Happy Monday! I would like to say that spring has sprung, but we are still dealing with frigid temperatures here in the midwest. I took most of my runs to the treadmill this past week, which is fine by me. I joined Deborah‘s March into Fitness challenge on RunBet, and it has done wonders for my motivation. Is it the accountability to the group, or is it the risk of losing money? In either case, it’s kept me moving.
Here’s how the week went down:
Monday: A chilly 3 mile walk around the neighborhood
Tuesday: 5.1 mile run/walk intervals outside on our one-and-only decent-weather day of the week
Wednesday: 3.1 mile run/walk intervals on the treadmill
Thursday: 5 mile run/walk intervals on the treadmill
Friday: work/travel day
Saturday: 2 mile run/walk intervals on the treadmill + upper body weights
Sunday: 3.5 mile run/walk intervals on the treadmill
As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve decided to use 4 minute run/1 minute walk intervals for the London next month (though as of yesterday, that plot may have thickened – more on that as we get closer to the date). I finally figured out how to set my Garmin for these intervals for both indoor and outdoor runs (God forbid I should read the instructions); now to be able to do them for an entire marathon distance! As you know, speed doesn’t matter to me. My only goal ever is to finish, and with a generous 8-hour cutoff, there’s no doubt I will achieve that goal.
I had the entire week off of work at my ‘regular’ job since my youngest son was home for spring break. That made it easier to get my runs done. On Sunday all the boys and my daughter-in-law were over and spent the night. We played lots of games, drank a bit too much wine, and a good time was had by all!
On Thursday I flew to St. Louis to teach a full-day class there on Friday. I thought I would save my run for when I arrived in town, but at the last minute I decided to do a treadmill run before leaving for the airport instead. That worked out great, since the torrential rain and wind in Chicago delayed my flight by almost three hours. I didn’t arrive at my hotel in St. Louis until almost 8:00 p.m., so I wound up just grabbing something quick for dinner and hitting the sack early.
I’m on weather watch this week and am still contemplating signing up for the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago on Sunday. Yesterday rain was predicted, but as of this morning the rain forecast has been pushed to Monday. This 8K is the unofficial start to the racing season in Chicago. This will be the 40th anniversary year, and I have yet to run this race! If you are local and are thinking about signing up, use discount code 2019SSBIBRAVE for $10 off of your registration fee!
Other races I have on my calendar (so far) this year:
April 7: Cherry Blossom 10-miler in Washington, DC
April 28: Virgin Money London Marathon
May 19: Byline Chicago Spring Half Marathon (use code BRCHISPRING19 for $10 off the half/$5 off the 10K)
July 21: Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon
August 4: Naperville Sprint Triathlon
October 13: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
November 17: RnR Las Vegas Half Marathon (registration will open soon – use code 19RNRBRP16 for $16 off the half/full marathon or $6 off the 5K/10K)
How was your week? I’m linking up Kim at Running on the Fly and Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner for the Weekly Run Down.Be sure to visit their blogs, and check out a few of the other linkers while you’re there. You may just find a few new friends to follow!
I will be running the London Marathon on April 28th, raising funds for Whizz-Kidz, an organization that provides wheelchairs and mobility devices for children and young adults. If you’d like to contribute to my fundraising efforts, you can do so by clicking on the link below. Any donation, big or small, will help and is greatly appreciated!