RnR Philly Week 11 – Back to School Shuffle

I had fully planned to write a couple of posts this week…but then that phenomenon called “back to school” swept through my house leaving a trail of school forms, new schedules, and dazed kids in its wake.


Needless to say, it was a bit of “workout shuffle” as I worked around the kids being up earlier in the morning, figuring out the new bus schedule, and coordinating pick-ups. It was more of a workout-when-you-can kind of week vs workout-when-you-want-to. But, I did manage to (mostly) stick to my training plan.

Monday, 9/5:  Yoga – my hamstrings let me know it has been awhile since I’ve done any yoga. So needed!

Tuesday, 9/6:  4-mile run

Wednesday, 9/7:  Strength workout with Trainer Stacy, and my new gym BFFs, kettlebells.

Thursday, 9/8: Alternating tempo run from hell…ok I may be exaggerating a little. I decided to do this workout on the treadmill that way I could just set the pace and hope to hang on. This one was tough from start to finish. I struggled to hold the paces and overall it was slower than I wanted. In hindsight, I was a little intimidated by this workout when I saw it on my plan and let it psyche me out a bit. Running is so mental after all….

Friday, 9/9:  To shake off the creeping negativity, the RC coaches suggested that I might be better off with a rest day instead of the 3 miler on my plan. I agreed and spent the day catching up with a friend.

Saturday, 9/10:  A solid 7-miler to put the Negative Nellie back in check!

Sunday, 9/4: Rest day.

Joining Holly and Tricia once again for the #WeeklyWrap link-up.


How do you shake off a bad run?



  1. How do I shake off a bad run?? A lot of whining and wine!! Haha! But seriously, that is what I do… Sounds like you did a bang up job staying on track while getting back into the school groove! Believe it or not, one day you will actually miss those chaotic “back to school” days, enjoy!!

  2. It sounds like you did great this week considering all the extra back to school stuff you had to fit in! As far as shaking off a bad run, I have no suggestions there. I’m kind of dreading my next run a bit because Saturday was so bad.
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  3. I definitely get psyched out by hard-sounding workouts. The mere thought of a tempo run makes me feel exhausted. I count on race-day mojo to make me faster. 🙂
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  4. Back to school week is always a little crazy! Hope you are into a great routine now. Have a wonderful rest of your week!
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  5. Nice to hear from you, and I am SO excited to finally meet you this weekend!! I have had some tough runs and I just chalk it up to the weather and try to move on. You’re so right about the mental challenge of running…it can really get to me sometimes!
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  6. I love that your coaches threw in a rest day when they thought you needed it! They sound awesome!
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    • They’ve been great! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about working with a team of coaches, but they all bring something different to the table…and they seem really tuned in.

  7. Since I’m working with a trainer now I have already found myself thinking this will be hard or that workout will be hard. I need to quit that and just do the best I can.
    I think you did perfect with a rest day and squashed ol negative Nellie! Good job lady!
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  8. I’ve never understood the mountains of paperwork they require you to fill out on the first night of school. Don’t they keep most of that information in a computer somewhere? Tempo runs are always a challenge! I think that may be the point (ha ha). I think knowing ALL runs are not bad and the next one will more than likely be good, helps me get over a bad one. Thanks for linking, Michelle!

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