Well, I survived another round of training and work. It is definitely easier when it's not my weekend to work. My run week runs Monday - Sunday, but my work schedule runs Sunday-Saturday, so when I work 12s on the weekends it just mess everything up.
I don't know why I set myself up this fall the way I did. It could be I like a challenge, maybe I like to just be stressed out about a lot of things, or perhaps I'm a sadist and just glutton for some punishment. Whatever the reason I signed myself up for a full, a half and the Akron marathon relay. I'm the least nervous about the half, but the other two.... Well, I would like to PR in the marathon again and with the relay I have 3 freaky fast chicks counting on me to drop the trailer and move my butt.
Training is much more difficult than I thought it would be with 3 days/week off. One day, half the time is just dedicated to recovering from the long hours I put in at work. Not to mention, I am a sucker for OT. These last two weeks at work have been extremely stressful on the unit, because the patient acuity is so high and we are short-staffed. This stresses the nurses that are coming to work out and then they call off, so it's just one stressful day after another. I refuse to call off, even though I dread the thought of going in some days and I hate having too many patients I don't know where to begin, so when the boss asks if I can come in early to help alleviate evening shift, of course I say yes.
All that said, here is the run down from round 3. I am on borrowed time as I offered to come back in at 7:00pm tonight and it's already 10:30am and I need some sleep.
Mon: 13 miles (long run - 8:34/mile)
Tues: 2 miles (easy treadmill - 10:00/mile) and rehab exercises (SI joint in my spine is bugging me)
Fri: 8 miles (tempo 2 mile warm-up with 4x100 strides, 3 miles at 8:00/mile, 1 mile easy 10:00/mile, 1 mile 7:30/mile, 1 mile cool-down)
Sat: 7.5 miles (easy roads - 9:12/mile)
Sun: Double Day 2 miles (easy 8:42), 7.5 miles (easy - 8:34/mile) and rehab exercises
Total: 40 miles