First, I worked my tail off at work last week. I stayed late three out of five nights, including one 14-Hour work day.
My dog hurt herself at the dog park Saturday. Essentially, she did burnouts with her paws. That dog has a serious need for speed, and well, it didn't end well. She's back in the Cone of Shame and on both anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. Doctor said I should invest in dog booties for her. All the other dogs are gonna laugh at her...
Then to top it all off, I came down with a cold over the weekend and have spent the past two days, not at work, but sleeping it off with some real good cold meds. BLECH.
BUT, I have still been running.
So that counts for something, right?
Ok, so we're definitely going to have to increase that to reach my goal of 1000 miles for 2014. In fact, I need to about double it the rest of the year in order to reach my goal. But ultimately, I did the bare minimum of one mile a day most of the days since the new year started. But I ran 4+ miles last week and knowing that I CAN run that far comfortably, although slowly, means that I feel confident to start upping my mileage again this month. I'm a little behind on my weekly recaps, so I'm just gonna bust through these days:
Monday: 1.06 miles at 8:30 pace
Tuesday: 1.04 miles at 9:39 pace
Wednesday: 1.02 miles at 8:16 pace
Thursday: 1.02 miles at 9:05 pace
Friday: 1.04 miles at 9:59 pace
Saturday: 1.01 miles at 10:10 pace
Sunday: 1.05 miles at 10:17 pace
Monday: 1.16 miles at 9:44 pace
Tuesday: 4.66 miles at 11:31 pace
Wednesday: 1.01 miles at 12:18 pace
Thursday: 1.02 miles at 9:42 pace
Friday: 1.01 miles at 9:38 pace
Saturday: 1.06 miles at 9:02
Sunday: 1.01 miles at 9:00 pace
OK, so like I said, not the greatest mileage wise. And speeds definitely varied, depending on how I felt. But I'm still at it. Which for me is the biggest issue. Continuing to run, not giving in and being lazy and saying "No, I'm too tired, " or "I just don't feel like it." Even on those days when I don't feel like it, I still lace up and go do it. Because no matter how much I'd rather throw my butt on to the couch, I know that I'd regret not running even more.
Good news is: Weather is getting better and it's staying light out longer, which means more outdoor runs. These Tennessee hills may kill me during training, but come race time I will be thankful for all the hill work and elevation changes. My knee is feeling strong and I'm not worried that every run is going to throw me right back into dealing with the injury.
AND, I finally got my Nike+ footpod callibrated again, so I can track my treadmill runs in a fashion OTHER than taking a photo of the treadmill at the end of every run. YAY!
More updates coming with more regularity! YAY! and until next time...