Weekly Update – 4/10/2017

There wasn’t much going on last week – hence the lack of an update.  This is a really short one at that…  Michael got sick with the flu, then pneumonia, and I spent most of my week taking care of him and the house.

On a more positive note, we got an offer on our townhouse that we are selling and we have a ratified contract! We are excited and will close on our current home 5 days after we close on the new house!

In the middle of all that, I did run a 5k.  Recap to come!


Weekly Update – 4/3/2017

This wasn’t a great workout week, but it was a really nice week otherwise.  I had some great quality time with Michael and got out of the house and had a blast.


Decided that since it was warmer weather out, we’d get in 2 miles outside.  We walked around my mom’s neighborhood (its a mile around).


Got in 2 miles on the treadmill.


I was exhausted from a long day on Wednesday and wasn’t feeling well, so I decided to skip yoga.


We had our date night on Thursday and watched a movie on Netflix.


We had a showing on Friday night, so we got out of the house and went to Mexican.


On Saturday, we had to be out of the house for a few showings, so we decided to drive up to Richmond and get our rings cleaned and get some lunch.  We found a cool place called Supper! and had some great salads.


We came home in the early afternoon, and then went out to Mermaid Winery with some friends and had a great night.



After church on Sunday, we grabbed some lunch and did our grocery shopping.  We stopped by the house to measure for a fridge and got to see the progress.  We then went to Home Depot and bought said fridge!

We also had to file a police report because someone decided to shoot a BB gun through my taillight.


How was your week? Do you like going to wineries?

Race Recap: Shamrock 8k 2017

I know this recap is super late – but better late than never!

This is one of my favorite races, despite the fact that the weather is almost always crummy.  Guess that’s what happens when you have a race in March at the oceanfront.

Packet Pick-up/Expo

My stepmom and I went to packet pick-up on Friday night.  We walked through all the vendors, but didn’t get into a whole lot.  She got a new pair of sunglasses, and I got a new flip belt.  They’ve made a few adjustments and I love it!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The forecast threatened rain, but it was supposed to be in the high-40s/low 50s.  I wore capris and a short sleeved shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over it.  I brought a poncho just in case it started raining.  I learned my lesson from last year.


We parked about 15 blocks away from the start and had a decent walk to the start line.  We hit the porta-potties with about 15 minutes to spare.  We got in our corrals and just enjoyed all the costumes and excitement.

Race Time

The first 2 miles went by in the blink of an eye.  I lost my stepmom less than a quarter mile in – even though I know she’d leave me because she’s speedy. We faced a headwind for most of that time.  When the course turned onto the boardwalk, we had the wind at our back.  I took advantage of that and alternated running and walking.

Around the 3.5 mile mark, I started noticing that my sock was rubbing and I was getting a blister.  I tried to adjust, but it didn’t seem to help.

I hunkered down for the last mile or so on the boardwalk back into the headwind. I hoped to finish under and hour and 15 min, but finished very close in 1:15:13.

After Party


I gathered all my food and swag after the race and headed to the tent.  I found my Dad and stepmom, grabbed a beer and enjoyed some of my food.  The music is always great – it is just usually SO CROWDED in the tent that we don’t stay long.

When we finally decided to leave, it had started raining.  I put on my poncho, and they had rain jackets, but we still got soaked walking 10 blocks to our car.

Overall Reactions

Despite the rain at the end, this was a good race and I wouldn’t miss it even despite the terrible weather.

Do you continually do a race despite historically bad weather?

Weekly Update – 3/20/2017

Not much to talk about, it was a nice easy week.  I really didn’t workout, but it was nice to relax.  I’ve had a lot of work stress recently, and I needed a little self care.


Monday was a rest day after Shamrock over the weekend.  My plantar fasciitis was mad at me.


On Tuesday I got in 2 quick miles on the treadmill.


I skipped yoga on Wednesday because I was just downright exhausted.  I think my lack of Vitamin D (due to losing my window seat) is affecting my energy levels.


Thursday was date night with my husband.  We enjoyed a nice night in and a Netflix movie.


My husband was out of town on Friday, so I had dinner with my brother-in-law.  We had a nice night eating Mexican food!


On Saturday, Michael was still out of town, so I enjoyed the day with my mom.  We had lunch, then went to see Beauty and the Beast.  The movie was good, but I really love the original. We spent some time talking and enjoying each other’s company.  It was a really nice day.


On Sunday, we slept in, got some Cracker Barrel for brunch, then got some chores done.  We went out later to the Oceanfront to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Is the weather becoming more spring-like where you are? Do you like movie remakes?

Weekly Update – 3/13/17

This was a pretty good week, although it was pretty cold.  I guess winter isn’t ready to let go yet.  This week also brought my second race for the year.


Michael had to work late on Monday, and with it being cold out and I was tired….I didn’t want to go to the gym.


We went to the gym on Tuesday after work.  I got in 2 miles on the treadmill.


Yoga was great on Wednesday.  Class was unusually full.  She really worked our hips this class, and it felt fantastic.


Date night! I was looking forward to this, because I feel like Michael and I don’t get to spend a lot of quality time during the week.


Friday was moving day at work.  I moved to another building.  We have a “campus” at work.  My reporting structure has changed over the years, and they are moving me in the same building as my new boss. I’m not really happy about the move. I have been in this building for a few years and I have a great seat by a window.

I left early on Friday to go pick up my race packet for the Shamrock 8k on Saturday. More on that in my race recap!


Saturday was the Shamrock 8k.  Recap to come – but good news, I didn’t get rained on till I walked back to my car to leave!

I came home to some BEAUTIFUL flowers that Michael got me.  Michael and I spent the rest of the day relaxing, watching TV, getting laundry done, etc.


After church on Sunday, we went out to Cracker Barrel with Michael’s parents.  It was a nice time! We even got some snow in the morning, which was beautiful.

Has winter returned where you are? What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day?


Weekly Update – 3/6/2017

The work week was pretty uneventful, but we did have a nice weekend with family.  Its getting easier to get motivated now that I can see an end to winter.


I was exhausted all day on Monday.  We had a nice evening in.


On Tuesday we headed to the gym.  I did a quick 2.10 miles on the treadmill.


Went to yoga on Wednesday like planned.  Class was good, but I modified to easier poses.  For some reason the knee that I fell on last year was bothering me.


We had date night on Thursday and went out for Mexican food.  I’m really enjoying our weekly date nights.  Its nice to intentionally spend time together. We spent some time planning our trip to Seattle.


My brother was in town for his birthday, and to pick up his new sweet Corgi pup.  Kona was the highlight of the night at my mom’s house.  We had a nice time celebrating with family.


On Saturday, I had to work for a bit in the morning.  After I wrapped up my work, we headed to the gym and I got in 2 miles on the treadmill.  My time on the treadmill felt really good.  Lots of energy. We met my brother up at our new house and got to show him around.  We have a driveway and sidewalk now!


We had some errands to run that afternoon, so we did all those items before heading to my dad’s for my brother’s birthday celebration there.


After church on Sunday, we had a pretty lazy day.  Did some laundry, grocery shopping, food prep, and watched lots of HGTV.  I even took a pretty nice nap, since Daylight Savings Time took its toll on me.

Have you adjusted to the time change? Do you have any pets?


Weekly Update -2/27/2017

This week was a bit better for workouts.  I pushed myself to try to get back into strength training.  The week was extremely long for me; seemed like an eternity.  The massive swings in the weather didn’t help!


Michael was traveling for a work trip.  I desperately needed a haircut and had scheduled one for when he’d be away.  I go through phases where I let my hair grow long, then I very suddenly feel the need to cut it, and act on it quickly!

My hair feels so much healthier and lighter with about 4-5 inches gone.


I decided to workout at home. Michael was out of town, and working out at home takes up less time than driving to the gym.  I hit the treadmill for 1.5 miles in my new shoes. Then I did 3 rounds of the following:

  1. 10 bodyweight squats
  2. :30 plank
  3. 10 crunches*

*First round were normal crunches, next round was legs at 90 angle, next was legs up with ankles crossed.

I remembered that I had intended to do lunges in that mix, so I added 10 on each side to the last round.

I’ve not done any strength training in a long time.  I really miss it, but its REALLY hard to get back into it.  I’m going to make it my goal to start small (as evidenced by the simplicity of this workout), but I know I need to do it and fight through the hard part.


Wednesday during the day was beautiful in terms of temperature.  We have been in the 70s and 80s all week.  We were supposed to get severe storms on Wednesday night, so I debated not attending yoga.  However, I decided to go, and I didn’t regret it.  I had some soreness from the squats I did on Tuesday, and class helped stretch me out.  We did a lot of hip openers, which was fantastic.

Michael was supposed to be home on Wednesday night, but because of the severe weather, his flight was cancelled.


Michael finally made it home!  Thursday night is date night, and I was especially glad for it, considering he’d been gone for a few days.  The soreness from Tuesday’s workout and yoga was setting in and I was glad for a day off.


On Friday, we had a night in and had Jersey Mike’s and watched a movie on Netflix.  It started getting really cold for the weekend, so it was nice just to spend the night in.


On Saturday, I got up and got 2 miles in on the treadmill, while Michael got his hair cut.  We got our showers and relaxed for a little while.  Michael had sushi with his brother and went to run errands, and I stayed home and relaxed and cleaned up some around the house.  We went out to Mexican later – and then watched HGTV all night.


On Sunday, we attended the new church we’ve been visiting, then had lunch with the pastor, his wife, and another couple.  We’ve really felt welcomed by them, and it was nice to get to know them all a little better.  After church we came stopped by the new house and took some pictures, then headed home where I did all the laundry and Michael meal prepped for the week.  We had a nice relaxing evening.


How was your week? Do you get your hair cut regularly, or do you let it grow and cut it all off like I do?