Marathon #2: Is It Only Week 8?

Monday.  Need I say it?  I came home from work exhausted and went straight to class.  It’s like that movie Groundhog Day.  My week starts the same every-single-week, but it is what it is for now, and this too shall pass.  Any who, I saw on the intermediate running group’s schedule that tonight was speed work.  Since I’m planning to do speed work at the track tomorrow, I decided to run on my own and get a true recovery run in.  I jumped on the treadmill, set it at recovery pace, found some old sitcoms on Netflix, and got my 5 miles in.  Boom!014Tuesday.  The CrossFit WOD called to me today.  It looked super hard, but I really wanted to see if I could do it.  There was a 25 minute time cap to complete 100 deadlifts, 100 push-ups, 100 squats, 50 tricep dips, and 10 rope climbs.  I did it in 24:17…and then couldn’t move for the rest of the day!  Then, because I’m in a personal training program part of each class day includes some type of workout.  Today, we took a field trip to an MMA fitness center for a cardio kickboxing class.  Just what sore legs need…(can you hear the sarcasm dripping?).  Still, though, I w025as planning to go to the track as usual for speed work.  But a storm came up.  I don’t know if you can tell how hard the rain was coming down in this photo, but it was pouring, and the weatherman mentioned the potential of hail.  I wimped out and stayed home.  In hindsight, I wish I’d gone, though.  The storm only lasted a short time, and I hear that the rain cooled things off nicely, making for a decent track night.  Shucks.

Wednesday.  Leg day for class.  And I still can’t move without something hurting already!  Tonight, I ran with my weekday group for a tempo run.  The pace felt amazing.  Another guy and I ran a couple of extra miles to get an even 5 in, and we finished those last 2 miles at a pace under 9 minutes/mile.  Sweet!  BTW, don’t you love how color coordinated my clothes were for the run?  (I’m drowning in sarcasm this week.)027Thursday.  Arm day at school.  I thought my skin was going to pop over my biceps and triceps.  Holy smoke!  No run today, though, since I have to work tonight.

Friday.  I was going to make up my speed workout from Tuesday today, but Thursday night’s shift was brutal.  No break, on my feet the entire time, and I didn’t finish my paperwork until an hour past my shift.  My primary concern when I got off was food and sleep!  And then I had a massive project due for class plus some additional homework.  After about a 3 hour nap, it took me until 10:30 p.m. to get everything done.  So much for running.

Saturday. I was not feeling it today.  We had 12 miles on the schedule which just seemed an impossible distance.  I hit the sno004oze a couple of times when that alarm went off at 4:30 a.m., but finally coaxed myself out of my comfy bed.  The weather was perfect today with temps around 70 degrees for a change, and I felt almost chilly in my tank top.  That changed quickly, though, when feet hit the pavement!  I felt tired for the entire 12.39 miles, but overall the run went well, despite the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that none of us felt.  How could that be???  My new Speedzter arm band with all it’s fun colors made the run a little better, too.

So I missed a run this week.  I’m mad about that, but it’s been a tough week mentally, too.  I’m wondering if it’s all worth it???  But more on that another day.  On the positive side, I was pumped to see the pace I set on Wednesday without feeling like I was working extremely hard.  That’s how I know speed work and strength training is paying off; I can sustain faster paces for longer distances much more easily.  Where do I go from here?

My goals for next week:

  1. Stay the course.  Get those weekly runs in!
  2. Go to the track!  I’ve been doing so good.  I don’t want to start missing again.
  3. With a 16 mile run on the schedule for next week, I think it would be a good time to try adding in some mustard to my run nutrition.  Feeling a bit nervous about that…

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Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I'm Juanita. People tell me I don't look like a Juanita since I'm red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what's in a name, right? I'm a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I'm a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I'm a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there's a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

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