This week was another rocky week of training. I finally got myself to the doctor last Sunday and got some antibiotics for my cold-turned sinus infection. I’m pretty much better now, aside from a cough that gets really bad at night. In fact, it has kept me from getting much sleep at night this entire past week.
I’m trying to stay optimistic about Marine Corps, because the first 3/4ths of my training went really well. I had that awesome 16 miler that came at the end of a week of work, the way its supposed to. Things have not really gone according to plan since then. But just like weather on race day, you can’t control all of the variables in training. Despite still fighting this sinus infection all week (and week four of being sick, by the way!!) I was able to get in a handful of decent runs.
Monday- Rest. Still feeling pretty crummy.
Tuesday- I was feeling a bit better, aside from my cough, and decided to give a long run a try. After a full day of work I hopped on the treadmill and started running with no particular goal of how far I would go. I chose the treadmill since it was storming outside, and it would likely be dark by the end of my run. I had enough of running in the dark at Ragnar 🙂 Plus the treadmill gave me the option of stopping immediately if I suddenly started feeling worse.
As it would turn out, I got in a full 16 miler on the treadmill! It was a new personal distance record for treadmill running, and my legs felt really great the entire run (okay, they did get tired the final 3 miles). I watched two re-run episodes of 19 Kids and Counting and then watched most of the second Hunger Games movie while I ran.
Wednesday- Rest day (as scheduled, and I needed it due to lack of sleep).
Thursday- I had planned on getting up and running about 6 miles in the morning before work. We were heading out of town immediately after work, so this was the only time I could fit a run in. But I probably got a collective 2 hours of sleep Wednesday night, with the last hour happening from 6 – 7 am, when I was supposed to be running. So yea, that run didn’t happen.
Friday- I snuck in 10 miles in the morning before we had to be dressed and ready for a family friend’s wedding. We had driven up to my dad’s house the night before, so I did this run in the neighborhood and surrounding roads. My legs felt great the whole time and it really felt good to be out running. However, my chest felt like I had a 10 pound weight on it. I just could not catch my breath and no amount of air felt sufficient.
It also rained steadily during the second half of my run. An omen for what was to come on Sunday.
Saturday- Another rest day. It was pouring rain at my Dad’s, so a morning run was not going to happen. We had a 6 hour drive home, that included a stop in Blacksburg to pick up our race packets for Sunday’s race. By the time we got home around 6:30 PM a run was just not going to happen. I hope the Hansons don’t get on a plane in two weeks to steal my Marine Corps Marathon bib from me.
Sunday- Hokie Half Marathon race in Blacksburg! This was the second year for the race. The weather conditions were not ideal (50 degrees and pouring the entire time), but I had a solid run. I didn’t want to push it and wear myself out for Marine Corps, so I just ran at a comfortable pace and enjoyed the race.
You know the drill – full race recap coming Wednesday!
Total Miles: 39 miles* (with only 3 runs, I don’t think that’s so bad!)
*With this week I also broke 1,000 miles total for the year!