I’m still keeping my weekly recaps vague since my activity level is low and technically, I’m not training. So I guess it’s more like a look at what my life is like outside of all of the craziness.
I am still not back to normal from my big nasty cold, but I started to feel better this past week around Thursday. Two weeks later and I’m still not 100%. At least now I feel a little more motivated to get up and do something, whereas I spent a lot of time on my couch the week prior.
As for my workouts, I went to pole classes a lot but didn’t accomplish anything new, so no good pictures to share in that department. We are mostly working on combos – stringing a bunch of moves together – and those are all videos and still pretty rocky. I am working on a pretty tough move called an Iron X, which looks like this:
I’m getting closer to it, but not there yet. And I certainly don’t look as pretty or relaxed as that girl when I’m trying it. I look like I’m either in pain or constipated.
I still felt a little crappy but I went to pole class on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I feel like it’s a fabulous way to build strength so I’m going pretty often while my run volume is low. I ran several times, mostly in the 6-8 mile range and I kept the pace really easy. Early in the week, we had some rain and I was still getting over being sick so I just didn’t go out. Normally I’m not opposed to running in the rain, but it was just unnecessary since I was feeling crappy.
I took advantage of the down time and decorated my house for the holiday. I’ve mentioned before that we have a brick farmhouse from the 1890s. We’ve owned it for three years now, and though we did replace the roof and the windows, we haven’t done anything else on the exterior so it looks a little run down. I don’t put lights up outside during the holiday season since it is a bit of an eyesore, but my husband got it in his head that he wanted candles in every window. I came home to this on Tuesday and love it:
My friends and I placed a big order for pole clothing from the Bad Kitty site (yep, that’s really the name of it) and it came. On Wednesday, $366 worth of pole clothing (split between a large group of us) came in a tiny package that fit in my mailbox. I know the clothing is tiny, but I thought it was really funny:
On Thursday, I got a snap chat from a friend that lives about an hour north of me that was getting a good snowfall. Now I’m obsessively checking the weather in hope that we will have a snow day soon. In the winter, you’d think I moonlight as an amateur meteorologist. I love snowy days off. I’m sad to report that there’s no snow in the immediate forecast.
I hadn’t had sushi in awhile, so since I had a good run on Thursday followed by pole class I decided to get some for dinner. That combined with the fact that it was after 8pm and my husband had band practice gave me zero desire to cook.
On Saturday, I started the morning with a run on the Plainfield trail and then headed to pole class. At night, I went to the Melting Pot with some friends I’ve known since elementary school. I don’t love that restaurant. There are so many good restaurants in my area and the Melting Pot is just as expensive as any of them. I would prefer to go to one of the other places that I haven’t tried yet, but my friends and I settled on the Melting Pot and had a blast cooking our food.
On Saturday, a bunch of my friends from work and my husband went to surprise another co-worker at her house to cheer her up. This girl has had the absolute worst year. She got married in July. Two weeks before her wedding, she got rear ended. Three days into her honeymoon in Costa Rica, she was on a rafting trip and a tree actually fell on her raft. She ended up in the hospital for the remainder of her trip. While in Costa Rica, she needed a double fasciatomy on her calf to relieve the compartment syndrome the crush injury caused so she wouldn’t lose her leg. I can’t imagine how scary it must be to be stuck in a foreign country and have major surgery. She was in PT for this through the end of October. Next, her husband totaled his car, and just last week she totaled her car. She was in need of a little cheering up. We brought a little party to her house (her husband helped keep it a secret) and my contribution (as usual) were the Jell-O shots:
It was such a fun night and I didn’t get home until 2am. So not like me! I felt like this the next day:
However, I must be coming out of my slump because I got up and ran eight miles with a hangover on Sunday. I felt like crap, but it was nice outside. I even wore shorts and a t-shirt (so much for being snow-hopeful) and had a decent run, considering how awful I felt.
I’m hoping now that I’m feeling a little better that I can find a little bit more structure this week. Nothing crazy, just easing myself back into regular core work, strength training, cross training, etc. Boston training will be here before I know it!
How was your week?