Fitness Friday // Up & Down Week

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This has been a week full of ups-and-downs.

This has been a week of new accomplishments.

This has been a week full of rest.



Who knew so much could be packed into one tiny week?


It all started Friday with a great workout.  I had no idea where things were headed.  Saturday morning I found myself fighting for motivation (again!) and with the rain coming down, it wasn’t any easier to find but by the time I convinced myself to run, the rain had stopped.  My Twitter friends were even encouraging me to just go brave the elements!

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Well turns out that aside for a minute or two of light sprinkles, I had a rain-free run.  But that didn’t mean it wasn’t pouring.  It may not have been pouring rain, but I was pouring light, excitement, and happiness.  The runner’s high was strong and started before the run was over.  I was that girl running down the street with a giant grin on her face, loving every moment and every step she took.  Every step that led me to my new best distance, 8.30 miles.  Almost like it was nothing.


That runner’s high lasted the rest of Saturday.  I walked into madness at work Saturday afternoon and a shift that stayed busy while working with our newest employee, but I was smiling through the whole thing.  I made my way into the city for a friend’s show Saturday night and that was when the congestion started but I didn’t think anything of it.  Sunday, I still didn’t think too much of it but knew to keep it easy and took the day for rest.  By Monday morning and a near 102* fever, I knew I was gearing up for several days of rest.  And that’s what happened.


But this is really where my concerns lie…I’m 1/2 marathon training.  I’m pushing for new distances and challenging my body.  I’m trying not to let a week off scare me too much.  I’m trying to remind myself that this week may even be beneficial to my training.  But I’m also going to be smart.  I’m going to ease back into it and see how my body responds and if my lungs are ready to tackle another long run.  Tomorrow is supposed to be 9 miles.  I understand that may not happen and a shorter distance may be better.  I’m going to listen to my body, but this isn’t easy.  In fact it’s scary.


Now you see where those highs-and-lows of the week come in.  But regardless, here’s my training…

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8 thoughts on “Fitness Friday // Up & Down Week

  1. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I hate to say it, but it has been awhile since I’ve had one of those runs! I love that you are doing so well in your training, despite setbacks. And really, the most important thing if that you are recognizing that runner’s high, that joy that comes from the good (despite the bad, and the frustrating)!

  2. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Good for you for getting out there…even IN the rain! I love it when I have a fantastic workout after basically trying to grab every excuse in the book to get out of it beforehand…such a high! Sorry to hear it went downhill after that though. Glad you were smart and took those days to rest. You’ll be able to do more LATER if you focus on resting NOW! Hope you’re feeling better today!

  3. Calee

    glad you went even though it was running. running in the rain is fun. the only weather that stinks is wind, IMO. way to kick some ass.

  4. Alex @ Alex Tries it Out

    I know how you feel! I got sick this week, too, although not as bad as you. It’s so frustrating! I’ve got a race tomorrow, too.

    Keep up the good work, girl! When’s your half again? You’re getting up there in miles!

  5. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    It’s hard but sometimes you do have to pull back and let yourself rest when you aren’t well. I’ve found before I’ve had to ask myself am I not going hard because of motivation or because I’m not well and if I really listen to my body and know its cause I’m not well I do try and take it easier but it doesn’t come naturally.

    Know that a few days off isn’t going to change the months of hard work and training you’ve put in.

  6. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome

    Definitely listen to your body! I jumped back into my fitness way too soon after being sick last time and my cold got worse and worse. Actually turned into a major sinus infection. Resting will make your next run even better but I know how hard that is! Hope you feel better soon!

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