Fitness Weekend

Saturday Plans + Workout Roundup

September 17, 2022

As I type this, G is behind me humming and cutting out random shapes of paper. WHY is it that we have to drag the kids out of bed every school day at 6:45, but at least half the time on weekends someone POPS out of bed filled with energy at 6 am?

(Though I am grateful it was 6 and not 5!)

decade+ old IKEA futon still going strong.

ANYWAY. While she is still occupied, here are today’s plans:


  • Make pancakes
  • Peloton strength workout of some kind (luckily no run scheduled for today because it JUST started pouring!)
  • Take all 3 kids to gymnastics
  • Order my sister’s bday present (finally decided what to get her)!
  • Order groceries for tomorrow
  • Set up C’s room (new dresser, organize his clothing, etc)
  • Takeout or out to dinner as family
  • Read more of Remarkably Bright Creatures


(from last week; including as new features as I start my training — totally feel free to ignore if it’s boring!!!)

  • S – raced a 5K! 9:01/mi average. I wasn’t thrilled with this but hey – it’s a baseline!
  • M – rest. I did walk 2 miles at work around lunchtime.
  • T – super easy recovery run. 4 mi @ 11:02/mi
  • W – Peloton strength – full body with Jess Sims 30 min
  • R – 1 mi warmup / 3 mi tempo effort / 1 mi cooldown. Tempo segment 9:30/mi. Total ave 10:07/mi
  • F – 4 mi with strides in the last mile, ave 10:29/mi
  • S – (not yet done) Peloton strength, probably 20 min lower body / 20 min upper body

AAAAND now all 3 are up and there is basically chaos. Here we go . . . .


  • Reply Chelsea September 17, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Nice job on your runs! I started running again this week, and I feel like the heat and humidity has bothered me more now than it did all summer.

    I started listening to the latest Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) mystery yesterday, and I’m absolutely sucked in. The mysteries are pretty gritty and I know she’s made some questionable comments online, but man… those books press the dopamine button in my brain.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns September 17, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    It was a miraculous morning over here. The toddler was up at 6:30 and the 4yo at 6:45! Although bedtime was awful for the 4yo last night. He was still awake at 9:30. Daycare naps are so awful and we are pretty sure we will pull him from the program next June and enroll him in the summer public school program! Allll because there are no naps in that program.

    You had a strong week of training! I had a good week, too. I ran on Monday and today and strength trained at the hotel gym on wed/Thursday while I was traveling. I almost talked myself out of one workout but told myself that if I took up room in my tiny suitcase for workout clothes, I was going to use them!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 17, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      Daycare nap at age 4 would INFURIATE me. All 3 of my kids really could not nap after turning 3 without completely messing up bedtime. 4 seems crazy!!!

      • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns September 17, 2022 at 7:11 pm

        Our parent advisory board tried to change the policy. My child psychologist friend and a NP in a peds practice we’re on the blared and tried to convince them that naps are not necessary/developmentally appropriate at that age. But our daycare refuses to change the policy! If they don’t fall asleep after 20 min, they can get up and play but they make the environment so conducive to napping that our son seems to nap most days. It’s awful!

        • Reply Grateful Kae September 18, 2022 at 12:16 am

          My kids were only ever in daycare a couple days a week when little, with my weird nurse’s schedule and weekends etc at the time, but it seems they could easily enough have a separate room for “non-nappers” to play in? My older son was not a big napper at all, but my younger son was still taking long naps right up until he started kindergarten! I was actually worried about how he would handle a full day at school without a nap! (And he still went to bed fine at night.) He is still my kid who likes more sleep. I think this is so variable kid to kid, so the daycares should take varying needs into account!

          • Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns September 18, 2022 at 8:44 am

            Yes that is what they argued for – some kids can/do need a nap but many don’t. In his last room, his teacher would let him read at the table. In his PK room his teachers won’t due to the rule. 🙁

  • Reply Coco September 17, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    i like reading people similar to me in term of fitness in term of weekly workouts! I write them down in my journal to remember and switch things arounds from time to time.
    I find running workouts hard but interesting than running every time the same pace. isn’t it?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 17, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      Yes! I like the mix :). Some long slow easy runs and some speedwork or tempo.

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