Wahoo! No Work Day!

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It’s Wednesday, but I’m all caught up on my projects, I have zero deadlines, and have no paperwork or invoicing to catch up on, and thus I am “off.”  Hell, I’ve even gotten a jump on my 2013 taxes.  So, I decided to garden.  Our pretty DIY blue clay pots (here’s the tutorial) were looking pretty rough, so I removed the dead plants and added purple pansies. 


I was told that pansies will likely survive the North Carolina winter.  FINGERS CROSSED.  I’d love to have pretty blooms in our pots all through the holidays.


The other little project that I tackled was installing these solar lights (and by installing, I mean taking off each one’s three pointless stickers and putting in a battery).  Our pathway is very dark and visitors are always tripping over themselves.  I want the sun to go down so I can see what they look like at night!  Hah. 


I’m excited for Kristien to get home for work!  Normally, the outside is “his” domain. He’ll be thrilled to see that I look a little gardening initiative and cleaned up the front walk. 


Hmm.  What else have I done on my lovely, middle-of-the-week day off?


Oh, I made it to the gym!  I stairclimbed for half an hour, and then I rolled around on the mats and pretended to do situps.  Meh. 

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I’m having trouble with workouts, guys.  Post-race, I’m struggling to find motivation to exercise regularly and intensely.  I want to do it in my brain, but my heart is kind of like, “Ehhhhhh, why don’t you just go lay on the couch?”  I was all pumped to get into a yoga/kettlebell routine, but my chest/arm needs a break.  There’s plenty of other things to do, but… meh.  So now I feel like I’m kind of floundering in terms of drive and mojo. 


Bottom line is that I’ll probably sign up for a race soon.  I am *so* much better about working out when I have a self-inflicted “deadline” to light a fire under me.  Maybe a 5K would do the trick.  Or… there’s really cool “skyscraper climb” that happens in Charlotte every spring (basically, you climb a bajillion stairs to the top of the Duke Energy building).  I’d love to do that!  But it’s  not until April… Until then, I’ll be stairclimbing indoors.


Anyone else suffering from bah-don’t-wanna-do-much-itis?   It’s a terrible affliction. Winking smile


Off to enjoy my restful day.  It’s quite nice.  Have a great one!



  • Kaitlyn November 20, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I feel you with the workout motivation thing. For me, it’s ALWAYS after a big race, which is funny because immediately after crossing the finish line I want to sign up for 10 zillion more races, all within the next month. I think it’s because mentally I’m usually a little burned out and I just need a break from feeling like I have to train for something. I’ve learned that if I give myself 4-6 weeks to do whatever I feel like it, I typically can work up workout motivation again when the time is right :).

    • Caitlin November 20, 2013, 1:46 pm

      i like this 🙂

  • Kate November 20, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Maybe it’s time to try a new kind of exercise, that you can enjoy without a race to work towards? A lot of people enjoy the act of running- maybe you just don’t really like it all that much. Maybe something in a fun group setting, dance classes, or masters swimming, would be better.

    • Caitlin November 20, 2013, 1:49 pm

      I kind of wanna Zumba! I need to find someone to go with me though. I don’t want to go alone at first.

      • Kate November 20, 2013, 1:54 pm

        Be brave! Group classes can be a great way to make new friends (if the group is friendly).

      • Ali November 20, 2013, 5:30 pm

        Zumba is the only class I’ll go to alone! I love it no matter who is there and it’s a really friendly environment – everyone has always been so nice no matter where I’ve taken classes. Give it a try!

  • Katie November 20, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Yes! I can’t quite find a goal to work towards, and am also thinking a 5k training plan would do well for me!

  • Anne November 20, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Enjoy your day – it’s gorgeous out!!!!
    As for workouts, it definitely sounds like you need something new and exciting to try. My new favorite class is Piloxing (fusion of Pilates and boxing – sounds a little cray, but it WORKS). The Morrison Y holds a class on Weds and Fri mornings. I’m there every week!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 20, 2013, 2:04 pm

    I feel you with that! I am injured so I can’t run so these cross training workouts are so hard for me to do even though I know they are good for me!

  • Rebecca November 20, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I love your comment about rolling around on the mat when you did your sit ups. I use the mats as a good excuse to be lazy sometimes while using the cover that I’m “stretching” and doing abs. Ha!

  • Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life November 20, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Oh I am SO unmotivated lately. Especially today- I did a super hard 4×4 workout on Monday and then ran 6.5 miles yesterday, so my legs are tired. So I’m planning on doing easy cardio today!

    • eliza November 20, 2013, 3:18 pm

      you ran 6 miles yesterday and did a super hard workout the day before? girll… sounds like you got your motivation up there! haha

  • Amanda November 20, 2013, 2:57 pm

    You stair climbed for 30 minutes?! How many steps per minute?? I am struggling on the stairmaster… I can handle 10 minutes and sometimes 15… but haven’t gotten to 30. But, I do intervals of 80 spm and 99 or higher. I love it, but it’s tough!

    • Caitlin November 20, 2013, 3:44 pm

      I think I did 1500 steps total.

  • Kirsten November 20, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Don’t worry, your pansies will last in Charlotte. Mine even survived a small snow fall last year without issue.

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change November 20, 2013, 3:12 pm

    I am just like you! I need to have a race or something to get me to move. I have started doing P90X and LOVING it. Totally out of my comfort zone and really pushing the limits ! Love it!

  • eliza November 20, 2013, 3:20 pm

    I go thru such waves with work outs, sometimes I just want to walk 4-5 miles and listen to NPR and other times I want to get in a really sweaty work out. I try to respect my body and not push myself if I just want to walk etc. or I just will be miserable.

  • Verna November 20, 2013, 3:28 pm
  • Melissa November 20, 2013, 3:35 pm

    Glad to hear you’re having a relaxing/productive day!

  • Ali November 20, 2013, 4:28 pm

    I’m like that too with workouts. I need to sign up for something too. I did a stairclimb in a tall building in Denver once and it was fun…

  • Ana November 20, 2013, 4:57 pm

    I just finished the 70.3 Miami like you and i was so happy with the results, i felt great during the race and once i finished i wanted to sign up for more races right away, but i told myself that my body has gone through a lot this year with all the other races so i wanted to take a 2 month off . My idea was to start playing tennis again and get faster on my run and do other sports that i like to do. So far, i think about going to exercise every single day but most of those days i dont make it.. i am feeling so BLAH that i was also thinking about signing up for another race or something because i think i am driving myself crazy 🙂 … i am glad you talked about this because at least i know it is normal to feel this way.

  • Rebecca November 20, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Today I didn’t have class, so no commuting. I did take my grandma on an errand, and dropped off the neighbor at a class. And I tried to finish my homework. Today’s is mostly done. This weekend I plan to catch up and maybe get ahead. I have a paper due Monday that needs to be written. Only a couple of weeks left. YIKES!

  • Ali November 20, 2013, 5:34 pm

    I am super in the workout meh’s. I got injured and burnt out last fall and have slooowly fallen off the wagon. I’m currently trying to get my fitness level back and it sucks. If you need motivation, just think about how hard it is to build muscles and cardiovascular fitness back up! Awfulness.

  • Stacy November 20, 2013, 5:55 pm

    Yes, this semester, I’ve done very little exercise compared to last year. My schedule is crazy, and I’m just working on other important things. I’ll get back to it in January, along with everyone else.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 20, 2013, 6:10 pm

    I love having a random weekday “off” — I feel like I can get so much done!

  • Keri November 20, 2013, 6:17 pm

    I am so jealous of your pansies! We definitely don’t have a chance of anything growing through the winter in Colorado. I say give yourself a break & put your training on the shelf for a week or two! If I force myself to take it easy, I’m usually jonesing to run. Like now! I’m 8 months preg. & can’t wait to run again!!

  • Lucy November 20, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Question about the solar lights. I’ve been considering getting some to line our path with but was afraid they would be annoying to mow around. Do they just pull out of the ground or would you need to go around them each time? I like my lawn to look nice but need low maintenance:-)

    • Caitlin November 20, 2013, 7:20 pm

      You can just pull them out – there are no cords!

  • Amber K November 20, 2013, 7:15 pm

    I get like that around this time of year too. Sucks right now because I actually do have the motivation to work out but I’m having IT band issues. Ugh!

  • Caitlin November 20, 2013, 7:58 pm

    I’m very much like you- I ran the NYC Marathon and have fallen off the wagon and it doesn’t help that I’m semi-injured, so no running for me 🙁 I’ve been alternating doing online yoga classes and using the Nike training club app. I keep telling myself I’m going to go swim, but I really don’t enjoy it. I have to remind myself how much better I feel post-work out to get my butt off the couch.

  • Catie November 20, 2013, 9:54 pm

    I am having the same problem! Except I do have a race coming up but I’m in the mindset of it’s so close I can’t make any real gains now, might as well take the rest I can get. And I’m planning on starting a weight lifting program shortly after that and I just keep saying eh I’ll work out hard when I start that. I feel so blah.

  • Gabbi November 21, 2013, 9:22 am

    Getting motivated can be very difficult; it’s all about your mentality. There are many different ways to exercise. I’d say do something that you enjoy. Who likes doing sit-ups and push-ups? NOT ME! If you like to dance do Zumba/Pilates. Those classes have a friendly environment. Give it a try!

  • Amy G November 21, 2013, 10:52 am

    Do you ever feel like the stairmaster causes your knee issues to flare up? I’m taking a running break post-marathon, I just started incorporating some stairmaster into my cardio, but am nervous it might be hurting my joints (no pain on the stairmaster, just a general concern.)

  • TanyaS November 21, 2013, 12:00 pm

    You blogged about Gympact awhile back, I’ve been using it ever since and its kept me going. Why don’t you try that for workout accountability?

    • Caitlin November 21, 2013, 9:24 pm


  • Kimberly November 21, 2013, 12:37 pm

    I feel like I really need a routine to get motivated. I don’t feel like I need a variety of workouts, but having a schedule and a set number of workouts along with the mentality that my workouts are non-negotiable help me stay motivated. If I don’t have a set routine, I tend to slack.

  • Taylor @ Singletrackedmind November 21, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I always give myself some time off after a big race, working out how and when I feel like it. I’m sure the motivation will return sooner rather than later 🙂

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life November 21, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Haha yeah I’m definitely suffering from that! I had an exam today that I was trying to study for last night and it was so hard to focus!! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving so I can just relax and sleep on my couch and watch movies. I decided to take 20 credits this semester and next week is our fall/Thanksgiving break. I’m counting down the minutes!

  • Amelia November 22, 2013, 12:18 am

    Agh- I’m really struging to get motivated at the moment. I feel strong motivation for the other areas of my life just not exercise- but then when I have lots of motivation for sport I lose motivation for something else in my life. Not enough hours in the day!!

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