Week 17: It begins

Some might think that running in Texas you’ll only have farm fields, tumble weeds, and cowboys for scenery. (Photo Below)

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This it what it really looks like to run in San Antonio, TX. (Photos Below)

Week seventeen starts with a total mileage of twenty-nine miles. Monday started my new schedule of 4am running. I completed that morning with an eventful 6.4 mile run. It was humid and I wasn’t looking forward to it. My legs got through each mile comfortably but my stomach was churning. With two miles left I had an urgent need to find a restroom and was unsuccessful. I’ll spare you the details but I took public restroom to a literal meaning. Having changed my eating habits with a combination of increased training left me a “little” unprepared that morning.

Tuesday morning was scheduled for a 2.9 mile run. I got it done on a treadmill at my apartments gym. I also used some time after my run to get my strength training done. Wednesday was another 6.4 mile track workout. I did a mile warm up. I should have done 5x1000m (400RI), but my stomach interfered again. I finished 3 of 5 and hurried to the nearest restroom. I completed my mileage on the road. The workout didn’t go as planned. The important thing is to get the miles done. Thursday was a repeat of Tuesday. Friday was a rest day. Then came long run Saturday.

Ten miles through downtown San Antonio started rough. My mental game was off and I wasn’t feeling well. Running with my husband leading the way helped me. I got caught in my thoughts and before I knew it my watch read 4  miles. I was feeling better at this point. We both got to a point where we were able to hold a conversation. The miles seemed to be clicking away. I was able to finish my mileage on a good note.

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This first week of training served to start a new routine, a new way of eating, and a new way of approaching this goal for a second time. I’ve seen many improvements this first week. Overall, the opening of this challenge has been good.

  1. What’s a funny experience you had during a training session? Including embarrassing moments. Example Me: Public restroom literally!
  2. Any tips to help me get this done.
  3. Where are you from and/or where do you train?

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