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Workout Wednesday: Week 7 of 10k Training

Week 7 of 10k training is done, which means that this week is RACE WEEK. Wahoo! The 10k I’m doing is one of my favorite races EVER and is for such a wonderful cause. Can’t wait to tell you guys all about it in my recap next week ūüėÄ My training went from being spot on to being pretty lackluster during this cycle. First it was my birthday week, then it was a minor foot injury, and now I’m using bad weather conditions as my reason for not running. Chicago has been¬†rainy¬†(think thunderstorms and flash floods).¬†My runs have been getting longer.¬†Long runs in the rain sound just as bad as long runs on the treadmill.¬†I don’t think this is a positive¬†way for me to ease into marathon training. I need to really commit because I can’t just skip 15 mile long runs because of the weather. It’s time to buckle down and do this thing – no matter what the weather is like on any given day. run-on-bad-days

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As a therapist, I like to help clients create plans for dealing with difficult situations when they come out of the blue. I think I need to take my own advice and create an “in case of crappy weather” plan for my long runs. I’m totally fine with doing my shorter runs on the treadmill, but can’t stomach the thought of doing a run over 4 miles anywhere but outdoors.¬†My longest treadmill run ever was 10 miles, and it was excruciating.¬†<- I’m not doing that again. My Plan for Completing Long Runs Regularly

  1. Check weather app religiously – Instead of being surprised by crazy downpours on Sundays/Mondays (the typical days I do my long runs), check every single day and plan for a different weekday to do the long run if it’s supposed to rain on Sundays/Mondays.
  2. Be flexible¬†– If it rains 7 days in a week, then run on an indoor track. It’s not the end of the world. I CAN DO THIS.
  3. Stop being such a baby about the weather – I have a rain jacket. I’m getting a running watch, which means I won’t have to worry about my phone getting water damaged. It’s SUMMER, so it’s not¬†that¬†cold out when it rains.

I really can’t think of anything else…¬†let me know if you have ideas for me.¬†I think item #1 is especially important. By nature, I’m just not a planner. Reminding myself to plan ahead for inclement weather¬†will help me get my long run done on a different day with better conditions. With that said, here’s what I did last week: Monday: 7 miles with Oksana and 1 hour of yoga <- definitely proud of this day ūüôā 20140620-091325-33205163.jpg Tuesday:¬†Walked a TON. According to my Fitbit, I got 15,913 steps from walking to/from my internship plus taking a walk around the Northwestern campus and the beach in Evanston with Britta. I will count this as cross-training! Wednesday:¬†5 mile run Thursday:¬†Elliptical Friday-Sunday:¬†Nothing This is actually not a bad week of workouts¬†at all.¬†I think I’m more disappointed about skipping Sunday’s long run than anything else. Skipping my long run has happened 2 weeks in a row, which I know from experience is the most crucial part of marathon training. From now on, I am going to make my long run happen when it’s supposed to. No more making up for or skipping it. I think I’ll have a renewed sense of motivation when my running watch comes in the mail next week ūüėČ How do you deal with crazy weather getting in the way of your long runs? How long can you stand running on the treadmill?