Monday, January 9, 2017

Week in review Jan. 2-8: Run, lift, and that’s it

Run, lift, blah.
I have mixed feelings about last week. Overall, I got a decent amount of stuff done and a decent amount of training in, so yay me. (Having Monday off work helped a lot.) Bonus: We only went out to eat once and that was to catch up with a friend, so double yay for eating healthfully and saving money all week.

But, I didn’t do anything training-wise besides run and lift, and I feel like there is SO MUCH left to do that I just plain don’t have time for. I don’t understand how normal people get in a full night’s sleep, plan out their meals, do two workouts a day, build their core muscles, and that’s not to mention stuff like cleaning out their pantries and friggin’ bullet journaling. Let’s be real here: WTF? Who the hell has time for bullet journaling? Do they not have full-time jobs? I’m serious – I don’t understand.

So while I had a great running and lifting week, the yoga, the pre-hab, the goal to swim and bike once each per week, the pantry-cleaning, the clothes-sorting, the wall scrubbing, etc. all got put to the side. I ended up taking two days off from training: Tuesday to celebrate a friend’s birthday (with a home-cooked dinner at another friend’s house, so it was ideal) and Friday because I was just so over it by then. I hesitated making a crock pot dinner on a Friday but I was so glad I did – there was no temptation to order in barbecue after a long week.

It worked out to be:

Run: Five times, once outside and four times on the treadmill, for 31 miles in just longer than 5 hours. This is my bright spot of the week because this is the first 30-mile week I’ve had since my last marathon in October of 2015; the last time I hit 30 miles training was a month before that, when I was almost certainly running too much for what my body can handle. Yay for building back my running smartly!

But Saturday-ish the left side of my tailbone started acting up, which made running uncomfortable. I stopped halfway through Sunday’s 7-miler to stretch it out, which helped, but it still feels like something in my tailbone is out of line, or I have an inflamed nerve, or something. I had SI joint issues last summer on the right side, but it doesn’t feel quite like that. Maybe I overdid it lifting Saturday? Maybe my form is a bit off with the increased treadmill running? Today is a day off anyway, so I’m going to rest it and see if it feels better tomorrow.

Weights: Twice in about 2 hours, 20 minutes. This was one barre class on Monday, my last day of vacation, and a round of heavy/body weight lifting on Saturday after I was done with my errands and before the Lions snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again. I added a rep or two here or there and added weight for some other moves. Being consistent with lifting twice per week most weeks is starting to pay off.

Total: 7 sessions in about 7 hours, 24 minutes. I mean, this still works out to more than an hour a day, so it’s not all bad.

I sound a little bitter this week. I’m not sure if it’s the cold (we have had single-digit and negative degree wind chills all week), or the post-holiday post-vacation blahs, or what. I do have warmer temperatures to look forward to later this week, so I will try to get in at least one outdoor run. As far as the pantry-cleaning, that might have to wait.


  1. Ooh, I'm trying to use the crockpot more here; any go to recipes?!

    1. This past time I just threw in a beef roast, some potatoes and carrots, a bit of thyme, and some broth. Nothing too exciting! It's usually hunk of meat + root veggies + a few herbs.

      Tomorrow is my "secret recipe" pizza chicken, which is just chicken thighs, onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, pepperoni, oregano and tomato sauce. You could add whatever you like on a pizza.

      I made this for Christmas, and OMG was it amazing:

      This is my go-to chili recipe: I use the "plop everything in" method and use 1 square of baking chocolate in place of the cocoa.

      I make something like this a couple of times every winter, except I skip the olives because I hate them =) :

      I usually set everything to cook for 8 hours on low and then keep warm until I get home from work.