Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Week in Review (February 9 - February 15)

Tuesday (12,930 steps) - Work in the office. 
I had plans to meet up with friends at Milk Market for a run after work and to drop off cookies, but they had to bump the run to 5:30 so I ran solo when I was off. It wasn't terrible.
Wednesday( 17,594 steps) - Work from home. Walked Pika at lunch. After work, Ben and I headed up to meet Kristin, Jeramiah and Tyler in Boulder for a run. It was a really pretty evening, and I actually had a pretty solid run. Starting as early as we did, we were able to do the entire run without headlamps!!


We stopped and picked up pho for dinner on the way home. Cold front coming in!
Thursday (10,243 steps) - Work from home. Went on a long walk during lunch. After work did the Fitness Blender barre video (omg, how is this so hard) and rowed for a bit. 
Friday (10,216 steps) - Work in the office until early afternoon when I got an email that A had a positive exposure at school and had to quarantine. I let everyone in the office know and headed home to finish out my shift. Took Pika for a below freezing walk with A after I got off work. 
Saturday (10,022 steps) - Slept in and decided to not run, or do much of anything. Temps were still around 0, so we just took Pika for a short walk. Big excitement of the day was our furnace not working, and it being FREEZING in the house. Thankfully, I have my Selk bag to keep me warm.
Sunday (10,151 steps) - Thankfully, Ben got the furnace working in the morning - temperatures were nearly 10 below when we got up! I did a BodyPump video, which wasn't too bad. Then we had a nice breakfast and Ben gave me a really beautiful flower arrangement.




I took Pika for a walk alone because Ben was too wimpy for the "hovering around 0" temperatures. Didn't do much of anything for the rest of the day.
Monday (15,806 steps) - Work from home. Finally a break in the awful cold temperatures, and since A is quarantined and was at home (also a holiday for her), we went for a run together. It wasn't terrible, thankfully. Took Pika for a walk after that. After I was off work I did the FB barre video again, while A rowed. Then we did some random exercises and stretching. It was fun!

Stats:
  • 86,962 steps
  • 12.78 miles run
  • 17 minutes rowing
  • 74 minutes cross training

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Week in Review (February 2 - February 8)

Tuesday (17,030 steps) - Work from home. I had to switch days because Ben wasn't able to get the day off and we were FINALLY having our appliances delivered. They arrived within their window, but that was basically the highlight of the delivery. First off, what a shock that the change I had made weeks ago adding the haul away was not on their work order, and I was told only "they would see what they could do" about getting the old appliances taken. OF COURSE. To keep the story short, they were not able to install ANY of the appliances. The outlet for the fridge wasn't working, they thought because the new fridge had too much "output." So we had to have an extension cord and drag it across the entire kitchen for it to work. The hardwire for he dishwasher was too short (or alternatively, needed an electrician to add a dedicated outlet), and the cable for the stove wasn't long enough to reach the closest outlet, but they used an extension cord for that as well to test to make sure there wasn't a gas leak. What a freaking hassle that all was. 


Took Pika for a walk, then went on my run. Coach finally has me doing some speed work, and I'll admit I was feeling apprehensive about this run because my legs were pretty tired. Turns out, the run went VERY well, with the exception of getting about 80 texts during the run, plus phone calls. That was annoying. Bathroom is almost done!! 
Also, we managed to coerce an electrician to come over, and he was able to fix the wiring for the fridge outlet, installed the plug for the dishwasher, AND dropped the cable for the stove through the wall, which was actually even better. So happy we have so many good contractors to help us!

Torchy's for dinner, which was delicious.
Wednesday (11,272 steps) - Work in the office. Someone stole my lunch out of the freezer, so I had to run down the street to buy food. WAS NOT HAPPY. Ben also called while I was at work to alert me to "pouring water" under the kitchen sink. Apparently, Home Depot never capped off the water line when they did not install the dishwasher, so we had water running under the sink/cabinets/floor for 24 hours in. We have an insurance claim in with them now. (I can't make up all the stuff that is going wrong!) Ariel went with me to take Pika for a short walk when I got home because I hadn't done anything all day. 
Thursday (10,615 steps) - Work from home. Ben finally got the last of the cosmetic stuff done in the bathroom, meaning, I actually could brush my teeth and use my own toilet! It was SO windy that I skipped my run again. I did take Pika for a walk, did Bodypump, and rowed for a bit. Finally, FINALLY the guys were done with the bathroom. Finally!!! (Well, except for the glass. We have to wait about three weeks for that. But since we still have our rod and shower curtain, the bathroom is fully functional).


Friday (10,193 steps) - First shower in the new bathroom, and it was awesome. Water much hotter than it was before, and the water pressure is much better, thanks to our cool shower head. Work in the office (boo, hiss). Did my run with hill repeats after work. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it might be, although I didn't quite time the hill correctly, and pausing my watch somehow messed up the timing of the intervals in the program I had put in my watch. 
Ah well, I know I did them all! And with this run, I managed to nail all my runs all week, without walking during any of them. Woo hoo!
Saturday (34,168 steps) - Met up with the group to run Dirty Biz. I hate running on Fridays before a long run because I just seem to start out tired, and this was no exception. Tyler and Joe took off, and I felt bad that Kristin kept stopping to wait for me, I know she is so much faster and better trained than I am right now. For the first few miles I thought I was a bit overdressed, but then the wind picked up and it was FREEZING. Really happy to be done with this.


Went to 4 Noses for a beer, then home for a quick shower before picking up more cookies and then driving around for hours delivering. 
Ariel and I did stop and pick up Mac n' Cheezy, which we haven't had in ages. 

I met up with Kim for a beer at Rails End. 
Sunday (12,321 steps) - Drove to Runners Roost Boulder for the first run club in 11 months. We still started from the trail head, but luckily the fast people didn't catch us until we hit the top trail, so I was at least able to keep up on the descents. 
Delivered cookies to Carrie and Ben, then met Greg and Tyler at New Image for pre-Super Bowl beers.
We watched part of the Super Bowl, but weren't really into it. Fell asleep on the couch.
Monday (17,452 steps) - Work from home. Walked Pika, and then went for my run. It was easily my worst run in at least a month. I had to walk at least 6 separate times and my calves were sooo tight even during my warm-up that I thought they might burst. I'm really sick of this issue and wish I could find some relief. I at least hit all my faster tempo paces. Did another Bodypump video before picking up A at practice. Heather came over to pick up her cookies and look at the house.

Stats:
  • 113, 051 steps
  • 29 miles run
  • 12 minutes rowing
  • 52 minutes cross training

Friday, February 5, 2021

Week in Review (January 26 - February 1)

Tuesday (11,226 steps) - Work in the office in the morning. Home early enough to take Pika for a walk. She likes the cold and snow. I do not.
More work being done in the bathroom. It may get finished eventually!
Did a core video that I didn't really like.
Wednesday (14,733 steps) - Work from home. I had a 40 minute run that I needed to get down. There is really no route near my house where I'm not going to end on an uphill, so I thought of the route that would be less awful. It was a bit challenging with snow, but I managed another run with ZERO walk breaks. Again, these are big improvements for me! After I got back I took Pika for a walk. More bathroom progress!
Ariel in her snazzy new letter jacket (that she was VERY excited to wear for her first day back to in-person school since early November) :
and... WE FINALLY GOT ALL MY MEDALS AND OUR BUCKLES UP!! Our home gym is really looking great. W

We still have some things we are working on, but all the big stuff is done. Next up is some sort of shelving for our awards, pint glasses, etc. But really excited for this progress. 
Thursday (11,885 steps) - Work in the office. Did my 25 minute run with strides on my lunch hour, and it was NOT good. I don't know why running the flats of downtown seems even harder than the hills by my house? Can I blame it on so many street crossings and there being SO MANY PEOPLE? No recollection of the rest of the day.
Friday (15,213 steps) - Work from home. The weather was FREAKING AMAZING, so I took Pika for a long trail run at lunch. She hasn't done 6 miles in ages, and in terms of "flatter" running, neither have I. She was a bit pokey, and the trails got a bit muddy on our way back, but it was fun!


REALLY starting to get excited about the bathroom!! Once they started putting the tile up on the shower walls, I could really start imagining it being done someday! Hoping everything ties together as good as we hope.
Saturday (31,457 steps) - White Ranch with the group! This trail is always soooo freaking hard. I knew I was going to be a bit tired after having done a "longer" run the day before. Obviously I was hiking a TON in the beginning. I keep hoping with regular efforts this will some day not be so hard. Haha.






There were only a few sections where it was really icy. I opted to not even bother with my spikes. And thankfully, I didn't fall. Went to Big Daddy Bagels to pick up some breakfast. Then, took Pika for a windy walk with Ariel when I got home - she was really playful!
The tile guys were really on a roll and got a LOT more work done. Woo hoo!
Ariel and I picked up our stash of Girl Scout cookies for the year. Thanks to the ability to pre-order and for even local people to buy from her page, she has already sold quite a few!
Sunday (14,184 steps) - North Table with a small group of people. The weather ended up being SUPER nice, which of course resulted in every mountain bike in the county being out. Ben and Tyler did a bigger/faster loop, and the rest of us did a relaxed and easy loop with the dogs. Fun morning!




We were all starving, so we got some nachos from the food truck. Sadly, they weren't nearly as tasty as they look. I think the cheese was somehow bland??
Monday (17,956 steps) - Work from home. I had a 45 minute run on schedule, and I re-created a loop I've done with Kristin to get the mileage I thought I might need. It was actually a REALLY good run, outside my feet being numb the last 15 minutes or so. Took Pika for a walk, and then when work was over I did a BodyPump video. Lots of lunges in this one, I'll be feeling it. The tile guys made a LOT more progress! One more day of tile guys, and then just the plumber, and we supposedly will FINALLY be done!!

Stats:
  • 116,654 steps
  • 31.09 miles run
  • 0 minutes row - ugh
  • 85 minutes strength training

Week in Review (February 9 - February 15)

Tuesday  (12,930 steps) - Work in the office.  I had plans to meet up with friends at Milk Market for a run after work and to drop off cooki...