November 03, 2019

Weeks 4 and 5 Recap of 3-3-3 Running, and Halloween (Bar) Tricks

(This water bottle and note were waiting on the porch for me when I got home--I love when Jerry makes little notes like this!)

I was feeling super sick for a little over a week, and I still don't feel 100% back to normal. I didn't really feel like I was getting a cold or anything, but I just had zero energy and the worst headache (a tension headache) that refused to go away, even with ibuprofen and acetaminophen. I also felt weak and shaky, for no reason at all. Actually, I felt like I had a hangover (which isn't possible, because I haven't had a drink in over 10 months).

It made getting in my runs very difficult this week! I typically try to do my runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Well, on Monday I was SO tired that I actually napped from late morning to early afternoon. I only nap about once or twice a year, when I'm very desperate! I just couldn't bring myself to run.

I told myself I'd do it on Tuesday, and I knew that if I didn't get it done Tuesday, I'd end up quitting altogether. Thankfully, I had a great morning with plenty of energy, so I was able to get it done. I ran again Thursday and today. So, I got in my 3-3-3 workouts (3 miles, 3 days a week, for 3 months... today marked the end of week 5).

I didn't do a recap last week, so here is a very short one from the last two weeks:

Monday - Ran with Joey outside. Managed to get a 13:02 pace with an average heart rate of 142 bpm. I think that's my best run so far.

Wednesday - Ran on the treadmill. Nothing really notable. Stayed at about the same heart rate for most of the run.

Friday - This is the day I started to feel really sick. No energy at all, and my resting heart rate was up. My heart rate was up through the whole run, and I was lowering the pace and then the incline so that I could keep my heart rate low enough. It was frustrating.

Tuesday - Wished I'd done the run on Monday, so I could take Tuesday off ;) But on Monday, I was feeling way too tired and my headache was relentless. I was definitely feeling better today, though. Did the treadmill. Here is my blurry treadmill selfie:

Thursday - Felt like crap again. No idea what is going on! I keep waiting for it to turn into a full blown cold, but it's still just the headache and exhaustion. I'm going to try to figure out how the Garmin compares with the treadmill. It's kind of annoying that they don't match! Again, I did the treadmill.

Sunday - I should have done this yesterday, but I wasn't in the mood. Jerry was off work all weekend, and I love hanging out with him when he's off, so running wasn't on my short list of things to do. Today, however, was the last day of my fifth week, so I had to get it done before week six starts tomorrow. I did this one outdoors by myself, and I can't even tell you how many times my watched beeped to tell me my heart rate was too high. I felt like I was running as slowly as I possibly could! I wanted to take my heart monitor off and throw it in the road. My pace definitely reflected it, too, as I had a mile in the 14:00's today!

It's hard to see any sort of pattern yet. Dr. Phil Maffetone says to give it 12 weeks before looking for improvements, so that's what I'm going to do. When I looked at the monthly stats, thought, I was surprised to see that there is a slight downward trend in my pace, which is a good thing.

It's also hard to keep track of the differences when some runs are on the treadmill, some are outside with Joey, and some are outside alone. Those are three very important variables. But I'm not going to overanalyze anything as of yet. I will definitely keep it nerdy at the end of three months, though ;)

Aside from running, we had a fun Halloween on Thursday. The weather forecast looked HORRIBLE: temperature in the low 40's (wind chill in the low 30's), winds of 20 mph with gusts up to 70 mph, and RAIN. There really couldn't be worse weather.

Thankfully, it wasn't nearly as bad as expected... but it was definitely very cold and windy and rainy. As we have for the past few years, we went to Brian and Becky's house (it was their last Halloween in their current house--they move to their new house very soon). We had tacos for dinner, and then the kids went trick-or-treating and we sat in the garage (it was too windy to sit outside) and passed out candy.

My kids are definitely on the older side for trick-or-treating, but I love to see teens out with costumes on. Trick-or-treating is innocent fun for teenagers when they could be out doing so many not-so-innocent things.

Eli wore the same costume as last year (a burglar) and Noah and his girlfriend, Ashley, dressed in neon 90's exercise stuff.

Noah, Ashley, and Eli went out trick-or-treating together (Eli came back before Noah and Ashley, and he said that they were moving too slow, so he want on ahead without them, haha). They got a TON of candy.

They even want out a second time shortly before trick-or-treating was scheduled to end, and even though people recognized their costumes, they wanted to get rid of their candy. So, the kids wound up with even more.

Luke and Riley were adorable as always--I LOVE those kids!--but they are so hard to get pictures of because they are constantly on the move. I managed to get a quick picture of them with my parents, but the kids were not patient enough for a decent one ;)

My mom somehow came across Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes, so she wanted to dress up with my dad. My dad says he looked like a drunk Mickey Mouse, hahaha. Accurate.

After trick-or-treating, we went inside to chat and so the kids could sort through their candy. My brothers are always impressing us with new bar tricks they learn (so random, I know!), so Brian attempted a new one (with the dollar bill and beer bottles) for the first time. And Nathan showed us one with a grape (they didn't have olives, which is typically what you'd use in a bar trick, so he improvised) and a wine glass. I mashed the videos together in a 1-Second Everyday video:

It was a super fun night! 


  1. What a fun night! We had horrible wind here too, but thankfully no rain, and the kids had a great time.

    1. It's funny, I think the parents complain about the weather more than the kids do. All they care about is the candy! ;)

  2. Oh my gosh, your parents Halloween costumes!! I LOVE them!! And all the kids looked great in their costumes too! Sounds like a great Halloween, despite the weather! We had similar weather in Wisconsin but add in like 5 inches of snow!! It was the first time we had snow on Halloween in like 100 years. We broke a record! As the news kept telling us ;)

    1. My dad's costume reminded me of "Bad Santa" only with Mickey Mouse instead of Santa. HAHAHA. That is CRAZY that you had so much snow for Halloween! But I actually think snow would have been better than rain.

  3. I hope you're feeling better. You've done really well with your 3-3-3! Your blog has been so inspiring for me, and I'm going to get back to my walking. It's very sweet the way Jerry leaves you water and notes.

    1. Thank you! I'm impressed with myself that I've managed to stick with the 3-3-3 running plan. After this week, I'll be halfway done! And hopefully, it'll be a habit that I'll stick with by then--that's the whole point of it, haha

  4. Do you watch Shameless? Your dad has a little Frank Gallagher Mickey Mouse look going on. :)

    1. That is EXACTLY what I told Jerry! Hahaha!


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