Today, I’m linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the Friday Five linkup. Each week, the link up has a different theme, and everyone gives their personal insight on the same subject, making it a fun read.
This week’s theme is a day in the life, so I’m chronicling a recent Wednesday.
5:55 AM: I wake up and roll out of bed. I set my alarm for 5:55 because I always seem to be late otherwise. Even my car’s clock is set for 10 minutes ahead of schedule.
My dad always taught me to be early. If you’re on time, you’re late. Old habits die hard.
I make coffee, check e-mail, check social media, and get dressed to work out. Most days I start my run around 6:45, but on Wednesday, I do sunrise yoga.
6:30 AM: Clay has an appointment with his eye doctor so he doesn’t go to yoga. He tells me that he plans to go to MMA/Kickboxing that evening, and he heads off to work. Clay’s a software developer, and he works in a brick-and-mortar office in Mt. Pleasant.
7 AM: I arrive at the gym for sunrise yoga. It’s a small class of 5-6 people, and I like that. Sunrise yoga keeps me injury-free and sets me up for a good day at work. I leave the class mentally centered and in a good mood.
I grab a treat after yoga, eat breakfast, and head home to work.
8:15 AM: Work begins.
Each day at 9 AM, I have a status meeting where everyone who works on the product I write for tells what they did the day before and what they are doing that day. Some other people who work with me also work from home but this meeting gives everyone a chance to interact. Everyone in the office meets in person and those of us who work from home are conferenced in on the phone (usually not on a camera).
Even though I work at home, I always get dressed- usually in a race t-shirt and khaki shorts. Working out in the morning motivates me to shower, get dressed, and put on a little makeup each day. I feel better and I’m much more productive at work. I highly recommend this for anyone who works from home, even if you just take a walk around the neighborhood.
12:30 PM: Lunch break. I typically eat a salad or sandwich for lunch. I buy salad kits and big boxes of salmon burgers and veggie burgers at Costco, so most days it’s something quick. Sometimes I eat leftovers and some days I leave to pick up lunch.
Today I ate a grilled fruit salad from Ladle’s Soups and read the Charleston City Paper and West Of (West Ashley newspaper) since they both come out on Wednesday. They are free local newspapers that I grab on my way out of yoga.
1 PM: I start working again.
Let’s talk about work. I work from my home as a technical writer for a computer software company, writing training manuals, troubleshooting articles, online help, company blog posts, and other documentation. Besides that, I keep up with the latest in technical writing, usability/user experience, instructional design, and technology (Windows 10 is a big one lately).
I don’t have any meetings this afternoon, so I watch an online class on user experience and take notes. I also drink a lot of water because it’s summer and 269832 degrees.
My desk isn’t always that clean. I cleaned it once and took a picture just for the sake of someday writing this post. Clean desk or messy desk, my real girl life relies on that planner.
5:00 PM: I log off work for the day. My job has set hours and I usually work from 8-5. Clay drops by the house before his MMA/Kickboxing to change clothes and relax a little while so we chat. I change clothes, grab more water and my track bag, then drive to Summerville.
6:00 PM: Track workout! Tonight, we ran a mile, then did a workout of 8 x 400 meter at goal 5K pace, with 200 meter runs between each rep. Some people walked or jogged the recoveries and some of us just ran them at a conversational pace. We cooled down by running another mile.
The workout was five miles total, and my quads felt it that night.
All of us who do the Wednesday track workouts have different goals. The group is pretty evenly split between triathletes and runners training for 5Ks, half marathons, and marathons. We have a wide range of paces and sometimes people bring their kids or families to the track. Sometimes people come and just run easy or walk too.
7:00-7:15 PM: We finish up with the workout and skip the post-run selfie. It’s recovery beverage time, so some of us head to Icehouse, a bar and restaurant in downtown Summerville. The drinks and food are reasonably priced and delicious there, and we sit outside on the patio to dry out from track and keep diners from smelling us!
8:30 PM: I head back to West Ashley (about a 20-25 minute drive). At home, I shower and drink a protein shake.
9:15 PM: I go into Clay’s man cave where he’s playing video games and talk to him and stretch. He had fun at kickboxing but I pretty much know both of us will be sore the next day. Sometimes we watch TV in the evenings- lately we watch Botched, Master Chef, and our new favorite, Orange is the New Black.
10:30 PM: This is when I try to wind down and hit the sack. I like to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night and usually that happens. Falling asleep isn’t hard after a speed workout.