Manic Monday – 08/04/14

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

Ummm, holy crap, it’s August!  How did that happen?!  This year is just flying by…  Anywho, this week was a good week.  While I didn’t manage to do my long run, I had a couple of great shorter runs, and did some at-home cross-training, so I feel good.

Monday (Scheduled Cross-Training)
Monday turned into an unscheduled rest day.  It was POURING most of the day, so I only walked TO work (~2.2 miles), and Ben picked me up in the evening for grocery shopping.  We made a quick dinner, and were in bed, lights out by 9pm, which we both totally needed.

Tuesday (Scheduled Hill Repeats)
I actually woke up 5 minutes before my alarm (5:10am, ugh!) and got my tushie out the door.  This time, I did 4 repeats of Battery Street instead of 3, and my average pace was a whole minute faster than last time I did hill repeats!  Woo!  Progress!  I also walked to and from work (~4.4 miles), did a 1 minute plank, 10 push-ups, and some clam-shells for my hips.

Photo Jul 29, 6 07 52 AM

Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training)
I walked to and from work (~4.4 miles), did a 1 minute plank, 10 push-ups, and clamshells.

Thursday (Scheduled 4 mile run)
I got up at the ungodly hour of 5:15 am and did 4 awesome miles. I felt really good the whole run, and probably could have gone further if I’d had more time. I’m definitely getting faster-woo! I also walked to and from work (~4.4 miles). After work, we had dinner with our friends Aimee ad Andrew. Aimee is 40+ weeks pregnant, so we spent a lot of time trying to convince the baby to come out 🙂

Photo Jul 31, 6 11 35 AM

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)
We had a long day of driving.  Ben and I drove down to MA to meet up with our friends Pepe and Shannon so we could all carpool to a wedding in CT.  Our friends Jayson and Lauren got married 🙂  But since hotel rooms were $189 (!!!!), we drove back to MA that night and crashed at Pepe and Shannon’s.

Saturday (Scheduled 7 Mile Run)
This ended up being a rest day.  After a big brunch and driving home, we only had about 2 hours before we were due to go to a dinner party at our friend Erik’s house.  The spread was AMAZING.  We started with a soft cheese plate, then had a spinach salad with walnuts and goat cheese, and the main course was a pork, veal and beef meatloaf with a glazed bacon topper, and we finished with a chocolate espresso Dacquoise (Google it, it’s amazing).  Holy hell, it was delicious.  Before bed, I squeezed in 10 push ups and a few sets of clam shells.

Photo Aug 02, 10 00 50 PM

Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day)
Ben and I slept in till about 10, which was totally necessary after yet another whirlwind weekend.  After a leisurely breakfast and some blog catch-up, we had a very productive day of cleaning, packing, sorting through crap, and meal planning.  We were both exhausted, though, so we didn’t actually make it to the grocery store.  Oh well!  Right before bed, I did some squats and push ups using the Runtastic Squats and Push Ups apps (thanks for the heads up, Lauren!), and also did some clam shells and leg lifts for my hips.

My main goals for this week are to keep up with some light cross-training like hip strengthening exercises, push ups, and planks, and to fit in a long run this week.  I may need to squeeze the long run in during the week, because we have another wedding weekend in Maine this coming weekend, and I’m not sure what running conditions will be like.

How was your weekend? Did you manage a long run?

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20 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 08/04/14

  1. prettylittlerunner says:

    Omg this post is making me hungry!!!! I’m so jealous of your hill repeats! I’m going to attempt a set on Tuesday… Not going to lie I’m scared;) it looks like you had a great weekend! Happy Monday and Happy August!!!!

  2. dgobs says:

    Awesome job with the hill repeats and the long mid-week run! It’s so much fun to see improvements like that… makes it all worth it 🙂

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    Tell Erik he is fixing me dinner for the rest of my life. Seriously. I would probably look like your friend (40 + weeks? GET OUTTA HERE. No. Really. Get out), but it would be worth it.
    No go with the long run this weekend–tendonitis flare up, but hopefully back on track this weekend!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Yeah, he’s pretty amazing. He just hosts dinner parties whenever he feels like cooking crazy good food. I love him. But that meal (and that scotch) definitely contributed to me not running long this weekend. Oh well!

  4. runsaltrun says:

    You’re welcome and thank YOU for the shout! Are you liking the apps so far??
    Solid training week, friend! Sending good baby vibes to your friend. 40 weeks pregnant is NO FUN.

  5. txa1265 says:

    Great week and excellent progress – hills are an incredible challenge, but get easier over time … I find it unbelievable that a hill I couldn’t bike all the way up without walking it for a bit 3 years ago I can now run up without breaking my stride!

    And you had a crazy schedule, so I applaud how well you did sticking to things!

  6. piratebobcat says:

    Nice workout week! I’m not sure what happened to July either. How did it fly by?!?! I’m jealous of your Maine trip. I used to go up there quite a bit for work, but it’s been several years. I do miss it. I wouldn’t worry about the conditions….it will be nice!

    • DarlinRae says:

      I just hope I can find a safe place to run-it’s a tiny lake set in between several major roads. But it is beautiful 🙂 Little Ossippee Lake is where Ben’s Grammy lives, and the wedding is in Portland.

  7. Rachel says:

    Okay I hope I don’t maintain many friendships after college because I could not stand to go to a wedding every weekend. Absolutely not. I don’t know how you do it.

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