Getting healthy was the topic of this week. I am doing all that I can to get my ankle feeling 100% and focusing on hamstring “fix up” too. Keeping consistent is a big fail for me, but I’m putting some new things in place to help me keep on top of it. Think sticker chart 🙂 I am also happy we were able to do some of our holiday traditions this week.
Mon – 30 mins Peloton cycling class. I saw there was a live class at 6am, so I thought that would be fun to see what the live classes look like. This was probably the most ill matched class for me because it was “Power Zones” and my spin bike is basic and has no output information. But nonetheless it was fun to watch the number of people in the live class (2,431!). I stopped the class at 30 mins because my bike seat is uncomfortable and also so I could get my PT work done (my new goal is to do at least 5 mins of PT work every day. 5 mins… I’m trying to set myself up for success!) What was really odd about the class was that it glitched several times and skipped backwards 5 seconds or so. I knew that because the instructor repeated what she just said. Thus, I stared at the clock most of the class to see if the time was acting weird when the glitches happened. haha!!
PM strength workout. This was a fun one – a full body strength class with Metallica music! Even though I have seen them in concert, I’m not a super huge fan, but Enter Sandman is definitely one of my favorite songs! The Peloton instructor is apparently a super fan because he talked on, and on, and on about the band during the workout. If nothing else, the Peloton instructors keep it lively (and oh so chatty!).
Super bonus for Monday – it’s not secret that I get into “b*tch mode” when I come home from work and the house is a mess (because I’ve been working all day and the rest of my family has been home… just saying), but I came home to the most wonderful surprise ever – the kitchen was clean, dishwasher emptied, laundry put away, floors were vacuumed AND dinner was going to be made. WOOOOOOOOT! Thanks Alan, that was really the best ever, especially after my busy day at work 🙂
Tues – 3.6 miles. This was a run in memory of a very active athlete in our area. He passed away in Oct and would have been 84 yrs old this week. I ran 3.6 for his birth year (1936). He was active in races and events up until the day he died. In fact, when I saw Tom competing at triathlons a few years ago, I made the decision that if Tom could do it, I could too. He may have been the last one out of the water, but he did it! He was an active volunteer and was proud to say his fitness routine consisted of 1,000 situps every day!! WOW.
We decorated gingerbread houses tonight. Lovely, no? We make the little ones so everyone has their own.
Weds – 40 mins elliptical. Taking it easy today, but still working up a sweat. That elliptical was the best quarantine purchase ever!! Day 3 of keeping on track with the PT. Did a minimum amount of work, and did core workout too. Got a new app and will get those boxes checked off every day!
Evening strength work was arms. Can you tell it’s my favorite area to work on? haha
Thurs – 4 miles. I did an afternoon run!! And yep, I disliked it ha! But it was 50 degrees, so that’s something! Morning runs are where it’s at 😉
Fri – 10.5 miles, long run. I had the luck of running into my neighbor friends when they were starting their run, so we went 4 miles together. I see this pair out often but I never ask to join them. It was really fun to catch up! Then I stopped down by the river. The fog and sun made for some great pictures! Overall this run went well. My ankle is feeling better and I haven’t run in my Brooks test shoes all week. Not sure if that’s the issue or not. I’m honestly more worried about my hamstrings. But still getting my PT done!
The weather was perfect for a trip to Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo. Even with the restrictions on attendance, the place was packed. Everyone was out! Luckily you don’t need to get close to anyone.
Sat – 25 mins elliptical, stretches and PT. The afternoon was spent making cookies and frosting them. My daughter and I also attempted making some “fancy” frosted cookies. I have learned that this technique takes lots of practice and patience. With our limited practice, the results were not very artistic, but I loved the look of the shiny cookies.
Another holiday tradition of ours is going to the theater to see the Nutcracker. This year they were able to perform and give us a streaming option. It was a good option because we had snacks and wine (well, not the kids!) and watched from home. Fun facts: 1) I used to take classes at Toledo Ballet 2) Toledo Ballet’s performance is the oldest and most consecutive performance in the US and celebrated their 80th year in 2020! 3) one of the dancers is my good friend who I coach with and cycle with. So fun to see a friend in the show!
Sun – 5 miles. I decided to give my Brooks shoes another go. It turned out well! No ankle pain [yet]. I am giving myself kudos for completing week 1 of “everyday PT”. Woot!
Free Starbucks drinks this week… Peppermint Mocha and Chestnut Praline Frappuccino. It was another weekend of 2 free drinks for Starbucks Visa members… so I’m holding on at 39 more free drinks on my account!
Overall, a decent week. 23.5 miles of running. Trying to get force those hammies into playing nice again.
Q: Have you been to any large light displays yet this holiday season?
Q: Do you frost Christmas cookies with canned frosting or make the “fancy” type?