Weekly recap (7/10-7/16): Hot mess

And here we are at the end of another week. My week didn't go completely as planned (do they ever?). In fact, it was a bit a of a hot mess (literally, with 110 degree heat indexes and figuratively, with schedule nuttery). But considering the past several weeks of dealing with achilles and back issues, I think I did okay. I'm still perfectly on track to be able to start training for Kiawah in the fall.

As mentioned in my July Goals post, I'm continuing to make some progress on the non-running related goals, like finishing up my business plan, conducting market research, and getting a website ready for the user experience business I'm hoping to launch this fall. I'm unsure that the website will be fully ready by the end of this month, but the business plan and research should be. And I missed my 5 days of running goal this week, too. Oh well, we can't win 'em all. Onward. 

weekly recap

I've been meaning to change up my format for these weekly recap posts for a while, but I've been busy with other non-blog-related things (see: July goals). So anyway, this week I just decided to do it.

Using the new format, I'll post what I planned to do versus what actually happened. This should be good. My weekly workout chaos completely exposed for all to see. But hey, that's life as a mom who works full-time and juggles freelancing, blogging and workouts. Things have to stay flexible. 

So. Here we go. 


What I planned: Yin yoga
What happened: Yin yoga

Woohoo! Off to a good start for the week with some yin yoga. Normally on Mondays I try to do a HIIT workout, but I didn't plan one for this Monday because I still wanted to give my back a little extra rest. 

My new Hidrate Spark water bottle also arrived in the mail on Monday after I'd been waiting for it on backorder for about 2 months. This thing tracks my water intake and reminds me when I need to be drinking based on the weather/location, my activity level, and general stuff like age, height, and weight.

Yep, I have an inanimate object yelling at me to drink more. Hey, I already have one inanimate object (my Fitbit) that tells me to move more, why not add another? I need reminders. 

My bossy new water bottle

My bossy new water bottle

Anyway, this water bottle is supposed to do a little blinky celebratory light show when I hit my intake goal for the day. I say "supposed to" because I have yet to meet my goal, so this light show remains a mere fable to me at the moment. And here I thought I was doing well with water intake until I got this bottle.  


What I planned: HIIT workout at Journey + 4 mile run 
What happened: Nothing

My back was feeling a little wonky, so instead of pushing it, I slathered on some Icy Hot and sat around smelling like a tube of toothpaste. I also decided that I need a new desk chair. Right now I'm using a cushioned dining room chair and it just makes my back throb. If I relocate myself to the couch, it stops (thank goodness for working from home).

Speaking of work, I got completely sucked into the work vortex way early on Tuesday.I sat down at my desk at 6:30 a.m. and by the time I realized what happened, it was too late to even try to get some yoga in. Work win, activity fail.  


What I planned: HIIT workout at Journey, stretching at Stretch Zone, 3 mile run with friends 
What happened: Stretch Zone session + 3.06 mile run with friends

After looking at my work schedule for the day and remembering that my son had a dentist appointment in the late afternoon, I realized there was no way I was fitting in a HIIT workout, plus a lunch-time Stretch Zone session, plus an evening run. It just wasn't going to happen. So I dropped the HIIT workout, but went to the stretch session of pure awesomeness and then ran with my running group in the evening. 

Wednesday running group

Wednesday running group


What I planned: HIIT workout at Journey
What happened: HIIT workout at Journey

My coach reconfigured my schedule a bit since she still wants me to take it a bit easy. We still have plenty of time left in my schedule to get ready for Kiawah, so the extra bit of rest is okay. So instead of running like I normally would plus a strength workout on Thursday, I just did a strength workout at Journey. I didn't take a picture and post it on Instagram, like most of my other workouts, but I promise, it happened. 


What I planned: 4 mile run
What happened: 3.00 mile run @ 8:32 pace

I overslept (for the first time in 5 years or something) and didn't feel well, had to get some work projects updated and finished before heading to my own dentist appointment at lunch (apparently it was the week of dentist appointments - everyone did well - good teeth, no cavities). Then I had more work and I had to wrap up week one of a research study.

After work I had to get the dogs ready to go over to doggie day camp/boarding for the night since we were heading to Myrtle Beach for the day on Saturday. And I had to go to the store because we had no food. 

But after all of that fun (and dinner), I decided it felt cool enough to go for a run since the heat index was only 102 and the humidity had dropped to 67%. So I bargained with myself and said if I went for a run, I'd have some wine (in a can - classy). So I ran. It was just a short 3 miles, but it was better than sitting on my couch. 


What I planned: Nothing - day trip to Myrtle Beach
What happened: Nothing - day trip to Myrtle Beach

I had no workout planned and I did no workout, unless you count walking all over Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. We visited the aquarium (of course), B built his own truck, and we checked out some of the other shops and activities. And that took up most of the day until early evening. 

Our day trip to myrtle beach

Our day trip to myrtle beach


What I planned: 5 mile run
What happened: 5.01 mile run @ 8:45 pace

The heat index during my Sunday run was only 85, so even though the humidity was an oppressive 95%, I still felt like it was a bit cooler outside and this run felt okay. If I'm feeling this good in this heat, I can't wait to see how I feel in the fall. 

Sunday afternoon, a friend and I went to Woodhouse Spa. D got me a gift certificate for there for our anniversary in December and I haven't been able to make it work with my schedule until now. And it's not for lack of trying. I had to cancel previous appointments because work or another appointment came up that was more important (someone in this house always has an appointment). But I finally made it there and had a relaxing Sunday afternoon! 

Our food spread pre-massage at Woodhouse

Our food spread pre-massage at Woodhouse

Last week's totals

Miles: 11.07 miles
Runs: 3
Strength: 1
Yoga: 1
Total workouts: 5

So the good news is, even though I didn't quite get in all of my workouts this week, both my back and achilles are feeling great. Now I just need to keep it that way. And I think I'm finally (finally!) ready to get back to my regularly scheduled programming. 

How was your week? How often do your weeks go as planned?  

weekly wrap

This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  (and guest host, Janelle at Run with No Regrets) for their Weekly Wrap post.