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Using An App To Help Me Stay On Path

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Hello there you blank beautiful screen. It's been awhile. I took a little time last week to just step back, disconnect, and honestly breathe. I felt myself needing a breather and a moment to adjust to going back to work (part-time), Lil Man going to school full time, soccer and running for him, and just daily life. You know what I mean.

My typical morning is starting to consist of some type of early morning workout, rushing home to get lunches made, making sure I'm back in time so hubby can get to work, grabbing a quick shower, getting Lil Man to the bus stop, finally getting breakfast for me, packing my work bag, getting laundry started, cleaning up the kitchen, taking the dogs in and out and in and out...  and if possible I try to get caught up on email/social media before I head into work.

But I'm back and feeling a little more like I have things under control. I think I'm finding

Will Not Freak Out

So after my last 20 miler last Friday, Lil Man sneezed in my face. By the afternoon he was running a fever. By that evening my throat was sore. Sore throat, head congestion, chest congestion, vomit, poop, going on 8 days later, we are still sick. :(

I'm telling myself that missing this week's training is no big deal. It's ok. But after running 3 miles today, and feeling how weak I am, and knowing I'm not 100% well, I'm getting a little nervous.

The marathon is fast approaching.

Sore

So I'm sore... not just a little tender but flinching when I sit or try to walk up stairs sore... sore to the point that today's 5 miler didn't happen and tomorrow's isn't looking real hopeful that it will be pretty... sore to the point that this weekend's 20 miler isn't a go either... That's right, my training plan has been revamped. I'm beat up. I'm worn out. And it's time to regroup and reexamine.

This week is now a fall back week. Next week will be my last extremely long run (20 miler), then another fall back week, followed by a 16 miler and then we are pretty much done folks... that's right... it will be the taper until the big day on November 18.

Wow, I can't believe the race is really this close.

First 20 Miler!!!

I did it! I completed my first 20 miler!

I set the alarm for 3:45am, but was up by 3:30am. I have an achy lower leg issue, and am generally sore. I wasn't so sure how this was going to go. But I was meeting a friend for the first 12. I knew I could stop at 12 if I needed to, but I really wanted to push through and get my first 20 today.

The first twelve had several rolling hills. I might add this is my first long run that contained hills. The first 4 miles, I was really feeling my tender spots. I considered stopping at 12 if the discomfort continued or got any worse. But then after 4 miles, either I ignored it, or the discomfort for the most part went away. We made our turn around at 6ish miles and headed back toward the car. Overall, I was feeling pretty good. I could tell that we did some hill work, but I wasn't beat.

My friend only needed 12 today, and ran with me in the dark (because I'm really scared to run alone in the dark alone). So he went his way, and I started on m…

Training

Since my 16 miler last Saturday, I did an 8 miler on Sunday. Monday was supposed to be 5 miles, but since I didn't have a rest day, I bumped it down to 2. I did Boot Camp class Monday night and she killed my arms and core!

Tuesday, was a rainy, sleep in kind of day so I decided to do my speed work instead of my 8 miler. It was only 3 (1 mile repeats) at 8:15 pace. I thought, piece of cake right? I made it through the first one ok. By the time I got half way through the second one I was glad I only had three. By the time I was in the third one, I was struggling, but made it through.

Today, I'm sore. And I'm mentally tired. My options were face the .5 mile loop 16 times or get on the treadmill. I chose the treadmill at 5:20am. But as I started running, I was sore. I was tired, and I just didn't want to do it. I decided I'd walk for an hour and half. About 4ish miles in of run/walking, I realized that if I started running I'd be at my 8 miles at about an hour and ha…