Weekly Recap - Kiawah Half Marathon Training Week 1 (9/11-9/17)

And we're off. Officially into the fall training season and we're officially on week 101 of things not going as planned. And I've definitely got my work cut out for me, but I think I'm halfway ready (sort of). 

kiawah half marathon training week 1

Workout summary

Monday Off
Tuesday Off
Wednesday Easy run - 3.01 miles @ 8:44 pace
Thursday Off
Friday Easy run - 5.01 miles @ 8:18 pace
Saturday Easy run - 3.00 miles (not feeling well)
Sunday 1 mile run (attack of the UTI) and 8 mile bike ride
Totals 4(ish) runs / 12.02 miles

As I struggled to get back into the swing of things after Hurricane Irma, I also dealt with the UTI from hell coming back with a vengeance. Apparently, the second antibiotic wasn't the right one. Now they think they've got me on the right one and put me on it for 10 days. I hope, hope, hope this does the trick. If you've ever had a UTI, you know they're miserable. Running with one is torture. Four weeks of trying to run with one is a special kind of hell.

So about my week...

On Monday, I took off because Irma was raging and even though we were in Charlotte to get away from the brunt of Irma, it was still freezing and really windy. Not the best run day. We came home on Tuesday, so between work and the long drive home to Charleston (7 hours for a trip that's normally about 3), I didn't have time or energy to get a workout in.

While I'm very thankful that our house weathered the storm (and so did our new home-in-progress), I'm sad for all of the devastation Irma left in her path, including the major flooding damage from storm surge in Charleston. And it looks like Hurricane Marie is firing up her engines now, too. Let's hope this one stays away. This hurricane season has been exhausting. 

I had just one day of real peace from the nasty UTI last week (Friday) and it was a great run! I ran 5 easy miles at an 8:18 pace in spite of the raging humidity and dew point, which tells me I've made progress (when I'm well).

By Saturday, I was back to not feeling great and by Sunday, I knew I had to go back to the doctor when I couldn't run more than 5 steps without pain. Fingers crossed it's the last time for this issue. 

Other than my first official training week being kind of a bust, it was a good week. They poured the foundation and started framing the first floor of our new house (yay, yay, yay!).

First floor framing

First floor framing

On Sunday, I got to see a friend from PA who was in SC visiting family and on Saturday, we took B to his first musical theatre show - The Little Mermaid, at Dock Street Theatre.

So proud of his ticket

So proud of his ticket

At the theatre (and my outfit - I promise I put on Shoes before we left the house)

At the theatre (and my outfit - I promise I put on Shoes before we left the house)

I had no idea how he would behave at the show, if he'd love it or hate it, but I know he loves Ariel, so I took a chance. And he loved it! Next up: The Nutcracker.

And that's my week. I sincerely hope that this illness nuttery is behind me after this round of meds and that my weekly recaps are more about running than about not running. I have goals for Kiawah, and time is up for dawdling (and sickness).

How was your week? 

weekly wrap

This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'

Disney Wine & Dine 10K 2017 Outfit Planning

Disney races have become an annual thing with my friend, Jennifer, and me. We vacation together (sometimes just us and sometimes with our families) to Disney and we run a race (or two). This year, we decided against the Wine & Dine Half because we hated the course last year, but we really liked the 10K course. So we're back to do that one again. 

And of course, that means...outfit planning. We decided on a Moana theme this year (best Disney movie ever, you guys!). 

Since the weather in November in Florida can be unpredictable, I've got some options: shorts or capris, plus a hoodie if it's too chilly. And I'll probably get the tank top in coral instead of white. 

And I've also got a few jewelry options - some literal and some just pretty jewelry I can wear again whenever and not feel like a freak. 

Option 1

disney 10K Moana outfit

Option 2

moana inspired outfit 2

Weekly Recap - Fall Base Building Week 5 (9/4-9/10)

These past 5 base building weeks have't exactly gone as planned (as usual) and last week was no exception. To say that it was a hard week would be an understatement.

In short, I dealt with a nasty recurrence of that UTI from a few weeks ago, Hurricane Irma, and most sadly, the death of a friend. It was an awful week and I did what I could while still getting work done for my job.  

fall base building week 5

Workout summary

Monday Off
Tuesday Off/sick
Wednesday Off/sick
Thursday Easy run (sick) - 3 miles, no watch
Friday Off/sick
Saturday Easy run (sick) - 3.51 miles @ 8:53 pace
Sunday Long run (still kind of sick) - 6.01 miles @ 8:23 pace
Totals 3 runs / 12.52 miles

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday ended up being a complete bust between hurricane prep and not feeling well. 

Thursday, I managed to get myself out for a run, but had to cut it short because of UTI pain. And then I promptly went back to the doctor to get more meds. I didn't think three days of antibiotics would be enough to kick out the initial infection and it turns out I was right. This time I've got 10 days worth and I'm hoping that does the trick. 

On Thursday, we also had to make a decision about whether or not to evacuate for Hurricane Irma because we had to cancel our hotel if we weren't going to go. And since hotels were booked by that point, if we ended up needing to leave, it would have been hard to find a place, especially one that takes dogs.

So, rather than risk  it with 4 dogs (one who's older than dirt with health issues and another who had surgery last week) and a toddler, and based on the forecast at the time, we decided to pack up and headed to Charlotte for our second annual unplanned evacucation. 

By Friday, Charleston moved out of the cone of uncertainty but major flooding, winds and tornadoes are still a possibility. And while Charleston appears (so far) to have been mostly spared the full effects of Irma, I am so saddened by all of the destruction to the islands and Florida she left in her path. 

Friday was really just the worst day of all. I found out that one of my friends and fellow runners in the Charleston running community, Cindy, was killed in a tragic car accident. It's been really difficult to process and still doesn't seem real. Cindy was truly one of a kind and everyone who knew her was better and blessed for it. She and her soul/sole mate, Ed, were two of the nicest, most sincere people I've ever met and together, they were amazing. I can't imagine the loss that he is feeling right now. 

two very special people - The world is a little less bright since Cindy's (middle) light went out too soon

two very special people - The world is a little less bright since Cindy's (middle) light went out too soon

Saturday and Sunday, while I was extremely sad, I wanted to get out and run, and enjoy the beautiful Charlotte weather and run my old Charlotte run routes. The UTI pain was still not awesome, especially Saturday. And I was feeling weak and tired. Sunday was a little better and as I type this, I think I've turned a corner with the symptoms and may be recovering (finally). 

And that horrendous week is a wrap on my fall base building. I didn't really build the solid base I wanted to, but it's good enough to start training for Kiawah. We planned to return home tomorrow and hopefully, our house will be unscathed. 

How was your week? I hope it was better than mine.  

weekly wrap

This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  (and guest host, Sara Runs This Town) for their Weekly Wrap post.