I’m excited to participate in my first (for this blog anyways) Weekly Wrap. I actually wrote things down as they happened this week, so let’s jump right in.
Monday: Rest day! I know lots of people #nevermissamonday, but I actually like starting off the week kind of low key and lazy.
Tuesday: Crossfit class was pretty brutal. It never seems that bad to read the board, but …. reality. The first part of class seemed okay – I can’t even remember what we did. Then, we used a heavy kettlebell and were to do 3 descending rounds (20, 15, 10) of goblet squats, kettlebell swings and lawnmower rows. If you pick a weight that is challenging for the first 2, that last exercise is ROUGH). We ended the class with 2 rounds of 400 meter row sprints and everyone was just laid out by the end.
Wednesday: I set my alarm and finally made it to the 6am Strength class with my Tues/Thurday trainer. I really enjoyed the strength focus, though new people are always stressful for me. But I paired up with someone at about my level it seemed okay. We did deadlifts, push jerks (which were new to me) and push press with some core work and stretching thrown in.
Thursday: I was getting up from a situp and twisted my knee strangely and it felt painful and super weird – like a rubber band was stretched wrongly inside there. It stopped me in my tracked and I think I made a spectacle of myself. But once I was able to straighten out my leg, the pain went away completely and I was able to complete the rest of the workout without any issue. Later that evening, though, it felt somewhat sore and stiff.
I took it easy and Friday and Saturday, and by Sunday it felt pretty much fine and I was able to run 7.5 lovely miles before it started to twinge. I would have liked to have made it 10, since the weather was so nice and I was feeling so good, but I figured ‘better safe than sorry.’
At home, I have, use, and love my Inkwell Press planner (currently using my 2017 coiled weekly) and it is gorgeous and a joy to use for all of the personal things I want to do and track throughout the week. But I’ve never brought it to work, in part because it’s heavy and in part because work is messier than home and I didn’t want to clutter it up with a bunch of task that don’t hold the same emotional gravitas for me as remembering that I went to a lovely lunch with my husband or that I need to go shopping for my niece’s birthday.
I may yet buy a Daily planner from Inkwell Press, but since we’re on a spending freeze, I thought I’d try something I have been looking at for a while now – Bullet Journaling. I’m only on my third week, but so far it has been a nice way to keep track of things. I’ve started each week with a slightly different layout, and one I thing I do love is that I can customize it each week based on how it worked for me the last. And if I run out of room or want to get some ideas out of my brain, I can just flip the page.
As much as I love online tools, (and trust me, I have plenty of todo and note apps on my phone and computer and ipad) nothing beats paper and pencil for me when it comes to actually removing items from my brain and helping me make forward progress.
How do you track your tasks at work? Do you have more than one planner or notebook? Or do you find that an online solution works best for you?
I have half-heartedly tried the 80/20 plan a few times in the past year, but never stuck with it past a few runs. But I’m trying again, and am well into the second week. One of Dashing in Style‘s recent posts about adjusting her running as she get older really hit home, and it was one of those things that changed my perspective on running and aging and that it all really is okay.
I have always said that I want to continue running as I get older. But I’ve also realized that isn’t going to happen if I put so much pressure on myself that I dread getting out the door – which is exactly what was happening. I struggle to run in the heat and humidity, but I live in Texas, so for better or worse, that is going to be something I deal with the majority of every year. Making peace with slower runs that don’t leave me so sore and tired is going to be key in keeping going.
In addition to keeping my heart rate lower as I run, I’m starting an actual spreadsheet to track my mileage and the weather on the days I run, just so I can track if the heat and humidity really has much of an impact on my running as I think. And also to have something to measure against next year in the heat, and hopefully prevent myself from feeling so discouraged.
And with this new blog and domain, I hope to get back to documenting it all: my running and everything else more regularly.