Strong September Start: 9/1-6 Weekly Wrap

This week was looooong, but the running was good. Despite being completely and utterly exhausted Saturday due to two nights of really bad sleep. Luckily I’m a morning person, so even after sleeping badly I’m usually okay the next morning.

But by saturday evening I could barely move — not from my run, I felt fine, but from just sheer exhaustion. I fell asleep before 8 pm on the couch while we were watching tv. Thankfully that night I slept great and woke up feeling much better!


Today I’m linking up with Holly from HohoRuns and Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin and their weekly wrap linkup. So how was my running last week?

  • Monday: Dog walk, 2.5 easy run, Core Essentials L2d
  • Tuesday: Dog walk, 2.56 easy run (I guess I got distracted at the end), Yoga for Athletes Core Routine, Yamuna body rolling, happy 10th birthday Chester!
  • Wednesday: Dog walk, Iron Strength Full (I may have shortened up a few exercises & forgotten one round of pushups, but I did hold the planks longer this time — why are they after the burpees & at the very end, for God’s sake?)
  • Thursday: Dog walk, 4ish mile tempo run on the treadmill (some equipment problems leave me unsure how long or fast this run actually was)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Core Essentials Level2d, YBB Light n Easy
  • Saturday: 9 mile LSD — beautiful cool morning, great company, great run, pretty much a repeat of last saturday minus one mile
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, retail therapy which resulted in 2 pairs of shoes not running related.

September is off to a strong start!

Mileage: 18 (no change)

Good company for 9 miles
Good company for 9 miles

Starting & staying strong?
Let’s just say that Monday did not start well. It involved dogs, poop, knives and a lot of frustration. And then I ran. And the world was a better place.

My legs actually felt better after my easy run Tuesday, but I could feel a mild ache in my IT that was gone by Wednesday morning. I had stopped icing, but now am icing again, preventativly, since I am not taping (except for my long run).

However, I also realized that after Iron Strength on Wednesday my IT felt fine. Even with all the pylometrics. And continued to feel fine throughout my tempo run and the next day, too. And sitting typing this on Sunday, yup, still feeling good.

After my vivoactive/treadmill failure on Thursday, I began to get worried that the vivoactive isn’t accurate. I began to be worried that I’ve been undertraining and that I thought I was faster than I actually have been (shades of my first half, which you can read about here).

So the three of us all checked our watches after our run Saturday and they all seemed to agree. And I signed up for a 5k Sunday morning. We weren’t sure we’d be here, but now we will so hopefully that will help me test out the vivoactive and boost my confidence even more.

Smores pancakes
Smores pancakes

These pancakes were all the fault of this post from MCM Mama Runs. I’ll tell you more about them in this week’s Friday Food Porn.

Does your sleep effect your runs?

23 thoughts on “Strong September Start: 9/1-6 Weekly Wrap

  1. I am now wishing I had the ingredients here to make S’Mores pancakes. Yum. I guess I’ll have to settle for blueberry. Love the “retail therapy.” I have been known to indulge in that, as well. Have a great week!

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  2. A pretty good week. I think the Vivoactive is fine. They all have glitches every once in a while. Pooh….s’mores pancakes. I love s’mores. No, I still haven’t tried that brownie oatmeal thing.

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  3. Your September is off to a strong start. Yes, my lack of sleep affects my running. There’s not a whole lot I can do. I get in the bed early, but just don’t sleep all night. And, I’m not going to rely on sleep aids. Your pancakes look like white chocolate chip cookies. That’s not a bad thing! LOL. I wish I had some with my coffee right now. I think I’m due for some retail therapy…oh wait, I just ordered new running shoes. Thanks for linking up with us today!

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    1. I do some natural sleep aids occasionally – Calms Forte & Hammer Nutrition REM Caps. They seem to help.

      I ‘m a cranky zombie if I don’t get enough sleep & sometimes do very strange things.

      I almost bought running shoes recently – a good deal, of course – and then I realized I didn’t need them.

      But I did have a $20 certificate to DSW. 🙂

      Enjoy the holiday!


    1. I think it effects me if I can’t run in the morning. I usually have energy in the mornings even after a few bad nights, but I crash & burn later.

      No teenage boys, but yrs, my husband snores pretty good too & I’m a very light sleeper.


  4. I’m also a morning person so if I sleep badly, I crash in the afternoon. I chugging caffeine like it’s liquid candy to get me through the afternoon. Falling asleep at work wouldn’t be good.

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  5. My sleep totally affects my workouts. I actually just cut out caffeine from my morning routine to help me sleep better. I love coffee so I was really dreading that change but I read one too many articles saying cut back cut back. So i tried it and not surprisingly I am sleeping better. Smores pancakes huh. My kids live on chocolate chip pancakes so I might have to give that a shot.


    1. Easy enough to throw in marshmallows. I was deprived as a child, my mom almost never made pancakes . . . maybe that explains why I love them so. Any time of day.

      I only drink green tea, so that’s not my problem (and just 2 cups, sometimes only 1 like today).

      More likely age . . .


  6. Good start to September! I bet your puppy dog is enjoying all of those walks 🙂 I feel like my sleep usually doesn’t affect my running. I’m sure it would in the long run if I slept poorly all of the time. But usually, I can wake up and even if I’m really tired it doesn’t affect my run. But I’ll definitely be more tired later in the day.

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  7. Sleeping poorly only affects me if it happens many nights in a row. No matter how poorly I sleep I am usually up at 6:45 bright eyed and bushy tailed.
    I don’t mind planks at the end of a workout. I HATE burpees


    1. This is a pretty intense, 50 minute workout – and the planks are at the very end, after the burpees. Definitely challenging!

      I’m an early to bed, early to rise gal. It’s pretty rare for me to sleep past 5 am & I don’t work!


  8. I’ve heard the 225 (another Garmin) isn’t very accurate on the treadmill – it’s different technology than the GPS used for outdoor runs. I rarely sleep in after a bad night’s sleep, but yesterday I took a really long nap!

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    1. I considered the 225, but the smart watch aspect of the vivoactive was really attractive to me.

      I think I’ll be on the treadmill again Thursday – maybe I’ll get a better test this time.

      I’m not much of a napper.


  9. You had me at S’mores! Oh wow those look so yummy!!! Yes Judy I would agree your September is starting off great! My sleep does effect me. I must have my sleep. I can usually get away with a night or two but if it continues I really tell a difference in everything I do. Luckly I didn’t have too many problems Sunday for my half when I only got bout 4 good hours of sleep the night before! Thank you for linking up with us this week. I’m playing catch up after getting in late last night from a long weekend! Hope you have a good week!


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