Hi Guys! This week has been a weird one. During the day it felt like it was dragging, but now that it’s over it feels like it flew! This week was a very busy work week, and that really impacted my running/working out. I had to leave my house by 7 every morning so that meant no morning runs, and by the time I got home in the evening I was so worn out that I had absolutely no motivation or energy. I’ll say overall, it wasn’t a very good running week. All of my runs felt forced and it was rough. But, I still tried to at least do some sort of exercise activity every day. I just didn’t push it too hard. Maybe it’s not the worst week ever because I at least got to run. (It would be worse if I couldn’t run.) But, it still wasn’t a very a good one.
It was so nice outside Monday, so I was able to run in the middle of the afternoon. (This was the calm before the storm!) I ran 4 miles. It was an okay run. I was having a really hard time getting my mind into it because I had a million other things running through my mind. Usually I can think about other things and zone out, but not today. I was more focused on what I needed to be doing and I just couldn’t get my head into it.
For dinner I had a salad and I broiled a pork chop. So good!
Today is when the storm hit! The work storm. I left the house at 6:50 am and didn’t get home until after 5. I had a lot of energy during the day, but by the time I got home it had all worn off. All I wanted to do was collapse on the couch and sleep. But, I helped Jeremy pick okra and water the garden. I had on my running clothes and was really debating going for a run, but I just didn’t have the energy. So, I opted for some calming yoga instead of running.
But, I had really hard time shutting off my brain and focusing. I also added in a little strength training when I was finished. It was a very light workout. After that, I spent two hours cutting up okra so we could freeze it. It was after 10 before I even got to sit down! It took me a really long time to wind down and be able to feel like I could go to sleep. It was after midnight before I went to bed and I had to get up at 5:30 on Wednesday morning. I was kind of a grouch! Okay, I was a pretty big grouch!
To say I was tired Wednesday is an understatement! I had two sparks during the day and a tea to keep me going. As soon as I got home I headed out for a run. It was a little after 5 and it was overcast. The temperature said 89 so I thought it would be pretty nice. It was at first. But, not long into my run the sun came out and was pounding down on me. I slowed down and thought I would be okay, but I only made it 2.3 miles before I got really sick. So sick that I thought I was going to throw up or pass out. I was super dizzy. Luckily, Jeremy was outside and came and walked me back to the house.
Once I had some water and cooled off and I felt a little better, so we took Jake on a walk. That was literally the worst run ever! Out of all of the times that I have gotten sick the past few months, I really think this was the worst. It was so bad that I just wanted to lie down in the grass; I didn’t feel like I could take another step. And, my stomach didn’t settle for the rest of the night. I really think it was the heat. I have been running really well the last couple of weeks, especially after doing that cleanse. So, I think it had to have been the heat and maybe the fact that I was so tired too. I was pretty frustrated, but all you can do is try again!
(Jake went to the groomer and she said that he laid in the recliner all day and watched TV!)
I got up at 5:30 again, and had some time to do a little bit of strength training. I noticed that my legs and my lower back were a little sore so I also stretched. I think they were sore because I had been on my feet from 7 in the morning until 7 or 8 at night every day this week. Work was crazy again, but the silver lining in that is I was getting in 10,000 fitbit steps before noon every day! I got home around 4 and headed out for a run. The temperature was in the lower 80’s and there was a cool breeze blowing. It was such a nice break from the 100 degree weather we’ve been having. I actually had a pretty good run! I was surprised at that because of the epic fail the day before. I ran a really fast 5K, and then I ran another 2 slower miles after that.
Other than the soreness in my legs and back, I felt really good! I didn’t get sick at all.
After I finished, I took Jake on a long walk and then I used my foam roller! Jeremy had to umpire, so I had to go pick the okra. I have not had to do it yet. I always just hold the bucket while he does it.
It was not an enjoyable experience! The okra plants are taller than me. That meant that as I was walking through them, they were rubbing all over my face and head. I came out of there so itchy and covered in bug bites! I don’t plan on doing that anymore. I’ll just eat it after Jeremy picks it!
Thursday night I actually made it to bed at a decent time, so I felt pretty refreshed Friday morning.
I was up and out the door by 6:45 and it was another busy day. I had some overnight oats for breakfast. They were so good! I took a put a picture on Snapchat and I had a friend send me a message asking “what the H is that?” That made me laugh so hard!
Today flew by so fast! I had all kinds of energy so I came home and got ready to run. I walked Jake around for a little while first since he had been in the house all day. Then I headed out. I decided to listen to a podcast so I could hopefully concentrate on something else and shut my mind off. It worked! I listened to the last episode of Serial season 2 and I ran for an hour and six minutes! I did take a few walk breaks.
I need to find some more podcasts to listen to. I like mysteries like the first season of Serial. If anyone has any suggestions, please leave me a comment. When I got done running, Jeremy was just getting home, so we took Jake for a walk.
Jeremy and I went to Rib Crib for dinner and I had the sliced brisket sandwich. I usually don’t eat the bread or fries – just the meat. But, I was starving, so I ate one of the pieces of bread and some of the fries. They were so good! This was literally the best sliced brisket I have ever had at Rib Crib. It was so tender and juicy!
Today we left town early to go to a funeral. We had to get up early to get ready, and I needed all the sleep I could get. So, I didn’t set my alarm until 8. But, I woke up wide awake at 6:45 and decided I would go ahead and run. Just as I was about to get dressed, it started thundering really loud and pouring. So, I went back to bed for an hour!
We spent the day with family at the most beautiful celebration of life that I have ever been too. Then we went to our cousin’s football scrimmages that night. He got some good tackles (including sacking the quarterback!) and ran the ball back for a 75 yard touchdown on the first kickoff! It was pretty exciting!
We had a very late dinner after the games and then headed back home. We made it home around 1:00 am.
*At the funeral, the preacher said, “that you have to learn to rest or God will make you rest. Resting is not a sign of laziness.” I’m sure I’m taking this totally different than how he meant it. But, this is something that I struggle with and I think something that I needed to hear. I push myself until I’m sick or hurt or my body is completely run down. I feel guilty when I take a rest day and even if I’m not running, I still try to find some kind of workout to do. I’m sure there are some of you out there that feel the same way I do. And, I really needed to hear that – Rest is not a sign of laziness. *
We slept in today since we went to bed so late Saturday night. Then we did our usual grocery shopping. Except, Walmart and Aldi were both out of some stuff so that means I’ll have to go back tomorrow! >:|
Then I came in to work on this post. I am planning on a run later this evening. The weather is too nice not to!
Here’s some random information that I figured out this week that I want to share. I guess I never realized how much sugar I actually do eat. I really thought I didn’t eat that much, but it’s in so many foods that I just don’t realize it. During the cleanse, I wasn’t supposed to have sugar. I really made an effort to cut it out, or at least cut it way back. I guess I did pretty good at that. And since the cleanse has been over, I haven’t been craving sweet stuff like I normally do. But, Tuesday night, Jeremy wanted cinnamon rolls. I fixed a can of the small ones and I ate two of them. I woke up about an hour after I went to bed with the worst headache and it lasted all night. I never get headaches so I thought it was probably from the sugar, but I wasn’t sure since I had been so stressed and tired this week too. On Friday, a girl brought some chocolate chip cookies to work and I had one. About 20 minutes after eating that I had another headache. So, it had to definitely be the sugar. This is just proof that the cleanse did work! I have felt so much better after doing it. I am really going to watch my sugar intake now. But, I think it will be easy since I’m not craving it all the time. I know that was random information, but I wanted to share it because sugar really does have a negative effect on your body!
I hope you all have a great week!
I am also linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by:
Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and
Angela from Marathons & Motivation
Do you have any suggestions for good mystery podcasts like Serial?