Are you ready for a new week to begin? I’m hoping that this will be a good one!
I’ve only got a few weeks left in my Philly marathon training. November 20 will be here before I know it, but I still have a long way to go before I get there! I’m thankful that I was able to complete my 18-mile long run. I’m still wondering how the heck I’ll be able to handle 8 more miles on top of that, but the hard work seems to be paying off!Time for the weekly wrap! How was your week of working out? #weeklywrap Click To Tweet
I don’t really have a good theme for this week’s weekly wrap, so let me just talk about what’s been going on in my world! Of course, marathon training continues to take up a majority of my time and I’m glad that it’s still going well! I had a few stressful days this past week, but I’m looking forward to better days.
This month, I’ve been participating in the If Girls Ran the World Challenge and supporting Girls in Tech. I just wanted to thank everyone who has been supportive of my efforts and even donating to the cause – I am nearly halfway to my $250 fundraising goal! And would you believe that as of October 17, I’ve already run over 70 miles?! Crazy!
Over the weekend I had a lot of TV to catch up on, mainly How to Get Away With Murder and General Hospital. HTGAWM was really boring last week so I was happy that there was a more exciting episode to enjoy! Annalise is a hot mess but I still love her! I’m still enjoying all the twists and turns in the story. As for General Hospital, the main storyline right now is the car bombing death of the mob boss’s youngest son…he was drunk and off his meds and stole his father’s enemy’s car…and he ended up being the wrong target of a mob hit, that was possibly caused by his own father. Does that make sense? LOL! In any event, there was tons of drama, lots of great acting, and I got a little misty-eyed at times. If you watch soaps enough, you know that the “dead” son will probably be alive and return at some point…but for now, I’m enjoying the story!
On Friday night after work, Bret and I met up for a date night. It’s probably not surprising that we went out for dinner and drinks since we do that a lot! I was able to choose the place so I thought it’d be cool to check out one of the nice spots in Fishtown and I’d never been to Lloyd’s. Not only do they have happy hour from 5-8 pm, they have a pretty solid dinner menu!
I had the frozen bourbon spiked apple cider and it was amazing! You know, usually a frozen alcoholic drink is super sweet, but I enjoyed this unique take on cider. I decided to get chicken and waffle sliders with a side of mac and cheese and everything was delicious! Bret went with a bourbon iced tea and burger with fries, followed by a beer. We had a really nice time and some good conversation. It was nice to be out of the house and away from all the electronic devices. I’d definitely come back to this place for a drink…I love cocktails!
Monday 10/10: Yoga class at lunch. We did a lot of work on the hamstrings which I always appreciate, but it was the pigeon pose that my body craved!
Tuesday 10/11: Yoga in the evening. Unfortunately, the week started off pretty stressful and it was very challenging to get in the zone. My body also felt stiff and I struggled in a few of the poses, much to my surprise. Usually I feel better after a class, but unfortunately, I felt even more anxious about things. Pizza for dinner made things better, at least!
Wednesday 10/12: In the middle of the night, my left knee really started to hurt, so much that I was dreaming about the pain. It would throb consistently. I woke up around 1:30 and had to grab my new knee compression sleeve that I’m testing out for a review. Thankfully this made me feel much better and I could sleep, but once I removed it, it started hurting again. Still, I decided to do my 6-mile run at goal marathon pace. I had to run on the treadmill and it was really tough overall, but it was the hardest after 4 miles! I’m so glad I was able to tough it out, but once I got to my cooldown, my stomach got these sharp pains that made me feel miserable. Thankfully, I got out unscathed!
Thursday 10/13: A long overdue rest day – I passed on spin class. Clearly, my body isn’t ready to exercise 7 days a week on a regular basis.
Friday 10/14: I had to squeeze another run on the treadmill…this time 4 miles. Thankfully I had no GI issues this time, but it was pretty boring! Taking a rest day was the right move because I didn’t have any knee issues.
Saturday 10/15: I wasn’t feeling confident about the long run so I decided to run my 3 easy miles on Saturday. Bret and I ran together and had a really nice time.
Sunday 10/16: The 18-mile run! Even though I ran one additional mile, my total time was only 3 minutes longer…so I’m really pleased with my pacing! Of course, my knees weren’t too happy with me, but I am so proud of this run. I ran about 8.5 miles without any music at all, which wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I tested out my latest running playlist and it worked out perfectly! It was a great day for a long run!
I was able to stop and enjoy some scenery once I finished my 18 mile run. Yes, I did it!! After taking a rest day from all workouts on Thursday due to a sore knee, I was really nervous about this run! But this was another strong performance that I’m happy to have finish feeling like I had more to give! I saw @happyrunningco and Camilla along the way which definitely gave me a boost. Ran the entire loop and bobbed and weaved through the AIDS walk, otherwise it was a very peaceful run! I can’t wait to get home and relax…???? #marathontraining #run215 #cityfitgirls #RWNR #runhappy
I’m extremely proud of my progress this past week! The knee pain I experienced was definitely a test, but I passed! It’s so important to listen to your body and take a break as needed. Thankfully, I was still able to do all 4 of my training runs. I’ll continue to be mindful of how my body is feeling and be sure to slow down when it’s warranted.
The 18 miler wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be. It was such a peaceful run and I had no worries at all. After about 15 miles it seemed that my Body Glide stopped working, but thankfully that was only a temporary discomfort! These final long runs are so important because it’s essentially a dress rehearsal for the main event, and I’ll continue to work out the kinks as best as I can. I don’t want any preventable surprises on race day!
With all that said, I’m going to give Week 11 an A! Thankfully, Week 12 is a step back week and I’ll be running the Perfect 10 Miler on Sunday! You can still sign up for the race and use code PERFECT10JANELLE to get $5 off registration! If you’re planning on attending this event, let me know if you’ll be there!
How was your week of fitness? What types of drinks do you like in the fall?