When you walk to work, you have to walk home.

Yesterday I walked to work, like I am trying to do every Friday because I don’t work until noon. It is almost exactly 4 miles from my doorstep to my desk so it takes me about an hour to get there. It snowed a few inches yesterday, yes on the first day of spring, so I threw on some rubber boots (<- gum boots? Is that a Canadian name?) and headed to work. Other Fridays have been great because after my shift at work my dad is conveniently on his way home and is able to pick me up but yesterday I finished my shift, and realized I still had to walk home. When you walk to work people, you have to walk home… #logic.

I was definitely exhausted last night. After 2 hours of walking, my body was so full of fresh air that it was 100% ready for bed. I also had done a tough run in the morning that tired me out! Speed work Fridays are the worst (but probably the best for my training.)

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As I got out of bed before my run, I was greeted with the all-too-familiar leg day DOMS. Holy hell. I try hard to do more lightweight-highrep moves for legs while marathon training in order to avoid serious leg soreness for my runs but Thursday apparently I decided it would be a good idea to lift heavy… and do lots of it. Lunges off of the bench? Why not. 300lb leg press? Sure thing. WTF.

After a 20 minute elliptical warm up, which I stayed at no more than level 2, I headed to the treadmill. Speedwork always scares me, as you know, but as my glutes tightened up just thinking about running fast I was terrified. The key to speed work = don’t think, just do it. 8 miles with 10 X 400m repeats. I did it.

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I walked for a few minutes to cool down and then headed to the mats to sleep stretch. I am pretty sure I looked 80 years old trying to gracefully sit down on the mat and then again trying to stand up again. It was painful.Once  I got some good stretching in and then laid there for a couple of minutes to think about how far I had to walk to my car and how much snow I would be shovelling when I got home.

Note: my eyes are not blue but they kind of look it in the photo below?

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Once I got home and shovelled the driveway I showered and made breakfast. I couldn’t wait until the weekend to have chocolate chip pancakes so I made them to start my Friday morning. I have no regrets.

{1/4 cup oat flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 mashed banana, 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1/2 cup soy milk, chocolate chips}

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The stars aligned, or the planets were arranged in my aura, or Mother Nature was apologizing for the snow, or whatever the hell was going on, my hair was on point yesterday.

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If you haven’t already made your Saturday morning breakfast, I highly recommend chocolate chip pancakes. I am off to teach a spin class at Commonwealth stadium in Edmonton! There is a 72% chance I made pancakes again this morning because I kind of thought about them all day yesterday. 2 hours of walking leaves a lot of time for thinking about food 😉

Happy weekend!

3 Comments

  1. I always walk everyday. It’s like I own that time, and it’s my personal time to think, decompress and dream. Haha if that makes sense.

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