Weekly workouts 5/15-5/21: Cutback week

This week was an intentional cutback week (unlike last week that ended up being one unintentionally). But even so, I ended up cutting back a bit further than I was supposed to and didn't get my 5 days in. 

weekly workouts

I've been having a lot of tightness in my calves and IT bands, mostly because of missing barre and yoga workouts. I don't want to end up injured, so I know I need to prioritize those workouts a little better. Last week, for the first time in several weeks, I managed to get to two barre classes and afterwards my calves and IT bands felt so much better. On my runs after those classes, the tightness was gone. This is why I love barre. 

Other than successful barre class attendance last week, the rest of my workouts were a bit sketchy. 

On Tuesday, I got an allergy shot and I had gone 14 days since my last one, which is the maximum time. They also increased my dosage this time, too. I ran on Tuesday night, but I felt really achy, flu-like achy. Since my husband was sick with what seemed like the flu (full body aches, etc), I thought maybe I had a touch of it, even though I had no other symptoms other than some aches and pains. 

By Wednesday, I still was feeling off, so I took an entire day of rest. Thursday I felt much better and headed out to run. My pace was faster and other than some of that calf/IT band tightness, it was a good, albeit humid, run. And I got myself to barre on Thursday, too. 

I think that the aching, outside of the my calves and IT bands, was caused my the allergy shot. I did some digging and apparently, that can be a side effect. Fun times. But it resolved quickly, so I'm not too concerned. 

Friday I felt like I still needed another barre class to continue to loosen my calves and IT bands, so I went there on Friday morning. 

Saturday was just a disgusting, humid run. Humidity always makes me feel so incredibly bloated when I'm running. Miserable. I ran without a watch since I was so annoyed at the humidity and didn't want to be bothered by time or pace. 

Sunday, instead of running in the morning, I decided to run after dinner. The weather was actually pretty decent - cloudy, breezy (still near 100% humidity, though), so I was excited to run. I got about 2 miles in and my dinner decided it did not agree with me. I had to turn around and do a painful, crampy run/walk home. I barely made it home and was sick for about two hours afterwards. Thankfully, it didn't last long and I feel fine today. But ugh! That messed up my long run this week and I came up short with my overall mileage. 

At least it was a cutback week. And all of the weird issues were flukes and not ongoing problems. And as long as I can get myself to barre or yoga a few times a week, I should be able to keep the IT band issues at bay. 

Workout recap

Last week's goals

Goal 1 5 runs Miss
Goal 2 At least 2 barre/yoga classes Hit

Last week's workouts

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday:  Easy run - 3.02 miles @ 9:15 pace
  • Wednesday: Off (not feeling great)
  • Thursday:
    • Easy run - 4.01 miles @ 8:49 pace
    • Barre class
  • Friday: Barre class
  • Saturday: Easy run - 3 watchless, humid miles 
  • Sunday: Run/walk/slog/digestive issues - 4ish miles (no watch)

Last week's totals

Total miles: 14.03 miles
Total runs: 4 (sort of)
Total barre/yoga: 2
Total workouts: 6

Outside of workouts, I had a fun week. D and I had our first date night since the holidays. Seriously. We hardly ever go out without B. It's ridiculous and we need to do it at least once, maybe twice a month, but I get lazy about lining up a  babysitter.

B's school has a monthly Parents Night Out event and they just started this month, so we took advantage of that and let B hang out with his friends for a little longer at daycare. D and I went to see Beauty and the Beast (finally!) and had dinner at Napa Mt. Pleasant. In an amusing coincidence, B also watched Beauty and the Beast (the cartoon version) at his "slumber party."

Delicious Dinner of locally Caught fish at Napa

Delicious Dinner of locally Caught fish at Napa

I absolutely loved Beauty and the Beast, and Napa was fantastic! That restaurant is now on regular rotation. I was a little disappointed that Beauty and the Beast didn't have more songs from the Broadway musical in it, but I enjoyed the updates to the storyline and the fixed plot holes. And the acting was amazing. It's always been one of my favorite stories, Disney movies, and Broadway shows, so I'm so glad we got to see the live action movie in the theater, even if we were way late. 

Saturday we went to the pool and the beach! We gave B the choice after the pool between going to the beach or mini golfing, and he chose beach. It was fun, but it's definitely tourist season and the beach was more crowded than usual.

water baby

water baby

Macy at the beach!

Macy at the beach!



We also decided to take our dog, Macy, to the beach and see what she thought. It was her first time there and she was nervous and unsure about all the activity (she's a skittish dog who was abused), but still curious. She just enjoyed hanging out on the beach towel and taking in all of the activity. 

After last week's cutback week and a bit of rest, I'm ready to tackle this week and get back to training. I'm currently rebuilding my mileage base so I can start half marathon training in August. Otherwise, still no races on the calendar, just trying to get my run back. 

How was your week? Have you seen Beauty and the Beast? Is it hot and humid yet where you live? 

I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  for their Weekly Wrap post, as well as Eat, Pray, Run DC for her weekly training recap.

Weekly workouts 5/8-5/14: Mother runner

A belated Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

I had a little bit of an unintentional cutback last week. My mom was in town for the latter half of the week and my schedule just ended up being a little crazier than anticipated. But, weeks like this happen, and overall, I'm still on the right track. 

But before the craziness began, I did manage to get a few other blog posts posted. Here's what you may have missed on the blog last week:

Fitness expenses running wild (and what I'm doing about it)
Guide to summer races in Charleston, SC

weekly recap

Workout recap

Last week's goals

Goal 1 5 runs Miss
Goal 2 At least 2 barre/yoga classes Miss

Last week's workouts

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday:  Easy run 6.01 @ 9:06
  • Wednesday: Easy run 3.01 miles @ 8:44 pace
  • Thursday: Yoga via FabFitFun TV
  • Friday: Speedwork (3x1 mile) - 6.01 miles total, repeat splits: 7:31, 7:28, 7:38
  • Saturday: Easy run - 3.02 miles @ 8:43
  • Sunday: Off 

Last week's totals

Total miles: 18.05 miles
Total runs: 4
Total barre/yoga: 1
Total workouts: 5

Goals for next week

Goal 1 5 runs
Goal 2 2 barre workouts

There isn't very much to talk about with workouts last week other than a decent mile repeat speedwork session. It was so hot that day and it was a tough workout but I got it done and hit fairly close to my pace goal for those repeats. 

I missed my long run on Sunday. I didn't plan my timing well. I thought our brunch reservations were for a half an hour later than they were, which left me crunched for time in the morning. And by the time evening rolled around, I was tired from running around all day. 

Clockwise from the top left: The octopus was out at the aquarium, Fun at the pineapple fountain, Beach bubbles, Mini golfing with a 2 year old, the view from fleet landing

Clockwise from the top left: The octopus was out at the aquarium, Fun at the pineapple fountain, Beach bubbles, Mini golfing with a 2 year old, the view from fleet landing

We spent Mother's Day weekend visiting the aquarium, the beach, the Pineapple Fountain downtown, and mini golfing.

On Saturday night, we went to the Boathouse at Breach Inlet on Isle of Palms for dinner and on Sunday, we had brunch at Fleet Landing downtown. Whenever my mom visits, she always likes to visit restaurants that have water views. As much water as we have here in Charleston, there are shockingly few waterfront restaurants but both the Boathouse and Fleet Landing fit the bill. 

When you have dinner with a toddler at a restaurant, there are toys on the table 

When you have dinner with a toddler at a restaurant, there are toys on the table 

While I didn't have a very relaxing Mother's Day (seriously, any other moms out there just want to go for a run and then sleep all day on Mother's Day?), I did have fun with my family. And B and D got me pretty much the best gifts ever. They adopted an otter from the South Carolina Aquarium in my name and got me some bracelets from a company that gives back to sea turtle rescue. Yep, pretty perfect as far as presents go.

B apparently picked out the color of my bracelets. He also promptly stole the stuffed otter that came in my adoption package. And he painted a pretty cool "dinosaur" for me. 

MOther's day presents - adopted otter, sea turtle bracelets and a "Dinosaur" painting by b

MOther's day presents - adopted otter, sea turtle bracelets and a "Dinosaur" painting by b

And that was my week. Not a exactly a stellar week of workouts, but a fun week with family.

How was your week?

I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  for their Weekly Wrap post, as well as Eat, Pray, Run DC for her weekly training recap.

Fitness expenses running wild (and what I'm doing about it)

Anyone else have out of control fitness expenses? Seriously. I sat down recently and looked at all of my expenses and outside of basic living (food, mortgage/housing, healthcare, toddler, dogs, etc.), fitness is my biggest discretionary spend per month. And it's mostly on gym and studio memberships. 

wrangling my fitness expenses

We're hoping to buy (or build) a new house soon since our house is just not working for our lifestyle at this point - two people working from home, a toddler, 4 dogs, and multiple out-of-town family members who come stay with us for vacations. Yeah, it's busy (and crowded) here. 

In order to get the house/space we want (because I'm not into compromising this time around), we need to save some cash to get our mortgage payment where we want it (because I'm also not going to be house poor). So it's time to cut back on some of my monthly spending and funnel that all into savings specifically for a house downpayment. 

Things I'll keep

  1. My running coach. I need her. She stays. Non-negotiable.
  2. My gym membership to O2 fitness (for now). They've got treadmills. And I don't, and I won't until we have a larger space for one. I need a treadmill for summer speedwork. Plus they have BodyFlow and BodyPump class (among other things) that I need make better use of. I've been to the gym probably once in the past 7 months or so. I'm paying for it. I need to use it. 
  3. Class pass to my favorite barre studio. I'll keep this, but spread out my class pack to make it last longer so I'm not purchasing it as frequently. 
  4. Annual paddleboarding membership at Ocean Fitness. I live at the beach for a reason. Paddleboarding is one of them. Plus one annual membership there costs less than a monthly class pack at most studios. 

Things that go

  1. My many other class passes to other studios. It's just not necessary and most of them aren't close enough to my house for me to get to them in the times I have to go. Both the gym and the barre studio are less than 5 minutes from my house. Any farther than that and it doesn't work for me. I end up not using them all and they expire. It's time to stop wasting money. 

Things I'm trying

I'd like to do some quick (30 minutes or less) HIIT and yoga workouts at home so I can squeeze in a few more strength sessions each week. So I'm checking out a few apps. 

  1. I signed up for a 30-day free trial of Daily Burn. It has a fairly comprehensive selection of workouts, but not as many of the shorter sessions I was looking for. 
  2. Right after I signed up for Daily Burn, FabFitFun subscription box (which I subscribe to) released FabFitFun TV and it comes with the box membership. The workouts look promising and there are several shorter ones, so I plan to try those since they come with my box subscription.  

Anyone else find their fitness expenses getting out of control? What do you do to reign it in?