What a long, strange trip it’s been! Well not really, it wasn’t strange in any way. It was downright wonderful. The joy of not having a schedule and list of “things I need to do” is liberating!! I took a lot of time to explore, relax and let my mind wander. I’ll get around to a post recapping my trip, but to sum it up – 19 days in our camper traveling out west! Stops included Great Sand Dunes (CO), Mesa Verde (CO), Zion (UT), Capitol Reef (UT), Arches/Canyonlands (UT), Rocky Mountains (CO). It was a tour of the National Parks. Amazing sights and experiences for sure!! Two of my favorite experiences on this trip: climbing up Angels Landing at Zion, and climbing up a waterfall at Rocky Mountain National Park.
As for my running, it’s amazing what taking almost a month off can do for your body – both good and bad! I feel mostly all healed up from the sports hernia that took me out during most of June and July. But I also feel out of shape now and I am looking forward to some strength training. I’ve really missed it! My weekly numbers: Running 18.5 miles, Cycling 113 miles.
Mon – 3 miles, running. Back to our regularly scheduled program! Whomp whomp. Vacation hangover is hitting me hard. The only cure for the travel blues is getting back on track, so I dragged myself out of bed for a run before work. Oooof. It was exhausting. I wore some bright colors to perk me up, but it didn’t work.
Tues – 3 miles, running. Back at it again! The run went a little better, but still tiring. Starting to run again is so fun, isn’t it? I really needed this run though because I’ve been feeling all out of sorts after coming back from vacation to a super messy unorganized house.
13.5 miles biking. The weather was really great, so after I completed some main tasks on my To Do list I went out for a ride on my mountain bike. My daughter even joined me for a few miles (a very unusual occurrence!). I had removed my gel seat cover, and didn’t have padded cycling shorts on. Oh man, I felt that!!
Weds – morning Strength workout. While I did consider just napping on the floor when I got to my basement gym, I did a workout instead. My gym is so uncluttered and peaceful compared to the rest of the house. A little oasis!
PM – 25 mile group ride. It was so fun to be back in this cycling group again. We had a strong group and averaged 18 mph. A decently speedy ride!
Thurs – 4.75 miles running – Track Night! That’s right, I went to track night! I signed up again to be a sub for the Dave’s Running Shop fall MIT (Marathon In Training) program. I hadn’t planned on subbing this soon in the program (it’s week 2), but they really needed help so I joined the 9:00-10:00 pace group. Luckily the workout was fartleks because after half of them (8x total), I was walking during the “off” minute. Welp! That was a bit humbling but some of the group was walking with me too. It was a hot night!
Fri – 16 miles biking, road bike. A nice morning ride. 62 degrees and the weather felt great!
7 miles biking, mountain biking. It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been out on the park trails, so this was a lot of fun to get out there again with my husband and son.
Sat – 7 miles, running “long run”. I’m trying to integrate myself into the MIT training plan. This was the distance for the half, so that’s what I did. I hope my struggle was due primarily to the humidity, but I know it’s also my decreased fitness. I may have taken 3 rest stops to make it through this one! ugh.
Big news… I made it back to the gym for a workout this morning too!
In tales of first world problems, my local Starbucks is still using those annoyingly short paper straws. Ugh. I’ll need to keep a taller reusable straw in my car so I can actually enjoy my drink on my drive home.
On the family front, the countdown is on for the college move in. We took a trip to IKEA (an hour away), in addition to a trip to Target earlier in the week. My daughter has got a lot of great stuff for her dorm!
We also got to see my son march in a parade – the first for this group with all of the new freshmen. It was fun to see them play again!
Sun – 53 mile bike ride on tap this morning. Need to get more time in the saddle for the 102 mile ride next weekend!! Then laying around the pool is on the schedule. 🙂 My husband joined me for the ride and we rode for 3:18 (16.1 mph avg).
Coming back from vacation is hard! I hope you have all been doing well since we last chatted. It’s been a long time since my last post. Drop me a comment and let me know what summer things you have been enjoying lately.