What do you get when you mix two hurricane days, a full-time job, and a relatively new foster placement? Insanity. You get insanity. In case you missed my panic-stricken Instagram story, we were notified Sunday afternoon that school would be closed on Monday due to Hurricane Irma. I’m not gonna lie – we were exhausted after our first weekend as foster parents, our foster son had just thrown a tantrum, and the thought of an extended weekend nearly left me in tears. School was cancelled again on Tuesday, but we survived both Monday and Tuesday just fine thanks to Netflix and puzzles (for him) and VPN and my laptop (for me).
Monday, September 11, Personal training – deadlifts: I had plans to run on Monday, but Mother Nature thought otherwise. The “hurricane” (really a tropical storm by the time it got to us) started overnight, so it was pouring and windy when I woke up. I snuck out of the house on my lunch break (AJ was working from home, I’m not an animal) to work on deadlifts. They’re not my best lift thanks to my back, but I always enjoy the stretch I get from working the backbody. I did 15 sets of 10 in various styles, but the mental reset was the best part. I felt like I had the clarity to tackle the rest of the day!
Tuesday, September 12, personal training – chest/triceps: It’s weird, but I haven’t done heavy bench press in a long time, and I’m not sure why. Today was no different. I’ve noticed since I came back from the Tour du Mont Blanc that my trainer has backed off a little on constantly increasing my weights. At first, it annoyed me, but honestly? I’ve felt better and been able to give my full effort more often. It’s almost like he knows what he’s doing or something! The most significant thing I did during this workout was 5 sets of hanging tricep dips with no weight assistance – which is a lot for me!
Wednesday, September 13, 5 mile run, personal training – back and biceps: Yay!!! Finally, time to run! I was so excited to meet Pearce for 5 glorious miles and fill her in all about the crazy four day weekend. It felt great to get out and run. My workout at the gym was great, too – my back is starting to get noticeably stronger. I hate doing chin ups, though. They are the worst. I make sure my trainer knows it, too – he loves me.
Thursday, September 14, 4.5 mile run, personal training – legs: I’ve gotta say, on the days when I need to wake up at 5 am to run (the days when I take our foster son to school), I’ve been hopping out of bed. There’s something about knowing that it’s the only time I have to run that day – rather than it just being the time I “should” run – that makes me a lot more willing to get up. Starting my day with a little mental clarity and “me” time makes a huge difference in my mood! Of course, what better way to follow up two days of running in a row than with leg day? I got to the gym super late after work and ended up working out with a different trainer. It’s amazing how just doing a few different movements (every trainer has their favorites, right?) makes such a huge difference in your soreness level. Thanks for the 100s of weighted lunges, Kevin!
Friday, September 15, personal training – full upper body: A light full upper body workout was just what I needed to finish off the week of training! I did do some bench presses, but just really light stuff – low weights, high reps. Nothing too exciting, just a good all around upper body workout! It’s nice to go light sometimes.
Saturday, September 16, 7 mile run and barre3 class: First thing’s first – long run! I am tentatively training for the Spinx Half Marathon with Pearce, so we headed to the Swamp Rabbit Trail for the week’s long run. It felt fantastic! The beautiful crisp weather and flat path always makes for a great run. If you ever make it to Greenville, SC, hit up the trail. It runs through downtown and it’s gorgeous! Right after we finished running, I headed to a class at Barre3! I haven’t been in a long time – since I taught my last class in April! – but this weekend was the 2nd anniversary of the studio opening, so I wanted to say hi to everyone. I got my butt kicked and sufficiently sweated all over the place! I was back home by 10 am and ready to start the weekend!
No better way to start the weekend than with this girl in downtown Greenville!
Sunday, September 17, OFF: Finally, a well-earned off day! AJ and I took our foster son up to my parents’ house (they live on a lake in North Carolina during the summer) and had a blast hanging out with them and my grandmother, who is here visiting from Florida. Lots of time on the lake kayaking, going out on the boat, and just enjoying time with family! It was a great end to the weekend.
So thankful for fun times with my family!
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