week in review: 10.11 – 10.17

We are halfway through October, and I am in awe as to how many miles I have been running each week. This training plan is kicking my butt (in a good way) – there’s definitely more purpose and direction to the runs I am logging, which is making me feel productive.

Sunday – 10 miles

Once I sorted out my socks, this was a solid run. I had a ton of bug bites on my feet from the Keys, and the socks I had selected were rubbing them miserably. I changed out at about five miles and finished strong.

That being said, I was tired, and very glad that we had no other plans than to see Pan (decent) in the theater and hang out the rest of the day.

Monday – rest

This was a rest day for activity, but I did have to go to work, so I was up and at ’em, anyway. It was nice knowing that I would have the end of the week to myself, so I was ok with it.

Tuesday – 4 miles, bridge work

Speed work on the bridge is… well. It’s a necessary evil. I don’t love it, but I respect it. And I appreciate what it will do for me in the long run. This workout was pretty tough with speed intervals actually going up the incline rather than on the flat. I was worn right out when this was done.

It is starting to be time for long sleeves. The morning’s temperatures were in the high 50s and low 60s.

On the plus side, this was our night sky. It was absolutely stunning. I love our views.

Wednesday – body circuit, 1 hour

Since my schedule was all screwy this week, I had to do a body circuit class on my own. I realize that I miss the camaraderie and accountability of the group, so it wasn’t quite as awesome as usual.

I did have this pretty girl checking in on me while I did my ab work, so it wasn’t a complete loss.

Thursday – 6 miles, body circuit, 1 hour

This was a busy, busy day. I woke up to log 3.2 miles before my group run,

three miles during,

and then after I got little man on the bus, I rode the bike to body circuit.

Whew. I was exhausted. And a little sore.

Also, it was National Pug Day. It’s rare to get a picture of the grumble altogether, so I was pretty pleased with this.

Friday – rest

And by rest, I mean REST. We are talking staying in bed until 7:00 and hanging out in PJs all morning. It was heavenly. Sure I did some cleaning and tidying, but that’s about it. It’s been quite some time since I had this kind of day.

Our niece came from Chatanooga to spend the night, and we had a lovely time eating pizza, watching the sunset and making s’mores by the fire. I had to turn in early, but Mr PugRunner and she had some quality time to catch up.

Saturday – 8 miles, yoga

There wasn’t really a great time to fit in this eight-miler, so I got up at 4:30 on Saturday morning to get it done. It was hard – I don’t use music in the dark, and I kept repeating streets to stay close to home – but I felt really good when it was over.

Everyone was still sleeping when I got home, showered, and headed back out to work. We were hosting a yoga event that morning, and I was glad to be able to get some stretching in.

When my morning was up, I met everyone for lunch and said goodbye to our niece. We had one more errand to run: picking up the packet for little man’s Zombie Chase on Sunday. And then it was time to relax and chill out for the rest of the day.


I am starting to feel tired. The super early mornings and high (for me) miles are definitely starting to get to me. I’m managing ok, trying to keep up my vitamins and water intake, but I am also looking forward to the end date, when it comes. Obviously, I will continue training, but I’ll be able to step it down a little and be just slightly less serious. What keeps me going is the progress I’m seeing and feeling, and that’s worth just a few more obscenely early mornings.

How was your week in training?

What do you do when the effort of training starts to really wear you down?

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