Weekly Recap: Moving Week (1/8-1/14)

Not quite back to normal

After the crazy snowiness, it was nice to return to a bit more normal temperatures last week. Although, I have to admit, I was sad to see the snow go. It felt like magic having all of that snow here in Charleston. But alas, the magic melted away and now it's just January.

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But while temps are normal for "just January," life still hasn't returned to a normal post-holiday routine yet.

Last week was moving week for us. While we've gradually been moving things over to the new house, the big move for the rest of our stuff (like furniture and clothes) was Saturday.

Our dogs are loving the new house

Our dogs are loving the new house

Because the holiday season was so busy and I was sick, injured, and in too much pain to do much at all during the week I had planned to pack everything up, I was left in a mad packing rush to get things ready to move. Not fun.

At least it was an easy move and I could just throw things in boxes and drive them 2 miles up the street. But that also means it was much less organized than how I usually move (with boxes clearly marked with their contents and the room they should go in). Not this time. I have so much to organize and not enough time to do it. 

Adding to the crazy last week were several deadlines for various projects plus a dog who needed a last-minute vet visit.

All of that meant my workouts had to shift and I didn't quite get to what I wanted to be doing regularly for 2018. But that's okay. I did what I could and my piriformis is thanking me for all this yoga!

Workout summary

Monday Yoga (2 classes)
Tuesday F45 Strength workout
Wednesday Off (unintended - had to take a dog to the vet instead)
Thursday Yoga
Friday Off - chiro visit + sports massage, crazy work day, no time to get in a workout
Saturday Off - moving day
Sunday Yoga
Totals 4 yoga
1 strength

The good news is, after a bunch of yoga, a visit to the chiropractor, and a deep tissue massage, I think I may actually be able to attempt running this week! YAY!

I have another sports massage scheduled for Monday evening, so I'm thinking I'll try a short run on Wednesday. Usually the day after a sports massage I'm super sore, but two days after, I feel awesome, so Wednesday should be a good day to try a run. 

I'm ready to return to normal routines, a normal, healthy, pain-free body, and to get back on the road and shed the Christmas cookie/injury weight (and then some). In general, lately, I've really been feeling stretched well beyond my limits and need to to curb that. And the lack of running isn't helping with curbing stress, either. A return to a boring, normal routine will be a welcome change.

How was your week? Does it take you a while to get back to normal after the holidays?


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As always, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap series.


Weekly Recap: Charleston Snow Day! (1/1-1/7)

Hello, 2018!

2018 certainly got off to a blustery start here in normally sunny and tropical Charleston! And the title of the post is a little misleading. We had more than one snow day. We had a whole week of snow days when a once-in-a-lifetime snow storm hit us on Wednesday. Charleston hasn't had that much snow since 1989 and it's rare that we even see one flake in the winter. We ended up with close to 6 inches where I live, along with lots of ice and no plows or salt trucks. 

charleston snow day 2018

Workout summary

Monday Yoga
Tuesday Yoga + F45 Strength workout
Wednesday Snow day! Charleston was closed.
Thursday Snow day #2 - Slow, snowy run
Friday Snow day #3 - Off
Saturday Yoga
Sunday Off
Totals 3 yoga
1 strength
1 run (2 miles)

Even though I went back to work at the day job, it still felt like an extended Christmas vacation with the snowy weather. I work from home, so it's always easier to go back after a staycation than if I worked in an office, but last week was a bit different since B was home from school every day but Tuesday and we were snowed/iced in most of the week. Somehow, I still managed to get a ton of work done, even with B camped on my lap. 

The bad news is I still can't really run.

The good news is my piriformis is definitely on the mend. I'm able to stand up straight again and am not in constant pain. I still have some pain depending on what position I'm in, but generally I'm feeling pretty good.

I did several yoga workouts, although not as many as originally planned because the studio was closed for snow, and one strength workout at F45.

I still felt it was smart to (mostly) rest from running for this week, but I couldn't resist at least a short slow run out in the snow. I've never run in snow before, and I have no idea when I'll ever get the chance to run in snow again, so I had to do it. I kept it slow, partially because of my piriformis and partially because of snow and ice, and I'm not prepared for running in that. But it was fun! 

snowy run
Snowy bridge on my run route

Snowy bridge on my run route

Not a sight I ever thought I'd see in Charleston

Not a sight I ever thought I'd see in Charleston

I felt okay running, but had a bit of pain when I stopped. I'm definitely not ready to be out logging miles regularly again yet. 

With that, I'll leave you with pictures of our snowy week. Enjoy!

Snow day in CHarleston, South Carolina

Snow day in CHarleston, South Carolina

I had to dig my ski jacket out of the closet - it was so cold!

I had to dig my ski jacket out of the closet - it was so cold!

Toddler in the snow (yes, those are plastic bags over his shoes - we are not prepared for snow!)

Toddler in the snow (yes, those are plastic bags over his shoes - we are not prepared for snow!)

My little Snow baby

My little Snow baby

our house covered in snow

our house covered in snow

snowy roads

snowy roads

The day after the storm

The day after the storm

Our snowy backyard

Our snowy backyard

Our new house in the snow (we're moving next weekend, but I wanted to get pictures of it in the snow)

Our new house in the snow (we're moving next weekend, but I wanted to get pictures of it in the snow)

Snowy trail

Snowy trail

The creek is frozen! I've never seen this in Charleston.

The creek is frozen! I've never seen this in Charleston.

Checking out the new neighborhood

Checking out the new neighborhood

Closing out day 3 with snow still on the ground

Closing out day 3 with snow still on the ground

I don't particularly enjoy winter (mostly because of the cold), but the one thing I miss since moving to the South is snow. I always said when I lived up in PA, if it was going to be cold, it better be snowing. And that's exactly what we got here last week. It was also the first time my son saw snow and his reaction was priceless (but he did hate the cold - like mother, like son). 

Thankfully, our temps will return to normal by Monday and the snow and ice that's still hanging around from our deep freeze will be gone. 

I still plan to take one more week mostly off from running. Instead, I'll continue with yoga and strength workouts to continue letting my piriformis heal. I'm hoping after that, I can get back to logging some miles again. And I'll have some new running scenery since we're moving to our new neighborhood. New year, new scenery? I'll take it.

How was your first week of the new year? Did it snow where you are?


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Weekly Recap: Tales from the Couch (12/25-12/31)

Goodbye, 2017!  

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. I can't say I'm sad to say goodbye to 2017. It wasn't the best year for me with health and running (it's actually the worst on record so far), and I ended the year with a week of zero runs and in excruciating piriformis/sciatic pain, hardly able to walk. At least I got in some yoga and one strength workout. So there's that. 

So I spent most of the week on my couch, but least I had pretty views, right?

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Workout summary

Monday Christmas (and couch time)
Tuesday Yoga + Sports Massage
Wednesday Off
Thursday F45 Strength Workout
Friday Off
Saturday Yoga
Sunday Off
Totals 3 workouts

Not only did my piriformis pain keep me from working out much last week, it also kept me from doing anything productive that didn't involve sitting on the couch. So, I got some freelance work done, but I didn't get anything packed for our move like I had planned to do.

Oddly, the activities that hurt most are standing and walking (and certain positions laying down). Running doesn't actually hurt, but when I stop, I have immediate pain. Yoga is awesome and strength work keeps me moving so it doesn't hurt, plus I modified the moves that bothered my piriformis. Small favors, I suppose. 

The good news here is that the pain is starting to go away. I no longer have terrible referral pain in my calf or ankle and the constant pins and needles sensation down my entire leg is also gone. Now I'm left with literally just a pain in the butt. Yoga and massage have been the things that help the most, so I'll be doing more of both of those. And really, who doesn't need more yoga in their life anyway?

And that's all I have to say about the last week of 2017.

My main goals for 2018 at this point are to get healthy, stay healthy, and remain uninjured. If I do those things, lots and lots of other things will fall into place. I'm sure of it. 

I haven't been consistently healthy since before I had my son. That's not awesome at all. And it hasn't just taken a toll on running. Running is actually the least of my problems. The illness has taken a toll on my entire life - from being able to hang out with friends and being able to do the things I want to do with my son. When you can barely move from the couch because of exhaustion, illness or pain, it's hard to have a life beyond work, and it becomes extremely depressing.

I'm ready for some change and hopefully 2018 has some improvements in store.

How was your week? Are you ready for a fresh start with 2018?


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This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin' for their Weekly Wrap series.