Training Log 4/15 – 4/21

Mo 4/15 My first run in a week. I knew already a week ago that most likely I will have to take two days off running while we were moving to a new house. I didn’t expect it to be such a hard week though.
The first night at our new place my older son came down with croup in the middle of the night. The scariest thing for me ever, he was grasping for air and almost unable to communicate, we rushed him to the ER, where his oxygen level was down to 86. He got treated with steroids and was released the next day. I cannot tell you the relieve I felt when I was able to take my Baby back home. Grateful would be an understatement. The next day my younger one came down with stomach virus. Yes, when it rains it pours. So far, he is fine, but I’m just worried that the stomach bug could be related to the actual croup, because John had a stomach virus prior to the croup attack. But today, Tuesday, everyone seems better and fine, so when I saw the opportunity for a half hour ‘me’ time, I didn’t hesitate to take it. While my husband was watching the kids, I decided to go for a run. It was 90 degrees outside, so I opted for a treadmill run. A new treadmill, in a new gym at our new home.
Usually I go for a run to distress or to clear my head or simply to stay in shape, but after no running for almost a week I realized how much I missed the actual movement of running, especially the back and forth arm movement. My body was literally crying our for it! As soon as I started running it felt therapeutic. Now that I have established an almost consistent running schedule for the first time, since the birth of my second son, my body got so used to running again that I’m feeling more aches and pains when I don’t run then when I do.
Recent articles refer to the fact that our bodies were designed to run, especially long distance running, that we have these long legs for a reason. For the first time today in all the years of my runs this became so clear to me.
I only went for 4 miles. I was too sleep deprived and weak from the sleepless nights the last few days to push for more. The last thing my family needs right now is an over-exhausted mom.
But I was happy I got to run. Good enough.

Sat 4/20 It was okay, for the fact that I felt too tired from a strenuous day, hungry and not hydrated enough I pushed for an okay 3 miler, no great pace, but I did it. Better than no run ( which is the worst feeling, especially if you have a marathon lined up). See you tomorrow!

Sun 4/21
So I actually finished 9 miles today. I made up my mind last night before going to sleep that if my kids are feeling better that I will try to push for a 9 miler tomorrow, since my mileage for the last 9 days was really low and I definitely want to maintain a solid running foundation before marathon training fully starts. So when the afternoon approached and my husband got back from work I quickly decided to go for a run. The timing wasn’t ideal, I didn’t eat much during the day, since the day ( as usual) was pretty hectic but I figured that if I’m not going to go running NOW (!) I will never be able to fit a run in today. I had in mind, “you gotta do this” and kind of tried to stick to it. I prepared a vegetarian chili on the slow cooker earlier, because I wanted to make sure that if I feel too tired after this run to cook , my family will still have a nutritious meal ready on hand. (BTW they loved it, I will post recipe soon!). My pace was okay, just like yesterday I didn’t feel strong during the run, but at least I did it. That’s what counts the most. I’m actually feeling kind of sore for the first time in a very long time. I keep thinking it might be the new treadmill. Is there such a thing? Can one treadmill feel harder than another even though you’re running the same distances as usual?
This is a lot of treadmill running for me right now. We moved to South Florida a year ago and I can’t believe how incredible hot it is already during this time of year, the summer hasn’t even started yet. I miss my outdoor runs, but right now, the only chance I get to run is mainly in the afternoon, because of my husband’s work hours, and that’s when the sun here is really blasting. I wouldn’t be able to run more than 3 miles that’s why I have been opting for a lot of indoor runs to get a little bit more mileage in. See you Monday!

Training Log 4/15 – 4/21

Weekly Total is 16 miles!