Weekend Wrap-up!

Back to some Friday stuff. Good news – I figured out how to make that awful egg casserole better! Flop it on a tortilla and top it with salsa. Heck yeah. YUM. 
Thursday was my one year anniversary of blogging! I couldn’t believe it. When I started this blogging journey, I didn’t really know what to expect. Somehow it turned into something amazing! I have made so many connections and gotten to meet such incredible people. So, thank you, friends, from the bottom of my heart! <3
On Friday, I 100% had to make a second pot of coffee at 9:11 AM. I just needed it. 
Lunch was a smoothie and the LAST rice cake with PB. I need to get more…
I was supposed to go to Health Tracks on Friday, but I was on such a roll with my work. I decided to just workout at home so I could keep working. It was a little cold in the garage (aaaaand I needed to watch New Girl while working out), so I brought all my stuff into the living room. 
This is the workout I did. 
Lu isn’t supposed to sleeping up there, but they were just so cute, so I had to take a picture. 
I finished up a bunch of work, then headed over to my friend Katie’s for some girl time! We drank beer and played yard games in her backyard. It was so beautiful out. We had a blast!
So thankful for these girls!
After we played our yard games, I was starving (typical), so Jake, Kayla, and I headed to get Mexican for dinner. I had a grilled shrimp quesadilla and it was delicious. 
Then we got up Saturday morning to run – I had a bloody nose. I used to get them ALL the time, thankfully now it’s a lot less often. When I was a little girl, I had at least one every single day. It was annoying. 
I cannot stop eating this cereal…definitely just bought another bag. I woke up super hungry, so I snacked on cereal before our run. 
Jake and I did an 8 mile hilly loop that REALLY hurt. We rocked our new Julbo sunnies, which are AMAZING. But the run itself hurt. It really got me thinking about my upcoming races and that I might need to reconsider some of my goals. I think just being okay with running the half in Nashville needs to be enough – not pushing for the PR. My hamstring just isn’t healed enough to push the pace right now. I don’t want to push through something and end up with a permanent injury.

(These were my thoughts Saturday – since then, I have made a concrete decision – read on!)

We went into the house to drink our Skratch recovery drinks and get some stretching in. I was really hurting. Lu wasn’t all that concerned. 
I took an Epsom Salt bath and then we met my family for lunch at Galloway. I had the BLT, which is one of my favorites. 
This is my life. 
After lunch, Jake helped our friends move and I went home to work. My college students just turned in HUGE writing assignments, so I got most of those graded. It took almost all afternoon. I took about a 20 minute nap, but my legs were hurting so badly, they kept waking me up. It was a little discouraging. I was so excited to be running faster, but I think I really need some more building time. 

After I finished my work, I met some girlfriends at Galloway for a drink, then we went to get wings at Coyote’s. 

Jake met us for dinner, then we all went back to our house and sat in our shop and just chatted! It was a fun, relaxing evening. The girls weren’t very entertained by us…
This picture of Jake popped up on my Timehop the other day – he’s so good on a bike. It’s crazy to me. 
We slept in on Sunday morning, which was SO nice, especially with the time change. We got up, headed to breakfast, then ran some errands. We got all our grocery shopping finished, then it was back home to prep a little. We are having overnight oats this week for breakfast!
I made two kinds – peanut butter banana and blueberry muffin. I can’t wait to try them!
I can’t get a good picture of these…but I told you we were trying to find new curtains for our sliding glass doors. We had red, but then we saw this beautiful burlap/cream color and we were obsessed with it, so we changed things up! 
Here they are closed!
I was really torn on whether or not I should run on Sunday. My hamstring wasn’t HURTING, but it definitely wasn’t 100%. I was going to skip my run all-together, but then decided that maybe a slow shake out would be good. Well, I was wrong. We headed out to run and after about a quarter of a mile, I knew I needed to stop. Normally I force myself to run at least a mile since it takes about that long for me to warm up, but I knew that wasn’t the case. It sucked. I had made such big improvements and felt like I was sliding right back into the injury. I started crying and told Jake to go on without me (which he wouldn’t). We walked together for a little bit before I finally convinced him to go run and I walked by myself for about a mile. I was pretty bummed. I went back to the house and took a long Epsom Salt bath. While soaking, I thought about what my long-term goals were. PR-ing a half, that wasn’t even a race I was planning on doing in the first place, isn’t on that list. I had originally signed up to do the full, but then got this injury. Would it be cool to PR? Sure, it always is! But is it worth injuring myself again? Heck. NO. My number one long-term goal is to run. For as long as I can. And pushing the pace before I’m ready is NOT going to allow that to happen. I don’t want to be side-lined for months because I was stupid and came back too early. So, i made the decision to just run. I want to show up at the start healthy. I want to watch two of my best friends crush their races. I want to enjoy the weekend in Nashville. Does it suck that I’m not where I want to be? Of course. Is this the end of the world? Obviously not. I’m thankful I CAN run. I let myself have a little pity party – Jake came back from his run and I was in my biggest pair of sweats, laying in bed. But now it’s time to move on. I still need to talk to my coach, but I will not be shooting for a PR in April. I know my body (I’ve been running since I was 15), so now I need to listen to it.

​It also helps when you have friends like these two…

So, that’s that! I’m moving on!

For dinner Sunday, we had those leftover onion/bacon bombs. These were stuffed with deer meat. So, so good! Jake found my veggie spiralizer and made curly fries with a sweet potato. They were delicious!

Jake worked on my car out in the shop after dinner, so I sat out there with him. It was a relaxing evening!

I am FINISHING Chapter 5 today – no matter what! I am also going to yoga later, which will be good for me. I hope I don’t feel nauseated this time.  

Happy Monday!


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  1. Lindsay

    My heart HURTS for you Chelsea. I am still struggling with lingering pains but they come and go and I wonder if that is just part of being a distance runner. I am taking it to the spin bike this week. Hoping to be back at it come Wednesday when I need to get in another speed workout BUT we shall see. Do you have any other half marathon’s planned besides Nashville?

    • Chelsea

      I have wondered the same thing! I wonder if we will ever be able to run, for an extended amount of time, pain free? I know a little pain is normal, but I’m not going to risk an injury!
      I hope your spin bike workouts have been going well!
      I am supposed to run the Go Girl half this month, but we will see. I’m their ambassador, so I would hate to miss the race, but I don’t want to push it. I’m really hoping I can pull it off! When is your next race?

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