Toronto Waterfront Marathon Training Monday #5: Back in the USA (Breifly)

Hi Friends:)

spotted this beautiful crane on my long run!

It’s no mystery that I love to travel. I wasn’t raised in a family that traveled a whole lot, and so once I got a taste of the wider world on a school trip to Italy and Greece when I was 16, I was hooked. I love seeing new places, learning about different histories and cultures, and experiencing how the rest of the world lives.

That said, I also love being home with my own bed and my own food and my own schedule. I love NOT living out of a suitcase and NOT worrying about where I’ll find my next gluten-free meal. I love using all my fave all-natural cosmetics in my own, organized-to-fit-my-needs bathroom. I love hanging out with my friends, visiting my favorite hometown spots, and running the same beautiful loops I’ve been training on since I was a kid.

I know I’ll love my next adventure in Peru. But it felt so good to be home for the last 10 days. Especially when it came to running. I was able to do some really great training this week without having to think too much about it. Here’s how it all worked out.

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 6.5 miles + Leg Lift
  • Wednesday: Barry’s Bootcamp (2.5 miles of speed intervals+ arms and abs strength training)
  • Thursday: 7.65 miles
  • Friday: Rest!
  • Saturday: 16.23 miles
  • Sunday: Walking/Rest
    • Total Weekly Milage: 37.88
ran along the esplanade in Boston from miles 8-11 on this week’s long run!

When my friend and I first booked our trip to Peru to see Machu Picchu back in February, I was still deep in Boston marathon training mode. I suspected that I’d also be running a fall marathon, but with the way I’ve been injured in the past it was hardly a sure thing. I also figured that I’d be able to take advantage of hotel gyms/treadmills while I was away to log some miles if I was training for a fall race.

It wasn’t until the spring, when I was really planning out my running schedule, that I learned that gyms are not a standard part of hotels in Peru. Additionally, altitude sickness is a thing. Travel doctors do not recommend that tourists do too much physical activity while they’re traveling Peru.

Once I learned all this, I had to come to terms with the fact that there would be a weird, 2-week hole in my training cycle while I took an awesome trip. I was bummed for a hot second. But it’s a great reason to miss a bit of training, and it wasn’t that had to structure my training around the trip. I’ll be doing TONS of walking and a fair amount of hiking while I am there, anyhow, so it’s not like I’ll be losing fitness.

Marathon training really is a lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be my whole life. Whenever I find myself saying “I can’t; I have to run.” I remind myself of that fact.

I hope you’re all having an awesome start to your week!


1 thought on “Toronto Waterfront Marathon Training Monday #5: Back in the USA (Breifly)

  1. Kerri thank you for the part about marathon training isn’t your entire life. I’m definitely keeping that in mind once my runs start getting longer. Have a wonderful trip to Peru 🙂

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