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One Crazy Bananas Day in the Life #WIAW

Even though I tend to give you all excruciating detail of my weekends, I don’t usually give you glimpses into my everyday life.

So I thought that I would give you all a look at just why I’ve been such a hot mess recently (and why it took me a minute to get my stride this past weekend) with a day in the life from Monday.

Now, keep in mind that this is NOT my everyday life! I am NOT this cool or important or whatever, but from last Wednesday through this coming weekend, this is essentially my life!

A Crazy Bananas Day in the Life of Suz

Linking up with Jenn, Arman, and Laura for WIAW

(no puppy this morning because we hadn’t picked her up from the vet!)

5:00 AM Alarm Goes Off. I NEVER sleep late enough to hit my alarm a) because we have a puppy b) because I am that person. But this morning is different: I slept really poorly–asleep but tossing and turning and sweating and dreaming about what the world would be like if a certain candidate won. Dreaming about having your insurance taken away from you while you have a chronic illness and are trying to get pregnant via IVF? NOT FUN.

Takes me about 5 minutes to get my bearings. Usually I just get up and at ’em.

5:05-5:10 AM Go out, pour our my coffee into my thermos and start to nuke it. I have a system of how I do it. Meanwhile, I go back and change into my running clothes for the morning. I’m a vision of clashing colors because I will be running early and am not sure how light it will be but also because I am the aforementioned hot mess. 

5:15-6:05 AM Eat a mini breakfast of rice cake, jam, nut butter, and carrots with my coffee because I plan on running a little bit earlier than usual. One go of my half caff coffee isn’t enough, so I make a half thermos. I explode it. Because that is my life right now. Clean it up, doctor it, reheat it more carefully.

Sit on the floor with my lacrosse ball under my legs while petting the cat and work on getting my blog linked up, commenting on other’s blogs, and doing general things. At 6:00, I realize I’m already running behind, and that is because I am not out running yet! 

6:10-6:25 AM Grab my things and scoot to the gym, where I park my car and plan my running so that I don’t hold up my first client of the day. Literally hit the ground running and .5 miles in, realize that I don’t have my headphones, but it is a gorgeous twilight moment so I am actually totally ok with it.

6:25-7:20 AM 6 miles on the Lakefront Trail. This run did more for me than my 24 oz of half caff coffee. I needed this run, every bit of it. 

Nothing like a perfect sunrise run! Better than a morning coffee. Suzlyfe.com

7:30-9:30 AM Train Clients. One of my clients was running late, so I have a Pumpkin Spice RXBAR.

Love the pumpkin spice RXBAR! Delicious, clean ingredients, and great for refueling from a workout! suzlyfe.com

9:30-10:00 AM Anxiously drive through traffic to get to the vets to pick up Ridley. I missed my dog. I needed my dog. I was going to try to fit in picking her up later, but I just couldn’t wait any longer.

10-10:20 AM Drive home through traffic while trying a) not to run stop signs and b) wanting just to play with my dog.

10:20-10:30 AM Take the dog out, run her for about .25 miles, and then return her to the apartment and sadly, to her crate. I wish I had the pen set up, but there is no time. Give her a rawhide, she starts to whine, so I give her a pb Kong.

10:35-10:45-11:00 AM Jet downtown, park, and go to the hospital where I grab lunch from the best salad bar ever, and then head up for my Remicade infusion. DEAD on time. #boom

Massive salad bar haul + Buddha Bowl Popcorn

11:15 AM- 1:45 PM Eat lunch (best salad bar ever + Buddha Bowl Classic Cheddar popcorn) as soon as my IV is started and then read a little bit and do a little bit of commenting on blogs from my iPad. My plan is to do work, but around 12:15, I just get so freaking tired and sleepy that I know it isn’t going to happen. Fall asleep only to fall instantly into REM and have rather terrible dreams that I can’t seem to fight my way out of–I seem as much asleep as I am awake, and I can’t either a) stay awake or b) stay asleep. Finally, around 1:15, I am able to get awake and stay awake. I don’t have tons of time, but I start writing this post.

1:45-3 PM Head downstairs and meet a friend who is visiting from Pittsburgh and ran the marathon for coffee. We just go over to Corner Bakery for a bit. It was great to see her, but before long, I have to run so that I can get home to let Ridley out and try to get some of her energy out (she is full of it today!).

3:15-3:45 PM Take Ridley out and run her around as best I can without letting her get away with too many bad habits while on the leash. We find some sticks that I throw for her, and she finds a stick that is basically a branch but she thinks is acceptable for fetch. Wrangle her home, set her crate and food back up, feed her, re-kennel her, and head out the door. Grab a Luna Protein Chocolate Almond Coconut bar and follow that up with a Wilde Maple Blueberry Turkey bar. (Pictured is the Thai Sweet Basil)

3:45-4:25 PM Make ridiculously and unexpectedly great time getting back to the gym and find myself with some time to work on this post in the car. 

4:30-6 PM Train clients

6-6:30 PM Head downtown. House a bag of Skinny Pop on the way.

6:30-8 PM Team Challenge Kickoff Party for the next half marathon training season (to finish at RnR New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend). Excited to work with our new group! They are so much fun and so nice! I’m missing the first official run this weekend, so I wanted to make sure I got to the kickoff. We had it at Pizano’s downtown, and I helped myself to a huge amount of salad and several squares of thin crust pizza.

Remember how we thought my debit card didn’t work because of the travel? TURNS OUT IT WAS EXPIRED. So after leaving, I had to go back to the restaurant (where the team still was) and beg cash from one of the trainees and Venmo her. I AM A HOT MESS.

8:15-8:25 PM Head home and take the puppster out. She’s insane. But that is to be expected after being gone. She loves her new bed though!

8:30-10 PM Finish this post, organize my sessions for my clients the following day (about double the number of clients for the following day). Alex is getting home late from a class for his Masters that he is getting in addition to being Chief Resident because he is insane. Eat another “snack” aka meal–double portion of cottage cheese + Froot Loops (thank you, hotel buffet) + the rest of a Kitchfix Paleo Granola sample from the Whole30 party. Finish it off with some Decaf Lotus green tea. I usually don’t leave so much heavy eating until so late in the day, but I had such a light early part of the day that I had to play some catch up.

Froot Loops and cottage cheese is a great #balance

9:15-30 PM Brush my teeth and continue to wait for Alex. We are both exhausted when he gets home, which takes longer than usual because his class gets out late and he missed the bus.

Unknown time not long thereafter: Alex wakes me up and we move to the actual bed. He is a champ and takes Ridley out for her final potty break of the night, and then puts her in her crate.

What a freaking day! No wonder Suz is a hot mess! #dayinthelife #sweatpink #personaltrainer Click To Tweet

As of press time, who knows how she is going to do–we are expecting her to revert a little with this first night home. I’m sure I’ll have to take her out in the middle of the night. Today will likely start even earlier thanks to her, so I’ll probably be up and at it at 4 AM and trying to workout before clients from 7:30-11:30, then pick the dog up for a coffee meet and puppy play time, then back home for Ridley and another round of clients for me, then back by home to pick up the dog and the husband for puppy class, then back home. 

I swear, my days are normally not this out of control, so don’t get TOO impressed, but now you know why I’ve been a bit of a catastrophe of late!

Who else is finding October to be a bit more than they bargained for already?

Do you ever get “stuck” half asleep and half awake?

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60 Comments

  • Reply Angela @ happy fit mama

    Ok, I completely understand your Insta pic from yesterday now. Yowzers!!!! That’s a whole lot of coming and going! Hopefully today will calm down…or maybe tomorrow? Good luck and don’t forget to breathe!!!

    October 11, 2016 at 6:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Finally getting the chance to breathe now!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Happens to the best of us girl! We all have these days. You’re not alone. 🙂
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    October 11, 2016 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Holding on for dear life!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Working in health and fitness will always have you all over the place. FYI there is an awesome doggy day care not too far from Edgewater. I know that their first location no longer accepts new clients but they have a huge new location on Damen, basically in Andersonville. Last we booked with them it was $4 per hour and they have a giant gym the dogs run wild in and they also do training (we did some private and group classes). A few times per year they offer 100 hours for $250. We loved them. Urban Pooch.
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    October 11, 2016 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just looked into them, and I am going to take her this weekend to try it out!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    You have quite the full day. The addition of an animal is always an adjustment. I forget to feed my cats when my roommate leaves, so she now texts me to remind me hahaha. It’s just not on my radar because she usually does it!
    October has been great to me, so I will not be complaining 🙂
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    October 11, 2016 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like that attitude!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Ohhhhh one of those days!!! I hope the rest of you week isn’t like that! Enough to drive anyone batty.
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    October 11, 2016 at 6:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Like I need any help with that!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Busy busy day! I think you need to give yourself more credit – the day may have been crazy but you handled it well and rolled with its ups and downs. Those puppy years are a lot of work!
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    October 11, 2016 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks girl. I’m holding on for dear life!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Sigh. I feel ya! I slept over at the hospital last night partly because I was too lazy/tired to drive back home (even though it’s only about 45 min-1 hour away, haha. ._.) Hope things calm down a bit for you soon!! I’m glad not every day is like this for you! x_x
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    October 11, 2016 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, that is a decent amount of time that you would lose going back and forth!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Oie. Diddo Julie’s comment above. As much as I dream of having a dog, the thought of all those extra trips back and forth has me feeling like my head has fallen off. Please don’t lose your head. You have a very nice head.
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    October 11, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha I will do my best!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    OH yes, those days are CRAY CRAY! and then you feel like you didn’t even sleep and need all the coffee.

    p.s
    I love those chicken bars
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    October 11, 2016 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Wilde is AWESOME

      October 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply kat

    Oh gosh – days like that can be super overwhelming! I went to bed at around midnight last night and was up at 4:30am to get to the gym today. Needless to say my coffee will be coming in IV form today….
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    October 11, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    That is crazy! No wonder your dreams are nuts, they just continue your day!

    Having a puppy requires a lot of work but there is something wonderful about coming home to a little body who is wagging all over just to see you!

    Post hurricane Matthew, I’m watching the weather channel and there is a short segment on animal control rescuing a horse whose enclosure is flooded, another where a man and his dog are rescued from a flooded house.
    Long very tough story- short– the people being rescued from this flooding bring their pets.
    Losing every “thing” you have is terrible, but we turn to our beloved pets for comfort and hope, don’t we?
    I know that I do.

    October 11, 2016 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that I would go back in to a flooding house for my babies!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Bri

    What did I miss? Was puppy just getting shots or??
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    October 11, 2016 at 8:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ve been boarding her there!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Oooo busy lady!! Yes, October is totes grabbing me by the arm and yanking me along. I feel overwhelmed, but I think November will smooth out!
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    October 11, 2016 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Fingers crossed for all of us!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Christine @ Run Plant Based

    Ugh, sorry on the crazy day! October has been nuts for me so far too with multiple parent health crisis and chaos of trying to help and be there for them and work stress, I’m ready for October to calm the eff down! Hang in there.
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    October 11, 2016 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope everything is ok! I’m so sorry to hear that!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Sam

    I saw those RX bars at the checkout of trader joes and really wanted to try one!

    I think it’s OK if life is the hot mess express from time to time. It adds some spice to life 🙂 hope it calms down soon, though!!

    October 11, 2016 at 8:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I’ve definitely got that covered, lol

      October 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    Wow, that’s a lot of back and forth and snack-meals! I bet you lose a lot of time having to run home for the pup and drive back and forth to the gym. I hate commuting!
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    October 11, 2016 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really do. And we live closer than we used to, even!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Damn girl, I hate and love days like that! Hate them cuz they are stressful love them because at least I’m entertained!

    October 11, 2016 at 9:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Entertained doesn’t even begin to cover it!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    what a jam-packed day! You are non-stop girly.
    I have been feeling like October has been like that too. I’m so thankful to have had a long weekend, but exams are gonna be kicking my butt the next two weeks. Thank god for coffee!
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    October 11, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Good LAWD! That’s busy. And early. Whoa. You’re going to be (when the time is right) a great mama! <3

    October 11, 2016 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hopefully sooner rather than later!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Babydoll_Brea

    That’s so much busy! I hope you were able to get some restful and restorative sleep last night. I miss the puppy days but yeah…it’s a lot of work!
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    October 11, 2016 at 10:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, yeah it is!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    You are one busy lady! I don’t know how you do it all. I’m anxious and need a nap just from reading your recap! I feel like I was half asleep/half awake all last night! It’s probably because I ate too much food at bedtime + I’m sick! Ugh
    Jo @ Living Mint Green recently posted…Weekend: I did a lot of eating. I have a food hangover.My Profile

    October 11, 2016 at 11:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Story of my life. But so is saying #worthit lol

      October 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    LOL sounds like my sort of day, nearly every day. I nearly always feel half asleep/half awake unless of course I have an extra glass of wine, LOL!!!
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    October 11, 2016 at 11:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t know how you survive!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Days like that are nutty and you feel like you are unable to be productive at anything. Sounds like you need some extra rest lady if you can squeak it in!
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    October 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    The past couple months have been crazy, and October isn’t slowing down one whit. I knew moving would be stressful, but I got hit with everything last week and had to keep it together, somehow.

    October 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OOOf, that is a dramatic moment. Hang on there, lady!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    What a day! At least you can train your clients right after your run. I wish I could go to work in my running clothes!
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    October 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GIRL it makes it so much easier, lol

      October 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Anna @Piper's Run

    YOU get up at 5 AM…that’s all I could focus on during this post!!!!!!!!!!! Good lord lady, how do you do it! I get up on a week day at 6 and can’t seem to cram as much in a you, ha ha! Honestly, sometimes I wonder how we all do it…actually, I wonder that all the time. #inspiring

    October 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Every day! Sometimes earlier (if the dog wakes up!)

      October 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Emily

    HOW DO YOU SURVIVE? Sorry, I had to just exclaim a little bit; wow, your post is exhausting me. I’m kind of the very latest around the blog world at getting up. I usually get up around 7:30 AM or so, and I go to bed between 10-12 pm. I’m glad that you are going to bed early; got to get that rest in somewhere. <3 Let me know if you ever need an encouraging note to get through the day!
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    October 11, 2016 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Encouragement is always appreciated! I definitely have to go to bed early–and this was late for me!

      October 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Wow while reading I was like, that’s so much in a day and it was only 10:00 in your post. I love that busy days make you appreciate the one where you lots of extra free time though.
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    October 12, 2016 at 10:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Either that, or you fall asleep in the car…

      October 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Girl you are BUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! How do you stay sane?! I’d be totally frazzled!
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    October 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um, let’s just say this isn’t a normal day… thank goodness

      October 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    What a freakin’ day is right, my goodness! I hope things settle down for you two soon, for the sake of your own sanity! And although little Ridley has so much energy and can be a handful, it makes me really happy to hear how much comfort you get from her. Dogs are the best.

    October 14, 2016 at 10:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She really is. She drives me nuts, but she is the bomb.

      October 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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