Well last week was an interesting one, and I sure was glad it fell during the taper. Traveling for work can really throw a wrench in marathon training, and for those of you who do it all the time, I’m not sure how you manage it. Between working long hours, not sleeping enough, and not eating well, my running was a struggle. I only had 2 short runs on my schedule when I was there, but that meant doing my long run when I got back on Sunday, at which point I was completely exhausted. I’ll take you through the week in running along with a few notes about my trip to New Orleans:)
Monday: 5 miles easy, core and hip exercises
Tuesday: AM: 9 miles with 2 mile warm up, 3 x (1 mile @ 8:30, 1 mile @ 8:10), 1 mile cool down
PM: Strength training
Wednesday: Rest day- traveled to New Orleans. I had an 8 am flight so there really wouldn’t be time to squeeze in a workout. Instead I got in my strength training on Tuesday evening. We got into New Orleans pretty early and had the day to walk around and sightsee.
Thursday: Rest day- Worked 11 hours at the conference. I always enjoy attending these conferences (and I am so grateful that I get to attend- our organization holds an annual conference on advancing school mental health each year) but between working registration, moderating sessions throughout the day, and presenting at a session, I was totally beat by the time it was over. However, we were in New Orleans and wanted to take advantage so went out for dinner and drinks that evening.
Friday: 5 mile easy, and an attempt at some core work in the hotel room.
Friday was another busy day at the conference, but I didn’t have to be there until 8:15 so I had time to run in the morning. After the sessions were over we had a registration/poster session that went until 7pm. All my coworkers were supposed to meet for drinks at a bar at 8:30, so the night was off to a late start.
I was out way past my bedtime, but we all had fun celebrating another successful conference.
Saturday: 4 miles easy
After a late night out on Friday night, this run was a struggle. I knew I would feel better if I got it done (which I did) but I was still so, so tired. We had a few hours of sessions on Saturday morning, but had some time to get food before our flight back. I finally made it to Cafe Du Monde for a beignet!
I got back home around 9pm on Friday night, and ended up texting my coach because I felt like there was no way I could do the prescribed run the next morning. She made some changes and told me to do the best I could.
Sunday: 16 miles with 11 at MGP
This ended up going even better than planned (I was able to do the original workout), so I was really happy about that. It probably helped that there was perfect weather Sunday morning, especially after running in New Orleans where it was 70 degrees and humid.
Total: 39 miles
Now my focus is really going to be back on taking care of myself. I feel like between the changes in temperature, lack of sleep, not eating well, and sharing a hotel room with my coworker who had a cold, I am just asking to get sick. Hopefully getting back to my normal routine will prevent that from happening.
How do you stay healthy when you are at high-risk for getting a cold?
Have you ever been to New Orleans?
How do you manage traveling during training?