Workout Roundup: Week of October 9, 2017


This week, I tried to focus on just taking it one day at a time. I knew it would be hard to get in many runs because of my schedule, which was obviously not ideal. With getting my foster son ready to go back home, work travel, and a bunch of appointments, this was the busiest week I’ve had in a while. I have to say, I am looking forward to getting back to a somewhat normal routine over the next few weeks until we get our next placement!

Monday, 10/9/17, personal training – chest and back: I tried out a new topical anti-inflammatory on my shoulder, and although it was a little weird, I have to say I had a pretty good workout! I’m still able to do bench press, and although I definitely can’t do the weight I used to thanks to my shoulder, I was able to do quite a few reps at 85 pounds – the most I’ve done in a while. My chest and upper back were pretty sore the next day, so I guess it’s mission accomplished!

Tuesday, 10/10/17, 4 mile run: Ugh, Tuesday was such a gross day. The temps were in the mid 70s in the morning and it was nearly 100% humidity. We haven’t had a day like that since August! Pearce and I got our run in, but we weren’t happy about it. I hate that full-body-drenched-in-sweat feeling, especially first thing in the morning after a short run! Unfortunately, I ended up staying a little late at work, so I couldn’t get to the gym. Oh well – at least I ran!

Me and Pearce during Tuesday’s run. Humidity, you’re drunk, please go home.

Wednesday, 10/11/17, strength training – legs, kickball: I actually took Wednesday off because I had so much going on with my foster son and my own appointments that I wouldn’t be able to work much. I went to the gym outside of my trainer’s normal hours and only had about 40 minutes, but I managed to squeeze in a killer leg workout that left me sore for days. I think he has taught me a lot, and I think I will probably be able to change my training package to just going a few times a week soon. I think I have learned enough to go on my own sometimes, which has been the goal the whole time! I also made my triumphant return to kickball this week. Since our foster son went home, I was actually able to play. I got on base every time and scored several runs! Tragically, I completely forget all the rules of base running every time I’m out there (I panic, even though I know the rules), so I need to work on that. Oh well, we still won.

Thursday, 10/12/17, OFF: I had to head to Savannah for work at the crack of dawn (about 4 hours away), so I knew I wouldn’t get a workout in. I’ll wake up a little early to work out, but my personal cut-off is waking up before 5 am. If I have to wake up before 5, it’s just not happening.

Friday, 10/13/17, personal training – full upper body: I wasn’t sure I’d be able to workout on Friday, but I ended up getting home from Savannah earlier than I thought. I made it to the gym for a full upper body workout. It’s really just depressing how little weight I can do anymore, but the important part is that I’m moving my shoulder and keeping up my strength as much as possible. Doesn’t make it any less annoying to go from 20 pound dumbbells to 5 pound dumbbells, though!

Saturday, 10/14/17, 5 mile run: After only running once during the week, I wanted to try and get out for a few miles on Saturday morning before attempting a Sunday long run. I took it easy and listened to a podcast. I definitely didn’t feel great, but I was glad to get it done and carry on with the rest of my day. I guess that’s to be expected when you’ve slacked on running all week!

It’s true. Everything about me is tired.

Sunday, 10/15/17, 11 mile run: I’m not sure when I will learn not to stay out late the night before a long run, but it was not this week. We went to Fall for Greenville, a fun food, drink, and music festival downtown on Saturday night, and I definitely was not in my best form for Sunday’s long run. Pearce and I both struggled and it felt much harder than usual, but we did it! This was our last big long run before we take on the Spinx Half Marathon in a couple weeks!

LEAVE A COMMENT: What’s your personal wake-up cutoff to get a workout in?


6 thoughts on “Workout Roundup: Week of October 9, 2017

  1. Congrats on a great week Danielle. You got a lot of workouts in considering you have the shoulder issues you’re dealing with and had to say goodbye to your first foster placement. It stinks that you had to decrease weights so much but at least you are doing something- my PT place had a sign in there that said “exercise is the best medicine”, so if you can use the shoulder some (safely) in workouts, do it- nothing wrong with lighter weights (that is more than a lot of people would do).

    Good luck with your last few runs before Spinx RunFest too!

    1. Very true! My PT definitely wants me to keep going to the gym as long as I stay away from certain exercises. She says the stronger I am going into surgery, the easier it will be to recover. I’m going with that!

  2. I actually moved my long workouts/runs to Fridays because of family stuff on the weekends but it really helped with those hungover runs!!:-)))
    Humidity is the worst and we have had our fair share here too. Please make it stop by November!!
    Good luck getting some rest and getting your life (and shoulder) back to normal this week…

    1. I wish I could do Friday long runs! That would be awesome. It’s not really a matter of being hungover, just more staying up too late and not sleeping well because I’m stressed about waking up in time to run. Especially with having limited opportunities to go out for awhile, we have been making the most of it this past few weeks! Hopefully I’ll get my act together soon, haha!

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