A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Weekly Wrap-Up: Not the best week, but that’s okay!

on September 21, 2014

I am embracing my goal of being kind to myself and therefore, while this week wasn’t stellar in terms of workouts, I am going to be totally okay with. You know what else I’m totally okay with? I haven’t gotten on the scale in over a week and am back to doing Simply Filling for the time being because it is easier and I need easy right now. I’m also surprisingly okay with that. 🙂

Really, it’s been a crazy week for us and a lot of things have been brought into real perspective. We have a new and concerning health issue in the extended family, which makes everything else (including the fact that ANOTHER fish has died – sigh) seems like small stuff. It’ll all be okay, but it makes us very grateful for our own health.

Two quick NSVs before I get to the workouts for the week. First, this week at Village Inn, our regular waitress told me she was excited to see me because she wanted to tell me that she’d lost 18 pounds. She’s been working out and working on her diet for the last couple of months. I love how excited she was and I love that she knew I was someone who would understand how big of an accomplishment this was. We are in Village Inn a couple of times a week, for Free Pie Wednesday and my weekend breakfast date with Oliver at minimum, so they’ve seen how I’ve changed in appearance and my menu choices over the last few years. It’s nice to know that I was a little bit of an inspiration for her. 🙂

I love the chance to sit and have several cups of coffee without waiting for someone to come refill it.

I love the chance to sit and have several cups of coffee without waiting for someone to come refill it.

Second, check out this crazy parking job next to me at the grocery store yesterday morning:

I am NOT the big red truck over the line. I am the blue SUV with the tiny sliver of space allowed to get into my door. Grrr!

I am NOT the big red truck over the line. I am the blue SUV with the tiny sliver of space allowed to get into my door. Grrr!

A couple of years ago, there’s no way I would have been able to squeeze into that sliver of space to get into my car but yesterday I could (muttering under my breath the whole time, of course). At least it was on my side and not O’s – it’s pretty impossible to get a kid into a car seat without plenty of space to maneuver!


Monday The training plan called for cross training or a 3 mile run and somehow I got to the end of the day without doing either. I’m proud of myself for not beating myself up for it (or heading out at 9 pm when I’m already exhausted). I’ve only missed a handful a workouts in this training cycle and one short workout won’t matter at all.

Tuesday An easy 4 miles on the training plan, done in 48 minutes early in the morning. I knew I had two more days in a row of running ahead of me so I definitely embraced the EASY!

Wednesday A very rarely called for Wednesday run on the training plan, which threw off my mental planning for the week! I headed out Wednesday night to get it in, just below 12 minute pace (35:30 total) for an easy jog around the neighborhood. I really enjoyed seeing the signs of fall all around me, with leaves starting to change and pumpkins on the porches.

We just bought our first pumpkin this weekend!

We just bought our first pumpkin this weekend! (We just have the one – not the abundance these guys have!)

Thursday Day 3 in a row of running and I was feeling it by the end of the day! I did 4 miles in 49 minutes (12:15 pace). The plan called for 4-6 easy miles but I did not have the oomph to go beyond the minimum!

Friday Cross train or rest and I definitely went the rest route, given how achy I felt Thursday night after 3 days of running and the ten miler looming Saturday. I was impressed at how much better I felt Friday than I had Thursday evening. I really didn’t feel stiff or achy at all.

Saturday I didn’t feel stiff or achy Friday because my body was apparently waiting to spring that on me again when I tried to run Saturday! This run was not pretty, but it got done. Part of the problem was not getting out to run until almost 10 am, which meant it was brightly sunny and getting warm and yet really damp because it had stormed overnight – not a great combo. Adding to the bad start was the fact that I ate breakfast a couple of hours before my long, which is not my norm. I usually eat oatmeal 30 minutes or so before, which works great for me. 2 hours left my stomach feeling empty and unhappy off and on for the whole run! Darrell & O dropped me off at the park and then headed to the library while I ran. Parts of the path were slippery because of the rain, and I was grateful for the excuse to stop and walk. I decided early on that as leaden as my legs felt, I didn’t care how fast I got these miles done, only that I did them. I took every shady off shoot of the path I could find just to get out of the sun.

I was so grateful for any shady spots!

I was so grateful for any shady spots!

I was supposed to run out of the park and over to meet my guys at Chipotle for lunch. Two problems with that: A) it was steeply hilly getting from the park and up to Chipotle, so I ended with two 13+ minute miles just due to the amount of walking I was doing at the end and B) I underestimated the mileage so I came up to Chipotle at 9.37 miles. Grrrr. Oliver had seen me, so I came to sit down for lunch for them and then they dropped me off before we got all the way home so I could pick up the last 0.6ish miles a little less than an hour later (I ended up a little over 10 miles). My total pace was 12:25, which wasn’t horrible for an easy weekend run and how blech my legs felt. I was actually surprised by that pace because I felt like I was crawling. I guess that bodes well for how much faster I’ll be in Des Moines in a few weeks, with more rested legs, better breakfast and hopefully better sleep under my belt. With everything we have going on, I have not been sleeping enough or well so I’m definitely operating sub-optimally. Here’s hoping for a nap later today! I’m planning on taking a day off sometime soon, after the work deadline, just to recuperate and catch my breath a bit!

Next week is intimidating in terms of workouts, but it is the last really big workout week. I’ve had to shuffle things a bit because I’m on call next weekend and there’s no way I can run the 11-13 miles called for on Saturday while I’m on call. Originally, the schedule had cross training Monday, 6 miles Tuesday, Rest Wednesday, 5-6 miles Thursday, cross training Friday, 11-13 miles Saturday and rest Sunday. Instead, I’ll be bumping everything forward a day: 6 miles Monday, Rest Tuesday, 5-6 miles Wednesday, cross training Thursday, 11-13 miles Friday, rest Saturday and cross training Sunday. That keeps the easy – hard – easy – hard schedule intact but oh boy is that going to be an early morning Friday to get 11 miles in before work!! Wish me luck.

Honestly, with this being the last big push week for the work project, plus all of those workouts, our meal plan week looks like “takeout/eat out/takeout/ freezer” for the whole week. Sometimes you do the best with what you’ve got. It’s not as unhealthy as it sounds. Oliver’s favorite place to eat out is the salad bar at our local grocery store. 🙂 That’s on deck for Thursday night, just before we take him over to get his FluMist at the doctor’s office at 6:30.

I hope all of your workouts went the way you wanted this week and that everything else has been good in your world!

A couple of weeks ago, they did Sports week at school and I found this in Oliver's stack of art. It makes my little mother runner heart go pitter patter. :)

A couple of weeks ago, they did Sports week at school and I found this in Oliver’s stack of art. It makes my little mother runner heart go pitter patter. 🙂 As O talked me through this picture, I could see where he was trying to draw running people, you know, before the scribbles took over.

8 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up: Not the best week, but that’s okay!

  1. Great job getting those miles in! I hate jerky drivers who park like that! And that was awesome that the waitress told you that! Great job to her (and to you- for those awesome NSV’s!)

    • Our Village Inn is like part of our family, we’re there so often. 🙂 I’m proud and happy for her. It was nice to see her so excited!

      On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 7:23 AM, A Little More Each Day wrote:


  2. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey on this training plan. I’m 2-3 weeks behind you on the same plan and you give me the faith in myself that I’ll be able to do it.

  3. Kristin says:

    You are running so far and so hard!! You are truly an inspiration!! I always love reading your posts!! Such a great read!! Have a fabulous Monday!! XOXO!!

  4. Those are some awesome NSV’s! I love that the waitress was hoping you’d come in so she could tell you her great news!!

    • I was so excited for her. 🙂 Our Village Inn people are definitely part of our family in a way. They’ve seen me change and Oliver grow up so much. We get wedding pictures and Christmas gifts and all kinds of “insider” perks. 🙂

      On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM, A Little More Each Day wrote:


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