async="src="/ Taking the Long Way Home: A Week of Surprises

Sunday, December 15, 2019

A Week of Surprises

I guess it's best to expect the unexpected--that way you don't get thrown off when things don't go as planned. This week was one of those weeks...



The Week in Review:
Monday: CrossFit
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: Run 4 mile, Yoga with Adriene
Thursday: strength training, Bootcamp
Friday: rest
Saturday: Cocoa Classic 5k
Sunday: unscheduled rest day

Running
Even though I had a head cold, I was surprised that running felt good this week. Keeping the mileage low, on Wednesday, I headed out into the bitter cold for a planned 3 mile run around my neighborhood. I felt so good that I kept going to 4 miles. This was such a pleasant surprise! You never know what you're going to get from a run, do you?


On Saturday, I ran the Cocoa Classic 5k, a race I ran last year. While I'll save the details for the recap on Tuesday, I can share that I finished in a respectable 27:22. Don't let that finish time fool you--the way I ran the race, I don't think I really deserved to do that well. I was surprised that I could eke that time out and my body let me know how displeased it was with me after I crossed the finish line. I still didn't feel well on Sunday and so I skipped my morning run. 

CrossFit
Monday's WOD was a kettlebell extravaganza (my words, not theirs). We did some pull up progression work on the bar for the strength component of the WOD. The MetCon had 2 EMOMs: double unders alternating with KB swings and KB goblet squats alternating with burpees over KBs. On Thursday, I worked on sets of 8 bench presses with Sammy Jo. Surprise! I hit a PR of 65# x4 sets. I also did some weighted prowler pushes and worked on cleans. 


My friend Steph surprised me when she showed up for bootcamp! We worked on an EMOM of thrusters and hip bridges; after that, we did a workout of jump rope, KB deadlifts, box jumps, KB swings, and goblet squats. It was fun having my buddy there!

This was not a partner workout, LOL!
Off the road...
Normally, all I get in the mail is junk, but this week my Secret Santa (via SweatPink) sent me the perfect gift! It's as if she knows me or something...

available here

Congrats to Coco for winning my SportSuds giveaway! I'm excited to hear how she likes it!

And the biggest surprise of all...my oldest coming out yesterday to have dinner and then go out with friends. He spent the night. And when he left this morning, he leaned in for a hug...guys, you have no idea...

How was your week? Any unexpected surprises--good or bad? Do you run when you have a cold? We're doing a Secret Santa at work too! It's kind of fun, isn't it?

I'm linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Rundown.



42 comments :

  1. Well Congrats On Seeing/Hugging The Son - Very Special For Sure - A Very Impressive 5K There - I Do Have A Surprise But I Hesitate To Share Because It Not Really What You Were Hoping For - While House Sitting, I Was Wearing My Flip Flops After Showering And Caught My Big Toe On The Underside Of The Couch. As I Looked Down, There Standing Straight Up Is My Big Toenail. That Sucker Pealed Right Up But Remained Attached At The Base. So That Was Just A Lovely Surprise - Sure Hope The Rest Of Your Weekend Stays Appealing

    Cheers

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    1. Ouch! Did it hurt? Or was it like ripping off the bandaid? Ouch. Ouch.

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    2. If Felt Gr8!! Love That Ripping Feeling. The Best Part, Pushing It Back Down And Duck Taping That Sucker Together. Oh Joy

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    3. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. That thing is going to fall off. {{{shudder}}}

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  2. I feel like the decision to run with a cold is pretty black and white - if I just have some sniffles, a good run really helps to clear that out and reminds me what it's like to not be sick. On the other hand, if I'm really feeling sick and fatigued, that's when I skip the workout. Girlfriend, CONGRATS on your 5k - you absolutely deserve it even though your body is mad at you.

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    1. Today looks like I might be skipping my run. I'm still not feeling good. I think there was something brewing and pushing hard made it blossom.

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  3. Well done on the Cocoa Classic 5k! I am looking forward to your race recap, looks like it's going to be an interesting one.
    I need that wine glass!!! Thanks for posting the link - that website has a lot of interesting stuff.
    So happy for you that being a mum of young adults is working out so well!

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    1. It was a long road getting to this point--but I am loving all the time I'm spending with my boys!

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  4. I very rarely get colds -- I'm much more likely to catch some flu-like virus. If I do, though, it usually means I'm REALLY run down, so now, I'm unlikely to run -- at least at the beginning. You know your body best though!

    Congrats on the lean in. :) Sometimes it really is the simple things in life. :)

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  5. I know that feeling with grown boys (sorry, I should say SONS). When our son is home on the weekends (which is rare), and he's ready to head out, I've caught him initiating the goodbye hug a few times. Doesn't it warm your heart, though? As for colds, I don't seem to get them often. We all know our own bodies best, but I don't pass on a run unless I have a fever and/or am just worn out. My gut instinct always dictates what to do (as I'm sure your's does as well).

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    1. In spite of being around sick kids all the time, I don't get sick often. I didn't feel that bad from the cold but racing yesterday told a different story. Still feeling a little off today--I figured a day off running is better than being down from pushing myself.

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  6. Awwww I know that lean in meant everything! So happy for you. Parenting is tough but those priceless moments make it all worth it. Can't wait to hear more about your race!

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    1. Pretty happy about where we are at--it's great to be in such a good place again.

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  7. Well done on your race and awwwww that's nice about your son dropping by and giving you a nice hug! No surprises here but I am in THREE secret santas, even though there's no work one for me - one BookCrossing one we exchange and open in person at our meal this week, one LibraryThing Virago Group one (I have an exciting parcel on the table and my recipient has theirs) and one for the photo-a-day group I'm in (my recipient has theirs, mine has still to arrive). All a lot of fun and quite book orientated - hooray!

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  8. I love that gift that you got from your Sweatpink Secret Santa! SMDS always have the coolest items - I need to bite the bullet and buy some for myself!

    Sorry about your head cold :( I hope that you felt better as the week went on. Sounds like it was the right decision to skip your run this morning and get more rest.

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    1. Oddly--I felt worse. I didn't expect it. I've got too much to do and no time to be sick!

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  9. Love the photo of you and your friend doing the hip thrusts together. How fun! So glad you love your gifts looking forward to seeing you in the tank. Have a great week ahead

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  10. Partner hip thrusters? That could have a lot of meanings! ;) I'm quite jealous of your secret santa gift. I've never been that lucky!

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    1. We didn't actually do it together--just posed for the photo, lol!

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  11. Love the secret santa gift! Thought we probably all can admit its rare to skip the long run :)

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  12. Oh, I got goosebumps reading about your son. That makes me so happy for you. And him. I know it's been a long road, but this is just the best! <3 <3 <3

    I'm glad your run helped you feel better even though you had a cold. Sometimes, it's good to just sweat out all the germs and grossness.

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    1. I was so worried that when he moved out, I'd never see him again! <3

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  13. Oh, wow! I’m so excited to win — and glad I’ve got sweaty running gear again to put it through the test. You did amazing running despite your cold. My Friday run felt so good. I want more of that feeling. :-)

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  14. It's wonderful when out sons surprise us with some unexpected affection, isn't it? Girl, you are STRONG!!! I loved seeing your workout pics. And nice time in the 5K! A rest day on the day after a race, even a shorter one, is always a good idea.

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    1. That's the second 5k this year that really took a lot out of me!

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  15. Absolutely love the last part about your son...so sweet and obviously means a lot to you...hold onto that feeling! Looking forward to the 5k recap but woman - WOW - that is fantastic!!!

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    1. The hardest part about parenting boys is letting them go! Hoping both my boys always stay close to me--not necessarily in proximity, but emontionally at least!

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  16. I got a perfect Secret Santa gift too! Two yeti-like wine/cocktail glasses that keep my drink cold.

    I’m so happy your son surprised you like that. Yes, I do have an idea how good that feels. ❤️

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  17. What a nice surprise from your son! It's crazy how we go from the babies I have who need you constantly to having to let them go. Makes me tear up just thinking about it.
    Hope you feel better this week!

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    1. Oh trust me, I have been longing for those baby days. But right now, I'm feeling pretty happy about where things are at. Motherhood is not easy! But oh so rewarding.

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  18. That secret santa gift is really cute! Sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well Sunday but it sounds like the extra rest was what your body needed. Hope you're feeling recovered today.

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  19. Perfect gift! Sometimes I do run when I have a cold but it also depends on how I feel. Oh that hug you got from my son makes me happy. One of my nephews is 17 and sometimes lets me hug him. :-) Love it even more when he hugs me.

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  20. Any time with our adult kids is a bonus and as they get older they really do come around. I'm so happy for you that your son is reaching that point!

    I guess it depends on how miserable I feel with my cold as to whether or not I run. The older I get, the less likely I am to run when sick.

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