It was always going to be a bit of a strange week coming back from a magical weekend at Disneyland Paris – especially since there hadn’t been an opportunity to seamlessly slide it into the lunchtime conversation with my department colleagues! – but I had such a fantastic time that I was still floating along in a Disney bubble all week. It helped that there were only 2 weeks of term left by this point too! But since it had been a busy weekend I took the start of the week to get a bit of extra sleep so took things easy:
Monday – rest
Tuesday – PT session with Steve
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – 4 miles + Ashtanga yoga
Friday – PT session with Steve
Saturday – parkrun sandwich + SUP yoga
Sunday – 10 miles
By the time I arrived at work on Monday morning word had spread about my weekend adventures. I mean, it’s not like I was keeping a secret (it was all over social media!) but there had been things happening on the Friday that meant nobody had actually asked me what I was up to over the weekend (I imagine they just assume these days that I’ll be running) and it seemed a bit crude to just shoehorn it in. But don’t worry, I’m well enough trained to know better than to disappear for the weekend during term time and not bring back a supply of interesting biscuits!
There was no yoga that evening since my teacher was still away so I just had a restful evening catching up with some tv.
I also opted not to run on Tuesday morning. This was nothing to do with recovery since I hadn’t exactly been moving at speed at the weekend, it was more an opportunity to catch up on some sleep after a busy weekend. I did, however, go for a workout later in the afternoon and Steve gave me a circuit using the TRX, press ups and weights.
And since Wednesday has been a rest day anyway, I kept it that way and took the chance to sort out some of the stuff that was still in the suitcase, having already taken care of the weekend laundry earlier in the week!
But by Thursday I was ready to get things back on track so got up for a pre-work run. I kept it to a really easy pace and just enjoyed getting back into my routine again.
I was still feeling good at Ashtanga that evening, but for those who have been keeping track, my headstand was still poor as I only held it very briefly. I KNOW I can do better.
Back in the studio after work on Friday and Steve gave me a really interesting session of press up variations using the upturned Bosu. It was quite a challenging one but it’s good to mix things up.
Then back to the good old parkrun sandwich on Saturday. The air felt cool so it was a good time to debut the long sleeved Run Disney top I picked up on sale back in July – still clinging to that Disney magic!
After parkrun I headed down to the outdoor centre for the final SUP yoga session of the year. It was a beautiful day for it, leaving us with plenty of amazing memories from this year. I’ll definitely miss getting out on the water but it’s something to look forward to in the spring again. Of course we went to the cafe afterwards and I had some of their delicious French toast with bacon and maple syrup. Yummy!
Later in the afternoon we nipped out for some shopping and I couldn’t resist getting the kitties a little present – a “fishing pole” style mouse with a built in laser pointer. They LOVED it and spent ages chasing the laser dot around like a couple of lunatics!
And to round off the week, a Sunday run. 10 miles felt like a nice distance again and with no races to train for any time soon, I simply ran to feel and enjoyed being out there. Interestingly, this resulted in my fastest 10 mile time since June! I seem to be in a place with my running where I don’t need a race to motivate me to get out, it’s more about the process of running and enjoying time in the fresh air. I’m quite enjoying that and it’s good not to feel any pressure to perform, I can just do my own thing.
What motivates you to get out for a run?
What will you miss over the winter?