Last week took me from a visit with my daughter in Colorado to my firm’s retreat in Phoenix. Between being out of my usual routine for almost two weeks, the drastic changes in the weather, and Arizona not following Day Light Saving Time, I am not sure which way is up.
Hot Air Ballooning was not one our activities,
but they did set up a finish line for the 5K Fun Run.
Finishing Out Hell Week
After taking Sunday off, I was back to Orange Theory Fitness to finish out hell week. Monday’s workout was “Inclines of Death,” where we ramped up the treadmill incline to 15%. That earned me a few extra splat points for sure!
On Halloween I woke up to this “trick” from Mother Nature.
Never mind that it was in the 70s on Monday.
Tuesday’s workout was called “Helloween,” and was a fun trick-or-treat workout where you picked your workout from a pumpkin trick-or-treating bucket. I got two of the “trick” workouts–a long treadmill workout and the 30 rep card for the floor workout–but was grateful I didn’t get the 3000M card for the water rower.
After that workout, I treated myself to Starbucks and loved how the baristas were dressed up for Halloween.
Zombie Frapp, anyone?
On Wednesday I went back to OTF to claim my hell week t-shirt. I was hoping they’d give us a recovery day, but it was an intense 2G workout with run/row intervals and two tough floor circuits.
I’ve seen complaints about the “boxy” shirt, but I love it!
Thursday was my travel day, so I finally had to face the hotel gym treadmill. I was going to do 4 miles, but after realizing I have a half marathon in a week, I decided I should try to stick it out for a bit longer, and made it to 5 miles.
Retreating And Running In Phoenix
Our retreat was held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, which has gorgeous tennis, golf, and pool amenities we didn’t get to use. We did get out for some great pre-dawn runs, though.
Friday I ran with my BRF from work.
Saturday I ran a slightly different 5.5 mile loop with a woman I met on my recent trip to Milwaukee. We started out earlier so we could make it back to the 6 am yoga class that was one of the (optional) morning activities.
Sunday I ran with another crew who agreed to start a bit later so we could see more of the sunrise.
Maybe running four days in a row after completing Orange Theory Fitness hell week wasn’t the best idea, but my PF isn’t too angry with me. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a chiropractor appointment before the Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon next weekend.
Have you ever been on a hot air balloon ride?