Week 1 of 16 Recap — July 3 through 9

Marathon training has officially begun.  Okay, okay… I started 3 weeks ago… but now it’s the official start of the plan and the weekly countdown.  From here on out, I don’t miss a run and the mileage creeps up and up and up.  Let’s break it on down, shall we?

Monday:  Non-running day.  I always nail the first day of a new plan, hehe.

Work kind of sucked though.  Our hot water heater in the clinic sprang a leak and, thus, a plumber had to be called. After begging and pleading for same-day service, we finally found someone and only had to be without water for a couple of hours. They were good people, very gracious to come out on an almost holiday, and it only cost us an arm and a leg and a soul.

Tuesday:  2 miles.  Weak, I know.  It should’ve been 3.

But with it being the 4th of July, and with me living in a war zone, and it being hot as Hades, I stuck to the treadmill.  Did I mention I had to work as well?  No rest for the wicked.  And the 4th of July is never good for any animal, especially the wild ones.  Stress is the number one killer of animals in the wild, which is usually caused by people.  Just food for thought.

Wednesday:  Cross trained.  Yes!  I actually cross trained!!  Hallelujah, she did it!!  I rode the indoor bike for a bit to warm up and then practiced my speed walking on the treadmill.  I don’t walk fast, I’ve never walked fast, and I don’t know how people do it.  But I’m trying…

We admitted many patients at work because of the holiday, the one most notable being a baby bald eagle.  She had fallen from the nest and the parents were still taking care of her, feeding her while she was on the ground.  Sad situation as she couldn’t be re-nested.  Ironic, isn’t it, to celebrate the nation’s independence and that which gets displaced is the ultimate symbol of freedom?

Thursday:  4 miles.  I am now having to set the alarm earlier and earlier as the mileage increases.

Friday:  5 miles.  I was not aware that it was light outside at 4:30 a.m.  Imagine that!

#spottedthebunny

Saturday:  Rest day.

Sunday:  8 miles.  I didn’t get up quite as early as I wanted, so because of the intense sun, I ended up doing 6 miles on the trail and 2 on the treadmill to finish it up.  Did you know you can get sunburned at 7 a.m.?  True story!

Weekly Total:  19 miles/30 km

So tell me:

  • Did you have a good weekend?
  • Are you melting from the heat yet?  
  • If you live in the U.S., are you a fan of the noise the 4th of July celebration brings? 

 

45 thoughts on “Week 1 of 16 Recap — July 3 through 9

  1. 50in50marathonquest

    great post and so well done on an awesome first week! as for the fireworks…you know my opinion, drunk idiots polluting the environment and burning down houses with explosives in the name of freedom – you should send your eagle story to the local news outlets…onwards to week 2 – didn’t you just up your mileage on the plan?!!

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    1. Paula Post author

      The news actually came up the Friday before and did a story about wildlife and fireworks, but you know there isn’t a soul who is going to listen here. And yes… up the mileage, lol!! Onward ho!! 😃

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Mike! That’s so kind of you to say!! And yes, I’m really hoping that our excitement from last week is over and done, 😁

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  2. cat h bradley

    “Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.” ❤️ that. My fav yoga teacher said something similar to me because he repeatedly heard me telling people that I was going to “try” to run the marathon. He was like “f!@& that, you’re not trying anything, you’re doing it, so say it!” Great reminder! x

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    1. Paula Post author

      I’m so glad you had a wonderful weekend!! And at least you have the beautiful mornings, 😁
      Good luck with your noise this Friday. I’m so glad ours is over and done, 😝

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  3. Janet wilson

    I am no fan of these hot, humid days but we have just had a downpour! Hopefully it will cool a little. I walked this morning but just melted and not my usual pace. Well done on your training & your exercise bike is hard work! Jx

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thanks Janet! Yes, afraid it’s time to live in the early morning as the heat is on. That bike is painful, but I need to ride it more, hehe!

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  4. runstrongrun

    Wow! Well done on your first official marathon training week! Your dedication is inspiring! No, I do not enjoy the sound of illegal fireworks going off all around my house. Our local police tried to put in place a $1,000 fine for illegal fireworks, but that didn’t seem to deter many people.

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Stephanie! It’s the fear that’s motivating me to get ‘er done, lol! I hope the police handed out a boatload of tickets… that’s the only way to get them to stop, make them pay. I know someone who had to call 911 to report illegal fireworks here, and they basically got annoyed with her. They should break out the national guard that time of year, lol. 😄

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  5. runningtotravel

    It’s hot as hades here as well. Either you run early in the morning when it’s “only” in the 70’s, but quickly nearing 80 and 95% humidity, or you run in the evening when it’s upper 80’s and lower humidity. Neither is exactly a great choice. I heard on a podcast if you take a really hot bath and sit in it for 30 minutes after you run outside it will help you acclimate to the hot weather. I haven’t tried it, but I’m considering it.

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    1. Paula Post author

      I think with your conditions, I’d be confined to the treadmill all summer, yikes! But then again, maybe training with those hot summers have helped condition you into the strong runner you are!! 😁 A hot bath on a hot day after a hot run… oh my… let me know how it goes if you try it! 😃

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  6. Chocolaterunsjudy

    I don’t walk fast, and walking the dogs only trains me to walk really slowly!

    The furkids are the reason we don’t go watch fireworks, although Bandit doesn’t mind & Lola seems ok with them (thunder is a different story).

    Poor baby eagle.

    I’m surprised you think Seattleish is hot considering how long you lived in AZ! But yes, 8 miles at 70 is hot & you can get burned any time the sun is out (even if it’s cloudy).

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    1. Paula Post author

      I’ve totally acclimated, 😃. I don’t wear a winter coat anymore, just a light jacket. When I first moved here, I wore a parka, lol!

      That’s great that the dogs aren’t bothered by fireworks! Meep hides under the covers the entire day and night, haha!

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  7. sunnydaysinseattle

    Yes we did have a good weekend. The temperature in the Pacific Northwest was in the 70’s just right for me. I don’t normally like the noises but understand that 4th of July only happens once a year and we need to celebrate it:)

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    1. Paula Post author

      I’m so glad you had a great weekend, and yes, the weather was really beautiful, wasn’t it (I live in Lake Stevens, :D). I wish I could’ve been on the water as that would’ve been heavenly! You’re right, the 4th is definitely an important holiday that we need to celebrate… but ohmigoodness, the pyrotechnics that go on in my neighborhood! I think I’m just getting really old, lol! 🙂

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  8. Dippy-Dotty Girl

    It is hot and humid and why can I quite believe that you would get sunburned around 7am because I remember an extremely hot summer’s vacation two years ago. What is your pace while walking on the treadmill? I try walking at 5 but that is it. I prefer running instead after.

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      1. Lucy

        When we lived in the VA Beach area, people shot off guns into the air for the holiday. It was terrifying (we didn’t live in a great neighborhood). We spend the whole weekend huddled inside.

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  9. Chris

    Good job on the first official week of marathon training!

    I am with you on the fireworks as we had 3 days of annoying noise. My dog is a former police K-9 so the noise makes her nuts. I have a thundershirt along with some medicine and CBD biscuits but she is a wreck by the end of the holiday. It takes her a few days to get back to normal behavior after the Fourth.

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    1. Paula from NeverADullBling Post author

      Hi Chris! Thank you so much for the encouragement and for visiting my blog!

      Your poor dog, how awful. Hopefully she’s back to normal by now and all has quieted down for you. I’m thankful this only happens once a year… great meaning behind the holiday, but I dread it every year.

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  10. Doctor Jonathan

    Love the meme, “Don’t call it a dream, call it a Plan!”
    As far as the heat is concerned, I call this “training.” I am seriously considering moving to Arizona where stoves are no longer needed. Cooking on the asphalt saves gas/electricity and clean up! 🙂

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  11. Steph McCoy

    You’re a best Paula!! I wish I could do half of what you do. Of course, the first step I imagine is getting off one’s duff and I’ve made a plan to do that, just waiting for motivation to kick in. 😆

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