I had to go back and read my blog to remember when I last posted. That is the sign of a busy week. It was seriously exhausting. On Wednesday, I had an appointment before work so I ran a quick mile before leaving for the day. I ran around the lake in the neighborhood north of our house. Garmin tells me that it was sunny and 34 degrees with 22 mile per hour winds. I do feel like this week had some impressive winds. However, I don’t specifically remember the details of this run. I have still been running to and from the parking lot at work in addition to my daily runs. It has helped me pull ahead in 3rd place in the workout challenge at my gym and I’m even inching up on 2nd place. The challenge ends on February 15th and I’ve been debating in my mind about whether or not the daily run to and from work will continue. Time will tell I guess. I imagine there will be days that the running happens because I’m honestly running late to work more often than I would like. On Thursday, I had a relaxing morning before work and I enjoyed every minute of the slower pace. I had intended to run between 3-5 miles that morning but took my time so much that I only had time for 2 miles. I wouldn’t change anything about my relaxing morning though. Yesterday, I woke up early to run before heading into work early. I normally start work at 10am when the college students are on campus but I start work at 8am on Fridays because there aren’t any late labs scheduled on Fridays. I had to be at work even earlier yesterday because I had to leave early for an appointment for one of my boys. I woke up at 5, went to the gym to run 2 miles on the treadmill, went to work, took my son to his appointment, and then drove to get my daughter from her dad’s. It was a tiring end to a long week. Today, I wanted to take the time to run farther but I just didn’t have the energy. I ran a little over 2 miles and did my pull-ups, dips, and a flip at the local elementary school. It was a good workout but I’m glad I didn’t push the run. I feel so drained from this week. I hope tomorrow feels more rejuvenating.
The weather this weekend was fantastic for winter in Illinois. I ran 5 miles today to take full advantage of the reprieve from winter. I even had short sleeves on for awhile. The best part was the sun. I love the sun. It made the winter brown seem slightly more alive. I stopped by the local elementary school on the way out and the way back for some pull-ups, dips, and a flip. It was a fabulous run. I will tuck this weekend into my memory to pull out when needed as I try to patiently wait for the real spring.
On Monday, I went to the gym right after work to run a quick mile before going to an appointment for my older son. It felt super rushed but I wouldn’t have wanted to go back out after dinner so it was the best option. Yesterday, I had a little more time so I ran around the neighborhood after work. It was colder out than I had expected and my sweat froze on my shirt. I did get a chance to do 2 sets of pull-ups, dips, and flips. I ran about 3 miles and it was a great workout. Today was more stressful all around and I needed to run after dinner. I’m naturally more of a morning person so sometimes late night runs feel more stressful to me. The gym felt too bright, too busy, and too loud. I managed to run 1.5 miles before calling it a night. Next week, I return to my later start for my work day so I will have more opportunities to run in the morning. I’m looking forward to that shift.
On Friday, I considered trying to sneak in a run during the work day but decided against it and thought I would try to squeeze in a run between the end of work and driving our borrowed trailer back to our old town. However, an unexpected fire alarm changed everything. I work in the chemical storage room at a bigger university. We don’t take fire alarms lightly. Many explode-y chemicals make their homes in our workspace. I was quite happy to stay outside until the firefighters were certain we were ok to go back inside. It just happened to push back my departure from work. We had to leave town quickly and then pick up my daughter. Everything took longer than expected and we all still needed dinner. I really didn’t want to run in the dark/snow/below zero temps so my family agreed to wait to eat until after they dropped me off at the gym, which was really kind of them. It was 9:35pm and we usually eat dinner around 6. The gym closes at 10 though so my window was closing quickly. I was able to jog 1.5 miles while they drove through a fast food place to get dinner. Moving creates all sorts of opportunities for compromise. Food quality has sometimes been one of those compromises. On Saturday, the temps soared to a toasty 11 degrees so I decided to run outside. I took my usual route by the elementary school for some pull-ups, dips, and a flip but had to run through quite a bit of snow to get there. My layering helped keep the snow from getting to my ankles though and I had a really great 3 mile run. Today I went to the gym in the morning before the freezing rain started and ran 2 miles on the hamster wheel. I’m in 5th place in our local gym’s daily workout challenge, which has been fun. There are quite a few participants that have been working out multiple times a day but I’m happy with my daily running streak for now. It’s been good to have an added element of motivation to my streak though. If I had my treadmill at home still, I might throw a couple of split runs into the mix to up my workout total. I could still do that if the weather ever improves. Time will tell!
On Saturday, I ran 2 miles from the gym. It was so nice out that I couldn’t imagine running on a treadmill so I went to the gym with my son but ran outside. It’s not in the best part of town but I still enjoyed exploring. Yesterday, I ran a mile between activities for the family. I ran to the local elementary school, did some pull-ups, dips, and a flip and then ran back home. Today, I had a busy day at work and then a holiday program for my youngest in the evening. I almost forgot that I needed to run. I decided to wear my running clothes to the program and then run home. The wind was a little chillier than I expected but I’m glad I remembered to run. I’m super tired. I wish the holidays weren’t so full of obligations. However, I do like the obligations that bring my family closer together.
Today was impressively cold and windy. I was dreading running outside. I planned on going to the gym to run on the treadmill but I changed my mind at the last minute. My heart rate was elevated and I slept horribly so I knew my long run was out of the question. I decided to just run a mile and to run from home to save some time. The cooler temps really kept my heart rate lower than I expected and the wind wasn’t slowing me down too much. I ran a half mile, stopped for some pull-ups and dips, and decided to keep going. I ran 1.5 miles into the 25 mph wind before I decided to turn around. The return trip was much more enjoyable with the wind at my back. I stopped for another set of pull-ups and dips as well as a flip before heading home. The playground was soaked from the storms that went through overnight and I had fun trying to avoid the puddles in the wood chips. The 3 mile run was a pleasant surprise. I’m glad I decided to run outside instead of inside!
I have felt very busy and overwhelmed by life lately. However, I have managed to keep the streak alive with a mile run between school and a doctor’s appointment for my son yesterday and a mile run between school and driving to spend time with my older boys and husband today. I did take some time for a leisurely walk tonight. The temperature was absolutely perfect. It was dark so I took my headlamp. I stopped by the park behind the neighborhood elementary school to do a few pull-ups and dips. I also did a flip over one of the bars. I like to keep my vestibular system on it’s toes. It felt goofy and freeing. I think I’ll be doing that more often! I’m looking forward to having time for a couple of longer runs this weekend.