Well after a few weeks of craziness, things are back to the norm and I’ve finally had time to sit down write about what we’ve been up to.
First off we had a visit from my in-laws for two weeks. We had a great time and mostly managed to keep our training up, actually, I was able to keep my training up Dan is another story. While the in-laws were here we experimented with some new cross training. First off was snowshoeing, we went to Hardwood Hills
and managed to do the full 5km snowshoe loop (although I think my father in-law would have happily settled for half that). I hadn’t snow shoed since Girl Guides when we had to wear the big tennis racket looking things on our feet, thank goodness snowshoes have changed with the times as I can now report that they are easy to use and even fun! And what a work out, Dan figured out that he burnt about 2000 calories. Plus it was a hilly terrain so we definitely got our burn on.
We also spent two days skiing. Although I don’t know if that really counts as cross training since downhill skiing in Ontario consists mainly of waiting in a queue for the lift and a 30 second ski down. I use snow blades so technically I should be having to use my legs and core a little more but I find the hills so short that the only way to get any speed is to just go straight!
My sister and I even used the gym at the resort where I did my first treadmill interval/hill run. I avoid treadmills as much as possible so actually using a ‘program’ was quite fun and I think my sister got a kick out of watching me panic every time the incline changed and it got faster! This is where I started to lose Dan, he didn’t bother coming to the gym and then we both skipped a mid-week run, on the weekend we were supposed to do back to back 17km but Dan only managed Saturday and then got sick (proper man sick = whiney). I was able to keep my running up mainly because I was happy to get out of the house and away from Mr. Sickie!
So then it was off to Jamaica for a week, I’m not complaining about this just filling you in. We were in a wedding there. And it was fun, but the gym at the resort was terrible (I don’t know why I thought it would be anything but). My uncle who likes to walk showed me how to get into a gated community next door to the resort where we could run, but I only managed this once. It’s hard work sitting next to a pool and on a beach, we swam though, that’s some cross training, oh and I may have spent a few nights dancing in the disco…
Anyway it’s back to the grind now. All systems go. No more excuses. And I’m a little freaked out because the counter is saying that we only have 5 months to go!!!!