Life: For Real Though! (+ March/April Training Logs)

Life, Running / Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Hi Friends:)

It’s literally been a month since I last updated. And what a month it’s been!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been working through some pretty gnarly hormonal/health issues. I was honestly being a little too optimistic about my levels-of functioning back when I last posted about it.  

At that point I’d been handed a new thyroid hormone medication dosage, and so I thought I’d be back to normal in no time. See, back when I was 18 and had a body that adapted and regenerated at lightening speed, I would feel the effects of medication adjustments in just a few days. It’s been over a decade, though, and until this week I was feeling pretty rough physically, emotionally, and cognitively.

I kept putting “UPDATE BLOG!!” on my to do list among the other 184910942347 things I’ve got stacked up on there, but not only did I never get to that, I also never got to so, so many other things. I paid my first late fee in 6 years on a bill last month, and I misplaced and/or lost things more often than I can count. My inbox- both at work and at home- was constantly full of emails I’d read, feel like I didn’t have the energy to deal with- then mark ‘unread.’ When I got home each night after working, coaching, and tutoring, I just didn’t have the cognitive energy to do anything but watch silly videos on youtube.

In the last two weeks, though, I’ve noticed real improvements, not just hopeful/determined imaginings. My color is better. I’m remembering things. My running speed has returned and some of the aches and pains caused by hormone-related muscle and bone issues have faded away.

So here I am!

I was told by my doctors to focus less on milage and more on making sure all my runs were pain free and I was prioritizing self-care; I shouldn’t have needed them to tell me this, but sometimes you need to throw a $35 co-pay at a problem to take it seriously. So ever since running the Disney Princess Half, I’ve been running a little less often, and taking a few extra rest days, and making sure to throw some extra fun classes and activities into my schedule to keep me feeling upbeat. I haven’t been recording my speeds for this training cycle, as I’m doing the majority of my running with students and our race, the Providence Marathon, will be about getting them from start to finish, not about my own time goals.

Here’s how the last few weeks panned out:

February 25- March 3

  • Monday: 3 miles running
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 45 min. Body Weight Exercises
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: 45 min Spin Class
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: Yoga
    • Total Weekly Milage: 3 miles

March 4- March 10

  • Monday: Crossfit Class
  • Tuesday: 45min Spin class
  • Wednesday: 3.22 mile Run
  • Thursday: 3m Run
  • Friday: 45 min Spin Class
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 9.25 miles
    • Total Weekly Milage: 15.57 miles

March 11-March 17

  • Monday: 3.6 miles + Crossfit
  • Tuesday: 45 min Spin Class
  • Wednesday: Body Weight Exercises
  • Thursday: 3.6 miles
  • Friday: Ellyptical + Weights
  • Saturday: 45 min Spin Class
  • Sunday: HALF MARATHON (13.1 with my students)
    • Total Weekly Milage: 20.3

March 18- March 24

  • Monday: 3.17 miles
  • Tuesday: 4.21 miles
  • Wednesday: 7.27 miles
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 17.16 miles
  • Sunday: 4 mile hike
    • Total Weekly Milage: 31.81 miles

March 25- March 31

  • Monday: 3.49 miles+ Spin Class
  • Tuesday: 3.21 miles
  • Wednesday: 2 miles hill repeats+ 2 miles treadmill speed intervals @ Barry’s Boot Camp
  • Thursday: 3.64 miles
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 18.17 miles
  • Sunday: Yoga
    • Total Weekly Milage: 32.51

April 1- April 7

  • Monday: 3.51 miles
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 4.26 miles
  • Thursday: 45 Minutes Swimming
  • Friday: 45 minutesSpin Class
  • Saturday: 12 miles
  • Sunday: Yoga and Dance classes
    • Total Weekly Milage: 19.77

April 8- April 14

  • Monday: 3.63 miles
  • Tuesday: 45 minutes Spin class
  • Wednesday: 2 miles hill repeats
  • Thursday: 3.63 miles + 4.96 miles
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 20.98 miles
  • Sunday: 2 miles + Dance Class
    • Total Weekly Milage: 37.2 miles

What’s funny is that this is the first time I’ve sat down and calculated my milage and seen in writing what I’ve managed to accomplish through all this craziness. I might not be hitting 40+ mile weeks like I was while training for Toronto, but my goals are not the same for Providence as they were in Toronto. My main goal for Providence is to keep my wits about me the whole time so that I can be a support system for my students in the Dreamfar Marathon program. We don’t talk times much because times don’t matter within the program; we have students who run sub-4 hour marathons and students who run 6 hour marathons, and we don’t differentiate between their accomplishments. Being a part of a non-profit program like this has pushed me to set aside my own goals and aspirations for the time being to focus on my students’; and that’s been a pretty cool thing:)

Anyhow, I’ve got some extra time over my break this week to update this blog and write a deep-dive report on my time with Dreamfar. And I’ve got some exciting news about my next race, and some pretty cool life changes as well:)

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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