Hi friends! I am typing this as I anxiously await Casey’s return from the airport to pick up family flying in from Atlanta! August is a really exciting month for us – we have two BIG family vacations, and they are pretty much back to back. We planned them forever ago, and it’s hard to believe it’s finally time to pack our bags and get outta here.
Because of that, it was sort of a weird week for fitness. I was determined to NOT do what I do for other trips, which is save everything to the last minute and have massive anxiety and stress. So I made a lot of lists and got really organized and started pulling things together a week ahead of time. This week was all about getting ahead on work, getting the house in tip top shape, and organizing the massive grocery haul for our trip (we’re driving!).
So with that said, here’s what this week ended up looking like:
- Sunday – 9.5 mile run with my girl, Lacey
- Monday – 4 mile double stroller walk
- Tuesday – Flybarre Sport 60 minute class
- Wednesday – rest day
- Thursday – off
- Friday – Pure Barre 60 minute class
As you can see, running to a backseat this week, which makes me feel pretty bad. It was a weird week for scheduling, and the days that I planned on running just ended up not working with Casey’s schedule, the kids’ schedule, etc. – excuses, of course, but just honestly what happened. I do feel good that I got two good strength classes in though, and I can definitely tell I’m getting stronger every week.
So a bit more about my long run – I’m doing a lot of my weekend runs with my friend, Lacey, who I trained with the past two summer for half marathons. But this time I’m training for a half and she’s training for a full marathon, so working to fit our mileage in together is a little trickier. She needed to run 15 miles and I was planning on 7 – so she ran to my house (2.5 miles) and we planned to run another 3.5 out and back together before she headed back toward her house.
We hadn’t run together all week, so we had a lot to catch up on. I started my Map My Run app (with mileage alerts) but I never put my headphones in, so by the time I checked it I had run 4.5 miles – OOPS! We ended up running 9.5 miles together by the time I got home, and it was actually a really nice accident. I felt great and really strong, and knowing that I’ll probably run a bit less on vacation I was glad to get some solid miles in at home.
As soon as I walked in the door from my run, it was Casey’s turn to head out for his 18 mile run. He’s training for the Portland Marathon, and usually we are good about not planning our runs on the same day, but we goofed this time. So I tucked my kids into my bed and turned on Curious George so that I could enjoy a steamy shower and recover a little bit before jumping back into mom mode.
Once Casey finished his run, it was celebration time for mom and dad. We had a very rare daytime date – and went to the Mariners game! Casey has been to a million games this year, but I’ve only been to a few (Graham’s not at a great baseball game age quite yet) – it was the perfect way to hang out and recover from an active morning.
So that was my one measly run for the week – at least it was a long one! I’m definitely packing my running shoes and hoping to find some good trails next week.
It is also worth saying that the sunrises have been absolutely amazing this week. Every morning we are greeted by a giant ball of orange shining in our balcony door – seriously incredible! Random, but had to share.
On Tuesday night I went back to the Flybarre Sport class that I accidentally signed up for last week. Since I knew was to expect this time it didn’t feel AS bad, although it still kicked my butt. I reminded myself the whole time that as soon as class was over I was picking up Chipotle and heading home to watch Bachelor in Paradise. How’s that for motivation?
This morning, I overslept my alarm. I had stayed up late finishing work, packing stuff, and changing over laundry. We had crazy storms (which are rare here) and I tossed and turned all night long. I can’t imagine I got more than two or three hours of sleep. I woke up at 5:34am and told Casey there was no way I was going to my 6am class – I’d never make it.
I laid there for one solid minute before I jumped out of bed – knowing that even though I was dead tired I would feel so much better if I just got up and went for it. I got dressed and raced out of the house in about 90 seconds, and made it to Pure Barre with about three minutes to spare. Class was hard and I felt great – totally ready to head into a vacation weekend.
That’s all for this week — I hope you guys have fun weekend plans ahead! Summer is disappearing waaaaay too quickly!