As a reminder, I’m running the NYC Marathon for Fred’s Team, and am working towards hitting a huge fundraising goal to support cancer research! You can click here to read more and make a donation.
It’s here! Marathon training is here!
I’m going to be honest, this was one of the hardest weeks of training I’ve had in a very long time, which was discouraging since it was only week one. If you’ve been following along, you know that the past 5 weeks have not been ideal for my training: I was sick, had my first DNF, took an awesome vacation where I didn’t really train, and then was VERY sick with a flu-like virus that turned into a sinus infection, taking 2 full weeks off of training. Going into this week, I was just starting to feel better but was on antibiotics still, so was nervous at how things would go. I suspected they would be rough but MAN I was not expecting what happened. Here’s how the week went:
Monday: 3 miles easy + strength. My legs were wobbly and felt tired after the run. It was a little hard, but not as bad as I was expecting.
Tuesday: 25 minutes stationary bike. I chose to push this to the evening, which was a mistake. I need to force myself to get up and do my workouts in the morning. I had a terrible headache after work, but forced myself on the bike to do something. I was feeling awful and went to bed at 8pm
Wednesday: 3 miles recovery pace. I struggled so hard to get out of bed but forced myself to get out the door. This run was awful. Even at a recovery pace this effort felt like a tempo run and I had to take many walk breaks. I was still on my antibiotics, so maybe that was a factor, but my body was fighting me every step of the way. I had some negative thoughts creep in during this run that I really had to push out of my head.
Thursday: Rest day. I was slated for cross training but was still feeling so sluggish and my resting heart rate was very elevated, so I took the day to rest…and felt SO GUILTY about it. And frustrated. I took my last course of antibiotics this day.
I also got my hair colored and cut after work. This is my last cut before I donate my hair as part of my fundraising! It is getting sooooo long and to say I am ready to chop it off would be an understatement, haha.
Friday: 2.5 miles recovery pace. If Wednesday’s run was awful, this run was a DISASTER. It was like Wednesday’s run, except even more of a struggle when it came to what the effort felt like. Even a run/walk at a very slow-for-me pace felt so, so hard. This run resulted in a desperate text exchange with my coach who was so wonderful and talked me off the ledge. She suggested that I take my watch off for my runs for a bit and focus on doing the work instead of doing it to my level of satisfaction, and know that my body will bounce back and before I know it, it’ll be easier.
Saturday: Rest day. I pushed my long run to Sunday to give my body another day to recover (and to get myself in a good mental place).
We participated in our neighborhood yard sale, which was great as we were able to get rid of a lot of stuff that we moved here with but really don’t need. We made $200 in just a couple of hours which is going towards our next vacation, wahoo!
Sunday: 6ish miles easy pace. After the discouraging week I had with my workouts, and a very emotionally draining week at work, I really needed this run to go well. And it did, thank goodness! I slept in until I woke up naturally and went out around 9am. It was warm and humid, but cloudy and a little drizzly. I walked for 10 minutes as a warm up, then started my run. I went to the Silver Comet Trail, which is always so relaxing for me, especially in the rain…not to mention it is mostly flat. I am very happy to report that this run felt so, so, SO much better than anything last week and truly felt easy – I was able to run slowly and breathe through my nose with no walk breaks. I did not wear my Garmin and it took a lot of the stress out of this run. After today’s run, I am feeling cautiously optimistic going into next week.
Weekly total: 14.5 miles
This is obviously not where I would like to be starting marathon training, but I’m working on trying to remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to run, even if it is challenging. I really struggled this week with figuring out if I was making excuses or if my body truly needed the rest. I decided since I was still not at 100% from my illness and on antibiotics, rest was the way to go, but I feel very guilty about it. All I can do now is focus on the next week and putting in my best effort.Training for the NYC Marathon is underway for @jessrunsatl. Read her week 1 recap here: Click To Tweet
I did not send as many emails as I would have liked, but I did manage to send out 17 and received 4 donations for a total of $160 raised this week, bringing my total raised to date to $8,185.
I also spent some time with my hairdresser finalizing our event for next month. I am VERY excited for it and I believe it will bring in a lot of money. It is a very real possibility that by the end of next month, I would have hit my $10,000 goal, which is so exciting to me!
I did get bumped out of the top 3 and am now the #4 fundraiser. I’m hoping to take over the #3 spot again by the end of the month!
How was your week? Don’t forget to link up below with Jessie and I! Jessie is also training for the NYC Marathon!