Week 3 complete. Barely.
Ground Running – 13.6 miles (longest run 10.5-miles)
Swimming – .5 mile
Stair Climbing – @100 flights
“There is no such thing as bad weather, just weak people” – Bill Bowerman
I am weak. A little something got in the way of my training During week 3. Hurricane Irene. Puerto Rico was pounded with 4-5 days of high winds, heavy rain (4 inches an hour at times) and no electricity. This really put a crimp in my training plans. I couldn’t run or swim outside, nor could I get to use the treadmill. What I COULD do was climb the 7 flights of stairs to my apartment (no electricity = no elevator) over, and over, and over. I could have gotten more motivated to do more weight training in the dark in no air conditioning – but I didn’t.
What can I say? It happens during months of training. Sometimes illness or a sudden change of events get in the way of training and it throws my whole game off. The best part, is I always have mañana.
What went especially well, was my long run. I managed to get it in on Friday night and felt great! I actually ran 10.5 miles faster than I ran 9 miles two weeks ago. With a good run under my belt and a swim today that really loosened me up, I am ready to get back into my normal routine this coming week.
I also received an authorization to see a pulmonologist for this nagging cough – I am going on about 11 or 12 weeks now. Any doctors out there? Mainly in the evenings. No wheezing. Very aggravated by talking. I can run, I can swim, but I can’t talk. Inhalers do not help. Antibiotics didn’t help. It doesn’t seem to be effecting my runs, but it is impacting my sleep. So – perhaps we will find a solution to that problem soon.
Plans for the upcoming week: I plan to up the run miles, get in the water at least twice (it helps tremendously) and get 2 weight workouts in. I also plan to focus on water intake and monitor calories. In the words of Amby Burfoot: “To get to the finish line, you’ll have to try lots of different paths.”