A day in the life: 2 weeks to submission version

8:45 am: Wake up on my own.  Am suitably impressed.  Get up pee, weigh myself, take meds.

9-10 am: Drink coffee, catch up on social media, email, etc.  I need this time to wake up.  And pet Bailey.  He’s a bit whiny and needs me to pet him every day at this time.  It’s nice.  I don’t mind.

OMG THAT CATCH BY BENINTENDI!

FIRST PLACE BITCHES!

(sorry I get excited about baseball)

10-10:30 am: Finish interneting, get dressed (for Pilates later), brush teeth.  Make sure I have my wallet, keys and iPhone and head to Starbucks.

10:30-11 am: Power walk up Byres Road to Marks and Spencer and Starbucks.  I spend more time waiting for the light to change at the corner of University Ave and Byres Road than I do in M&S.  Grab my cold brew at Starbucks (#coldbrew4life) and walk back home.  It starts to rain lightly.  I like this quiet time on Byres Road; after the morning commute and school rush and before it gets packed at lunch time.  Soon it will be packed non-stop once the university students return.

11-11:15 am: Make toast, feed Bailey, move computer to my desk.  Retrieve my notes from last night.

11:15-11:53 am: Organise thoughts and make notes about what I need to write.  Try to think big picture.  Feel very, very tired.

11:53 am:  Oooh the post has come.  I am disappointed.  It’s only my Graze box.

11:58 am: Bailey has a hyper and runs around the flat.

12-12:30 pm: Write.

12:30 pm: Reply to an email.  Get distracted.

1 pm: An increase of 80 words this hour.  I think.  I didn’t write the number I started at, so it’s a guess and I’m not counting the words I’ve added manually.  Trying to make sense of what I am saying.

1:20 pm: Get distracted by my skin and decide to wash my face.  This is why it has taken me 4 years to get this done! When I sit down to focus, I do anything but!

1:30 pm: Try to make sense of these findings and write them as a conclusion without sounding like a pretentious wanker.

2 pm: Net increase of 255 words this past hour.  Must think and write faster.  Need more caffeine!

Get completely distracted and frustrated over trying to explain what I am saying. Beg Steph for lunch.

2:40 pm: Om nom nom pancakes and bacon.

2:50 pm: Ok, now that I’m fed maybe I can get something accomplished.

3 pm: Let’s do this!

 

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Result: +119 words.

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4 pm: Discuss some findings with Steph to see if I can make better sense of it in my head.

4:45 pm: Enter my food into MFP to find out if I have enough calories for a snack before Pilates. Eat a frozen yogurt bar.

5 pm: + 24 words for the previous hour. FML.

This hour (5-6) left me with – words as I was doing a significant edit of the section and didn’t need to be repetitive since I was able to say what I had said previously, in a clear manner that made sense.  I’m so tense.  I need Pilates class.

And you can see from the above why I feel like I get nothing accomplished! I’m too easily distracted and lose focus quickly.  I hope I can get back on track tomorrow!

6 pm: Walk to Pilates class.  When I got there I found out that my favourite instructor won’t be teaching for the foreseeable future.  I am so bummed out.  🙁

7-8 pm: Pilates class.  All the stretching.  It felt great and I feel so much taller.

8-9 pm: Walk home from class.  Soon it will be too dark to walk home from class.  This makes me sad.  I enjoy the walk there and back (especially when it isn’t raining!)

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9-10 pm: Shower, eat a salad, pet Bailey, create a new running playlist, organise some things. Steph has gone to buy food for dinner.

10-10:30 pm: Eat dinner.  Nom nom nom.

10:30 pm-12 am: Get ready for bed.  Wind down. Contemplate tomorrow which will include a 6 mile run. Good night!

 

 

What really happens now is that I listen to the Red Sox until I fall asleep between 12-1 am and then wonder why I can’t wake up at a reasonable hour! 

Half-marathon training: Week 10

This week was tough.  I had so much work to get done and I constantly felt behind, no matter how much I did. I did get all three of my runs in, but Thursday I cut it short as I just didn’t have any energy.  Saturday was also shorter than it should have been and I still feel guilty over it, but there’s little that can be done about it now.  This week looks to be the same as I am just about 2 weeks away from submission!

Sunday: Last reformer Pilates class (for the time being, or until I find a new day to attend).  We were worked hard and at some point I managed to pinch something, leading to some pins and needles in my calf all week (it’s just about gone thank Rassilon!). It was very anxiety provoking and gave me a lot of worry thinking that there was something really wrong with me (thanks anxiety!).

Monday: 2 mile run. Quick in and out.

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Tuesday: Mat pilates class and lots of walking.

Wednesday: 6 and change mile run (should have been 7). It was really warm and sunny here for once and I waited as long as I could to get the run in.  I wanted more time off between this run and my long run, so I moved the run to Wednesday.  My biggest problem was fuel; I had ice cream for lunch (it was a nice day, can you blame me?) and I just didn’t have enough energy.  Not to mention running on a numb/tingly calf was causing me such stress. . . I just wanted it over and done with.

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Thursday: Rest day/walk

Friday: Friday was the worst day of the week. I was really stressed out and anxious and did nothing but work for the most part.  I’d rather not repeat such a day.

Saturday: OUT 5 mile run.

This run was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it.  When I left for Kelvingrove Park (where the race began) I was worried as it was raining.  I do not like to be wet when running.  I will avoid it at all costs.  I have serious texture issues and I cannot handle the feeling of wet socks or clothing touching my skin.  I know it sounds weird, but it is very bothersome, so I just avoid situations where it would happen.  Luckily, the rain stopped right before the race began, and it was fine.

 

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I was also a bit apprehensive about this run as it was in Kelvingrove and that’s where the Women’s 10K was where I got injured.  I still was unsure what the cause of that was but I am leading to heat + hills.  I only had to worry about the hills on Saturday.  I was very careful when it came to the hills, especially going down.  I think the last time I just flew down them and wasn’t really ready for that.  This time I made sure I approached them cautiously and much slower.  I felt confident along the route, one I hadn’t gone along in some time.  I used to run this route a lot before I started along the river quay and forgot how quiet and peaceful it is. I wanted to finish in under an hour and would have (based on chip time, as I did run the 5 miles in under an hour according to my Fitbit) had it not been for the hills that mile 4 started off with.  It was uphill for what seemed FOR EVER.  I had to walk it as there was no way I was going to attempt running them; I probably would have been slower.

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I was supposed to run an additional 3 miles afterwards, but my knee was feeling really achy, so I played it cautiously and just made up the distance by walking to get some things done before I settled down to work.

It was a pretty stressful week and I am sure the next 2 weeks won’t be any less stressful.  I look forward to finishing this thesis!

Half-marathon training: Week 9

Last week seemed to be a terribly long week and I was quite busy working on my thesis for the majority of the time.  If I wasn’t on a run, I was sitting in front of my computer.  I had grand ideas of getting so much more accomplished fitness wise, but until I submit, I honestly have to focus on the thesis.

Sunday: Reformer Pilates class and walking through what felt like a hurricane.  The wind last Sunday was absolutely insane!

Monday: 2+ miles.  It was still windy and I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath on the way back.

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Tuesday: Pilates class was cancelled, so I went to the library and was there pretty much all day.

Wednesday: See Tuesday.

Thursday: In hindsight, I should have sucked it up and run outside.  It was threatening rain (and never really rained until I was done) so I decided I should actually use my gym membership and ran 6 miles on the treadmill.  I used to love the treadmill.  Now that I’ve become more accustomed to running outside, I felt like every minute was torture.  It also didn’t help that I managed to end up with a ridiculously tight calf in the end.

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Friday: I took a little me time and had my hair done.  🙂

Saturday: 7 miles.  It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I spent a lot of time on Friday stretching, so by Saturday morning I was feeling cautious but optimistic.  I wasn’t sure how my calf was going to fare, so I decided to run my 5k loop twice and add a bit in somewhere for the missing mile.  After the first loop, I was feeling ok, so I could have just continued along, but I didn’t want to get stuck somewhere if I ended up not feeling right, so after the second loop, I extended it out a bit, and then ran the 2 miles back.  This meant running into a headwind twice (not as bad as last Sunday or Monday at least), which was annoying, but there wasn’t much I could do about it.  I felt ok afterwards, but I think I need to work on my post-run nutrition, as I waited a bit too long to fuel post-run.

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This coming (current) week is filled with even more writing!  I also may need to think about changing my schedule as the Pilates class I take on Sunday is no longer in existence (for the time being, I hope), so in order to fit in reformer class, I may need to jiggle things around.  I’m not worrying about that right now, as I have to get the edits I’m working on done!

Half-marathon training: Week 8

I feel like this week was another “lost week.”  I was overall very unproductive and towards the end of the week I was really not feeling well.  Yesterday I just felt overall miserable and it took a dedicated effort to get my steps in at all.  I’m feeling much better today and I have no idea what it was, but I’m assuming it was some sort of random 24-48 hour virus as Steph wasn’t feeling well either.  Hopefully, this was just random and won’t be reoccurring.

Sunday: Pilates was cancelled so I did a fair bit of walking instead.

Monday: The longest run of the week.  I was feeling ok for this run, but it was warmer out than I thought!

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Tuesday: Mat pilates class.  I didn’t feel like I had gotten much out of the class until I woke up Wednesday and my abs were killing!

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: This was the day I started really feeling unwell.  I worked at the library but struggled to focus.  I felt out of it and light headed.  I wasn’t going to run- I was going to push it off until Friday (glad I didn’t!) and made myself go out once we got home.  It was ok, but it wasn’t great by any means.

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Friday: I barely moved from the couch/my bed except to try to get my steps and going briefly to the store.  Ugh.

Saturday: I felt so much better today.  I went out and ran and then went for a walk later in the afternoon.  The run was kind of frustrating as there were people everywhere along the running/cycling path and they were NOT paying attention to their surroundings or their children and I had to do a fair bit of dodging and slowing to a walk to avoid people.

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I’m really glad this week was a back off/taper kind of week given how I was feeling for most of it.  I certainly hope that I’m still feeling normal come next Thursday as there is a 6 mile run scheduled!  Hopefully all the future runs continue to improve and that my ability to focus and get work done also improves! Not much longer until submission!

Half-Marathon training: Week 7

Another week in the books.  I feel like I got absolutely nothing accomplished this week and I feel very behind.  Oh well, nothing can be done about it now.  I just need to be more productive in the coming weeks.

 

Sunday: Reformer class.  Class was really great and I definitely felt it the next day in my hips and hamstrings.  After class I went on a Pokewalk around the West End until it started to pour!

Monday:  Quick 2 mile run.  I was going to hit the treadmill, but the rain stopped so I was able to head out for a quick run.  It was very humid and ick, but it was only 2 miles.

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Tuesday:  Double Pilates class.  I took Trigger point and then regular mat class afterwards.  I felt very stretched out and relaxed afterwards.

Wednesday: Rest day which involved about a 2 hour walk on my own and a much needed pedicure!

Thursday: 5 miles.  It was humid once again and I wished I had been wearing a tank top instead of a tank a+ tshirt!  I was dripping with sweat by the time I got home.  So gross!  I also started developing a small blister on the bottom of my right foot, which goes nicely with the one that is on my pinky toe.

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Friday:  Lots of walking.  We walked into city centre to empty out the storage unit and then walked for another 2 or so hours afterwards.

Saturday: 7 miles.  I really need to work on keeping a slightly faster, steady pace.  I’m hovering around 7:45-8 minutes per kilometre and I know that is slow and needs to improve if I want to finish well under 3 hours in October.  I need to work on this.  My right knee started to get a bit achy by mile 5, but felt fine after foam rolling and stretching after the run.  The blister was a bit uncomfortable, but I was able to mostly ignore it as the run went on.

We went for a short walk last night, nothing too long as we were tired.  I hit 30K steps by midnight!

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The week ahead doesn’t look too busy other than working on my thesis.  I do once again hope I can get some strength training in there.  I know I say this every week.  One of these weeks I will get it figured out!

I’ve tried 2 new products this past week, and hopefully I can find a bit of time to write up a couple of reviews in the next few days!

Half-Marathon training: Week 6

Wow, 6 weeks in already!  Crazy!  This past week was a good week, busy but good.  I had a lot of things going on all at once, and I feel like, looking back I can’t remember half of it!  I wanted to write this up yesterday but was rather busy and then I was very distracted by this, of course:

 

 

I can’t wait!  Anyways, on to the week in review.

Sunday: Pilates was cancelled so  . . . to be honest, I can’t really remember what I did!  I looked back in my calendar and my Twitter and besides getting 20K steps I’m not quite sure what else I did.

Monday:  I got my braces off in the morning- horray! I only had them on for 2 months, but it felt like eternity!  I also went on a quick 2 mile training run and it was humid as fuck out.  It was really, really gross and I was very glad it was only 2 miles I was meant to be doing!

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Tuesday:  I was meant to have supervision on Tuesday but it was rescheduled at the last minute.  Steph and I walked around during the day catching Pokemon as it was a hot and gorgeous day in Glasgow!  I went to very hot and steamy Pilates that evening as well.

Wednesday: Wednesday was a rest day.  I had a day full of errands to take care of.

Thursday:  What a day!  I had supervision (all good!) and cleaned out my uni desk.  I also ran 5 miles and then went on a 2 hour walk later in the evening and ended up with 37K steps!  I was very tired after all of that activity!  My knee was a bit achy after the run, but felt fine during the walk, so that was good.

 

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In addition, it was so nice to have the sun out!

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Friday: Unofficial rest day.  I went to the movies and walked home from seeing Star Trek Beyond (SO GOOD)!

Saturday: 6 miles.  I didn’t feel particularly fast but I was faster (barely) than either previous (official) 10K run, so I count that as a win.  It was really humid again, and I also had to spend a lot of time dodging Pokemon Go players.  I love playing too, but you can’t block the narrow walkways on a Saturday especially, with all the runners and cyclers about!

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Another great training week in the books.  This week looks very rainy and I hope I don’t need to do all my runs on the treadmill.  I am hoping to go to the gym today to run and get some strength training in (yes, seriously!).

Half-marathon training: Week 5

I’m so behind in getting things done right now.  Pokemon Go My thesis is obviously my main priority right now and I was so wrapped up in getting my first full draft done last week and the bits that never made it into it over the weekend, that I didn’t even think to write this up.

Sunday: Hour reformer class + walking.

Monday:  What was supposed to be a quick 2 mile run turned into a slow 4 + mile jaunt hunting for Pokemon.  I don’t know why I’m so totally into this.  I never saw the show and know absolutely nothing about Pokemon or games.  However, that being said, it’s allowing me to most definitely meet my step goals!

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Tuesday: Double Pilates.  I went to trigger point and regular mat pilates class as they were having a demo/open house for a launch.

Wednesday: Rest day.  I was completely wrapped up in my thesis.

Thursday: 5K for thesis related stress relief.

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Friday: Walking everywhere catching Pokemon as a reward for finishing my draft.

Saturday: Just about a 5 mile run.  It was meant to be 6, but I was silly and forgot about my long run day when I made my sports massage appointment.  I got up early and ran very slowly before walking to the studio and back and then a bit more.  I hit over 30K steps on Saturday!  (I’ve put the Runkeeper time/distance up instead of the Fitbit one b/c I managed to stop the Fitbit halfway in and this one has the full distance.)

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This week looks to be another busy week with my thesis and general life things.  Hopefully I can find some time to hit the gym and get some lifting in!

Half-Marathon Training: Week 4

Sunday: an hour Pilates reformer class.  It was just me, so we had a great one-on-one session.

Monday: 2 quick miles in the rain.  I was feeling really, really stressed out, so I grabbed my trainers and off I went.  I normally refuse to run in the rain, but I knew the gym would be too packed at that time, so I just went and ran.

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Tuesday: Mat Pilates for an hour

Wednesday: 30 minutes on the reformer + close to an hour sports massage.

Thursday: 5K.  This was the first run where I can say that I felt really, really good (since the 10K that is).  I felt confident, fast (ha!), and I had no pain whatsoever!  It was really nice to get out and just run, although I could have done without the headwind on the way back.

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Here I am at the halfway point- note the wind!

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Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: 5 miles.  It was insanely humid (and warm for once)!  I felt really slow, like I was running through treacle.  I was nowhere as fast as Monday, but as this was a long run, I wasn’t really bothered.  My right knee was a bit achy about halfway in, but nothing close to like it was during the 10K.  It feels fine now after yesterday’s 22K steps and today’s 16K+ and an hour on the reformer.

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Overall, I feel like this was a solid week of training.  This coming week is very thesis heavy as I have a first draft due on Friday! (EEEEK!) I’m hoping that I will get it done and still have time to work out.  I’m sure it will be doable, if I manage my time well enough.

Half-Marathon training: Week 3

This week was pretty stressful and hectic and unfortunately other than Pilates, I didn’t make the time for strength training.  Sadly, at this point in finishing my thesis something has to give!

Sunday: 40 minutes on the spin bike
Monday: 2+ miles on the treadmill.  
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My right knee was a bit achy, so I didn’t push it too much.
Tuesday: Mat Pilates.  
Lots of hip work which I still felt the following day.
Wednesday: 5K on the treadmill. 
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I would have taken it outside, but it was late and it looked like it was going to downpour, so I hit the gym (again).
Thursday: 30 minute one-on-one Pilates Reformer session + 30 minutes sports massage
 I’d not done a one-on-one session before, and it was challenging but it was just what I needed after a stressful Wednesday evening and not a lot of sleep.
Friday: Rest day which involved wandering around Whole Foods.
Saturday: 4 miles on the treadmill.

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It looked like it was going to rain and rain hard, and I totally do not run in the rain (b/c I’m a pussy) so I hit the treadmill.  Of course it only rained for a second, but better safe then drenched.  🙂  I really wasn’t feeling this run at ALL but I pushed myself for the last 1.5 kilometres.
Again, I didn’t get any real strength work done other than Pilates this week.  I suck.  But getting my thesis done is slightly more important than lifting weights right now.
I’ve also realised that running is really very mental for me.  I tend to stop myself and walk or outright stop if I perceive that it is “too much” for me, even if I’m not breathing too hard or my heart rate isn’t sky high.  I know this is something I need to work on, especially if I want to improve speed-wise.  Granted, right now I’m just concerned about getting the distance in (with the knee issues and all) but speed is still on my mind.
This coming week looks to be pretty busy.  Lots of things going on, so I’m hesitantly hopeful about getting some strength work in.

Half-Marathon training: Week 2

This week was far better than the last.  I was far more mobile and there was little pain while running, which is a bonus- obviously.

Sunday: I walked to Pilates class which was cancelled.  🙁

Monday: I had a very painful sports massage and ran a little over 2 miles.  It was a slightly achy run, but I felt ok.

Tuesday: Physio and Pilates class, not to mention a lot of walking.

Wednesday: Rest day that was spent at the library.

Thursday: I was going to go to run club, but I didn’t get home until after I needed to leave.  I had a long day at uni and when I got home I realised I had forgotten my computer cable.  Instead of going to the gym, I ran back to uni to get my cable and then back home for a total of 3.09 miles.

Friday: Unintentional rest day in the wake of Brexit.

Saturday: 5K on the treadmill.

This coming week I need to get back on the strength bandwagon and stop slacking off!