Spring Challenge Weeks #4&5
Saturday, May 09, 2020
I didn’t get my weekly blog up last Saturday because I was just wiped out. I struggled through my long run (but did complete it) and then had nothing left in me. I even took a long nap which I almost never do on Saturdays (Sunday afternoon naps are my thing). This was the second week in a row that I struggled through my long run. This time, though, it did occur to me that it could be an iron issue. All three of my kids and I have a hard time storing iron in our bodies. My oldest has had it the worst and has to get IV iron infusions every year or so. Thankfully, the rest of us are able to do okay just taking iron supplements. I take a multivitamin that has iron in it, plus an extra iron pill every day. But last summer I noticed that when I started getting around 90 minutes in my running that I felt sluggish, so I added an extra iron pill and then I felt great (or at least as great as I’m going to feel running, ha!). I had forgotten all about that until last week, so I was hopeful this week would be better once I added more iron and it was SOOOO much better (even though I forgot to take my vitamins on Sunday and Thursday). I can’t believe the difference it makes and I’m so relieved to have that figured out.
If I had blogged last week I would have been able to report that I lost 3 pounds; unfortunately, this week I gained back 2 of those pounds, sigh. I think hormones might have exaggerated the loss last week, but it’s still discouraging to be going the wrong direction.
I'm skipping my detailed weekly exercise recap since I'd have 2 weeks to report, plus it's been a busy day and I'm ready to go to bed! I'll quickly sum it up by saying that for Week 4 I got in all my planned workouts. For Week 5, I wasn't feeling well on Wednesday, so I skipped that workout and that messed things up a little for the week. I rearranged my schedule a bit, but ended up missing one 30 minute run and a stretching session. But otherwise I did pretty good and I ran for 100 (turtle pace) straight minutes today! This is my third year doing this particular running plan and it always feels so good to hit hat 100 minute mark.
I started working again this week. I go 3 days a week to help with the curbside food distribution program in the school district I sub in. I’ve enjoyed the work, but it’s been a bit of a shock to be out of the house, ha! I feel pretty safe doing it—they take our temps before we start, we wear masks and gloves, etc. It is pretty labor intensive though, so hopefully it's helping me burn a few extra calories!
Well, that’s about it for my recap. I hope everyone has a wonderful mother’s day. It’s always a little bittersweet for me because I lost my mom to cancer 10 years ago. I love being loved on by my family but I can’t help but miss my mom like crazy, so if you’re in that situation too, know that you’re not alone—my heart goes out to everyone who struggles with holidays like this. I do find that it helps a little to stay off social media for a few days until all the mother’s day posts have disappeared.