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This past week has been… well…. eventful. It was Gate River Run Week, which meant all hands on deck at work. I was really looking forward to some downtime come Saturday.
Sunday – March to Get Screened 5K Run/Walk
I recapped the race here, but it was a great morning and a beautiful day. I was proud of myself for running my fastest 5K in quite some time, especially on the beach and on the heels of 9.3 miles the day before.
Monday – rest
Monday was less great. Little man had a rough and sleepless night, and Mr PugRunner ended up taking him to the doctor as soon as the office opened. Diagnosis? Strep. Ugh. On the plus side, he doesn’t tend to fever or sore throat when he has strep, but he was pretty miserable with some shallow breathing and coughing. Mr PugRunner and I tag teamed to stay home with him (I went to work in the morning, and we switched off when I got home).
In lieu of karate, we rented Moana, and spent the evening eating soup and singing along.
Tuesday – 4 miles
Little man had a much more restful sleep, and so I was able to get out for a 4 miler before work. It was a bit of a lonely run but I was glad for it.
We decided that little man would spend one more day at home, and we switched off work schedules again to make it happen. He was already 100% better, but we wanted him to have a little more rest and give the antibiotics a chance to really do their job.
Wednesday – rest
Wednesdays are short days for everyone, so it was a nice way to ease back into school. Fortunately, with spring break right around the corner, there wasn’t much makeup work for him, so we were able to enjoy another mostly low-key night. We did end up going to his karate class, just because he was going to be testing on Saturday morning and we wanted him to have one last refresher class before then.
Thursday – 5 miles
I had another solid run this morning, and was feeling pretty decent for Gate. Of course, it’s a pretty intimidating run in and of itself, but I was comfortable with what I had done as far as training thus far.
Mr PugRunner and Papa Bear had planned to spend the day in Orlando at a Yankees game, and my mom came down to help out with little man, so I could hit up the Expo to get my race packet, and then put in some hours at work.
She was also kind enough to take him to cub scouts when I got home so I could clean up and grab some dinner. My parents are, quite literally, the best.
Friday – rest
I was finally able to clean up around the house and get some small errands done. After all that, we headed over to little man’s school for his publishing party. The kids have all been working on informational papers on animals of the west, and little man’s piece on the King Salmon was quite educational. These papers will be part of a larger project for the end of the year, and I am excited to see how it all evolves.
I also got a nice surprise in the mail: the Aftershokz headphones I had won from #bibchat a couple of weeks ago. I know the rule about nothing new on race day, but I was pretty darn determined to try them out at the Gate.
We had a quiet night with takeout Italian for dinner, and I tried to get in bed on the early side.
Saturday – Gate River Run 15K
Due to not wanting to deal with traffic and road closures, I was out of the house by 5:30 AM. I wasn’t feeling great for a variety of reasons, and there were a few moments where I really thought about bailing and going home.
However, this IS one of my favorite races, and I was already up and dressed, so I figured I could slog it out.
Race recap to come, but I will give the huge spoiler alert and say that I PR’d! I had no idea until hours later, and it’s been so long since it’s happened, that I’m really feeling so much more motivated and positive about everything. Funny how that happens.
In the meantime, little man was at his dojo, earning his blue belt! He has been working really hard in karate, and I am so proud to see him moving along so beautifully.
While I worked on getting home, the boys went to spend the afternoon at a local Big Green Egg festival, sampling some delicious, BGE-cooked food. I, on the other hand, took a nap.
That evening, we had plans to go out to dinner with another couple. We shared a sitter between our combined three boys, and they may have had just as much fun as we did. It’s something we definitely plan to do again (although hopefully not after a huge 15k!).
Twenty one point four miles for the week, and I am feeling pretty strong. The unexpected PR boosted my spirits incredibly, and I am hoping to build on that this year. I think it was just the thing I needed to gain some more confidence.
This week, I am also going back to boot camp. I haven’t been able to do much cross training due to scheduling conflicts, so I am going to take the hit on sleep and get myself back into the gym for an early class.
I also plan to get back on the bike this week. I wanted to start doing laps, but low temperatures and storms are going to keep me out of the pool (outside and not heated). Yes, I’m that much of a sissy. But I’ll get caught up.
How was your week of training?
Are you managing to fend off illness in your house this winter?