Workout Round Up {May 11 – 17, 2015}

HI EVERYONE! I don’t know if anyone has noticed or not, but I have been a little scarce for the past week. That’s because I have a LOT of crazy life stuff going on, but I’ll address that in a minute. First I want to talk about my workouts this week and some new challenges that I’ve been facing.

Monday, May 11: I went to MEGABarre. It had been awhile since I had a date with that torture device and my body definitely paid the price. The good news is that my back has been feeling better and not painful enough to be popping ibuprofen like Tic Tacs as I had been doing.

Tuesday, May 12: I woke up early to do some ab work – which I can finally do again now that my back is better – and then after work I headed to the gym for a short set of intervals. I hadn’t done speed work on the treadmill in months and wanted to keep it on the short side, so I kept it to 6×400’s with 400m recovery in between. I added an extra .1 on the end to make it a 5K and cooled down for a mile.

Wednesday, May 13: I originally planned to ride my bike after work, but the weather was so beautiful I couldn’t pass up a run. After this past weekend I’m thinking our cooler spring days might be numbered around here and running in the early morning is mostly not an option for me right now. (Again more on that in a minute.)


I swear those socks make me run faster.

Thursday, May 14: I had some time in the morning so I went to the gym for Body Pump and arrived early enough to fit in 2 miles on the treadmill (7:50 pace).

Friday, May 15: Legit rest day. I hadn’t really taken one of those in a couple weeks.

Saturday, May 16: My mom came over in the morning to help me do some things around the house and was kind enough to watch B for a bit while I went out for my “long” run, which I planned to be 7 miles. The thing is…it was SO HUMID already. Even at 9am. The run went well, but by the time I got to mile 6 my lungs were revolting against me so I decided to call it quits at the 10K mark and walk the rest. It was still my longest run since New Jersey! Thrilled with the pace too, especially considering that, as my friend Kelly would say, the air was like breathing mayonnaise.


Sunday, May 17: I was out and about all day being a tourist in my own city, so this was more like an active rest day. Lots of walking and then in the evening when I got home and collected Betty, we went for a stroller run/walk to the playground and I chased her around on a nearby field acting out scenes from Frozen. (I’m Elsa.) I’ve been cleaning out my house lately and found my resistance band that I had gotten at Fit Foodie last year so I worked on my arms a bit.

And speaking of Fit Foodie I know you want to join me in Fairfax next month right?? Registration is open for one of the most fun race weekends EVER! (In my opinion.) Go HERE to sign up and enter code RUNSALTRUN at checkout for a discount. 

All things considered I feel like I had a pretty good week last week. I accomplished what I wanted as far as my running miles were concerned and got in some good strength training too, but I only wish I had had time to ride my bike. That will be my focus for this week as well as getting ready for The Color Run on Saturday. If you’re going to be there for the 9am wave, you can see Betty and I on stage! She’s beside herself with excitement. 🙂

Now that I’m through all that, I wanted to talk a little bit about some of my current challenges that may explain why I haven’t been around as much as I usually am. First and foremost, however, I ask that you please do not feel sorry for me or for Betty. Things may be a little rough at the moment, but this decision will be better for everyone.

So I’m getting divorced.

I wasn’t sure I was going to mention it on my blog at all, but in the long run I feel like it will save me a lot of time in explanations. Without going in to the gory details, Betty and I are adjusting pretty well to this new-ish situation. (We separated prior to the NJ Marathon.) B’s awesome Nana is moving in with us soon which will be a huge help to me as well, but until then I’ve been fitting in my workouts whenever time will allow even if it means waking up at 5am to do strength training in my living room or extra stroller runs which obviously Betty does not mind one bit.


So in other words…don’t feel sad for me.


I have a lot of good stuff going on right now and a lot to look forward to. Everything is going to be fine. But if anyone has been in a similar situation and has any advice for me, I’m all ears.

I hope everyone had a great weekend…I know I did. 🙂




56 thoughts on “Workout Round Up {May 11 – 17, 2015}

  1. rundoodlerun says:

    Getting through your divorce will make you a far stronger and better woman. I left my husband (who I had been with for 1/3 of my life) last summer and finally get to file for divorce next month. Some days it seemed impossible to get out of bed, and other days it felt like nothing changed at all. The last year seems to have gone by so slow and so fast, all at the same time. You’re already a strong woman and mother – you’ve totally got this!

  2. Judith / soveryslightlymad says:

    I just heard that Louis CK quote earlier this week on the comedy channel on Sirius XM. It’s so true. My first marriage ended in divorce, and honestly, it was a good thing.

    Still, I’m sure you and Betty have some serious adjusting to do, and I wish you both well. You both seem to have great attitudes, and that will go a long way. How awesome that your mom is able to help!

  3. kristenk says:

    I’m just catching up on blogs and I wanted to say that you are awesome and taking this huge life change very well! I wish only the best for you and Betty and know that you will come out of this stronger and happier than ever. I really appreciate your honestly in sharing this even though it’s probably hard. That quote is so true and I know that great things are ahead of you! ❤

  4. txa1265 says:

    Very late to the party .. sad to hear about this for you and B, but agree with the others about the truth of the Louis CK quote – helping my brother through his divorce a couple of years ago … and knowing that if they had divorced when they SHOULD have they would never have had their second child (who was 14-15 at time of divorce).

    Anyway, thoughts are with you as you go through this transition in your life. For my brother he has healthier relationships with both his kids and other people, and more perspective on relationships.

    Thoughts and hugs to you and B!

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