The Worst Run Week Ever

Hi Guys!  This week has been a weird one.  During the day it felt like it was dragging, but now that it’s over it feels like it flew!  This week was a very busy work week, and that really impacted my running/working out.  I had to leave my house by 7 every morning so that meant no morning runs, and by the time I got home in the evening I was so worn out that I had absolutely no motivation or energy.  I’ll say overall, it wasn’t a very good running week.  All of my runs felt forced and it was rough.   But, I still tried to at least do some sort of exercise activity every day.  I just didn’t push it too hard.  Maybe it’s not the worst week ever because I at least got to run.  (It would be worse if I couldn’t run.)  But, it still wasn’t a very a good one.  

Monday

It was so nice outside Monday, so I was able to run in the middle of the afternoon.  (This was the calm before the storm!)  I ran 4 miles.  It was an okay run.  I was having a really hard time getting my mind into it because I had a million other things running through my mind.  Usually I can think about other things and zone out, but not today.   I was more focused on what I needed to be doing and I just couldn’t get my head into it.  

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For dinner I had a salad and I broiled a pork chop.  So good! 

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Tuesday

Today is when the storm hit!  The work storm.  I left the house at 6:50 am and didn’t get home until after 5.  I had a lot of energy during the day, but by the time I got home it had all worn off.  All I wanted to do was collapse on the couch and sleep.  But, I helped Jeremy pick okra and water the garden.  I had on my running clothes and was really debating going for a run, but I just didn’t have the energy.  So, I opted for some calming yoga instead of running. 

But, I had really hard time shutting off my brain and focusing.  I also added in a little strength training when I was finished.  It was a very light workout.  After that, I spent two hours cutting up okra so we could freeze it.  It was after 10 before I even got to sit down!  It took me a really long time to wind down and be able to feel like I could go to sleep.  It was after midnight before I went to bed and I had to get up at 5:30 on Wednesday morning.  I was kind of a grouch!  Okay, I was a pretty big grouch! 

 Wednesday

To say I was tired Wednesday is an understatement!  I had two sparks during the day and a tea to keep me going.  As soon as I got home I headed out for a run.   It was a little after 5 and it was overcast.  The temperature said 89 so I thought it would be pretty nice.  It was at first.  But, not long into my run the sun came out and was pounding down on me.  I slowed down and thought I would be okay, but I only made it 2.3 miles before I got really sick.  So sick that I thought I was going to throw up or pass out.  I was super dizzy.  Luckily, Jeremy was outside and came and walked me back to the house. 

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Once I had some water and cooled off and I felt a little better, so we took Jake on a walk.  That was literally the worst run ever!  Out of all of the times that I have gotten sick the past few months, I really think this was the worst.  It was so bad that I just wanted to lie down in the grass; I didn’t feel like I could take another step.  And, my stomach didn’t settle for the rest of the night.  I really think it was the heat.  I have been running really well the last couple of weeks, especially after doing that cleanse.  So, I think it had to have been the heat and maybe the fact that I was so tired too.  I was pretty frustrated, but all you can do is try again!

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(Jake went to the groomer and she said that he laid in the recliner all day and watched TV!)

Thursday

I got up at 5:30 again, and had some time to do a little bit of strength training.  I noticed that my legs and my lower back were a little sore so I also stretched.  I think they were sore because I had been on my feet from 7 in the morning until 7 or 8 at night every day this week.    Work was crazy again, but the silver lining in that is I was getting in 10,000 fitbit steps before noon every day!  I got home around 4 and headed out for a run.  The temperature was in the lower 80’s and there was a cool breeze blowing.  It was such a nice break from the 100 degree weather we’ve been having.  I actually had a pretty good run!  I was surprised at that because of the epic fail the day before.  I ran a really fast 5K, and then I ran another 2 slower miles after that. 

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Other than the soreness in my legs and back, I felt really good!  I didn’t get sick at all. 

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After I finished, I took Jake on a long walk and then I used my foam roller!  Jeremy had to umpire, so I had to go pick the okra.  I have not had to do it yet.  I always just hold the bucket while he does it. 

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It was not an enjoyable experience!  The okra plants are taller than me.  That meant that as I was walking through them, they were rubbing all over my face and head.  I came out of there so itchy and covered in bug bites!  I don’t plan on doing that anymore.  I’ll just eat it after Jeremy picks it! 

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Thursday night I actually made it to bed at a decent time, so I felt pretty refreshed Friday morning. 

Friday

I was up and out the door by 6:45 and it was another busy day.  I had some overnight oats for breakfast.  They were so good!  I took a put a picture on Snapchat and I had a friend send me a message asking “what the H is that?”  That made me laugh so hard!  

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Today flew by so fast!  I had all kinds of energy so I came home and got ready to run.  I walked Jake around for a little while first since he had been in the house all day.  Then I headed out.  I decided to listen to a podcast so I could hopefully concentrate on something else and shut my mind off.  It worked!  I listened to the last episode of Serial season 2 and I ran for an hour and six minutes!  I did take a few walk breaks.    

someone kept photobombing!
someone kept photobombing!

I need to find some more podcasts to listen to.  I like mysteries like the first season of Serial.  If anyone has any suggestions, please leave me a comment.  When I got done running, Jeremy was just getting home, so we took Jake for a walk. 

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Jeremy and I went to Rib Crib for dinner and I had the sliced brisket sandwich.  I usually don’t eat the bread or fries – just the meat.  But, I was starving, so I ate one of the pieces of bread and some of the fries.  They were so good! This was literally the best sliced brisket I have ever had at Rib Crib.  It was so tender and juicy!  

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Saturday

Today we left town early to go to a funeral.  We had to get up early to get ready, and I needed all the sleep I could get.  So, I didn’t set my alarm until 8.  But, I woke up wide awake at 6:45 and decided I would go ahead and run.  Just as I was about to get dressed, it started thundering really loud and pouring.  So, I went back to bed for an hour! 

We spent the day with family at the most beautiful celebration of life that I have ever been too.  Then we went to our cousin’s football scrimmages that night.  He got some good tackles (including sacking the quarterback!) and ran the ball back for a 75 yard touchdown on the first kickoff!  It was pretty exciting! 

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We had a very late dinner after the games and then headed back home.  We made it home around 1:00 am. 

*At the funeral, the preacher said, “that you have to learn to rest or God will make you rest.  Resting is not a sign of laziness.”  I’m sure I’m taking this totally different than how he meant it.  But, this is something that I struggle with and I think something that I needed to hear.  I push myself until I’m sick or hurt or my body is completely run down.  I feel guilty when I take a rest day and even if I’m not running, I still try to find some kind of workout to do.  I’m sure there are some of you out there that feel the same way I do.  And, I really needed to hear that – Rest is not a sign of laziness. *

Sunday

We slept in today since we went to bed so late Saturday night.  Then we did our usual grocery shopping.  Except, Walmart and Aldi were both out of some stuff so that means I’ll have to go back tomorrow!  >:|

Then I came in to work on this post.  I am planning on a run later this evening.  The weather is too nice not to! 

Here’s some random information that I figured out this week that I want to share.  I guess I never realized how much sugar I actually do eat.  I really thought I didn’t eat that much, but it’s in so many foods that I just don’t realize it.  During the cleanse, I wasn’t supposed to have sugar.  I really made an effort to cut it out, or at least cut it way back.  I guess I did pretty good at that.  And since the cleanse has been over, I haven’t been craving sweet stuff like I normally do.  But, Tuesday night, Jeremy wanted cinnamon rolls.  I fixed a can of the small ones and I ate two of them.  I woke up about an hour after I went to bed with the worst headache and it lasted all night.  I never get headaches so I thought it was probably from the sugar, but I wasn’t sure since I had been so stressed and tired this week too.  On Friday, a girl brought some chocolate chip cookies to work and I had one.  About 20 minutes after eating that I had another headache.  So, it had to definitely be the sugar.  This is just proof that the cleanse did work!  I have felt so much better after doing it.  I am really going to watch my sugar intake now.  But, I think it will be easy since I’m not craving it all the time.  I know that was random information, but I wanted to share it because sugar really does have a negative effect on your body! 

I hope you all have a great week!

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. 

I am also linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by:

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and

Angela from Marathons & Motivation

Do you have any suggestions for good mystery podcasts like Serial?

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34 thoughts on “The Worst Run Week Ever

  1. Ilka Reply

    Don’t we all have weeks like this. I don’t even think it was that bad, you still rocked some miles here and there. Plus 10,000 steps before Noon – no wonder you were exhausted! It’s so hard for us runners to understand that rest is not laziness – I always feel that same way – we always feel like we need to move otherwise we failed. But that’s so not true. Have a great week Tara! Don’t feel bad if your body needs rest to adjust – there is always a run waiting for you out there. Have a great week!

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      Tara Reply

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one that feels like I’ve failed if I have to rest. It’s sounds ridiculous when I say it, but I can’t help it! And thanks for the kind words! I hope you have a great week as well!

  2. HoHo Runs Reply

    I think we are gifted with bad runs and bad weeks so we can truly appreciate the good runs and good weeks. I felt a little sick after my race today simply due to the heat and humidity. All we can do is pay attention to our bodies and make the necessary adjustments. I’m laughing about your overnight oats pictures! Your friend said it all. I’m sure I picked okra as a child. As fuzzy as they are, you had to be itching all over. My favorite dish was something my Mother made she called tomatoes and okra. It was almost like a soup. Gosh, it’s hard to believe we are back to football again. Where did the summer go? Thanks for linking, Tara!

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      Tara Reply

      That makes me feel so much better! Thank you and you are so right about appreciating the good runs! Those oats were really good! I know they don’t look like it but the were! I’ve seen tomatoes and okra, but I don’t like tomatoes…it feels like I blinked and summer was over. But I do love football season!

  3. Coco Reply

    Oh my gosh, Jake is so cute! Sometimes work tries to take over but you did well fitting in your runs when you could! Love your shoes!

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      Tara Reply

      Thanks! I love those shoes! They are the third pair of that color I’ve had. 🙂

  4. Kimberly Hatting Reply

    Rest and recovery are both crucial parts to our existence. It took me awhile to grasp the fact that rest/recovery is actually a necessary part of training, because that is when the muscles rebuild (and, therefore, get stronger). There have been numerous times when I have struggled (and stumbled!) through a workout because I felt I “had” to do it…but when the body is tired, nothing is gained and the risk of injury is magnified. So, rest up and lose the guilt 😉

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      Tara Reply

      Thank you! That makes perfect sense. I hate those runs when my body is so tired and I know I’m not getting anything from it. I’m working on changing my mindset and stopping feeling guilty!

  5. Kimberly Reply

    You had such a busy week! You should be proud of all the workouts you were able to accomplish!

    I’m so sorry that you got sick during one of your runs 🙁 That is the absolute worse feeling. I agree with you that it was probably the heat. I know of a few other runners dealing with the same issue. I am praying for cooler temps soon!

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      Tara Reply

      I am looking forward to the cooler weather! I always run better when it’s cool! I hate that summer is almost over, but I love being able to run at any time of the day!

  6. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness Reply

    Does Jake get shaved when he gets groomed? He looks so handsome!
    Good to know about that cleanse. I really need to make more of an effort to reduce my sugar. I thought I was doing well by not buying sour patch kids at all this summer…lol

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      Tara Reply

      LOL! The groomer has talked to us about shaving Jake, but we never have. He sheds like no dog I have ever seen before! Do you get your lab shaved?

  7. Teresa Reply

    First of all, let me say this….that okra is just beautiful! Your hubby is an excellent gardener 🙂 Second, I agree with Holly, I think we have to learn to appreciate our bad runs in order to truly appreciate the gift of running! I was injured once that kept me from being able to run for 6 months!!! I was so depressed and kept thinking that if I could just ever get back to being able to run even just 3 miles, I would never complain again about my runs. Well, I eventually did get back to running and have run several half marathons since then. And yes, I do occasionally complain about my running when I’m slower than normal because that’s just the nature of most runners…we’re competitive by nature…but I try to just always be thankful that I’m out there, whether it be 3 fast miles or 13 slow ones. Enjoy the journey!

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      Tara Reply

      I love your story and advice! I really need to look at it that way! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Bobby C. Nickles Reply

    Love Jake! He is so lovely! We all have a busy and awful work like this. My job is always busy. Sometimes, I get tired and don’t want to go on a run. But that all I can do to make me feel relax and refeshing. Hope we all have a better next week ! Love!

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      Tara Reply

      Thanks! I love Jake too! 🙂 It’s usually the days that I don’t want to run that I have my best runs!

  9. Christy Reply

    Bad runs weeks make the good run weeks all the better! on a side note, your shoes are beautiful! Love the bright colors.
    I had no idea that is what okra looked like. I think I have only had it once or twice and it was already cut up. I think I envisioned it growing on something similar to a green bean plant. Okra is like a southern thing isn’t it?

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      Tara Reply

      Yes okra is a southern thing. I have honestly never seen it as tall as ours is! Those are my favorite Brooks shoes that I have ever owned! I love the purple!

  10. Jennifer Reply

    I know the guilty feeling! Once I get into a groove of working out, I don’t want to stop! Especially when I know I have time to do something, I feel like I should instead of resting. I also need to learn to stop and rest once in a while! I just don’t like it because sometimes that “rest” lasts for more than a day 😉

    It’s interesting to hear about the sugar and headaches as well! I do want to try that cleanse sometime soon!

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      Tara Reply

      Exactly!! That’s exactly how I feel. If I have time and am just sitting around I feel like I should be working out or running! My rest sometimes lasts longer than a day too. I guess that’s what happens when we’re forced to rest! You should try that cleanse. I felt so good afterwards!

  11. Heather @ Polyglot Jot Reply

    Yum overnight oats are great! I love that Yoga with Adriene one for stress. Great before bed!

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      Tara Reply

      That’s exactly what I used it for! I needed to wind down before I could go to bed. 🙂 I love overnight oats, they are so easy and delicious!

  12. San Reply

    Rest is so important. I am glad you listened to your body (especially when you also had so much going on at work!).

    I did a sugar detox ones and even though I didn’t have any physical side effects (I think I did have a fairly low sugar intake to begin with), I thought it was fastinating to see how many things have added sugar (that we normally don’t think about!).

    P.S. I just had a thought when I looked at your Garmin picture… is something off with your watch? If you ran a 8:20 pace, your 5k should have been about 25 minutes. Just pointing this out in case there is somethign malfunctioning with your watch (or am I missing something)?

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      Tara Reply

      I don’t know about my watch. I’ll check it out. I didn’t even notice that! I have actually been wondering if my GPS was off because the route that I have been running forever isn’t hitting the miles on the watch like it should??? Thanks for pointing that out! The added sugar did fascinate me too. I just never realized how many foods it’s in.

  13. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets Reply

    I’ve tried cutting back sugar and it seems that once I have it back in my system the cravings return! Jake is so adorable. I still think you did a pretty good job this week considering the busy work week and rough weather!

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      Tara Reply

      I go through phases with the sugar. If I cut it back I usually do pretty good. But, you’re right – once I have it again, the cravings return. It’s a vicious cycle! LOL

  14. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy Reply

    Boy, I’d say you had a good week of running! Except for the hot run. And as you get older, it’s even more important to rest. Although I have older friends who never seem to . . . I find that I really need mine, though, and I’m pretty good about it.

    Sugar really is in everything. I’ve done sugar detoxes before, but it always creeps back in. I’m just happy if I can keep it do a reasonable level.

    Jake looks like a big Bandit, LOL!

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      Tara Reply

      LOL Jake is a mess! The sugar does creep back in! 🙂 But I guess that’s what the detox is for! I just love sugar! And thank you for the kind words. I am resting today and when I have some energy this week I’ll go for a run!

  15. Tricia Vaughn Reply

    Your comments on rest really hit home with me. I too struggle with this. I see those close to me just being lazy and have health problems and I overdo it most of the time. I try not too, but I end up not being satisfied with a little. No I’ve go to go and over do it. I’ve got some tough decisions to be made about continuing my run streak, my favorite classes and my training sessions, all of which I love but I know I can’t do it all.
    Give it a few more weeks and you’ll be in a more normal routine. What do you do Tara for work? Are you a teacher being off during the summer months?

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      Tara Reply

      I’m glad you could relate! I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels like this. Yes I am a teacher, so the first couple of weeks back are exhausting! 🙂

  16. Ilka Reply

    Hi Tara – Featuring your post this week at Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up! Congrats! Happy Weekend!

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      Tara Reply

      Wow!! Thank you!! That is awesome!

  17. Angela Campos Reply

    I’ve had several weeks like this over the past year! Sometimes our body just needs to rest and it is hard for us determined runners to listen!! Glad you got in a little running…and opting to do Yoga to relax was a great idea! 🙂

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      Tara Reply

      It is so hard to rest! There are days when I know I have to because I literally can’t run. But there are others when I probably need to but feel guilty doing it because I could probably run a little bit. It’s so hard! Lol

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