On October 7th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause. Thanks!
Life rarely goes as we’d like for it to, and overcoming obstacles will make us stronger in the long run. Last week I faced just that, and although it meant that I was unable to run or otherwise train from Thursday-Sunday, and also meant that I had to skip my long run for the week, I’m trying to remain optimistic that it won’t set me back for Chicago in just under a month.
I constantly remind myself, and last week especially, that I’m running Chicago in memory of my friend Tammy who herself faced an uphill battle in her fight against cancer. But she refused to give up, which is incredibly inspirational and a constant reminder for me in my marathon training. Life isn’t perfect, and we’re all faced with challenges that we have to overcome, but its how we handle and respond to those challenges that is most important.
Last week my training was put to the test, but I refuse to let it stop me from doing what I need to do to get to the start line on October 7th.
Monday, September 3rd
Labor Day was an incredibly busy yet productive one at my house. Little man and I started the day off with a 5 mile stroller run, followed by a 0.86 mile cool down walk. That afternoon my husband and I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the garage and doing some yard work. I was quite active during my day off from work.
Tuesday, September 4th
After school I headed to the gym for a workout. While there I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical and followed that up with 40 minutes of full body weight training. I felt incredible strong as I walked out of the gym that day.
Wednesday, September 5th
Yet another afternoon with the heat index reaching over 100 degrees resulted in another afternoon run on the treadmill. After running a strong 5 miles I completed another half mile cool down walk. Just like I had felt on Tuesday, I felt great throughout my workout. It had been a great confidence building run and I wish that every run could feel the way that my run on Wednesday did.
Thursday, September 6th
Thursday was when my week turned completely around. After an incredibly active three days, Thursday had been the start of not being able to work out for the rest of the week. I wound up sick, and actually went home early from school on Thursday. I’m usually somebody who tries to push through and tough it out when sick, so to admit that I needed to go home mid-day was a tough pill to swallow. I spent the rest of my Thursday relaxing and napping on the couch.
Friday, September 7th-Sunday, September 9th
I was too tired and too weak the rest of the week to be able to work out. Even though I hated the fact that I didn’t work out for four days in a row, including having to skip my long run, I know that it was the right decision. While it means that I missed logging some critical miles just one month out from the marathon, my body was screaming for the rest, and I needed to listen to it. Despite wanting to have pushed through working out during our recent heatwave, which included numerous days in a row of excessive heat warnings, its clear that my body was not up to that challenge. I know that I’ll need to take it easy this week as I try to start running again, and that it will be important that I not push myself too hard too quickly if I’m going to run a marathon in a mere 28 days.
Total Weekly Mileage – 14.31 miles (4.19 miles less than week 13)
Total Chicago Mileage – 364.77 miles
QOTD: How do you overcome training setbacks?