The first week of September was a rough one. Just as friends in the Houston area were getting a handle on the aftermath of Harvey, friends in Florida were eyeing Irma and making the difficult decision to evacuate or hunker down. In the meantime, we had gorgeous fall weather in D.C. as everyone headed back to school and work shifted into high gear.
Thanks to Holly and Tricia for extending summer for one more week with the Weekly Wrap Guest Host series, and thanks to Sara @ Sara Runs This Town for wrapping up the series. It’s been so much fun getting to know the guest hosts over the past few months!
Slammed By September
As I headed to work last week, I had two business trips on my fall calendar: one later this week (San Francisco), and one in November (Phoenix). By the time Friday rolled around, I had added two trips in October (Milwaukee and Chicago), one more trip in November (Chicago) and one in December (Boston). Yikes!
Not only that, but my Milwaukee trip is the Friday and Saturday before the Army Ten Miler, and it is not easy to get back from Milwaukee on a Saturday afternoon! If it wasn’t going to be my 10th ATM, I’d drop out and come home Sunday morning. I’m hoping they adjust the meeting schedule once more people figure out how difficult the logistics will be.
In better news, I am excited to share that I won Laura‘s entry to the Runner’s World Half Marathon in October! One of my trips to Chicago is the Friday before the Runner’s World Half Festival weekend, but it’s usually easier to get home from Chicago–except for that time it wasn’t!
Because I had such a rough week at work (the earliest I got home was 7:30 pm on Friday), we decided not to do the 50 miler of the Shenandoah Century. The weather would have been perfect, but I didn’t want to spend 5 hours of my precious weekend in the car. Here’s what I did do this week:
Monday: 6 mile run + Quick Strength For Runners
It felt weird to go for a run while my husband went for a bike ride, but after all the cycling we did at the beach and our long ride last weekend, I was ready for a change. This run reminded me that my legs do get tired on the bike.
I decided to wear my chest strap HRM and compared it to my Fitbit data. I know the chest strap is more accurate, but I was surprised to see this much difference. This run felt more like the chest strap data than the Fitbit data–it didn’t feel like my heart was working that hard.
Tuesday: Indoor Cycling at CycleBar.
After riding at both Revolve and CycleBar, I realized that I need the data provided during the CycleBar classes to push myself–specifically, I need to see my RPMs and be coached to hit (or strive for) certain paces. I know this because while I’ve ridden at Revolve for years, I find it very hard to hit the target paces at CycleBar–even when I have the same instructor!
Aimee led us through a tough class that got my heart rate up higher than it was during my run–and it felt that hard!
Class finished just in time for me to catch this gorgeous sunrise.
Wednesday: Orange Theory Fitness
At OTF we did two different blocks of workouts at each station before switching. One of the floor blocks included burpees with push-ups on an upside-down Bosu ball. Just when I think my core is pretty strong …. Both treadmill blocks focused on incline, which got my heart rate up faster than usual. I can’t believe I managed 30 seconds at incline level 10 and 6.3 mph!
Thursday: Strength workout from Quick Strength For Runners
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After so many tough workouts, I was ready for a low-impact workout at home. I supplemented a QSFR routine with some resistance band moves.
Friday: CPY2 at CorePowerYoga
I had so many reasons to look forward to Friday, but I was really looking forward to breathing, stretching and sweating through CPY2. I also finally wore a different outfit–my new SkirtSports top and my favorite capris from Victoria’s Secret.
I’m almost always this first one in the studio!
Saturday: Conte’s Hill Ride
Remember when I was afraid of this ride? Sometimes my GI tract still gets nervous, but my legs usually look forward to the challenge. This week I got my very first flat tire! I’ve been lucky to have ridden for so many years without getting a flat, and still felt lucky to have a real pro along to change my tire.
Brian from Conte’s Bike Shop checking my flat tire
My husband is a good tire changer too, but since it’s one of Brian’s job skills, we let him do it. 😉
Sunday: 54.6 mile bike ride
As I mentioned, we decided not to do the Shenandoah ride, but we did our own 50 miler (and then some) a bit closer to home.
I’ll share more about our ride along the Northern Central Railroad Trail later this week!
Have you been slammed by September?
Have you enjoyed a Pumpkin Spice Latte yet?