad once I reached the ten mile mark. Long runs on the treadmill are hard! After my run I walked another mile to cool down.
Sunday, September 2nd
Despite my intentions to head to the gym for a workout, I instead opted to spend extra time with my boys. I also took a nap during little man’s nap. I don’t regret my decision one bit.
Total Weekly Mileage – 18.50 miles (14.56 miles less than week 12)
Total Chicago Mileage – 350.46 miles
QOTD: How do you stay motivated during those very busy weeks?