Weeks 27 & 28

The past 2 weeks have been challenging. The 4th of July holiday, and my mini-vacation last week threw me out of sync.

Week 27

Sun, Jul 3

Ramen Run

Mon, Jul 4

Unscheduled Rest Day. I could not make myself do anything for the life of me. In fact, I stayed in my pj's until 5 pm! I guess we all need a fat dog day from time-to-time.

Tues, Jul 5

6-mile run at the track.

Wed, Jul 6

AM: 2500-meter swim PM: Strength Training session working chest and tri's

Thurs, Jul 7

1-hour Spin class

Fri, Jul 8

6-mile run - this was a really good one!

Sat, Jul 9

Rest

With 2 rest days and only 1 two-a-day, it felt like a light week. That is until Week 28.

Week 28

Sun, Jul 10

8-mile run at the DSE 6-Hour Endurance Challenge

Mon, Jul 11

AM: 40-minute Spin + 30-minute Core Training PM: Strength Training session working back and biceps. In this set I do a series of dead lifts and single leg dead lifts. My hamstrings always scream after this workout.

Tues, Jul 12

6.35 mile run. This was a speed workout at the track. I was supposed to do 8 sets of 800's with 3-minute recovery periods, but I ran out of time and could only run 6 sets. I hated every second of it for the first 5 sets, but as the workout came to an end, I felt so good. Exhausted, but good.

Wed, Jul 13

2500-meter swim. I hated the second set of this workout, but once I got settled in to an even pace, the time flew by. I know I've said it before, but I'll keep on saying it again - I love to swim!

Thurs, Jul 14

7 miles on my first day of vacation! I ran 1.5 miles to the middle school track, ran 4-miles at the track, then 1.5 miles home. This was another run where I felt really good. I was hoping it was a good sign that I would stick to my workouts on this trip. But alas, it was not to be...

Fri, Jul 15

Was supposed to go to a Spin class, but I never quite made it to the gym. Instead, we took Chip on a 2.5 mile walk.

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After our walk, I went to Massage Envy and had an almost 90-minute massage. The therapist who worked on me had to have been a physical therapist, or some kind of athletic trainer. He immediately picked up on my hips were misaligned and my gluteus medius was tight. He worked on my psoas to try to release it. At the end of my session, after I had gotten dressed, he stretched out my hips to even out my leg length. More than I ever expected from a Massage Envy therapist. I only wish he was local so I could see him on a regular basis. Instead, I'll have to wait for my next trip to Vancouver.

Sat, Jul 16

Scheduled rest day that I complied with.

Sun, Jul 17

By this time, we had traveled to a tiny town about 30-minutes north of Seattle. I had never been there before so I asked the hotel front desk clerk to map out a 10-mile route for me. She printed it out and I wrote the route down on my hand to follow during my run.

It was an...interesting route. She had me run down State Street, the main drag full of tattoo parlors, porn shops, appliance stores, fast food joints and signs like this:

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See what I mean?

The route turned to a residential neighborhood that was pretty rural...

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I eventually made my way back to the hotel for a total of 7.44 miles. Not even close to 10, but I didn't care. I was done with the route and just wanted it to be over. My legs felt tired and sluggish and I was just happy to have gotten to 7+ miles.

Mon, Jul 18

After Sunday's run, I drove from Seattle to Portland (alone), and then caught a flight from Portland to San Francisco. I got home after 11 pm and was totally exhausted when my alarm went off at 5 am. I dragged myself out of bed and to the gym and managed to do:

30-min Spin + 30-min Core Training

I had wanted to get in another 30 minutes of Spin, but I just couldn't do it.

I also skipped yoga class this evening. I was afraid I'd be too tired and never wake up from savasana. It's now been 3 weeks since I've been to yoga; I *have* to get a session in at some time this week.

As much as I love holidays and vacations, they sure do take a lot out of you. My eating, sleeping and workout schedules have been so compromised that I was actually excited to come home and resume my normal routine.