Week 2 of 16 Recap — July 10 through 16

Week 2 of marathon training didn’t go nearly as well as week 1.

Monday:  3 miles.  After long-run Sunday, we decided it would be best if I had some nice active recovery.  So moving forward, Monday will now consist of an easy-going run where speed or pace doesn’t matter, just to loosen up the legs from the previous day.

The only problem was I couldn’t get up early to do this, so I ran in the evening.  On top of that, I took an allergy pill as something started to tickle my nose.  Because of this, there was probably no getting up early on Tuesday morning to beat the heat…

Tuesday:  2 miles.  It was supposed to be 5.  I did manage to get up early; however, because I had taken an allergy pill the night before, I couldn’t get it going.  My legs felt like lead and my heart rate was erratic, as was my breathing.  (#BenadrylHangover)  I called the run at 2.

Wednesday:  5 miles.  I redeemed myself.  I finally got over the Benadryl hangover and was able to pull it out, but I did this late in the evening when it had cooled down.  I’m so thankful for long days of light right now.

At work, we got in a poor little domestic white rock dove.  He had been attacked by crows.  He had probably been released during someone’s wedding and couldn’t find his way back home. Because he was domesticated, he got to hang out with me all day and get out of the clinic.  He perched happily on my shoulder while I worked, even slept there a bit.  He should be okay as long as the stress of being in a hospital doesn’t get to him.

Thursday:  Cross trained.  I didn’t feel like doing much more than walking, so I practiced my speed walking for 2 miles.  Cross training doesn’t count towards plan mileage, but hey, 2 miles is 2 miles.  More time on my feet.

This was also “Take Your Kids To Work Day” at Starbucks.  AJ got to go hang out with James at Starbucks Headquarters, for which they had lots of fun activities planned for all the kids.  AJ was super excited about getting to make his own Frappucino… any flavor or ingredient he wanted to add, he did.  He even got his own special green Starbucks apron.

Friday:  4 miles.  Again, I couldn’t get up early, so this had to be done on a hot afternoon on the treadmill.  I earned my happy hour, lol.

Saturday:  Rest day.

Sunday:  8 miles.  I was supposed to do 9, but I took an S-cap (electrolytes) at mile 5 and then ate a date at mile 6, and by mile 7, my stomach was cramping up.  It sucks to have a sensitive stomach.  Regardless, it was a beautiful day to be out… nice and overcast and cool!

Weekly Total:  22 miles/35.4 km

Total Mileage So Far:  41 miles/66 km

So tell me:

  • Are you training for race?  If so, which one? (Shout it out loud and proud!!)
  • Are you on Instagram?  If you are, reach out and say “hi!”  I’m finally starting to figure out this fun little app (I know, I know, but I’m old, what can I say), and I’ve gotten to know quite a few blogger friends better by following them on Instagram, so I’d love to follow you if I’m not already!  You can find me here.
  • Who’s your favorite internet provider?

Hope all ya’all have a super great week!

43 thoughts on “Week 2 of 16 Recap — July 10 through 16

  1. CeeJayKay

    go girl for getting out and doing it! It is not easy being a full time working mum and trying to fit stuff in and around ‘life’ kudos for getting 22 miles done… that bloody brilliant!
    PigeonBaby is soooooo CUTE! Hope he does well! They tend to hang around people they bond with don’t they? you may have a shoulder buddy for a bit yet 🙂 enjoy x
    Best of luck with this weeks training x

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you CeeJay! Lol, no this is definitely not easy, but I have resigned myself to this is what my summer and fall entails. I’ll tell you what though, I will have earned some down time at the holidays… guilt free!! 😉

      And yeah, PigeonBaby is adorable and so sweet. He loves people. People at work always try to give the homeless domestics to me because I’m such a sucker, lol. You would think working at a wildlife hospital would make you safe from actually bringing home stray animals, hahaha! 😀

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  2. mawil1

    AJ is really growing up! I think that the fact that you are getting out there for every run, even if you don’t feel great, even if you don’t do as much as you planned, I’d fantastic. Real determination! 9 miles is a long way!

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Julie! I know in my mind if I don’t get out there and nail each run, I won’t have given it my all, and this is something I just have to give my all to so I can cross that finish line in the allotted time. It’s quite scary, to be honest, as I’m such a slow runner.

      And yes! My baby! James said he was taller than a couple of 16-year-olds who were there, that there was only about 1 kid who was bigger than him. It wasn’t that long ago he was sitting in my chair with me, hahaha… not no mo’! 😀

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  3. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    Hi Paula,
    Well done for getting out there and doing even a few miles, it’s not easy to get motivated – especially in the heat AND with hay fever! (It never bothers me while I’m out running, but it hits me hard when I finish the run!) I agree that a lot of it is about time on your feet and it looks like you spend a lot of time on your feet at work, so that must all add up too. 🙂 I’m not sure which plan you are following, but another strategy might be to go out less days per week, but do more when you do go out. You’re only in Week 2, so imagine what Week 10 or 15 might be like… There are only so many hours in the day after all – unless AJ is going to put that apron to good use and start cooking? 😉
    Have a great week!

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    1. Paula Post author

      Lol, I know what week 15 looks like… it’s a taper, hahaha! 😀 But actually 5 days a week is working for me right now… I have shorter runs during the week and then have somewhat of an evening with the family as well. But yes, I do know understand what you’re saying. And I think James put together a plan that will work for me and one I will adhere to based on how well he knows me. He knows I don’t have the energy to run 10 to 13 miles mid-week after a work day, and right now it’s all about building that mileage. So that’s what I’m doing. 😀
      As always, I appreciate your input and thoughts!! I hope you have a great week as well!! 😀

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  4. bgddyjim

    I don’t like the “speed doesn’t matter” motivational campaign. Speed matters a lot to me, but that’s between me, my legs, and more important, the Melon Committee. If speed really didn’t matter, most of us would be walking!

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      1. Paula Post author

        Actually, you’re right and I appreciate the input. Yes, speed does matter and I only meant it didn’t for my Monday easy run, but I can now see how that could be misinterpreted with the meme. So I fixed it, 🙂 . Thank you! 😁

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  5. mariegriffith

    Paula, keep at it. You’re doing great and encouraging others along the way. I’m training with friends for my next Spartan Race in October. This one is called the Super and is an 8-10 mile obstacle race with 30 or so obstacles. You don’t know the exact details until the day of the race. We will continue to train for the Beast (13-15 miles, and more obstacles) in December and when completed will earn the Trifecta. That’s our goal. The fun for me in all of this is training with others and pushing myself beyond what I thought I could do. Maybe one day I will train for a half marathon then a full. When I do I will seek you out for help!!

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    1. Paula Post author

      I think that is awesome Marie! I wouldn’t even know how to begin to train for a Spartan Race, and the agility required is mind boggling! One day I’m going to be watching American Ninja and you’re going to be on it!! 😀 You keep up the great work! I’ll be looking forward to hearing how it goes, and then The Beast! Ohmigoodness! You go girl!! 😀

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Donna! Oh, that would suck to have to train solely on the treadmill because of the heat, so you planned that out nicely! Still, you’re doing a great job of keeping fit with everything that you are doing! You’ll be all ready to go when training begins for you again! 😀

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Ben! More truer words have never been spoken, and I appreciate your encouragement! 😀 And yeah, my job has some fun little perks, hehe!

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  6. Chocolaterunsjudy

    I don’t think it matters what time of day you get it done — just getting out there & trying is the thing. I think you’re doing great.

    I bet AJ had a blast!

    I have never actually had an internet provider I liked (and usually there just isn’t much of a choice). Has anyone?

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Judy! Yes, that’s right, just gotta get ‘er done, 😁

      And agree about the internet provider! I think they are all outright crooks and they need to be governed IMO. I’m none too happy with mine right now if you couldn’t tell, haha! 😁

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  7. My Kind of Fit

    Sounds like a good training week!!
    I’m currently training for the Chicago Marathon in October, it’ll be my third marathon!!
    I am on IG, I prefer it to FB!!
    My internet is provided by my cable company and it leaves a lot to be desired at this time!!
    Jodi

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    1. Paula Post author

      Hi Jodi! It’s so nice to meet you! Chicago is so awesome! My hubby James (50in50marathonquest) got his PR there. May you have many blessings while training!

      And I’m with you on the IG thing! Much prefer it over FB!!

      We have cable internet as well, but boy, they’re annoying me just recently. They’ve decided to start charging an “allowance” for data usage. We’re none too pleased.

      I’m so glad you stopped by and said hello! Thank you! 😃

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  8. runstrongrun

    Great job getting through week 2 even if it didn’t go as well as you were hoping! Wait, what?! James works at Starbucks headquarters?! That’s awesome! My students know how much I love Starbucks because I tend to get a lot of Starbucks gift cards as gifts. 😉

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Stephanie! And yes to Starbucks! Okay, truth be told, I don’t drink coffee so it’s lost on me, but I think that is really wonderful that your students keep you nicely supplied with Starbucks cards! Our son had a teacher who was exactly the same way, loved her coffee… made it easy to buy her thank you gifts, hehe! 😀

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  9. Doctor Jonathan

    Love the pic of the dove!
    You are a smart person. You mentioned the stomach problems after the electrolytes and the date and followed the comment with the BEAUTIFUL DAY. This is the ATTITUDE that helps people get through challenges. Finding the POSITIVE rather than focusing on the negative is a major key to living a happier life.

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Dr. J! That is super kind of you to say! I am very thankful to have found The Power of Positive Thinking in my 20s. It has helped me spiritually and emotionally more times than I can count. 😀

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  10. Lady G

    The one thing that I love is the fact that you keep going…regardless! That’s heart! And I sooooo admire it! Keep pushing sister!
    As for AJ…isn’t that cool? How many kids get an opportunity like that? What a sweet and lucky young man 🙂
    And of course, I’ll see you on instagram!

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  11. LivingOutLoud

    Hi Paula!
    It is great that you are blogging about your training week-by-week. I have to get caught up on reading blogs! I have noticed that allergies have been stronger than usual this summer, but all the sunshine has been so beautiful! I think it is super cool that you have an instagram. It is such a fun and inspiring little community. I recently created an insta for our cat Alleyjandra.
    I haven’t been able to run since I injured my hamstring in June and I haven’t been in a rush to start again since I am afraid of getting re-injured, but I sure do miss it.
    In the meantime I have started swimming again and doing some pilates at home.
    Happy Training!

    ❤ Alana

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    1. Paula Post author

      Hi Alana! I’m happy to hear that you are swimming again! I know you love it so! I see sweet Alleyjandra! He’s adorable! I think the others should make an appearance too, every now and again… you know, kind of guests to his site, lol! Besides, I love kitty and puppy pictures, 😀

      Thanks for the well wishes! I hope your hamstring feels better soon, but you’re smart to go slow until you feel confident with it again. I know your swimming will help you there! Take care and stay cool! (This heat is miserable right now, don’t you think! Ugh!)

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  12. The Happy Healthy Kiwi

    Poor wee dove, he looks pretty happy on your shoulder though! AJ looks pretty chuffed too! I admire your dedication, even when you don’t want to still getting in a bit of mileage. Looks like I have quite a bit to catch up on!

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