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Procrastination at its Best
I was up at 7 AM to put the finishing touches on my blog post and post it by 8 AM, but it’s well past noon and I’m still spinning my wheels and procrastinating. The majority of my post was complete – workout descriptions and accompanying pictures were done – I just needed to write an introductory paragraph, fill in the blanks on my infographic, and write my questions. Instead of plowing through, I sought out distractions to avoid sitting in front of my MacBook: we took Pablo for a 2-mile walk, I made a fruit salad, ate breakfast, and still couldn’t focus when I sat down to work…
Overview of the Week
Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll down for daily details…
I took the day off to rest, but did multitask with a 1-mile walk while calling my mom during the afternoon.
An hour of strength training was on tap and with a client on vacation, I was able to fit it in during the morning. At 7 PM at a very comfortable 69°, Bill and I took a 5K walk at a 17:14 average pace.
Since Bill wasn’t able to ride with me, I didn’t have to get out as early as usual for my ride. With overnight temps getting down to 60°, I waited until 9:10 AM when it was 66° to head out. I had plans to ride longer, but no specific goal in mind.
After weeks of seeing signs warning of detours/closures on the W&OD Trail, I encountered the first detour and had to ride for a short distance on the parallel gravel horse trail. Between now and the end of the year, the trail will be undergoing rolling detours and closures while Dominion Energy upgrades the electric transmission lines along a 3-mile section that we use regularly. BTW, that’s our bench on the right side of the picture.
Back to my ride… I considered skipping my favorite side-road-climb, but thought better of it and lowered my gears and ground my way to the top. Shortly after getting back on the W&OD Trail after my climb, I came upon my running friend Maureen and her toddler daughter. Maureen got a road bike a couple of weeks ago and even though we’d talked about riding together, we hadn’t made any specific plans. It was a wonderful happenstance that we met up and we enjoyed having an opportunity to catch up.
After saying our goodbyes, I rode east toward home, finishing my ride at 55 miles (14.7 MPH average pace). Once home, I did 10 minutes of stretches specifically designed for cyclists.
I was up and out the door in the 69° light and steady rain at 5:45 AM for a 5K run on our circle. It was one of those days where I’d have a client and then an hour break, another client, another break, so I lifted weights for an hour during the mid-morning and did 10 minutes each of rolling and stretching later in the morning.
With heavy rain all night long and into the morning coupled with 60°, an outdoor ride was not my preference so I hit the basement at 7:30 AM for a 20-mile spin. Reading my MRTT friend Julie’s recap of Ironman Cambridge from Saturday kept me motivated and pedaling fast (17.2 MPH average speed) on my spin bike (affiliate link).
I lifted weights for an hour between early morning clients and teaching my balance and stretching class. As usual during class I was active as I taught 15 minutes each of leg and core strengthening exercises, balance drills, and stretching.
The rest of my day was blocked off to babysit Baby Bean and Pablo (Pablo has been visiting since Thursday evening). Pablo is still very curious about Baby Bean and got whiny whenever we held him.
We celebrated our oldest son’s birthday by hitting up a brewery and a winery in near-perfect fall weather (sunny, low 70’s, and with very low humidity). Pablo loved being outside and the center of attention while Baby Bean slept in his stroller. It was a very relaxing day and lots of fun! Once home, Bill and I grilled and spent the rest of the evening watching college football.
Last Week’s Blog Posts
In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…
- • Sunday – Weekly Rundown: September 12 – 18 / Hard Work Pays Off
- • Tuesday – Paying it Back to the W&OD Trail Community
- • Thursday – A Summer’s Worth of Runfessions Just in Time for Fall
- • Tell me something fun you did this past week that wasn’t workout related!
- • If you blog, do you ever have trouble focusing on your post? If so, what do you do to get back on task?
- • Did you run in a race this weekend? If so, was it live or virtual?
And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!
I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!
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