Fitness Friday: Week 7 of Marathon Training and Car Problems Suck

August 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 5k race (27 minutes) + 4.9 miles after

Sunday: 8 miles (11:40)

Monday: 6 miles (11:20)

Tuesday: Ladder speed work. 400, 600, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800 & 400 with 400 recovery between each at 9-9:20 pace. Lots of walking. Very hot.

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: 8 miles 5 at tempo pace (10:15 avg).

Friday: 7 miles (11:00) + PiYo

We have a heat advisory here in Pensacola this week and my runs reflect that. My speed work Tuesday was a hot mess and I had to stop and walk after almost every interval. My tempo run Thursday was supposed to be 10 miles (7 at tempo pace) and I couldn’t do more than 8 if my life depended on it. At 6 a.m. the heat index was already 91. I have no idea how I’m going to survive my long runs this weekend! I stopped to let my heart rate go down and body cool off a few times, and went though two water bottles of water. I’m going to probably tie a handkerchief full of ice around my neck when I start my runs this weekend, and maybe loop back to the car to refill it with ice halfway through.
2014-08-21 07.51.56-2 On top of the crummy weather I’ve been feeling a bit sick. Travis started feeling poorly after the 5k last weekend, and I brought a sore throat home with me from Alabama. Nurse Salem helped me feel much better. 2014-08-20 18.46.56Classes started this week! The other school I will be teaching at doesn’t start until next week and I’m already wondering how I’m going to find the time to get everything done. I have classes from 11-2 on Tuesday & Thursday so I was starving when I left class Tuesday (must eat something quick between classes!) I ended up buying this box of Kix and ripping into it on the way home. It lasted two days in the house. Cereal is never safe around me.

2014-08-19 13.58.49Tuesday night I ran some errands with a friend. We went into Michaels to grab some stuff for a project she’s working on and the Halloween stuff is already out. I LOVE the season {see my Halloween decor explosion post for proof.} I saw this new piece for the Spooky Town I collect and was so so tempted to buy it, but I’m having to be super strict with spending again. 2014-08-19 18.59.29They have the cutest pet costumes there and she picked up this inmate one for her puppy. I wonder what Salem should dress up as this year?
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One of the best parts of the Fall season is the incredible Bath & Body works candles. Mom and I are legitimately obsessed with Pumpkin Cupcake. I happened to check and see if they were on sale online Sunday night and they had a killer deal going on that expired at midnight so I had to stock up! They were buy one get one, $10 off a $30 purchase, and free shipping. So, 4 candles were only $36 (usually $22 a piece!) One broke during shipping but I can take it into the store to exchange.
2014-08-21 14.33.59Of course the day after I splurge on some luxury item like candles my week started off with a trip to PepBoys. On Monday the AC in my car started going out whenever I was at a red light, and the engine started struggling like it was going to stall out. I took it in at 2, made their waiting area my office for the afternoon, and at 4 they were finished and said the fuel system needed to be cleaned out. So, I paid the $225 and started to drive home.

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Before I even left their parking lot I could tell the problem wasn’t fixed. I brought it back in and they said there was a ‘totally different issue’ with the radiator fan not working. So, another hour and $300 later I finally left again with working AC. Not how I wanted to start off my week! After having 2 weeks off between the Summer and Fall term this was a total budget buster. I did find out I’ll be paid one office hour a week at one of the schools I work out so over the course of the semester it ends up being about $350. I always joke that my life breaks even no matter what happens. As long as I don’t spend too much time in the negatives I’m okay with that!

I had a pretty stressful day Monday between the car drama and not feeling well. On Wednesday I was feeling back to normal and had the day off (since my MW classes start next week) and spent a few hours organizing my house and ended up taking a few bags of garbage out and a few bags of clothing & decor to goodwill. When I’m stressed it always makes me feel so much better to organize and purge!
2014-08-20 10.52.17Car problems, sore throats and heat advisories aside I still had a great week. My students seem like a great group this semester, my cat and I are happy & healthy, and my house currently smells like pumpkin cupcake. I mean really – how much better could it get?

What is your favorite Bath & Body works candle?
What are you doing this weekend? 

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16 Responses

  • Pumkin is an awesome smell but I’ve never had a candle so might get one for fall :) I seriously give you points for running in that heat. I would just not make it!

    • Erica House says:

      Ahhh you have to stop in to Bath and Body works and smell them! My mom has tried every pumpkin candle available and swears these are the best.

  • Feel better!!! Your friend’s pup is SO cute … looks a lot like my Shih Tzu! :-)

  • Cereal is never safe around me either. I typically won’t buy it because I have no self control. One bowl turns into 3-4 bowls. Oops. Also, I love the upcoming fall season too! I love everything Halloween/harvest themed! I’m so glad our baby is due towards the end of October. I’m hoping she’ll make her arrival on or before Halloween so we can dress her up somehow! :) PS – Are you a fan of the Disney Channel Original movies: Halloweentown, Halloweentown 2, Don’t Look Under the Bed, Underwraps, Phantom of the Megaplex, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire? I figured as a fellow 90s addict you’d be into some of those :)

    • Erica House says:

      I only buy it once every few weeks because of the same reason! When I was with Travis for two weeks he realized he can’t keep cereal in the house around me. I had to go out and buy a few boxes to replace all his that I blew through in the first week lol.

      Surprisingly, I haven’t seen any of those movies! I wanted to watch Halloweentown last year but couldn’t find it anywhere to watch online, or rent. I almost bought it off of Amazon but I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. You really like it?

      p.s. October babies are the best :)

  • Tina Muir says:

    Ick, sounds like the world is sending you lots of curveballs right about now. Sorry to hear that, but you will be soooo much happier next week when they are all gone. I am a huuuggeee cereal lover too, I honestly think I could eat it for a week straight and still love it. I honestly think it plays a huge part in how I have all the vitamins and minerals I need, as they are fortified with them. I am racing tomorrow….a little scared, but gonna just see how it goes :)

    • Erica House says:

      I remember when I first moved out of my parents house and was living on my own the biggest thrill came from being able to eat rice krispies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

      Good luck at your race tomorrow!

  • SuzLyfe says:

    Blarg, I hoping that you are feeling better by the time that you read this! Luckily, you were still able to be productive, and I agree with Tina–you will feel so much better next week with everything done!

  • Kat says:

    Car trouble SUCKS and it always so SPORADIC on the worst days I’m sorry it’s been a stressful week – it can only go up from here ;) xo

  • You’re doing awesome with your training, especially in the heat! Hope the rest of life’s craziness settles down for you this week.

  • Car problems are the worst! I used to have them every other day with my last car.

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve only had two cars my whole life and I ran my first one into the ground and also had near weekly issues with it. Hoping this one doesn’t start acting the same!



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