Tuesday - 3 miles
Wednesday - 5 miles race pace
Thursday - 3 miles
Saturday - 10 mile LSR
Sunday - Cross-train
Tuesday - 3 miles in 38 (12:36) plus walking warm up/down. I ran up and down the hills by campus. School must be starting because it was more crowded than usual. I won't run through campus until after the semester again. It was about 35 degrees out but still a lovely run.
Wednesday - I went for a hike with my friend and her dog to enjoy the social for the day. It was a lovely hike and she goes quite quickly (3.15 miles in 1 hour).
Saturday - 11.88 miles cycling in 59 minutes. We were ready pretty early for the kids' birthday party so I went out for a bike ride. It was a lovely day and I went easy to run LSR on Sunday (let's revisit that).
That's it. I woke up Sunday with something wrong with my back. I've never had any significant back issue before in my life. But I could barely walk. I spent Sunday and then the Monday holiday on a heat pack on the couch. I didn't go to the funeral I planned to attend Sunday or for a run or walk. I didn't clean the kitchen or do laundry. I sat and sat and took pain killers.
Today it is slightly better but it hurts and is hard to walk. Running is literally incomprehensible to me. The half-marathon is less than 4 weeks away. So far in my training plan, I've done my 5 mile LSR, skipped the 6 mile, had to stop the 7 mile at 5.5, run the 8 mile, skipped the 9 mile due to my stomach issues, and missed the 10 mile due to my back. I'm concerned about the race. Assuming my back feels better I can walk it in the worst case scenario but this is by far the least prepared I've ever been for an event.
On the bright side, our best friends donated $100 to my Livestrong effort yesterday putting me over my $1500 goal. I raised my goal to $1750 and hope to get a few more donations but right now I'm well over my previous high. I guess even if I have to walk the HM, I still have made a difference to those who need services from Livestrong.org.