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Hello all and happy Saturday 🙂 it is the wonderful weekend again and it IS NEEDED. We had a death in the family this week and it has been a sad and stressful week to say the least. My cousin passed away unexpectedly on Monday, which lead to many emotions and different events taking place this week. I managed to get all my workouts in this week but it required quite a bit of doubling up on days and late night workouts.

Winter is finally back to Michigan and is making a slow return. We finally got some snow to stick and it is looking pretty like always!

This is what my workouts looked like this week:

Monday – rest

Tuesday – 20 minute spin bike & 5 x 800s totaling in 3 miles

Wednesday – 4 miles

Thursday – rest

Friday – Iron Strength Ab workout & BBG Week 8

Saturday – 9 miles

I really pushed myself earlier in the week with the 5 x 800s (granted pushing myself is not nearly as fast as some people run on a regular basis;), but it sure felt good to get some emotion out with these intervals. I am such a strong believer in the therapeutic qualities of exercise and how helpful it can be during periods of anger or grief. I definitely did not want to get out the door but never regret it when I do. Wednesday’s workout was just a normal run. Last night I got back late and needed something to keep me busy so the workouts worked wonders. Both Iron Strength Abs and BBG are only half an hour so it was a perfect hour together. This morning’s 9 miles were spent on the phone with my mom which made them go much quicker! The roads were pretty icy so I ran significantly slower on the crunchy snow over the ice, but my legs felt great and it wasn’t too cold outside.

Situations like these where tragedies are involved always make me evaluate my life and think through what I am doing that is helpful for my body and soul and what I need to change. I am very grateful for running and how much it has helped me this past week. We can sure be our own worst enemies when dealing with laziness, knowing that exercise will help us both mentally and physically, but battling the struggle of getting out the door. I am glad I was able to get out the door and thankful for running bringing my family together and calming my mind. And of course always thankful for the healing qualities of ice cream and dessert at night.

Have a wonderful week and spend some time with yourself outside in the great outdoors. 🙂