Weekly recap (7/24-7/30): Wrapping up July

I'm still working on getting back into the swing of things here, but generally have done well and wrapped up the last week of July on a mostly strong note. Especially considering everything that I've been doing outside of workouts these past few weeks, including recapping where I'm at on my 2017 goals. Check out that post in case you missed it. 

Between crazy days at work plus freelancing, I barely have time to breathe. When it comes to this blog, I've been a little more lax and am just posting when I can. Plus, it's summer. Summer is meant for relaxing. 

weekly workouts july 24-30

Monday

What I planned: HIIT workout + yin yoga
What happened: HIIT workout

It monsooned on Monday and I took cover at Journey with a strength workout. Always a good way to start my week.

Lots of rain on Monday Morning

Lots of rain on Monday Morning

I ended up not going to yoga because I had to take Macy dog to the vet. She was throwing up all over the place and had a stomach bug, so instead of lunch time yoga, I had a lunch time vet appointment. Fun. She's better now, though!

Tuesday

What I planned: 5 mile run @ easy pace
What happened: 5 mile run at a glacial pace

I was tired on Tuesday, but didn't have DOMS from my workout on Monday (yay!). The heat really bothered me for some reason, though, and I just could. not. get. moving. Not my favorite run ever, but at least I ran. 

Wednesday

What I planned: Stretch Zone session + 3 mile run @ easy pace with friends
What happened: Stretch Zone session + 3.07 miles at an easy 9:05 pace

The weather cooperated this week and I got in my 3 miles with my running group. My asthma, however, was not as cooperative. I was a bit wheezy about halfway through the run and it didn't get better until after I stopped running and used my inhaler twice. A little reminder that I still do have asthma and it's not always going to play nice. 

Thursday

What I planned: 5 mile speedwork session + HIIT workout
What happened: Nothing

There is good reason for my derailment here. Cue big announcement...

We bought a new house and we're building it! So we had to go to the design center to make all of our design choices on Thursday. They only had certain times for appointments and really wanted to get us in last week since they break ground this week (eeek!).

Picking out our interior choices

Picking out our interior choices

So, because of that I got up early and worked before the appointment and came back and worked again in the evening since I had things I needed to get done for Friday. And that caused a break in my workouts.

But I'm super excited! I'll finally have an office with a door and we'll have a little more space in a house that suits our current lifestyle a little better than the one we're in right now. We're keeping our current house and renting it out, though, so if you know anyone looking to move to Charleston, we'll have a place!

Friday

What I planned: Yin yoga + sports chiropractor visit
What happened: Sports chiropractor visit

I had a lot of work to get done before the weekend, so I skipped yin yoga. I thought about running in the evening, but some storms rolled in just around the time I was going to go and nixed those plans, too. 

Saturday

What I planned: 3 mile run @ easy pace
What happened: 3 mile run @ 8:56 pace

Saturday was just a short, easy run. The dew point was absolutely out of control and my asthma wasn't having it. Last week in general was rough on my asthma. But I got that run done, and then we went to the aquarium to escape the humidity. 

Shark coming straight at B

Shark coming straight at B

Lunch time for the octopus - she was chowing down on a crab

Lunch time for the octopus - she was chowing down on a crab

Sunday

What I planned: Barre class + 7 mile run @ long run pace
What happened: 7 mile run @ 8:28 pace + 9 mile bike ride

I had initially planned on a morning barre class, but after being out with friends the night before, I didn't feel like getting up and rushing around and then having to run in the evening, so I skipped barre class. 

Palm trees and sunrise

Palm trees and sunrise

It almost felt like fall on Sunday morning with temps in the low 70s. The humidity and dew point were still gross (89% and 68) and gave my asthma a little bit of trouble, but overall I felt really good out there and ran 7 miles at an 8:28 pace. That's the kind of run I expect of myself.

After years of pushing through all of the issues I've been having, I've been waiting for a run like this. And I know the weather will get hotter again before it cools down for the winter, but at least now I know, the speed is in there.

This was a easy run for me, but my easy pace was significantly faster, all because the temp was decent. Persistence is paying off. My legs also felt really fresh since I hadn't pushed them much during the week with hard runs or strength classes (what a difference fresh legs make, too!). I can't wait for fall!

After my run, the family headed out for an almost 9 mile bike ride. We just had to take advantage of the beautiful weather. 

Post-run, Post-bike ride time on the beach with My little Beach Baby

Post-run, Post-bike ride time on the beach with My little Beach Baby

And of course, beach time is always a good time. We headed there on Sunday evening after a day spent outdoors. And because I now have thin, Southern blood (even after spending 30+ years in the Northeast), I was out on the beach freezing. In 82 degree weather. The breeze was cold, you guys! And it wasn't just me. Little dude was cold, too, and snuggled up on my lap with his towel to get all "nice and warm" (he loves saying that he's "nice and warm").  

While my asthma gave me some trouble last week, my back is feeling much better. Fortunately the x-rays from the sports chiropractor showed no signs of injury (even though I thought it was from an old injury). That injury is definitely healed, but my back is also way out of whack. The alignment is off, one hip is higher and it's causing my spine to curve. All reasons why my back hurts.

And it's likely stemming from parenthood (lifting a toddler without using the "correct" lifting form, wrangling a toddler, carrying tons of stuff, etc.). But we have a treatment plan, and after two sessions, I'm already feeling better.

Sheesh...parenthood has certainly taken its physical toll on me, that's for sure. Nothing permanent, but still frustrating and lasting for a long time (and multiple things). But for this latest round of fun, I've got the chiropractor to fix my bones and Stretch Zone to fix my muscles, and I'll be good to go in the fall! 

Now that July is over, I'm officially back to base building for fall training (which starts in September). I've got goals and races on my calendar (finally!) and I'm looking forward to seeing what the season brings.

How was your week? Did you get slightly cooler weather toward the end of the week, too?

Last week's totals

Miles: 18.17 miles
Runs: 4
Strength: 1
Bike: 1
Yoga: 0
Total workouts: 6


weekly wrap

This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  (and guest host, Confessions of a Mother Runner) for their Weekly Wrap post.


Mid-year check in: Mindmapping my life

Back in January, I created a Mindmap of what I thought I wanted my year to look like. I'm not one to make a ton of resolutions and usually for me, list like this are just mere exercise in futility. But I did it anyway and I thought I'd check in since we're over halfway through the year. 

Here was my Mindmap at the beginning of the year:

January's hope

January's hope

 

And here's what it looks like now - green items are done, x's are, well...not (and likely not going to be), everything else is still up for grabs:

July's realities

July's realities

So I've actually done more than I thought I would and some things I never thought would happen (like paid content on my blog) actually happened. Some things I was sure would happen, but didn't, like going to a blogger/fitness conference - I was signed up to go to one, but had to cancel because of scheduling issues. Maybe next year.

Then there are things I laugh at now (like getting 7 hours of sleep a night - hahaha!). Hilarious. And sad. I get about 4 of solid sleep, the rest is really restless or half asleep/half awake. That is not a humblebrag. It's awful and I hate it. 

Here's how everything else beyond the blog (and sleep) is stacking up:

FAMILY TIME

Beach - I'm fairly certain we've been at the beach at least once per month since February (I wrote the original post on January 31). That's still not as often as I'd like to go but we've been getting there more frequently than before.

Date nights? We finally started having once a month date nights in April or May (I can't remember and time flies - sorry), but before that nope, we failed on that front. 

Charleston - We've bit out and about a bit more in Charleston, but I still think we can do better on this one, but so far this year it's been decent. Lots of aquarium time, visiting the Pineapple Fountain, beaches, etc. 

RUNNING

Races - Health derailed my idea for doing one race per month. I just didn't feel ready or up for it, but I am finalizing my schedule for fall, so September through December should be a little bit busier. 

Running 5 days a week - This actually happened for a longer stretch than I've ever done before (7 or 8 weeks, I think), then derailed because I had some achilles soreness and an old (unrelated to running) back injury flare up. Both of those things are also back under control and this week I might actually hit that 5 day mark again. 

Crosstraining and all that - I've been pretty good with this. It's rare that a week goes by where I don't do something, whether it's yoga, barre or strength, and often I do more than one session.  

OVERALL HEALTH

Accountability partner - I still have my accountability partner, but both of us have had some health craziness this year, so neither of us have been doing what we really wanted to do with physical activity. But we keep in touch, so we're doing okay and it's not a total loss. 

Eat better - I've definitely been better about this. Not perfect, of course, but I've been paying much better attention to what I'm eating and I feel better for it.

CAREER

Lots of stuff going on here. I finally finished a course where I brushed up on HTML/CSS and built a site from scratch. Now I'm moving on to getting better at that, learning responsive design, as well as Javascript and Ruby/Ruby on Rails. 

I had also notably called out that I had no freelance goals for the year in my field (software/product design). Of course, since I didn't have goals, things started happening there and now I've got a steady stream of freelance work.

Which is why I probably won't get to data science classes this year and the next group of items is languishing a bit...

PRODUCT DESIGN

I just haven't had time for this. Between all the other stuff, it fell off my radar. Not permanently, just for now. I'll revisit it later. 

In summary...

It's crazy how in just a few short months my priorities have shifted and I'm busy doing something I said I didn't want to do. But it's going well and I'm enjoying it, so there's that. It also served as the catalyst for me getting off the stick and getting a business going. 

How's your year going? Isn't it crazy that 2017 is more than halfway over already?

Posted on July 28, 2017 and filed under Life, Goals.

Weekly recap (7/17-7/23): Back to base building

Another week, another recap. I'm still having trouble getting back into a good rhythm with workouts, but I'm getting there!

In case you missed it, here's a quick recap of where I currently stand on my July goals with one more week to go:
July goals: Mid-month check in (Spoiler alert: I spent a ton of time, mostly late nights, last week getting through an online web development class - goal achieved!)

weekly recap

Monday

What I planned: HIIT workout and yin yoga
What happened: HIIT workout and yin yoga

Off to a good start with the week. Pre-work HIIT workout, lunchtime yin yoga. All good things, all good things. 

Tuesday

What I planned: 5 mile run @ easy pace
What happened: Nothing

Tuesday seems to be my day for derailment. Two weeks ago it was because my back was bothering me. Last week, it was because I had some serious DOMS from getting back into strength work and also because I was up late the night before working on the class I'm taking, so I was tired and unmotivated to run. 

I hope the DOMS aren't quite as crazy this week so I feel a bit more motivated to get out there on Tuesday. 

Wednesday

What I planned: Stretch Zone session + 3 mile run @ easy pace with friends
What happened: Stretch Zone session + a run-spoiling thunderstorm

I was really looking forward to my Wednesday Pub Run with my running group, but nasty thunderstorms came through and lasted well beyond out meeting time. So no run for me on Wednesday. 

Thursday

What I planned: 4 mile quasi-speedwork session + HIIT workout
What happened: 4 mile quasi-speedwork session  (overall pace: 8:49) + HIIT workout

I eased my way back into speedwork on Thursday. I did 1/10 mile strides every half mile. My pace wasn't quite as fast as my target pace, but it was really hot and humid, so I did what I could. 

Thursday's post-run/Post-HIIT treat

Thursday's post-run/Post-HIIT treat

After work, I headed to a HIIT workout at Journey, which as always, was a good workout. I didn't have DOMS this time around, so my body readjusted quickly (again). 

Friday

What I planned: Yin yoga + sports chiropractor visit
What happened: Yin yoga + sports chiropractor visit

Not a ton to report here on the workout front. Yin yoga was amazing as always. 

In the evening, I had my first appointment with the sports chiropractor. Turns out, my lower back is all out of alignment (shocking) to the point where my right leg was an inch shorter than my left at the start of the session! That explains the left achilles issue and of course, my back pain that's concentrated mostly on the right side.

By the end of the session, my legs were almost the same length, which the chiropractor was pleased with. I'll be going back weekly for about 2 months to get this issue straightened out.

While I've never actually hurt my back while working out (it's always been doing random things like picking up a grocery bag the wrong way or wrangling a toddler), I want to get it under control so I don't have flare ups. It seems toddler life has also caused it to flare up more frequently (imagine that) because I went years and years without issues only to be hit with multiple ones this year and that's just too frequent for me.

Saturday

What I planned: 3 mile run @ easy pace
What happened: 3.16 trail run @ 9:57 pace in a 107 heat index (fun!)

I'm not sure some of where I ran could even be called trails at this point. The portion that cuts into my neighborhood was completely overgrown with grass higher than my knees and other plants that were taller than me. But it's always a nice change of pace (literally) to be out on the trails.

Is this even a trail?

Is this even a trail?

Sunday

What I planned: 6 mile run @ long run pace
What happened: 6.01 easy run at 9:11 pace

I got off the trails and back on the road on Sunday. This was my longest run since early June (I think), so my main goal was just to finish. It wasn't quite as hot (heat index of just 95 with 85% humidity) and there was a crazy wind (19 mph), so it was actually sort of tolerable and felt cool(ish). I was still a sweaty mess, but it didn't seem quite as bad.  

I had some fatigue and was a bit achey from Friday's chiropractor appointment, so that slowed me down and I think I'd have been a bit faster if it weren't for that. But I was happy to have completed 6 miles. Now I'm on to rebuilding again. 

water life

water life

Last week's totals

Miles: 13.18 miles
Runs: 3
Strength: 2
Yoga: 2
Total workouts: 7

Outside of running, we spent our weekend at the pool because when the heat index is triple digits, you either stay inside or go outside in the water (or you know, run, if you're crazy like that). We had swimming lessons first at the town recreation center, then Saturday and Sunday at the regular pool. And we had brunch on Shem Creek, which is always a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  

So in general, I did okay last week, I think. The beginning of the week was a little hit or miss, but by the end of the week,  I hit my stride a bit better. Now I need to carry that on to this week.

How was your week? Have you ever seen a sports chiropractor? What did you think of it?


weekly wrap

This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  (and guest host, Darlene at My First 5K and More) for their Weekly Wrap post.