Weekly Wrap 110 Brain Dump

Weekly Wrap 110 Brain Dump

Weekly Wrap 110 Brain Dump

Weekly Wrap

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap 110 Brain Dump. I’ll get more into that a little later but first on to this week’s guest host.

Coming to you from Pittsburgh is Sara Runs This Town Please give Sara a warm Weekly Wrap welcome. Thank you from both Holly and I for all the support we have received during our guest host series. I hope you have enjoyed the change. I know I have.

I am still trying to find some balance between work, home, and activities. One week I think I have it together then another I’m pulling my hair out. I guess that is balance right??

Weekly Wrap 110 Brain Dump

On to this brain dump thing… For several years I’ve loved my Erin Condren Life Planner. Here lately I’ve been wanting to migrate into the freedoms the bullet journal has. In researching this I keep coming back to the term brain dump. I sometimes lay awake at night with all these thoughts swimming around in my head and at those times I wish I could do a brain dump and just shut it all off. I tend to do most of my worrying then too.

One of the benefits “they say” of journaling is to help with getting stuff out of your head and onto paper. Key word is “they say”. I’m usually pretty disciplined at completing tasks and such but organization??? I would say I need some help and with so much on my plate right now, I could use help with prioritizing in general.

Well, I’ve made a start by getting a plain paper notebook but dang, I’m so intimated by all the space I’ve yet to make a single mark!!It’s  kind of stupid to feel this way I know. I want it to be perfect but in reality, I shouldn’t worry, I should just start!


Weekly Activity

Sunday – light walking
Monday – Labor Day activities
Tuesday – Run 3 miles
Wednesday Bi’s and tri’s workout
Thursday – Run 3.12  miles
Friday – Nothing
Saturday – 10.5 miles

Well, I’ve made it into the double digits for this fall training session.  Thankfully it was a cool morning that started out in the upper 50’s and was still very nice 2 hours later when I finished. No real problems, I felt great nothing bothered me but I did have some chafing on the inside of my thigh. Yup, that was nice to find out in the shower!

I have just 4 weeks before my first half of the Fall season. I’ll be running in Oxford, MS at the Great 38 race.

My husband is also training for his first half in November in Vegas. He had 7 on the plan. We went together but he did his route I did mine. It was nice though to meet back up at the end. The rest of my day was sitting behind a desk getting some work done. Exciting right! But on the way to work, I stopped by Waffle House and got me a huge breakfast! That was exciting, lol.

I have a few fun things on the calendar so far in the next few months. We have a date night planned to go see a concert, more camping is also in the works and some college football games to attend!


Weekly Wrap 110 Brain Dump

Flex it Pink Virtual 10K earlier this year

Don’t forget you can still use my referral code to get $$ off of the Flex it Pink merchandise and subscription boxes like I get each month. Here is the link!

Today I have a nice relaxing day. Tomorrow both my hubs and I will be participating in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. We will climb a total of 110 flights, the height of the World Trade Center Towers. We will do it noncompetitively, but it still will not be easy! I’ve been in contact with my friend Kim for some expert tips! Make sure to visit me on my Instagram page to see how it is going.

Join me in praying for all those who have been and will be affected by Irma. I’m not sure what is worse being in MS and seeing all the news or in FL waiting for it all to happen.

Have you tried journaling? If so, tell me what works for you? Any good reference sites that you find useful?

What challenges are you currently working on? A race, a certain number of exercises, what? Share it with us!


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  1. I don’t journal, but I keep a constant day-to-day list going for all the things I need to get done. It works for me…

    Thanks for the linkup!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…On The Road Again And OBX Half Marathon Training (Week Seven)My Profile

  2. Yes, yes! I have been keeping a journal on and off since I was a young girl. I’ve been keeping a “prayer” journal since March of last year. I miss it since I’ve had surgery. I’ve only written in it once in the last 3 weeks. It really does help write what’s on your mind and pray for others. Great job on your 10 miles! I’m so glad Greg enjoys running too! Best of luck at both of your half marathons!

  3. I love my Erin Condren planner and put everything in there! In fact, I just ordered my new one. There is something very exciting about a new blank calendar isn’t there? I have not tried the bullet journal. Yay for better running this week
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Weekly Wrap -The Week of Happy Miles & Welcome RunsMy Profile

  4. Ive heard of bullet journals but I would also be too intimidated by all the space. I also do alot of thinking/worrying at night and think it would be good to get it all out somehow!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Goodbyes, Our Pet, and My Fingers are CrossedMy Profile

  5. I attempted bullet journaling a couple of years ago. I LOVED it, but I wasn’t organized enough to stay with it. These days, I like to do a mix of journaling/planning. I lovelovelove my EC too, but I recently got The Happy Planner and started using it. So far, so good!
    Jessica recently posted…Last Week’s Workouts + Wine & Dine Week 10 RecapMy Profile

  6. I do not journal but maybe I should.
    My job and life keep me awake at night.

    Congrats on getting back into long runs big time. 10 miles is a big feat.

    Can’t wait until Vegas!!
    Darlene recently posted…TOTR: Fall TrainingMy Profile

  7. Good luck with your stair climb!
    I just started bullet journaly after months of wanting to. Right now I’m only doing two things: a monthly calendar of my workouts (journal the run project on IG) and a monthly tracking (workouts mainly). I’m trying to keep it easy and eventually do more of it!

  8. What exactly is bullet journaling? Maybe you can do a post on it. I have to have a planner each year and I like when it has the individual days of the week as well as the monthly view but I will go weeks without even writing anything in it!

  9. I use the Ink Well Planner and love it. I also find doing brain dumps periodically helps clear my head then I can sort through the to do’s and prioritize. I keep seeing all of this buzz about bullet journaling but I’m not really sure what it is.
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Harborside Week 2 & an Upcoming LRBMy Profile

  10. I feel as though my blog is a journal and a brain dump. You know I don’t hold back. I barely have time to keep up with it, 3 days/week. I wish I could do more.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Slowing Down is Hard to DoMy Profile

  11. I’m intimidating my journaling. I have a whole collection of cute journals I’m afraid to “mess up.” ~sigh~

  12. Nice job getting in the double digits this session! I think it’s awesome that your hubby is running too! I am praying for all those who have been and will be affected by Irma.
    Sherry recently posted…CIM Training Week 8 and Weekly Wrap (9/4-9/10)My Profile

  13. I do the brain dump sometimes. I do mine in the form of lists so it’s a little like bullet journaling I suppose. I’m a list person — it helps keep me organized!
    Rachel recently posted…A Positive Mindset and a Great Week of Training {Marine Corps Marathon Training: Week 11}My Profile

  14. I haven’t journaled in forever. BUT I do write down everything I need to do for work in a notebook and then make to-do lists and to-do lists to get things done. I have personal and professional daily lists that keep me organized. That’s great your husband is training for his first half! Will you do any training runs together? (It sounded like you ran separate routes) My challenge right now is to run outside several times a week, especially as I no longer have a treadmill. It’s hard going outside in the dark and cold – and I know it’s only going to get colder! I’d also like to push myself to do at least one race this month – I’ve been slacking off in the race territory.
    melissa recently posted…Vacation RunningMy Profile

  15. Balance is always super hard to find. I find writing a to-do list before bed and meditating daily (short, guided meditations) help — falling asleep is rarely my problem, it’s staying asleep. Been doing better there lately,might be a blog post in there some day.

    Great job on your double digit run but boo to that chafing! It’s so random & annoying for me. Rarely happens but hoo boy when it does! Did you see my tip about putting on anti-chafing stuff before you shower? Of course you have to actually know it’s there.

    I’ll be sharing one of the things I’ve been working on tomorrow. 🙂
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…New Critters: 9/4-10 Weekly WrapMy Profile

  16. Congrats on your long run this weekend! It’s definitely difficult to find balance between work and life. Sometimes I feel like I have it down, and then other weeks is’a one big fail!

  17. I hear you on the work-life balance…that is always a big struggle for me! I have a Passion Planner that I like but I know that I could do a much better job of using it. I’ve heard good things about bullet journaling but have never done it!

    Nice job with your training! I love the fall…it’s been great to not be as disgustingly sweaty and gross the past couple of weeks, lol!

    And have a great time at the Stair Climb, sounds like an awesome event. The most I’ve done is 100 flights (up one building twice)…enjoy the burn! 🙂
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Rock ‘N Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Training Week 7My Profile

  18. Finding that life balance is always difficult, and its a challenge that we all face. Planning ahead and using calendars and reminders on my phone helps significantly in making sure that everything that needs to get done does. And then there’s the list of things that I hope will get done…
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 14My Profile

  19. I do exactly the same thing with pretty journals. I end up not using them! That said, I bought myself a really pretty calendar book just this month that I started using as sort of a journal. So far so good! Yay for Greg running Vegas!
    Marcia recently posted…Chicago Marathon Weekend: Things to See, Eat and DoMy Profile

  20. I just started bullet journaling a couple months ago and I’ve been finding it really helpful! The stair climb sounds really tough, hope it went well 🙂
    Chaitali recently posted…WDW Marathon Training – Week 1My Profile

  21. I love the idea of bullet journals, but I have zero artistic talent so they intimidate me. Glad you had a taste of cooler weather!

  22. Irma has been pretty rough in Charleston- nothing like Florida or the Caribbean, obviously, but with tides and the time we got the outer bands, the downtown area flooded. It is one strong storm.

    I don’t really journal (well, I do blog…). I use a Lilly Pulitzer planner and it is great. I have different colored pens and I use highlighters to mark off what I do each day. It may not be beautiful, but it looks cool to me and gets the job done. I really never used a planner until I started working from home and had to keep up with a lot more stuff like things to do.
    Amy Lauren recently posted…Weekly Rundown: September 4-10My Profile

  23. I tried bullet journaling for a few months, but it was just too time-consuming for me. I prefer having a “regular” planner and a separate journal for brain dumps. Although I liked that the Passion Planner I used last year had 50ish blank pages in the back for whatever.

  24. I’ve never journaled but I did keep a planner when I worked. Now that I’m not working, I feel that I need a planner to make sure I stay productive! 🙂

    I’m so excited for you that Greg will be running the Vegas half too! Good luck in Oxford next month…. hope it’s a nice cool morning on race day.

    Where was this stair climb? Why did they never do anything cool like that when I lived there??? 🙂
    Teresa recently posted…Marathon Training Week 1: See Sloth RunMy Profile

  25. I used to journal when I was younger but stopped, I should start up as I have lots of ideas in my head at time but I just don’t seem to have the time to write. Great job on your long run but sorry about the chafing. Finding out in the shower is the worst. Great job on your stair climb! Saw the pic on IG!
    Sharon recently posted…CIM Marathon Training Week 7 & Weekly Wrap: 9/4-9/10My Profile

  26. I don’t journal, but do like my lists. It’s probably the checking off part, if truth be told. Great job on the stair climb. Can you believe the fall racing season is just around the corner? Trail Toes (did you forget it?).

  27. I don’t journal but I like to keep notebooks handy because I get a lot of ideas for blog posts at very random times and I need to be able to write down my thoughts before I can’t remember them lol! I hope that journaling helps you. Maybe you can start by setting a timer and just write for 2 minutes to get started until it becomes more comfortable?
    Great job with the stair climbing….I don’t think I could do that many flights!!
    Sara recently posted…Great Race 5k & UBHM Training Week 6My Profile

  28. I am excited the hubs is going to tackle the half distance!!! Go Greg 🙂
    I can’t believe you did that step climb by repeating so many times, that is amazing!!
    I totally relate to laying awake and not being able to shut off the thoughts. The past few months have been pretty heartbreaking around my house and my brain just goes nonstop. I hope you get a brain dump and relax.

  29. I’ve tried journaling numerous times – most recently tried out bullet journaling – but I just can’t kept up with it. I thought bullet journaling might be a good fit because I love lists, but alas no.
    That stair climb sounds like a great event – how are your legs feeling? Stairs are always one of those things that no matter how good of shape I am in, I am huffing and puffing the whole time!

  30. Finding balance is not easy. I struggle with it every single day. I love the bullet journals but get intimidated with it.
    Zenaida Arroyo recently posted…Brilliant Reflective, my latest favorite running song, and I am still running.My Profile