Well, its been quite a week. What a way to be greeted by March. If the first few days are any indication of what this month will bring, I may need to hibernate until April. In general, everything was out of commission this week: myself and the electricity. Basically, this post will have more pictures of wine than of running. But some weeks are like that, and all I can do is hope that next week is better.
Let’s take a quick (ok it might be kind of long) walk through the week. No need to list out my workouts because there were only 2 (and only one of those was a run!)
Out Of Commission: The Week When Everything Fell Apart
Monday started off just fine and I opted to do my strength training that day. I think I wanted another day to recover from my long run before doing my tempo run. In general, Monday went smoothly. Compared to the rest of the week, Monday was a wonderful day.
On Tuesday I woke up and got ready for my tempo run and noticed I felt pretty tired. I even considered going back to sleep, but figured I would feel better after my run. I did 5 miles with 3 x 1 mile at tempo pace. As expected, I felt good after the run.
Down for the count
A few hours later, everything fell apart. I started to feel really sick while I was at work. Really tired, freezing cold, a little nauseous, no appetite. I had an all-day meeting with 3 coworkers which was really informal, so I was able to just sit there with lots of layers on and knew I could leave if things got worse. I made it until 4:00 at which point I headed home, and went straight to bed.
At one point in the evening I took my temperature and it was 100.4. When I woke up Wednesday morning it was back to normal. I thought I felt better, so headed into work on Wednesday. Another coworker saw me and insisted I go home. She wouldn’t even sit with me for a planned meeting, so I figured I should listen. I let my boss know, answered a few E-mails, and went home where I slept all day. I was finally able to eat some soup and crackers that evening.
Thursday was an improvement, but there were still no workouts happening. I had basically been living off of soup, bread, and crackers which was probably contributing to my lack of energy.
On Thursday night the wind started to pick up. It woke me up constantly throughout the night. I had also been sleeping in the guest room so I didn’t get Rob sick and woke up with a stiff neck from the pillows. It felt like it may have even been a pinched nerve. I knew I still wasn’t ready for any workouts.
I found out schools were closed on Friday because of the weather (high winds) and expected power outages. My office was open and the power just went out for a couple of seconds here and there. I found out through Facebook that my neighborhood lost power around 11am.
I usually take the back roods home but decided against that on Friday evening because I had heard there were a lot of downed trees. Unfortunately the highway was a complete mess and my 20 minute commute took me about an hour.
When I got home it was already pitch black in the house and freezing. We ended up getting an inexpensive hotel room nearby for the night…which ended up being quite interesting.
There was a restaurant at the hotel so we just ate there. They gave me the biggest wine glass I think I have ever seen.
Also, I wasn’t eating meat because it was a Friday in Lent so I got pasta (didn’t want to test my sensitive stomach on seafood) and they put this flower on it. Very odd.
I didn’t sleep well but was grateful to be warm.
On Saturday morning I had planned to work out in the gym but guess what? I didn’t pack my workout clothes. Turns out packing in the dark is pretty challenging. I had left them on the floor in my closet. We showered at the hotel, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to get in a workout later (not knowing when or where I could shower again).
That morning we ran some errands and got some much needed coffee before heading to the house. We managed to get the fireplace working (it’s electric but there is a way to run it on batteries). All day our electric company was posting updates saying the power would be restored in 30 minutes, then when that time would come the time would change to 45 minutes later. At 3pm we decided to go to my parents’ house for the night.
Back in action
We did some laundry, drank some wine, and went out to dinner. Around 9 we saw that the power was restored at our house. Woohoo!
Oh, the other fun part of all this was I had scheduled our Amazon Fresh delivery for Saturday morning. We kept the groceries outside where it was around 40 degrees, and then brought them to my parents’. When we got back on Sunday we had to clean out our entire fridge and freezer. It was so much work but probably a good thing to get done. It looks so empty now! I ended up cleaning the entire house after that, I’m not sure why. Spring cleaning maybe? Even though it doesn’t feel like spring.
And that brings me to now, as I’m enjoying the Wifi and heat while trying to make the most of the few hours left to the weekend. I really use my weekends to get stuff done and prepare for the week ahead, and this one really threw me off. However, I shouldn’t complain because there are many people still without power, so I know things could be a lot worse.
I’m excited to get back to my workouts this week!
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Were you affected by the storms this week?
How many times (if any) have you been sick this winter (I think this is #3 for me!)
How were your workouts last week?