WRD: Week 13: 2021 Just Blurgh

4 April, 2021 Off By Renée

Sorry all; I’m just feeling really sick of things again. I figured out that some of my feeling is indeed FOMO; people are either getting vaccinated and getting their own life back and making plans, or quite the opposite – acting like nothing is going on and keeping the rest of us in lockdown. Sigh.

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Week 13 Activity counteracts Stress

Monday – 5.05KM morning walk, 40 min strength training
Tuesday – RPM 77, 35 min strength training, 15 min yoga stretch
Wednesday – 6.4 KM run, RPM Sprint #18 30 min
Thursday – 4.4KM morning walk, 35 min strength training 
Friday – 10KM walk, 10 min yoga stretch
Saturday – 5KM notparkrun, 4.65KM walk
Sunday – 4.35 KM walk (plus around 2KM when I turned on then turned off my watch by mistake)


Wednesday it was an extremely nice spring day so we skipped the park (if you saw my post Friday, you can see that was the best decision) and ran down to the Rhein along the quay. There were quite a few people down there as well, but at least less hectic than the park and more spread out.

About half way through was when I started to lose steam; seems to be the trend – Wednesday running is tough with legs that feel like concrete. Not being used to the temperature probably had something to do with it as well.

Saturday was of course notparkrunday. Another cool Saturday morning, this time with 6 of us in total. Jana and her kids made treats the night before so we had a sweet reason to hang out together – distanced – a bit longer.

And my PB? Well, it was one second faster than last week… but, last week I actually looked at the total time running which was a tiny bit over 5KM… not to make it too complicated, officially-officially it’s 5 seconds slower.

Never mind. I just wanted to run and run I did. That’s what matters.


This week I had two early morning walks. I knew work was going to be completely insane (and it was) so made sure to get out of bed early on Monday and Thursday.

An absolutely stunning morning, Monday.
Thursday was even earlier so I didn’t go into the park – too dark

On Friday, I walked 10KM which was much longer than planned. I had started listening to a Peaky Blinders podcast (we are watching it at the moment) and just was enjoying myself. Normally I save the 10KM walk for Sunday.

This week I found more garden gnomes in another part of town (Malbergen) and a random roll of toilet paper... you know… in case you might need it suddenly??

On Sunday I forced myself finally to get out, dragged Ron with me but turned on my watch and then then accidentally turned it off again. So recorded is about 2KM less. Again, it was really about getting outside.

We got to see some lambs and horses too! Always a bonus. And Mr Pie got in the Mill shot for this week!

Strength and Spin

This week I had my 3 scheduled strength training sessions, which are going well. At least I feel like my upper body strength is improving.

I also had two yoga stretch sessions. Every time I do that I wonder why I don’t do it more often!

In addition to RPM on Tuesday I did Sprint on Wednesday. Sprint is a HIIT workout on the bike, so not really like RPM, which is more of a spinning workout (which has intervals, hill climbing, speedwork, etc). If you recall from reading my weekly run down before Covid, I used to do Sprint before RPM at my new gym because if I didn’t I would end up not getting a bike for RPM class! (it was a very popular class). Sprint 18 is also the last release I did at the gym. Sprint is basically Hard AF and if you don’t see your life flashing before your eyes near the end of the workout you’ve done it wrong – haha!

The glamour of Sprint

Other Stuff

Not much else to report except:

  • My “story” video will be up on Arnhem Together sometime in the next 3 weeks. I may share it with you once it’s up if I can get over my insecurity
  • My friend Gerrit as you know is also a Drag Queen named Miss Charlie Sparkle. Something quite fun and wonderful is in the works and I am involved. I will definitely share that with you when I can, but won’t be until May most likely. Let’s just say I had to get dressed up, hair done and make up on point to be involved.
  • No house stuff at all. Maybe next week. We’ll see.

This Week In Numbers

Stats this week:
Walking: 28.5KM
Running: 11.4KM
Bodypump 3 Strength, 2 yoga stretch
Spin bike 1 x RPM, 1 x Sprint
Total steps: 82.180 (avg: 11.740 daily)

That’s a wrap!

How was your week? Is your weather improving? Have you done a HIIT workout on a spin bike before?

We are off tomorrow so I’m going to do my best to have a little attitude reset AND get to all the comments, etc that I’ve not been able to respond to lately.