Motivation Monday: Week Three Recap (Also, Ugh)

I have to be honest: This last week of running was pretty tough. Only Sunday’s run felt good, and even that ended with a bit of a sore note. Needless to say, I’m ready for a new week. But before I can start a new week of training, let’s recap the last week, shall we?

First, here’s how my week went in miles:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 3.23 miles
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: 2.27 miles
  • Friday: 3.1 miles
  • Saturday: 1.61 miles (mostly walking)
  • Sunday: 5.1 miles

OK, so now for the story behind those miles:

Tuesday was rough. I wore a pair of running leggings that must have stretched out at some point because they kept pulling down with every step. That made things a little uncomfortable for 3.23 miles. Jacks wasn’t feeling it either (the run, not my legging issue) and was pretty much over it about halfway through. We basically crawled home.

The rest of the week was pretty similar. I clearly hit a plateau, which is tough but I kept fighting through. It was worth it though because Sunday was a great run. Jacks and I killed our mile times, and we both could have run even further if need be. Felt really good about that, until…

Woke up this morning and Jacks wouldn’t get out of bed. Not uncommon. He’s a bit lazy in the mornings. I got him up but he was being really hesitant to jump out of bed. After he finally did, I realized… He’s limping and limping bad. After a frantic call to the vet (“Did he tear his ACL?! Is something broken?!”), I discovered a bump on his front right paw pad. Ugh.

Vet asked to see him so off to the vet we went. He likely stepped on something on one of our runs and it got infected. He’s now on pain meds, antibiotics and getting epsom salt baths for his paw (I know, I know). Oh, and his activity has to be limited.

That means I’m solo on runs this week. Bummer, but Jacks will be healthy soon enough and he’ll be back at it with me. Until then, I’m hoping for a better week on the running trail than the last but as I’ve been told many times: It’s not how fast I’m moving, it’s just that I’m moving.

So, I’ll keep on moving.

Erin

 

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