A Little More Each Day

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

Weekly Wrap-Up: Recovery Week!

on October 26, 2015

There’s nothing like a week of well-earned rest after a good race, is there? I’ve had a nice week of walks and yoga, letting things settle back into the groove.



Monday 2 mile walk pushing O in the stroller for most of the way – bad idea! The walk would have been fine, but pushing 40 pounds of toddler up hill was more than I was ready for! I actually got a little woozy.

Tuesday 30 minutes of stretching and yoga before bed

Wednesday 30 minutes of walking

Thursday 30 minutes of yoga and stretching (see a pattern here?), plus some body weight strength training

Friday 2 mile walk (thankfully, without pushing O!)

Saturday 2 hours of walking at the zoo for the Halloween party – O had a blast!

Darrell is doing a great impersonation of a cut off head, don't you think?

Darrell is doing a great impersonation of a cut off head, don’t you think?

Sunday First run post-half marathon – an untimed, fun run for a Girls on the Run Halloween fundraiser. We had a great time running with O and then taking on a lazy 3 miles. I’ll have more later this week, with loads of pictures!

Check out O leaping through the air!

Check out O leaping through the air!

All in all, it was a good recovery week. I did a good job cutting off the post-race treat mentality by getting back to tracking on Monday. I confess, I didn’t track every day this week but other than some bedtime snacks I don’t really need, I did okay with food all week. I need to get the bedtime snacking back under control this week since that was one of my goals for the month!

Last week, I ran across lots of people lost on our campus so my good deed is definitely all of the escorting and guiding I’ve done. My NSV is two fold: A) inspired by the article I mentioned in last week’s Friday Favorites about being trapped by old visions of ourselves, I tossed a pair of capri pants I never liked much anyway that are now too small into the Goodwill bin and B) despite the fact that those pants that fit two years ago are too small now, I’m happy to see that most of my pants that were snug earlier this summer now fit nicely.

I’m grateful this week that I have a good partner in parenting. We’ve had some parental angst this week with O’s preK and I’ve had to go have a couple of mama bear meetings. Sigh. I don’t like being “that mom” and yet, it’s my baby. Sometimes I have to step in. Darrell is such a sane voice in all of this, helping me figure out what to say so that we’re focused on what’s actionable and what needs to change instead of just our parental anger (and make no mistake – he was angry too). I think he is a huge part of keeping me binge free (and really, not even tempted) this week even though this kind of mama drama has been a problem for me in the past.

This week, I’ll be doing a few night runs to get ready for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in less than two weeks. Yikes! For someone who is in PJs by 8:30 most nights, the idea of running 13.1 miles in the middle of the night is a little mind boggling. My plan, like I outlined here, is to do a couple of short evening runs this week and then on Friday, do a mini-test of the actual race day with a 2 mile run in the AM (to simulate the 5K my day will start with) and a 7-8 mile run at 10:30 pm (to simulate the half marathon). It’ll give me a chance to figure out how to pace my legs and most importantly, to practice my food for race day. I definitely do not want to be sidelined by GI distress in the middle of the night in a Disney race!
I hope you all had a great week! Anyone have any tips for night races they can share?

weekly wrap up

I’m joining Tricia and Holly for their weekly wrap-up. Thanks for hosting!


12 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up: Recovery Week!

  1. Oh gosh night races would scare me too. But it sounds like a fun race especially being at Disney! I can’t wait to read all about it!

    You had a really good week! Sounds like it was a much needed and relaxing one!

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed your well-earned rest week. I think having that break to recharge and get rejuvenated is so important. I am sincerely in awe of you & everyone else doing a night race. I will be very curious to see how it works out for you if you’re not usually a night owl. I would love to do R&R Las Vegas some year but am not sure I could do a night race.

  3. HoHo Runs says:

    It sounds like you had a nice recovery week. I’ve never technically done a nighttime half, but you have to start those Disney races so early…they are morning dark. In my very first one, a woman in front of me fell over a speed bump. So, I immediately learned to look down. I would love to do Wine & Dine. I’m excited for you! I appreciate you linking with us today.

  4. I never know how to fuel for a night run. I don’t eat too much in the mornings, but night runs kinda mess me up, I usually eat too much before my run. Course I don’t do that many. I can’t wait to hear about Wind and Dine! Thank you for linking up with us!!!

  5. Anna says:

    Sounds like a perfectly wonderful well-deserved rest week 🙂 I am interested to hear about your night run experience. By evening I am usually so worn out I can’t even begin to imagine running.

  6. Debra says:

    I’ve only done one night run, a 5K in Pigeon Forge this summer. It is harder to know how to fuel. I was worn out and tired by race time. I would suggest resting the afternoon before the race if possible. I would love to run Disney one day! Have fun!

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