Alternately titled … Olympics all day, every day.
Scott and I are complete 2016 Olympic Games junkies. We spent the majority of our time this weekend watching the Opening Ceremonies and then event after event with our friends downstairs, Shawn and Hillary. Women’s Gymnastics is always my favorite event, but Swimming and Beach Volleyball are awfully intriguing to me this year, too. Go Team USA!
Fun fact … Scott actually worked the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. We had only been dating for about eight months back then, but I remember being so proud of him when he left to go overseas for three weeks. I thought it was so cool!
While most of our weekend involved sitting on the couch while watching amazing athletes work it out, we did manage to get outside for some fresh air from time to time. I went on a lot of walks around the neighborhood, always with Roadie, and sometimes with Scott, too.
The more we get to explore, the more I fall for our neighborhood in Park Slope. I sent this photo on our way to the park to some friends in Houston the other day, and they said that it looks like a scene straight out of Sesame Street! Haha, I guess it does.
We’ve been living in New York for about four months now. We still have a lot more work to do on our apartment, but I’d definitely say that we have settled in nicely.
One of my favorite highlights from the weekend is finally setting out on a “long” run through the park without Roadie. I love taking him with me, but it’s been ages since I’ve actually pushed myself to run at a steady pace without stopping every few minutes. (This is impossible to do with him, since he’s always super curious to sniff all the things.)
I shared a similar photo on Instagram, but I wanted to mention this run here, too.
I could wander off into an entire post on the subject, but I’ll try to keep it as short as possible. It’s been a long time since I have really tried to push myself on a run, which is the main reason why I haven’t signed up for races in what seems like forever. Have you noticed?
This is not because I don’t enjoy running like I used to, or even the challenge of training for a long distance race. I’ve backed off from training over the last (almost) two years now to help our chances of conceiving. In a nutshell, I can tell that my body gets stressed from running 8+ miles. It’s also easy for my weight to drop when I’m deep into training, so it’s not really worth it to me right now.
I could sign up to run shorter distances like 10Ks or 5Ks, but I always end up trying to push myself on my time when that happens. In the end, I just get stressed out over whether I’m stressing my body out too much, and it’s just a mess. Again, not a priority right now.
That said, I’ll leave that there and move on to say that I’m really starting to miss running like I used to. As a compromise, I have made a decision to run as long as I feel like it, but at a slower pace. Do I miss challenging myself and running long distances? Absolutely. Will I sign up to run shorter races anytime soon? It’s not likely, but never say never.
For now, all I’m planning on is sticking to my plan to enjoy running at a slower, steadier pace.
Please note, however, that this does not mean that I think those who decide to train for marathons and keep up their normal fitness activities while trying to conceive aren’t doing it the right way. In fact, most doctors encourage you to do so. This is simply a personal choice I made after running my last half marathon in November 2014, and I will feel much more comfortable pushing my body back to racing shape in the future, (hopefully) post-baby.
Right now, my goal with running is to get back to completing 10K distances (6.2 miles) without stopping, and so far I’ve gotten to about 4 miles. All in due time.
(My distance and time on Saturday after the jog home and a few breaks.)
So, there you go.
On Sunday, Scott and I joined our friends and their kids for a friendly bowling match at an alley in the neighborhood. I totally surprised everyone (including myself) when I won the round with a score of 119!
I spent most of the afternoon ordering pantry items and essentials online. (Stay tuned for my NYC budgeting strategies coming soon!) and organizing things that have been stacking up on our countertops like mail, receipts, and recipes.
After getting the idea to do so for months, I finally started a recipe notebook where I can hole punch and store recipes that I’ve saved or printed to try. I definitely want to keep and repeat some of the recipes that I’ve made lately!
Shawn and Hillary invited us over to watch the Olympics later that night, so I offered to bring dinner, thanks to a delivery from Blue Apron earlier that day. I was pretty excited to make the seared chicken & fettuccine pasta (pictured above and below).
It was so good!
As noted earlier, we pretty much spent the rest of our time home watching the Olympics. The games stay on so late, but we have to watch them! Right? Anyone else?
(August 1st – 7th, 2016)
Here’s what the latest week of workouts looked like for me! You can always find more in-depth workout ideas and plans on the Weekly Workouts page.
- Monday – REST
- Tuesday – 4 mile park run with Roadie
- Wednesday – 30-Minute Sayonara Cellulite Workout via POPSUGAR (love the cardio and foam rolling segments!)
- Thursday – Total Body Strength Tabata Workout
- Friday – REST
- Saturday – 4.5 mile run around the park
- Sunday – REST
I’m starting to miss having access to a gym on a regular basis. As much as I love group fitness classes and bouncing around the City trying new things, I’m starting to long for the days where I could just to jump on a cardio machine and knock out a strength circuit on machines or with dumbbells whenever I wanted.
While I’ve been actively searching and interviewing for full-time jobs in marketing and social media, I’m starting to wonder if I should return to my fitness routes again. Hmmm.
All over the place, much?
I bet following the blog this year has been entertaining. What will I do next? Nobody knows. Ha. Not even me! I’m not exactly sure what daily life will look like in the next few months for us, but I can say that I really appreciate your readership and support during it all. You guys are the best.
This week I want to aim to add arms and/or abs workouts to my running days and challenge myself to go for more miles. Slow and steady, of course. 😉
Thanks for checking in!
» Linking these Weekend Snapshots up with Erin and Katie
Questions of the Day
• What type of workout have you been loving lately?
• Have you been watching the Olympics? What is your favorite sport?
Don’t forget that you can use Gym Time on ClassPass to fix that craving! 🙂 Let’s grab a class together soon or a casual run!
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Hi Ashley! YES, I would love to join you on a casual run. You always post the best views post-run! 😉
Also, regarding gym time, I saw that. I guess I’ve never used a class on gym time because I feel like it’s not as valued as a $30+ fitness class elsewhere. I’m thinking I might just have to stop in NYSC this week. Have you ever been there?
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
I’m all about the women’s soccer! In 2012 Canada won bronze and there’s big expectations this time that they’ll get to put podium too.
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Sounds like it will be a good match!
Aurora@Fitness is Sweet
I definitely spent the entire weekend in front of the TV watching the Olympics. Every year, I seem to somehow get sucked into the longest and most monotonous events (like the marathon!) This year, it was cycling. Both the men’s and women’s races had crazy and heartbreaking finishes. I have so much respect for athletes who can be out there for 6 hours, and still sprint for the gold at the end. Crazy!
I’ve never actually watched the marathon … I might be missing out! SO MUCH RESPECT!
Sam @ Barrister's Beet
I am an Olympics junkie, too!! That’s all I did this weekend (thanks to a nice little cold/ear infection thing I have going on). It’s pretty fun to lay around on the couch all weekend watching people at the top of their game give it their all lol. I am so impressed by these athletes and watch they can do with their bodies. For some reason, I get particularly emotional watching women kick butt and win… especially that US swimmer who has a baby! What an incredible feat.
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Oh no, I hope you’re feeling better! The stories behind these women are amazing. I love it!
Sara @ saralouyoga
Girl, I hear you with running…make the choice that you feel most comfortable with! I also stopped running long distances when I started realizing my stomach upsets were getting worse…I switched over to full time yoga and now I’m so hooked…no more stomach pains, less stress, more body tone, it’s incredible!
Also, your running gear is super cute…I want some new runners now…
Thanks Sara! Oh no, upsets are the worst … and I’ve definitely experienced that on longer runs. Do what works best for you!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Love the gym. It is a must have for me.
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Meagan @ My Life as Mrs
The Olympics are so fun to watch and also really emotional! Watching the Olympics is among my first memories and I’ve always loved it! Gymnastics is a fave as well as swimming, volleyball, and track.
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Thinking about you!! It’s still tough for us too – very frustrating. xo.
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Patricia @ Sweet and Strong
I literally sat and watched the Olympic all day Sunday and Monday while getting some work done. I too enjoy the gymnastics, volleyball, and swimming, all the athletes are so talented it’s truly amazing to watch. I run at a slow pace and try to go for 3-4 miles. I’ve never really kept track of my times because I like my mind to wander when running rather than thinking about time or pace.
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I kinda want to take a sick day (mental health day?) just to watch the Olympics. I’ve loved watching them ever since I was a kid!
Do you have any tips to share on keeping up with workouts while trying to conceive? Are there any recommendations on what might affect conception? Hoping to hear good news from you soon on this front! 🙂
Emily Swanson (@Emily11949309)
I’m kind of in the same boat about running right right now. I love it, but I don’t love it as much as I used to. I’m still debating whether it is worth it to do a half marathon again. <3 Hope you are healthy and resting and happy Heather! <3
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I think it’s all about how you feel! If a race comes along and you’re feeling it, sign up! If not, don’t stress about it. Thanks so much! <3
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
So obsessed with the Olympics right now!
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Loving the Olympics, too! Women’s Gymnastics is probably my favorite, but the Track and Field events are neat to watch too. We were in Jamaica last week (i.e., yesterday!) when Usain Bolt won the gold; the place erupted! It was really neat to be there to experience the excitement and joy of the hometown guy winning!
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Rest is just as important as the the workout especially with some of the other goals you have! Watching the Olympics last week was awesome especially Usain!
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