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Welcome to Another Weekly Run Down

Deborah and Kim are the amazing hosts for the Weekly Run Down! Feel free to join in as well to wrap up your week in fitness!


Plan vs. Actual

Monday – 3.25KM walk, GLI gym 1 hr intake – no workout (appt w/different PT), 3.5KM biking
Tuesday – 3KM walk (office day) to and from train station
Wednesday – 3KM walk, W6R1 run, 6KM, GLI 1 hour, gym 55 min
Thursday – 2.22KM walk, gym
Friday – 2.75KM walk, W6R2 run , gym 55 min
Saturday – 2.5KM walk, parkrun in Alkmaar 5KM, 17/17 Dutch parkruns done!
Sunday 2KM walk, long run W6R3, 1.4KM w/u walk, 10KM run (!!!)

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I want to thank everyone for being so kind and caring lately. I just want you all to know it definitely helps.

I had a better week, though I have to say it was stressful at work and not all my plans came to fruition, but that’s fine. I noticed that the extra time I had in the morning and doing things in a calm way (I tend to rush through getting lunches/ salads ready which in itself causes stress) made me feel a bit calmer in general throughout the day.

This Week In Fitness

Planned vs. Actual

  • Monday – pilates maybe also something at the gym afterwards
  • Tuesday – RPM
  • Wednesday – REST (Run Cafe Pitch for Parkrun)
  • Thursday – another meeting in the evening (sports massage related)
  • Friday – physio and gym/strength training
  • Saturday – not sure yet nothing
  • Sunday – RPM


parkrun – we had a good pitch Wednesday night and the Run Cafe in itself was pretty cool. The guest of honor was Valentijn Trouw, who, in case you don’t know him, is Eliud Kipchoge’s manager. He was there talking about the 1:59 project and the whole experience getting Eliud to that goal. If you can’t tell, he’s a Dutch guy and pretty well-loved in the running community here at the moment.

RPM – I finally dared to do RPM Sprint and RPM “regular” on Tuesday night. And I felt pretty badass when it was all over. Also had a major sweatfest on Sunday and somehow burned just over 600 calories! That never happened to me at Fitland!

Sport Massage – I also spoke to my massage boss this week about coming back to work again. I’m starting up in the new year and will be working Thursday nights. I took a break last December but didn’t really plan on being out for a whole year (with the exception for the 4 Day March week). With everything that’s happened, there was never a good time to go back! I feel like I can handle it now, plus I’ll be working on Thursday evening instead of Friday, so I still have my day off in the week.


I “ran” Friday on the treadmill – 2 min walk/1 min run for a total of 20 min. Easy does it; just because I can run doesn’t mean I’m going to go crazy. I’ve promised to do no more than 5KM and walk/run intervals or at a recovery pace.

New Equipment for home – we’ve decided to trade in our recumbent bike for a real spin bike. Neither of us had spinning experience when we bought the bike and while it was a fine purchase then, it wasn’t really working for us now. I was talking about the Peloton a bit to Ron and they aren’t here in NL anyway (plus the subscription is too expensive) but he was curious what an alternative could be. We decided on the Schwinn IC8 and a subscription to Les Mills on Demand (much more affordable and they also have RPM plus all the other workouts for EUR 15 a month). I’m super excited about this! I imagine my mornings now starting off with RPM and then finishing with a stretch class. I may become a morning exerciser after all!

Fun Stuff – As pretty serious Depeche Mode fans, we are super excited about seeing the new DM movie “Spirits in the Forest” directed by non other than Anton Corbijn (also Dutch by the way). I never saw the film “101” in the cinema, now I’m getting a chance to see another documentary in the same vein, only 30 years later.

Coming up Next Week

Looking Ahead

  • Monday – pilates
  • Tuesday – in Amsterdam for work, will likely be a rest day
  • Wednesday – November project run? otherwise hotel gym
  • Thursday – hotel gym
  • Friday – appt with gym trainer
  • Saturday – RPM with Anne (my old instructor, now at a different gym
  • Sunday – Spin bike at home (unless there is an RPM class next week; my instructor is on vacation and usually it then becomes a spin class with a different instructor)

Since I’m in Amsterdam for a 3 day Treasury Bootcamp (yawn for any of you not in finance or have anything to do with treasury) I’ll have to just see what I can do at the hotel gym. I know that November project runs every Wednesday morning, but I don’t quite know the distance to/from the hotel and if I’ll be back on time to eat/shower/get to the first session on time. If not, I’ll use the hotel gym on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

No Thanksgiving for me here. Hope you all have a good one!

That’s a wrap!

What’s your plan for next week? Are you Turkey Trotting? Are you planning some time for yourself before things get busy and stressful for the holidays? Do you have a spin bike at home? Who is your favorite band/singer? Have you heard of November Project?


  1. Marcia says:

    Hooray for getting the green light to run again! OMG I LOVE Depeche! I need to see that movie! I might even go today. :D

    1. Renée says:

      Thank you! and YES you should!!

  2. I’m so glad you’re able to run again!!! And, as you said, you’re taking things easy as you ease back in… well done!!

    1. Renée says:

      thanks! me too! and definitely taking things easy. I just simply can’t have another body break-down again. At least not for a while!! Years!!

  3. I hope the work trip isn’t really that boring!

    I tried spin, years & years ago but not my thing. I do have a stationary bike; I need to get back on it!

    I have heard of November project, but never done it.

    Congrats on being able to run AND getting back to being a massage therapist again. It does sound like things are moving in a good direction.

    1. Renée says:

      well it won’t be that boring, because I actually know way more than I did when they first offered it to me 3 years ago. I am going to get a giant cup of coffee to keep me fuelled, at least in the morning. haha! So the thing with spinning… I actually don’t like spinning that much, I really LOVE RPM. I personally find it different than spinning. But it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Thank you so much! I’m ready for life to go forward again!

  4. kookyrunner says:

    So fun that you got a new bike for home – I hope that you love it!

    I did a happy dance when I saw that you were cleared for running again :)

    1. Renée says:

      I hope so too! I’m pretty sure I will love it :) And yes! thanks for happy dancing for me!

  5. Wendy says:

    Sounds like a great week and you are moving forward! Hooray for being cleared to run again.

    FYI there are also a ton of spin videos (for triathletes especially) on YouTube. I used them a lot when I was cycling/couldn’t run. I don’t have a spin bike but I put my road bike in the trainer.

    1. Renée says:

      thanks and yes, hooray!! thanks for the tip too – I’ll have a gander!

  6. Birchwood Pie says:

    From one finance person to another…lol on Treasury Bootcamp. And CONGRATS ON BEING CLEARED TO RUN AGAIN!!! YAY!!!

    1. Renée says:

      haha yay for finance nerds! and thank you!

  7. Darlene says:

    I would love to try peleton but it’s so expensive and I barely have time to run.

    Glad to heat that you are back running. Hope you enjoy your new bike as well.

    1. Renée says:

      yeah the cost was just too much. I mean we’re getting a bike that’s half the cost and a good bike. Thanks!

  8. Liz Dexter says:

    Yay you can run again! And good news re the spin bike, too. That Les Mills subscription sounds good value. Does it have Body Balance classes as well?

    1. Renée says:

      thank you! and yes Body Balance is included. EVERYTHING. It’s GBP10 per month. One of our running friends in Manchester has been using it so we were like HEYYYYY why don’t we do that! We already do other LM classes at the gym.

  9. That’s fabulous news that you have the green light to run again! Yay!!!

    I am running in a 4-mile turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning – a new distance for me! We have the November Project in DC, but I’ve never attended.

    We do have a Life Fitness spin bike, but I use it more to stay in biking shape by just riding at a steady pace. My husband does YouTube spin classes on it.

    1. Renée says:

      thanks! Oh and have fun on your 4 miler! I did one Turkey Trot once in Rio Rancho when I was visiting my parents. I think it was 10k. We only have one NP in Amsterdam which is so far away for me. Dani (from weightoffmyshoulders) goes sometimes so maybe she’ll be there Wednesday too :) My husband was talking about just riding for hours at a steady pace whilst watching netflix haha! he’s not even a cyclist!

  10. Yeah! For getting the green light to run again! I hope I am right behind you :)

    1. Renée says:

      thanks Deborah! and I hope so too!

  11. therightfits says:

    So happy you are cleared to run! What a great feeling: :)

    1. Renée says:

      yes it is! thank you!

  12. How exciting that you are able to run again! That is great news. I have a Peloton bike and I like it a lot. No turkey trots for me and that is OK with me.

    1. Renée says:

      Yes thank you!! And yes you definitely don’t have to do a turkey trot! I was surprised that some TT’s were already this past weekend!

      1. I asked my coach to make a change for me in my training and so now I will end up running 3 miles on Thursday.

  13. Yay for being able to run again! I have a really simple spin bike in my basement. I dont use it that much but its a great option to have!

    1. Renée says:

      Thanks! and yes the recumbent was a good option and I did use it warm up but I feel like I’m going to get more out of the spin bike.

  14. Chaitali says:

    That’s great that you got the green light to run again! And that’s a good idea to get a spin bike for home and look for alternatives to peleton. I’ve tried the peleton bike a couple times at hotel gyms and such and really like it, but it’s good to know there are other options out there.

    1. Renée says:

      thank you, I’m so happy! and definitely looking forward to the spin bike rides! this bike is about half the cost of the peloton… maybe even more…

  15. I would love to get a spin bike for the house! That would really be cool and give me something to do on days I don’t run. How cool that you got to see Eluid Kipchoge’s manager speak! I would love that!

  16. I bought a spin bike a few years ago, thinking it would be good cross training. I had only taken one spin class in my lift, but it seemed like something I would like. Unfortunately it didn’t feel so great on my hamstrings so I don’t ever use it :( But my husband and daughter use it, so at least it’s not getting too dusty!

  17. Cari says:

    Such awesome news on running, and what a great guest speaker. Both hard to top and in the same week!

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