It has been an amazing week in Calgary! With tons of sun and spring like temperatures it hasn’t been too hard to get out and enjoy it. While I didn’t get off to the best start with my workouts this week I managed to pull up my socks throughout the week.
Wednesday I met up with Kelly for a 30 minute run over lunch. My legs were pretty tired from my Tuesday night spin class. I hung with Kelly and we ran a nicely paced loop around the Bow River. While it wasn’t all that sunny out it really was warm and it felt good to just run and chat. In the evening I made it out to Cochrane for the first time in a few weeks to swim. The swim went alright…but boy oh boy am I lacking a serious amount of efficiency in the water! I did swim golf for the first time and this was a serious eye opener as to just how many strokes I’m taking to get from one end of the pool to the other. One of my big goals will be to work on that! I try to not get discouraged in swimming, but it just feels like I have so much to work on. I think I feel the same way about swimming that I feel about skiing. Shouldn’t I be picking this up faster? Why is it so technical? I know I have slacked off with going to my Wednesday night lessons so I really only have myself to blame for that. While I know I can do the distance in swimming it would be nice to do it better, ya know?
On Thursday it was time to get reacquainted with hill repeats! This was my first shot at hills all year. Kelly also had hill repeats on her schedule, although her workout was slightly different. We ran our warm up together, arrived at McHugh Bluff for our repeats and got to work. The hill was crazy busy with bootcamp classes, walkers, lungers, and other runners. People were really taking advantage of the sun and 12C weather. I ran 4 x 2 min repeats, and while 2 minutes may not seem like a lot it goes by ever so slowly when you are running up a hill! I did a great job on running each repeat consistently. There is something about running hill repeats that really gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Maybe it is the blood pounding in your head, the burning lungs, or revisiting your maximum heart rate, again and again. Whatever it was, it was a great workout!! Kelly and I tried to encourage each other along the way, then we wound up running our cool down run together. A few tricep dips and push ups later, we were done! It was great having my friend on the hill for motivation and support. As our run paces do differ this is one workout that we can accomplish together.
On Friday it was time to make up the swim that I missed on Monday thanks to a massive headache. I walked over to the YMCA after I finished work…soaking up the sun. I ran through a great workout with plenty of drills in it to help me improve my efficiency in the water. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it comes together.
Saturday was long run day! I wasn’t able to get out until after lunch for my run, so by then it had warmed up to a lovely 11C. I decided to go out on a limb and run in capris and a tank top. Initially the wind made it feel a bit brisk, but as I ran on it just felt amazing. The pathways along the Bow River were quite busy with families on bikes, roller bladers, people out walking their dogs and other runners. I started at Edworthy Park and ran towards Eau Claire and back for 9 miles. The run went really well and it was terrific to be out and enjoying this amazing weather that Calgary had.