4 more weeks to go until the Chicago Marathon! Am I where I think I should be in training at this point? Not really! But I’m still following the plan, running the miles, and getting it done, which should count for something. It’s hard to not compare myself to what others are doing at this point. This week I ran 37 miles. I’m making an effort to get my PT exercises done on most days.
Mon – 4 miles. Happy Labor Day! It was a hot day, and I got to sleep in a little before going for a run. I’m trying to focus on more sleep instead of popping out of bed when I first wake up at 6am!
I made a delicious fruit salad and we hung out around the pool.
Tues – 6 miles. A beautiful sunrise this morning! I went to PT today and got some new exercises. Oof, I can feel them!
Weds – Rest day! No PT exercises for me today because I’m still a bit sore from yesterday’s work!
Thurs – 4 miles. Time for the foster kittens to head back to the Humane Society. Look how cute they were last night!! I keep expecting to hear them mewing and hiding in my plants.
Fri – 17 miles long run. Long runs are part physical and mental. I was all prepared for this long run, and then when I stepped outside I was surprised, and disappointed that it was sprinkling! Ugh. I went back inside to rant to my husband. I was not in the mood to get wet for 3 hours, but, I would go out for a 6 mile run. After I got started I realized that it was actually very pleasant out so I went back to plan A. I felt decent enough after this run, but not as strong as last week.
Sat – Rest day! Happy birthday to my husband! Spent the day on campus and driving.
Sun – 6 miles recovery. My watch prompted me to do a slower run, so I decided to challenge myself to do a heart rate run. Now that I have a slew of health stats on my watch, I am reminded that my HR is usually in zone 5 on any run. I tried for a zone 3 run, but ended with mostly zone 4. Even so, that’s an improvement, and my run felt easy peasy.
The big fun we had this week was going to see our son at Ohio State for Parent’s weekend, an OSU football game and my husband’s birthday (all rolled into one!). Our son gave us a tour of the campus and we met his roommate (nice kid!). We hung out for a bit. it was great to see him in person again. He seems to be fitting into college life very well, which makes my heart happy! (note, he shaved! 😳)
On my husband’s birthday we went to our first OSU game. There was lots to see and take in. I was relieved it wasn’t the crowded, madhouse that I envisioned it would be. The funniest part was our seats were in the top row of the stadium on the end! It seemed like a bad choice at first, but we got an amazing view, got to use the fence as a back rest, and got a lot of breeze. It got pretty warm there when the sun came out so we were thankful for planning ahead with sunscreen and for the wind at our back. And, we could turn around and see the bands coming into the stadium and everyone tailgating! The Buckeyes won 35 to 7. Woohoo!
After a big hug goodbye to our son (and maybe a few tears from me), we headed back home to enjoy a birthday dinner with our daughter. She just started a job on campus and had many funny stories to tell us. It was a great dinner. Being with family was my husband’s only birthday request and I’m glad we could make it work!
Now that the kids, kittens and butterflies are all gone at my house, it can only mean one thing… time for a trip!! I will give you one hint: it involves our passports 🙂 See you all in another week!
Q: Yay or Nay for starting a long run in the rain?
My bigger fear is for chaffing (and no one has time for that!!) but I was also hoping to retain my investment of getting my hair styled at the salon on the previous day. Not surprising, my hair did not withstand the rain. So curls it was. LOL!!