Weekly Workouts: July 14, 2014

Last week turned out to be extremely frustrating AND completely amazing all at the same time. I wasn’t quite sure that it was possible for so much to be crammed into one week but apparently it is. At the beginning of the week, I struggled with trying to fit in a workout while trying to finish certain tasks on my current work project. My work week was going to be short and I didn’t want to leave on Thursday with any unfinished tasks.

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Monday – Easy Run

  • Easy Run – 4.08 miles, 54:01 minutes, 13:16 min/mile, 137 BPM

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – Rest

Friday – Relaxing by the Pool

Saturday – Food and Wine Conference

Sunday – Food and Wine Conference

On Monday, I left work feeling utterly exhausted but I still wanted to get a run in. When Pete said that he wasn’t feeling up to going to the gym, I decided to go home and knock out a run on the treadmill in our garage. I quickly changed and grabbed my iPad so that I could watch a movie while I was running. Normally, I listen to music while running. I can’t do that on the treadmill. I really do need something to watch or look out so I don’t think about how many more miles I have before I am finished.

Monday's Run

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I ended up staying pretty late at the office trying to finish some things up. I am working a unique project right now and I really want to show the project managers that I can make it work. Unfortunately, my desire to get ahead of the game at work really hindered my efforts to get to the gym for my workouts.

The plan for Thursday evening was for Pete to pick me up from work and we head over to Orlando. Once we got to Orlando and checked into the hotel, we were going to find the Anytime Fitness that was right down the road. Our plan was shot when Pete had some car issues and we didn’t end getting to the hotel until close to midnight. I was not exactly in the mood to do anything except pass out.

Hanging by the Pool on Friday

On Friday, we relaxed by the pool and soaked up the sun. It was awesome! That evening the Food and Wine Conference got underway and the craziness of the weekend started. When the conference ended on Sunday afternoon, I was in desperate need of sleep, a decent workout, and a chance to get back to my normal routine. Before we left Orlando, Pete suggested that we stop at Epcot for dinner at the Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Little did I know that he had a totally different motive than simply making excellent use of our annual passes. What an amazing end to the weekend!

Sunday's Surprise

How did your workouts go last week?

*By the way, Pete and I have decided that we don’t want to share all of the details of our wedding planning process until after the wedding takes place. I will keep crazy notes so that I will be able share everything after the fact. I will share a few things along the way but the regular content and stories that you are used to will remain.

Coffee Date {7/18/2014}

Coffee Date

Greetings from Orlando! Pete and I are spending a relaxing weekend at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. He has grand plans of hitting plenty of golf balls at the driving range while I am hoping to get some time lounging by the pool. We are actually here for the Food and Wine Conference so who knows how much time I will actually spend poolside. I attended the conference last year and I can't wait to see familar faces and learn tons of information. Plus, I am super excited to see what delicious creations are in store for us. Oh and thank goodness that they serve Starbucks at this hotel. Otherwise, it would have been a tragic morning!

While I am excited to have a much needed day off of work, I have spent the last four days trying to get ahead so that I am not leaving anyone in the dark today. That created the whole problem of not actually having any time to go to the gym. For some reason, Pete and I have not been able to shake the workout funk that we are currently in. I know that it is normal to have ups and downs but this low point is starting to feel like a plateau. I feel like I am actually starting to slide backwards. My average running pace isn't improving and I feel weak at the thought of lifting heavy weights. Not exactly where I was hoping to be at the start of marathon training, which is right around the corner. I am seriously freaking out …

Besides freaking out about the state of my fitness, I have actually decided that I really do need to focus on my nutrition again. I was hoping that my weight would start to regulate and go down as my fitness level improved. Unfortunately, my weight has remained constant since January. I have seen a few fluctuations but nothing drastic enough to kick start weight loss. In an effort to fix some of my digestive issues, I have removed about 90% of dairy from my diet. I love cheese so it is hard to remove all dairy. I know that trying to lose weight while training for a marathon is hard but I am going to start tracking my food intake again. I am not planning to start calorie counting again unless I absolutely have to.

Enough talking about me and my frustrations (I promise that I won't start talking about work), what are some of the frustrations you have been dealing with lately? Have you ever experienced a crazy low point in your fitness journey or weight loss journey that never seems to end? If so, do you have any suggestions on how to break it? I am starting to get desperate over here …

What are your weekend plans?