I just realized I forgot to post my week three update!!! This beautiful picture of what awaits reminded me!
Week 3 has been a little rocky. I got back from my friend’s house with a stuffy nose that I was telling myself was just from dust in the house. Yeah, right. I managed to catch a cold. Drinking a bottle and a half of wine and then carelessly drinking water from a bottle that was previously drank from by someone who had previously had a cold could not possibly be the source of this illness, so: Damn you winter weather!! Anyway, I ended up still managing my runs though I would not call them the best idea.
Monday: 3 miles of pure misery and sloth. I really wanted to not even do this one but I figured it was short and I would hate myself later in training if I skipped three lousy miles to mess up my perfect record. I was also thinking I would be miraculously healthy by tomorrow. Right.
Tuesday: 5 miles of surprisingly good speed work. I was loaded up on cold medication and feeling good for the moment so I figured it was now or never. Put on my running gear and headed to the treadmill, did two miles of steady warm up, then two miles of increasing pace as I went. Really it was one mile of increasing .1 every quarter of a mile, then a .15 walk and start again slightly faster than I started at last time, once again increasing at every quarter mile followed by a mile cool down. I didn’t push as hard as I usually would have but still got speed in so I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
Wednesday: Supposed to be cross training but I was so drained from being sick and being at work all day trying not to infect people that I just decided to rest and try to get better this week.
Thursday: Actual rest day, just a little guilt from not cross training. Hopefully I will be a little better tomorrow to resume running. Carb loaded again by going to Pizza Ranch where I had Pizza, breadsticks and cactus bread but also veggies and a salad. It was a lot and I feel guilty but it was one of only two times in six weeks I have gone over my calorie goal. And I have a long run to prep for.
Friday: 3 miles maintenance. I woke up feeling way better and wanted to stay in bed so I could hold on to that feeling. Sadly as soon as I got up and was headed to work the stuffiness and nose running returned. The 3 miles today weren’t great but they weren’t bad either so I guess I can’t complain. Not looking forward to long run tomorrow but I am thankful this is happening early in training so it’s only 6 miles.
Saturday: 6 mile long run. Barely. I had no energy and no motivation. I finished but it was awful. Really wanted to run outside with the Coonhound but when I drove past my usual spots they were all muddy or still covered in several foot snow drifts. Plus A was going to go to town for the day so I wanted to be there when he left, meaning I just started running on the treadmill while waiting for him to get back from his parent’s place and was halfway done when he got back. I think I really will get outside next week for morale.
Sunday: Rest and planning for the rest of the week.
I’m really proud of my progress so far and can’t wait to see the results on race day!!