Workout Recaps + New Beginnings

Wow, two whole weeks and one day since I’ve said anything on this space.  It’s not because there wasn’t anything to say, but rather, too much was happening in my little family life.  And it was stressful stuff, and my brain didn’t have time to process anything else or write coherent sentences about running.  But finally, things have calmed down.  Maybe I’ll write about it in detail someday, but the (very) short version is that we’re moving!  Not too far, but when all is said and done, our house is sold and we’re headed on to make new memories in a house that feels like it will be a better overall fit for our family.  We prayed about it a lot, and we’re excited about where we’ve landed.

Despite the increased stress (or maybe because of it?) my workouts have remained on track.  Here’s what this past week looked like for me:

M – 60 minutes strength training

T – 5 mile progression run (8:23, 8:14, 7:50, 7:44, 7:40)

W – personal trainer session (targeted areas were legs and chest)

Th – 3 different runs for my birthday, what a treat! 4.25 miles in the morning with some friends and fellow moms from my daughter’s school + 1 mile run (race!) with some friends from my gym + 1 mile run with my family = 6.25 of the most fun miles I’ve ever run!

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F – Off

S – 60 minutes kickboxing

Su – 11 easy miles (avg. 8:20 pace)

It’s so funny to me how long runs are relative.  When you’re marathon training, an eleven mile long run feels like a break, a chance to scale back.  But when you’re building up again, 11 miles can feel pretty long.  My legs were definitely feeling it on Sunday when I was done.  But it felt good, and an IT band injury that I thought was flaring up again seems to be calming back down with some targeted hip strength exercises and magic from my favorite physical therapist.

Also, my meal planning and execution has been terrible these past couple of weeks.  Between house showings (we sold our home “for sale by owner”), and house viewings, and inspections, etc. we’ve been lucky to grill sandwiches and throw together salads at dinnertime.  But I’m determined to get back on track this week.  Here’s to new beginnings and fresh starts!  I hope your week is off to a fabulous beginning.

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