Monday, November 27, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 5/6 PFTW

Week 5 

I wasn't able to get in anything before I left for Chicago, and en route to Chicago, I started feeling like I was coming down with something.

Wednesday I was up at 5:30a for my flight, and finished at the office at 8:30p, so I was good and exhausted and immuno-compromised when I left.

Thursday I had an all-day meeting (7:15a-5:45p), and immediately after left to see....
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It was as amazing as I dreamed it would be, but had me walking back to the hotel at 11p, and by then I was dripping and coughing and it wasn't pretty.

Friday, I was back for another long day of meetings and talking, and didn't get out of the office until I had to rush to O'Hare for my flight home. If you hear of a plague in the next few weeks that originated on a plane from O'Hare to Austin, I'm sorry.

Saturday I laid around and watched TV while trying to stay awake/conscious. Sunday I thought I felt better and left the house but it was a terrible mistake. I remember asking my husband how it's possible one person's head could have so much snot in it. We've been married almost 20 years, he so lucky.

Week 6
Monday was no better. Still dying, but since I was out of the office the week before and had PTO planned for the rest of the holiday week, I dragged myself into the office and sequestered myself into a room. I quit around 3 and went home to rest before my 6p trainer appointment. I went to the gym, and I know I did stuff, but I didn't write any of it down so I don't know what it was.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tuesday I was still dying and worked from home on my PTO day.

Wednesday I finallllllly started seeing a glimmer of hope! I felt a little less like dying! I went to the gym for my appointment, and rushed to the airport to pick up Lora. She was super excited to be in Austin for the holiday (she hates it here), and was really lovely and pleasant to be around (she was the worst for most of her visit).

Thursday/Friday I did a lot of cooking and cleaning and stuff. I also bought a couch online, and paid an exorbitant a grown-up amount of money for it. We've been living with a tiny Ikea loveseat in this giant living room since we moved because we couldn't agree on a couch, but Thursday, I asked my husband so many times what he liked about this couch, or this rug, or this couch with this rug, that he told me to just buy whatever and stop asking. That's my strategy for every purchase going forward now.

Saturday I don't remember what happened but Lora was still here so I'm sure it was tense.

Sunday, I dropped Lora off at the airport, and then.....

I ran and didn't want to die, so I'm probably recovered.

As dead as all these damn leaves in my yard

This week.... I have a lot of gym time scheduled, because my trainer is leaving so I took every last appointment had had :( Sad.

I'm probably cancelling my training after this, because the idea of starting over with someone else is terrible, and I don't really like people so Tyron was an anomaly. I was only sticking to it because I had pre-paid, but now I'm done with that part of the contract, so... adios.

Monday: Trainer
Tuesday: Run - 4 mi
Wednesday: Nada
Thursday: Trainer, Run - 3 mi
Friday: Trainer
Saturday: Trainer
Sunday: Run - 5 mi

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 4 / PFTW

Last Week...


  • 35 min run 
  • Front squats (40lb) - 3x10
  • Squatting Rows (45lb) - 3x10
  • Kettlebell arm extensions (10lb) - 3x10
  • Single leg hip thrusters - 3x10
  • Sit ups with a 5lb weight behind my head (so weird) - 3x10


  • Single leg squats (10lb) - 3x10
  • Incline press (15lb) - 3x12
  • Slider leg curls - 3x10
  • Bent over row (12.5lb) - 3x9
  • Star crunches - 3x10


  • 40 min run, 30 sec. pickups


  • Kettelbell swings (20lb) - 3x10
  • Push-ups - 3x10
  • Upright row (10lb) - 3x10
  • Single leg bridge - 3x8
  • Figure-4 oblique crunches - 3x10
  • Calf raises - 3x10
  • Hammer curls (15lb) - 3x6
  • Tricep extensions (15lb) 3x12


  • 55 min run, slow AF

I ran here and it was lovely. Drizzly and cool and it almost seemed like fall.
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After running very little for a long time, and then not at all for six months, it shouldn't be but definitely is shocking how challenging it is.

This week, I have to travel for work and - AND - see Hamilton, finally! I don't have any training scheduled since I won't be here - that's why my Saturday workout was so shitty - and probably won't run while I'm there. We'll see. Plan is:

Tuesday - 40 min run
Wednesday - travel, talk to too many people, late work dinner
Thursday - 30 min am run, 9 hour meeting, HAMILTON
Friday - talk to more people, more meetings, socially taxing efforts, travel home
Saturday - sleep? talk to no one?
Sunday - 60 min run

Monday, November 6, 2017

Austin Half Marathon - Week 3 / PFTW

Shalane Flanagan, eh?

Last week:

  • 35 min run
  • Squats with kettelbells (20lb ea) - 3x8
  • Squatting Rows (35lb) - 3x8
  • Kettelbell arm extensions (10lb ea) - 3x10
  • Sit ups while holding a giant bar behind my head?! - 3x10


  • Single leg squat (20lb ea) - 3x10
  • Chest press (45lb bar) - 3x10
  • Bridge curl with sliders - 3x8 <- font="" the="" these="" were="" worst="">
  • Bent over rows (15lb ea) - 3x7
  • Star crunches - 3x10
  • 35 min run with speed intervals 


  • 45 min run

I always swore I was not a person that would put clothes on my animals, because it's so weird. Yet, here we are:
Fear him.
I usually try to run before my appointment because 1. running is fcking hard already and 2. I'm concerned my motivation will disappear once I'm done with the thing I'm paying for, but Friday I was bamboozled into training first. Never again shall I make that mistake - I was correct that it was harder, but even worse, the trainer suggested I incorporate some speedier (lol, "speedier" intervals) and then when I argued, busted out a training book explaining the science to me. I got confused by the words and did it and it was the worst. Tricky bastard. 

On Sunday I stopped by Target to check out the new Hearth and Home line from Chip and Joanna for some grocery shopping. These Texas ladies sure do love them some Joanna

And finally, this. 
I think it's been something like five years since the husband and I took a night away without kids! Our 20th anniversary is next year, and when we I started thinking about what to do, we I originally thought a family trip to Europe would be fun. An opportunity came up to have someone stay with the kids for a week, though, so BYE SUCKERS. 

This week!
I'm heading to Chicago next week, so I'm cramming in an extra trainer session. Can't wait. 

Wednesday - 35 min run, trainer, in that order
Thursday - 40 min run, trainer
Saturday - 55 min run, trainer


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