It’s been over a week since I’ve been on my blog…mainly due to Hurricane Irma. Between prepping at my job for the hurricane and working long hours at the store by myself to losing power at my mom’s place during the storm, I haven’t been in the frame of mind to check my blog that often. Luckily I got through most of the comments from my guest host of the Weekly Wrap before the storm hit, but I was late on responding to a few. Sorry guys! (Linking up again with Tricia and Holly today)
Anyway, lots of changes have happened in the week and a half since I’ve written. I can’t go into too many details publicly because there are some things that have happened that I’m not at liberty to talk about but between some major setbacks in my personal life and the hurricane, it has become evident that I will not be able to travel to Chicago to complete the marathon as I originally intended. I have instead decided to defer it to next year and am planning on running the Rock n Roll Savannah marathon instead in November.
At first I was really upset by this decision, but I’ve made peace with it. It’s nothing I have control over and unfortunately sometimes life has other plans for us. I’ve learned to turn a negative into a positive, so doing this full in November instead of the Chicago full in October means that, while I’m extending my training for another month, at least it won’t have been for nothing! I still will become a full marathoner by the end of the year. However, one thing that I realized recently that I was a bit miffed over was the fact that now instead of getting to go into a glorious taper, I’m actually going to have to repeat much of the last 6 weeks of training! Sigh. You win some, you lose some I guess!
Luckily we didn’t sustain any major damages due to the hurricane besides loss of work and loss of air conditioning (which sucks because Florida is hot still this time of year). I also suffered from 5 days of no running- one of which because I was just lazy but a full three of which because I was busy prepping for the Irma to bring her bitch ass over to my coast and dealing with the nasty high winds and rain we got here. Irma was down to a category 3 when she got to us, but was expected originally to hit us with category 5 winds. Many Floridians didn’t get so lucky though; southern Florida was practically decimated after the storm and is still without power in many areas.
My training resumed on Wednesday, the first day I got up and ran since the hurricane. Here’s what my week looked like:
Wednesday, September 13: 4 miles, bridge repeats
Thursday, September 14: 5 miles, pace workout
Friday, September 15: Rest day
Saturday, September 16: 5 miles, pace workout
Sunday, September 17: 15 miles, long run
Total Weekly Miles: 29 miles
All in all it wasn’t a bad week in running, just shortened due to the storm. I’m still hoping that I’ll have another 100 mile month like I did last month…despite taking the 5 days off from running, according to my training plan, I should be able to hit that mileage if I follow the rest of my workouts as planned. That’s the good thing about marathon training- a good chunk of your monthly mileage comes with weekend long runs so it’s easy to rack up the miles every month! I hope everyone else’s training is going well!
What are you training for? Are you excited for race season? What races do you have on schedule for this fall?