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Winding Down the Weekend

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It's a beautiful day in the Chicago area. I'm watching coverage of the finish line at the Chicago marathon. People limping, teary, hugging, high fiving, smiling... what an amazing accomplishment!

I've had a good weekend. despite being stuck at home due to being on call. It's the first weekend in a while I had nowhere to be so I'm loving it.

I came home from work Friday later than I had planned and drained. I was so ready for the couch and the remote. BUT, I had updated my SP status earlier in the day that I would do the elliptical and the SP 28 Day Bootcamp 30 Minute Total Body workout.

I post, therefor I do. I took the dog for her walk first since the sun was about to set. I set my HIIT timer app for 20 minutes of interval training on the elliptical. Then I popped in the SP DVD. It's hard and it's AWESOME! It felt REALLY good not to have been as lazy as I felt!

Saturday I took it easy. That bootcamp DVD kicks my butt... and my arms and the backs of my thighs and my abs! I took the dog for her two walks and did the SP 20 minute yogalates video. After dinner, I decorated the house for Halloween.

Today..... I ......... ran....... SIX MILES. I didn't stop for a breather at 2 miles then stop again a half a mile later like I usually do. Earlier in the week, I decided to challenge myself to see how far I could run, slowly, without stopping. I made it four miles.

So today I gave myself the same challenge. It is a BEAUTIFUL fall day here in the Chicago area. The sun is shining, the trees are bursting with color, some leaves are on the ground and I knew, about 30 miles from me, people were running the race of their lives.

I ran slow and steady. I felt good, I looked at the different trees, I looked at kids playing, I purposely ran through bunches of crunchy leaves on the ground. I just thoroughly enjoyed being outside.

I really have to give credit to SP and Coach Nicole for an EXCELLENT workout DVD. My legs felt strong today. All of the strength training I've been doing has really helped my endurance. Woman does not run by running alone.

I've showered, had a green smoothie and an English muffin with peanut butter now it's time to veg a little. I'm going to give another go at meditating while DH is out. Thanks to Spark member CATINCJ for turning me on to It's really helping me!

No matter how the rest of the day goes.... this day was GOOOOOOOD!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KANOE10 10/15/2013 7:55AM

    You are very inspiring. Your workouts are going well and you did them rather than skip them. My son is in Evanston, ILL at NW. It is a lovely area and I expect he will see your beautiful fall.

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SIRENALEANNE 10/14/2013 5:21PM

    Wonderful! 6 miles is quite an accomplishment! You go girl! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 10/13/2013 10:48PM

    Don't you just love days like you had?! They are so emoticon Congrats on running six miles and getting your other workouts in. Keep it up!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/13/2013 10:39PM

    You are doing so awesome! And you are very inspiring to me as I've been more and more inspired to work on my running.

Have a wonderful week!

And love the pic and quote at the end of your blog! So true-so true!

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SUGAR0814 10/13/2013 10:34PM

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CAT-IN-CJ 10/13/2013 6:19PM

    Very cool! I'm glad you tried out the - I like it because it's not a bunch of weird stuff . . . . just a selection of beautiful scenery and music for as many minutes as you wanna do.

Glad you had a good weekend!!!
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    Flying monkeys? I'm so jealous!

Well done on your six miles!

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DELIA38961 10/13/2013 4:12PM

    sounds like a great weekend emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 10/13/2013 3:32PM

    Great blog! Your weekend sounds lovely despite being on call. Super congrats on the big 6 miler--that's an accomplishment! (I'm working my way back there again.) Hope the goodness of Sunday rolls right into the week. P.S. Coach Nicole's dvd's *always* kick my butt, hehe. Also, thanks for the website--learning more about meditation has been on my to-do list since about forever.

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LORILEEPAGE 10/13/2013 3:28PM

    I'll have to check out the site! Thanks for sharing!

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BIGPAWSUP 10/13/2013 2:33PM

    Sounds absolutely WONDERFUL. Congrats on getting it done and enjoying doing it. WooHoo!

So happy for you.

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