Even with the heat wave this past weekend summer is in fact winding down. In just a few short days we’ll turn the page to September and (hopefully) cooler temps will soon follow. Though this week started out with me being sick and threw off my training slightly, I am definitely taking advantage of what is left of summer.
Earlier this summer I set a few summer fitness goals. I knew I’d be taking a bit of a running break but definitely wanted to keep up with my general fitness. It’s not hard to motivate me to workout but having goals definitely helps:
- 10-12,000 steps a day
- Body Pump 2x a week
- Testing the waters
- Take advantage of free in DC
- Getting fit with friends (check out my Fit Retreat recap)
Overall I did pretty well with my step count this summer – walking errands and taking evening strolls when it wasn’t too oppressive outside helped. This is what happens though when sickness derails your sleep and step counts:
After 3 days of very few steps and a lot (a lot) of sleep I woke up Wednesday feeling back to my normal self, thank goodness. I mentioned using Higdon’s HM3 plan running 3 days a week. I missed my Sunday long run and a Tuesday easy run so instead of trying to make it up I just jumped back into my training schedule which called for cross training. My favorite day of the week because the noon class with Blake at Zengo Cycle is amazing. I took it easier than normal and hydrated a ton but it was great to 1) get out of the house and 2) sweat.
By Thursday I was ready to run and the weather was still fairly mild (I’m mad I missed all the really nice weather being sick, boo) and was able to get a 4 mile run in plus a strength training session at the gym. I missed Body Pump Tuesday and don’t really like the Thursday instructor so went with weight training on my own. I have been doing really well on my Body Pump goal and have done a couple weight increases.
Even though I slept half my week away I was so ready to see Friday! It was another cross training day so I opted for 45 minutes on the elliptical. Half way through my workout I got a text from Cynthia who was looking to do some post work fitness so I threw out the idea of SUP. What a great idea this turned out to be!
We met up at the Key Bridge Boathouse where the last boat goes out at 6:30 pm and must be in by 7:30 pm. The line was long and it was still quite warm but we were still able to get a quick hour out on the Potomac. It was Cynthia’s first time doing SUP so I gave instruction the best I could and she did a great job! We paddled towards the Kennedy Center and back. It was a lot of fun, and holy cross training!!
You also can’t beat the sun setting on the horizon. Just an amazing and relaxing time on the Potomac!
Saturday I opted to do my long run in the morning and boy was it hot! Luckily Rock Creek Park offers a lot of tree cover and shade so at least it was a little breezy. I had 7 miles on tap and by the end everything was soaked so why not ease into the skid?
Sunday found me on the Potomac River again – only this time it was kayaking’s turn for more fitness fun with friends. We paddled up and down the river, then to Roosevelt Island, the Kennedy Center and back for 2 hours of kayaking.A couple months ago I bought a Living Social deal for several discounted hours of paddling and kayaking at Boating in DC. With the vouchers expiring at the end of September it was time to put them to good use! Perfect bookend to the weekend – and boy were my arms tired!