WRD: Week 15:2021 Going with the Flow once again

18 April, 2021 30 By Renée

This week felt kind of long. Busy at work, and having to change my routine ever so slightly always makes me feel slightly unbalanced. I like being spontaneous, but only to a certain degree! Ha!

This week was also my first test of setting up my own workout plan for the week and it went well beginning of the week but sort of sputtered out towards the end. I still haven’t made a new plan but before I go to bed there will be one in place.

Don’t you love when certain words trigger a song? You’re welcome!

(I feel like this moment has happened previously – either I’m getting old or having déjà vu)

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Week 15 – diving into more Les Mills Classes

Monday – 3.5KM morning walk, Bodypump 107 (40min) RPM United Remix (30min)
Tuesday – 4.75KM morning walk, RPM 74(45min), Bodypump 106 (35min)
Wednesday – 4.8KM walking (to/from massage), Bodystep 118 (35min)
Thursday – 7.8KM run (6 x 1KM with 6x 300m rest)
Friday – 5KM walk
Saturday – 5KM notparkrun, 2.7KM walk w/u + c/d
Sunday – 6.75 KM walk

Running

This week at work we not only had to do our normal jobs, we also had a virtual conference for 2 days where our online attendance was required. On top of that I had a massage appointment on my Running Wednesday so I moved my first run to Thursday. Running during the day wasn’t really happening on the days of the conference.

It was actually the best day to get out, with the weather still being very weird. I decided we would do 3 rounds in the park instead of parkrun-2-rounds and that I would do intervals of 1 kilometer with 300 meters in between.

This run went really well, I even felt quite strong going up the hills! Consistently running and walking the hills in my new area is clearly paying off. However, my knees (both, ugh!) were really sore afterwards. This is the reason that things sputtered out with the rest of my workouts.

On Saturday we headed out to the park again to meet our usual 8:30 crew and one of the guys even brought his girlfriend along. So there were 7 of us doing notparkrun.

I wanted to take it easy because of my knees, but again I stayed consistent and got up the hills with no issue. Back to 34 minutes for the 5KM. No big, it’s about the ability to do it and not the pace.

I had to give all my money to Goodr this week (2 new pairs…)

Walking

I got some decent walking in this week, but I had hoped for a bit more. Monday and Tuesday were in the early morning, which I really am enjoying! The freshness, the way the sky looks and the birds chirping just makes me smile! After Thursday though not only were my knees sore, my left foot started acting up (I even have my feet in my special massager as I type this).

Wednesday’s walking was practical, but because Marieke (massage therapist) lives on the other side of Hoogte 80 (a park on one of the highest points in the city) I thought I’d walk all the way up through Klarenbeek to get a bit of a workout in (I almost had to limp home after she got a hold of my calves!!). It should be noted that when I needed to walk it was supposed to be dry. It rained and then it even hailed.

Friday was more practical walking; I had to pick up bread from the bakery, my contact lenses and I had an appointment for in-store shopping to pick up some pillows (I was able to find them on the website but for some reason could not order for delivery).

back to the graffiti in town where I found the monarch butterfly on Tuesday

Sunday I also wanted to walk more than I did, but the feet were mostly complaining on this walk (which was again mostly uphill)

Cross-Training

The week started off well on Monday with Bodypump 107 (*upper body) and then RPM United Remix (30 min) after work.

Tuesday was Team Pie Gym Day (luckily I had time before the afternoon session started with the work conference), so I did RPM 74 (45 min) while the hubs went on the Treadmill. Then after work I did Body Pump 106 (*lower body).

Wednesday I did Bodystep 118 after work and I swear to dog, I picked the hardest step class available! Step is really hard to follow and a lot of times I have done it without the step, especially the smaller one I had. Since I got the proper LM step, I thought maybe it’d be easier. WRONG! Luckily I got some suggestions from the community group for an easier to follow step class.

Thursday my intention was to do a full hour bodypump class; I ended up icing my knees on the couch.

Friday my intention on doing an RPM class. I iced my knees and my foot after my walk and called it a day.

Saturday I felt fine enough to do a Sprint workout after running – that was truly my intention; I ended up going through boxes (only 1 box left in the living room!), cleaning and organising a bit.

Other Stuff

As I mentioned above, Saturday I spent some time Saturday emptying the boxes that have been in the living room since we moved. I still don’t have a place for everything which means I need to get rid of stuff. I just find it so very hard.

Most of what I have that has no real place anymore are my cd’s and DVD’s but also I still have so many stuffed animals… I know I am a grown woman but these things are super sentimental. A Bear that one of my bestie’s in Chicago gave me when I moved to Portland in 1990, a Paddington Bear I bought in London, Woody, Buzz & Jessie from Toy Story that I bought for the kids, Bearista bears that Ron bought for me… I don’t know what to do! Thankfully I have a husband with a soft, fuzzy and warm heart that also wants to find a place for them.

They are all resting on the step at the moment

I was also inspired this week to change up my interior ever so slightly. I bought new cushion covers at Ikea (I had to do the drive-through pickup thing) to have more of a “spring” look, rather than a “fall” look. And I bought 2 new small cushions for my bedroom (and new covers from etsy but they won’t be here until earliest next week). Ron also picked up some new flowers for me. I just love fresh flowers!

Since the weather is finally improving, I also tidied up the majority of the sunroom; I still need to throw a few things away and get a new floor covering. The cats are really loving it in there.

Speaking of Cats – Leo really wanted to help unload the dishwasher today:

This Week In Numbers

Walking: 27.5KM
Running: 12.8 KM
Bodypump 2x , Bodystep 1x
Spin bike: 1 Short Remix, 1 Full RPM
Total steps: 80,453 (avg: 11,493daily)

That’s a wrap!

How was your week? Did you manage all your workouts? Do you ever change your interior to reflect the seasons? Do you like having fresh flowers regularly?

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