Peaks and Valleys: Adventures in Training Week 5, 6 & 7

It’s time for me to share Peaks and Valleys: Adventures in Training Week 5, 6 & 7,  my third series of training logs from 2015. This recap is definitely delayed as I intended to have this posted on February 9th!  Whoops.  So, now instead of a two-week recap, you have a glance at three weeks thanks to being terribly, horribly sick starting on February 2nd.  There was zero running from me happening.  And last week, I was finally able to slowly add miles back in.

Peaks and Valleys:  Adventures in Training Weeks 5, 6 & 7

Week 5 – January 26 – February 1

Monday: Rest – Stretching
Tuesday: Worked late – No Run
Wednesday: Worked late – No Run
Thursday: 3 Miles + Stretching
Friday: 3 Miles + Stretching
Saturday: 7 Miles with the Lady Knight Runners
Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 13 Miles

Week 6 – February 2 – 8

Total Miles: Sick, sick, and more sick = 0 Miles

Week 7 – February 9 – 15

Monday: Still Blah…
Tuesday: Slightly Less Blah…
Wednesday: 2 Mile Run + Yoga Challenge
Thursday: Rest + Yoga Challenge
Friday: 3 Miles + Yoga Challenge
Saturday: 3 Miles + Yoga Challenge
Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 8 Miles

Peak of the Week{s}:

I am finally up and running again.  As of today, I feel like I can breathe on the run and the congestion has lifted.  When I first started back, I used a run/walk combination to keep the coughing at a minimum and just yesterday I ran 4 whole miles without hacking!  Now, I can run without feeling like I have an elephant sitting on my chest.  Woohoo!

Valley of the Week{s}:

After a week of no running and a week of barely any running, I am really worried about the upcoming Glass Slipper Challenge coming up this weekend.  The Glass Slipper Challenge consists of a 10k on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday at Walt Disney World.  I am going to have to slow it down since my fitness just isn’t there right now.  I know that it isn’t the end of the world and that it is as good a race as any to take slow, especially with the characters and scenery, but I don’t like not being able to be at a 100% for race day.  And, to be honest, I am still contemplating just backing out of the half altogether.  I’m going to see how the 10k feels and then make a decision from there.

Have you ever been sick so close to a major event?  Did you still run or did you decide against it?  Anyone else headed to the most magical place on earth this weekend?



  1. I haven't been sick close to a race but that is a major fear. After getting the flu Christmas day and then feeling terribly weak during recovery, I don't know how I'd cope.
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  2. yes, yes and yes. Leading up to Myrtle I think I pieced together one full week of workouts that didn't involve me being sick. and now post race I have a rather bothersome head cold. I'm worried about my Shamrock training a month from now but just do what you can when you can… the rest falls in to place 🙂 enjoy Disney first and foremost!
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  3. Glad to hear you a feeling much better than the past few wks. I too am heading down to Disney for the glass slipper challenge. If you are not feeling 100% I think disney races are the ones for it. I always feel no pressure with these races. With all the scenery and fun pictures along the way. It’s nice to just take it easy and enjoy everything. Goodluck!

    • Yes, Disney is the best race for things to fall apart! I just have a hard time with humidity so I hope that it isn't too bad so that the breathing doesn't become an issue. I plan to play it by ear and see how I feel. See you at Disney!

  4. Happens all too often! Sod's Law: if something can go wrong, it will go wrong and at the worst possible time! Glad you are feeling better though and easing back into running. Have a great time at Disney, and I hope the race goes well!
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    • That is so darn true! Honestly, I must have lucked out because this is the first race where I was sick. I had bad luck with injuries last fall but that was a different ball game. Thanks for the well wishes!

  5. Sorry you had it so rough Lisa, but I do think that Disney is the one place where you can get away with not running your best. You are type A, like C and I and it is hard to not go all out at every race. However, you can screw off in the half and have fun….I did it last year by running with Jeff and Barbara Galloway and got every photo along the way. It was fun, but it was planned by my coach since I raced the 10k and had a huge marathon 4 weeks later. Be kind to yourself and have fun in Florida. At least it will be warmer than NY!

    • So true, I at least like to give it my best! I hope to still be able to have an enjoyable time. Last year, I was just coming down with a cold and this year, I am just getting over it. Princess just isn't meant to be a race for me!

  6. Oh, poor thing! 🙁 I'm so sorry you have been so unwell.

    Knock on wood, I have managed to avoid serious illness around a race. I would have to make a game time decision on if I was going to go ahead with the event – I think a lot of factors would come into play, such as what was wrong with me, the distance I needed to run, and how badly I wanted the bling.

    Feel better and enjoy the weekend!
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    • Thanks Jenn! This is the first time I have been sick so close to a race. I'm definitely on the upswing now. Fingers crossed that I can at least get through the events, even if I take it easy. I definitely would like the bling!

  7. So sorry to hear you have been under the weather. I had to deal with this last year several times (I think due to a really busy work travel schedule). In one case I still raced (a half marathon, I was hoping for a pretty big PR but wound up missing expectations due to GI distress and fatigue), and in another case I thought better of it and rested more (I missed a swim meet I had signed up for, was looking forward to it but it really wasn't a key priority). If you do race, just go easy on yourself and recalibrate expectations.
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  8. oh that's no fun at all. Hope you are feeling better! Stay warm
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  9. I've never been sick before a major event (knock on wood) but I have been injured. It's a tough decision to back out or not but you NEED to listen to your body! If nothing else you can jog/walk and like you said it's a Disney race so lots of distractions to help you slow down. Hope you feel better soon!
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  10. Glad to hear that you're feeling a lot better! If you're not feeling 100% by this weekend, but still want to run it, just take it easy and have fun with it! <3

  11. I totally understand feeling frustrated about not being at 100% for the Glass Slipper Challenge, but you are right that this is a great race to take it a little easier on, given the character ops and the crowded courses. I am glad you're feeling better though! Princess weekend is on m bucket list for sure, but sadly not for this year!

  12. I'm glad you're feeling better now. It always takes a awhile for me to feel back to normal after a cold too. I think taking it one race at a time is a great idea. There's no point in forcing yourself to do something that you're going to feel miserable through the entire time.
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  13. stacysteinmeyer says:

    I hope you stay on the upside of your sickness. Running a marathon (as you already know) really puts so much stress on your body and immune system. I have not been sick while running one, but I did back out of one at the last minute that my mom and I trained for because of issues that she was having (which turned out to be colon cancer). Best of luck and enjoy your race! Take care of your body!

  14. I'm right with you, I had a bug this past Tuesday, missed a day of work something I rarely do because of sickness. Wednesday and through yesterday I was still feeling the reminiscences of it. I have a half coming up Sunday, thank goodness for that one extra day. I am feeling better but worry about how my sickness may effect my run. Oh well I won't know this until Sunday! :\ I hope your 10k goes better than expected and you decide to do the half. Good luck to you, after all your in the land where dreams do come true! 😉 Have a great weekend!

  15. So sorry to hear you were sick, but glad that you're on the mend. I realize you're in Disney RIGHT NOW – love your Instagram photo! Hope that you'll write and share a race report about the weekend!

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