A Winter Solstice Weekly Report

It’s time to report out on how this week went for me training wise.

SPOILER ALERT: I had/was recovering from a bad case of the flu for most of it so its not very exciting.

What is exciting is that I am comfortably curled up on my couch with hazelnut hot chocolate & a fresh balsam candle.  Basically I’m celebrating winter solstice by hiding from the outdoors.  (Seriously did anyone else feel exhausted when the sun went down at like 3:30?)

Hot chocolate just doesn't count unless it has tons of marshmallows

Hot chocolate just doesn’t count unless it has tons of marshmallows

So here it is the weekly report:

SundayFlu – so walking to get a tissue was the equivalent of a good workout.

Monday – Choreography – I’m working on Anything Goes  right now with a local high school and we began tackling one of the longest numbers in the show Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Don’t think this is a workout? Watch Sutton Foster and then decide. (And that’s only a quarter of the real number!) Even with my arguably much easier choreography, since they are highschoolers and not professional actors, my students kept joking that now they understand why they get gym credit for the musical.  I didn’t do another workout cause I was still recovering from the flu.

Tuesday – Choreography/Walk/Abs – I mentioned this was one of the longest numbers in the show right? I was starting to feel better so I convinced myself to go for a short 30

Winter really translates to "so glad my apartment building has a gym downstairs" in Kelsey speak

Winter really translates to “so glad my apartment building has a gym downstairs” in Kelsey speak

minute walk on the treadmill since I didn’t feel quite up to my scheduled run. I did power through some quick abs though.

Wednesday – Rest Day – The walk was fine but I felt crazy down energy wise so decided to take the day off.

Thursday – Choreography – yep, longest number ever… it still isn’t done which I am bummed about since the students are now on break and it will be hanging over my head.

Friday – Rest Day – This is always my stretch & rest day and I embraced it …. minus the stretching.

Saturday – Long Run – My training plan called for a 6.5 mile long run, but I shortened it to 4 miles since I hadn’t run all week.  I absolutely adore living next to the George Washington trail and ran to National Airport & back.  It went better than I thought but there were far more walk breaks than usual.

Here’s to hoping this week isn’t thwarted by illness.

Keep it warm & fierce this Winter Solstice!

-Little Red

How was your week?  What’s your favorite way to get moving outside of traditional “gym activities”?  Does winter make you hide in a gym for workouts too?

The Best Laid Plans…

Get thwarted.

I was on a great streak of about two weeks following my training plan for the Rock ‘N Roll USA Half Marathon.

I’ve been doing a modified version of Jeff Galloway’s runDisney half training plan, cross training and strength training on non-running days with rest days as well.  I was feel unstoppable.

And then the flu struck.  That’s right the dreaded illness of teachers, students, and parents, and well really anyone.


This is about how I feel right now.

I honestly don’t think I have had an actual flu since I was a kid.  I get my flu shot at the beginning of the season every year, and yet here I sit 2 days in watching an embarrassing amount of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. (I am pretty convinced Netflix was designed by someone who had the flu and was sick of watching the same movies they had and yet didn’t want to infect anyone else by venturing out to the rental place.)

The saddest part: yesterday was a beautiful day to run here and I had a 6.5 mile long run scheduled. I however was trying to break my 102.5 fever.

However, I want to end on a bright side:

1) Popsicles– I love ice cream, but I always like popsicles to ease a sore throat (I may have already had two today..)

2) An excuse to lay in bed all day and watch Netflix. Ok so I kinda feel useless and lazy, but on the other hand I have been going since summer without a day off, so this forced time to unwind is actually not terrible, despite the runny nose etc.

3) Best family ever. Shortly after telling the world about my flu I got calls from my family and a drop off of supplies so I didn’t have to go into the world and risk sharing this with anyone. Basically my family rocks.

4) All of the bubble baths!  Because the hot water really helps clear the sinuses for me. Besides, one of my life philosophies is “bubble baths solve anything.”

Stay healthy fit & fierce.

-Little Red

While I hope no one else out there is sick: What do you do to get over an illness? Any indulgences you don’t allow yourself otherwise?