My workout got cut short today and it was completely out of my control.
The day started out relatively normal. I had an routine eye appointment at 9:30 (prescription is relatively constant - good news). I then took the kiddos to childcare at the fitness center so that I could do my prescribed run (3 miles @ 8:30, 6x800m @ 3:37, and 3 miles @ 8:00) sans stroller.
I started out on the trail with a 1 mile warm-up... I didn't even look to see what my average pace was... I'd guess about 9:20. I then set the virtual partner on the Garmin for 3 miles at a 8:35 pace. I felt strong thoughout and my heel didn't bother me a bit! I finished with 25:37... Perfect! I then hit the treadmill inside for the 800s. However, our weekly obligations require that I get home by 1 p.m. so I opted to do just 4 800s rather than the prescribed 6. I completed each at 3:32, 3:31, 3:29, and 3:29. I then went to the drinking fountain for some water... and I looked up to find Alisa, one of the childcare providers.
She informed me that my lil' Buddy was hitting, kicking, and scratching. She had tried to find me earlier when I was on the trail but hadn't... so he had had multiple offenses in the hour he was there. To top it off, he has had two prior incidences for which he was written up. So... I had to pull him (and thereby his sister) out. We are now on a 2-week involuntary 'vacation'.
I was so mad... so embarrassed. Tears actually started to pool up in my eyes. I didn't know what to say other than, "I'm so sorry." Alisa would then apologize to me - why, I'm not sure. I completely understand their policy. It makes complete sense.
It is just that the fitness center / on-site childcare is my saving grace! I become psychotic without exercise. I've signed up for a marathon! How am I going to continue to train without childcare? I don't have alternatives. My mind was racing. I told Buddy how upset I was with him. He started to cry. As I walked to the car, I started to doubt the possibilities of continuing with my training plan.
By the time I got home, though, I started to calm down. I do have alternatives... I just need to get creative. It is just a 2-week hiatus.
To summarize, I didn't complete the prescribed plan (although it started out fantastic!) due to circumstances beyond my control. However, I did manage to do 6 miles. We'll see what the weekend brings.