Friday is my day off work.  I had been looking forward to it for awhile.  I know I get one every week, but some times my day off goes like this:  Long run, run hours of errands, do housework, kids get home, day is done! A lot of those days are quite tiring and I feel frazzled, like I didn’t get anything done. 

But this week was different.  My long run was supposed to be 10 miles, but I decided to cut it down to 6 miles just because I only have a few more days until my training plan starts.  I was going to run 8 miles on Saturday, so why not just take it easy?  Instead of starting out on my long run right after the kids get on the school bus, I crawled right back in bed and snoozed for a bit.  Ah…. pure luxury.

Then instead of going out in the cold, windy day, I ran on the treadmill again.  It was snowing outside and it would for sure poke in my eyes.  No need for that!  I watched The New Celebrity Apprentice instead!


After that, I did some cooking.  I made a big huge batch of this spaghetti sauce.  Two crockpots full!  If you like pasta sauce, you have a crockpot, and you like the ease of just pulling something out of the freezer for dinner, this recipe is for you too!  LOVE this stuff.  Thanks Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats!  While getting everything into the crockpot, I listened to some podcasts.  Multitasking at it’s finest!


Then I ran some errands with Alan, made some yummy bagel sandwiches, and did some basement planning.  Oh, and travel planning.

And finally, I just relaxed and read some magazines while I waited for the kids to get home.

When night rolled around, we took my Mom out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. We also enjoyed some cake and ice cream for her special day.  She might not have my Dad around right now, but hopefully we helped her enjoy the day and showed her how much she means to us.

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All in all it was a pretty awesome day off.  A great blend of productivity, exercise, family, and relaxation.


Q:  What would be a great day off for you?

Q:  Do you listen to podcasts when you are cooking?  or cleaning?  or maybe driving?

Q:  How often to you sleep in, or are you “up and at ’em” every morning?


6 thoughts on “Day off – productive, or relaxing?”
    1. Being lazy is very needed sometimes too! No matter how productive, I tend to feel anxious on Sunday thinking I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to. But really, when does a “to-do” list ever end??

  1. I sleep in any chance I can get! Luckily my awesome wife let me sleep in last Friday since I was worn out from my 21 mile run the day before.

  2. EVERYDAY is a day off for me since I retired 8 years ago. Don’t really listen to podcasts very often unless I run across a TedTalk that I find of interest. I have my alarm set for 6:30 every day except Saturday when I get up at 5:30 to go meet my training partners. I have always had sleep issues and I have found that keeping a regular sleep schedule helps. Glad to hear your dad is improving and hope he is home soon.

    1. Sleeping in really throws off my schedule, so I tend to get up early on the weekends too. Otherwise I feel like I wasted the whole day sleeping! 5:30 on the weekend is pretty dedicated though – but of course when you meet with friends it’s worth it!
      I played Go Fish with my Dad today. He’s really got his mind back again, thankfully!

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