WRD: Week 30 Zen in the Chaos

1 August, 2021 Off By Renée

There wasn’t really much change in the work situation this week, but the way I approached it was different. I started earlier (7am), but then made appointments all week to be at Cryotherapy by 8:30, and additionally I also made sure I took a proper lunch break. Only on Thursday did it go a bit wrong, but that was mainly due to a meeting running WAY over time and then when I finally got to break for lunch the rain started pouring down.

Just going to carry on in this way and do my best to stay zen in all the craziness.

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Fitness for Week 30

Monday – 12.35KM biking , 3,867 steps in total
Tuesday – C25K Week 2 Run 1 – 5KM, 10,238 steps in total
Wednesday – 4KM lunch walk, 6,468 steps in total
Thursday – apparently a rest day, 6,283 steps in total
Friday – C25K Week 2 Run 2, unrecorded biking and walking 17,044 steps in total
Saturday –C25K Week 2 Run 3+ 5KM parkrun, 12.5 KM biking steps in total
Sunday – no recorded walk 13,279 steps in total

Total Steps:  – 74,954/ 10,707 daily average, 4 KM walking and 15KM running in total recorded.

Total Biking: 25KM recorded plus some non-recorded


It is now 8 weeks since my operation and I don’t have much to report. I can’t complain about anything to be honest. Swelling is still there but minimal. Maybe the supplements, compression garments and cryotherapy work.


It was Week 2 of the C25K program which called for warming up, 1.5min running and 2 minutes recovery walking x 9. I did that Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (parkrun day!). Saturday was the strongest day, Tuesday felt the “heaviest” / slowest but in fact it was Friday that was the most sluggish. Regardless, happy to have completely week 2!

Fonzie Flying with his new speedy Adidas shoes

Parkrunday was in Eindhoven this week – Four parkruns went live again in The Netherlands; In Rotterdam, Maastricht, Utrecht and Eindhoven. Dafne (the other Event Director), Hans (her husband) and I went to support the team down there as they have come up to support us (before covid) with a few of our test runs. Eindhoven is about an hour drive and I biked over to Dafne and Hans’ place to ride with them (and then biked home of course).

It had been raining again but luckily it stopped long enough for a dry parkrun edition! Afterwards we went over to the Athletic Club near the park for coffee and a chat. They had 39 participants, which is awesome with very little advertising! I was the 11th woman, in 35th place and 1st in my age group (hysterical as I was the ONLY one in my age group). I felt the need to wear my Bix tee-shirt afterwards – LOL!

Meanwhile in Sonsbeek, Ron met up with 4 others for a #notparkrun! Since we basically advertised on social media that until we are live we are still #notparkrunning a half hour earlier so he felt the responsibility to go there and make sure someone from the core team is there.

If y’all want to follow us on instagram we’re over at Sonsbeek parkrun obviously the more likes and follows the better. I post everything in Dutch and English since parkrun is global and we want (eventually…) visitors in our park from everywhere.


Didn’t record a lot of walks this week, only on Wednesday, though I did get steps in here and there which definitely added up. So I’m probably going to stop focusing on steps again because I’m at my basic activity level that I was at before the operation (now to get in those Les Mills workouts!!).


Unfortunately all of my biking was what I call commuter biking – I biked to various appointments, over to Dafne and Hans’ place, to my hair appointment and we biked over to Wendy and Vincent’s for her 50th birthday party (yes… a birthday party.. kind of had me anxious to be honest).

More social events than I’m used to anymore

Thursday really kicked off the weekend pretty hard for social events. Gerrit and Marcel came over Thursday after work and we went over to local cafe for drinks before their holiday next week. I’ll be taking care of their gorgeous Scottish Fold, Zus, while they are in Vienna. I make no promises that Zus is there when they return as I’m sure she would love it here with our kitties even more – haha!

I had my first Gin & Tonic in a year…

On Friday evening I walked with my neighbour-colleague over to another colleague’s house for a BBQ. It was nice but also a bit hilarious as it started raining pretty hard so we were all sitting outside at the table holding umbrellas AND we had to erect a huge beach umbrella over the grill.

Of course Saturday morning early was parkrun, but then Saturday evening it was Wendy’s 50th birthday party. I was slightly nervous about this particular situation because I know they always invite quite a few people for their celebrations. To be honest it was “busy” but it was all very civilised. And we only stayed a couple of hours so if there was any craziness it would have happened after we left.

Sunday I was up early (again) to go to Den Haag for the opening of a bagel shop run by an American lady I know from New York. Believe me, when you live in another country, certain things from home are just never the same and bagels are way up on my list of genuine food items I crave. So I had ordered bagels by mail from her int he past, but when I heard she was opening a shop I contacted Yvonne and asked her if she wanted to meet me for brunch (she doesn’t live too far from Den Haag). The bagels were amazing (I brought some home too) and the weather turned out to be really nice. Yvonne’s son lives there now and he joined us at some point for coffee as well.

Totals for July – Goals for August

Considering I really only started exercising again officially two weeks ago, I’m really happy with my July stats:

Walking. 49.3KM
Running. 27.7KM
Biking. 169.5KM
Steps – 297,429

I’d like to have at least 3KM walking per day except for the days that I run. And I’d like to run at least 60KM in August. Maybe that seems like a big jump but it’s only 15KM per week. Obviously I’ll be listening to my body as well.

I’d also like to do a minimum of 4 RPM classes and 4 Bodypump workouts – it’s just tricky at the moment with work, walking, running, cryo and MLD therapy. And I’d like to have just as many biking kilometers in August as I had for July.

That’s a wrap!

How was your week? How was your month? Did you hit your goals? Do you have new goals for August? What’s a food item you think you would miss if you moved out of the country? What’s your favorite kind of bagel?