This was supposed to be my peak week of training, and I went into if feeling pretty motivated. Then it became a stressful week and I questioned if I would actually get my workouts done. Everything worked out for the most part and I got in my miles. But it was still an eventful week!
Monday: Strength Training + 6.7 Easy Miles (3 Treadmill, 3.7 Stroller)
With the day off from work for Labor Day, I wanted to get in a good workout. I started out with strength training and then did 3 easy miles on the treadmill. After Grayson’s breakfast we went out for 3.7 stroller miles.
Grayson started to show signs of a cold and we began wondering what do to. His first day in his new classroom was Tuesday, but we couldn’t send him to school sick. And if he started coughing he would need a COVID test. At that point he had mostly a stuffy nose so we hoped for the best.
Tuesday: 8.2 Miles with 7 at MGP
I got my workout in bright and early (wait not bright….just early) and once Grayson was up we knew he couldn’t go to school. Rob was supposed to be off anyway so that worked out, and we made an appointment for him to be seen that afternoon. Luckily his results came back negative, but he had a pretty bad cough. I began crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t catch his cold.
Wednesday: Strength Training + 4 Easy Treadmill Miles
I did my workout early since I didn’t know what the day would bring. We decided to keep Grayson home again, and I took off this time. For a sick kid, he sure did have alot of energy. He was back to being himself other than still coughing. I was still feeling ok but Rob was not.
Thursday: 7 Mile Progression Run
As soon as I woke up on Thursday I did a quick body scan to see if I was sick. I still wasn’t. I was shocked by this! So I went out for my run. I ran 1/2 mile easy, then a progression run for 6 miles ranging from 8:25 to 7:08, and cooled down for 1/2 mile. It was kind of rainy and slippery and there were more cars out than usual for some reason.
Grayson went back to school and had a great first day in his new class! (Except he didn’t nap…which made for an interesting evening).
Friday: Rest Day
This was a planned day off to take Grayson to an appointment and then I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment. Spent the rest of the day catching my breath and trying to get in the right mindset for Saturday’s long run. The peak week can be so exhausting!
Saturday: 20 Mile Long Run
I was so nervous about getting this run done. By some miracle I didn’t get sick and Grayson slept well on Friday night, which meant I did too. I got up early, ate some oatmeal and drank coffee and water, and did a warm up. Just like last week, I stayed closed to home for the first few miles, then stated running all the hills. Its crazy how it can be pitch black for so long when I am starting a run and so bright out by the time I finish. I was definitely happy to have this done and pleased with how it went.
Sunday: Planning for ~4.5 Mile Stroller Run to finish off the Peak Week
Even if I run 0 miles on Sunday, this will still be a strong week of running. (I’ve done 45.8 miles as of Saturday.) The goal for the Sunday run is to take it slow, shake out my legs, and just get some time outside with the family.
Now, it’s taper time! Although this week won’t see a huge cut in mileage, but it will be less than last week.
You can find my other weeks of training here:
Welcoming September (Training Week 12)
Embracing the Treadmill (Training Week 11)
Trying to Outrun the Rain (Training Week 10)
Back to Reality (Training Week 9)
Staycation 2021 (Training Week 8)
Closing Out July (Training Week 7)
Lower Mileage and Lower Temps (Training Week 6)
Runstock 2021 (Training Week 5)
Focus on Effort (Training Week 4)
Making Adjustments for Heat (Training Week 3)
Training for a Fall Race: Start Where You Are (Training Weeks 1 and 2)
How were your workouts last week?
Do you get sick when someone in your house is sick?
Do you get nervous before a long run?
How do you survive the peak week of training?