I’ve had a rough week. It’s been one of those weeks where I feel like everyone and everything was testing my patients. I’m even sick of myself. Yes, there were bright spots but I think the time change and darkness of winter is going to take a little adjusting. Join me as I make some adjustments, starting with my attitude…



RUNNING: Heading into the my weekend race I had run just nine miles. Nine.  And that was over two days. What the what? I was not happy about it but my week was eaten up by work, more work, kids and more kids. You know what happens when it’s all work and no play, right? Right.


CYCLING: Is this the week I set up the bike trainer? Since last week was cold and rainy I’m thinking it’s the only option at this point.

SWIMMING: I never thought swimming would be my saving grace but it has been over this last week. I was able to get in my two pool workouts with minimal button pushing. Check!

Ready, set, swim!

Ready, set, swim!

CROSS-TRAINING: I went on a fitness field trip with a good athlete/mom friend of mine. This will definitely be a separate post, but here’s a little preview:

Deb, ultra champion of the universe, working on her swim stroke. Yes, that's what she's doing.

Deb, ultra champion of the universe, working on her swim stroke. Yes, that’s what she’s doing.

RACING: I did it. I ran the Stockade-a-thon 15K all by my lonesome self. And you know what? It was pretty great, except for the fact that I started getting sick the night before. You probably shouldn’t be taking Robutussin the morning of a race, right? You know I’m going to write an entire post on that one so…later this week maybe?

FUEL: I finally just signed up for a monthly supply of Picky Bars. I’m officially addicted to them and their tastiness, and I’m sick of running out of good bars at exactly the wrong time (button pusher!). Plus, I got a cool t-shirt. Lauren Fleshman, crafter of Picky Bars and fellow Oiselle bird, makes them hard to pass up!

THINGS I LOVE: My new Brooks (all-horrible-weather running) Adapt Jacket! Thanks to Jesica at rUNladylike who introduced me to it’s awesomeness, I got it on Tuesday last week and basically have worn it everyday since. What sold me on it? This:


Photo courtesy of Jesica at rUNladylike

I cannot believe no one else has come up with this combo before! It’s genius!!! If there’s a runner in your life, get them this jacket and they will love you forever!

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Not being on a schedule. So many things threw me for a loop this week – training, the kids not having school on election day, sickness (pretty much everyone in the house!) and being away for the weekend. Things were overlooked and chaos ruled. I do not do well with chaos. I know I just need to relax more and try to take it in stride but, in order for me to do all that I need to do, this house has to run like a well-oiled machine and last week was more like a rusted out El Camino.

MUSIC: Do you think other people’s buttons get pushed if I play this song in spin class? I have, and I try to read reactions but honestly everyone is sweating so much and working so hard that I’m not sure they even know there’s music on.

READING: The Rosie Project is pushing all the right buttons with me. Finally a book that I really love and can’t wait to read. I hope the ending is all that it should be.

RANDOM UPDATE OF THE WEEK:  Apple has been pushing my buttons lately. I wrote a post airing my grievances on Wednesday. My new phone shipped out on Saturday. Thank you Apple. We are friends again. xoxoxo

How was your week?

What (or who) pushes your buttons?

Don’t forget to learn something today: