Can I have a normal week?

What is normal? I don't think it exists. That's certainly been true in my little running world lately. Sure I got in a good run on my Ohio trip, but when I headed to Birmingham for Social South last week, a "good" run just didn't happen. The conference was loaded with some valuable information to take back to work and to use personally as I look to eventually do something different, but it was also loaded enough that I was wiped out mentally at the end of both days. (If you're interested in any of the chatter about Social South, check out the #soso feed on Twitter.) I did manage to get in 2 miles on the treadmill and a short 2 miles on the bike at the hotel, but other than some decent walks to where the conference was, it was truly a rest week. At least with running. However, I didn't catch up on any sleep and I sat uncomfortably a lot.

But this week I have vowed to end my training on a high note. I don't want to feel like I left anything behind with my training this summer. It all started today with a decent 4-mile run during the hottest part of the day. I'll at least be better prepared for the heat this year if it's anywhere close to last year's misery.

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If you're a regular reader to my blog, you've probably noticed that it looks a bit different. To leave a comment on a post, click on "Comments" to the left of the entry. All my other information - links to other blogs, tags, etc. - is now at the bottom of the page. As always, I'm not committed to this design. I just felt like changing it the other day during a Wordpress discussion at Social South. Eventually I'll be brave enough to design everything on this blog myself; I just need the time (and confidence) to do it.