Monday: I still had my rental bike (Specialized Roubaix) from Arizona Outback Adventures until noon, so I took it out for one more spin on the hill from Sunday's ride. It was one of the most enjoyable bike rides that I have done and I think the two days in the desert have actually made me love cycling!! That is a win in my book! In the afternoon, we went on a hike and I ran up the hill! It was steep (almost 13% grade). I had to take a few rests on the way up, but it was really fun.
|Sporting my Coeur Sports Fleet Foxes jersey!|
|I ran up that!|
Tuesday: OUTDOOR SWIM!! We drove down to Tucson for the day and my family was kind enough to let me swim. Like the bike ride, this swim was magical. It was needed after the stress that swimming had brought me earlier in December. Something about swimming outside in the sunshine in a bromine pool took me back to my days at Santa Clara Swim Club and made me really happy. After the swim, we had an awesome lunch and a nice little hike at Picacho Peak.
Wednesday: A fun progression run for Christmas Eve (which was actually our Christmas). I did 2x10 minutes with 5 minutes at marathon pace, 2.5 minutes at tempo pace, and 2.5 minutes at 10k pace. The run felt good. I followed it with 2 rounds of a strength workout.
Thursday: Rest day for Christmas!
Friday: A long recovery run at sunset. It has been a bit of a challenge to slow down and really do my recovery runs properly, but I keep reading about the benefits of having a significant gap between your hard and recovery paces, so I'm trying my best!
Saturday: Travel day home to Ottawa.
Sunday: I took a barre class, then I taught two. After sitting on the plane all day on Saturday, my psoas was a little tender, so I skipped my run. I also took some time in the evening to prep meals for the next week and work on my goal setting in my new Believe journal!