Uh oh, only 5 more weeks of training left on my plan for the Glass City Marathon. This week I hit another speed bump.  I spent most of the week with a cold.  My nose was so congested and I couldn’t breath well.  I’m not sure if it was the Sudafed, the warmer temperatures or menopause, but my sleep was crappy. I woke up many times in a sweat.  Actually, it could have been the full moon!  Whatever it was, it wasn’t good.  I have run 39 miles this week, and hope to get 9 more on Sunday. I also biked 18 miles.

Mon – 7 easy miles.  Good stuff happening today!  First, we finally got our new freezer!  We were supposed to get it last Thursday, but there was a big screw up and the short story is that we were really ticked off (to put it lightly) and ended up getting a gift card for our troubles.  I guess my husband thought we needed to get the biggest freezer on the market because this 6 foot tall freezer showed up!  LOL!  (I know he reads my blog 🙂 )  It’s all good, the space will be used.

Then, my son got offered his dream job… a position at the bike shop!  You may remember the weekly Ladies Ride nights I join in the summer, which is hosted by our local bike shop.  He’s going to be working there!  I am impressed because he’s asked about a job at this shop since last summer and he got one.  Well done!  I’m calling it a “jr tech” job at this point.  And hey, how about that sweet discount he’ll be getting?  This might be the year I upgrade to a tri bike 😉

And finally, we had some ice cream to celebrate.  First trip to the ice cream shop this year.

Tues – 5 miles, intervals.  Track day on my treadmill.  The workout was 6 x 800s.  Pro tip, program your watch to do the intervals so you don’t have to do math on the treadmill distances.  Sure, the paces/distance might not be spot on, but it’s close enough to give you a good workout. And, I just realized there is a visual countdown on the watch – see the colored blue band?  It shrinks to indicate your progress on the current segment.  Nice!!

Tuesday night… I started feeling sick 🙁  Spent the night hanging out in bed.  Luna tried to get as close as she could to cheer me up!  Feeling congested.

Weds – 4 miles.  Glad it was a WFH day because I wouldn’t have made it into work.  I did decide to run at lunch time because I was feeling a bit better.  Nope, that just made me overheated and feel awful.  Whomp whomp.

Thurs – 18 miles, long “run”.  Luck of the Irish? I wish. 🍀 Have you ever had a run which was going bad at mile 3 and you should have just called it quits?  Well that was my run today!  I figured I would just go slower than usual and I’d make it through.  Nope!!  I was committed to running 18 miles today, so that’s what I was going to do. By mile 8 I had taken a lot of rest breaks.  I just didn’t have the stamina to go on!  Ironically my friend texted me and I mentioned my situation.  She offered a ride home, but I decided to just run/walk the rest of the way home (if she was close by, I probably would have taken the offer!).  Luckily it was a beautiful day so it softened the blow.

Here’s a sure sign that spring is (almost) here… the river was full of fisherman trying to catch walleye!

After sucking down a few gallons of water and cold coffee it was time for a bike ride.  72 degrees baby!  No way I was passing up this opportunity, so I biked 18 miles.  Biking was way more fun than running for sure 🙂

Fri – Rest day!  I did make it to the gym, but after yesterday’s run it was time to just rest.  I was going to run with my friend too, so I was a bit bummed to have to cancel, but as it turns out she thinks she might have a serious injury and needs to get that figured out.  She’s supposed to be running her first Boston this year so I hope she is fixed up fast!

Sat – 5 miles, treadmill.  I slept pretty well last night thanks to a few things: 1) I used a nasal strip to help me breath.  They are great! 2) I did not take Sudafed.  I love 4 hour Sudafed, but it’s not helping me this week.  I also tried out 12 hour Sudafed and it might have affected my sleep! 3) I bought some nasal spray which is a miracle worker.  I used it before bed, and at 4:30am and slept so well, I even had dreams!  I decided to just play it safe and use my treadmill.  It was raining out and I didn’t want to end up bonking again.  My run went pretty good and I spent time lounging around and stretching afterwards while I watched Inventing Anna.  I didn’t miss running in the rain one bit!

Sun – 9 miles?  I’m going to give a longer, faster run a try.  Hopefully it won’t suck LOL.

Need some more inspiration? I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Check out all of the fun blogs there!

Q: Have you ever had to have someone pick you up on a run gone bad?

Q: Any tips on how to avoid night sweats with menopause??

I have nothing during the day, but night? Sweaty. Cold. Sweaty. Cold. Ughhhhhhh.

28 thoughts on “Weekly workouts – GCM training week 11”
  1. Had your cold gets better. Still you got in a lot of miles.

    Ice cream is a perfect way to celebrate. Congrats to your son

    Ugh. On the night sweats. No advice. Didn’t have them during menopause. But I had an awful time sleeping.

    1. There really isn’t a bad time for ice cream! I’m so happy the ice cream shop is open again. Now if we could just keep the temperatures moderate and not jump straight into hot summer temps…

  2. Hope you are feeling better by today! Sudafed messes w my sleep so maybe that is what it was. I have not had night sweats yet so no advice there. We all have those runs every once in a while and sometimes it is better to just call it quits and pick up again the next day. YOu did still manage a pretty busy week of workouts

    1. Luckily the nights sweats aren’t too bad (not like I have to change my sleepwear!), but it is annoying. It’s odd that they were really bad while I was sick. Related to the sleeplessness and the Sudafed I bet!

  3. Ugh, my 8-miler, yesterday, was almost as brutal as yours. My town is small enough that all of my long runs involve loops of some sort, so I’m never far enough that I can’t walk home. Though, Barb and I have joked we should just do our long runs (double digit ones) all in one direction (with a tailwind) and arrange for one of our hubbies to pick us up afterwards…you know, to avoid fighting a headwind, LOL. I can’t remember the last time I took Sudafed…thankfully, I haven’t had any sinus issues in a long time. Hope you’re feeling better today and your run goes well!!

  4. Congrats to your son! How awesome to have a dream job AND hooray for a discount too! Sorry about the cold. Our younger daughter had one this week as well. Knock wood, so far it has not spread throughout the family. Our frozen custard place opens for the season on 3/25 and I cannot wait!
    Sorry about the night sweats. I get them too. I sleep in a light t-shirt and pj pants and just take off the covers when they occur. Ugh.

    1. I did have to swap out to a tank top while I was sleeping one night. Pretty odd for me for sure! Everything has calmed down a bit and I’m sleeping a lot better the past few days. Yay for that!!

  5. I’m so sorry about the cold! Spring colds are the worst! I don’t know how you managed all the fitness you did.

    I can’t take most cold medicine (although I rarely get colds) because they don’t put me to sleep, they make me wired.

    Congrats to your son! Sounds like a sweet job for him.

    1. I usually don’t get sick either. This season has really challenged me!
      My son is excited about the job. Getting paid to do what you love, nothing better than that!

  6. I had a cold this week too! So odd because I wear a mask everywhere I go. Anyhoo, I was going to suggest nasal spray and then you mentioned it. Yes, sudafed messes with your sleep, but sometimes you just have to breathe, am I right? I do suggest Afrin but ONLY FOR 3 DAYS. It’s a great decongestant but can cause rebound congestion after 3 days. I hope you are feeling better. I am!

    1. Good tip! It never dawned on me about the 12 hr Sudafed vs the 4 hr. Nasal spray is amazing. Not sure why I never used it before! However, I’m feeling all better now. Yay!! Glad you are feeling good too!

  7. Sorry to hear about your cold, I’d just rest through that but that’s how I roll. No idea on the night sweats apart from my friends on HRT don’t get them. Cotton nightdresses and not having a cat jammed up against you al night …!

    1. That’s funny because Luna does love to sleep on my feet, which is great because she’s not too hot! I slept so much better the last few days. It could have something to do with the warmer weather last week. I’ll miss my big heavy winter blankets soon!

  8. Well, you’re a trooper! I seem to remember you also ran when you had Covid. Sounds like a frustrating week, but sometimes there’s nothing you can do. You still got a lot of running in!
    Congrats to your son- I can just imagine your eyes gleaming at the thought of that discount. I wish I had some great advice about the night sweats. I never really had them- I just need it pretty cool in the bedroom or I don’t sleep well. Sigh!

    1. First it was COVID and then I swear I just had a cold a few weeks ago! Very unusual for me. I am usually never sick!
      I am not 100% completely sure we have the OK to use the discount for the rest of the family, but why would they turn down a purchase, right? I am excited about the possibility!

  9. I hope you feel better soon! Lack of sleep and sickness probably caused the tough long run. I’ve definitely had plenty. I hope your friend’s injury isn’t anything serious! It would be sad for her to miss her marathon.

    1. She was in tears just thinking about the possibility of missing Boston. She has family going and it’s her first time. It will be heartbreaking if she can’t run!

  10. Ugh. What a week.

    I did ask my husband to pick me up from a long run gone wrong once, but he knew I was being dramatic and told me to get my head in the game and finish. Jerk LOL.

    No advice on the night sweats. I think that’s just part of the process.

    1. Well boo on him for making you finish! 😉 My husband was out running too so he was no help for me. The one positive from the run/walk situation was that I was not sore the next day. That’s a win after 18 miles!

  11. good luck with the cold! We have something going through our house now – my 7 month old and 3 year old both have colds…hoping nobody else gets sick. feel better soon – sounds like quite the week! no advice on the night sweats. not the same, but i had them pretty bad postpartum with my firstborn. I would get changed in the middle of the night and really just try to do whatever i could to stay comfy. good luck!

    1. I had really bad night sweats after my first born! My hormones were crazy out of whack and I woke up drenched! It was bad. Had to change my sleepwear. I think my Dr balanced it with birth control maybe? Luckily this is just random waves of heat – like when I get embarrassed. My whole body just heats up really hot. After I unwrap from my blankets I flip around to find a cool spot, then I’ll wake up cold and cover up again. The break in my sleep is just annoying!
      My son did have a cold first. I think he passed it on to me! I hope it passes through your house soon.

  12. Oh man – what a crazy week for you! i hope that you feel better soon. I feel like there are so many illnesses going around between the flu, stomach bug, common cold, etc. – its so easy to catch something. I hope that you feel better.

    1. So far I guess my hot flashes were a temporary thing. It is odd because I don’t wake up sweaty but after I wake up the flash hits me and I feel like I’m glowing.

  13. Yep. Friend and I were training for the NYC Marathon and 10 miles into a 14 mile training run I was so fatigued I couldn’t run another step. We were passing an Einstein’s bagel store and I told him to go ahead. I waited there until he drove back and picked me up. Saw my GP the next week and turned out I was severely anemic.

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