Cleveland 5k Training-week 7 recap

As I mentioned last week, I started the week with a really nasty case of strep throat.  I haven’t felt that poorly since I had the flu in 2012.  I rarely get sick but wow, this really took me down for a few days.  I called off of work (for the 3rd time in 11 years!) and laid low after a quick trip to the Doctors office (and a smoothie)….until I got a call from my son’s school reporting that he had a fever.  The only thing worse than being sick is being sick and taking care of a sick kid.  So off we went to Doctor’s appointment number 2 for the day.  Thankfully he did not have strep and he was back to himself the following day.

The other issue is that my father in law remains critically ill.  I shared that he was in the neuro icu a few weeks ago and he remains there as of today.  It is unlikely he will recovery and soon we will initiate end of life care. This has impacted our family in a tremendous manner.  We are trying to balance our regular work lives while also coping with the demands of our family.  Chris has been really struggling with how to divide his time between his work responsibilities and his families needs.  Right now, it’s most important for me to be a solid foundation for Chris, to provide whatever support he needs and put my stuff on the back burner momentarily.

I’ve continued to go to the gym while Chris and Liam sleep and I’ve still been able to get 3 runs in per week, though they haven’t been at quite the intensity that I had hoped and planned for this point in training.  And I’m ok with that.  Putting my goals to the side is important while we weather this storm as a family. It’s one of the few things I can do for Chris and it makes me feel in control in a situation that I otherwise feel very powerless in.  I may or may not be in shape to PR this race, and I’m ok with that.  There will be other races.  For right now, my main role is to be a supportive spouse as we deal with needs of my father in law.

With that being said, here is what week 7 looked like:

Monday: Woke up at 1:45a feeling AWFUL! I’d felt poorly for a few days but this was on a whole other level. Made a Doctor’s appointment right then and there for as soon as I could get in and texted my coach that I wouldn’t be at the gym.  Sure enough, it was strep.

Tuesday: Felt somewhat better so I dragged myself into the gym (I had had 2 doses of antibiotics by this point so I was cleared to return to work and I assume the gym).  Fortunately, it was somewhat of an “easy” accesory day adn I didn’t feel over extended.  It was a good way to ease back in.

Wednesday: A fun clean and jerk complex-my favorite OLY lift followed by front squats and a metcon with ascending and descending pull ups and burpees.

Thursday: 5 easy miles.  I organized a group run in my town-something I haven’t done for months.  I met up with 3 other women for some slow paced miles. It was nice to run in a group as I’ve been mostly solo for a while.

Friday: Back squats, overhead presses and a seated band row.  Finished with some technique work for jump roping.

Saturday: Crossfit open 11.2-this was tough!

15-Minute AMRAP of:
9 Deadlifts, 155# / 100#
12 Push-ups
15 Box Jumps, 24″ / 20″

I finished with 9 rounds and 9 reps which I was very happy with! I then ran 5 slow paced miles by myself.  I basically did an out and back from the gym to a local park.

Sunday: 3.4 miles.  I met with my coach for the reboot of the EpiqX run club.  We ran on the towpath and then headed up for a fun trail for a mile or so of climbing and hiking.

Total:

Mileage: 13.4

Strength: 4 workouts.

Looking at this as a jumping off point for improvement!

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