1. I accomplished a HUGE goal!
2. Now I'm really interested in doing all the things that I wasn't doing because I was running so much to accomplish a HUGE goal!
3. Don't wake me up. I don't feel like running. And I'm sick.
4. Found my motivation. I love running! As long as I'm with friends and I don't have to do this by myself.
5. I've found motivation to run by myself but really look forward to the group runs that I have scheduled almost a week in advance to keep myself motivated.
6. My children are sick.
7. Running is a special treat and something to treasure!
8. My children and I are sick.
Please don't interpret any of this as complaining. I hope that's not what it looks like. I'm just telling it as it is. It's important to remember that since this is my hobby, I have to put my energy and time into the more important pursuits which are not my hobby: mainly nurturing, caring for, teaching my children and keeping the house going. And honestly, I don't think I've had a SINGLE training cycle (at least, as a mother) that hasn't looked like this. (Well, I didn't qualify for Boston at the beginning of every training cycle, but I think you get the point.) Instead of becoming downcast about the times that are harder to run, I need to capitalize on the times that are easy to run and not take them for granted.
Week of February 1-7 (total miles: 25)
With Jason out of town, this week was mostly treadmill running. Three easy runs, an "ease myself into tempo" workout with 2 mile warm up, 1 mile at 7:37 and 2 mile cool down. Wrapped up the week with a long run of 10 miles with my Atlanta running friends that Jesica has been organizing. My running motivation really starts to flag when Jason's travel schedule picks up: February was a doozy this year for his travel, and I struggle with being excited about training when the bulk of it has to happen on the treadmill.
Week of February 8-14 (total miles: 22.8)
Jason's travel schedule had him out of town all week, but I snuck out of the house to fit in a run with friends on Monday morning before his flight. My running friends proposed a meeting location that was about a mile from my house, so instead of driving, I just ran to meet them. We put in four easy miles as a group and then I ran back for a total of 6 easy miles. I fit in a treadmill 3 x 1 mile at tempo on Tuesday (8:00, 7:51, 7:26), and finished the week out with a long run of 11 miles. I really wanted to focus on getting some faster miles going on the long run and was pretty happy to have an 8:42 overall pace with the last mile at 7:53. Not so happy about only getting three runs in this week, but my daughter was sick from Tuesday afternoon until Friday. I took her temperature on one of those days and it read 104.3 (!!). That's a number I've never seen on my thermometer before: responsibilities as a mother obviously are going to trump posting workouts.
Two easy runs (one 3, the other 5 miles). I tacked on 6 six strides at the end of the three miler. This is something that Coach Carl had me do a lot in my training for qualifying for Boston, and I really want to incorporate it at least once a week (ideally twice) on easy runs. I did a hill workout on the treadmill on Thursday - 10 minute warm up, 4 x 60 seconds up a "hill" with 90 seconds recovery. To simulate the hills, I started the incline at 4% for the first hill, increasing every repeat by 0.5%. I met up with Elizabeth early on Saturday for 7 miles, then we joined up with Tricia and Jesica for the rest of the Elizabeth's planned long run. They dropped me off after three miles for my run of 10 total and kept on going. I hopped into my car was home just after 8am, just in time to enjoy waffles and coffee with my family. We had a big day and went to the Georgia Aquarium as a family.
Week of February 22-28 (Scenic City Half Marathon race week Total mileage so far: ZERO)
The week has not kicked off with a stellar start: at first, my son came down with some serious sniffles and coughing, and then my daughter started with a sore throat and fever. I woke up on Monday and knew it was me next. Normally when this sort of stuff hits me, I go into sadistic survival mode: I still cook-clean-launder-teach school and make everything last a whole lot longer than it really should. I would even run so that I wouldn't lose mileage. Over the last year, I've been sick a few times and it's abundantly clear (duh) that this strategy doesn't work for me. While I could keep the training log more filled up this week with runs, they would probably wear me out. I'm going to focus on resting instead and see how that works for me this weekend on race day. If my symptoms are gone later this week, I will try out a run or two.
How do you deal with hiccups in your training schedules?
What is your best immune-boosting secret?