Setting up my week for success.

I feel nice and rested and ready to get back to school with a clear head and productivity on my mind. Reading week was awesome, it gave me a chance to refresh and get back in the zone, but I am nice and ready to dominate these last few weeks of the fall term. I think we all have a love-hate relationship with Mondays. Mondays are the perfect opportunity after the weekend to set yourself up for a fantastic week, but when you wake up on Monday morning it also kind of feels like death.

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If I start out my week with LOTS of exercise, trying to “double up” and do more than I should, by the end of the week I am just way too burnt out and either have to take an extra rest day or my workouts later in the week are just terrible. I like to get a solid workout in on Mondays but nothing excessive so I have energy left for the other 6 days of the week!

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I went for an awesome and refreshing 8 mile run yesterday after my massage. I have never worked out AFTER a massage before but it wasn’t half bad. I had work done on my upper body so that my legs would still feel ready to run. It was a perfect +1 degrees Celsius and I just ran a nice and comfortable pace of 9:02 min/mile. I think a rest day on Saturday was a good idea because after 8 solid hours of sleep Saturday night (a sleep in until 9:15!!!) I was SO ready to rock some cardio. This morning I am hitting up the gym for some shoulder and leg strength training… aka my FAVOURITE weight lifting day of the week.

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I have noticed that even though I am working legs twice a week in the gym AND running 2-4 times a week, I don’t feel those lingering injuries like I did when I was marathon training. It makes me feel like I made them up in my head just because I was getting nervous for the race?! Has anyone else felt that way! My number one explanation for this is that I feel like I have more “freedom” to choose when and what I workout every day, particularly how far and when I run, and it means I am always running when I feel ready and how far my body can handle while feeling good. Why this doesn’t translate to my marathon training I can’t explain.

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Ready to enjoy this week of more fantastic Alberta fall weather. I seriously can’t believe there is no snow on the ground here around Edmonton right now. I kind of miss it and want it to snow… but don’t tell anyone I said that! Happy Monday folks, kill it this week.

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How do YOU set yourself up for a good week?

Check out my favourite things from the weekend HERE! What made you laugh the hardest this weekend?

10 Comments

  1. Totally feel the same way about Monday-pants. 🙁

    Anytime I feel a slight twinge, ache or cramp in my legs – whether I’m running or not, it makes me wonder if I am dying/injured/a hypochondriac. I just tell myself it’s my leg muscles regenerating.

    I’m going for a massage tonight too!

  2. You should join Sunday Runday next time you run on the weekend!!

    I feel like getting my condo clean, groceries bought and healthy meals prepped for the week, with my weeks workouts planned out and written down sets me up for a good week. Something about getting all of that done makes me feel like I’ve got my shit together! Haha

  3. Haha, I love that Office Space gif. I like to look at my calendar on Sunday night and think about what workouts I want to when, what blog posts I want to write etc. This doesn’t always happen, I will admit, but I’m trying to get better about it ;).

    Did you guys get snow up there last night? There’s a little dusting on the ground in Calgary this morning!

  4. That real pants e-card is the story of my life this morning, it is feeling like a Monday. Food prep and sleep are the best ways I can get ready for the week, if I cut it short all weekend and am exhausted going in there is no way to make up for the lost hours. Plus getting ready in the AM is so much easier if I don’t have to throw together some weird food combo.

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