Monday, October 30, 2017

I knew Friday and Saturday would be hopeless; Sunday I did have hopes, travel went smoothly (3:15am wakeup call is brutal, but I was home by 8:30 in the morning, went back to sleep till midday), spent afternoon lying in bed feeling utterly tapped out and when it came down to it I just couldn't make myself get up and out - the weather was truly atrocious, I don't feel that rain usually discourages me but gale-force winds start making me neurotically worry about falling tree branches in the park!

ANYWAY today it was clear that I had better muster all energy just to get through the work day - two minor disasters, but lecture was fine which is the important thing, came home and huddled in bed finishing a crime novel but could not miss the chance for a run, it is rare for me to miss three days in a row even and a fourth would be inexcusable, especially given how beautiful the weather was by the end of the day (mid-50s, sunny, brisk). So: 30 easy as 4:1.

(I'm hoping to get back to powerlifting next Monday, as I have Monday and Tuesday as a school holiday - I had originally thought today might be the day, but self-assessment yesterday told me that was a very bad idea! As previously noted, the trouble is getting to and fro more than the workout itself - particularly getting there on Mondays immediately post-lecture takes fortitude and focus that I do not currently have.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017


30 easy as 2:1, finally some seasonally appropriate weather! Car to airport for Ottawa picking me up in less than an hour, I need to get a move on....

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


More normal temperature today, thank goodness - my hair was so sweat-drenched yesterday evening after my conversational French lesson in non-air-conditioned restaurant that it looked like I had been swimming! 40 easy as 3:1. Underprepared for my heavy teaching day, it's going to be a scramble to get it all together, but a busy and slightly chaotic day is much better for me than a quiet one when I am feeling low....

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday medium

Didn't have vim for the whole thing as written (70 minutes as 5:1 moderate), just did 50 minutes as 3:1 easy, but under the circumstances that still counts as a win!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday short & easy

Weekend a total writeoff. Spent in bed testing hypothesis that a person can sleep as much as a cat without ill effects! (My coat is not as glossy as Jose's tho.) Did get out just now for 30 easy as 2:1, it is the single best thing I can do for myself and I will strive to make it happen.

Friday, October 20, 2017

What happened this week?!?! Clearly I am barely keeping my head above water.

- Wrote off notion that I am functional enough to be back at lifting - managing fatigue is about all I can handle, gonna take another couple weeks to try and get myself back on a more even keel. (It's the GETTING there more than the workout itself, it's always a little hard but when I am not doing well it just takes up too much energy.)

- Took a zero on Tuesday due to complete lack of ability to deal!

- Wednesday: 40 as 2:1.

- Thursday: 1hr as 2:1.

- Today (having hard time even getting out of bed - honestly thinking about getting back into it right now!): 30 as 2:1 (had a longer one on schedule, hopefully will be motivated to do it tomorrow - needed the happy exercise chemicals and didn't want to talk myself out of it, best in these circs just to do something short and easy).

Trying to get my apartment sufficiently tidied that I can have a clear workstation to pursue my (overdue) essay on the footnote - if I can't get that mostly written this weekend, I don't know when it's going to happen!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Back at it

Rather halfheartedly I'm afraid. I finished lecture a bit early and took the subway rather than a taxi, immediately regretted it (platform already full of people, first train went by without stopping, etc. etc.) I got to the gym with time to spare but sat in cafe drinking a cup of tea and feeling so tired I was not at all sure it really was smart to have gone! But Josh is really understanding, so I just did a much lighter version of the main set and the subsidiary set, then called it a day, showered and took taxi home (very fast easy ride, mercifully!).

deadlift: 8 x 3 @ 111 (last 2 sets at 151 which was closer to what "real" working weight would have been - 62.5% vs. +-40%)
hex bar: 3 x 10 @ 145

Short run

30 easy as 2:1. Finally some cooler weather! I have a ton of stuff I'm behind on, but in terms of what I strictly have to accomplish over the next few days (i.e. bare minimum requirements of teaching week), I think it's manageable. Can reclaim everything if I have massively productive coming weekend - we will see....

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thursday was a travel day, Friday I had a lovely half-hour in the East River Flats in Minneapolis but then stabbed myself in the eye accidentally with a hairbrush and didn't have wherewithal to blog (did see a doctor later in the day, who diagnosed very superficial scratch that didn't need antibiotics). Saturday was a writeoff again, I was home by 2 or so but I'd had a 6:30 taxi pickup at the hotel in Minneapolis which meant that I barely slept due to the usual irrational anxiety about waking up on early airport days, so I just took a nap and surfaced only in order to eat an early dinner (having missed lunch) and basically go back to bed.

Long sleep and dozy useless day, really I've been overdoing it, I need some downtime. Just got out for 30 easy as 2:1 in last bit of light, feel better now I've done that and showered, gonna go and find something to eat now....

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Punched the clock

(as David says). 30 easy as 2:1. Please let the weather get cooler soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Short run

Finding considerable comfort in work and cats. Short run just now, 30 easy as 2:1 - yes, it's lower humidity, and yes, it's my own fault for leaving it till the middle of the day - but it's almost 80F again! NOOOoooooooooooooooooooo!

Monday, October 9, 2017


Did run Friday 30 easy as 2:1. (The weather has been DISGUSTING, so warm and muggy.) Didn't run Saturday, was antsy and spent afternoon and early evening keeping a sort of vigil with my mother at G.'s. Woke up Sunday to the news that he died during the night. Did 30 easy (2:1) to get the day started on an OK footing (then went back to bed and slept the whole day!). This morning, 30 easy as 2:1 - that's the agenda for the week, just get the blood flowing and keep moving but don't stress about training. Have a work trip to Minneapolis from Thursday to Saturday but it shouldn't rule out short daily running. Very glad I have teaching and other work stuff to keep my mind focused on other things!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

short run

30 easy as 2:1. Thursday is basically my Saturday, which means I am in state of utter exhausting, Wednesdays are so long and demanding this semester. Still feeling pretty feeble, didn't sleep well, too riled up about work and life stuff!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


40 easy as 2:1. Very nice weather (if anything still a bit too warm). Today is my long day and I am slightly dreading it, however that means that this time tomorrow morning I am at least temporarily a free woman...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Very short run!

This cooler weather is such a gift, gingko stink notwithstanding! Just 30 easy as 2:1. Down week to regroup and try and regain my equilibrium.

Monday, October 2, 2017


You know things really got crazy when I lose the daily exercise logging!

I did run Thursday, just 30 easy as 2:1 before packing and leaving for my mid-evening flight. Felt very queasy in the stop-and-go traffic en route to the airport, combination of stress/distress and not eating anything post-run - will have to be a bit more careful, I am at outer edge of stress limits and need to take better care of things!

Friday was always out, I only brought run gear to Ottawa in case something else happened and I got stuck there. Thought I'd be able to run at home Saturday, but early flight was mega-delayed and the rest of the day was a write-off, I was asleep for much of it and then asleep again for 12 hours overnight - really had reached my limit!

Very nice run Sunday when I got up, 90 minutes as 4:1.

Very nice short run just now (usually I take Monday off just now, but having missed a couple recent days I thought it was worthwhile - also I have canceled powerlifting for this week and next week, I have a work conflict this evening anyway but it's the one obvious thing I can cut out to simplify things - if it were right round the corner, it would be different, but it's an hour each way or else an expensive taxi and right now I just don't have the emotional wherewithal!). 30 as 2:1.