The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani {Book Review}

alienationTitle: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
Author: Brady Stefani
Publisher: SparkPress

Thank you to SparkPoint Studio/SparkPress for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From Goodreads:

Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they’re starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it’s too late for everyone.

My Thoughts

And honest it will be. If I could give this 1.5 stars, I would.  Unfortunately it appears that I’m completely in the minority here after looking through other reviews on this book.  The premise had serious potential.  Is Courtney completely bat crazy and needs to be admitted into a mental hospital? Or are these aliens really visiting her?

The writing was clearly and blatantly directed at the YA reader, but so much so that it kind of felt dumbed down. Conversations with adults were not intelligent and Courtney kind of had the run of the place with her mother not at all interested in her whereabouts.  Maybe I’m sheltered, but is that how kids are living their lives these days? Without parental interest?

I must admit that I was tempted to stop reading many times throughout the book.  However, as I mentioned above, the premise had me wanting to know what was going to happen.  Was Courtney completely hallucinating or did she really see another dimension because of her bloodline?
There were also a number of times that I could see this story playing out as a movie. I think I might have liked it more if that were the case.  As it stands, I now know the answer to the end of the book and I really don’t feel any different having found it out.

I have totally been lacking in book reviews this year. I’ve actually way behind my normal schedule of READING anything. Period.  So when I write a review, I want it to be worthwhile for our readers. Unfortunately, the books I have been reading have really not met my apparent high rating expectations.  Maybe this year in the blog we can call it the books I don’t recommend 2016 edition.
Probably not the best way to introduce my review today. But for anyone interested in Young Adult Sci-fi, this book is totally for you! I could see being a movie or tv show, but reading it just wasn’t for me.

Weekend Update (Kerry)-Toddler Fun

This weekend was jam packed with lots of fun activities. I always feel like a need another day at the end of the weekend to recover! Friday night was pretty low key. I went grocery shopping on the way home from work to get it out of the way. We ended up just catching up on some TV and relaxing.

Saturday morning started with a trip to the dealership for me. The splash guard under my engine was falling off and I needed to get it fixed. Luckily it only took 40 minutes or so and was relatively cheap to fix.


After getting my car fixed, it was off to dance class with Jada. She seems to really be liking this new dance school. After dance, we had a birthday party to go to for one of Jada’s friends from pre-school. It was at a local indoor playground that we frequent when the weather is bad. The kids had a blast!

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Later that evening, I headed over to Lara’s house so we could watch the Justin Timberlake special on Netflix. I brought some treats over with me. I made an awesome Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie. I also decided to make some yummy pumpkin martinis and brought them over. I had nothing to carry them over so my Shakeology cup had to do!


The JT special was awesome! I could watch it over and over again! It was also fun to spend some time with Lara.


Sunday morning started with a walk around the lake with Lara and the kiddos. We haven’t done it in a few weeks so it was nice to get back in to it.


Sunday afternoon we went to a Fairytale Fall Ball. It was the company that we had used to hire Ariel for Jada’s birthday party in May. It was a fun time. They had all sorts of fun activities for the kids. It was really well laid out and all the kids got to spend a good amount of time with each princess. Jada absolutely loved it!


Sunday night I decided to make a recipe I found on Pintrest. It was One Pan Zucchini Noodle Skillet Lasagna. It was absolutely delicious and there were plenty of leftovers for me for lunch during the week.

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It was a fun weekend for both me and the kids!


Weekend Update – My Weekend’s

Hey All! Last week I totally neglected my weekend update post.  I had photos downloaded, but I never went through with writing a post.

I know. I’m totally lame.  I think this month I’m totally off my game because of the injury and possibly not running the marathon.

Anyway, that’s not why we are here today.  Let’s recap the weekend.  I feel like I didn’t do anything, but that’s completely false. I think it’s just because I’m not out traveling all over the state to do things.  The fall weekends feel much different that the summer ones.

On Friday, I started the day off on a bad foot.  I had promised on Thursday that I would follow the orthopedics suggestions and ice, rest, take motrin.  I will do this for a week, and then try to run after.  So I packed my ice wrap for work, but completely forgot the actual ice pack.  I forgot to take Motrin with my breakfast (I have to take it with food or my stomach hates me). And I completely left my water bottle behind.

Usually I grab two cups of water after I come back from each bathroom trip. But i end up wasting a lot of cups unnecessarily.  This time I decided to add hatch marks to the cup after each fill.  This helped me get my body moving more too because I would get up to go to the bathroom and then go back to fill up my cups.

After work, I drove to dance to bring Kayley to a local amusement park that converts into a halloween  theme with haunted houses each weekend in the month of October.  Last year, Kayley refused to go near any of the characters or into the haunted houses.  This year, she totally got into it. It was a fun experience for the both of us.

We got home near midnight, but it was well worth it. Except Kayley had to be up the next morning to take a baby sitter’s class. She has been wanting to take it since she turned 11, which is the recommended minimum age.  It was a long day for her – 9am-4pm – but I think she got some valuable information and gained some confidence to start up her babysitting business.

Ben and I ran a bunch of errands while Kayley was in training so that we could just all hang out together once she was home.

We also had a special visitor.  Kerry came over for the evening packed with some pumpkin spice deliciousness so that we could indulge in that and JT on Netflix.  I would say it was a winning way to spend a Saturday night.

It’s been a couple of weeks since we made it to the lake for our Sunday morning walk. But we didn’t let the opportunity pass by us this morning.  It was an amazing fall day to get a 3 mile walk in.  I was tempted to give my legs a try and jog for a little bit, but I didn’t back away from my promise to my body.  I will test it in a couple more days after proper rest.
fullsizerenderThe rest of the day was filled with cooking, football, icing my knee, and lots of tv and lounging around. Even Kayley got some work done in the ktichen. She made us mini bagel pizzas and cookies.  It was the perfect example of a lazy fall day today.

Prefer pumpkin spice season or peppermint everything season?
What’s your favorite fall recipe?

Weekly Workout Recap – 10/16

Wow…it all of a sudden got cooler here. Mid 30’s earlier in the week. What a change! It does make for good running weather though.


Kerry: Boot camp started up again this morning. It was freezing out too! My iPhone said it was 43 degrees but felt like 35. Ugh! I am not ready for that yet! I liked the workout. It was a mix of sprinting and then some tabata’s in between. Based on what we did, I knew I would be feeling it the next day. I couldn’t wait to get home and have a nice, warm cup of coffee.


Lara: Starting off the week with a whole lot of nothing but injury repair. This morning I got in some yoga. I was hoping to clear my mind and help elongate and stretch some of those muscles and trouble spots.


Kerry: I got out for a run this morning. This is the first time I have run since the half marathon a week ago. It was another chilly morning. I actually ran with gloves on!


Lara: Today I had an appointment with the sports medicine therapist.  I told her that my last run attempt wasn’t extremely successful and she urged me to try again because she doesn’t think that there is anything structurally wrong with my knee. She gave me 5 new warmup exercises to add to my routine. These 5 focus more on my feet and ankles.  They require an exercise ball.  We got rid of ours back when we moved, so I headed straight out again to get a new one.


Kerry: Boot camp today. Another chilly morning out there. I ended up wearing my gloves to boot camp. They came in handy as we did lots of push-ups and tricep dips. Helped keep my hands nice and warm. Luckily we did a decent amount of running too so my body was certainly warmed up! I was definitely sore from Monday’s workout but it felt good to get the muscles moving again.


Lara: I woke up nice and early and did all of my new warm up exercises along with my old ones. I was so ready to get out there and just run. I didn’t care if it was fast or slow, I just wanted to do it.  Unfortunately, my knee was having none of that.   I got about 1/4 of a mile before I just couldn’t manage it anymore and walked home deflated. I am going to make an appointment with an orthopedic to check me out.


Kerry: I haven’t been feeling all that great this week. It feel like a cold but I am starting to get the cough back that I had 2 weeks  ago. Not sure if I am still fighting off the walking pneumonia. The weird part is that I felt fine last week. I decided to take it easy today. I would really like to kick this.

Lara: The orthopedic fit me in to his schedule today once he knew I was a runner and wanted to run MCM in two weeks.  When I showed up for the appointment, I was taken right in for X-rays. That kind of felt foreboding and I was a little bit nervous.  However, when the doctor came in, he assured me that there was no structural damage, no need for an MRI or surgery.  I have patella chondromalacia.  Essentially the cartilage around my knee is irritated from overuse.  This is causing my knee cap to move incorrectly over the cartilage.  He assured me that it’s something that will heal. But it might not be ready in time for the race.


Kerry: I actually feel worse today. I am just so tired. I can’t kick this. Another rest day for me. I would like to get a run in tomorrow but I am not sure how realistic that is.

Lara: My plan is to take this week to follow both doctors orders. However, I will not try to run until the week is over. If I experience pain, then the race will not happen for me. If I can run with little to no pain, then I’m still in the game.  So, strength exercises it is!


Kerry: I really wanted to get out for a run today but I am just not feeling great. At this point, I am not sure what to do. I think I will probably head back to the doctor next week. I spent all of last week resting-even though I felt good-but this week seemed to kick my butt. I am so frustrated. Instead this morning I am sitting at the Nissan dealership getting my car fixed.


Lara: Today was a whole lot of nothing.  I did a lot of icing and had Motrin. Which kind of killed my stomach so I wasn’t in the mood to do much else but hang out.


And we are back with our walk around the lake together. Both Uptite Mamas each with their girls enjoyed a nice fall day walking 3 miles.

Weekend Update (Kerry)-Long Weekend

Technically I had work on Monday but I took the day off because the kiddos didn’t have daycare. Lucky me! I got a long weekend. Friday night was low key. Jada and I did some playing in her room and watched some TV.


Saturday morning I was up bright and early to go to the grocery store. It was the firs time in a long time that I wasn’t heading out the door to go for my long run. I took a little break this week. The grocery store was empty at 7am. I wish I could go at that time more often.


Saturday afternoon we went to a Canadian Thanksgiving Pot Luck party that the parents of one of Jada’s friends was having. Jada and her friend have been in daycare since they were little babies. They are so cute together.


Saturday night I came home enjoyed a nice pumpkin martini.


Sunday morning was another lazy morning. I didn’t work out but took the down time to catch up on some TV.


The afternoon was pretty lazy. I finished our laundry (which I feel is never ending)!


I found this pumpkin cider at the store that I have been wanting try. It was really yummy!


I had Monday off because the kids had no day care. This week starts the first week of the new boot camp session. Even though I had the day off, I was still up and out the door at 5:10am. It was so cold outside. I totally wasn’t expecting it. I came home and immediately made a cup of coffee.


I tried to keep the kids busy today so we ran some errands and went to lunch.


The kids enjoyed hanging out with mommy and I loved hanging with them! When I got home I made a delicious orzo soup. It had chicken sausage, spinach, mushrooms, carrots, and celery. I got the recipe here. It was delicious! And plenty of leftovers.


It was a nice long weekend and I am glad I got to enjoy it.




Weekly Workout Recap – 10/9

Last week was tough for the Uptite Mamas–one of us was sick and one of us has been battling some running issues. Let’s see how we did this week.


Kerry: I decided to rest today. We actually have a week off of boot camp so I could sleep in a bit. I ended up running a half marathon yesterday (after debating all week if I would run or not). I had been battling being sick and yesterday took a lot out of me. I decided to rest up today. I took the time to catch up on the blog and enjoy a cup of coffee.


Lara: I’m back to the doctor today to check up on my body and to see how marathon ready I am.  I left there feeling positive and armed with some physical therapy exercise homework until my next appointment.  She said no running until my next appointment but that doesn’t mean I can’t do any weight training.


Kerry: I was still feeling a little sore this morning from the race Sunday. I decided to do some Runners Yoga. It felt awesome to stretch out a little bit. I hate to admit it but I am starting to like yoga a little more.


Lara: I was excited to pack my workout bag again to join the lunchtime workout crew today.  I did my physical therapy and joined in with some weights too.  I have a feeling I’ll be feeling this tomorrow since it’s been awhile


Kerry: I had full intentions of getting a run in this morning. I rolled over, looked at the clock, and realized I had slept a little later than normal and I wasn’t going to have the time. I didn’t beat myself up too much about it. This week is a week off from boot camp too and it’s nice to give my body a little down time.

Lara: Woke up this morning and did some yoga.  I wanted to connect my mind with positive thoughts for this marathon. And to place healing thoughts throughout my body.  With nearly 3 weeks to go, it’s getting harder to push those negative thoughts away. I’m not sure how realistic it is now that this might actually be an accomplishment for me.


Kerry: Another rest day for me–I am noticing a pattern here. Another morning where I planned on going out for a run but Jada decided she wanted to wake up at 5am so I had my hands full. Instead I spent some time with her and we watched Tangled.


Lara: Doctor’s appointment first thing in the morning.  She asked me if I ran but when I said that I hadn’t, she was surprised i hadn’t.  I might be a crazy runner, but I still follow doctor’s instructions.  I’m eager to try to run tomorrow! Today’s appointment was interesting.  I had a trendy procedure done – Cupping. She placed 4 on my lower back.  I told Kerry that this would probably be the closest I’d get to Micheal Phelps. I didn’t get any bruising though.
This is one of my favorite tables.  It’s my favorite part of the appointment when she makes space in my lower back just by the simple process of this table.


Kerry: Well, ending the work week the same way I started–no workout. I normally feel guilty over it but this week, I don’t. Next week it is back to boot camp and I will be back in the swing of things.

Lara: So happy to try to get a run in today.  I was hoping for 3 but wasn’t going to beat myself up about not making it. But totally would go longer if I could.  Just about 1 mile in I felt knee pain.  It wasn’t bad enough for me to stop, so I worked through it.  I was noticing a pattern on hills.  It hurt more as I ran downhill. I ended up walking a couple of times.  As I neared the 2.5 mile spot, I was hurting.  I walked a little more but completed 3.  Once I stopped, I still had a little bit more to walk to get home.  My knee was so tired and sore, that I even had to pause a couple of times while walking to give it a break.  Something tells me that this is not a good sign.


Kerry: I was up bright and early this morning but instead of working out, it was off to the grocery store. I have decided that I probably won’t start working out again until Monday when boot camp starts again. I will say that it was so nice being at the grocery store at 7am when it opened. It was empty. I can usually never get there that early since I am typically always running.


Lara: Any exercise related activities I did today was centered around icing my knee. Stairs are the worst.  It’s a different pain than before and I’m getting nervous.  My next appointment isn’t until Tuesday.
This picture was from Friday, but you get the picture…


Kerry: Ending the week the same way I started. No workout for me. I am currently enjoying a cup of coffee and catching up on the DVR.


Lara: It’s a rainy Sunday.  Which makes for a lazy day filled with baking, food prepping and watching lots of tv…

Race Recap-Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon

This past weekend I (Kerry), ran the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon. Lara and I ran this race together 2 years ago and had a lot of fun so we figured we would sign up again. Unfortunately, Lara couldn’t run due to some marathon training injuries so I ended up running it along with Lara’s husband Ben, who also signed up. Leading up to the race, I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to run. I had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier in the week. Apparently I had it for weeks and didn’t realize it. I was put on some meds and was told to rest but wasn’t told I couldn’t run. By Saturday, I still wasn’t feeling 100% but knew I could complete the race. The biggest thing I was afraid of was any complications or making myself get even sicker. I had told Lara and Ben it would be a game time decision for me and I would let them know Sunday morning. I was restless all night and finally at 4:15am on Sunday, I made the decision to run. We left the house bright and early at 5:30am to head up to pick up our race numbers. It was still dark out when we got there.

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We left plenty of time to get our numbers and park so we had some time to hang out in the car before the race. I was a little tired from not sleeping well. It was also cool and rainy (even though it said no rain) so the weather just made me want to crawl back under the covers.


The race started at 8am so we started walking to the start line around 7:45.


Lara hung out with Ben and I until the race started.


The race started promptly at 8am. I didn’t have high expectations for the race. It was tough because when I ran this race 2 years ago, I PR’d. I ran a 1:42. It is a nice, flat course and I was hoping to come close to that but knew that my body was fighting off an illness. The first 4 miles we basically did 2 loops. Lara was able to see us a few times and it was nice to have someone cheering us on.


My first mile was a 8:29. When I first saw it, I was a little nervous that this would be a bad race for me but I still kept telling myself to try to take it easy. My second, third, and fourth miles got a little faster (7:50, 7:44, 7:49). The course is mostly flat. There was an incline around miles 7-8. Mile 8 was an 8:05 for me. I got a little faster after that but miles 11 and 12 were a lot slower for me (8:12, 8:04). Lara was there at the finish line cheering me on. It’s always so nice to see a familiar face at the end.

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I finished the race with a time of 1:45:18. Not too shabby considering being sick. I was happy with the results. I felt good and strong during the race and my cough really didn’t seem to bother me. The post race festivities for this race are fun. They have a live band playing and everyone gets 2 free beer tickets, a lobster roll, and clam chowder.

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We didn’t stick around too long because it was cold and rainy but we made sure to get our grub! Overall it was a good race. The course is right along the ocean and there are certainly a good amount of spectators. Now that this is over, I have to start thinking about my next race.


Weekend Update (Kerry)-Rest & Running

This weekend was cold and dreary. It would have been a nice weekend to stay under the covers and watch movies all weekend but with two little ones, that doesn’t get to happen often. I didn’t workout Friday morning because in case you missed it,  I ended up  in the doctor this week and was diagnosed with walking pneumonia. Luckily, I think I was at the tail end of it by the time I was diagnosed so I was given meds and told to try to rest it off. I was slated to run a half marathon on Sunday, and I really wanted to rest up to see if I could still attempt to run it on Sunday. Since I didn’t work out, I had a little extra time in the morning to stop at Bruegger’s and get one of my favorite smoothies–PB Chocolate Love.


Friday night we didn’t do much. I still wasn’t feeling 100% so I took the opportunity to lay on the couch and rest. Saturday morning started off with the usual–Jada’s dance class and then grocery shopping. I also got a Blue Apron delivery this weekend so I was pretty excited about that!


I also picked up this impulse buy at the grocery store.


Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be–maybe that is a good thing. All day Saturday all I could think about was the half marathon that I was supposed to run Sunday. Saturday morning I had texted Lara to tell her that I didn’t think I would be running. I was still tired and wasn’t feeling as well as I thought I would by that point. But the runner guilt kept pouring over me…I couldn’t stop thinking about running. The issue for me was that I knew I could run it –considering I had been running for weeks not knowing I was sick. I was more afraid of the the repercussions of running–getting sicker, missing more work, not being able to help with the kids. It was a gamble. So, I decided to keep resting up. Jada and I watched The Peanuts Movie in bed in the afternoon.


By the end of the night, I still hadn’t decided if I would run or not. I went to bed super early with hopes I would wake up and the decision would be made for me. I didn’t sleep well Sunday because I think I was just anxious about the race. I woke up at 4:15am and made the decision to run the race. We needed to leave at 5:30 so I got up and got myself ready to go.


It ended up being misty and chilly for the race, but I felt good running. I think my body needed it. Unfortunately I was plagued with some stomach issues towards the end but I finished the race in 1:45:18–not too shabby. Ironically, there was no coughing involved and my walking pneumonia didn’t seem to phase me. I PR’d this race 2 years ago with a 1:42. I knew that probably wasn’t in the cards for today but I think the 1:45 is fitting considering the circumstances. I plan on posting a race recap later this week.

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After the race, I had about an hour before we had to walk out the door again. We were off to a first birthday party. It was Elmo themed and the kids had a blast!

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We got home from the party and I was beat but I had promised Jada we would finish making our homemade ice cream (this process started yesterday). Pumpkin ice cream–it was super yummy!

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Hope everyone had a nice weekend!


Weekend Update – Another DNS in the books

And another weekend in the books! I can’t believe it’s Monday already. If only the work weeks flew by as fast as the weekends.  Or could they switch categories. The work weeks fly by and the weekends drag on.  Let’s try that scenario for a couple of months.

This weekend seemed a bit weird.  And I think it’s mostly to do with running. Shocking.  There was no long run for me. Would you even guess that I’m supposed to be running my first marathon at the end of the month? Probably not, because I’m starting not to believe it myself.  When will I actually run???

Friday morning was cool.  Felt like fall and I was all ready to jump right in to that fall feeling.  Jeans, long-sleeved shirt (with thumb holes I might add), adorable TOMS and of course a hot coffee.  Great way to start the day.img_4503

Kind of random, but I was going through my emails and saw this marketing email.  Makes me want to just right on that offer…img_4504

Friday night was pretty lame.  Kayley had dance until 7:45 so we weren’t eating dinner until 8pm.  It was a quiet night for us and we were ready to bed not too long after the food digested.

Saturday morning we woke up to some rain.  It literally feels like it wasn’t rained in months.  We need it.  But it stinks when it comes on days that we have outdoor plans.  My hometown was putting on a little parade to celebrate the 100 years of the fire department.  I totally wanted to attend and my little family humored me.  We all went down to the town common. It was a bit drizzly, but not torrential downpour.
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Not only did I want to celebrate the fire station, but the town also got the mobile 9/11 exhibit for the day.  It’s its first time in MA and apparently we only got it because of a cancellation.  I knew it was something that I couldn’t miss.  There were building relics, fire department relics, and lots of memories.  There were interesting stories told and lots of emotions flowing.  For a small space (expanded 18 wheeler), there sure was a lot packed in.  Extremely well done and something you shouldn’t miss if you have the chance to have it near you to walk through.
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It as then time to get some errands done.  First stop was the running store for me to get fitted for sneakers AGAIN. I did walk away with another new pair and will take them to the appointment with me today to see what the doctor thinks about these ones.  And now I also have to figure out what to do with the pair of sneakers I have but cannot wear anymore…
img_4514It was another early night for us because we were up early to get a half marathon.  Ben, Kerry and I were all signed up for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon in New Hampshire.  This was the race that I signed up for last year and couldn’t run because of my calf pain.  Now it’s the second race I have signed up for and could not race because of knee pain.  img_4518

I still went to support my two favorite runners. And even stood in the corral with them while they lined up.  The first and only time I’ll stand in the 1:50 half marathon pace wave. 🙂img_4521

I was able to see them 4 times within their first 4 miles before they headed off inland into the neighborhoods.  While they were gone, I did some of my physical therapy exercises on the sand.  It wasn’t easy and I felt winded after 15 minutes. I really cannot wait until I can just workout like normal again.  img_4543

The rest of the afternoon was serious chill out time.  There was a Patriots game to watch and the farewell ceremony for Boston’s beloved Big Papi – David Ortiz.  I love baseball and didn’t want to miss that for one second.  I’m pretty sure a little snooze happened, some food prep work, and the cleaning out of our DVR.

As far as Sunday goes, it was a good one.  I kind of wish we could do it all over again today.  But it’s back to reality and back to work.  Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Workout Recap – 10/2

It is finally fall here. This week brought cooler temperatures and lots of rain. We are certainly not complaining as we really need the rain. Just makes for some tough, wet runs. We also both have a half marathon in our cards for this week. We are slated to run the Smuttynose Rockfest on Sunday.


Kerry: Today was supposed to be a boot camp day for me. Unfortunately, my 3 year old had other ideas for me. She woke up at 1:30am and crawled in to our bed. She couldn’t go to sleep and watched Brave and 4 episodes of Doc McStuffins. For those of you doing the math, yes that is almost 4 hours of being awake. She ended up finally falling back asleep at 5:30am. Needless to say, I was so tired from being up with her, there was no way I could go to boot camp.

Lara: Today is my birthday. I’m still pretty grumpy from my bad long run yesterday. (you can read about it here in my weekend update.) I decided I needed to just give myself some more time off. This marathon training is becoming pretty difficult with not many miles accumulating. I’m not gonna lie – I’m getting discouraged here. I’m tired of these injuries and just want to run without getting hurt…


Kerry: I got up today ready to hit the road. I got outside and realized it was raining. Shame on me for not looking at the weather first. I still got my run in. I did almost 3 miles. It started really coming down as I got home. It was a chilly, wet run.


Lara: I woke up this morning and decided that I needed to shake it off.  I did do an at-home workout (Thanks fitness of upper body and power yoga.  It was quick, but I was feeling it and I was starting to feel a bit more happy with myself. Also, yesterday, I decided I needed some professional help.  I made an appointment with a local sports therapy office and went today.  I learned that I don’t move my right arm enough and it sends signals to my left leg to not move as much (while walking and running).  This in turn makes my right leg overcompensate.  She also realigned my back and helped create space in my lower back.  She has hope for me and thinks that with some focus, I can get through these next 5 weeks ready to run the marathon. I have two additional appointments made in the next few days. Fingers crossed.


Kerry: Boot camp day today. Today we did hills. I took it pretty easy since I have the half marathon coming up Sunday. I also haven’t been feeling great. I have this cough that I can’t seem to shake. I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and they thought it could just be a virus. Unfortunately, I still have the cough and now I have other symptoms–stuffy nose, sore throat, and just general tiredness. I am going back to the doctor today. Anyway, today we switched it up a bit and started at the bottom of the hill and did 10 push-ups and 10 squats. We ran to the top of the hill and did 9 push-ups and 9 squats. We went all the way to 0. Once we completed that, we broke up the hill in 4 segments and did lunges up 1/4 of the hill, side shuffling up 1/2 the hill, and then a backwards jog the last 1/4 of the way. The backwards jog was tough. My hamstrings were feeling it. Love looking at my fit bit and seeing how many floors it is showing for this morning.


Lara: The therapist told me that today I should rest my body after all of the manipulations and realignments from yesterday. I was ok with that.  Positive side is that I have been really good with my food. My calories have been on the lower side as I have been upping my protein.  It helps to keep my hunger levels low. So while my workouts have been minimal, I also haven’t been eating the house.  Silver lining.


Kerry: Well I went to the doctor yesterday because I was feeling worse. It ends up that I have walking pneumonia. Yesterday was the worst I had felt since the onset. It started with a cough that started about 3 weeks ago. After a week of having the cough, I went to the doctor and he told me that it could just be a virus. At that point, I didn’t feel bad, just had an awful cough. The doctor told me to come back if I wasn’t feeling better in a few weeks. On Tuesday, I started feeling like I was getting a cold. My nose was stuffy and my eyes started to hurt. Wednesday I felt awful–almost flu like so off to the doctor I went. Luckily, the doctor prescribed me some antibiotics and I am already feeling better. I asked about running and was told to take a few days off and rest up. I took the advice and today was a rest day for me. I am really hoping that I am feeling well enough to run the half on Sunday.


Lara: I was told that I could workout today. In my head I heard – “Go for a run.” So I did.  I wanted only 3 miles just to test my legs.  I got barely 1 mile.  At about .5, I felt a twinge in my knee and just called it quits.  I’m trying to get myself better, so I staggered home with my tail between my legs. I’m beyond frustration stage and will just wait to see what the doctor says when I see her on Friday.


Kerry: Another rest day for me today. Trying to get better so I can possibly run Sunday. I did enjoy a few extra minutes this morning and stopped at Jamba Juice to get a Chocolate Banana PB smoothie. It was delicious.


Lara: Needless to say, I didn’t workout again today.  Such a slacker.  Good news though is that my doctor doesn’t think that there is any damage in my knee. It’s just angry and will get better. I do have to look for a more flexible sneaker though.  Guess that’s on my to-do list for the weekend.


Kerry: Still trying to get better. I am making a decision tomorrow as to whether or not I will run the half I am signed up for. Jada and I spent the afternoon in my bed watching The Peanuts Movie.


Lara: I never did workout today and i don’t have a good reason why.  This not being on a workout schedule is probably not the best thing for my motivation, but clearly something that my body is craving.  I did go sneaker shopping though.


Kerry: I decided at 4am this morning that I felt well enough to run the half. I will post more about that this week. It was a wet, cold run but I didn’t do too bad.


Lara: My job today was to spectate the race that I was supposed to run.  This is the second year in a row that I have signed up for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon and haven’t run it.  Enjoy my free money race directors. 🙂  I did do some workouts on the beach though and waited for my favorite runners to finish their races.
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