WRD: Your Mileage May Vary

Training is a guideline. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Your mileage MAY vary. That’s the beauty of it.

It’s that time of the week again. This week has been an equal amount of activity and down time. I guess I may have needed the down time especially. That meant that I was off social media a bit AND I didn’t join the other link ups (The Monthly Runfessional and the Ultimate Coffee Date) like I wanted to. And yet, life continues :) Amazing how that works!

I am joining the Weekly Run Down as per usual. I still haven’t replied to comments from last week. I do find it challenging sometimes to keep up with everyone! But I always appreciate comments on the blog!!

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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Plan vs. Actual Week 9

  • Monday – Not sure yet! No pilates due to (school) holidays Cardio + strength at the gym
  • Tuesday – back to back RPM 45 minThe Trip (like RPM) at home + 15 min balance and strength
  • Wednesday – Run 40 minutes easy nada
  • Thursday – *RPM in AM if I have massage clients; Run in the afternoon with parkrun global rep (if no massage clients then I can also go to the gym in the evening) 1 round of our parkrun + an extra kilometer; nothing in the evening because I had to work from home the rest of the day
  • Friday – Run 10 mins easy, run 10 mins steady, run 10 mins threshold, run 10 mins easy, run 10 mins threshold, run 10 mins easy Nope.
  • Saturday – parkrun launch!! Our first official NL parkrun that we’ll go to is in Nijmegen.
  • Sunday – Run 80 min (approx 12KM) Spontaneous Decision to run 10KM at Vorden.

I still do not have the mileage “needed” that my training plan has indicated. I would have liked to stick to the plan a bit more, but right now it is what it is. Obviously when I start training for Chicago it will be different.

Busy Work Week = Some stress and Exhaustion

Monday – no pilates this week, so Ron and I went to the gym. However, they are remodelling at the gym, and what we thought was only the reception and lounge area turns out to be the entire upper floor where we generally spend our time. They removed all the treadmills so Ron looked a little lost when we first walked in. Some cardio equipment was moved to the HIIT room and it was really crowded. I managed cardio, balance and strength but I wasn’t super excited about the whole construction thing. Also, all of the cleaning fluid and paper towels were nowhere to be find and no one was cleaning off the machines! Hello, people! We now have corona-virus cases in NL, CLEAN OFF THE MACHINES! Ugh.

I made due with what was available

Tuesday – Vincent was sick, Ron ran at lunch and I just didn’t feel like going to Construction City Gym again. So I stayed at home, tried to catch up on blogs and then switched on Les Mills on Demand and did a 45 min “The Trip” session and 15 min balance and strength afterwards.

The Trip at home with some strength and balance afterwards

Wednesday – stress at work, overtime and a lot of rain made the decision for me to do nothing after work.

Thursday – more stress at work, but already had a half day off planned. Ended up meeting my parkrun rep at 12:30, doing 1 round of our parkrun course, having a coffee and a chat and then going back home to finish work (finally around 6:30PM. So much for that half day).

Friday – back to the orthopedic clinic for an MRI on my ankle this time. I get my results next week Friday. With 2+ hours driving there and back for 20 minutes halfway in an MRI tube (with both feet painfully tingling the entire time), I was kind of done for the day by the time I got home. I did manage to get to the store for a halfway decent late lunch and I did some laundry so… successful day? Didn’t feel like doing any training.

Saturday – parkrun day!! We’ve officially launched in the Netherlands! We were up and at ’em, picking up two others from our team on the way to Nijmegen at 8am. There was no traffic so we were really early (8:20). All in all there were more than 60 participants for the first edition of Goffert parkrun – an amazing turnout (Rotterdam had 220+ and Utrecht just over 200!!). It was so nice to finally use my parkrun barcode in my own country! After parkrun several of us went to have coffee and a bite to eat. By the time I got home (we went and did a few things as well, before we got home), I was toast. I spent quite some time snoozing on the couch with “Say yes to the dress” on TV in the background and a cat on my lap.

Sunday – We decided Saturday night we were going to run the Achtkastelenloop again. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know this was the last 10KM race I did before my surgery last year (can you believe it’s been a year??? and I have even less function of my toes than before… *sigh* ). We both had a “long” run on the schedule and was reminded at parkrun that the Achtkastelenloop was the following day. Since you can sign in the morning of, we thought, why not? So that’s what we did. I did the 10KM and Ron did the Half Marathon – a bit far for him (since he’s only speed and shorter distance training at the moment) but he did fine in the end. And me, well…

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Y’all. I did a thing. Last minute decision to enter the 10km in Vorden for the Achtkastelenloop. And @onelittkefonzie ran the half marathon distance. For me it was a training - I actually had a bit more in the schedule for today but the desire to run on my own has been low. So, ok. Let’s do a race then. ??‍♀️My only goal was to finish it I felt good - much better than yesterday- so I decided around 3km that I would not stop before 8km. My longest distance in one go since I started running again was 7km, 8km seemed fair and logical. At 8km I said to myself “Pinky, you just ran 8km, you can do two more!” And that’s what I did. ? guess I need a new goal for the next two 10km races! #beatyesterday #garmin #8kastelenloop #10km #comebackkid #running #hokaoneone #aftershokznl #instarunner #fitafter50 #fitbloggroup

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I am really happy with this result, even though last year I was better prepared and had a 5 min course record. Fact of the matter is, I can run, I have no real leftovers from my herniated disc, and whilst running I don’t really feel my foot/toes much. Much to be grateful for.

Ron had his own challenge with 21.1KM but arrived at the last 100 meters smiling.

happy finisher

A sweet ending to the week!

Coming up Next Week

The Plan

  • Monday – pilates
  • Tuesday – finally my team dinner; with a little determination I’ll do RPM in the AM
  • Wednesday – Run 30 minutes easy
  • Thursday – I don’t have massage clients at the moment; if no clients then spinning at the gym with Vincent IF he’s no longer ill.
  • Friday – 10 mins easy, (5x1k at target 10k race pace with 2 mins walk/jog recovery) 10 mins easy
  • Saturday – parkrun, just not sure of location yet
  • Sunday – Run 80 min (approx 12KM)

I think this week also will be a bit flexible again based on weather (because it’s been raining and there are no treadmills at the moment at the gym) and it’s also our wedding anniversary on Friday. So who knows what we’ll do to celebrate!

March 6, 2009; we’ve changed a bit since then!

That’s a wrap!

How was your week? Did you spontaneously decide to run a race this week? Has your weather been a nightmare for outside workouts? How do you feel about people who do NOT wipe down machines at the gym?


  1. I am so excited for you that the Parkruns are finally “up and running”. Great job organizing that! I am sure it will continue to grow. Nice job on the 10K race. I cannot believe it’s been a year already. Look how far you have come back! I don’t think anyone really follows their plans 100% life happens and we do our best. You did not miss the coffee date it’s this week :) Thanks for linking up and have a great week ahead

  2. Birchwood Pie says:

    We are 10k twins! I ran a 68:18 race last April, my PR is 68:14. Congrats on a great race and to Ron for the half!

  3. Liz Dexter says:

    Happy wedding anniversary and good running, both. How exciting that parkrun has launched! I felt like I was back on it this week with the running – even though my 10 on Saturday was hard, it was hard because it was hard, not because I was in a state, if you know what I mean.

  4. Laurie says:

    So glad to read that you can run 10k without issues. You’re back! Yay!!!

    Happy anniversary to you and your hubby. I hope you will have a wonderful celebration.

    I hated it too when our gym was remodeling. I knew it would eventually be an improvement but it was very inconvenient while the construction was going on. I hope they finish your gym quickly for the least amount of disruption.

  5. Wendy says:

    So glad to see that Parkrun is going so well. Looks like it’s a success! Congrats on your 10k–hopefully you’ll get good news from your MRI. And happy anniversary!

  6. Hannah says:

    Congrats on the successful Parkrun launch, and on the 10K!

  7. Kim at Running on the Fly says:

    It’s been so exciting to see all your Parkrun work come to fruition! Now, get your buttocks over here and make it happen in Iowa, okay? Thanks ;-) I love your wedding pic ;-)

  8. Coco says:

    The good news is, the March Coffee Date isn’t until this weekend, although you may have better plans on your anniversary. ;-). It sounds like your week had a rocky start but ended well. I hope the new MRI leads to better treatments!

  9. Happy wedding anniversary! Looks like you two married just a few months after us! Our wedding date was 8th August 2008! Love the striking red flowers matching his tie. Beautiful. As for your week, well done on all the work you’ve put into the parkrun! 60 is an awesome number to start with and I suspect that number will keep growing and so pleased about your 10k race! Glad you signed up and excited it went well!

  10. Chaitali says:

    Yay for the park run launch and for that 10k! I hope you have a great anniversary :)

  11. I think you did quite well this week despite the challenges. Glad you enjoyed your spontaneous race! And I love your wedding photo! OMG, I can tell you for sure we’ve changed (it was 1985).

    I also love how positive you’re being about all your challenges. I know it’s not easy. :(

  12. runswithpugs says:

    I love your wedding picture! You guys make an adorable couple!

    And yes, that was such a sweet end to your week <3 <3 <3

    I am so happy Parkrun is off and running, literally! Such a great accomplishment and you should be so proud!

  13. Thats so exciting that you have the park un going now! Happy Anniversary- you two look like babies in that pic!

  14. Happy Anniversary! I didn’t race this weekend but I have done a race last minute when I was feeling unmotivated before. Nothing like a race atmosphere to get you ready to run! And ew on the machines…I hate when people don’t clean them off! I’ve been washing my hands like a mad woman since the virus made its way to Florida this week!

  15. kookyrunner says:

    When I trained for my first marathon I was so anal about hitting all of the miles on my training plan. For some reason I thought that not doing those miles means that I wasn’t training hard enough. I took a much more relaxed approach for my last 2 marathons and they were so much more enjoyable!

    I love that you have Park Run up and running now – i know you have wanted that to go live for a long time and it’s great to see it come to life.

  16. Yay for running in a race on Sunday. I’m sorry that your toe was even more bothersome than during last year’s race. I hope you get good results back on your ankle on Friday. Do you have to drive all the way back to where you had the MRI done for the results?

    Happy wedding anniversary! What a cute picture of the two of you!

  17. Marcia says:

    Happy Anniversary in advance! Congrats to both of you on your races. I’m glad the week ended on a high note. That’s so gross that people do not wipe down equipment.

  18. Oh wow! Love the picture of you two. Happy anniversary!! My office now has Lysol spray, wipes and tissues in every room. The smell of Lysol is making me gag a bit when someone goes crazy with it.

  19. Happy Anniversary!! I don’t think anyone follows their plan exactly like they’re supposed to. Life happens and sometimes running (or any other workout) is the last thing to do. Well, at least me. :-) It takes me some times to catch up and read everyone’s posts. It is Thursday night and I am just catching up on posts from Sunday.

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