It’s Monday. It’s cold. It’s rainy. Work has been a bit stressful, but we’re gonna pull through. After work, I’m heading out for pizza and beer to meet with some college students that I will be “mentoring” this semester. Such a grown up, right?
My week was a little blah from a running standpoint, but pretty fun overall. There was a karaoke party so how bad could it all be?
I didn’t PLAN on splitting my run up, but it was kind of a blah morning. I woke up a little late and just couldn’t get my butt in gear. I didn’t quite have enough time to get the full 5 done and get to work.
All of these miles were on the treadmill, which is the thing to do on Mondays now. My 2nd run was just before a kettlebell workout. Jill is taking it easy on me for Monday workouts and that is appreciated. I shouldn’t say taking it easy on me, it’s more like going hard on me in a different way.
This run was kinda sorta split up, but not really. The weather was garbage. Cold. Rain. Cold November Rain. I started out on the treadmill but I JUST COULDN’T TAKE IT. I decided to take my chances outside. At first it was a drizzle and I was pretty happy about my decision, but that escalated rather quickly. I still think it beat another 4 miles on the treadmill. There were a couple of brave souls out there with me, one of them being MC.
Wednesday – Cross-Train, No Running
It was another butt kicking of a kettlebell workout, but I’m getting better at them. I haven’t puked at least. 🙂
Thursday – Planned 6 miles/Actual 6 miles
This was a really good run. I got to run with Emily, Jeremy and Rachel (the new girl). I hadn’t run with Emily or Jeremy in a long time and I hadn’t run with Rachel ever, so there was plenty to talk about. Jeremy and I had coffee afterward. I might have had TOO much coffee but I couldn’t say no to a free 2nd shot.
The pace was JUST right. I never once looked at my watch to see it and I think sometimes that’s a smart thing to do.
Friday – Rest?
This went from being a rest day to not being a rest day and then back to being a rest day. Ultimately, the weather and pecan pie were the deciding factors. I wanted to run Friday and Saturday to earn a rest day on Sunday, so that I could be free to karaoke my heart out until the late hours of the night without regret. That would have been nice.
Saturday – Planned 10 miles/Actual 10 miles
I decided to run 3 miles easy, 4 miles near marathon pace then 3 miles easy. It went really well, for the most part. Weird thing is that my right hip/quad felt much better, but it seems to have swapped out with my left hip/quad. I don’t think it’s anything to be alarmed about and I can definitely run through it. After my run, I’m left with a tightness or a knot that feels like my brother punched me in the leg.
I ran this one alone, mainly because so many of my friends were running/pacing in Richmond. Some of them battled tough times and I’m proud of all of them! Part of me wished I could have joined them, but I’m not ready.
Saturday night brought fun times with fun people singing karaoke. It was AWESOME. Some of us were ready to take a nap before 10, but some of us probably could have gone until 10 the next morning!
Sunday – Planned 12 miles/Actual 8 miles
I did what I do best. I overdressed. You need to dress for how you’ll feel halfway through your run and NOT how you feel when you step outside! Someday I’ll learn.
I shorted my plan by 4 miles, mainly because I needed a little more sleep and I ran out of time. I made it a little tougher on myself by hitting up a pretty hilly last 2 miles.
I consider this a victory, since there was whiskey and late night karaoke trying to get in my way.
I survived yet another week. Surviving weeks is getting old, but my confidence is up that I’ll do what it takes to run and finish Rehoboth. My long run of 18 is coming up this week and that will be my peak. I’d love 20, but it’s just not going to happen with my earlier setbacks.
I appreciate those of you that have read these posts week after week. It helps. It really does.