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Face The Music Friday #72


Saturday – 6 mile run + 1.6 mile hike
Sunday – Rest
Monday – 30 min yoga
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – Rhode Runner 5K
Thursday – 1 hour kickboxing
Friday – Probably yoga


I had a GREAT week of workouts. I’m pretty psyched about that. Like I mentioned in this post, last Friday I had a new PR on the weighted sled push. That night, my friend Amy and I planned to run the next morning. I usually run on Sunday mornings, but I like having the company so we arranged to run early before the plans that both of us had on Saturday. It was a beautiful day for a run!

Afterwards, Tara’s parents came over to celebrate her dad’s birthday. We went for a short hike and then I grilled us up some burgers for lunch. We had a nice visit.



Sunday I barely moved because I was so sore from Friday and Saturday. It was definitely a well deserved rest day. Monday, I still wasn’t feeling it, so I just did some yoga to work things out and loosen up. Now let’s talk about those Tuesday and Wednesday runs!

Tuesday was just a regular 3-miler, nothing fancy. I didn’t know when I set out, but I felt pretty strong and ended up running faster than I thought and set a new 3 mile PR. Wednesday I met up with some teammates to run the free 5K put on monthly during the warmer months by Rhode Runner in Providence. It was a beautiful night for it. I came straight from work and just enough time to find a parking spot, run to the tent to get my bib, meet up with my friends and ended up stretching once we lined up to start! Not how I like to start a race.

The race isn’t on a closed course, but essentially doesn’t meet up with much traffic. It is just an out and back along a (mostly) gravel path in the middle of two one way streets. We had to cross a few streets, but not busy ones and it was never an issue as the cars basically had no choice but to yield to the throngs of runners coming at them. I knew I started out WAY too fast and couldn’t get my breathing under control. I tried to slow it up, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually raced and running with other people always makes me go faster.

So what happened? I set a new 5K PR!! My old one has stood for a very, very long time. My new time, 33:14, will be my new standard to go by as I continue to improve. I couldn’t ask for better people to celebrate it with, either.



My hip was a little tweaky on Thursday from back to back running (not to mention faster than normal) so I was a little hesitant to go to kickboxing last night. I decided if the kicking bothered me too much, I’d punch more and just see how it went. My hip actually cooperated for most of it and I didn’t have any issues, except with my shoulder. I couldn’t hold high planks or do burpee punches, so the trainer modified for me. He absolutely smoked us in that class. There were 5 of us and we’d all done the class plenty of times, so he decided since he didn’t have any newbies he’d challenge us. It was awesome!

After kickboxing last night, I met my friend Katie and some of her friends to see the new Avengers movie. I didn’t get to bed until a few hours ago, but it was totally worth the lack of sleep. I would definitely recommend it if you’re into those movies.

Tonight, I’ll probably take it easy and do some more yoga. I’ve got a busy weekend ahead. I’ll be helping out at the Unleashed table at the BoldrDash on the Beach OCR tomorrow and then Sunday I’m tagging along to cheer my friends on that are running the 7 Sister Trail Race. It’s gonna be busy, but fun.

I’m obsessed with this week’s song. Much like I became obsessed with Take Me To Church last year when it was first released, every time this Hozier song comes on I crank it up. I don’t know what it is about that man. Enjoy and have a great weekend!









Face The Music Friday #51

Saturday – Rucked the 5K

Sunday – Watched the Patriots standing with my ruck on for 2/3 of the game, walked around during commercials as well as push-ups and vacuuming. Yes, this was highly amusing to watch.

Monday – 4 miles

Tuesday – Rest (mowed lawn)

Wednesday – 3 miles

Thursday – Rest

Friday – Rest


A nice easy week leading up to my first half marathon on Sunday. That race pretty much snuck right up on me! The Surftown Half will be my biggest goal for myself this year. I’m so incredibly nervous about finishing in the allotted 3 hours. I really, really want to be an “official” finisher. Their website says they’ll wait at the finish until everyone is done to do medals, but only people under the time limit will be listed as “official”. At least that’s what I took away from it….   So that’s my biggest fear right now. I believe I can cover the distance, it’s just how fast I can do it.



In other news, I’ve had a pretty big week and can’t believe I haven’t written about this until now. I was published in a magazine! RI Fit put a call out to “fitness enthusiasts” and asked people to fill out a survey about themselves and provide a picture. One of the owners of Unleashed had mentioned it on Facebook so I said why the heck not. This was a little while back, but then Sunday night they tagged me on Facebook about the new issue. At first, I was sort of like, huh? But then I remembered filling the survey out and quickly flipped through to find myself! Woo hoo! Check me out here on page 43.

Back in July, I had registered for the Beat The Blerch virtual race. Well, they finally shipped all the swag and I got it last night! Totally worth the $45. Look at all these goodies! And I have another Blerch tech shirt, which is really the best part. How cute is the cake on the sleeve? I mean, seriously.



Tomorrow I’ll be manning the Unleashed tent at the fall BoldrDash OCR.  Julie will be coming down to watch me run on Sunday, so I’ll hang out at the tent until around noonish and then head home to chill for the rest of the day. I’ll probably have to make jewelry, or cut things for them since I’m not very creative. It’s that time of the year! All the fall craft shows are coming, especially the big kahuna: the Scituate Art Festival. Shameless plug time – if you want to get in an order for a loved one for Christmas, check out her website!

I’m obsessed with this week’s song selection. I’ve heard it here or there on the radio in the car, but every time I do I’m just like YES!!! So anyway – here is the lyric version. The regular video might bother some? I don’t know. If you really want to see it, just go to YouTube.

Have a great weekend and wish me luck on Sunday!!!


Hozier – Take Me To Church