Last week should have been my last week of training for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run next weekend. Or maybe it should have been a week of taking it easy to make sure my foot is ready for that race. But instead, it ended up being a week of seizing the day and taking advantage of special opportunities.
Seizing The Day With Mizuno
But Monday night Mizuno was going to be at the Joggers & Lagers event hosted by Pacers Running at Port City Brewing, and I was able to leave work early, so this happened.
I tried out the new Mizuno Wave Catalyst, which is a lightweight model that provides light support. I definitely noticed the lightness, but I will be sticking with my Wave Riders for more cushioning on my long runs.
Then I tried the new Maniacal IPA. Yummy!
On Tuesday, I started the day with another long dog walk and a short strength routine, and ended my day with a 60 minute Core Power Yoga 2 class. During yoga, I realized that the standing balance poses might be bothering my foot, so I backed off and practiced my downward facing dog. 🙂
Seizing The Day With The Cherry Blossoms
On Wednesday, I heeded the call of the cherry blossoms. They were heading into peak bloom, and since I was going out of town on Thursday, I felt like Wednesday might be my only chance to see them this year.
I tried to time my run with the sunrise, but I had a tight schedule since I had an 8:00 am conference call. It wasn’t light enough to get any fantastic pictures of the blossoms, but it was gorgeous in person. (You can see some of my favorite cherry blossoms pictures here.) I am going to try to see them again this week, and hope a few are left during the race next weekend.
Thursday and Friday were travel-induced rest days. On Thursday I had an 8:50 am flight to San Diego, which landed just in time for me to make my lunch meeting, after which I had to prepare for a presentation I was giving at a dinner meeting. On Friday, I had a 6:50 am flight to Denver to visit my daughter. I was psyching myself up for a mid-day run, but she was able to get off work early, so my only exercise was of the shop-til-you-drop variety. 😉
Seizing The Day At Orange Theory Fitness
I was hoping to go for a run on Saturday, but a snowy weather forecast was throwing a wrench in those plans. While we were shopping I noticed an Orange Theory Fitness studio, and decided to ask if they would let me try a class. The owner happened to be there, and he was nice enough to bend the rules and let me sign up for a Saturday class. (Usually the “first class free” offer is limited to locals).
It was a lot of fun! I was afraid to go “all out” on the treadmill–no need to risk an injury one week before my race–but I definitely got my heart rate into the “orange” zone. I can’t wait until they open a studio near me!
Seizing The Day On Boulder Creek Path
After refueling at Starbucks, I still was itching for a run. There wasn’t that much snow and the Boulder Creek Path looked pretty clear, so I headed out for a short run.
I had to watch my footing through a few spots, but the path was in really good condition overall. I wonder if they treat it?
My foot was fine during all that activity, but always a bit sore afterwards. Maybe it was a good thing that Sunday was another travel day with a 9:30 am flight home.
How did you seize the day last week?