So…. remember that time I said I was going to follow a regimented running plan while on vacation and run in at least every new city I visited in Europe so that I was prepared for my first 5 miler on Turkey Day?
It turns out it’s a litttleee harder to find the energy than expected when you go to bed at 1am every day, sleep 6 hours a night, walk 10 miles a day, and are suffering from jet lag. We did manage a run once on day four when we were in Paris and ran from our hotel, up the Champ Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, and back. It was a pretty cool experience, although I’m sure to Parisians it’s just another day in the life of.
Anyways… back to training. I went for my first run in 2.5 weeks and my first long run in almost 3 weeks on Monday. All I can say about my run is: OUCH. I’m still really sore, even two days later. Despite all the walking in Europe, I still lost a lot of my fitness. I gave myself a rest day yesterday but made myself get on the upright cycle at the gym and bust out 10 miles to keep my legs moving. I do feel like it helped to loosen up my legs a little, but I will definitely be spending some quality time with the foam roller (again) tonight.
I envy people who can take a two or even three week hiatus from exercise all together and still be able to run a 6 miler. It doesn’t seem fair to me! Haha But sometimes this is the reminder I need to not give up on exercise or myself when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle.