This week had a lot of ups and downs – and a lot of tears. With the loss of a good friend from college, interviewing for jobs, trying to plan a trip to Peru, my boyfriend leaving for a trip to Thailand, pulling out my scheduled half marathon and no running to use as my coping mechanism haha. With every up and down though, I am reminded of how very lucky I am to have such an amazing support network. I have so much good in my life and so much positivity around me. It makes life’s curveballs so much easier to handle. Obviously, the loss of a life really put a lot of things into perspective. Don’t sweat the small stuff kind of thing.
I say this not as a sob story, but just to be honest with you. Sometimes it is important to check yourself and remember that even though you might have stuff going on that is hard to deal with, there is a lot of positivity if that is what you choose to see. The people in my life remind me of that consistently, and I will be forever grateful.
At any rate, here is how the week shaped up:
Monday – 4 miles at 7.45 avg & 30 min body pump (full body & core). This was my test run to see how my foot felt and gauge whether or not I should try to run the half marathon. About 4 miles in, my foot HURT and it was clear that continuing to run would not do me any good. After this run, the pain was pretty bad the rest of the day. I was able to do the Les Mills Body Pump video without aggravating it at all though, which was great.
Tuesday – 3000M swim. I’m getting better at swimming. It is amazing how hungry it makes me! Running and lifting make me hungry too, obviously, but swimming really gets me haha. Maybe that is a perceived feeling of hungry since swimming feels so hard to me. However, there is definitely less inhaling of water and progress is progress!
Wednesday – 60 min bike & legs/glutes, core, biceps/triceps. I was feeling too tired after my swim on Tuesday to lift biceps/triceps – so I added that onto this day. It made for a long gym session, but I really wanted to fit it all in, since I didn’t think I would be able to have time to work out during the weekend.
Thursday – 2000M swim, chest/shoulders & back. Lifting upper body post-swim is intense!! It really works muscles that I am not used to using.
Friday – 3000M swim & 60 min bike. Thursday night I drove to my parents house. I had planned to spend the weekend with them, but ended up flying to Portland from their house once I learned there would be a memorial in Portland for the weekend. So on Friday morning, I did the swim at 4:30 am in the outdoor pool at my parent’s gym. The water was nice and warm, but the outside air was not, which made for a lot of steam haha. I had a packet of watermelon Gu energy chews before swimming. Getting on the bike after the long swim was easier this time than it was last time, so that was encouraging.
Before heading out of town on Friday I met my parents for lunch at Sin of Cortez in Chico. I got the Double Happiness – which is truly double happiness. It is brown rice, veggies, and grilled chicken and steak. I always ask for the sauce on the side. Half the time I find I don’t really need sauce, and the food it flavorful enough all on its own, and it is a good way to keep eating out healthier.
Friday afternoon I flew to Portland. My friend Melissa picked me up and we chatted and did work at her house before going to get tacos. We went to a favorite sport in Portland called Por Que No. Their tacos are so so good!
Saturday morning, we grabbed a quick breakfast and then hit up Powell’s City of Books. I got three awesome books about travel. A some coffee mugs. Powell’s is one of those stores where I could easily spend a lot of hours and dollars.
From there, we headed toward our college town. We found out our hotel room wasn’t quite ready on the way there, so we stopped at a winery for a quick tasting. Lemonade out lemons, amirite?
The memorial service was wonderful beyond words. He was so loved, and it was so good to all be together again. After many tears and hugs, we were all able to share wonderful memories of him together, and I know he would have loved it.
This morning Melissa & I got up and got breakfast at a favorite brunch spot, Crescent Cafe. I got the chicken hash with eggs over easy. I didn’t finish it, but it was amazing.
I grabbed a quick snack when I landed at the airport of edamame salad and pretzels with hummus, then drove back to my folks’ house and squeezed in a quick workout before going to a family friend’s retirement party.
It has definitely been a crazy week, and I hope I don’t sound over dramatic – because I really do know that many of the things I think are frustrating are so small in the grand scheme of things. It was a very special weekend with friends & family, and I’m so grateful for that.
Here is to hoping this foot keeps healing!
What was hectic about your week? What is your best way to get your head on straight?