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Work Hard; Recharge (Weekend Recap)

To say that I packed my Thursday and Friday is an understatement! Therefore, it was very necessary for me to take the weekend to recharge and reconnect with friends.

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Weekend Recap

Basically, I piled on the work and workouts from noon Thursday to noon Saturday.

  • I rested Thursday morning, but then (starting at noon) I worked lunch and dinner Thursday
  • Came home and crashed
  • Friday, I took Ridley to the dog park
  • then ran-muted to a Pilates class at Reform Chicago, then ran to work
  • Then worked a double Friday (which goes later because we are open later!)
  • Woke up Saturday with dead legs (even with all my tricks for keeping my legs fresh, my body was just tired!) but managed to be convinced by Alex to do 5 miles

Oh, and funny part–I left my running shoes (which have my orthotics in them) at work, so we had to wait until they were opening so that I could pick them up so that Alex and I could run together. Which meant giving my legs a chance to recover, but also meant that it was much busier (freaking people everywhere) and warmer (though less humid) by the time we ran.

It was a crazy run. Friday’s run? Felt like I could run forever! I woke up Saturday and wasn’t sure I would be able to run at all, or, honestly, move off the couch. Body was tired, knee kinda hurt… But it is my day to run with Alex, and he looks forward to it so much. So I decided I would do what I could and stop if I couldn’t. When we started running (we took the bus to the restaurant downtown and then planned to run home), my legs and body perked up like champs! WOOOHOO GO LEGS GO! We kept the pace easy and steady, we felt good/great, and it was the makings of a great one.

Until mile 3. Then the wheels fell off, and it was a fight to the finish. At one point, we were running up a teeny tiny hill, and I felt like I was running in place! It was sheer willpower and stubbornness that got me to 5 miles (we had to do a little loop to get that last .6 miles in). And as soon as I finished, something hilarious happened to my legs: they totally stopped working!

Guys, I don’t remember the last time that my legs have felt so jello immediately after a run. As in, “I don’t know if I can get inside.” It was kind of hilarious–I was fine and healthy, just so muscularly tired! I grabbed a limey water and some crackers for a quick baby refuel (it was lunchtime, after all), and propped my legs up, and soon I could walk just fine. But I haven’t had that happen in a very very long time!

After lunch and meeting with some friends (who came by our place because they were in the neighborhood), I honestly don’t remember what else happened except for taking a sequence of naps that rejuvenated me. 

That night was the Team Challenge Pasta Party for Rock N Roll Chicago. It was held at Italian Villages downtown, and it was delicious, and huge. PS, if you go, get the lemon ice and the rum cake. Delish.

It was a lovely, intimate dinner with participants new and old, patients new and old who are discovering and rediscovering their belief in their bodies again. One of the things that I tried to impress upon everyone during my talks (I told my story as a mini Mission Moment + I also gave race day tips) was also the importance of the support system! Everyone there should feel a part of finding a cure!

Joe and Angel–Team Challenge Georgia Endurance Managers past and present.

The next day was a perfect day for a race, and perhaps the best weather they have ever had for Rock N Roll Chicago–it gave me serious FOMO, but I was also very, very happy to take a full rest day. The only walking that happened was taking Ridley to the park and walking to lunch/brunch with some friends. 

Oh and I made some awesomeness for dinner using CSA goodness. And yes, we got froyo for National Ice Cream Day. Do you know nothing about me?

This week won’t be as crazy schedule wise. I’m working a double Saturday, but that will be easy peasy. Alex gets back to inpatient work this week, so bye bye husband! (for the next 13 months). Oh well, don’t need him anyway.

Anyone else having FOMO in an area of their lives right now? 

Who watched Game of Thrones? We didn’t, but that’s because Alex had to look up people. Doctor life. #lame

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  • Reply Jamie

    There needs to be a children’s book entitled, See Susie Run. I think you’re a champ. Forget the FOMO. Love you

    July 17, 2017 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Your dead jello legs probably came from too many under-the-counter shots of tequila during all those work shifts! 😉

    July 17, 2017 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Well I have FOMO all the time! Another busy week for you full of fun, food and friends. Love that you and Alex have a weekly run date.

    July 17, 2017 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Emily

    I totally have FOMO now a days when I see other people doing races, but I’ve been really happy running for fun for a while, and I think I need to keep doing that for a bit.

    Also, I totally know what you mean by jello legs right after a run. That happens to me too!

    July 17, 2017 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Cora

    If your legs could talk….

    I’ve been really physically fatigued these last few nights after work. Serving/hosting/working on your feet is seriously no joke. I have to really remind myself of that.

    Sounds like despite the craziness and busy busy legs of yours, you had some nice moments with friends and good people. Hope this week is rejuvinating for you – in any way you need it to be.

    July 17, 2017 at 8:12 am
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    I’m tired just reading this, but the food looks tasty! Hope you have a great week!

    July 17, 2017 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Girl, you know I share in the FOMO right now. Looking forward to getting back to pounding the pavement in the near future.

    July 17, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    Well I ran Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicago again this weekend but it was my first year running the half BUT I am definitely considering running it again next year but I will have to be prepared for the fact that it will more than likely feel like it is more than a million degrees outside and that we got darn lucky this year.
    Were you able to run at all sunday with the perfect weather? If you run the race next year please tell me so that I can “run into you”! 🙂

    July 17, 2017 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Ok, showing my age here, but after looking up FOMO, the answer could be “yes, a lot.” However, I’ve decided to join in other new things.
    My body can’t take the long walks anymore,and i miss that, but riding horses 5 days a week in Mexico is a wonderful new way to join in. And I’ve gone back to waterskiing most everyday while I’m here in the States for the long summer.

    July 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    HAHA I felt like I was running in place. OMG I’m over here dying. And how did I miss National Ice Cream Day?

    July 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    I had some serious FOMO over the weekend seeing a flood of social posts from friends crewing/pacing the VT100 for other friends. I have zero desire to run 100 miles but I’d love to pace/crew. It would be crazy inspiring!

    July 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    I just finished watching it, you don’t need FOMO about that… the first episode is not very exciting.

    July 17, 2017 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply

    I think you’re going to miss Alex! I mean I’m just on day two of my work trip to Inverness and already Lynne claims that she’s “starving” 😉

    July 18, 2017 at 4:43 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    I had some FOMO not watching GoT Sunday, but caught up last night. Hope you have a good day!

    July 18, 2017 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I get FOMO with races sometimes too. Lately I’ve had FOMO of stuff happening in Asheville because I’ve been out of town so much.

    July 18, 2017 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    I love those kinds of runs where you feel like you can just keep going, going, going! I had one of those last night and it was wonderful.

    July 18, 2017 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Kat

    What a weekend!
    I was camping all weekend, which was really great to recharge my battery and rest my body but it meant for a killer Monday workout. I was soooo tired after! How is it possible that after taking 3 days off I come back and am even more fatigued? Must’ve been all those s’mores I ate….

    July 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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