I apologize in advance. This is going to be a pretty long post so thank you for bearing with me.
I accepted a position as a pastry teaching assistant at the school that I attended. I think and hope that it will be a good next step in my career. I’m going to be working 4-10 hours days, which will be nice so I can have three-day weekends, but I’m concerned as to when I’m going to run. That probably sounds silly, but it’s really important to me. I used to run after work because I would be done around 2. Now I will be working 6-4:30 so I will have to go straight to pick up Haylie at daycare. I’m okay with getting up early, but at the same time I need to get sleep. I don’t love the idea of rolling out of bed before 3am so I can run (on the treadmill) and shower, but that may be my best option. I really do not feel that cutting down the days that I run is an option for me. I think that would make me crazy. I may not have as much time to blog or do other things either. There will certainly be a period of adjustment. I’m excited for this new opportunity and taking the next step in my life.
On to the rest of my week…
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: 10 total miles (4 before work & 6 after)
My morning run was nice since the temperature was in the 60s. It actually felt a little cool until I started moving then I quickly warmed up. My afternoon run was pretty rough though. By then the temperature was 90 and it was very humid. I had to stop every 2 miles to let my heart slow down and catch my breath. In retrospect I probably should’ve hit the treadmill, but I’m afraid that I will be spending a lot of time there with the hours at my new job so I wanted to get outside while I still could.
This was such a fun track workout. I really like the 200s because you can go all out and not worry about saving any energy for the end since it’s over so quickly. Next week will be the last track workout for me because of my new work schedule so I’m a little bummed about that.
This was a nice run too. The temperature felt great until we started running and realized it was still quite humid, but I enjoyed chatting with the group. I feel like runs are usually more enjoyable when they are shared with others.
My husband and I watched The Maze Runner that night. It was a good movie, but I was surprised by the ending. They obviously left it open for the sequel. That’s the first new movie that I’ve watched in a while and the latest that I’ve been up. So it was pretty exciting.
Friday: rest day
I had the day off work so we decided to go to a near by shopping center and walk around. We fed the geese and duckies, played on the playground and rode the carousel. It was all fun and games until we went to Starbucks. We bought Haylie one of those little squeeze fruit packages and I put her bib on. For whatever reason she did not want to leave her seat at Starbucks or take her bib off. So we promptly headed home after her meltdown began. Never a dull moment. 🙂Saturday: 18 horrible miles
I really have no idea what happened here. I’m incredibly grateful that my legs felt fine, but everything else was horrible. I had started to get a cold on Thursday, which Haylie had already been dealing with for several days at that point, so I was surprised that it took me that long to get sick. I’ve run with colds and sinus infections before so that’s not a big deal, but then I started having some intestinal distress followed by severe cramping. I didn’t do anything different from normal so this was really frustrating for me. Sometimes I get a little bored always running the same routes, but this day I was glad that I did because I knew where all of the port-a-potties were. So at least a bad situation wasn’t made even worse. Also my Bluetooth headphones died a little more than half way through the run. I really need music during long runs by myself so I wasn’t pleased about that either. It was my own fault though. I had thought about charging them when I was laying out everything that I needed Friday night, but decided that they were fine. Lesson learned. It wasn’t a horrible pace, but my 16-miler 2 weeks prior was so much better all around. Here’s hoping that next week’s long run is better.
Sunday: Orange Theory
It was endurance day. Thank you Orange Theory, that’s just what I needed the day after an 18 mile run. 🙂
I would really love your thoughts/suggestions as to when I should make time to run with my new work schedule? Have you ever been in a similar situation? Do you have any tips on dealing with intestinal issues during a long run/race?