After being so sick, I've decided to get back into my marathon plan a lot more slowly. And I'm going to listen to my body. I don't need anymore setbacks.
Wednesday, my first day back to running (again), I went out for 3.5 miles. It was gorgeous and sunny. Perfect! I wanted to run further, faster, but knew it wasn't the best idea.
Tucker's parent teacher conference was Thursday, so I thought it would be perfect to run from home to his school and just meet he and Ward there. And I was right. After taking off quite a bit of time from running, I just about sprinted to his school with a 7:47 average pace for 3.3 miles, and I took a extra loop along the river.
Friday, after Tucker had his cast put on, I was able to get out for a 4 mile run, without long sleeves! Yes - I got to wear a t-shirt on my run (and capris). It was perfect!
Saturday was my long run day. Since this week was kind of a wash in terms of marathon training, I didn't know if I was going to be able to actually complete the 15 miler. So I chose my route carefully to keep myself sort of close to home so I could call it quits and head back early or I could just call Ward. However, the run was just perfect. I completed 15.4 miles at a 9 min average pace. My goal pace. Awesome. A great confidence builder.
After the run, I wanted to just stay outside and enjoy the weather. I also had to get Tucker out of the house. He's been on the couch for days. And Izzy's been begging to go to a playground - so off to the playground we went!
Best decision ever. Tucker got some fresh air and was moving around, swinging and climbing. Izzy had a blast. And I got to lay on the black pavement and get some sun. I call it a perfect day.
Sunday, another perfect sunny day. The planned called for 8 miles. But I was exhausted. I was thinking if I completed 4 to 6 miles, I'd be happy. But about 1.5 miles into the run I felt dizzy, so I called it quits and headed home. Today wasn't my day for a run. I'll try again tomorrow.
Not exactly the 55 miles my Hanson plan called for - but I completed 29 miles this week. But I'd rather be healthy and stronger. I was able to stay on track with the plan up until the awful fever hit, so I'm not too worried about the marathon. I still got in some key speed/strength workouts and I got in my long runs. And I still have 7 more weeks until Sugarloaf. No sweat!