Motivation Monday: Life Happens

Hi everyone! This is my Mamavation Monday post for November 28, 2011:

This past week was not my best training week. Amber was sick with diarrhoea and she had to stay home with me. I ended up skipping out on my planned training, not once but three times! Eeek!

Monday – I normally go to a lunch time spinning class as I ‘m training for the 75K Ride for Heart, but I had to miss the class ” I couldn’t very well leave Amber in the gym daycare with her Ã…”little problem .

Tuesday – I had to stay home with Amber again. I could have used Amber as an excuse again ” missing my run because the baby had the runs is perfectly acceptable AND it was -1C (brrrrr!). Then I thought to myself, Ã…”Janice, you can have fitness, or excuses, which do you choose today? :

Amber & I ready for our C-c-c-cold run!

I bundled her up really warm and went for my run anyways. About 1k into the run, Amber fell asleep, so I just kept on running until she woke up. I managed to run 7.5k instead of the 5k my training plan called for.

Wednesday – Amber was feeling better, so I went to work. I had all of my workout clothes with me, and I was prepared for my lunch time BodyPump class. At 11 I got a text from my friend, she was at the mall waiting for me ” I forgot that I had made lunch date with her. Ooops ” no workout.

Thursday ” The stars, the moon, the weather … It all lined up perfectly and I got out for a great speed training run. I did a 1k warm up, then a 1 mile fast run, then a ½ mile recovery jog, another 1 mile fast run, then a 2.5 k cool down for a total distance of 7k.

Friday ” What a beautiful day! 12C and SUNNY! My lunch time running buddies stood me up (!) but I went for a 5k run anyways.

Saturday ” I wasn’t feeling well so I took a day to recover.

Sunday ” 11k long with my friend Emma. Long runs with her really make the kms go by super fast!

I could beat myself up, and feel down on myself for those missed workouts … Instead I ‘m going to be proud of what I DID accomplish!

Life happens.

Next week my training plan takes a step back in distance on Tuesday and Thursday, in order to allow my legs a little recovery before Sunday’s long run. This is because on Sunday I ‘ll be increasing the long run distance to 13 km! I haven’t run that far in quite a while! Here’s my plan:

Monday: Spinning class at the gym with my co-worker (This is part of my 75k Ride for Heart training)
Tuesday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Wednesday: BodyPump class
Thursday: 8k Tempo run
Friday: 5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Saturday: BodyPump class
Sunday: 13k long run at a 6:32/km pace with my two girlfriends

Have a great week everyone and remember, occasionally life happens, and you can either beat yourself up over it, or move on and try your best the next week. Cheers!


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  • Stephanie
    November 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Great workout plan. Sometimes life is going to get in the way. It sucks but it’s inevitable. I’m glad you were able to make the most of what you could do and are focusing on the positives rather than dwelling on the missed workouts. Hope Amber is feeling better now 🙂

    • Janice
      November 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Steph! She’s still a bit sick and hasn’t had any appetite today, hopefully she’ll make it through daycare every day next week.

  • Ashley (Irishred02)
    November 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    You said it all, Life Happens. I feel like everytime I hit my stride with working out something happens! I hope things smooth out for you in the coming week 🙂

    • Janice
      November 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks, I hope so too Ashley!

  • kelly
    November 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    In my book you had a great active week. I like how you plan out your workouts for the week.

    • Janice
      November 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks! I have to admit that I’m kinda anal… My training plan is actually all written out until April 🙂

  • Leah Segedie
    November 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Wow, you are crazier than me! Love it!

    • Janice
      November 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Hey now! That’s just crazy talk – you’re the queen of crazy town & that’s why we respect you so much!

  • Megan
    November 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Being a mom throws us so curve balls that I wish we were payed like a major leaguer. I love that you are focusing on what you have done and making plans to keep going big! You are awesome!!

  • runnergirl training
    November 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Way to go! Life does happen….and you’re right we can just move on! Good luck! 🙂

    • Janice
      November 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you! This week is already starting out to be MUCH better. Thanks for your support here and on Dailymile!

  • Jeannie
    November 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Life can definitely throw you some curve balls with kids and we have to learn to work around them the best we can. Great job!

    • Janice
      November 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Jeannie! Balancing training with kids is a whole new ball game for me.

  • Lena -
    November 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely love your “no such good weeks” – they put me to shame. I hope you are doing ok at work too

    • Janice
      November 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Lena! Work is going very well – I’m so happy to be back so I can use my lunch hours to train again 🙂

  • Coach Calorie
    November 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Life gets in the way of all of us sometimes. The important thing to remember is that fitness is your priority. You might miss a workout, but as long as you jump back on the wagon, all will be well. Being consistent is the key to success.

    • Janice
      November 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Coach! This week is already better… I made it to my spinning class at lunch. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of my training!

  • Shelley (
    November 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Life happens… but what I love about you is that you don’t beat yourself up over it. you pick up and move on! It’s a great reminder for us all!!!! Glad to hear Amby is feeling better too… I always hate sick kiddos! I feel so helpless!!! I love your honesty and your transparency – you are amazing 🙂

    • Janice
      November 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Shelley!

  • Andrea Emilien (
    November 29, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    “I could beat myself up, and feel down on myself for those missed workouts… Instead I’m going to be proud of what I DID accomplish!”

    This line said it all for me – and made me smile. You still accomplished a TON and for that, you should be proud.

    • Janice
      November 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      You got it! That’s the message I was trying to convey – be proud of what you do accomplish, each and every day!