The first thing that made running incredible was the weather. Holy crap it was dream running weather - around 60 most of the time with some sun in Germany and some rain in England. Yes, I had to wear a jacket, and no, I did not mind one bit. Since I'm dealing with temperatures of roughly eight gazillion degrees now that I'm home in Georgia, I look back at that cool rain fondly.
So even though I managed to get in a few solo runs throughout the trip, the best runs were with other people. I ran a 5k with my mom, my little brother and Tim one day that consisted of jogging, sprinting and then walking. Yeah, it took 45 minutes. But it was so fun and I loved being outside with everyone. I also realized that my walking miles were surpassing my running miles for the trip, since it was more fun to take a walk with family than a run alone.
I also got in some kayaking in Germany. Upper body workout? Check. Pair that with the push-up competition I had with my brother (he's 10. He won) and I call that cross training. Thank you very much!
|When I wasn't posing for pictures, I was beating my biceps into submission.|
So here's what I managed to do while on holiday. Not as much as at home, sure, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. I don't regret any of the mornings where I sat around the breakfast table for an hour with my family instead of a long run, and that's the way I want it.
Thursday, July 5th: 3.5 mile run/walk with Tim along the river
Friday, July 6th: 4 mile solo run, 3.1 mile run/walk/jog with family
Saturday : walked 4 miles
Sunday, July 8th: 12 miles solo
Monday, July 9th: REST
Tuesday, July 10th: 2 miles solo, 5 mile walk
Thursday, July 12th: 4.5 Miles with Tim
Friday, July 13th: 6 Miles Solo
Monday: I think you get the idea....more rest!
Tuesday, July 17th: 10 mile run solo
Wednesday, July 18th: 4 mile run solo
What's your take on exercising on holiday?
I still like to run or keep active, mostly because I start to feel like crap after too many days in a row of doing nothing. But I definitely don't do anything I don't WANT to do - schedules and training plans go out the window!
Do you ever work out with family members?
I am pretty lucky because most of my family members are pretty active. This trip I took lots of walks with Tim's family, with my grandparents, with my parents and I even got to race my little brother a few times! P.S. - Robert, you're a speed demon. But you're going to have to work on those distances over a mile!!!!!!
The winner for the chocolate giveaway is: Karen! She has a great blog with beautiful scenic pictures from all the ultras she runs....no big deal. I feel cooler and more badass just reading her posts, so check it out!