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Not the usual rundown

So we’re on to the last Weekly rundown of January! This is a month I don’t miss when it’s gone. January feels like a non-month, nothing but a long transition between Christmas and the potential beginning of spring. Here in Ireland, January can be quite nice but this year it’s been nothing but cold and dreary with either sub-freezing temperatures or we’ve had Atlantic storms. According to my Garmin I have only been out walking twice this month (walking from the office to the gym and back doesn’t count!). Not ok!!

This last fitness week of January 2024 was a short one, because while finishing this post, I’m in my armchair sick with a nasty non-Covid-probably-not-flu cold. But let’s talk about the good things I did before that happened. I did some fabulous things in the gym this week!

Here’s a summary of my week of fitness (and not):
Monday – gym
Tuesday – cycling and more
Wednesday – gym with 3 PBs
Thursday – ugh
Friday – I almost went walking
Saturday – ugh
Sunday – a little less ugh


So today we were back to a standard program, with lighter weights and more reps, 3 x 12. Easy? Not really! When I’ve done the heavy program for a few weeks and go back to 12 reps instead of 6, it feels like climbing a mountain.

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Oh the good standard back squats! I love them and I feel good doing them. I should probably count these as another PB because 40 kgs is the heaviest I’ve lifted with 12 reps. They were challenging but absolutely doable! Same with the deadlifts.

I managed all exercises very well until the second set of chest press… I started getting exhausted and only managed 10 reps on the last two sets of both chest press and pullovers. I was so slow on the pullovers that we only had time for one shoulder exercise! What a bummer. But I was surprised how easy it felt to do the 6 kg lateral raises – compared to the 8 kg ones last week, yikes!. On the last few reps of each set I wasn’t in top form, but doing 12 reps of them was really not too bad . Yay!!

As for the hope for a Tuesday walk…. my trainer mentioned warnings for a Storm Jocelyn. Can we get to spring soon??!


This was a very gloomy day, and as expected I didn’t go out. After lunch I did my high step-ups, 10 lunges and then hopped on the indoor bike for 13 km on Zwift.

The storm was very absent but arrived in the evening and it was quite wild out there for a while. Instead of going to the music session in the pub we played some tunes in the kitchen. A very pleasant evening, I must say!


This was quite the gym session! I got tired quite easily but kept going… activated that Jävlaranamma. It’s not supposed to be easy!

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Lunges with dumbbells was a good move, going back to some basics to help me work up the lunges again. I felt quite good doing them and only wobbled once or twice. I felt I could go quite deep too so I was happy with that. The sumo squats felt good but I somehow felt tired in my legs, whether that was the cycling, the Monday squats or the soon-to-hit virus. But I did all my reps.

On to the chest press! I did all 12 reps in the first and second set, started getting the burn and exhaustion around my elbows and only managed 10 reps in the last set. It was only after this I was told that it was now 32,5 kgs, not 30 like before. The barbell row and upright row were also heavier than I’ve lifted before with 12 reps. I really felt great after this session!


Well, the success of the fitness week ended there. After my gym session on the Wednesday, I suddenly felt unusually tired and could barely eat lunch. Later the sniffles started. But on Thursday morning I definitely felt something was going on, just not particularly bad yet. It was a slow day when I just rested my body and got some work done.

Looking back, this was probably coming earlier in the week, because I felt both in the gym and on the bike that I got tired a bit too easily.


Did I feel a bit better? I was still sniffly but felt quite ok otherwise. A first Covid test was negative. The weather was good so I prepared to go out for a short walk, but when I was about to head out of the house, it started raining. Normally I wouldn’t let this stop me, but perhaps with some virus going on, it wasn’t a good idea. I got back into the armchair with the laptop, and later in the evening, everything went downhill.


After a night of chills and aches all over the place, this was an awful day. The second Covid test was also negative so from here I treated it as flu.


I’m still feeling quite miserable but much better than yesterday and there’s some hope this won’t last too long (and it probably isn’t the flu). We’ll see.

Obviously I couldn’t do the 8k charity walk. But at least I donated money to the Cancer Connect and that’s more important than doing the walk.

Cancer Connect is an organisation that offers free transport for people in rural areas of county Cork to get to their cancer treatments in the city hospitals, with volunteer drivers only. This is a wonderful service and very relevant out here where many live quite remotely. The service was actually started here in West Cork but is now available throughout the county.

I’ll be back walking soon and I promise I’ll also get back to taking photos! This January has been the most photography-deprived month in years.

How was your week? What was your fitness highlight? I hope you’ve managed to escape the winter viruses so far!

Thanks Kim and Deborah for hosting the Weekly Rundown linkup!

22 responses to “Not the usual rundown”

  1. Deborah Brooks avatar

    Ugh so sorry you caught whatever you did and hope you are starting to feel better by now. It’s always something huh!? But congrats on your first half of the week where it looks like you had some strong sessions

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Deborah… not sure where this is going but I’m definitely better than yesterday! Fingers crossed.

  2. Wendy avatar

    I am so sorry you got sick! There is so much going around right now. I hope it passes soon!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Wendy, I hope so too!

  3. Darlene S Cardillo avatar

    Oh no… sorry that you got sick and also that you missed the race.

    Hope you are on the mend.

    Knock on wood – nothing here as far as sickness. My hubby was sick for a month!!

    My favorite workout was a race today that I walked with a friend.. it was free and nearby but the weather was awful – cold, rainy, snowy!! But we survived.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, it sucks. I’m not as bad as yesterday, at least.
      Glad to hear you’ve been ok. Your race sounds rough with that weather! But still lovely to be out there doing races.

  4. Melodie avatar

    I started the year off with a cold virus like that… not fun! I hope you feel better and get back to your “normal” really soon. That does sound like a great charity to donate toward. I know when my mom had cancer there were a few times it would have been nice to have a service like that!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, this is a great service and I’m happy to support it.
      Hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon! I’m a bit miserable at the moment but I’ll get there.

  5. Jenny avatar

    Blech- everyone around here seems to be getting sick as well. Yes, you were probably fighting it off all week and that’s why you felt so tired. But nice work in the gym leading up to it! I think January is a “blah” month for almost everyone. It’s almost over. I hope you feel better soon!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Jenny! Yes, it’s definitely the sick season.

  6. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets avatar

    Sorry to hear you’re sick, it’s always so tough trying to figure out is it the flu? Is it COVID? Hope you recover soon!

    Your workouts look great! I struggle with lunges even without using weights so kudos to you!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Covid certainly complicates things!! And those tests are so unreliable. Hopefully I’ll be back on track soon. Yes, are such a difficult exercise and I’ve always have troubles with them in one way or the other! It was only during my post-injury rehab I started getting the hang of them but that’s only without weights.

  7. Debbie avatar

    Oh no, I’m so sorry that you’re sick. I hope you feel better soon! It’s good to hear that you got s few good workouts in before it hit.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Debbie! And yes, it was a great week of workouts before that!

  8. Coco avatar

    I was wondering if your fatigue early in the week was due to getting sick. I hope you feel better soon!

    When my husband had covid in December he tested negative on a Friday, but then positive on Sunday (the next time he checked). Over here there’s also flu and RSV going around. For most of us the treatment is the same — rest!

    Cancer Connect sounds like a great and very needed charity! I forget how lucky I am with so many hospitals within a 20 min drive.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, Covid is tricky and those tests are so unreliable, one alone doesn’t tell you anything! Two negative is the minimum for me to dismiss Covid and that may not be accurate either! Lots of nasties going around now and I haven’t had the flu for years.

  9. Kimberly Hatting avatar

    Oh, that’s a bummer getting sick! I agree with what you said about January being a “lull” between Christmas and spring, LOL! Sounds like your strength sessions were very productive, though! I was able to get back to some walking last week, gosh I have missed that! I hope you’re feeling better soon, Susanne 😉

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Kim! I did get some really great strength workouts done before this bug hit! So glad for you to get some proper walking and running done again. Hopefully soon I can go for at least a short walk again.

  10. Malena avatar

    Hej, I sent you an email, but I suspect you don’t check your emails very often. It was nice to find this blog, good to see you’re doing things that are meaningful to you and make you feel good!

    1. Susanne avatar

      I did read it and was delighted!!! But have been a zombie over the weekend because of the flu and wanted to write a proper reply. Expect to receive something soon and lovely to see you here!

  11. Jenn avatar

    Oh,no! The flu is a monster this year!

    I hope you feel better soon!

    I had a really great 5K on Saturday, but I did struggle at the gym this week. I was happy to have a few days off.

    1. Susanne avatar

      I always tend to get the flu those years! (Except last year, I remember everyone talked about how bad it was) Haven’t had it since 2015-ish. It hasn’t been fun but I’m slowly getting some energy back.
      Good to hear about your 5k! And hope you’re back in your normal gym form soon.

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