Spinning and running… Spunning?

As much as I complain about my alarm clock going off before 5:00 am EVERY morning, I wouldn’t take back the views I get every day. The sunrises of Alberta are just as good as the sunsets. This morning in particular the sunrise featured an orange, pink, purple, and blue sky with a double rainbow. Pretty great way to start my day.

Oh, and it is International Coffee Day today, so that was also a great start to my day. I hope everyone celebrated with a nice big cup of dark roast. Black. Strong. Mmmm.

Of course that coffee in your cup better be Starbucks. Not Starbucks Blonde Roast either, because those beans come on the same truck as Tim Hortons which is essentially “glorified dish water” as my dad would say.

I couldn’t decide whether to go for a run after work or hit the gym for a session of spin. Why do either when you can do both? 

I laced up my shoes, shoved my gym pass in my pocket, and ran to the gym. It was 4.11 miles to the gym at an 8:32 min/mile pace. I wore a fall running outfit and although I looked colourful and just like a watermelon, the long sleeves were too much. I have an irrational fear of being cold on my run so I tend to overdress.

Once I got to the gym I hit the spin bikes for a wonderful 30 minutes of hill climbs, sprints, and jump drills. Once again, I placed the industrial sized fan right in front of my face. I was wearing long sleeves… it was necessary. 

Once I had accomplished my fan-blown and wind-swept hair style I left the gym to run home. It sucks when you get the gym, cycle your heart out, only to realize you still have half of your run left. I clearly hadn’t realized this yet as I was still smiling from my spin endorphins.

4.13 miles home. I picked up 0.02 miles somewhere. This half of my run, on spin legs, was at a little slower pace of 8:41 min/mile. The sun made an appearance on the run home! Good thing the long sleeve shirt is wicking and breathable. The sun made for some gorgeous views and helped me not think about how tired I was!

Just because this made me extremely happy, I will gladly show you that the wrist bands at the gym perfectly matched my clothing today. I get way too excited when that happens. OCD. 

It was a good mix of exercise today. A little spin, a little running, which equals a whole lot of spunning. Over 27 miles in three days, I may need a break from running tomorrow. See, I can do a marathon… it just takes me three days. Time for my seventh cup of coffee today? I am certainly doing International Coffee Day right.


  1. okay people IF I am forced to drink that bitter stuff, I must have the blonde decaf ….and Yes….I take offence to the ‘dishwater’comment.. : ) One day you will come to realize the finer things in life…including a Tim Horton’s decaf black!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous views!!! And I had 3 coffees today but no Starbucks (no dishwater either so… We’ll call it splitting the difference) :). Driving out to Starbucks tomorrow before my pedicure though!! 🙂

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