My running week started off with Halloween and as any mom of little kids knows, you are super busy in the days leading up to Halloween and then the night of trick or treating itself! It really is tons of fun, even though I was EXHAUSTED the next day! When I woke up Tuesday morning I felt super tired and could barely catch up with any tasks and to-do lists!
I got dressed up as a witch and Jim got himself a Lego Ninja outfit last minute. The boys carefully planned their Ninja Turtle outfits months ahead, of course. John was Leonardo and David was Michelangelo.
Here is my Running Log for the Week of October 31st!
Monday: Rest Day (not really, but at least from running…)
Tuesday: 7 Mile run to the beach. After I dropped off the kids at school I hit the pavement. It was a slow and draggy run. It’s still so hot and humid in Palm Beach. I pushed for an extra mile at the end, just because I had this Half-Marathon lined up on the weekend. I remembered how exactly a year ago I got to run the NYC Marathon.
Wednesday: My schedule was a bit hectic this day and I had to wait until night to go outside for a 3 mile run around my community. Such a dark running selfie…
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 7 miles in the late afternoon. I really didn’t want to run 7 miles but the big loop around my community is 3.5 miles. I went for a second loop just because I thought 3.5 miles was not enough mileage for a strong run on Sunday.
Saturday: In the morning I went for a 2 mile shakeout run and I hit the wall after Mile 1. The dehydration wall!
I didn’t drink enough fluids last night after my 7 miles and barely anything when I went running first thing in the morning. I couldn’t make it past Mile 1. Running in Florida really calls for extra hydration – even more than usual! The heat is no joke, and you’re losing fluids fast. I hydrated as soon as I got home. I later drove to Whole Foods to get myself some Nuun. I felt better in the afternoon and went for a 2 mile walk. Just to increase my daily steps for that day.
Sunday: The Half-Marathon in Boca Raton. When we left the house at 5 am, it was already 77 degrees and I knew that this will be a hot run. The race started at 6:30 am. By then it was 84 degrees in Boca. Already in Mile 2 I was super warm. Running along the beach when it’s steamy and hazy is always hard. In Mile 5 we ran across a drawbridge. I jumped onto the sidewalk of the bridge, because I didn’t like the uneven surface of the bridge. I didn’t want to risk an injury. The sidewalk was really high though, about 25 inches. I missed it and dripped. I basically caught myself in mid-air, and luckily didn’t hit the ground. But I felt my right ankle was sprained. So much for trying to avoid an injury. I felt this pain as I kept running, and no, it didn’t go away. In mile 9 I was really in pain and I needed to slow down if I wanted to finish this Half -Marathon at all. It was also such a confusing course. Mile 10 was right near the finishing line, but the course made you turn around to run another 1.5 mile in and out one more time. I had to 2 police officers whether they knew if this was the right direction, but they had no clue either. Since runners from The half and 5 K were all ixed I had no idea whom to follow. When I was running back onto the course for another 1.5 miles I was only hoping that I’m on the right path. Especially with this painful ankle. I was nauseous from the pain and from sun.
I thought about the bumper sticker 27.3 – I got lost!! That stuff actually really happens!!!
I reached the finishing line at 2:08. That was my longest Half ever, but I just couldn’t push any harder than I did. I was so happy I reached 13.1 miles with this painful ankle. I probably shouldn’t have even finished it, but I thought about Jim and the boys. They got up so early just to cheer me on that morning.
My boys were so excited about the free boxes of donuts they received while I was running. John was running towards me right at the finish line “Mommy Mommy Donuts!!” when the entire box of donuts fell to the ground and the 12 donuts with it. He was so sweet waiting with his donuts by the finishing line. I will never forget that.
I always hope these races will get make my boys runners one day, just because it’s such a wonderful sport and it gives you more than it takes.
Total Mileage for this week: 28 miles
How was your training week? Did you race this weekend?