My Eternal Internal Debate


I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have 4-day work weeks!

Sure, arriving at work at 6:30am Monday-Thursday is no picnic, but I could do it forever to have Fridays off. It’s great to have the extra day to run errands, clean the house, etc, rather than dedicate my entire Saturday to it.

Want to know how I came to have a 4-day work week? I asked for it. If there’s anything I learned from my Mom, who could sell ice to an Eskimo, it’s that you’ll never know what you’ll get unless you ask!

Despite having the day off, I was up at my usual time to be at Starbucks by 6:50 for a 7am meeting regarding the new IGE website (eee!) and had visited Walmart, the bank, written a freelance article AND gotten three loads of laundry done by 11am. Sweeeet. :)

I got a wicked craving for a cheese & veggie scramble around noon, but a quick scan of the fridge revealed that we were out of eggs. Damn! The craving was strong so I sped over to the store to grab a dozen, and by the time I got back it had shifted. I needed a breakfast sandwich instead!


2 (very) burnt pieces of toast, sandwiching a slice of bacon, cheese and an egg.


I thought I could get away with the burnt toast, but it was terrible, so I took the top off and enjoyed the egg, cheese and bacon open-faced style. Should’ve stuck with the scramble!


I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh pineapple on the side though. How good is pineapple right now, by the way? It’s soooooo sweet! I’ve been cutting mine with the Williams & Sonoma serrated knife Ben got me for our anniversary. It works so well!


After lunch I picked up my bridesmaid dress from the tailor for the wedding I’m in next weekend. Barely squeezing myself into it instantly motivated me to hit the trail for a long run. Funny how that works… ;)

Despite a heavy headwind, the first 2 miles of the 4.8 went fine. It all went downhill at mile 3 though – I was insanely thirsty! So I bargained with myself:

“Fine. Walk if you must, but every time you see a milestone – a bench, bridge, location pole, etc – you need to run to it + 1 step.”

It worked like a charm, and I ended up running more than walking. Bargaining in such a way is more of a mental relief than anything else, and I was able to bring the final mile in strong with the wind at my back – promptly slamming 32 oz of water the second I stepped in the door.


I don’t know about you, but my eternal internal debate on runs where I get super thirsty is – do I stop and walk, thus taking longer to get home and get to water? Or do I keep running, making myself even thirstier, but get home faster?

I usually choose to run through it so I can get to water faster. Today was a combo of both though. You?

In other news, Ben’s been golfing with work friends all afternoon, and I’m going to go meet them for a BBQ at one of their homes. I’m bringing Olde Savannah Sweet Tea Wine to share.


I’ve been obsessed with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka since I tried it at Mullets last year, so I was very excited to see sweet tea WINE at the store earlier this week!


Ok so it was $4.99 and it’ll probably be terrible, but I have to know for sure. ;) I’ll let you know how it goes…


Oh, I also want to let you know what I thought about Noosa Yoghurt!

Ok – seriously – it’s wonderful. This particular flavor was mango, but it tasted like sweet and creamy cheesecake. Cheesecake! The texture is in between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt – actually very similar to cheesecake batter – and the similarity in taste is uncanny. I’m definitely buying more of it!

Also, thank you for your running pant suggestions! I can’t wait to start looking into all your favorites. :)

Have a great night – TGIF!


Would you rather work 4- 10 hour days, or 5- 8 hour days?

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  1. You must have read my mind because yesterday I had to do the whole walk/run through 5 hot, sweaty miles without water. I convinced myself to run through the sunny spots but walk in the shade. The whole way I was thinking about how good water would taste, like I was trapped in the desert or something! Glad I’m not the only one out there who does this :)

  2. sounds like you had a productive day. great job :)

  3. girliefriend 04.29.2011

    Give me a 4 day week any day! I’m not a runner, so I may not know the whys, but couldn’t you take water with you on your run? Although, a brilliant way to bargain yourself home!

    Have a great weekend Kristin.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.29.2011

      I plum forgot today! It’s not super hot out so I figured I wouldn’t need it. Should’ve had more H2O throughout the day!

  4. Amanda 04.29.2011

    Have you ever thought of carrying water on your runs? I know it’s kindof a pain, but I can’t do more than 4 miles now without water. I either use a 1.5L camelbak for long runs (but sometimes the straps rub a bit), or a Nathan water bottle:,or.r_gc.r_pw.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=10465817899560897930&sa=X&ei=yTu7TcLlHOHe0QHMyt3FBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CGoQ8wIwAw#ps-sellers

    It straps to your hand so you barely know its there (and gives you a little arm workout!) and has a little pouch for keys or whatever. Have a great weekend!!

  5. Anita 04.29.2011

    What an awesome day! I’m just pushing through this last hour and half to get off work and go for a run– you totally have me craving a little time outside!

    Enjoy your weekend :)

  6. if I don’t take water with me I RUN if I can… ;) all about getting the water FASTER!

    noosa sounds awesome, I love cheesecake… I’ll have to look for it, is it new?

    ABSOLUTELY a four day week. I’ve done it before and LOOOOOVE it.

  7. Sarah Rose 04.29.2011

    Wow! Where did you find a Monday-Thursday job? I need to find one because my other job has set hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I barely make rent at it though. Any tips would be much appreciated.

  8. eemusings 04.29.2011

    Hmm. I *think* I’d prefer 4 10-hour days, but I’ve never done it so I can’t be sure! I’d just be grateful to snag a M-F, full stop (though it’s rare in this line of work)

  9. I work four 10 hour days and I can’t imagine it any other way! I get so much accomplished on my extra day off and I never have to ask off work b/c I get doctors appts and errands run on those days!

  10. Jill P. 04.29.2011

    From someone who works 6-day weeks, I’m SUPER jealous of you 4-day weeks!! What I would give….

    Sounds like you’re enjoying every minute of your 3 days off! :-)

  11. erica 04.29.2011

    oh i would kill for a 4 day work week! i think having that extra day weekday off helps!

  12. Kelly F 04.29.2011

    I’m still in school, and we’re going to be doing 3 12-hour shifts (7-7) at the hospital starting in the fall…. But it’s also how it’s going to be once I graduate, so I better get used to it!!!

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be exhausted and will most likely sleep the other 4 days away!!!

    • Emily M 04.29.2011

      I’m in nursing school right now and can’t wait for the 3- 12 hour shifts a week! Four days a week all to myself =)

  13. Low 04.29.2011

    I would so love to change to that schedule!
    Totally agree that if you want something you HAVE to ask for it. The worst that can happen is they’ll say no.

  14. Aimee 04.29.2011

    I tried the Noosa yogurt last week. YUM!! Strawberry rhubarb is to die for! I am training for a marathon relay, and you are right running is all a brain game.

  15. jad18 04.29.2011

    I would love to have a four day work week. Unfortunately I work ten hour days five days a week and often have to do some work on the weekend. I would love to work less.

  16. Tiana Meyers 04.29.2011

    My employer has half day Fridays in the summer. So starting the week before Memorial day, we work 9 hours Mon – Thurs and then 4 hours on Friday giving us a jump start to our weekend. And since its only a 4 hour day I can usually get away with working it from home :) This goes on until Labor day weekend. One of the many perks of my job!!

    Last summer I worked a 12 hour shift on Mondays, then a 9er on Tues, Weds and Thurs… and had Fridays off completely… It was nice… but I think I’ll just stick to the fiur 9s and one 4 :) for now.

    Have an awesome weekend!!!

  17. Erin 04.29.2011

    lately I’ve been working 5 10 hour days so the best of both worlds!! (Clearly that statement was heavy with sarcasm. . .)

  18. Dream Mom 04.29.2011

    In the corporate world, I had the ability to flex my hours and come and go as I please, so it worked fine. I could actually work at home nearly every day if I liked but I always preferred going into the office. I was fine with five eight hour days but I can understand how four 10 hour days would be appealing.

  19. Kristin from MN 04.30.2011

    I read your post where you first mentioned the Noosa yogurt and a strawberry rhubarb flavor… I’m drooling!!! Rhubarb is my favorite flavor! Where do you get that yogurt? I have to have some! LOL! My town is rather small… we have Hy-Vee and Walmart so I’m hoping you say either of those stores. But I do get to bigger cities every so often where I could hunt some down! :)

  20. dmcgirl 04.30.2011

    I have every other friday off and I love it, two 3 day weekends a month. I have to be to work by 7:30. When you have kids, the 6:30 start is NOT an option because of daycare unless you dump your kids with family.
    That is not an option for me.
    Anyway, love my schedule as is!

  21. Kocinera 04.30.2011

    No doubt, I would take the longer work day with the shorter work week. Two extra hours per day is totally worth it for a whole day free.

    Oh, and now you’ve totally made me want a breakfast sandwich! :D

  22. I find myself doing that bargaining thing at times too. Running is so mental! Great job pushing through. And banging out so many to-dos. How nice to have Fridays off. I don’t think I could swing that, seeing as my job is “mom” and all that. Days off don’t exist for me. LOL

  23. A new website, eh?! That is exciting! I’ve been thinking about a move to my own domain and creating a new site – but have no clue where to start!

    I always bargain with myself while running. On my usual 5+ mile route there is a not-so-tough .25 mile hill. I always make myself count at least 4 light poles and then allow myself to walk IF I want to.

    I will also bribe myself with pop on really long runs if I can get by with minimal walking. Oddly enough, it works, but I never get pop when I am done!

  24. Ashley 04.30.2011

    4-10 hour days, for sure! I seem to be more motivated when I know I have that certain amount of work in store for me. Plus, it makes me get a ton of stuff done on that Friday! Jealous.

  25. My husband could also sell ice to an Eskimo. He is so good at convincing people (me) of anything and everything! That’s probably how he got me to move to Alaska in the first place!

  26. Emily 04.30.2011

    4 10-hour days for sure!
    As a nurse, I have the luxury of working 12 hour shifts, so in a 14 day pay period I work 6 12s and 1 8-hour shift. I used to work 5 days a week and it felt like I was always at the hospital! I like this much better. You’re lucky to have an employer that let you do the 4 day work week, and sounds like you’re doing a lot with that free time!

    p.s. I am a yogurt lover and noosa sounds amazing! I need to try it ASAP!

  27. Alison 05.02.2011

    I had the same “stop or keep running” debate yesterday and ended up walking because the thirst was just too overwhelming. I hadn’t had enough to drink the whole day and really noticed it on my jog. Usually I try and push myself, but sometimes I think it’s healthier to stop. Glad I’m not the only one with the inner debate.

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