Thursday, July 24, 2014

Workouts July 14-20

Hi there, I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my vacation!  Parts 2 and 3 are coming, and I'm sure you can't wait. :)

Here the rest of the workouts I did while in Europe.  Let's keep in mind we were talking A TON!  Holy moly... by the end of the week my legs were absolute lead.  Turns out walking endless miles on concrete city streets in semi-supportive shoes at best isn't good for the old leggies.  I have been cross training/resting since last Friday.

Monday, July 14 - REST
By rest I mean walking evvveryywherrreeee in Paris all day.

Tuesday, July 15 - 3 mile run with Dad in Paris!
We woke up bright and early and ran in Luxembourg Gardens, which was about a half mile from where we were staying.  We ran from the hotel, did two park loops, and ran back.  It was exactly 3 miles.  My dad will not want me to post our mile times...and I don't want to either.  It was just a little jaunt - with this view!



Wednesday July 16 - REST
We came home from Paris that day, then I spent the afternoon leisurely strolling in London with mom.

Thursday, July 17 - 4 mile run
This was my first time setting out by myself in London (besides the 10k, which was hardly "by myself").  I ran an out and back on the Thames Path.  The Thames Path runs is a walkway that runs along the river, on both sides (?).  It's great, you can go for miles and miles.  I left from my parents' house, which is literally right on the path, and ran 2 miles toward the Waterloo Bridge, and turned around.  I ended up deleting this run from my GPS because it went all wacko again and said I ran 2 miles in 4 minutes each!  So weird.  This is what the view looks like stepping out of my parents' house.

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The path, like I said, is a great place the run, but the surfaces aren't ideal.  It is slanted at parts, and made mostly of concrete and slate.  I wouldn't want to run on it exclusively.  By this point in the week I was really starting to feel the toll taken on my legs.

Friday, July 18 - 5 mile run
On Friday I had big plans to knock out my "long run" (6 miles) in Hyde Park.  My dad mapped a loop for me, so I took the tube to the park and got started.

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About a mile in I was like "Hmm..my shins hurt..this isn't that fun."  By the end of mile 2 I was thinking "Wow, this might be the worst thing ever.  This is park is pretty, but hell, I'm done with this."  Yup - fun huh?? My shins really did hurt.  See above, explaining how my legs gave out by the end of the week.  I was still in the park at this point, and had to walk a while to the tube stop.  Yes, I was going to go home - I thought it just wasn't worth it to keep going at such a pitiful, painful clip.  As I continued walking out the park the path changed to a much softer surface, and it was slightly down hill, and in the shade.  I started to feel like running again, so I did.  By the time I was out of the park I was feeling better, so I continued, past Buckingham Palace, and down The Mall.  Instead of trying to figure out how to get back on my route (I had no idea where I was going), I decided to just start running back towards my parents' house.  I crossed the "Wobbly Bridge" at Waterloo and was back where I had turned around the day before.  My pace was horrid, but as the miles ticked by I was feeling okay!  I hit 5 miles at London Bridge, and was feeling more accomplished.  My shins were still sore so I called it a day there and hopped on the bus for the last mile home.  All in all I call it a success.  At that time I knew I was done with running in Europe though...sheesh.


Saturday, July 19 - REST

Sunday, July 20 - REST
Flying for 8 hours definitely constitutes rest.

1. What's been your best workout lately?

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