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Jan 20

The Rundown

I’ve never been happier to see a Monday in my entire life!  As you may know, our house was plagued by sickness once again, for pretty much all of last week.  It sucked.  Big time.  I’m happy to report that almost everyone is on the mend.  The hubs now has round two but at least I don’t have to follow him into the bathroom when he goes!

Needless to say I’m chomping at the bit to dive back into all my training this week.  I have an exciting week planned but have to be sure to reign it in a little to stave off injury.  My motto of the week:  Easy Does It.  We’ll see how long that lasts…

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WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2014

RUNNING:  I did one solitary run of 10 miles on Sunday.  It was glorious!  Thank you to my dad and stepmom for entertaining my spawn so I could cut loose.

Most of last week consisted of me trying not look at all the Training Peaks emails I got each day with my planned runs. Mostly, I just deleted them without looking.  My run calendar has one word written on it repeatedly for the week – SICK.  It makes me sick to think about it.  Next week has to be better.

Not my fastest 10 but one of my most enjoyable.

Not my fastest 10 but one of my most enjoyable.

BIKING:  Thank God for spin class!  I was able to teach two classes this week for a total of 50ish miles.  I have my meeting with Coach Rocket Scientist this Wednesday for my endurance test and I cannot wait!  I’m more then ready now…

She even sent me an email toward the end of the week hoping I was feeling better.  I love her already.  Too soon? Nah.

SWIMMING:  Goose egg once again.  The boys were too sick for me to bring them on Thursday night and the hubs was in Boston.  It really takes a village to get me in the pool and right now my village is in an uproar!

CROSS-TRAINING: I was just well enough to teach my Power Sculpt class this week.  It was the first thing I did after four days of being sick.  When I woke-up the morning after it hurt!!  I was so glad to be sore that I didn’t even care that much when Miles elbowed me in the calf (by accident…I think?) and I almost jumped off the couch in pain.  All those squat jumps feel nasty on sedentary legs!

RACING:  Hoping to get back on track this week with my Training Peaks plan and my meeting with Coach Rocket Scientist.  I also got this in the mail to keep my mind in training too:

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FUEL:  Antibiotics and prednisone.  For those of you who don’t know, prednisone is a steroid.  My doc prescribed it for my bronchitis – “to open everything up” is the way he put it.  Now, I was on prednisone one other time when I had a nasty case of poison ivy after an Adventure Race though the woods in July.  I was fine with it and it clearly up the poison ivy fast.  This time?  I took two doses and on the second night I was wide awake until 3am!!!!  WTH??  It was so awful.  I promptly dumped the remainder of the pills and I will never take it again!  If I want to be up for no reason until 3am I’ll have another set of twins.

SPEAKING SPANISH:  I downloaded the “TOTALe Companion” app to my phone so now I can conveniently practice almost anywhere.  This week I used it while I was sitting in my car waiting for my prescriptions, waiting in my car for my husband to get his prescriptions, waiting in my car to pick up the kids…you get the idea.

THINGS I LOVE:  Pinterest!  I’m new out there so if you haven’t followed me yet you can do it HERE.  I will follow back!

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Pinterest!  I now get alerts for it on my phone (in addition to FB, Twitter, text messages, emails…) and find that my fingers just automatically open the Pinterest app before the Rosetta Stone TOTALe.  My digits have a mind of their own!

MUSIC:  My 10 miler was music to my mind…and here’s the playlist:

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TV:  So much good TV!  I was able to catch-up on Revenge, The Blacklist, Grimm and Parenthood.  That’s how I know I was sick – I can never watch all of that in one week.  Now if I only had time for Ray Donovan…

Sadly, I also saw the Pats lose to the Broncos but I fell asleep before I could watch the Seahawks best the 9ers.  It’s gonna be a good Superbowl!

READING:  I’ve been reading a lot of prescription labels, recommend doses, ml vs teaspoons and Googling things like “what should you do if you can’t sleep?” – apparently it’s ok to get up and do something else that doesn’t require too much energy (I guess running is out?) and then try to fall back to sleep in 15-20 minutes.  This did not work.  I should have gone for a run when I had the chance!

RANDOM THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  Does anyone else cry at the end of Toy Story 3 when Andy goes to college?

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What do you do when you can’t sleep?  Any good “fuel” you’ve been eating/drinking this week?

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  1. NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner

    We are still in holiday mode here. This morning we’re on our way to our VERY LAST Christmas celebration. It was cancelled twice in December, once because of weather and once because of illness. So, my fuel has been a lot of cookies and sweets. However, after today we’re back on the healthy eating wagon. My husband is training for a Tri this summer and I am about to start couch to 5k because I’d like to do something for myself where no one can interrupt me for a full 30 minutes!
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    1. vita88

      That is so great!! There are so many moms out there who start programs like that just to have “alone time” and I totally get it. I can’t wait to see how your training goes.
      Get in those last treats. Nice job stretching the season out woman 🙂

  2. Shannon

    So glad you are feeling better! Go for it and I love the playlist!

    1. vita88

      Thanks Shannon!! You were instrumental in getting me out the door yesterday. Hoping to take Lucky for a run soon 🙂

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    What a week!! Fingers crossed this week will be normal or at least closer to it. And the ending of toy story 3? Precisely why I won’t watch it. I can’t go through the pain. 🙂
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    1. vita88

      I know, right? It gets me EVERY time!! Darn you Pixar!!

  4. Janine Huldie

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. As for those alerts, I totally do open them up when they come. I also open up the Instagram ones, too. Trust me very addicting and how I get sucked into social media sometimes more then I care to admit!! 🙂
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    1. vita88

      I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one. They make it very hard to resist. I guess I could just turn off my “push notifications?” – Nah.

  5. misszippy

    Loooong week when you aren’t getting sleep! Prednisone sounds awful..glad I’ve never had to try it. I hope this week gets you back to normal in every aspect!
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    1. vita88

      Me too!! Stay away from the prednisone. It was horrible. I have a much better appreciation for insomniacs.

  6. thedoseofreality

    SO glad everyone is on the mend! I know that is a HUGE relief! I love your running playlist…I am adding a few of those songs to my iPod right this second! Have not had to do a lot of Prednisone in my life, but the few times were awful. I burst out laughing at your line about having another set of twins!-Ashley
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    1. vita88

      That’s great!! I love finding new music or rediscovering old favorites.
      Glad I could make you laugh this morning. That is ALWAYS my goal!!

  7. Michelle

    I just saw a post this morning on repurposing uses for your old prescription bottles…thought of you. Hehehe. I pinned it – there were some cool ideas in there that I think I am going to do…not sure if we have any old ones in the house right now though. And no, I do not want anyone sick here! So we might have to wait! I’m glad you’re back out there…I know it was driving you crazy!
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    1. vita88

      Ha haha! Dear Lord is there nothing that is garbage to those Pinterest people?? I’ll have to check it out!

  8. Alison

    Glad you’re feeling better, and that you’re on Pinterest! 😉
    It’s gonna be a good week for you, I know it.
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    1. vita88

      I can feel it too Alison! I just started following you and can’t wait to check out your boards!! 🙂

  9. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama

    Glad to hear everyone is feeling better. Hope your husband rebounds quickly, too. I’m getting ready to leave on a business trip, so total chaos has descended upon our house. First, the little one decided last week that NOW was a good time to start crib jumping. Down went the crib, up went the baby gate. Which she decided to start climbing and launching herself from. Down went the baby gate. For the last few nights, she’s been showing up in our room every two hours or less throughout the night. Fabulous. My husband is THRILLED to be left alone to deal with that. I feel awful, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to a giant hotel bed all to myself! Love your Year of the Bull bling!
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    1. vita88

      Get outta there mama!! I think I may need to get a real job just for the business trips! I hope you’re going somewhere fun?! Good luck with the night creeper. It’s always startling to see those little faces in your room in the middle of the night. Yikes!!!

  10. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better! Sucks when you’re sick. I used some kind of steroid a few years ago for an allergy issue and it made me feel weird so I don’t think I will ever do that again either.
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    1. vita88

      Steroids are to be avoided in every way – at least for this girl. I couldn’t believe what a crazy reaction I had. Now if I could bottle that energy and say use it on mile 9 of a long run…well, that would be helpful!

  11. Susan

    Hylands Calms Forte helps me sleep with some warm tea. Wine helps too

    1. vita88

      Thanks Susan. I usually have zero issue sleeping, it was from the prednisone. Wine is my choice for a quicker drift off to lala land 🙂

  12. jenn @ runnderlust

    Reading: prescription labels –>haha! glad youre on the upswing!
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    1. vita88

      Me too! Thanks Jenn 🙂

  13. Kate

    Ohhh love the Blacklist. Parenthood has been not as good for me lately. Glad you’re feeling better!
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    1. vita88

      I agree! I’m kind of over Parenthood this season which is too bad but The Blacklist is MORE then making up for it. Can’t wait to watch tonight!!

  14. Tamara

    Ugh, bronchitis! I’m sorry. At least it’s treatable. I still have the tail end of this crappy cold but it didn’t progress into any coughing/sore throat/fever.
    Just a low level fogginess.
    I need to catch up on Parenthood (Poor Julia and Joel!) and Revenge (will she get her memory back)??

    Good times.
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    1. vita88

      I’m happy to hear that about your cold but, ugh, so annoying!
      I really wish Julia had at least cheated with someone good looking. We could use some eye candy on that show!!
      I won’t spoil anything on Revenge but girl…..you have some good episodes waiting for you 🙂

  15. Meg Doherty

    What a great post! Stopping over from the NE Bloggers FB page 🙂 I loooove your 10 mile music and I just followed you on Pinterest 🙂 Do you like your Garmin? I’ve been looking for a good watch to use for running, but am also looking for one that’ll double for timing in the pool
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    1. vita88

      So cool – thank you!! I LOVE my Garmin but it’s definitely not pool friendly. I’m sure they make something that you would be able to use on land and water. I’ll check out your blog and def follow you back on Pinterest 🙂

  16. Marcia

    Blah! Sorry about the sick week. I just picked up Thing 1 from a slumber party and guess what? She’s not feeling great. Praying she’s just overtired.
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    1. vita88

      I really hope she’s just overtired. It has it’s benefits. After the boys came home from the grandparents house, they slept from 4 in the afternoon until 7am the next morning!! It was like heaven. Good luck!

  17. Kim

    So glad that you are feeling better this week!!!
    I hate prescription bottles because I can no longer read them – I have to let the boys read them for me – too stubborn to pull out reading glasses!!!
    So exciting that you get to meet your Rocket Scientist Coach!!
    And, if you are up till 3 again – feel free to call – I’m usually up in the middle of the night – the other night I was roaming around and happened to see that Hunter was still awake and watching a movie on his iPad (no wonder he sleeps half the morning away!).
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    1. vita88

      That would be hilarious if we started chatting in the wee hours of the morning. Too bad I don’t have a treadmill or we could do midnight runs and chat 🙂 At least Hunter can sleep half the morning away. Oh to be young and able to read prescription bottles!!

  18. Dana

    You must watch Ray Donovan! Turn off all those dumb alerts for Pinterest and you will have plenty of time to watch it. Glad you are feeling better!
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    1. vita88

      Slowly but surely I’m making my way through it. I’m on like episode 5 or 6 and it’s pretty incredible. If I didn’t workout so much I’d have A LOT more time! 🙂

  19. Hope

    It must feel so good to be able to really get moving again…even if not 100%. I turn off all notifications. I check them when I’m ready. it can become pretty distracting. Hopefully next weeks reading material will be a little more interesting…
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    1. vita88

      Anything would be more interesting! Most of my alerts are silent but then I get distracted when I get the ones that actually beep and I have Instagram and Pinterest alerts that I “missed.” I’m in need of a tech break for sure.

  20. Andrea

    High five to loving PInterest! I’ve given up on Blacklist. I liked the first couple of episodes, but quickly fell off after that. Ah well…
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    1. vita88

      I have to admit that I really like it and can’t wait to try a few of the recipes I re-pinned.
      I agree The Blacklist had it’s moments but, since my husband watches is religiously, I’ve seen most of the episodes and this season is definitely on an upswing!

  21. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    So glad that you guys are on the mend. We were definitely feeling the same way! Its amazing how being sick and being lazy go hand in hand. ughh. Sickness was not made for us at all!! HOW GOOD IS REVENGE? It has returned to its first year glory!! The plot twists, emily done lost all her marbles and I am here for it 🙂 I love the blacklist too. Amazing show!
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    1. vita88

      I know! The crazier and more revengeful Emily gets, the more I love it. Victoria is such a badass. I love it!

  22. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    How good is Revenge!? I can’t believe it is not on again until March!! The first season was awesome, the second season was so bad I can’t talk about it but this season is going back to the glory days!

    I am so happy your family is feeling better. Round 2 for the hubs though? Yikes!

    I am sure this week will be much better for you training wise.
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    1. vita88

      I agree with you 100%! Mike and I were so upset that it’s off until March! I’m going to forget everything. I hate that. He’s finally much better and no one else is allowed to get sick for at least another year!
      I already logged 18 miles running and 26 on my bike so things are off to a great start… 🙂

  23. Karen @ Baking In A Tornado

    So sorry you were all sick again. I had to drive an hour to bring home my sick son from college before he ended up in the hospital. It was an awful week and I was pretty happy to see Monday come as well.

    I’m still laughing at “it takes a village to get me in the pool”!
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    1. vita88

      OMG that is awful! I hope he’s ok. Being a mom never ends, does it?

  24. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    I would turn those notifications off! I know it seems backwards not having twitter alerts especially coming to your phone, but they are too distracting. At least for me they are. I can think of reason why you’d need a Pin alert. Not like you need to respond to anything. I would definitely turn that off but ALL of mine are off.

    Glad everyone (mostly) is back to normal!
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    1. vita88

      I hear ya! It’s my Type A that wants to know ALL the activity ALL the time. I have to say that I don’t necessarily open Pinterest or Instagram when I get an alert (and they are silent) but I usually respond to Twitter (not silent) right away since it’s usually a quick thing. Plus, if I wait – I forget! It’s hard getting old. 🙁

  25. Tara Newman

    Just have to chime in with saying Prednisone is the WORST. It makes me feel so insane!! I am hoping you have a better week. I guess you are buried in snow like me right now. 10-16″ for the win!
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    1. vita88

      Absolutely. I will never take it again.
      I’m hoping we’re only looking at 5-8 inches here. I really don’t want to miss out on my bike endurance test again tomorrow!!

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