As far as running goes, this week was a pretty good one. I ran 3 times without falling apart, so that is a huge win for me these days. As I mentioned last week, I time had to go to San Diego for work. So now I am back to being exhausted and all thrown off on what time it is. I had just finally adjusted to being back from Hawaii. Hopefully this time won’t take as long because the time change was only 3 hours and I was just there for 4 days.
I woke up excited to run, and ended up doing 2.7 miles in 25 minutes. Also, my core and hip exercises. I was cautious about my foot but overall it felt good. I am pretty sure the weather was great for this run too. (I think I even wore a long sleeved t-shirt!)
In an effort to really work on my core and hip stability, I decided to do a Pilates DVD. I have had this Pilates for Runners DVD for many years, so I practically have it memorized. I feel like it is challenging enough (my hips always feel the burn!) but I also feel like I can keep good form. I am going to try to keep doing Pilates workouts once a week.
I was able to run a little later because I had a 1pm flight to San Diego. So I did my PT work and then headed out for 3 miles and felt great. This was the first run when I sort of forgot that I have been injured for 4 months.
Then I sat on a plane for 7 hours (we were delayed once we were already boarded and sat on the tarmac for 2 hours) and my back/hips got angry. We got to the hotel around 8pm which was 11pm east coast time, and I hadn’t eaten since an early lunch. I grabbed a quick dinner with my coworkers and called it a night.
I woke up at 3:40 am and just kind of stayed in bed waiting until it was sort of an appropriate time to get up. I had coffee in the room and then headed to the gym. My piriformis was bothering me (which is what happens when I sit for too long) but I didn’t plan to run anyway because I am sticking to every other day. All the ellipticals were taken so I rode a bike. I think it was really good to cross train. I finished up with an upper body workout which left me sore because I used heavier weights than what I have at home, and some core work and foam rolling (although the rollers that are actually made of foam feel like nothing compared to my trigger point grid one!)
The rest of the day was spent indoors at a conference. I was so exhausted by the time I was done, and had to prepare to present the next day. I grabbed food from the hotel again but at least ate it outside with two of my coworkers. It was an early night again but I had no energy to do anything else!
Another early wake-up, so I prepared for my presentation. I was excited to run but wanted to wait until it was light out. Around 5:45 it was still dark but I started at the gym by warming up on the bike. Once it was light out I headed outside for 3.5 miles. There was the most perfect running path about a 3 minute run from the hotel that was right along the water. The path went for about 2 miles and I got to see an amazing sunrise. I even added in a few bursts of faster running! My overall pace was 8:56- the fastest by far I have run since early June.
Once my presentation was over around lunch time I felt like I could sort of relax a bit. After the conference sessions were over we went to the club level where my boss’s room was for a drink and some free food. Then there was a networking reception with some more free food. That was about all I could handle for the day, and I knew I had an early flight the next day so was in bed by 8pm.
We flew back to Baltimore on a 7:40am flight that got in around 4pm east coast time. I was starving when I got home, so Rob and I grabbed dinner and some drinks (I hadn’t eaten since breakfast) and I was so tired that I tried to got to sleep at 8pm. This was a bad idea because I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep. I finally fell back to sleep around 4am, and was exhausted on Sunday.
Another rest day, due to needing to catch up on life and feeling exhausted.
It was kind of disappointing that I didn’t get to do anything besides work when I was in San Diego, but at least I got out for a run along the water. I’ve been there before, so at least it wasn’t a place I have never been to.
Ok, time to stay in my own time zone for a while. October is a month of no traveling! Returning to this cool, rainy weather has me in the mood for sweatpants, red wine, and a warm fireplace.
If you travel for work, are you able to do any sightseeing?
How were your workouts last week?
Did you have rainy, dreary weather where you live?