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Friday, April 26, 2013

Training for Half Craziness #3

Well, let's see... Where did we leave off? No, I haven't quit!  In Training for Half Craziness #2, I completed weeks 5, 6, 7, and 8 without a problem. I was feeling great, and ready for the Delaware Half Marathon!  Now, onto weeks 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13... Boy, was I in for a rude awakening!

Week 9... Yeah right, what week 9!  Step back in time for a second, at the end of week 8, I was headed home from Minneapolis, and was feeling healthy and great.  I was not planning on my family getting sick.  I arrived home to a husband with a stomach virus, and one daughter plagued with a nasty 5-day flu-like virus.  Ugh!  Guess who got sick next???  ME!  I think I had some form of my daughter's virus- crazy fever, no appetite, no energy, and all major cold symptoms.  Unfortunately, I had to travel to Richmond for work, but other than my shift and flying, I stayed in bed all weekend.  I'm sure you get the picture... There was no working out done at all this week!

Week 10, I wish I could say this was a better week... I stayed in bed with this virus for 5 days, until I had to leave for New York (my last show, yay!) on Thursday night.  I was still not 100 %, my biggest issue was the never-ending cough and my lack of energy.  Even though, I did not do any scheduled workouts or runs, I walked a mile to and a mile from work everyday. Logging 6 miles for week 10!

I was finally starting to feel better during week 11, the cough kept me from running, but not from walking.  I logged 16+ miles this week, I also started to add my bedtime yoga back into my routine.  I missed my annual Central Park run, but healing my body seemed to be more important!!  By the end of the week, I was ready to be home and get back in the swing of things!

Home sweet home, finally... Week 12 brought great joy since I was finally home, and able to get back on a normal schedule with my family and my workouts.  Monday, I revisited my old favorite at home (since the Y cancelled my usual), Body flow with a 10 min warm-up walk beforehand.  Tuesday, I had my first run in 3 weeks, it was slow but I added some intervals and a couple of sprints for a total of 2 miles.  Wednesday, was great, why? Because I was back in class at my local Y... Yogilates!  I started Dr. Oz's 3-day cleanse, and we went for a great 2 mile family walk after dinner.  Thursday, still on cleanse, but walked the trail with Abby and my daughters, another 2+ miles.  Friday was a scheduled run day for my training program, however it was a schedule Tax day for the Thayer household.  Saturday: taxes, enough said!  Even though, I was still building my stamina back up, we had another fun family outing on Sunday, after church.  The girls rode their bikes for about a mile, while my husband and I walked along (sometimes jogged) along side.  Total miles: 7 (thank goodness this was an easy training week, perfect timing))

Week 13, I started to "put the pedal to the metal". Having to re-plan my Monday workouts (above mentioned cancellation), I enjoyed a 30 minute spin class, my 5-4-3-2-1 X-Training workout, and a 1 mi walk.  Tuesday, I had to split my scheduled 7 mile run into 2, due to time constraints. I ran 5.7 out at Glasgow park in the morning, and 1.4 at the Y before my daughters' swim class.  Wednesday greeted me with another great yogilates class with a 10min warm-up walk.  Then that afternoon, my daughters wanted to go to family Zumba... Lol.  The kids in the class have more coordination and rhythm than I do... However, don't sleep on family Zumba, my calves were on fire!!  Yay, Thursday... My favorite class, body flow, problem... It was a brand new, butt-kicking release, 60!  Friday, I got out and ran in my neck of the woods.  I headed west down rt. 40 almost to the MD line, then turned back, with a scenic detour, finally ending at my local Starbucks... 4 miles not too bad, especially with Starbucks at the end!  Saturday, the Thayer family participated in the MS (2.7 mi) walk in Dover, yay Family!!  Sunday was a rest day, for my body but not for my mind, we had a great morning at Trinity Episcopal!!  Total miles: 15.5... Getting better!

All in all, it was not a bad 5 weeks.  I did not plan to get sick (who does), but sometimes God has a way of pressing pause, telling you to slow down... I heeded the warning, and healed my body.  Only 3 more weeks to go, until the big day.  I am excited!  I'm especially excited my family will be participating for the first time in the family race on Saturday!  I love that my daughters are taking an interest in running and physical activity!  Come on weeks 14, 15, & 16... Bring it!