Oh, hello there. It's been a while, eh?
Well, I've been enjoying my off-season and extending it well beyond what I had originally planned. But, last week, I got some training done! I was also sick most of the week, but then I got my butt in gear and enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather this weekend. It was gorgeous and I had the company of some of my favourite people, so I thought I would share a bit and say hello to all of you!
A note on off-season - I've found it hard to motivate myself and I think that was a sign that I needed a break. There is still no plan at all for next season, so that has also contributed to the lack of motivation, I'm sure. But, I am working on getting back into it and finding my desire to train again.
Okay, last week looked like this...
Monday: I hit the spin bikes at the newly opened Iron North Studio. The folks there are super nice and welcoming. It was a shock to the system and a reminder that I've let myself get very far out of shape, but it was still a fun class.
Tuesday - Thursday: I picked up some sort of bug while traveling and letting my body get run down, so I rested a lot mid-week. I did play tennis on Tuesday night. My body certainly isn't used to moving in a non-linear fashion! It was a lot of fun though and a gorgeous night.
Friday: It was a gorgeous morning, so I forced myself out the door for a very short, slow run.
Saturday: Gilly and I got out for a trail run in Gatineau Park. It is incredible how nice the weather has been, and Saturday morning was a dream. After I split off from Gilly, who had a longer run planned, I started to feel overly confident and was brought back to earth, quite literally, when I tripped on a branch and found myself sliding on my hands and knees across the forest floor. My knees were pretty bloody, but luckily I didn't rip my tights! To help the healing process, I stopped at a café in Old Chelsea before heading home.
Sunday: Jenn, Dave, and I hit the park again for an easy loop. It was pretty chilly and a bit wet (we had about 2 minutes of torrential downpour near the start), but the fall light and the forest covered with leaves was just magical. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place and to have great friends to enjoy it with!