My apologies for dropping off the map for the past few weeks. I’d like to pretend that I had a great excuse, but it’s really just been that age old excuse – life is busy. Between the kids wrapping up spring sports, end-of-the-year events at school, and the daily grind, it’s been all I can do to keep up. Fortunately, this weekend provided some nice downtime which allowed both some relaxation, and a chance to catch up a bit here on the blog.
Here’s the brief running recap: I took it easy recovering from Delaware, re-read a favorite running book, fought through some more humidity, blew a ton of money on another family running adventure, and then fully launched back into my running schedule.
My adventure in the heat and humidity at Delaware hit me a bit harder than I had anticipated. While my legs felt okay running during the following week, I just couldn’t shake the sense of utter exhaustion that I felt. By Thursday, it was so bad that I felt half-drunk as I stumbled my way through the school day. I managed to get the kids home and fed, tucked them into bed, and then curled up in my own room, where I promptly passed out at 6:45 pm. Yes, you read that correctly. I managed to fall asleep before 7 o’clock at night. Fortunately, the 10+ hours of sleep that I got seemed to do the trick, and by Friday I was back to feeling human again.
After a lack of running partners and a lack of motivation hit on Sunday morning, I decided to simply take myself out for a run around my neighborhood. I often run anywhere from 3-7 miles near my house, but usually like to drive to a trail if I’m going further, as I don’t live in a very scenic area. Fortunately, I had my carefully crafted playlist that I never got to use in Delaware, so I turned that on and used it to motivate me through 12 miles. The humidity was once again brutal, but the kindness of a Starbucks employee allowed me to refill my water bottle partway through, and my cheerful music managed to help me push the pace until I made it back home.
This past week, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from my running, as I was diving back into higher mileage for the first time in several weeks. Apparently my body enjoyed the rest from the past few weeks, because I had a great week of running. I got in all of my shorter runs this week, had a great final session with my after-school running club, and enjoyed one of my best ever long runs on Saturday, when I was able to complete 20 miles and still finish feeling strong. Here’s hoping that things continue to go well, as I have several more high mileage weeks ahead of me in the next month.
In other news, I signed myself and the family up for another running adventure. This October, we will all be taking on The Color Run Night in Camden, NJ. As I recently shared, we had a blast when we ran The Color Run earlier this month, so even though the entry fees set me back more than I would have liked, I went ahead and signed us up for the fall race. While I know that running makes me a better wife and mother, I sometimes feel selfish spending so much time and money on something that I usually do apart from my family. Running a couple of fun, shorter races with them each year allows us all to share in the running fun together.
I also reread one of my all-time favorite books, “Born to Run.” In case you haven’t yet picked it up, keep an eye out for a book report later this week. That brings us up-to-date. Keep checking back to see how the training is going, and to hear whether I end up adding yet another race to my fall schedule. Happy running!