Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Week in Review (October 5 - October 11)

Tuesday (7,233 steps) - Work in the office. Rushed home after work to get my 45 minute Peloton ride in before I had to pick A up from practice. Crazy, I was in the middle of my cool down when she said she was ready. Perfect timing!
Wednesday (13,333 steps) - I had a weird run/workout this morning, so I got up to do it before work. 3 miles, but I was supposed to stop and do a squats, lunges and planks every quarter of a mile. I didn't want to do this on the bike path because of all the weird looks I expected I would get, so I did this at the lake. It was relatively warm, but I was glad that I had brought gloves with me so my hands didn't get beat up. Overall, it wasn't bad.
Work in the office.
Thursday (14,820 steps) - Work from home. A didn't have school today but still had XC practice late morning. 
I opted to log in a bit early so I could do my run after taking her to practice before it got too hot. Run was actually really good! 

Took Pika for a walk at lunch. After work we had plans to finally go to the new Berkeley Park store. On our way out the door we figured out why the cats were acting so weird. MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!
Drove down to the store, saw some friends and chatted until they all left for their run around 6:20. Dropped A off at the football game and headed home. Ben and I watched a movie.
Friday (14,973 steps) - Walk at Wash Park before working in the office. 
Pretty busy day, although I had to leave early to go to A's XC meet up north. There was no parking in the main lot, but I was able to find street parking not too far away. Ariel had an awesome race! She ran a new personal best!

Ben and I went to 4 Noses for happy hour after.
Saturday (35,442 steps) - Surprise! Robin (we are assuming it was her) left us a present!
Headed up to Mayhem Gulch trail head to run the Walker Ranch loop for my last big "effort" before my race. It rained most of the drive and I was concerned I wasn't going to be warm enough. Luckily, the weather ended up being perfect and I kept my thin long sleeve on for the first 5 or 6 miles. Miraculously, the trails were even dry! Finished the route under my estimate and had enough time to shower before picking A up.

Ben had an early day, so we headed up to Erie. First stop was a new to us brewery. Not great beer, sadly, before going to Anderson Farms for the corn maze. A is an amazing navigator and we sped through the entire maze in record time! A lot of fun and definitely warmer than the last time we did one.

Sunday (20,246 steps) - Slept in (well, until after 7 anyway). I had a short hill workout on my schedule, so I went out to Green Mountain for a couple repeats up the fire road. Saw Michelle in the parking lot on my way up, which was a fun surprise. The run was actually really good! 

Stopped at Sprouts to pick up some dried fruit, but they discontinued the mix I like :( :( :( 
Took Pika for a walk - and I almost stepped on another snake!
Monday (15,195 steps) - Up early for what should have been an easy hour-ish run. It was not easy, it felt awful the whole time. Never a good feeling when you feel so out of shape on what should be "easy" effort. 
How is it long sleeve weather already?? :(
Anyway, got done just in time to start work from home. Work from home days are the absolute BEST:
Took a long lunch for my sports massage - it didn't hurt as bad as it has in the past, so that was good. Spent a lot of time researching alternate flight options due to Southwest's cancellations the last few days. We now have to cut our trip short by a day, but at least a bit more confident about actually arriving before the start.

  • 121,242 steps
  • 27.4 miles run
  • 45 minutes of cardio
  • 25ish minutes of strength training

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Week in Review (September 28 - October 4)

Tuesday (18,223 steps) - Work in the office. I had a 6 mile trail run scheduled, so after work I headed over to Bear Creek for a run that I had mapped out. 
Unfortunately for me, a few things happened. First, less than a mile into my run, I managed to end up in a conga line of bikes. No kidding that there must've been at least 50 of them. 
Once that drama was done, most of the run was pretty enjoyable, except for the fact that apparently over the years there have been some permanent trail closures that still come up on Strava as active? I had to reroute a few different areas, and by the time I got back to the car I was definitely closer to 7 miles. Overall, it was good. 

After I was done, I headed over to Green Mountain for a quick beer before heading home. I found out that I won a t-shirt for completing some Strava mileage challenge, so that was fun.
Wednesday (5,302 steps) - Work in the office. Ben drove down and met me for lunch! We went to a Colorado Campfire a few miles from my office. I had a beer and the most delicious bowl of gourmet mac & cheese with ham. Tasty!!

Did an hour long Peloton ride after work. I definitely think Cody is my new favorite instructor. He is just so sassy and has the best music. Pretty good workout.
Thursday (15,114 steps) - Work from home. Took Pika for a walk at lunch. After work I had a 45 minute power hike session planned, so I went to the south side of the lake. I've gotten SOOOO much faster at hiking - sub 14 minute miles! (Now if only I could take that much time off my actual run pace, haha).

Friday (9,969 steps) - Wash Park! 
Beautiful morning and not as cold as I feared, although I did wear my puffy coat. Not ready for winter. Work in the office. Nothing else?
Saturday (34,956 steps) - Up early for a long run around Boulder before A's cross country meet. I had planned out a route from the high school and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this went (outside of my heart rate being REALLY high, even though I felt like I was taking it easy). The first five or so miles I hardly saw anyone, but by the end everyone in the world seemed to be out. Cool temperatures and changing leaves - does it get better than this? I even left my long sleeve on the whole time. Crazy.

Finished with plenty of time to find Ariel and watch the start of her race. She looked really strong at the start, but looked upset by the time she came through the finish. Came to find out afterward that she had rolled her ankle and the last mile was pretty painful for her :( 
Can you see the girls running along the lake? What a gorgeous day!

Headed home, took Pika for a walk and picked up Torchy's for lunch. Then we watched three episodes of Squid Game before taking Gracie home. Made chimmis for dinner, then I took A to a friend's house. 
I met Tyler and Ben at Luki. It was Oktoberfest there - music and all - so it was LOUD. Headed home and went to bed early.
Fun fact, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sounds basically the same on an accordion. 
Sunday (17,285 steps) - Slept in. Had a shorter run on schedule, needed a 45 minute hike up and easy run down. I opted to go up the canyon to Mayhem Gulch for a change of scenery. Had hoped to see some changing leaves, but there weren't many trees on the route. Everything went really well on this! 

Picked up coffee on the way home and then took Pika for a walk. Afternoon was spent watching more Squid Game.
Monday (10,133 steps) - Work from home. Took Pika for a walk at lunch, then took her for another one after work before picking A up from practice.

  • 110,982 steps
  • 25.54 miles run
  • 60 minutes of cardio
  • 0 minutes of strength training

Week in Review (October 5 - October 11)

Tuesday  (7,233 steps) - Work in the office. Rushed home after work to get my 45 minute Peloton ride in before I had to pick A up from pract...