Some days the universe really tempts you when it comes to getting it all in. Someone is always giving you the opportunity to bail on your workout because something came up. When I'm training I've learned that the "something" had to be pretty major to derail me from my plan. So on Tuesday when we woke up with a six year old I knew I was not going to be able to get my run in. I sent my husband an email to warn him that he moment he got home I would be headed to the gym to get my 3.5 mile run in. Thank goodness for a gym! Even though I'm not a big fan of doing my runs on the treadmill or doing them at night, it was the only way to get it done.
On Wednesday I woke up with a terrible sinus headache and knew there was no way that I wanted to head to the gym for my cross-training. I dropped Sydney off at school and Kylie and I came back home so that I could rest for a little bit. Once I felt better I got on my bike shorts and set up the trainer and bike in the family room. Two minutes in, the phone rings and it's Sydney's school that she's in the office and wants to come home. Okay, no big deal, I can still get this done later. Once we got home and I got both girls settled on the couch with a movie, I climbed back on the bike and got my cross-training done for the day.
Then comes Thursday. Pouring rain Thursday. I know, I always talk about how I would rather run in the rain than the heat. This is totally accurate but Thursday morning I was so not feeling it. Enough of my friends convinced me to hit the trail, that I did. As I pulled into the parking lot of the park, I looked around and realized I was the only person here. I'm not sure what I expected but I can say that even on the weekends in the rain, I encounter at least a few other people on the trail. I all of a sudden felt very lonely. Giving up is just not an option, so I got out and stood in the pouring rain while my Garmin tried to find a satellite, after what seemed like forever, I was off. I kept with my 3 run 1 rest intervals, feeling like an idiot for the 1 minute of walking in the rain, because while running in the rain makes you feel like a bad-ass, walking in it makes you feel like an idiot. The way out wasn't too bad but at he turn around I realized I was now running into a headwind. Good thing I took my glasses off in the car as the rain was hitting me directly int he face. It always amazes me to watch the rain drip off the end of my hat, I must be pretty saturated for that to happen. I slogged through it and when I got back to the park since I was already wet I decided to be even more of a bad-ass and stretch in the rain, I mean once you are soaked you might as well properly stretch, right? I was totally in no way showboating for the couple sitting in their car in the parking lot.
I end the week with a 5 mile run in the gorgeous California weather that is going to disappear starting tomorrow. I stuck with my 3/1 intervals as I nurse my leg back and while it wasn't the speediest run, I logged the miles and made no excuses.
Some weeks just don't go as planned but making adjustments and getting it done is what builds my confidence.
Run: 16.01 miles
Bike: 8.51 miles