Category Archives: Week in Review

Week In Review; March 25-April 1

Saturday: 6 miles with my friend Megan.  It was HUMID but I appreciate it after all the cold runs we have had this year!

Sunday: Planned rest day.

Monday: HRC group run. My fastest 4 miles of the year so far, with two of them sub 10!!!

Tuesday:  Took a friend to the pool for her first swim and did 650 meters of my own.

Wednesday: Cooperloopers group run; 4 miles for me!  I felt slow and sluggish but my pace was spot on.

Thursday: You know…spin class 🙂 But this time, with a friend, which always makes it more fun!

Friday: Planned rest day in preparation for my Saturday race.

Weekly High: Every workout was with a friend or multiple friends.

Weekly Low: I feel stretched so thin.  I need a nap!

Quote of the week: 

I sure hope this is the case…cause I have a race tomorrow and I have trained so hard!

Week In Review; March 18-24

Saturday: Adrenaline 5K.  You can read about it here!

Sunday: Planned rest day.

Monday: Solo spin bike ride with a video.  I always thought the videos were cheesy, but they are definitely helping!  Followed it up with a run just under three miles.

Tuesday: Swam 1200.  Feels good to be back in the pool after a few weeks off due to my hand injury.

Wednesday: It was cold and the wind was brutal but I still met up with my group for a 4 mile loop.  I absolutely credit my consistency with my progress, so no matter what, I make the runs happen!

Thursday: You know…spin class 🙂

Friday: I toyed off and on with swimming, but I have a long run tomorrow and my body was telling me to rest.  I went for a 3 mile walk just to get out, and while I did want to swim, I think I made the right decision.

Weekly High: I am really proud of my performance at Adrenaline.  While not a PR by far, I feel myself getting stronger.

Weekly Low: Really, I just want some consistently good weather!  Spring, I am ready!

Quote of the week: 

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Week In Review; March 11-17

Saturday: Hit up a weekend spin class, which was actually being taught by an acquaintance of mine. That was a fun surprise!  Followed it with a 2.5 mile run.

Sunday: Planned rest day.

Monday: Spring Break means morning workouts! Spin class and another 2.5 mile run! Later in the day, I was feeling antsy, so I went for a 2 mile walk.  Pretty good day!

Tuesday: We had a blizzard.  I still cannot believe it!

Wednesday: Thanks to all of the ice leftover from the storm, I was relegated to the treadmill.  My planned outdoor 8 miler turned into a dreadmill 6.5 miler.

Thursday: Met my friend Becky at the pool in the morning.  She is doing her first tri this summer and I am helping her with her swimming.  I got in 1000 meters of my own while I was there.  That night, I hit up a spin class.  I am a “regular” now!

Friday: Planned rest day.

Weekly High: Spring Break!!!!

Weekly Low: I mean, it’s my SPRING break and we had a blizzard.  What the what?!?!

Quote of the week: 

This.  It just has to get done, even when the weather is cooperating!

Week In Review; February 25-March 3


Weekend: Last Friday night, I headed up to Pittsburgh with my Dad and boyfriend.  My boyfriend had gotten us tickets to a UNC game for Christmas (my dad and I are HUGE UNC fans) and offered to drive us up.  It was a great weekend, and other than the walking I did around Pittsburgh, I did no such exercise!


All smiles after a UNC win!!!

Monday: Missed my Monday group run, so it was a 5.7 mile run on the dreadmill for me.

Tuesday: Not a planned rest day. (See weekly low, below.)

Wednesday: Due to the predicted crazy thunderstorms, I was once again relegated to the treadmill for a 10k.  Turns out, barely even rained. So annoying when they hype up a storm.  Also, dangerous, because when a real storm comes, people won’t believe it and won’t be prepared!

Thursday: Back to the hardcore spin class.  Pretty difficult, but such a great workout.

Friday: Planned rest day.

Weekly High: Seeing UNC win, in person!!!

Weekly Low: I took a pretty bad spill at work on Monday.  All of my weight landed on my left hand and injured my wrist/hand/finger.  Other than the bad scrapes, I felt okay but because there was so much bruising, work sent me to get checked out.  Spent most of Tuesday at the medical center getting x-rays and such. Tore up my skin pretty bad, a few bruised bones and a sprain.  Thankfully, nothing is broken, but I am still all wrapped up for the time being due to the deep scrapes and sprain.  No swimming for about a week and it was definitely a little harder to spin, but I am still making it happen!  No excuses!

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. Getting to take a road trip with my dad!
  2. No break after my fall!
  3. The weekend- it’s been a long week!

Quote of the week: 

Twice I had to run on the treadmill.  My hand is wrapped in a bandage.  I had to modify for spin.  Not allowed to swim or lift.  But I found a way and had a good week of workouts!



❤ Jillian

Week In Review; February 18-24

Saturday: Planned rest day but I definitely got in a work out.  We are getting a new Middle School and it was moving day.  Tons of steps…lots of lifting!

Sunday: Sea Isle 5k.  Read race report here.

Monday: A day off means extra time to spend at the gym.  Did a 2 mile recovery run, got in a good lifting session and did a little solo spin bike.

Tuesday: Planned rest day.

Wednesday: Weekly Cooper River Run.  Much nicer out than last week!  Between my own run and then going back to run in with friends, I clocked over 5 miles.

Thursday: Legit the most hardcore spin class I have ever taken.  Looking forward to the next one!

Friday: It was 70 degrees!!!  I had off due to a funeral, so I was able to get in 5 miles before it got too hot.  Awesome to be in a tank top in February!

Weekly High: 60-70 degrees ALL week was AMAZING!

Weekly Low: Saying goodbye to my cousin.

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. Definitely sunshine and vitamin D!
  2. Mondays off!
  3. Getting back into the routine of blogging- keeping me accountable!

Quote of the week: 

I’ve been back consistent at the gym now for 8 weeks and I am finally starting to like what I see.  That is my motivation each day to keep it up!

Week In Review; February 11-17

Saturday: Met up with a bunch of runners for a 4.5 mile group run.  Was supposed to be 5, but my friend and I missed a turn.  Ooops!  I really pushed it on this run, and definitely felt it in my legs the rest of the day!

Sunday: Swam 1000 meters.  Was feeling pretty exhausted, but wanted to get something in.  Took it easy on my legs and made good use of the pull buoy.

Monday: 856 group run.  We have two a month and I really look forward to them.  It’s a simple 3 mile out and back, but always a good time with friends, even when it is super cold!

Tuesday: Swam 1800 meters.  Did a mix up of kick board and buoy with freestyle sprints.

Wednesday: Weekly Cooper River Run.  It’s a 3.5 mile loop, but I always get a little extra because we don’t let anyone finish alone!  This was the windiest and coldest 4.5 miles of my life!

Thursday: Swam 1400 meters…and then…spinning!  Back in the saddle on that one!

Friday: Planned Rest Day

Weekly High: Pushing through the Wed night run.  I wanted to turn around and stop countless times.

Weekly Low: My cousin suddenly passed away this week.  It’s been a crushing couple of days.

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. The Cooper Run my friend Meghan and I started.  I love this run- I wish runs like this had been around when I was starting out.  We never let anyone finish alone.  It’s a great concept and we are gaining in numbers!
  2. Having exercise as a form of therapy.  I have had a pretty stressful month and with the emotions of this week tied in, I felt really overwhelmed.  I am thankful to have exercise back in my life, because it really does help me cope.
  3. It is now light out on my way to work!  Soon it will be light out when I leave.  Spring is on the way!!!!

Quote of the week: 

There are days when I am happy to spend a few hour


Week In Review: February 4-10

Saturday: Five miles on the treadmill. Ran inside so that I could wear my new tank top!

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Sunday: Planned rest day.

Monday: Ran 2 miles.  Really wanted to run outside, but I needed to get in a lift session so I took it to the gym.

Tuesday: Swam 2400 meters- mixed it up with kick board, buoy, sprints and strokes.

Wednesday: Planned rest day.

Thursday: We had a snow day, so I was able to get in a lifting session, a short 3 mile run and a quick 1200 swim!

Friday: Cross-Training-  Middle School ski trip 🙂

Weekly High: Snow day meant getting extra sleep, extra gym time and a day off work 🙂

Weekly Low: My shin splints flared a little this week and I could feel it in my whole posterior. I am taping my arches and resting/icing when necessary.  Really hoping it just needs some TLC because I cannot deal with an injury.

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. Snow day (even if I hate snow!)
  2. 2400 meters is my longest swim since getting back in the water.
  3. No injuries on the ski trip!!!

Quote of the week: 

It’s all about semantics sometimes!  There are definitely days I don’t want to work out- too tired, too cold or too busy- but I have started trying to find different ways to look at it.  Or, as I recently heard someone say, “Find a different way to shoot the jumper.”

Week In Review: January 14-20

Saturday: Got back to lifting and then had a great 2.5 mile tempo run on the treadmill!

Sunday: Planned rest day

Monday: Took advantage of my day off to get my first two-a-day in a very long time! Swam a mile in the morning and the met my friend Megan for a 4 mile loop around the local park.

Tuesday: Swam 1000 meters.  100 warm up, 4 x 100 free alternating with 4 x 100 with pull buoy.  2 x 50 sprints to end.  So tired from the day before and it showed.

Wednesday: Planned rest day. Got a new hair do 🙂

Thursday: Met up with some friends for a 3.5 mile run.  Legs are definitely tired this week!

Friday: Planned rest day to enjoy happy hour with work friends 🙂

Weekly High: My best workout week in years- twice I wanted to bag it, but I pushed through!

Weekly Low: Donald Trump became President today.  It scares the shit out of me.

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. We had Obama/Biden for 8 years.  I will miss them fiercely.
  2. Alcohol & friends.  I will be spending time with both this w
  3. Working out- definitely my release and much needed this week!

Quote of the week: 


Week In Review: January 7-13

Saturday: Ran 2 miles.  They WAY underplayed the snowstorm here (do they ever get it right?) so my choices were run in the snow or miss.  Missing was not an option, especially since it was one year since my car accident.  It was about half of what I planned, but I was still proud of myself for getting out there!

Sunday: Said snow was now ice.  No bueno for me and driving, so I had to miss my planned swim.

Monday: Ran just under 3 miles with my HRC group run.  I love this group and this run!  We usually do a 5k but this week we had to cut it a bit short due to icy roads.  It wasn’t the coldest run ever (that belongs to Philly 2008) but it was pretty bitter.  Luckily, I sweat like a dude, so I get warmed up fast!

Tuesday: Swam 1400 meters.  Finally back in the pool! 200 warm up, 5 x 150 free with 50 kicks and 200 cool down.

Wednesday: Planned rest day

Thursday: 2.8 mile tempo run.  Ummm…last weekend it snowed. This weekend it is going to snow.  But today…today was 67 degrees!!  I wore a tank top 🙂  (But yeah, no such thing as Global Warming. No, definitely not.)

Friday: Swam 1200 meters. 100 warm up, 5 x 200 free,  2 x 50 sprints.  I was so tired, so pretty impressed I still made it to the gym!  We had our annual community service day with rollerskating in the afternoon, so I got in a workout there, too!

Weekly High: Do you even have to ask…65 degrees!!!

Weekly Low: Do you even have to ask?  7 inches of snow!

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. Nice weather in the middle of a long winter.
  2. Our annual Community Service weekend was a success!
  3. Group runs that keep me accountable.

Quote of the week: 

It is so hard in cold weather, but I keep telling myself this:


I used to write my reviews Monday-Sunday. Now, I am doing Saturday-Friday.  Even though Monday feels more like a start, Friday just feels more like an “end” to me.  How do you determine your week?

Tracking Workouts

When I first started training, I used to do a week in review.  It was basically a way to track my workouts, how I felt in general and to constantly keep track of my goals.  When I stopped blogging, I also stopped tracking my workouts.  I never picked it up again and didn’t think much of it until recently.  I realized it was probably one of the most important posts I wrote each week.  Probably not the most exciting for readers, but the most necessary for myself.  I went back onto Finishing is Winning and read some past reviews. It made me happy to re-read those reviews because I feel like I am finally getting back to where I was when I was at my best.  It has been such a long road (I hate to keep repeating that, but it is true) and I am so proud to finally be working my way back to my best self.  I have missed that girl a lot.  Now that I am really back into training, with multiple races on the docket, I think this is the best way to keep myself accountable.  I always ended them with a weekly high and weekly low reflection, along with three things I am grateful for each week and a quote.  I happen to think this weeks quote is perfect 🙂

Saturday: Off, but I celebrated NY Eve by eating my weight in cookies and drinking too much red wine 🙂

Sunday: 2 miles running- last thing I wanted to do but had could not let the day go by without doing something, especially because it was beautiful out. Happy New Year!!!

Monday: 600 meters swimming- freestyle.  My first time swimming laps in a pool in almost three years!  I have missed swimming so much and it felt amazing to be back in the water!

Tuesday: Ran 2.5 miles, easy. Treadmill, because it was pouring!!!

Wednesday: 750  meters swimming- 4 x 100 free,  2 x 100 with kick board and ended with 3 x 50 meter sprint repeats.

Thursday: OFF

Friday: 1000 meters swimming- 5 x 200 freestyle repeats. Not a bad way to end the work week.

Weekly High: Getting back in the water!!

Weekly Low: Just how tired I was the whole week.  I am getting back on track but still staying up too late.

Three things I am grateful for this week:

  1. Getting back in the pool!
  2. My 856 running and tri groups that keep me accountable.
  3. Coffee!!!!!

Quote of the week: 

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I know I said I was going to get away from the weekly posts, but I think this one is important. It is the perfect way to start the New Year and stay accountable, so they are back!

How did you start off the year?