Hot runs, cold water: week in review

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote a true weekly recap. I’m just going to skip those weeks and jump right into last week, since more than enough happened. In short(ish):

I finished writing a research proposal to complete the last class on my degree plan. (It’s not my last class ever, because I’ve learned what happens when you say “my last ______ ever”. You are doomed to at least one more _____.)

We spent a night at the hot springs for our rescheduled anniversary getaway.

…Then we got home and found out our water heater was flooded. A few days before, our next-door neighbor told us that their crawl space, along with everybody elses’ on that end of the street, was flooded. We checked our crawl space, the floor was dry, so we thought we were fine…but. Our water heater sits in a box that’s about a foot lower than the rest of the floor. And the groundwater table has apparently risen to within about 6″ of our crawl space floor. The amount of snow and rain this year means people all over the valley are dealing with the same issue, so it will likely be a while before we can get a new water heater installed.

(I was going to share my photo of the crawl space from IG stories, but apparently I forgot to screenshot it. So here’s an unrelated, but better, screen shot.)

Somewhere in there I found time to do a lot of garden prep. All my seeds are started now, but so far only the cabbage, kale, spinach and radishes are outside (apart from the garlic). Beets, carrots, and some other greens need to go in the beds this week.

I got in my runs and gym workouts almost exactly as planned. I don’t remember the last time that happened.

Monday: strength workout.

Tuesday: 3-mile run with a few strides.

Wednesday: power workout (I started a structured workout program; this phase alternates between “strength” and “power” workouts. More on this another week, maybe…) 1.5 mile run home from the bus stop. With a backpack that I forgot had a glass water bottle in a side pocket. I couldn’t prevent it from bouncing around and shifting to that side. Not recommended.

Thursday: rest day.

Friday: Steep trail run – 2.5 miles, 800 ft elevation. I arrived at the trailhead around 9am and by the time I finished I was so hot and probably a little sunburned. Time to start leaving the house earlier, I guess.

Then a strength workout and my first shower since the water heater died. I wish I could say it was glorious – but gym showers are weird, y’all. Why does each press of the on button only give you about 30 seconds of water? I HAVE GRIME TO VANQUISH.

Saturday: rest day. Hide-from-the-sun day. “Get groceries that you can cook without dirtying dishes because heating water to wash dishes is a pain” day.

Sunday: 6 miles, 465 ft elevation on a closed (to vehicles) road. Probably yoga…if I find time tonight.



What do you make for dinner when you don’t want to wash the dishes? (I mean, other than takeout.)

How long does it take you to adjust to hot runs?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap

24 Comment

  1. Sorry to hear about your water heater, and I agree – a gym shower that only sprays 30 seconds of water at a time seems inadequate. For days when I don’t want to do dishes, I check to see if I’ve frozen any leftovers.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Fortunately I usually do have some frozen leftovers.

  2. oh no water heater problems are never good! Hope you don’t have too much damage coming
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thankfully the water heater didn’t need to be replaced after all

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    Well, boo to the water heater fail. That kinda sucks–it’s hard to do anything without hot water!!n We had a microwave fail this weekend and now we have to do all our cooking the old-fashioned way. BTW, is there another option to carry out when you don’t want to cook?

    Love love love your views. Have a great week!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Well….sometimes I have popcorn for dinner when I don’t want to cook or get carryout.

  4. I am shuddering at no hot water cause it’s so fricking cold here (about to change though). But you managed to get in a solid week anyway.

    I don’t know what I’d do food wise with no hot water.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thankfully we only had a few days of that!

  5. Happy Anniversary!!

    I’m sorry about the flooding and water heater problem though. That’s the worst. I’d rather be without electricity than hot water. You could always eat sandwiches on paper plates. Hope it gets fixed soon.
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  6. Laurie says: Reply

    Happy Anniversary! So sorry to hear about your hot water heater and the deficient showers in the gym, but, on the bright side, it does make for a good story!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you!

  7. Visiting a hot springs sounds like a such nice way to celebrate an anniversary! Your pictures are beautiful this week. I’d love running with that scenery and look forward to my race in Colorado next month for that reason. I hope you’ll have hot water soon. I’ve never experienced one of those gym showers…and now I certainly don’t want to. Thanks for linking!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The hot springs is so nice – it’s our anniversary “tradition” now.

  8. That’s a bummer about the water heater! We finally have warm weather (which I LOVE), but I do prefer a bit of a transition…but I”m not complaining. I’m so done with cold weather, I’ll gladly take the heat 😉

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thankfully it’s back in operation!

  9. Boo to the flooding. That’s not what you want to come home to after a relaxing break!!

    Hmmm, dinner when I don’t want to wash the dishes – probably something I can bake in the oven so I can just put it all on parchment paper and then throw it out.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Oh, that’s a good option!

  10. Farrah says: Reply

    Yay! Glad you finished your research proposal! Almost thereee!

    REI garage sales are my favorite–they’re definitely hit or miss, but I’m hoping to hit up the next one to see if I can find anything cool! <3

    Great job getting in your workouts this week! :]! I'm sorry to hear about your water heater. :[ I hope that gets worked out sooner than it seems it'll take!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I repair lots of finds from REI garage sales – definitely opens up the options!

  11. I’m sorry to hear about the flooding…ugh, that has to be so frustrating. I actually can’t stand running in the heat…I don’t think I ever get used to it! Running early in the morning works best for me.

    Happy belated anniversary!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I don’t ever feel acclimated to heat either!

  12. I guess I missed all of the rain and flooding. I also missed the REI garage sale, which I’m truly bummed about. I don’t remember when Hyalite reopens, but I need to go if it’s still closed! Actually, I just need to get out in general. Your pictures are inspiring me to go hike/try to run some trails before it gets super hot!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I think the flooding was a result of the whole winter’s precipitation. I’m trying to do either the M or Drinking Horse weekly until more trails dry out!

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