Hi there.

I can’t believe it’s Monday already. I had a super fun weekend which I’ll tell you about and then I’ll tell you about a few decisions I made.

Friday night after work I went to my new favorite tow path by the office for a run. I was feeling really sluggish and sore (have I mentioned that my SI joints have been stiff the last few runs?) and took it super slow.

I actually did get a focused selfie but this one just captured the moment better

I actually did get a focused selfie but this one just captured the moment better

I even walked a lot during the last couple of miles. It was the first time I listened to a podcast while running instead of tunes. I started listening to podcasts in the car when I’m commuting and figured I’d try it out while running. It was kinda cool so I will definitely do that again.

6 miles...done and done

6 miles…done and done

Couldn't imagine running to either of these destinations but it's cool to think you could theoretically :)

Couldn’t imagine running to either of these destinations but it’s cool to think you could theoretically :)

Saturday, I did my usual stuff: took Duncan to the park early, did some house cleaning, shopping and then I drove to meet up with Mr. SOTSS and his girls. We saw Finding Dory which was adorable.

Good morning!

Good morning!

There was popcorn and candy but i didn't snap a picture. Half of my Reese's Pieces fell on the floor which I'm still grieving over...

There was popcorn and candy but i didn’t snap a picture. Half of my Reese’s Pieces fell on the floor which I’m still grieving over…

Sunday morning, we all ran the Girls on the Run 5k.

corral sneaker selfie

corral sneaker selfie

IMG_3805I love, love love spending time with Mr. SOTSS’ and his girls but when the fun is a 5k it makes things even better! It was super hot so we took it easy. I enjoyed the one-on-one time I had with J, Mr. SOTSS’ newly crowned teenager.

She ran through every sprinkler! It was HOT out.

She ran through every sprinkler! It was HOT out.

I have only known her for a little over a year and a half but it’s amazing how much she’s grown in that short time (in height and in maturity). I enjoyed listening to her 7th grade life stories as we ran the miles. We finished in about 41 minutes and then met up with the other half. Mr. SOTSS and his other daughter K finished in about 35 or 36 minutes I think.

IMG_3818Then it was home to shower quick and head over to my brother’s house for a Father’s day BBQ/birthday celebration for my newphew who turned 18!

Duncan loves him.

Duncan loves him.

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With no races until October, I’ve made a few decisions for the summer. I’ve gained a few pounds in the last few months and I’m feeling physically and emotionally weighed down by it lately. So I’m going to try super hard to clean up my eating habits and try and lose 7-10 pounds by Labor Day and I’m also going to scale back a bit on my running and try and do more non running things. My body needs a change for a bit. I’m hoping that I’ll do some more biking and walking. And I’m going to try and find some way to stick with a strength workout each week too. Yesterday I did a baseline on planks and pushups. Well I could only do 1 pushup and hold a plank for 30 seconds. Hard to remember the days when I could hold a plank for 2 minutes or bust out 10 pushups. So now that I’ve put this out there I’m hoping it’ll help me stick to it. I’ll report back maybe at the halfway point or maybe just at the beginning of September.

Well, my lunch hour is almost up so I’ve gotta wrap this up.

Hope you all had a great weekend and that your week is off to a good start!

Do you like to tell the world when you make plans to try and change a bad habit or lose weight or shoot for a PR or do you like to keep it to yourself?

7 Comments

  1. Loved your nephew’s cake! I have also been trying to change up my routine this summer. I have hired a trainer at the gym, and I am trying to clean up my diet more (limit sweets-my nemesis). I don’t like to put my goals out there for the world to see-mostly just my BRF and Hubby. :)

  2. I recently ran our local Girls on the Run 5k. Such a great organization! Good luck with the clean eating plan! I honestly think it’s harder to eat well than it is to exercise. So many yummy foods!

  3. Love the selfie! I listen to podcasts on my recovery runs, so I don’t get swept up into a fast tempo song.

    I share some of my goals, and then I keep others secret.

    For race goals, I’ll tell my “I’d be happy with…” goal, and keep my “if everything is perfect and I sprout wings” goal to myself until after the race. It makes me less nervous and gives me something anchored just to me during the race.

  4. Cleaning up on eating/diet is hard but I feel much better- I am petite from the beginning but I know for me, (I know most people would disagree, but this IS my body….so I think I know myself the best) I felt like I weighed more than ever before and it was really making my runs slower and I usually felt sluggish. Now, I feel great! For me, it was just a 2-3 pound difference but I still feel the difference.
    Good luck with your new change!

    I also do at least once or twice of strength training a week and if I can’t do twice, then I add yoga at least once a week.
    Enjoy your new workout routine :)

    • Thanks for your reply! Yes, I have noticed the sluggish running since the few pounds crept on. The good thing is that i’m looking forward to FEELING lighter vs LOOKING thinner. :)

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