It started with a trip to Vegas, which was awesome, but I knew I wouldn't get a lot of running in those days that I was gone. On two mornings, I managed to get out on The Strip and complete a 6 miler and a 5 miler. However, I would like to note that I planned to not be getting the miles in and, therefore, concentrated on having a blast with my sister. Everything went as planned until......
I came home from Vegas sick. And I don't mean just a little, snotty cold kind of sick. Strep. Yuck. This was not planned, especially since I was supposed to be running a 50K in Arkansas the following weekend. Strep = Frustration #1. I spent most of the week just trying to rest and recover so that I'd be able to head to AR with my buddies and run the White Rock 50K. Good news! I got better and Sarah and Coleen and I met up with some other runners down in AR on Friday night. Fantastic!
IT band = Frustration #2
Sick again = Frustration #3
I left for Portland on a Thursday and was feeling somewhat better. I packed running clothes because there was no way in hell that I was going to miss a chance to run with new scenery. I managed two short but VERY hilly runs during my couple days in Portland. I have a pretty fun family so I got to see and do all sorts of things from swimming with dogs, to walking along the beach in the rain. I was feeling completely re-energized and ready to hit the training hard this week but.....
Work. Darn again! Top priorities and deadlines moved up means I've been spending many hours every day in the lab with strange hours. I've definitely been able to increase my training and runs from the last two weeks, not as much as I would have liked, but it's better than nothing. Of course, this also means that there is less time for people in my life. Forever a balancing act, right?
60 hour work week = Frustration #4