A Few Bumps in the Road

Hi Guys!  Happy Labor Day weekend!  I hope you are all enjoying a fun and relaxing holiday weekend.  I just finished my first week of half marathon training, and as expected, I ran into a few bumps.  But, overall I’m pretty happy with how it went and I’m excited to keep going.  




Here’s what it was supposed to be and what it actually was:

Plan                                                             Actual

Mon:    30 mins cross                            30 mins cross

Tues:   3 miles                                             3 miles

Wed:   4 miles                                             3 miles

Thurs:  3 miles                                           None

Fri:  Rest                                                     4 miles

Sat:  3 miles                                               

Sun:  4 miles                                               


Today was my first day of half marathon training!  I was so excited to start!  The training for today was 30 minutes of cross training.  I had initially thought I would ride my bike, but it started raining so I didn’t get to do that.  Instead, I did a 30 minute Tabata workout and some strength training.  I did 100 squats!    Later in the evening, I took Jake for a walk.  Then, Jeremy and I worked on canning some more okra.  I actually like doing this better than cutting it up, breading it, and freezing it.  It is so much easier and doesn’t take near as much time. 

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I fixed breakfast for dinner around 9, and we watched Bachelor in Paradise. 

Funny for today – One of my friends sent me this when I snapped a picture of my overnight oats.  It made me laugh so hard!  It’s the same friend that said “what the H is that?”  I don’t think she likes my overnight oats.  I told her they were good and she said breakfast burritos were good!  LOL  



I was running late, so breakfast was a shake.  It was really good and it kept me full until lunch time!

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It had been a week since I had run, and it felt amazing to get out there and do it!  I felt refreshed and had a lot of energy.  I had a really good three mile run.

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It was super hot though, but I didn’t get sick!  I had to run in the middle of the afternoon because a thunder storm was coming and it was either get it down now, or not at all.  After my run, I took Jake on a half mile run.  Which was more like a sprint.  He would not slow down!  

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When I was finished I had some Advocare rehydrate because my legs were sore for some reason.  It really helped and the soreness went away!  

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Jeremy had some late games and I was starving by the time he came home.  I fixed breakfast and we watched Bachelor in Paradise before going to bed.  


Today I was drinking a spark and getting ready to go for a run and it randomly started raining.  

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I thought about throwing on my old shoes and heading out anyways, but it was coming down hard!  When it was over, the sun came out and it was hot and really humid so I decided to wait until later in the evening when it cooled down.  Around 5 it got overcast and a little cooler so I headed out.  I had some company on my run with me.  Insert rolling eye emoji here.  

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I made it two and half miles and it started thundering and lightning. I know this isn’t safe, but the lightning didn’t look too scary so I pushed harder to get in at least three miles quickly.  I actually had four scheduled, but I didn’t want to be out there when the storm hit.  I luckily made it home just before it started raining again.  Then I did some strength training and watched a little bit of the Big Bang (Bazinga :)) while waiting on Jeremy to get home.  


Nothing happened today.  Nothing.  I started feeling a little sickly Thursday morning.  My throat got pretty scratchy and my body got achy.  A lot of people at work had had strep this week, so I thought for sure that’s what I was getting.  I drank a ton of water and sucked on peppermints for the rest of the day, but I couldn’t wait to get home and go to sleep.  I even tried a rehydrate packet to see if it would help my body aches.  I’m not saying that it did, but I am saying that they were gone later that night.  

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By the time I got home, I’m pretty sure I was running fever.  I could not get warm.  I started some antibiotics, put on sweats, and wrapped up in a blanket. And was still freezing!  I slept for several hours and felt a little better when I woke up.  But, it worked out because it stormed all day and night.  So, I wouldn’t have been able to run anyways. When I woke up, I did feel a little better so I canned some okra and cooked dinner.  Then I went to bed early and slept all night!  

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When I woke up today, I felt awesome!  My throat didn’t hurt and my body wasn’t achy.  I felt back to normal.  All day at work I kept watching out the window.  It was cloudy and the wind was blowing and I thought it was perfect for a run.  But, of course by the time I got home, the sun had come out and it was HOT and humid!  I took Jake for a walk first because he always makes me feel bad when I leave and he has to stay.  It was hot, so he didn’t make it very long.  But, he had fun! 

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After that, I headed out.  Today was supposed to be a rest day.  But, since I rested on Thursday, I decided I would make up that run.  I started out really good, but as I got hot, I my chest and back started feeling tight and achy, I couldn’t breathe very well, and my throat started hurting again.  I slowed way down and took several walk breaks.  I was determined to get my 4 miles in….and I did. Half way through, I ran into Shannon.  We haven’t been able to run together in almost a month because of our schedules.  So, I ran a mile with her and then headed back towards my house.  It was probably not a good idea to run after feeling so sickly on Thursday, but I thought that I was fine.  It was not the best run, but I’m glad I got it in.  

There were NO clouds!
There were NO clouds!

I went home and laid in the floor for a while until I cooled off.  Then I drank water the rest of the night to try and soothe my throat.  If anyone has any good tips for dealing with a sore throat, please share!  I would rather be puking my guts out than have a sore throat!  I will try anything!  

I was talking to my bestie and she reminded me about the pollen.  I always forget because it doesn’t bother me in the summer.  But, I looked it up and sure enough the pollen count for our area was extremely high.  No wonder I couldn’t breathe!  Hopefully the count will go down this next week. 

As for the rest of the weekend, I will update you on my weekend recap post.  I’m currently writing this post Friday night and we are heading out to meet family at the lake on Saturday.  So, depending on how I’m feeling will determine if I get my runs in this weekend.  This is the reason why I chose the 6 day a week training plan.  I know there are going to be days that I’m sick or just can’t get a run in.  And instead of beating myself up about it, I can realize that I’ve already run or worked out several days this week and it’s okay to miss one.  As the training progresses, I will make sure to get in my long runs though.  (My long run for this week was 4 miles.  I can run that! )

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend and enjoy the last days of summer!  

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

Annmarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday

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Seriously, help me out with the sore throat issue!  



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22 thoughts on “A Few Bumps in the Road

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    Well, my training has been majorly derailed lately. Just barely hanging in there . . . you do what you gotta do! Hope you’re feeling better. I drink a lot of Throat Coat tea (from Traditional Medicinals) to soothe my throat. And suck on Ricola.

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      Thanks for the tips!! I’ll try that! Hope your training starts going better for you!

  2. Jennifer

    Knowing that you’ve finished a Marathon before, and you run all the time, you’ll be running a half again in no time! Unfortunately I can’t help with the sore throat situation… just take some meds and suck on some cough drops does the trick for me! And tea… lots of tea.

    I’m going to start using the C25K app on Monday… so I’m super excited! It’s been about two years since I’ve seriously ran and I’m excited to get back into it again!

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      I really need to try some tea. That is one thing that I have never tried. I hope it helps! I’ve not heard of the C25K, but that’s exciting that you’re getting back into running!

  3. Ilka

    You still had a great week Tara, almost as planned. A few modification here and there – who doesn’t have that? The amazing thing is that you still ran the entire week with a sore throat – how painful! The only thing I recommend for a sore throat is salt water gargle and drinking hot tea with honey.
    Have a great Holiday Tara and feel better!

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      Thank you!! I’ll have to try some hot tea and honey! I have tried the salt water and it does help a little sometimes.

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Hot tea with honey always helps me with a sore throat or just a spoonful of honey. It coats the throat really quickly!

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      Lol that made me think of Mary Poppins! I’ll definitely try that!

  5. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I think you did a great job with your first week of training! Getting sick is the worst…I usually drink tea with honey and add apple cider vinegar when I feel a sore throat coming. Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!

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      I’ve heard about drinking apple cigar vinegar…I’ll give that a try!

  6. Kimberly Hatting

    You’re correct in saying it’s not a big deal to miss a day now and then with your training. If you’re body is not 100%, chances are the workout will not be either.

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      That’s my thinking too!!

  7. Marcia

    It seems like there’s a but going around now that summer’s winding down. You still had a solid first week of training. Wow look at all that okra! I’ve never done any canning. Very cool.

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      A lot of my friends have been sick so I blame them for spreading their germs! Lol. I really enjoyed the canning. It was so easy!

  8. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I feel like I forget about my allergies every year. I’m like why isn’t this cold going away, why do I feel so awful? Then I realize it’s allergies, take a pill and feel fine! So silly.

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      Lol I’m the same way because they never bother me in the summer. But as soon as September hits they hit too and stay till march!

  9. Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    We all have a few off weeks, but yours wasn’t really so bad! Especially since it’s the beginning of training – you’ll be a.ok to ramp it up in the next few weeks 🙂

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      Thanks! I’m looking forward to the next few weeks!

  10. HoHo Runs

    Yeah, we tend to forget about the pollen around this time of year but it’s definitely out there. Congrats on the first week of training. That’s always exciting in itself. Hopefully, we will begin to get breaks in this continuing heat and it will start feeling better (and easier) out there! I’ve always thought sore throats are the worst! You try not to swallow…and end up swallowing that much more! Advil works best for me. Thanks for linking, Tara!

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      And swallowing makes it hurt so bad! LOL You can’t win! I am sure wishing for a break in the heat, and I think we have one coming tomorrow!

  11. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com

    It sounds like you did your best fitting it all in! That Okra looks Delicious…and as always, love the pup 🙂

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      Thank you!! We love the pup too! 😉

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