Saturday Stats 3/8/14 – Back at it

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Last week’s miles: 17.5

This week’s miles: 14.8

Weight: 129.5        BMI: 19.1

Fitbit steps 3/1 – 3/7: 70, 603

Miles:

  • Sunday: 4 miles, average pace per mile: 12:03. Easy treadmill run after 10 mile run the day before.
  • Monday: 4.5 miles, average pace per mile: 12:00. Treadmill run.
  • Wednesday: 1.3 miles, average pace per mile: 13:05. Treadmill post-dinner run. Turns out that I can’t run after dinner. Now I know.
  • Saturday: 5 miles, average pace per mile: 11:37. Easy treadmill run to prepare for long run tomorrow.

Diet: I have not been taking care of myself (more on that in general notes). Too much caffeine, too little water, sporadic eating. I dropped down to 128lbs earlier this week, but it was more of the  “stressed out starving zombie” look, and less the “eating right, fueling for a half marathon” that I’m going for.

I’m back at it, making sure I eat 3 meals a day, and forcing myself to drink a lot of water.

General notes: As the low mileage for the past two weeks indicate (not to mention the lack of training update last week), it’s been a really difficult two weeks around here.

Without going into too many details, the kids and I were blindsided with some unfortunate news early last week. I’ve written before about my PTSD diagnosis, and unfortunately, due to the circumstances of my life, there are still opportunities for triggers and relapses, particularly when my children are involved.

Running was not a priority the past two weeks. It’s horrible timing, as I am supposed to be at the height of my mileage before starting a slow taper in two weeks. Logistically, emotionally, physically, I just could not follow my training plan. The fact that I logged the miles that I did is fairly miraculous, considering I had several sleepless nights.  Besides work stress (finishing the trimester, heavy duty grading and lesson planning), my husband and I had to schedule several meetings with a myriad of support people, addressing circumstances involving our children.

Maybe it sounds like I’m making excuses. Maybe I am.  Unfortunately, the very circumstances that make running so therapeutic, so meaningful, for me are the ones that sometimes completely sideline me.

I’m dealing with it.

For now, I am grateful to be on spring break from school. I have no plans other than to catch up on work, sleep, and training. The race is 4 weeks from tomorrow, and while I know the past two weeks detracted from my optimal performance, I am confident that I will still be in great shape on April 6th to finish strong. Expect some great mileage in next week’s update!

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4 responses to “Saturday Stats 3/8/14 – Back at it

  1. Life gets in the way of training, a fact of life. Sorry you’ve had some struggles the past couple of weeks but don’t worry about the training, light mileage is better than no mileage and you’ll be fine. The lower mileage may actually do you good in the long run! Hang in there.

  2. I agree with everything Robin said. You have put in the time already with your training- you will do GREAT! All the life BS that is swirling around you? Give it the finger and carry on. You got this, girl.

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