It's VACATION week!!! :) (45M)

I'm not going to bore you with a long blog this week (mostly just because I don't have time to type one right now), but I will say that training is going as expected and I'm so very blessed by the Lord. We'll be on vacation the second half of this week, so my schedule is going to be flipped around a bit; but, I'm excited to say this will be my second week of this training season above 40 miles!

Sunday, July 22nd
7M run at WRL + 11M bike with Jake
COMMENTS: Jake and I started the run with Steve from the Dallas area and then finished it up on our own. It was a perfect first 3.5 miles and then an exhausting last 3.5 miles. :) But I have plenty of rest time now, so no need to complain. Some pain in the top of my right foot again, but hopefully it will pass since tomorrow is my off day. Miles were 8:44, 7:45, 7:20, 7:11, 6:57, 6:51, 6:55.

Monday, July 23rd
Rest day.
Weights workout since I didn't get it in yesterday.

Tuesday, July 24th
4M run + 2M w/ 100, 200, 200, 300, 300, 200, 200, 100 (equal rest)
COMMENTS: Met up with Hanna again - So nice to have people to run with! :) We started with a 4 mile run that averaged out to exactly 8:00 pace and then we knocked out some "structured strides" on the track. The full 2 miles were in 13:18 with times of 19, 41, 40, 60, 61, 39, 39, 19 for the hard segments. No major foot pain during the run!

Wednesday, July 25th
60' run on the Seabrook trails + 40' bike alongside Jake
COMMENTS: My legs were shot this morning. It was like running on cement pegs! Regardless, I got to enjoy running in the great outdoors on a beautiful trail with my husband for company. Couldn't complain a bit! :) Hopefully the fatigue is just a side effect from the long late night drive down yesterday.

Thursday, July 26th
60' run with Jake in the AM
25' run with Jake in the PM
COMMENTS: I still felt terrible on this morning's run, and to be honest, I didn't feel "good" this afternoon either, but I definitely felt better than I have been! I'm hoping that's a good sign for tomorrow morning. :) Either way, I'm thankful to have had such nice running surfaces this week and especially thankful for the health to run twice today! :)

Friday, July 27th
5M run + strides at Memorial Park
COMMENTS: I STILL feel like poop. Gosh, this has been one of the worst running weeks I can remember, hahah! At least I cherish my runs enough these days not to care about that. :) I did 5 miles at Memorial Park this morning and then tacked on one mile of 30" stride, 30" walk recovery. The full 6 miles took me 50:20.

Saturday, July 28th
2M warm up + 6M progressive (7:30 to 6:15 pace, cutting down 15" per mile)
COMMENTS: I have GOT to figure out what's going on with my body. It took me so long to loosen up this morning that I had to let Katie, Hanna, and Jake warm up ahead of me! The entire workout was pretty much a battle, but I'm glad to have gotten it in. I had to use the restroom after the first 2M in the progression portion, but held off as long as I could. Ended up having to use a port-o-potty right before our last loop so I had to do the final two miles solo. Mile splits were 7:26, 7:09, 6:57, 6:46, 6:29, 6:15 (6:50 AP) so we definitely hit the nail on the head, regardless of how bad it felt. Glad to be back at Trinity Park though... Nice to have a had a full week of training on mostly soft surfaces!

Total weekly mileage: 45M


  1. have you gotten your ferritin levels tested recently?

    1. No... I'm really anxious to get it tested too. I'm seeing a new doctor and she wants to do several tests, but is waiting to do them all at once (after she finds out what the other specialists want to see). I'm considering just getting it tested on my own while I wait though... Something's definitely off and it shouldn't be at 40 miles!

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  3. if i were you i would test for serum ferritin, cbc, vitamin d and estrogen. i don't know off the top of my head what the "normal" range is for all of those (but the bloodwork results would include that information) but if your ferritin is below 20 then that could definitely account for how you're feeling. anything between 20 and 50 is okay but not great for a distance runner and above 50 is solid. also make sure they test serum ferritin, not iron, because your iron levels can vary depending on what you've eaten recently. serum ferritin is a more reliable indicator.

    1. Yeah, we already know my CBC and Estrogen have some abnormal values; just trying to figure out what to do next. I'll see if I can get the Serum Ferritin test without a doctor request this week!

      Thanks for the advice!