9 Years of Blogging + Still A Top Running Blog?! (weekly workout recap)



Happy Monday.

My blog turns nine years old this week which I just cannot believe! Where does the time go? My son was only ten years old at the time but now is in college and I’m still here writing this blog?

Obviously, blogs have evolved and changed so much over the years. My daily blogging has turned into 2-3 times a week which is half of what I used to do.

Yet somehow, this blog is still considered a top 100 women’s running blog for 2022. I so appreciate being included, especially as I’ve cut my mileage in the last few years and don’t keep up a social media personality.

It’s nice to know that running less still counts in the eyes of whoever makes these lists.


I don’t need to run 40 miles a week or run every day BUT I do need exercise. So maybe it’s a short run one day, a walk the next, and some yoga with pilates mixed in each week. I’ve fallen into such a great workout routine for me and I’m grateful to have had this blog for nine years in order to share my workouts and experiences with you.

Last Week’s Workouts:

I keep saying that we are in the hardest part of the year. It’s super cold most of the time now and the weather conditions make it iffy for running outside on a regular, consistent basis. I’m just doing my best over here until we reach spring!

Monday – 16 Min Go To Full Body + 40 Min Walk

Tuesday – 30 Min Barre3 + 10 Min Booty (1 lb weights)

It was COLD this morning so I couldn’t run or walk outside.

I picked a Barre3 workout from the app on my TV (I still don’t know how I have Barre3 on my TV). Once finished, I added 10 minutes with Melissa Wood Health.

Wednesday – 4 Mile Treadmill Run

It was raining but I really wanted to run. I sucked it up and went to the gym in my community which I have been avoiding since the mask mandate came back into effect. For today, it was just worth it to me to give running with a mask a try.

My goals for running with a mask:

  • Just get to three miles
  • Make it a strong three miles to get the most out of it
  • If I can handle it, get to 30 minutes.
  • If no one is in the gym and I can run without a mask, continue to four miles, maybe five, depending upon time.

There was only one other person in the gym but we both wore our masks. I managed okay, but the other lady did leave (when I was at 17 minutes) – so I took the mask off!

I felt great today actually and finished four miles in 33 minutes. With a warm-up mile in there and the rest between 7.5 – 7.8, it was a terrific run that felt pretty effortless.

Thursday – 3 Miles (outside)

It was above freezing so I ran outside today – carefully though because there was black ice on the ground in certain spots.

Friday – 33 Min Yoga/Pilates Flow (1 lb weights)

Snow this morning!

Saturday – 30 Min Treadmill Run/15 Min Full Body Flow

I don’t know when I will run outdoors again. The ground is icy and it’s really cold too!

I’m happy to report that I was the only one in the gym today so I didn’t need to wear a mask while running! Today’s run was a strong one but felt harder than Wednesday’s run. I finished over 3.5 miles at the 30-minute mark at which point I slowed down for a few minutes to cool down.


Sunday – Melissa Wood Health Combo

  • 23 Min Yoga
  • 23 Min Inner/Outer Thighs (1 lb weights + band)

I’ve decided this inner/outer thigh series is the most challenging workout from Melissa Wood Health. It looks so simple but it’s OMG hard. She even says it during the workout – people think they are getting off easy by lying on their side — WRONG.

Melissa wood health
Do you see the slight knee bend for the top leg? Killer!


Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

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