I've had a busy couple of weeks since I've last checked in! I took two "me" days off work and have enjoyed some incredible running adventures and lots of relaxation as well. Last week, I joined Cycle Life in Whitman, which is a spinning studio close to work. I haven't taken spinning classes in a few years, and I am hoping to improve my cross-training. The first class I attended was called Happy Hour, and yikes it was tough, but I had a blast! My goal is to attend a class once a week to build endurance and to get some non-running fitness in.
|Disco lights at spin are trippy!|
Last weekend, I went to Bare Cove Park in Hingham for a 14-mile run. That was my longest run yet this training cycle, and I surprised myself by feeling incredibly strong. The beautiful scenery didn't hurt either... Something about exploring trails and waterfront runs really helps me take my mind off the miles and to relax! Check out this view...
|Not half bad right?!|
This week I trudged on for what will hopefully be my last few runs in the dark, now that Daylight Savings Time is here! Gotta say I will not miss running with my headlamp or knuckle lights (and living in fear of tripping over sidewalk cracks or my own two feet!) This is the view from the pond near my house in Rockland. Hmm, sensing a theme with the water shots? Definitely my favorite!
|Water + sunset = perfection|
And then today... today was pretty special. I decided to get some hill miles in, since my hill training has been somewhat lacking (okay non-existent). This was after a 12-mile run on Friday and some weight training and squats on Saturday. Dumb. I chose a 10-mile loop in the Blue Hills and hoped for the best. Honestly, I think the challenge was more mental than anything else. The first two miles seemed painfully slow, and I doubted my sanity on several occasions. But once I settled into a rhythm and loosened up, I really started enjoying it!
|I really need to take pictures of more than water!|
Houghton's Pond has long been one of my favorite spots for hiking (aka getting totally lost in the woods) but on today's run, I stuck to the roads. After 10 miles of super steep hills, I was toast! Although I have to say, I am proud of surviving (and feeling relatively okay) my first long hill run. I think looking forward, I'd like to alternate a long run (18 or 20) with a shorter 10-mile hill run every weekend. Doesn't that sound lovely?! Yikes!
Looking ahead to this week, I have so much to be excited for! First, Daylight Savings Time and after-work runs under the sun. I can't even begin to explain how excited I am for running in daylight. And then on Saturday I leave for Florida! I am presenting at a conference for work in Orlando, and the conference hotel just happens to be across the street from Disney World. So next weekend's long run will be in the happiest place on earth!
|Unbelievably excited to be back!|
Have you ever run in Disney (aside from the organized races there)? What are the best places to run longer distances?
How did you celebrate Daylight Savings today?