Weekly Running Report: July 30 - August 5

I had a great week of vacation time and vacation running, but I also had some workouts going on before that! Let’s get into it!

Monday, July 30

Between getting back into speedwork and finding out a family member died over the weekend, I was pretty worn out mentally and physically. After getting in my weights workout, I decided to listen to my body and just do an elliptical workout instead of spin class. It felt so much better than trying to push myself further than I needed to.

Tuesday, July 31

4.4 miles ~ 45:05

After taking it easier the day before and getting some extra carbs in, this morning's tempo run felt great! Some work to do on pacing during the build-up (had to take a couple of walking breaks) but it felt good to get some speed in!

Wednesday, August 1

3 miles ~ 31:26

The first run of August and my last day of work before vacation! I ran after work and it was so cool, decided to wear a t-shirt which hasn’t happened in a while. Even though I did a tempo workout the day before, my legs still felt awesome.

Thursday, August 2

4 miles ~ 48:20

A trail run was the perfect way to kick off a little vacation! I did a couple of loops of the Glenwood section which is really fun since there’s tons of elevation changes and it’s basically like running through prairies.

Friday, August 3

I got in a quick yoga session focused on stretching out the back since I slept funny and had a sore back. It worked perfectly to help relieve some of the tension since I spent almost three hours driving up to the campground with Vinnie as my backseat driver.

Saturday, August 4

5 miles ~ 52:15

Five mile run at the campground, just a little bit of drizzle this morning. Which is much better than I was expecting it to be since the rain moved through Friday evening instead of all day Saturday.

Sunday, August 5

7 miles ~ 1:15:19

Seven sweaty miles to finish off my running at the campground since it was hot already by the time I got out, luckily I went swimming afterwards too! The one downside of running while camping is that to get over five miles without doing loops of the same route is that you have to run along the road once the sidewalk runs. But at least there’s not a ton of traffic on Sunday mornings and I wasn’t the only one out there exercising.

One more week of summer down and I’m having so much fun between speedwork and trail running. We’ll see how much my running changes once we get into fall and winter (sadly, winter is just around the corner)!

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Training Tips Tuesday #31: Running on Vacation

I’m heading out on another camping vacation later this week and this time, I will be bringing along running clothes! We’re going to our usual campground with my family so I know there’s places to run and it’s more of a relaxing trip than our June trip up north. Because of this, I wanted to share some quick tips for running when on vacation.

Take safety seriously

You should always be taking safety seriously but it’s really important when running on vacation. Make sure someone knows when and where you are running just in case something happens. I always use the RoadID app so Mike can track my runs just in case.

Stay hydrated

I didn’t do a great job of this while I was camping last year and I could tell the difference it made on my long run once I got back (18 mile long run and I started having leg cramps at mile 15). Of course, enjoy yourself but make sure you are getting water in at the same time! It will also help you keep energy levels up to have fun on vacation.

Run in the morning

As always, I find it easiest to get things done if I do them first thing. Get out for your run earlier in the morning and then you don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day!

Don’t stress it

You don't’ have as much control over when (or if) you can run on vacation as you do at home. You might have to move your run to a different day or skip it all together. But don’t worry about it, a skipped run won’t ruin your training (and the extra rest might even be helpful)!

Don’t forget to share your tips for running while on vacation in the comments!

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Seattle Honeymoon: Part Three

Read the first and second parts of our honeymoon before catching up with what we did for our last full day in Seattle and the train ride back.

Monday, October 23

One more weight worked in Seattle! I’m so glad I added in extra days of weights for my between races training because it was super easy to keep up with those while on this trip. Running on the treadmill was fine but I love running outside and with the sun not coming up until 8 a.m. it wasn’t possible to get it in along with doing what we wanted to do. Plus, I didn’t bring running clothes that would have protected me from the rain and wind.

This was our last full day in Seattle so we still had two more places to visit: the Space Needle and Pacific Science Center. We had left these for the this day since they are right by each other and it was suppose to be sunny and clear skies. We got down to the Space Needle a little bit before it opened at 10 a.m. (we thought it would take a little bit longer to walk there than it did) so we walked around in the area which had a some green space and lots of buildings to look at.

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One thing you have to know about our trip to the Space Needle is that I hate heights. Seriously, it took me forever to feel comfortable running over the bridges over the Mississippi River. So going up over 600 feet and looking over a city is not my first choice of things to do. We got in right away for the 10 a.m. observation deck time and started our journey ujp. First, we had to read the timeline of building the Space Needle and it’s first days being open (because we love history). Then, it was time to go up in an elevator….that the front of it is completely glass. Luckily, I placed myself right at the back and it was a quick trip up. Probably less than a minute to get up there so it didn’t freak me out too much.

Once we got up to the top, it took me a little bit to get comfortable up there but I was glad we went up there! It was a gorgeous view of the entire city since it was clear and sunny plus it was really interesting to see the city from a 360° view up in the sky. We did have the opportunity to go back up from 5-8 p.m. with our pass but once we got done at the Pacific Science Center we decided not to go back up.

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After the Space Needle, we walked around the area some more and hung out at the Seattle Center Fountain. Which was a little chilly to sit on the granite around it but it was pretty cool to watch the fountain show. We had lunch at a little restaurant called Obasan for ramen which was amazing! Seriously, I was so full after my ramen and it was nice and spicy. Perfect for a slightly chilly day even though it made my nose run a little from the heat.

Our last stop for the day was the Pacific Science Center which had it’s ups and downs. The exhibits felt like they were really geared towards kids (and there were a lot of kids there, not as much the aquarium). But the butterfly room was awesome, I could have spent all day just watching the butterflies. The IMAX movie was really interesting about coral reefs but Mike and I were tired and nodding off during it. We couldn’t help it, it was a dark room and the narrator had a really soothing voice! The last thing we did was a showing in the planetarium which I think was MIke’s favorite part of the trip. We had a scientist doing the show in person and it was about fire and ice in the universe. I can’t remember if I’ve gone to a planetarium show before but I’d really like to do it again.

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Back at the apartment, we had the rest of the red snapper for dinner and started watching Freaks and Geeks. Which is a super good show that we still need the finish off it’s single season.

Tuesday, October 24

Our final day in Seattle but we didn’t plan on doing anything since our train was leaving at 4:40 p.m. Besides packing everything up and relaxing. So I got a run in outside! Luckily, I had packed my Twin Cities Marathon weekend long sleeved shirt which wasn’t the best for running (since it’s 100% cotton) but I figured it would be better than either of the tanktops I bought for working out in. I had a gorgeous 4 mile run through the Olympic Sculpture Park and along the shoreline. It was nice a clear so the mountains were out and I even got to see Mt. Rainer for the first time!

Back at the apartment, nothing too exciting happened. We just kept it low key since we’d be on the train that night and we weren’t sure how much we’d sleep that night. We ubered to the train station since there was no way we wanted to walk 30 minutes with all of our suitcases and bags which was less than $10 so a great deal.

Nothing too exciting happened on the train either that night. I worked on the sweater I’m making for my nephew for a bit until it got too dark and then started reading Spook by Mary Roach (I haven't read this much in forever, I finished two books on the way out and started two more on the way back). I got the best sleep on this night that I got on the train. I maybe woke up once or twice during the night but went back to sleep quickly and slept until after seven. Mike wasn’t too lucky since he woke up in Spokane while they were hooking up the second part of the train and couldn’t get back to sleep for almost two hours.

Wednesday, October 25

This day was my favorite part of the train ride. We went through Glacier National Park during the day and it was just gorgeous views! We spent most of the day in the lounge car watching the mountain views go by.

However, I was getting pretty restless on the train. There’s only so much sitting I can do and not too much space to walk around on the train. We got a chance to get off the train at about 2 p.m. in Montana and get a little bit of walking in but most of the stops we were stuck on the train. I did a lot of reading (as did Mike, I think he finished The Name of the Wind on our vacation) and tons of knitting. I finished off the body of Tucker’s sweater and one sleeve which was pretty good progress. It’s amazing what happens when you are stuck on a train all day long!

We got the chance to get off again in Minot, ND at about 9 p.m. at night which felt good but was pretty chilly. Which we were expecting since we knew Minnesota was going to get snow on Friday (we didn’t get much in the CIties but up north they got 10+ inches!). I fell asleep pretty quickly after this stop but I had a hard time staying asleep this time. I woke maybe every two hours because every time I turned by the window I got chilly. And it’s not too comfortable trying to sleep on a train, there’s no good position to sleep in.

Thursday, October 30

Finally, I woke up and we were basically in St. Paul! It was great that we got back home pretty early in the day so I didn’t have to spend much more time on that train. Mike’s dad picked us up (and had packed in the car all of Vinnie’s extra stuff that didn’t go to boarding with him) and it was so good to be home. We had a low-key day since we were both exhausted (and MIke got sick from the train ride) and we didn’t have Vinnie at home yet. We were picking him up Friday morning from boarding. I did have a massage scheduled which was awesome and slightly painful because my back was pretty messed up from that train ride.

And that was our honeymoon and first trip alone in four years! It was so refreshing to not be at work for two weeks and to travel together. I hope you enjoyed these recap posts!

Seattle Honeymoon: Part Two

Read about the first part of our honeymoon before catching up with what we did for the next three days!

Friday, October 20

We took it easy on our second full day in Seattle. We did a ton of walking around the day before (I had almost 19,00 steps without running) and we were going to have dinner with Mike’s aunt and uncle that night. It was also pretty rainy and windy that day so we didn’t feel like walking all over the city. I did a mile of sprint repeats on the treadmill that morning and then we went for a walk after breakfast.

Like I mentioned in the last post, it was great being in downtown Seattle because we were so close to everything. We walked less than ½ a mile to the Olympic Sculpture Park (bringing our umbrellas because the rain was coming down pretty good). It was a gorgeous place to walk around, especially since we got to go right near the shoreline and the rocky beaches. But it was super windy outside and I almost lost my umbrella! We both knew that we wanted to come back when it was suppose to be a little bit nicer weather-wise.

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We spent the afternoon relaxing and watching some more of The Good Place (such a great show!) since we were going to be walking down to the train station  to catch a train to Edmonds for dinner with MIke’s aunt and uncle. This was probably the longest walk we had to get to somewhere (about 30 minutes) and we decided that we were going to Uber to the station when we were going to leave Seattle on the Amtrak. There was no way we wanted to drag all our luggage that far!

We had an awesome seafood dinner with MIke’s aunt and uncle (the best part of Seattle is all the fresh seafood) and we got a four course dinner special. Because I will always opt for the dinner option that involves dessert. After dinner, we walked along the beach since it had stopped raining (it was down pouring when Mike's uncle picked us up even though it had been sunny in Seattle). They drove us back to Seattle so we wouldn’t have to walk back from the train station at night which was super nice!

Saturday, October 21

Saturday was another day for us to explore the city! I did a weight workout and after breakfast, we walked down to Pike Place Market to do some more gift shopping and buy some salmon for dinner (pretty sure I had fish every single day we were in Seattle). After a stop at the apartment to drop off the fish and presents, we went to have brunch. I had found a place called Cyclops that was just around the corner from the apartment and it was a delicious brunch! It was really quiet in there, maybe two other people there, but the food was awesome. I’d recommend it if you are out in Seattle and it was a really reasonable price too (especially compared to other brunch menus).

After brunch, it was time for brewery hopping! We visited three different places (Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle Beer Company and Belltown Brewery) which was a really good mix of different places. I think my favorite might have been Seattle Beer Company just because they had beers and ciders from 30 different breweries so we both got flights to try out the ones that interested us.

We also stopped at So Much Yarn in between breweries because of course I needed some vacation yarn. What else do you get yourself as a reminder of your honeymoon than awesome, locally dyed yarn? I ended up buying two skeins of yarn from Knitted Wit (a Portland dyer) in Haute Pink and Unicorn Farts (which is an awesome speckled yarn with sparkles). And….I’ve already started knitting it into a shawl because I finished one on the honeymoon.

We relaxed back at the apartment the rest of the night and cooked up the salmon we bought earlier in the day. Seriously, nothing better than freshly caught salmon.

Sunday, October 22

Another busy day and checking a couple of more things off our City Passes! I got in another run on the treadmill (just 2.5 miles) and then we went for another walk over to the Olympic Sculpture Park. We had much better weather this day, the sun was out and there was tons of blue skies so we could even see the mountains in distance!

After, we headed to the Seattle Aquarium (with a stop to get our tickets for a harbor tour later that day). It was pretty packed with families in there (I felt really out of place without having a kid tagging along) but it was fun seeing all the local fish and wildlife. Especially the sea otters which might have been my favorite part. We made a stop at Pike Place Market for more fish (this time red snapper) and headed back to the apartment for lunch.

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Later in the afternoon, we headed out on a harbor tour. It was still sunny but once we got out on the water the wind really picked up. We started off at the top of the boat but soon went down a floor to get out of the wind because I was getting chilly even with my thick hoodie on. This might have been my favorite thing we did on the trip. I love boat tours and it was a great way to learn more about Seattle!

We headed back to the apartment and watched the sunset set from the eighth floor deck, then headed back down to eat the red snapper and finish watching The Good Place.

Tomorrow is going to be the final part of our honeymoon, our last full day in Seattle and the train ride back to St. Paul!