August 2018 Goals

With a lot of focus, dedication, and persistence, I managed to meet the majority of my July goals.  Doing so certainly wasn’t without any challenges, mainly since I’ve been home with little man for the summer and his schedule, needs, and interests trump my own desire to workout.

1.  Log at least 115 miles.

Grade: A

My mileage total for July was 115.2 miles, 73 miles of which I ran.  That brings my 2018 total mileage to 643.4 miles.  At the end of June I was 75 miles shy of being on track with my 2018 mileage goal of 1,200 miles, and July’s hard work made brought me even closer to being on track.  I’m now just under 57 miles shy of being on track.

I closed out July with a 5 mile progression run on the hotel treadmill in Key Largo

2.  Work out at least six days per week.

Grade: B+

When I set this goal for myself I knew that it would be a huge challenge.  With numerous rainy days in July, it made it impossible for little man and I to spend as much time outside as we would have liked to.  This resulted in fewer stroller runs and walks, and thus limited my ability some days to work out.  I worked out at least five days every week, so I’m considering that a success.

3.  Weight train at least two days per week.

Grade: A

After several months of having this goal for myself, I finally reached it.  Wahoo!

4.  Stay on track while away from home.

Grade: A

Not only have I made my fitness a priority during all of my summer travels, but I’ve also been trying to make mostly healthy eating decisions.  Not only am I happy with the decisions that I’ve been making but I feel good too.

After a successful and productive July I’m incredibly motivated to make August just as great of a month as July was.

1.  Log at least 130 miles.

My goal is to log at least 15 miles more than I did in July.  Fingers crossed that this goal is able to be met, especially once I’m back to work mid-August.

2.  Work out at least six days per week.

Even though this was a stretch for me last month, I want to challenge myself with this goal again in August.  We’ll see what happens!

3.  Focus on healthy eating.

Even while being away from home there are plenty of healthy food options to choose from.  While in Illinois I focused on limiting my snacking (its definitely tempting to snack around the clock when your active toddler loves to snack!), and will do so when I return to Illinois next week.  While I’m in Florida with my husband (who is here on a temporary assignment for work), I’m focusing on making healthy meal choices, especially when we’re out to eat at a restaurant.

4.  Continue to stay on track while away from home.

This applies to both healthy eating as well as staying on track with my marathon training.  The Chicago Marathon will be here before I know it!

QOTD: What are your goals for August?

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Friday Five – Potpourri v. 23

Happy Friday everybody!  If your week has been like mine, its been a jam packed one filled with lots of activity and excitement.  What has made this week so busy?

1.  Monday afternoon little man and I drove to just south of Baltimore to celebrate one of my best friend’s, and his godmother’s, birthday.  It was a low key birthday celebration and we had a wonderful birthday dinner celebrating her.

Little man helping his Auntie Becca blow out her birthday candles

2.  On Wednesday little man and I flew out to Central Illinois to visit my family.  We kicked off our time here with another birthday celebration, this time for my dad, as his birthday was on Wednesday.  My mom invited some good friends over for dinner and we ended the evening with singing “Happy Birthday” to my dad before enjoying some cheesecake for dessert.

Little man was very excited about singing “Happy Birthday” to his Papa

3.  One of the many things that I had been looking forward to about our visit was being able to run on the trail in my hometown.  I completed Thursday’s run on the trail, and am looking forward to logging even more miles on it while I’m here.

After completing my first of what will be several runs here in Central Illinois for this trip

4.  Summer is just flying by so I’m trying my best to soak in as many special moments with little man as I can.  Yesterday afternoon my sister and I took little man to a local park, which among other things has a splash pad and a playground, both of which we played at yesterday.  All three of us had a fun afternoon together.

Having fun at the playground with little man

5.  Playing at the park brought back memories of my wedding day, as it was at the same park where my wedding photos were taken.  Monday marks seven years of marriage for my husband and I.  The years have just flown by!

Photo Credit: Mark Romine Photography

QOTD: What is one highlight from your week?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 7

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!

Last week was one of those weeks that started off great and then slowly got worse as the week went on.  At least it was that way when it came to my fitness.  I know that everybody has those weeks every now and then but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating to deal with when it happens.

Monday, July 16th

I was able to escape for a solo run after my husband got home from work.  There had been a mid-afternoon thunderstorm which left me facing very high humidity during my run.  The humidity forced me to take a couple of extra walk breaks during my run, but I refused to let the humidity get the best of me and still completed my planned 45 minute run.  After running 4.20 miles I walked an additional three quarters of a mile.

Drenched in sweat from running on a very humid evening

Tuesday, July 17th

I spent Tuesday evening at the gym where I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical and another 35 minutes doing full body weight training.  I felt strong when I left the gym, and had I had more time I might have worked out even longer.

Wednesday, July 18th

Wednesday’s run was one of those runs when I felt like I could have kept running and running and running.  Little man and I completed six miles together, and after pushing the stroller for six miles I let him walk and push the stroller the rest of the way home.

Little man and I both got some exercise Wednesday morning. He loved when I gave him the opportunity to push his stroller home.

Thursday, July 19th

It was during Thursday evening’s gym workout when things started going downhill.  I felt fine during my 30 minutes on the elliptical, but during my 30 minutes of weight training I felt progressively weaker and weaker.  It was far from my greatest workout, as I felt weak, but I kept telling myself than any workout was better than nothing at all.

Friday, July 20th

Since I had planned to do my long run on Saturday, Friday was a planned rest day.

Saturday, July 21st

Unfortunately, things did not go as planned over the weekend.  I woke up Saturday morning with a sinus headache, which instead of getting better throughout the day only got worse.  By Saturday evening it had turned into a migraine.  I went to bed hoping that I would feel better the next day and that I’d be able to still complete my planned 8 mile long long run for the week.

Sunday, July 22nd

Unfortunately, my migraine was worse the next morning.  The idea of trying to push myself to run 8 miles made me sick to my stomach.  After taking a nap while little man took his afternoon nap I felt well enough to be able to head out for a family walk.  While I hate that I had to skip my long run for the week, deep down I know that it was the right decision.  Thankfully this past week was a cut back week and I didn’t mess up increasing my long run mileage.

Walking 3 miles was better than not getting any miles in at all.

Total Weekly Mileage – 19.59 miles (11.50 miles less than week 6)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 175.10 miles

QOTD:

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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My Must-Haves for the Healthy and Organized Traveler

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Next week little man and I will be headed to Illinois for among other things a visit with my family.  Unfortunately, my husband is unable to join us for this trip because of work.  I am a very organized person, including when it comes to traveling, so as I have been working on our packing list I’ve made sure that these must-haves for traveling are included on my list.

1.  Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Kit

Ever since I received the Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Kit through my prior affiliation with Rock ‘n’ Blog, I have yet to pack my running shoes for a trip without first putting them into this bag.  By using this packing bag, it has helped with keeping the sweat and stink from my running shoes away from everything else in my suitcase.  One of the best things about this shoe bag is that it is machine washable, so once I’m home I’m able to throw the bag into the laundry with my dirty clothes so that it no longer smells post traveling.

2.  Shacke Packing Cubes

To help keep my suitcase organized I have turned to the Shacke Packing Cubes.  I ordered them prior to our big trip to Disney World back in the Spring and they proved to be incredibly helpful in keeping things organized, especially for a trip where we had lots of events and different types of clothing that we needed during our time away.

3.  Running Fuel

No athlete wants to be away from home and trying to work out without having the fuel that their body is accustomed to.  One of my go to source of fuel during my long runs is Clif Bloks.  I recently ordered a new box so that I can replenish my supply and have enough to pack for our upcoming trip.

4.  CamelBak Eddy Water Bottle

Now that so many airports have water fill stations after security, I never travel anymore without my CamelBak Eddy Water Bottle.  Its so easy to become dehydrated when traveling, but by having my own water bottle with me that’s much less likely to happen.  Unlike other water bottles that I’ve used in the past, the CamelBak bottles don’t leak on airplanes.  Little man has a couple of his own, so I always make sure to pack a kids’ version of the CamelBak Eddy water bottle as well.

5.  doTERRA Grapefruit Essential Oil

One of the keys to staying healthy while traveling is to maintain some of your usual routines while away from home.  One of my go to products at home is doTERRA Grapefuit Essential Oil.  Thankfully the 15 mL bottle is more than small enough to travel with and fits the TSA regulations for carrying liquids onto the plane.

QOTD: What is one of your travel essentials?  Bonus if it helps you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and/or stay organized while traveling!

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 6

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!

The summer heat and humidity was most certainly present last week.  Like always, summer running was a challenge, and last week certainly tested both my physical and mental strength to push forward despite high heat and humidity.

Monday, July 9th

I kicked off the week with a walk to and from two different playgrounds with little man.  Altogether I walked just over two miles.  That evening I headed to the gym for cross and strength training.  I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did 40 minutes of full body weight training.

Tuesday, July 10th

Tuesday morning little man and I headed out the door for a stroller run.  The morning humidity made it extra challenging, and while running up a hill at the 4.15 mile mark I told myself that I was done.  After calling it quits with my run I walked another 1.52 miles.

Little man and I make a great team, especially on challenging runs.

Wednesday, July 11th

Little man and I started our day off with a walk to the grocery store.  He loves being able to push the little shopping cart around the store and by us going early in the day it helps with preventing having him run into anybody with his cart.  We returned home with the stroller loaded up with our purchases.  Our round trip mileage was just over two and a half miles.

Little man loading up his shopping cart

What the stroller looked like on our way home from the store.

Thursday, July 12th

Thursday morning was the first time all week when I finally felt a break in the morning heat and humidity.  Even after running 5.25 miles with the stroller I felt like I could have pushed myself to keep running, except that little man and I had to get to the library for toddler story time.

The break in the heat and humidity was much appreciated, especially on a morning when I ran with the stroller.

Friday, July 13th

Knowing that I had a double digit run the next day I opted to take a full rest day in order to allow my body to rest up for the challenge that I knew that the long run would prove to be.

Saturday, July 14th

Hills plus wind made for an incredibly challenging long run.  I opted to run on one of my go to out and back long run routes that has several grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and convenience stores along it so that should I have needed more water than I left home with that I’d have options available.  The one downside to this route is that it is incredibly hilly.  My average pace was much slower than I would have liked, and got slower the further that I ran, but I didn’t give up and that’s what is most important.  After running 12 miles I completed a 0.76 mile cool down walk.

The steep hill on the left was one of the countless hills that I ran during Saturday’s long run.

Sunday, July 15th

A busy day filled with lots of errands and family time resulted in an unplanned rest day.  It happens.

Total Weekly Mileage – 31.09 miles (7.75 miles more than week 5)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 155.51 miles

QOTD: Do you ever walk to complete your errands?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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2018 Goals – Midyear Check In

Its hard to believe it, but 2018 is already half over.  It feels like I just wrote my 2018 goals, and here I sit reflecting on my progress halfway through the year.

1.  Log 1,200 miles.

Progress Report: B+

As of yesterday, my 2018 mileage total is 564.3 miles.  To be completely on track with my mileage goal, I would need to have a current total in the low 600s.  While I am slightly behind, I have no doubt that I’ll catch up, especially as my mileage continues to increase with marathon training.

2.  PR in all race distances.

Progress Report: C

Given that I have only run three races this year, two half marathons and a 10k, and two of those races were Disney races which I never run for time, I am not disappointed in my lack of progress with this goal.  Despite what I initially thought at the beginning of the year, racing has not been a priority for me this year.  That does not mean that I don’t want to push myself during the few races that I will still run this year, but my priorities have shifted to focusing on some of my other goals, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Smiling during the second half of what was a very difficult half marathon for me. I went into the Loudoun Half Marathon in April with ambitious goals, but wound up struggling on race day.
Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

3.  Lose 5 pounds, and keep it off.

Progress Report: F

I am currently only 0.4 pounds lighter than I was on January 1st.  I’m not going to lie, my weight loss journey this year has been a roller coaster.  I was just shy of reaching my goal back in April, but slowly the weight that I lost crept back on.  I know that some of the weight that I have regained is muscle, but I will also admit that I haven’t been consistent with making healthy food choices.  Making good food choices needs to be a much bigger focus for me during the second half of the year.

4.  Focus on self care.

Progress Report: B

Although I have been much better about taking care of myself than in previous years, I also know that there is always room for improvement.  I have been better about balancing my family’s needs with my own, and am much better at recognizing when I need to ask for more help.

5.  Keep my family as a top priority.

Progress Report: A

I can confidently say that making time for my family has been one of my top priorities this year.  Little man continues to grow right before my eyes, and I am trying my best to spend as much quality time with him and my husband as possible.  Although this has meant spending less time on other things, including blogging, I don’t regret this choice whatsoever.

On the carousel on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ this past weekend

QOTD: How much progress have you made towards meeting your 2018 goals?

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 5

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!

The theme of last week’s training was challenging.  Not only is summer training often a challenge, but we were also out of town from Wednesday-Sunday, which added an extra layer of challenge to my training.  Despite the challenges that I faced I refused to give up and kept pushing forward.  I did the best that I could, and that is all that I can ask of myself.

Monday, July 2nd

After working out seven days in a row my body was in desperate need of a rest day, so that’s exactly what I gave it.

Tuesday, July 3rd

The heat here in Virginia went from bad to worse on Tuesday.  After being under a heat advisory for several days in a row, we were under an excessive heat warning on Tuesday.  Since being safe was my top priority, I completed my run on the treadmill at the gym.  It was difficult enough to breathe and complete my run inside so I cannot imagine having attempted to run outside.  After my 4.50 mile run I walked an additional half mile.

Given that it felt like 112 degrees outside when I drove to the gym, there was no choice but to complete my run on the treadmill.

Wednesday, July 4th

Before heading out of town to celebrate 4th of July with my in-laws in New Jersey I headed to the gym for cross and strength training.  I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Thursday, July 5th

We spent the day in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, which was about a 90 minute drive from my father-in-law’s house.  Our day included riding the historic steam train on the Strasburg Railroad.  Little man is currently obsessed with anything and everything trains so he had an absolute blast during our day in Strasburg.  Needless to say, working out didn’t happen, though I did do quite a bit of walking.

Little man had an absolute blast riding the train.

Friday, July 6th

Another busy day with family resulted in not being able to get a chance to run until after dinner.  I didn’t wait long enough after eating dinner to start my run, which I completed on my sister-in-law’s treadmill.  I struggled during the majority of my run, and eventually admitted that I needed to cut my run short.  I walked half a mile afterwards, partly in hopes that I would feel better and would be able to resume running, but that didn’t happen.

This is my “At least I tried!” face.

Saturday, July 7th

We took a day trip to Ocean City, New Jersey, which with traffic was about a 90 minute drive from my father-in-law’s house.  During our day there I walked just under five miles on the boardwalk while little man napped in the stroller.

I could exercise all day long with the beach and ocean as my backdrop. I absolutely love anything and everything that has to do with the beach.

Sunday, July 8th

After spending the early morning with my father-in-law we started our drive home mid-morning.  After arriving home and eating lunch, I had a small window in which was my one and only opportunity yesterday to complete my long run for the week.  When I started my run just before 2:30 p.m. it was at the height of the day’s heat and sunshine.  I didn’t even have the time to drive to the gym to complete my run on the treadmill, so I sucked it up and headed out for my run.  It was slow going, but I was happy just to be able to get my run in at all.

The bright and shining sun certainly beat down on me during my long run.

Total Weekly Mileage – 23.34 miles (9.22 miles less than week 4)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 124.42 miles

QOTD: How did you celebrate 4th of July?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 4

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!

If I had to choose a theme song for this past week, it would be Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot”.  I’ve lost count of how many days in a row we’ve been under a heat advisory, and the high heat and humidity is forecasted to continue this week.

Although the extremely hot weather made it more challenging to get all of my workouts in, I somehow managed to workout every single day last week.  I’m not sure that I’ve ever worked out seven days in a row before, but boy did it feel good to sweat everyday.

Monday, June 25th

After driving to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that morning with little man and my sister, I decided that after sitting in the car for several hours to go for a powerwalk on the beach.  Exercising in the sand is anything but easy, but it felt good to walk just over two miles barefoot in the sand.

The beautiful Atlantic Ocean was my backdrop for a two mile powerwalk.

Tuesday, June 26th

Since my sister was willing to hang out at the hotel with little man and help him eat breakfast, I was able to escape for a run.  Despite having heavy legs as well as a huge blister on the bottom of one of my toes, there was no way that I could pass up the opportunity to run at the beach.  After my run I completed a 1.63 mile walk.

What isn’t there to love about running at the beach?!?

After my run we checked out of the hotel, spent the rest of the morning at the beach, and then started the drive home at lunchtime.  It was a short and sweet overnight trip to the beach, but any time with my toes in the sand is better than none at all.  Sadly, during the drive home we had to drop my sister off at the airport.  It was great to have her visit with us for a week and a half.

Wednesday, June 27th

Wednesday evening I met my husband in the parking lot at the gym after he was done with work for the day, where we passed off little man from one parent to the other so that I could get a gym workout in.  I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and followed my cardio workout up with 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Thursday, June 28th

Little man joined me for a very hot Thursday evening run.  Nothing about running with the stroller in 91 degree heat was easy, but I felt quite accomplished after running five miles.

Its hard to smile after running 5 miles in the heat.

Friday, June 29th

Little man and I kicked off our Friday with an early morning walk to the grocery store.  Two and a half miles later we arrived back home with the bottom of the stroller filled with fresh food.

Saturday, June 30th

With a heat advisory in place, I knew that it would be essential to get out the door for my run as early as possible in order to avoid completing my long run on the treadmill.  Despite getting out earlier than usual on a Saturday morning, it was already 81 degrees when I finished my 10 miles.  I felt strong during the majority of my run, but the heat and hills definitely started taking their toll on me during the last three miles.  I’m quite proud of the fact that my average pace for my run was 11:03, especially given how hot and humid it was that morning and the fact that this was my first double digit run since April.  After my run I walked another mile to get back home.

One of the goals for last week’s long run: find as many shaded sidewalks as possible.

Sunday, July 1st

I wanted to kick off the new month on a strong note, and did so off with a gym workout, which consisted of 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of weight training.

Total Weekly Mileage – 32.56 miles (6.12 miles more than week 3)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 101.08 miles

QOTD: How hot is it in your area?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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July 2018 Goals

Like I’ve shared a couple of times, May was a very challenging month for me.  One of the big reasons why it was as challenging as it was was due to the fact that I didn’t set any goals to help me stay focused.  I changed that for the month of June, and boy did it make a huge difference.

1.  Log at least 100 miles.

Grade: A

As of today my mileage total for the month is 92.1 miles, and I have a ten mile long run on tap for tomorrow.  It feels good to know that my hard work paid off this month and that I will reach my mileage goal.  My current 2018 mileage total is 514.5 miles, and after tomorrow’s long run I will still be about 75 miles shy of where I should be in order to be 100% on track for the year.  But I still have half a year to turn things around and get back on track.  I have no doubt that as the mileage increases with marathon training that I will be able to in fact get back on track with my yearly mileage goal of 1,200 miles.

All smiles after my longest run so far this month

2.  Lose at least 2 pounds.

Grade: C

Even though I ended the month almost two pounds heavier than I started the month at, I’m fairly certain that its mostly muscle weight that I have gained.  I cannot be disappointed about that whatsoever.

3.  Work out at least five days per week.

Grade: A

Not only did I work out at least five days per week every week this past month, but two weeks I exercised six days in a week.  Now that I am out of school for summer vacation, it is very easy to want to be outside and active with my little man.  We’ve been going for lots of extra walks, and sometimes that also results in spending time at the playground with him.

Little man and I both love any and all time that we get to spend outside together

4.  Weight train at least two days per week.

Grade: C

I was on track with this goal until mid-month when I had my nasty fall during a long run.  After the fall, my body was quite sore and I found it difficult to want to do any strength training.  I am starting to feel up to weight training again.

Overall, June was a successful month on the fitness front and I’m looking forward to July being just as if not more successful.

1.  Log at least 115 miles.

This is a 15 mile increase over my June goal.  With my long runs increasing in distance for my marathon training, this goal should be more than manageable.

2.  Work out at least six days per week.

With me spending extra time outside and taking extra walks with little man, I want to see if I can push myself to complete an extra work out each week.  This goal is going to be a stretch for me, especially since I will be out of town twice in July.  But we’ll see what I’m able to accomplish.

3.  Weight train at least two days per week.

Weight training needs to happen, especially as my marathon training continues to ramp up so that I can prevent injury.  I need to make weight training a higher priority than I did in June.

4.  Stay on track while away from home.

Like I already mentioned, I will be out of town twice in July.  We are headed to New Jersey to spend the long 4th of July weekend with my in-laws, and then little man and I will be flying to Illinois towards the end of the month for a visit with my family.  So while I am looking looking forward to our upcoming travels, being away from home will also make it more challenging to stay on track with my marathon training and health and fitness goals.

You will notice that for the first time all year losing weight is not on my list of monthly goals.  With the amount of travel coming up over the next two months, it will be difficult to accurately keep track of my weight.  As long as I stay active, keep up with my training, and make healthy food choices, then I cannot be disappointed with my weight when I return home mid-August.

QOTD: What are your goals for July?

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Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 3

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!

After falling during my long run last Saturday, my focus this past week was on getting back on track with my training.  Even today, nine days since my fall, I’m still dealing with some minor aches and pains.  My wounds on my knees and right shoulder are still quite tender, but are slowly healing up.  Even though I wasn’t able to work out the way that I would like to, especially when it came to strength training, I’m still quite proud of the fact that I remained focused and determined on moving forward this past week.

Monday, June 18th

Monday was my last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year.  It was a teacher workday, and I spent a good part of the day packing up my classroom for the summer.  Once I was finally done and had checked out with my principal I headed to the gym to kick off my summer vacation with a run on the treadmill.  I’ll be honest, I was a bit intimidated of the idea of running outside only two days after my fall.  But given that the feels like temperature outside was 105 degrees, I was actually happy to have a very valid excuse to need to complete my run on the treadmill.  After my run I walked an additional mile.

Tuesday, June 19th

After spending my first full day of summer break with my little man and my sister, I went to the gym for cross and weight training.  I spent 45 minutes on the elliptical and did 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Wednesday, June 20th

I kicked off the day by completing my training run.  It felt great to get my run out of the way first thing, which allowed me to focus on spending time with my little man the rest of the day.

We drove up to an orchard in Maryland, where we picked blueberries.  We had an absolute blast spending the day outside together.

Picking blueberries is very serious business

Thursday, June 21st

Because we spent the day in Annapolis, Thursday was a planned rest day.  My body was more than in need of it, especially after not having had a full rest day since the previous Friday.

Friday, June 22nd

Even though it was raining, my sister and I had promised little man that we’d walk to the bagel shop for a Friday morning breakfast treat, and we didn’t want to break our promise to him.  So instead of getting in the car and driving to the bagel shop, we bundled up in rain gear, put little man in the stroller, and still made the mile and a quarter walk.  The smile on little man’s face made the walk in the rain worth it.

Okay he might not be smiling in this picture, but trust me, he was quite excited about being outside and our outing to the bagel shop.

Saturday, June 23rd

I was worried all week about how my long run would go one week after falling.  It had rained all day Friday, which left the roads and sidewalks quite wet and slippery on Saturday morning.  The thought of running on the treadmill crossed my mind several times, but I eventually convinced myself to run outside, and I’m so glad that I did.  I felt quite strong throughout my run, and even though I had eight miles on my training plan wound up pushing myself to run nine miles.  After my run I walked another mile before heading home.

Sunday, June 24th

After logging ten miles on Saturday my body was more than in need of a rest day.

Total Weekly Mileage – 26.44 miles (4.71 miles more than week 2)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 68.52 miles

QOTD: How do you encourage yourself to get back up and at it after an injury and/or setback?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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