Workout Roundup: Week of September 4, 2017


Whew! What a week! In case you missed it, AJ and I welcomed our first foster care placement last Tuesday night. I recapped what the first 48 hours were like, so check out that post here in case it somehow slipped past you. Becoming parents overnight did throw a little bit of a wrench in my workout plans at first, but I’ve done my best to keep up – with some modifications, of course! Let’s get to it.

Monday, September 4, 4 mile run, 3 hours kayaking: Labor Day was definitely welcome around these parts! We wanted to take advantage of our day off and use it to do something different, so we headed up to Lake Jocassee to go kayaking. I ran in the morning prior to leaving, and the weather was nice and cool. It wasn’t anything special, but a good way to start the day! Kayaking was beautiful. Despite living here for two years, we had never gone up to Lake Jocassee before, so we spent 3 hours rowing around and exploring different coves. We ended up going about 7 miles and getting plenty of sun – I frantically applied sunscreen multiple times and still got sunburned. SAD!

Picture perfect day! The calm before the storm.

Tuesday, September 5, OFF: I was literally pulling into my gym’s parking lot when I got the call about our placement! Since he would be arriving shortly, I ended up needing to leave and go buy a few things to prepare for his arrival. No workout, but my intentions were good!

Wednesday, September 6, personal training – full upper body: After getting literally zero sleep Tuesday night thanks to a migraine I had had since that morning, trying to figure out the logistics of getting the kiddo to school, and everything else, I wasn’t super confident in how well the gym would go, but I knew it was important to try and workout. Gotta keep something normal, right? I made it to the gym at lunchtime on Wednesday and was able to do a full upper body workout. When I do these types of workouts, we typically focus on chest and back. I haven’t done the benchpress in awhile and didn’t on this particular day either, but I still enjoyed it. It was nice to take an hour out of a crazy day and get those endorphins going – plus, I hadn’t been to training since the previous Friday due to the holiday!

Thursday, September 7, 4.25 mile run, personal training – legs: I was able to get a bit of sleep Wednesday night and woke up feeling like a new woman! I jumped out of bed at 5 to meet my friend Pearce and run. I am not an early morning runner – I hate it – but I have come to realize that I’m just going to have to go super early right now if I want to go. Our placement’s schedule demands it, so out the door at 5:30 I shall go. The run went really well – we have had beautiful, cooler weather – and catching up with Pearce was great! It was AJ’s day for school pickup, so I went to the gym after work and did legs. I think my trainer had me do about 200 squats, but leg day is my favorite, so I never complain.

Friday, September 8, personal training – upper body: Thanks to a lunchtime appointment with our social worker on Friday, my only option to workout was once again super early on Friday morning. If you think I’m bad at running really early in the morning, you should see me try and lift weights. It is atrocious! I worked out with a trainer I’ve never worked with before because he was the only one on duty that morning, and it was a tough workout. He had me do lots of different movements than the ones I’ve done with my trainer (like chest presses with cables) and I was worn out by the end! Still really proud of myself for getting it done, though.

Saturday, September 9, OFF but also #momlife: I’ll be writing another post about this later, but let’s just say I now understand people who say things like “I don’t work out, but I’m really active because I run after my kids all day.” As a judgemental person in general and one who does not have kids of my own, I was like “OK…right.” UM, I NOW GET IT. And I’m sorry for judging. Saturday was non-stop. We walked the dog twice, went to the zoo, went to the park, went to another park, rode bikes (while I walked)…we never stopped moving. Don’t kids ever get tired? I’m tired! OMG. So no workout but also, a major workout.

BRB, running after this bike for two hours

Sunday, September 10, 6 mile run: Waking up early on a Sunday to run when I’m not training for anything? Normally not something that happens. But this is my new normal for right now, and I am embracing it. Heading out for 6 miles in the perfect weather before tackling the day (which included a family road trip to Columbia) honestly made me feel like superwoman. Calling it a “long run” seems ridiculous, but I haven’t run more than 5 miles in a while, so that is what it is. And the fact that I got up and did it early, after an exhausting past few days? That makes me feel like I can conquer the world. I hope this newfound discipline sticks around!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s me running, pretty slowly but feeling damn good about the fact that I’m doing it at all!

LEAVE A COMMENT: How did your workout routine change when you had kids/adopted kids/started fostering?

16 thoughts on “Workout Roundup: Week of September 4, 2017

  1. LOL – NO, they never ever ever get tired! I’ve actually walked more steps now that I have a dog but, since you already had the dog, you knew that! Welcome to parenting 101 which is really called “good luck keeping your sh*t together and feeling human.” You are doing fantastically well, considering most of us start with an infant!! Keep on doing what you’re doing super woman!

    1. I definitely have my moments (and hours and days) where I do not feel human. But overall, so far, so good! My dog is old and lazy now so he is pretty low maintenance these days. Of course, I couldn’t just go with that…had to add a 5 year old to the mix, haha!

  2. It’s funny the things we think and say before kids come into our lives. I always said having children wouldn’t be an excuse for not working out. But as you say, kids are incredibly exhausting in a really great way. I will never complain about my daughter being super active. I think that is a great thing. Hopefully she will want to join us for runs someday too! I will say that the first few weeks, you feel like you can’t get back on track and it is frustrating. But you will find that as you get to know each other and settle in, your schedule will become more flexible and you will get those workouts back on track and maybe not at the absolute crack of dawn!

    1. Yes! I have NEVER thought having kids was easy (hence why I am 31 years old and have not had or adopted any yet), but there is a mental component of it that is hard to quantify in terms of how draining it can be. We have been working hard at making time for ourselves and trying to stick to our regular gym schedules as much as possible, and so far, it is going pretty well!

  3. I’m so proud of you! You’re doing great!
    Unfortunately when I had my boys, I went from running 40+ miles a week to running zero. It was 4 years before I ran again. I did some cycling with a neighbor around our neighborhood, and a lot of walking, pushing a regular stroller, but that was the extent of my exercise for those 4 years. This was when jogging strollers were just being introduced, and they were so expensive, I couldn’t afford one.

    1. Well, 3 boys in just a few years is a lot! I can definitely see how running would go out the window, especially without the jogging stroller. We only have one kid on our hands right now so it is a little more manageable 🙂

  4. Kudos to you for being foster parents! I met an elderly couple that does foster caring, but they mostly get babies! Their arrangement is that the wife is the one taking care of the baby in the morning, and the husband at nighttime. Such a lovely couple!

    1. That is a great arrangement! I love that they are fostering even as they are in their golden years.

  5. First of all, I am so loving hearing about your foster care experience. It’s such a great thing to do! Y’all are good humans!

    Also though, I’m curious about your Lake Jocassee paddling trip. Do you already have your own kayaks or did you rent them? Did you just go out and paddle around or did someone tell you where to go? Jocassee has been on my list of SC places to see forever, but I am not at all familiar with the area, so we always end up sticking closer to Cola.

    1. Hey Lindsey! Thanks so much – that’s so sweet of you to say!

      It’s super easy to rent kayaks at Jocassee! We own one but ended up not bothering to bring it, since the price to rent a single kayak was essentially the same as renting a two-person kayak. Anyway, there is kayak, canoe, and SUP rental on site, right at the parking area. The company is called Eclectic Sun: You can’t miss it once you drive into the gate! They have recommendations for where to go once you get out on the water, and they provide you with a map. There are different waterfalls and coves you can see along the way, and it is really beautiful! I definitely recommend. We had never been there before either, but it couldn’t have been easier!

  6. I just discovered your blog, thanks to Ali on the Run (who I also adore). You are hands down my new favorite blogger! You are 100% real and relatable (is it a word? how do you spell it?!?) and I look forward to continuing my read! I especially enjoy reading about your foster care experiences, as one day I would love to open my home.

    I am a slowpoke runner, because I somehow added TWO WHOLE MINUTES per mile! How does that even happen (rhetorical)? But that won’t stop me from doing a half this weekend in Albany, NY. Anyway, thanks for being you.

    1. Thank you, Denise! I’m so glad you found my blog and am honored to be your new favorite blogger. Relatable is totally a word (don’t let spell check tell you otherwise), and I’m honored that you think of me that way! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have about foster care or anything else! I’m always up for emails and I love connecting with readers. Good luck in your half this weekend! I hope you have a blast!

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