And It All Unravels: Week 2 of Marathon Training

This past week was a doozy in more ways than one. Surprises around every turn, emotional setbacks, and physical discomfort. I managed to get in 3 walks for the week and one run. The plan was three walks and three runs. Plan… busted.

Here’s how it broke down:

  • Monday: 30-minute walk
  • Tuesday: zip
  • Wednesday: zilch
  • Thursday: 30-min walk + 30-min run (best time yet 12:00 pace)
  • Friday: nada
  • Saturday: nope, nuttin’
  • Sunday: 2-mile walk (should’ve been a 3-mile run)

In my defense, I did tile the backsplash in our entire kitchen on Friday and Saturday myself. More to come on that DIY project later.

I anticipated some setbacks in a long training plan but had not expected them to arrive so soon. In a six-month training cycle life will mess with your plans, but I would’ve loved to have made it much farther in before hitting a wall. I guess, in the end, I’m glad it happened now at lower mileage and hope it doesn’t affect my higher mileage in a few months.

As of mid-week last week, I was on a downward spiral. By the time I returned home from an excellent professional workshop on microagressions by LibraryLinkNJ, my throat had seized up, my eyes were teary, and I couldn’t stop coughing. I choose to blame the four-year-old in our presence for sharing an infection that has seemed to affect our entire family in a variety of ways from the eyes to the nose, to the throat, and throughout. Sharing is caring, right?

I’ve ordered a huge set of throat tea (Chris is even sick, which is a rarity) and we’ve been all surviving on medicine for days. Patient zero is now doing well after a round of prescription meds while he laughs in the face of the rest of us. The positive side is that it has hit us all in waves. Monkey, then myself, now Crab, and Chris. We’ll be through it by the end of this week, okay?

Where Do I Go From Here?

This week I will continue with my plan. Taking care of my physical and mental health are even more important in the uncertainty we are experiencing. The goal is three runs and three walks, with a 4.5-mile race next Sunday!

The weather has been gorgeous and all I could ask for when running in this season. I only wish I could’ve taken more advantage of it this past week.

This is me not giving up. Onward to week 3…