Last week I: 1) was not sick, 2) finished almost everything on my to-do list (but the things I didn’t finish are kinda important and I better finish them this week…), 3) almost got through all of my planned weekly workouts. So I’m calling this an almost routine week – as in, I think I’ve almost established the routine I want to get into for this semester.
I got a lot of writing done. Well, not really a lot word-count wise, but dense research-based writing, so a lot in terms of mental load. And I submitted a fellowship/scholarship application for next year, which is also a lot in terms of mental load. Who likes writing about themselves? (She says, as she writes about herself.)
I baked bread, pizza, and cookies. I didn’t realize until just now that I’d done so much baking last week, but baking is excellent stress relief and I should keep doing it.
This week I figured out why I find it difficult to do a workout + run on the same day, even when both are short. You might spot my nemesis in this recap….
Monday: 20 minute workout, 1.5 mile treadmill run. With a few intervals because treadmills are boooring.
Tuesday: 2.5 mile run. Found some trails and sidewalks that were mostly not icy.
Wednesday: 20 minute workout.
Thursday: 4 mile run. So there was snow in the forecast today and I planned to finish my run before it really started coming down. Well:
I came inside and immediately pulled a bunch of slush blobs out of my hair. Then I walked into the locker room, looked in the mirror, and realized there was STILL a ton of snow/ice in my hair.
Friday: 20 minute workout, 2 mile treadmill run with some hills.
Saturday: 3ish mile hike. Had a 10-minute workout planned, but it didn’t happen. Then I didn’t do it Sunday because a weekly full rest day is non-negotiable for me.
So yeah…my downfall is the treadmill. There’s nothing that makes it impossible to run outside before or after a workout, but with rather icy sidewalks I need different shoes for outside runs than for gym workouts. And I’m not really into lugging around 2 pairs of shoes. Or, honestly, into stopping to change my shoes mid-workout. But hey, at least the treadmill forces me to do some intervals/hills…because otherwise I would never make it more than a mile.
When I list everything out it sounds like a lot, but time-wise it totals right about 3 hours (not counting the hike). And it feels less taxing than doing 3 hour-long runs or workouts, which was the point of scheduling things this way. So the only thing missing now is some yoga and/or mobility…because, um, I didn’t schedule any last week.
Do you prefer several short runs/workouts or a few long ones?
Writing about yourself: yay or blergh?