Friday Free-For-All – 06/28/19

Friday Free-For-All

Happy summer vacation to us! We just finished the first full week of Ben’s break, and we have been seriously getting after house projects. We cleaned the basement AND the garage, and finally got our garden going. Yay!

If you’re looking for some new running bottoms, check these on AmazonMy girlfriend Nikki swears by this brand, Baleaf, and got me a pair of the compression shorts for me birthday. All of their shorts, capris, and leggings have side pockets. The fit great too; no sliding down my butt or riding up my thighs. And the shorts are only $20! I can’t wait to get some leggings and capris too.

Baleaf Shorts

Photo from Amazon

I’m on a running hiatus at the moment. Remember how my left heel was hurting me after the VCM relay? I took a full week off and it seemed to be doing better, but it’s been up and down ever since. It never hurt WHILE I was running so I was reluctant to take another break, but I’m trying to be responsible and take care of myself. So no running for a week or two, and then we’ll see where I’m at. In the meantime I’m very busy with prep for Vera’s first birthday party (!!!!!), and I’m doing hip/glute exercises with my resistance bands every day, and rolling my feet and calves.

Vera’s first birthday is this coming Wednesday and I’m having ALL the feelings. It feels like this year had absolutely flown by and I can’t believe my baby is about to be a toddler. Frankly, I don’t really miss the newborn baby stage. Vera’s early infancy was very hard. Nowadays, she’s so much fun! I’m very excited to explore the toddler stage with her. I’m also very excited because both my and Ben’s entire immediate families will be in attendance–his sisters are coming in from Prague and DC, and one of my three sisters is making the trek in from Detroit (the other two live here in VT). We don’t have a theme or fancy decorations, and we’re not buying a smash cake. We’re focusing on a simple celebration with good food and plenty of adult beverages. Because honestly? The first birthday is more of a celebration for us having kept a kid alive and not killed each other for an entire year than anything else, haha!

Did you do a big, blowout party for your child’s first birthday?

Weekend Update – I Socialized!

Happy Monday, friends! I did something this weekend that I haven’t done in AGES: I socialized. TWICE! Crazy, right? Read on to hear more.

Since Ben had his usual Friday night broom ball game, I decided to head over to my friends Aimee and Andrew’s house. They have two little boys and are in the process of moving, so they had some baby and maternity stuff for me to pick through.


Of course, we also had a great time eating snack plates for dinner (SNACKS ARE LYFE) and getting caught up. I haven’t seen Aimee in a couple of months, so it was great to just hang out and chat.

Ben was a champion and did our grocery shopping on Thursday night, so we were able to just relax on Saturday morning, which was a treat. After breakfast, we got cracking on whipping our basement into shape.

When we moved in, most of our long-term storage stuff just got dumped down there to be dealt with later. But with our house warming party coming up, we wanted to at least get stuff up out of the middle of the floor and onto the shelves. We ended up going through 4-5 big boxes of stuff and either trashing, donating, or putting away the contents, which felt AWESOME! And we got everything up off the floor too. Win!


Clearing cobwebs to hang a flag we found while unpacking

After showers, we headed over to our friends Julia and Andrew’s house for a St. Paddy’s Day party. We were among the last to arrive, and we were the last to leave at the ridiculously late (for me) hour of 11 pm. We had a great time just chatting and eating snacks, and Ben and Andrew bonded over drinking games.

We slept in a bit on Sunday, and then pretty much lounged most of the day. We made a quick trip over to my in-laws’ place to grab some eggs and some mail, but otherwise didn’t do too much. I had hoped to work on a few sewing projects, but somehow during our many moves over the last couple of years, a critical piece of my sewing machine has gone missing. That was a huge bummer, but I still felt like making something, so I decided to bust out the old embroidery floss and makes some friendship bracelets just for the hell of it.


We had tacos for dinner and watched Hot Fuzz for the umpteenth time, then I called my parents, took a shower, read for a bit, and we went to bed.

Do you have an organized basement, or is it a hot mess like mine?

Finding the Silver Lining

So, yeah. Injured tailbone = absolutely nothing to report on. Really no training of any kind. Which means no Manic Monday training recap.

As I said in my post about injury last week, I’m choosing to look at this in the most positive light possible. Marathon training was really hard, and the marathon attempt itself was very tough both mentally and physically. I needed a break, and the universe gave me no choice but to take one. And I have to admit, not being able to work out has had some unexpected benefits.

Because I’m not training at the moment, I’ve got a lot more free time than I usually do. My new job at Athleta has helped to fill some of that time, but I’m actually enjoying my suddenly-free evenings, weekends and lunch breaks. I’ve been reading a LOT. I think I’ve finished eight books since I got hurt. I’m extremely happy about this. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but these last several months have been so busy between marathon training, Mary Poppins, and life, that I hadn’t read a book in I don’t know how long.

Another excellent thing is that Ben and I are finally keeping up with our cleaning schedule. Way back when, we planned out a schedule where we’re supposed to do different chores each day so that we don’t leave it all for the weekends and end up spending all day Saturday cleaning when we could be doing fun things. In theory, this was great, but it’s something that we hadn’t been good at keeping up with while we were both busy. Now, we just come home and do the day’s required chore right after work (or, well, after MY workday, since he’s on break). We have meal planned and grocery shopped based on the meal plan and actually followed through and cooked supper at home each night. I’ve been able to do meal prep stuff for my workday lunches, which has made a huge difference in the quality of the food I’m eating, not to mention cutting down on costs.

This weekend, I did a huge de-cluttering purge and reorganized my clothes loosely following the KonMari method. It felt AWESOME. My drawers and closet were bursting with clothes that were ill-fitting, or ripped, or stained, or that I just plain never wore, and now everything is neat and visible and I actually have room for everything. I got rid of a ton of old, unnecessary credit card statements, insurance EOB forms, and all kinds of other junk, and I love it! I’m planning to further purge our junk in the hopes that we can eliminate our storage unit some time soon and save ourselves $65 a month.

So even though I haven’t been running, I haven’t been too worried about it. And the good news is, I’m finally starting to feel a bit of improvement in the tailbone area. The pain level isn’t as high, and I’m not having to be quite as careful when moving around. I also discovered that planking somehow doesn’t hurt, so I’m trying to at least do a plank a day so I don’t totally fall off the fitness wagon. I have my annual physical on Thursday, so I plan to talk to my doctor about the tailbone issue and get some professional advice, but after more research and talking to friends who’ve had broken tailbones, I no longer think mine is broken; just badly bruised. And if that’s the case, I may be able to get back to some activity sooner rather than later, which would be nice.

Have you ever heard of the KonMari method? When’s the last time you did a big clothing purge?

Manic Monday – 11/10/14

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

The focus this week has been recovery after the RaceVermont Half Marathon.  I wanted to take a couple of days off, and then slowly build up a fitness routine again.  As I said in my November Goals post, this month my overall focus is on wedding preparations.  That being said, I’m still trying to keep up my fitness as well, especially going into the holiday season of excess.

Monday 11/03/14:
I was definitely a bit achy on Monday.  My hips in particular were sore, so I spent some time with my foam roller after work.  My quads felt better after, but my calves actually were even more sore on Tuesday.

Tuesday 11/04/14:
I intended to do more foam rolling, but just couldn’t force myself to do it.  I did five modified (from the knees) push-ups, 5 dips, a 30-second plank, and 30-second planks on each side.  It wasn’t much, but it felt good to work my muscles a bit.

Wednesday 11/05/14:
I was more than ready to get back to the gym after a couple of days off, but my left calf was still curiously tight, so I decided to spend some quality time with the recumbent bike instead of jumping back into running.  I did 10.5 miles in 45 minutes, thanks to the ever-creative Nicole telling me a funny story.  I also did 6 modified push-ups and a 30-second plank.

Photo Nov 05, 5 37 21 PM

Thursday 11/06/14:
Instead of going to the gym or running, I did a short leg circuit that I made up on the fly.  I definitely need to work on my balance, and on my hamstring strength–they’re so wimpy!  I also did a few modified push-ups and a 30-second plank.

Friday 11/07/14:
I had intended to finally get a run in, but my left foot had been getting more and more achy throughout the week, and by Friday I didn’t think it was a good idea to run.  I had a couple of beers after work and relaxed for a while, then went to bed relatively early (for a Friday night).

Saturday 11/08/14:
Saturday was a big cleaning/productivity day.  I did a load of laundry, cleaned and vacuumed our room plus the rest of the basement, put clean laundry away, and helped my future MIL paint trim in the basement addition.  After a shower, Ben and I had a few drinks over at our friends’ house, and came home to a late dinner of homemade lasagna.

Sunday 11/09/14:
Another super productive day around the house.  I put away the rest of the laundry, cleaned the bathroom (including clearing out the enormous medicine cabinet with 10+ years worth of expired medicines and junk), and helped with some more painting.  Then I spent the rest of the day in my PJs playing video games.

While I didn’t get in as many workouts as I would have liked, I think my cleaning binges this weekend helped to get me off my butt and burning some calories.  My foot is feeling much better today, so I’m going to try to get some lunch miles in.

This Week:

  • Monday:  2-3 miles easy.  Ease back in after a week off.
  • Tuesday:  Rest/light cross-training
  • Wednesday:  Final wedding dress fitting!!!
  • Thursday:  2-3 miles easy or yoga
  • Friday:  2-3 miles easy
  • Saturday:  Rest
  • Sunday:  Rest

Happy Monday!  Tell me something you’re excited for this week!