Weekly recap (2/6-2/12): Slowly

Things may be starting to improve over here! Maybe? Hopefully?

I started to feel my strength coming back this week and could push myself in barre classes. Yes! Running is still a bit shaky and I don't feel quite ready to start pushing myself, but it's not as painful as it's been over the past several months. And I actually had fun on my runs this week, which is new.

It's feeling like my ferritin and Vitamin D levels are starting to make that slow uphill climb back to normal. Possibly, maybe? I've also felt like my asthma and allergies aren't quite as bad, even though the pollen count has been through the roof and it's been humid. Baby steps, but I'm hoping I've finally (finally) turned a corner.  

weekly workouts February 2-16, 2017

I've also been posting things other than weekly recaps here on the blog. Go me! Here are some you may have missed: 

Friday Five: Favorite winter activities
Recipe: Buttery butterscotch coffee
How to mind map your life

Workout summary

  • Monday: Barre
  • Tuesday:  Off
  • Wednesday: Easy run - 3.09  miles (8:32 pace)
  • Thursday: Easy run - 4.08 miles (8:42 pace)
  • Friday: Barre
  • Saturday: Family bike ride - 5.5 miles
  • Sunday: Easy run - 4 miles

Crosstraining: 1
Barre/strength: 3
Runs: 3
Total miles: 11.17 miles
Total workouts: 6

In the midst of workouts, I had a fun weekend with friends, but way too much beer (and pizza). I hardly ever drink and when I do, it's usually just one drink (and sometimes I don't even finish that). I had four beers this weekend (two Friday night, two Saturday night), which is four beers more than I've had in the past 6 months. And they made me so congested! I felt groggy and stuffed up all weekend and into Monday.

Good times. I guess I have some kind of beer intolerance now, too? Apparently that's a thing. Sigh. Or maybe I always had it and that's why I felt so crappy after drinking in my younger days (even if I didn't have a hangover). At least it's easy for me to forgo alcohol most of the time at this stage of life. Silver linings, right?

Anyway, overall a good week and a short recap. I'm not training for anything right now and I'm just trying to get my run back. It seems like that might be starting to happen. 

How was your week? 

As always with my Weekly Recaps, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  for their Weekly Wrap post. 

Are you following me on Instagram? I tend to post more details about my workouts there (and a bunch of other stuff that never makes it to the blog). Follow me @intotheglimmer!

Friday Five: Favorite winter activities

I originally had this post queued up a few weeks ago, but replaced it with one I felt was a bit more important and then promptly forgot to post it for a few weeks after that. But I still wanted publish this one since winter has turned into one of my favorite times of year since living in Charleston. So here we are. 

Winter in Charleston isn't very wintry, which is one of the big reasons we live here. I hate winter. I hate cold weather. And by cold, I mean anything below 60 degrees, unless I'm running, then it can drop to 45-55 and I'll be happy.


So here are my 5 favorite winter activities in Charleston:

1) Going to the beach

There is something magical about the beach in the winter, especially when the temperatures stay mild. Even though the water isn't warm enough for most people, the weather is much more pleasant than the stifling summer humidity. Plus the lack of tourists makes parking easy. 

2) Oyster roasts (and eating all of the oysters)

Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with oysters. Don't get near my bucket, you guys, I will finish the entire thing and then some. And we don't have any shortages of oyster roasts here in the winter. There are usually multiple ones happening everyone weekend, from ones at restaurants to special events and fundraisers.

One of the bigger ones is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall, which we've been to twice. It's a fun one, but I like the smaller ones at local restaurants just as much (if not more). 

3) Running and racing

For many people, winter running means bundling up and bracing yourself against snow and ice. For people in Charleston, winter running means not dying from humidity and actually running in very pleasant temperatures (50s/60s). Most of the winter, I can still run in shorts and a t-shirt (in the summer, this is way overdressed). "Bundling up" means capri pants and a long sleeve shirt. 

And because of the perfect temps, racing is much better in the winter here, too. Winter is PR season, and I'm sad that I'm missing it this year because of recovering from all of my crazy sickness. 

And sometimes, there are races that also have oyster roasts. Perfection!

4) Hot yoga

I love hot yoga, but I just can't bring myself to do it in the summer when it's sweltering outside. But in the winter, it's glorious. And my favorite yoga studio is Charleston Power Yoga (although I do wish they'd open a studio on my side of town - it can be a bit of a hike with traffic to get there, even though it's less than 8 miles away). 

5) Watching the sunrise or sunset

The sunrises and sunsets in the winter are absolutely stunning. So many different colors. But don't just take my word for it. Here are some pictures (which, really don't even do the colors justice): 

What do you like to do in the winter? Do you love it or hate it? 

I'm linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 Linkup. 

Past Friday Five posts:

Recipe: Buttery Butterscotch Coffee

Yes, this coffee needs "butter" in its name twice.

I'm having a moment with butterscotch. Really, I've always loved it. When I was a kid, my uncle would always come over and give me butterscotch hard candies, and I'd always eat a few too many. 

But now I have Starbucks to thank for this recent resurgence of affection. The Smoked Butterscotch Latte might be my new addiction. But instead of buying one everyday, I figured I could make my own (possibly less sugary) version. 

So I did. And it wasn't half bad. 


Here's how to make it:

Brew up some of your favorite coffee (mine is the Kiawah Island Blend from Charleston Coffee Roasters). 

Add 2 overflowing tablespoons (or more if you like more flavor) of homemade butterscotch (here's a good recipe - I also add a teaspoon of sea salt). Please use homemade butterscotch, not the nasty store bought stuff!

Top off with your favorite unflavored creamer or coconut milk and a tablespoon of coconut oil. 

Toss them all in a shaker bottle (or blender) and shake or blend until foamy and frothy. 

Pour into your coffee mug and enjoy!

Posted on February 7, 2017 and filed under Recipes.