Manic Monday – 05/12/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out goals for the upcoming week.

Well, we all know that last week was very exciting for many reasons.  Engagement, birthday, race… Lots of awesomeness.  And what’s even more awesome is that I actually managed to (mostly) stick to my training schedule for the first time in weeks.  Yay!

Scheduled cross-training day, so I did 45 minutes on a recumbent bike.  I like this position a lot better because it doesn’t squish my lady-bits (maybe TMI, but it’s true).  I put it on a level 10 hill setting and I was really sweaty and tired after.  I also did some planks and stretching.

Photo May 05, 7 15 23 PM

Scheduled run day.  I decided to do some hills, so I went to one of the biggest hills nearby, on Battery Street along the water front.  I ran half a mile to get there at an easy pace, then ran up and down this hill 3 times (ugh), and half a mile home.  That’s all I had the feet heart for since the Asics hadn’t been exchanged yet.  It ended up being 2.7 miles.

This guy sucks.  A lot.

This guy sucks. A lot.

Scheduled cross-training day.  I just didn’t have any energy left.  I didn’t get a lot of sleep last weekend, and since we’re house-sitting for Ben’s parents, we’ve been getting up at 5:30 every morning (cringe) to let the dogs out, feed them, feed the horse, feed the chickens, shower, eat, etc, all before a 45 minute commute to work.  Instead, I went and exchanged my shoes and went home.  We did do some laundry and cleaning around the house, though, which is better than nothing.

Since all week, Ben was the one rushing home after work to take care of the animals, I thoughtfully volunteered to go home tonight so that he could go play basketball with his friends.  Aren’t I nice? 😉  I decided to do some yoga, stretching, and foam rolling instead.

My birthday!  I did 10 push-ups before work, just because.  Then I snuck in a super quick 2 mile run after work, showered, and met Ben at Vermont Tap House for wood-fired pizza and beer.  No, no pictures.  Bad blogger, no cupcake.  But we had delicious Buffalo Chicken pizza.  Nomalicious.  And we bumped into one of my dear high school friends I haven’t seen in years!

photo 3Saturday
In the morning was the VT Respite House Jiggety Jog 5k (recap coming soon) and then in the evening was my birthday party.  It was a busy, awesome day, especially because I got to take a nap in the afternoon.  There were tacos, beer, a bonfire, and lots of my best friends and family helping me celebrate.  What’s not to love?

We woke up with a house full of guests and made lots of potatoes, eggs and coffee.  After that, Ben needed a nap, so I headed out to Lang Farm Nursery to buy my mommy some Mother’s Day flowers.  It was great to hang with the fam and celebrate my beautiful mother.  Then, Ben and I had dinner at Burger Barn, and went to bed at 9pm.  Yeah, we’re old.

Now, let’s see how I did with last week’s goals.

  • Complete scheduled runs on Tuesday and Thursday (3 miles each)
  • Take the stairs.
  • HAVE FUN at the Jiggety Jog on Saturday.

I’m happy to report that I met all of these goals this week!  I did some biking and some yoga last week for cross-training, I have taken the stairs every day (sometimes twice a day!), I did my 2 short training runs, and I had an absolute blast at the race on Saturday.  Yay, achievement!

Now, some goals for the upcoming week:

  • Continue taking the stairs (I’m just going to make this a permanent thing, so I won’t be listing it going forward)
  • Take care of my foot.  It’s much, much better, but still not 100%.  I got an awesome foot massager for my birthday, so I’m going to continue to stretch, massage, and rest it as much as possible.
  • 10 push-ups every day.  I’d like to make this an ongoing thing where I add one push-up each week.  My arms have always been something I’m self-conscious about, and with a wedding on the horizon, I’d like to feel better about them.
  • Run in the morning once we’re done house-sitting.  Getting up at 5:30 these past few weeks at Ben’s parents’ house has made me realize that if I can get up at 5:30 to let the dogs out, I can definitely do it at home to run.  As we head into warmer weather, this is going to make getting my runs done a lot easier.

Did anyone else race this weekend?  How did it go?

Is anybody in the early morning run club?  How do you find the motivation to get up and out early?

8 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 05/12/14

  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe says:

    I’m not necessarily an early morning run, but I’m definitely a before lunch work-outer. After lunch, the likelihood of me making it out other than running outside (which is pretty much the easy thing for me to do, when not injured) is very very low. Glad that your foot is getting better–fingers crossed!

  2. Rachel says:

    I love getting up early to run, especially during the summer when I want to avoid potentially scorching evenings. My motivation is usually at its highest in the morning, too. When I come home from work at night, all I usually want to do is lie around and relax. During the past year I became more of an evening/nighttime runner because that was when my running club practiced, but I’m going back to early wake-ups this spring/summer. 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      Seriously, when I get home the LAST thing I want to do is exercise, haha! I’m hoping that now that I’ve gotten into the habit of getting up early, morning runs will be a lot easier!

  3. runsaltrun says:

    Push ups are amazing and so underrated. I do them several times a week! It sounds like you had a great week last week and an even better birthday weekend! 🙂

    I’m more of an early morning runner now than I used to be only because it’s going to start becoming a necessity. I always went out early for my longs because I have to be home in time for my husband to go to work, but now that it’s starting to get wicked hot out, I think I’ll go early during the week too just to beat it. (Usually I run at lunch.)

    • DarlinRae says:

      Yeah, it’s definitely mostly a “beat the heat” thing for me. Not sure I’ll keep it up in the winter time–I HATE getting up when it’s dark out!

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