Half-Marathon Training, Week 4

Travel hiccups completely threw me off this week. I had every workout and social event planned out perfectly in my calendar, but life decided I needed to be tested. The week started off just as previous weeks and then I found myself in an unfamiliar city with a racing mind that left me unable to sleep and therefore function. Here’s what happened:

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: 2.5 miles at Orangetheory. Floor workouts included high rows with the TRX strap, many all-out rows and spiderman planks.
Wednesday: I wanted to run once I was in Phoenix but I was delayed and stuck in Dallas since Tuesday night. I got no sleep, worked from a Starbucks and then went to the airport four hours early to get on stand-by. I then flew to Phoenix. I managed maybe 10 minutes of yoga during the stressful day.
Thursday: I wanted to go to Orangetheory, but my great aunt was coming into town and I wanted to see her. I was so exhausted that I could hardly keep my eyes open.
Friday: After 8 hours of sleep I didn’t feel rested, likely because I still had to make up for two previous nights of little sleep. I skipped my planned run to get as much sleep as possible before work and my cousin’s wedding.
Saturday: 4 miles before brunch, a Dbacks game and another family celebration. I meant to run 6 but I experienced some chafing on my thigh from my shorts. I had nothing to put on my thigh for chafing. It was a painful lesson not to run in those shorts and to invest in more comfortable running attire. 
Sunday: Orangetheory. I ran 1.6 miles as part of a 4,5-minute progressive run and then a run/row.  Floor workout included rollouts with the Ab Dolly, single-leg weighted V-ups and torso rotations with the TRX straps,

Mileage: 8.1 miles.
Yoga minutes: 15.

Reflections:

I learned that life will throw you curve balls. I learned it’s OK to sleep if your body tells you it needs it. I learned to do the best I can under the circumstances. I learned I am strong enough to handle situations on my own. And while I did half the mileage I wanted to do, I at least got three workouts in. I have to remind myself I get a fresh start each week. Plus, I signed up for the lottery to run the Chicago Marathon! Wish me luck!

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