Weekly Mileage-10

Last day of school is this Friday!  I spent this week packing up more things in boxes and lockers.  If I could, I would finish packing up (would take me less than one hour) everything else, and I’ll be done.  🙂

Tuesday’s run was back at Lake Katherine.   I was at my mom’s and it was raining on and off.  I was cold too.  I asked myself how hard can 3 miles be?  🙂  I went out and got it done.  It was a beautiful evening.

Wednesday was 5 miles around my house.  It was quiet and peaceful but HUMID!  I made the mistake of overdressing.

Thursday’s workout was a hard one.  I had to do 1.5 miles warmup, 3 miles, 3×2 minutes, and 1 mile cool down.  I was out the door at 4:40 am and it took me an hour and 20 minutes to get it done.  

For this run I decided to take a water bottle with a BottleBand.  I left it once in the bushes in front of the airport because I did not want to carry it with me during my whole run.  I did pick it up on my way back.  There are some train tracks about .86 mile from my house.  Before getting to the train tracks I try to pick up the pace to beat any trains that might pass through.  Today I wasn’t lucky.  I decided to run the opposite way for a bit.  I left my water bottle and started running.  A guy in a car stopped me and asked why I had left my water bottle when there was a garbage can “there” (pointing to it).  I replied that I had every intention of picking it up.  I explained that there was a holder with it and I wanted to get that too.  I was at loss for words because I was shocked with his question.  But in a way am glad he did because it would bother me too if I saw someone leaving a water bottle on the floor.  It truly amazes me how people can be so inconsiderate and leave so much garbage on the floor.


I had to run 10 miles on Saturday and I was actually looking forward to it.  These past 3 Saturdays I’ve done really great so what could go wrong?  My plan was to go to The Arboretum but at the last minute decided to go to Waterfall Glen.  I’ve been there before so it wasn’t a new place to me.

It was during mile 1 that I knew it was not going to go well.  I stopped various times.  I felt hot and tired but still kept going.  I also struggled during the next mile and still kept going.  I finally stopped at 2.8 miles.  I sent a text to my coach, stopped my watch, and walked back to my car.  I felt a bit sorry for me but then got over it.  Lola and I spent the rest of the day in bed relaxing.

Sunday morning I went out again to run 10 miles.  The weather was great, cloudy with a chance of rain.  It has been a LONG time since I ran along the lakefront.  Loved it!  Mile 9 is when I was struggling but kept going knowing that I would be done soon.

Overall, pleased with this week.  My run yesterday didn’t go as expected but did good today.  Let’s see how it goes this coming week.

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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28 Comments on Weekly Run Down: One more week of school and running at the lakefront

  1. I’m glad you were able to rally and get the 10-miler done today. As I said in my WRD post, sometimes you know in the first mile what kind of run it’s gonna be (good or bad). It’s hard to believe May is almost done (as well as the school year)! Yikes! That said, bring on summer!!! Thanks for linking with us 😉

  2. Wow! You had some great miles this week. Way to go! Hang in there for 1 more week. I remember that feeling – summer so close, but not. Quite. Here. Yet. I think you were smart to change plans mid-run. Some days you just don’t feel it and you got the run in the very next day!

  3. Wow, I can’t believe that school is almost over for you. You must be so excited!

    Sorry that your long run didn’t go as planned, but better to listen to your body and not suffer through lots of miles.

    • I am excited! Although I will miss my kids. I had a rough year and struggled with a few of them. I did what I could and hope somehow I’ve made a difference.

  4. Way to rally on today’s 10 miler. Kind of weird that guy asked about your bottle but maybe good he did – he might have thrown it away for you! I love running along the lakefront. Hope I get to visit soon!

  5. That water bottle incident sounded a lot like something that happened to me, except I was the person asking! I saw a lady walking her dog and she put a baggie of dog poop in a vacant lot in our subdivision. I was ticked off that she was littering! I thought twice about it, but I finally couldn’t resist and I asked her if she was really going to leave it there! She said “yes, but I’m going to pick it up on my way back”. oops. I was so embarrassed. I assumed she was littering but I guess she didn’t want to carry around stinky dog poop. I don’t have a dog, so I don’t know how that all works. I just hope she never recognizes me when we pass in the neighborhood! 🙂 Glad your water bottle didn’t get thrown away!!

    • Thanks. I know I complained about the cold weather and now I will complain about the hot weather. 🙂 Well, here’s to hoping that we don’t have a too hot summer.

  6. I ran at Waterfall Glen last summer and it is a tough loop! Of course, I ran in the wrong direction–it was uphill the whole way!

    As always, I’m jealous of your summer break!

  7. 5 days of running!! Wow!

    Love your lake views.

    I remember when I was a teacher the last week of school…enjoy!

  8. If the guy was worried about litter I’d probably cut him some slack.

    Sat got hot here — but not in the morning. Glad you were able to get it done in better weather the next day!

  9. Yay for school almost being over for you. What are your plans for the summer? I miss running along the Chicago Lakefront from when we’d visit our son and daughter-in-law when he was in grad school at U of Chicago. I plan to go back for a conference next fall – can’t wait!

    • This week is committee work for a group (reading and social studies) that I belong to. We are planning for next year. Then next week is summer school till July 6th. Then finally I can enjoy my summer break! 🙂

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