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I Love Me Some Power Tools

We have a planter built into our deck that was once painted to match the lattice work on the sides of the deck. The paint constantly chipped and peeled and unless it had just been painted, it looked terrible. Sanding it down and staining it has long been on my to do list and finally yesterday, I took advantage of the beautiful day and sanded off the old chipped paint. Three hours of using Bill’s belt sander got the job done and it’s amazing how much better it looks even though I haven’t stained it yet.

It makes my heart so happy when I complete a project like this and the sense of self satisfaction is like none other!


Injury Update

I’ve felt great this week with the exception of right foot numbness occasionally when I lean forward at the sink to wash dishes or lift them out of the sink to dry. It’s the craziest thing, but on a positive note, the tingling and numbness lasts for a shorter amount of time than previously. Originally, once I got that tingling sensation, it lasted for the remainder of the day until I lay down at night. Now it only lasts a few hours and then goes away (unless I’m sitting and then it lingers). Luckily, running, biking, and being extremely active seem to have zero negative effects on it.

Case in point:  Yesterday I ran five miles, rode my stationary bike 20 miles, and then engaged my core like never before while sanding the deck planter for almost three hours. I felt fine and had zero pain or numbness. This morning I lifted some dishes out of the kitchen sink to dry and put away, and my right foot immediately went numb with tingling radiating up my shin. Two hours later and it’s still numb, but of course I’ve been sitting a lot writing this blog post. Sitting is my other trigger…


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…

My weekly mileage total hit 11.31 miles, and even though I’m still hovering in the mid-10’s with my paces, I’m feeling quite happy with my comeback. Tuesday’s run was ridiculously early (I started at 4:45 AM), but by the time my 6 AM client arrived I had finished my run and completed a good portion of my strength training routine.

Saturday morning I slept in until almost 9 AM (I know, who am I?) and didn’t hit the trail until 10 AM. It was a glorious day for a run at 57° when I left the house and it warmed up a bit while out.


While running back and forth in front of my GoPro (affiliate link), a biker passed by with perfect timing. Little did she know that we were racing! LOL



Three rides on my spin bike (affiliate link) indoors totaled 50 miles this week. I could have ridden outside on Saturday afternoon, but it was easier to hop on my bike in the basement than reapply sunscreen, dig out my helmet, etc. I suspect that once I transition to riding outside the thought of getting on my spin bike will make me wonder why I rode it on days like yesterday.


Strength Training

There’s nothing new to report in the strength training department. As I mentioned last week, consistently is key and no matter how busy work and life gets, I’m not willing to miss lifting unless it’s unavoidable…



Along with planks I’ve incorporated cobra and a couple of other yoga poses that help my sciatica into my daily routine. I thinks it’s important that I keep doing these daily or at least every other day as preventative measures for what seems to be a chronic condition.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you prefer to hire out jobs?
  • Any signs of spring where you live? 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!


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