Sunday, March 11, 2012

Perfect time to come back

Well it looks like the sickness has finally left this house! 

When I woke up Wednesday and felt pretty good, I took advantage of it and cleaned the house of all disease and sanitized all the dirty laundry.  I definitely over did it because by 10am I was on the couch asleep.  Thursday was much better and I even went into work for half the day.  By Friday I felt really good and pretty much back to normal.  Saturday I decided to head out for a run but of course the weather did not want to cooperate.

Saturday weather and forecast
I really hope Saturday is the last day of real winter around here!  Because of the cold, I decided to run on the treadmill Saturday.  The run was actually not as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I felt pretty good - my legs and lungs felt like I hadn't just taken 4 days off.

But Sunday was the perfect day for a run!  It finally feels like spring around here with the temperatures in the 50s and the sun shining so bright.  And with all this nice weather, all my neighbors decided to come out of hibernation - I saw so many bikers and runners while I was out.  And I broke out the capris!

Breaking out the capris once again!
Now that I am feeling better again, it is time to get back on track for marathon training.  This coming week was supposed to be a peak week for me with my first 20 miler on Saturday but I am not sure that is going to happen.

The past two weeks have stacked up like this mileage wise - 40 and 43 miles.  This past week when I was sick I was supposed to hit 47 miles and next week was 52 miles.  After the 52 mile week I am supposed to drop down to 46 miles.  After looking at my schedule and talking to my running coach and seeking some help from Marlene, I have made some adjustments.

First, I am going to take it one day at time because although I feel great, my appetite has been a little off lately.  I have not been feeling really hungry like I usually do but have been forcing myself to eat small meals throughout the day.

So with that in consideration, I plan to try and hit around 40 miles this week as long as every thing goes well.  If I feel good I will try for 46 and that way I can just go into next week and hit 46 miles again and will be right on track.

This all depends on how I feel and if my appetite decides to come back.  I haven't really dealt with sickness during training and I am hoping that this plan will go well.  Training really is all about being flexible and handling the challenges that come along.

Beautiful sunset after a beautiful day
Tomorrow its back to the normal schedule of work and morning runs! Hopefully this week will be better than last week!

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

That is such an amazing sunset! Hope this week goes well for you and your appetite returns!

Marlene said...

This weather is just fantastic! I hope it is here to stay.

Good luck this week, hope you feel good and get right back on track!

Allison said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. I think it makes sense to take it easier than planned this week, no point in setting yourself back further by doing too much too soon.

Jamie said...

I'm glad you were able to enjoy the nice weather! We ran on Sunday and I was so hot!

Just take it one day at a time, you'll be fine!

kilax said...

Happy to hear you are feeling better! You know, everyone's plan is different BUT I know so many people who train for marathons and hardly get in the 40s! And finish the race. So, don't worry too much :)

We had such a mild winter! I only wore tights a few times, and am busting out the shorts now! So weird!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Good call on listening to your body and adjusting your schedule accordingly. You've got a great base going right now.

Good luck w/ this week of training!

Rena said...

The weather has been crazy. I was in Richmond for Thursday and Friday. So I left on a really warm day and when I came back, it was suddenly freezing! And now it's warm again.

I'm glad that you're feeling better. And taking it one day at a time sounds like a good plan.