2015 workouts, week 27.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 07.06.15

in Last Week's Workouts

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This week marked my busiest and most stressful week of the year at work, so I’ll be completely honest and say that I was pleased that I got any kind of exercise in because throwing in the towel felt like the easier option. Was it my most notable week ever? Not even in the slightest. Am I proud of what I managed to do given the circumstances? You know it! I know that the week I had is the norm for a lot of people who still manage to get in a ton more exercise than I did, and that is awesome. But, when you’re not used to weeks like that, it’s hard on so many levels. By the end of the week,  I was exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally, the whole nine yards.

Monday. ran 3 miles (11:28 pace). This was a really rough one. After a 12+ hour work day and being on my feet much more than I’m used to, I was not pumped to run once I got home. I know days like that are the norm for some, but when you’re not used to it? Not fun. My boss and I made a “I’ll run if you do” deal on our way out of the office for the evening, so I was glad to have the accountability, because I know I wouldn’t have gotten out there otherwise.

Tuesday. rest day. Holy crap on a cracker, I was just completely exhausted. I tweeted when I got home from work that I was so tired I didn’t even want dinner! That’s saying something, my friends. I took a 2+ hour nap after work and then still slept about 6 hours that evening. I did end up eating a PB&J around 9pm because I knew I wouldn’t feel awesome in the morning if I didn’t eat something.

Wednesday. ran 3 miles (10:33 pace). It was unseasonably cool at around 65 degrees with very little humidity, so I was pumped to lace up my shoes and run! I took advantage of the milder weather for some hill work.

Thursday. rest day. I got to work early and headed straight up north for a mini-vacation once I left the office. The drinking started about 10 minute after I got out of the car, so there’s that.

Friday. walked 1.8 miles + standup paddle boarding (2+ miles). I planned to run in the morning, but my hip was really acting up, so I threw on my headphones and opted for a walk instead, followed up by SUPing. #wycwyc!

Saturday. walked 1.5 miles. Another bad day for my hip; even walking bordered on painful.

Sunday. rest day. I didn’t plan on it, but I didn’t even leave my apartment, which is really unusual for me. I tend to go a bit stir crazy if I don’t get out and do something, even if it’s something as simple as grocery shopping. I slept and watched The West Wing on Netflix, and that was my glorious end to the holiday weekend.


my favorite holiday.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 07.04.15

in Uncategorized

More and more, I feel like Independence Day is my favorite holiday of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I love the meaning and importance behind holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there’s so much stuff that goes along with them. The food, the gifts, the hustle and bustle of the season. It gets stressful and all that other stuff seems to take away from the joy of the holidays themselves.

This weekend, though? It’s about fun and relaxation, good food and drinks, family and friends. The weather is particularly on point this year here in the land shaped like a hand, with lots of sunshine and temperatures that were comfortably hot, but not unbearable.

I spent part of the weekend (Thursday evening through Saturday morning) up at my sister and brother-in-law’s cottage, enjoying some time on the water. I pretty much lived in my bikini on Friday, soaking up the sun. I lathered up in sunscreen quite faithfully throughout the day, and was pleased that I only ended up with a couple small patches where I burned.


I laughed so hard I cried.

I threw on some headphones and went for a walk because my hip wasn’t having the running, then went standup paddle boarding around the lake (over 2 miles, per a very rough estimate on MapMyRun). That didn’t actually help my hip feel any better, but was so peaceful that it was (mostly) worth it.

I attempted to wake surf, and even managed to stand for a couple of seconds on my third try, so I was feeling pretty good about that. My family taught me how to stand, but not what to do once I got there, so that didn’t last long.

I read an entire book in less than 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down and had nothing else that I had to do other than relax and get lost in the plot. All the hype about The Girl on the Train? It’s legit. Get your hands on a copy and be prepared for it to suck you in big time.

We went for ice cream and sat around then campfire, and we went out on the boat to watch some of the fireworks going off around the lake.

Other than listening to a podcast on my walk, I hardly touched my phone for 36 hours because disconnecting is really, really good for your soul.

I did, unfortunately, learn that it’s probably best in future years to not leave Louie home by himself during holidays where fireworks are involved. I came home to some definite signs of kitty anxiety. Sorry, bud. #furmomguilt

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