After last week’s awesome training week, this week my training was put off to the side for something I felt was more important –
End of the summer quality time with the kiddos.
They are growing up so fast and I’m well aware that the days when they want to spend time with me will soon be a thing of the past, so I took advantage of the beautiful weather, took a week off from work and had fun with the kids.
We got dressed up, took the GO Train to Toronto with my dad, and enjoyed a day of sight-seeing. The kids LOVED it!
The girls have never been taken to the big city of Toronto before to explore so they greatly enjoyed it. It was a hot day, so we walked through the air-conditioned PATH system all over the place. We went from Union Station up to The Eaton Centre, checked out Dundas Square, tried to visit the World’s Biggest Bookstore (which is now gone – boo), took a subway and streetcar to my dad’s old employer to say Hi to his co-workers, took a bus to The Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch, walked the PATH and did some shopping, visited Nathan Phillips Square, then walked the PATH back to Union to take the GO Train home again.
According to FitBit I walked over 7 miles!
Because hubby works from home, we had to find a way to stay busy out of the house ALL DAY. It was a HOT day so I figured what better way to stay cool and active than to spend the day at the beach, so we took our cooler over to the grocery store, packed it full of yummy lunch things and drove to Beachway Park in Burlington for a day of water fun. We quickly discovered that three year olds, sand and fruit don’t mix very well….
This was a catch up and get ready for school day. I took the girls out for lunch, to the hairdresser for much-needed hair cuts, the dentist and to the grocery store to pick out food to bring up to the cottage. After dinner, and Sierra’s last softball game of the season, it was time to make a two-hour drive to join our friends up at a cottage on the beautiful Georgian Bay. The girls slept for the drive up and I somehow managed to find the cottage in the dark!
After a late night we all slept-in at the cottage and got off to a slow start. After a pancake breakfast, Juliette and I took turns watching the kids so that we could get our runs in. I absolutely love running in new places! The Township of Tiny and the shores of Georgian Bay were beautiful to explore:
As is typical for me, I got lost exploring the area and turned my easy run into 11.5 k. I didn’t mind though because after lunch we were able to relax and recover while watching the kids swim:
Juliette’s husband joined us at the cottage on Thursday night, so Juliette and I were able to sneak out for a run in the morning while her husband watched the kids. We managed a really slow 10k – I think we were still burning off the wine from the night before 🙂
Saturday & Sunday:
More slacking continued. I tried to get up Saturday & Sunday mornings to run, but I slept-in. I then tried to run on Sunday afternoon in the heat of the day, but my legs were not into it, so I did a 5k walk instead.
There are 7 weeks left of marathon training and truthfully a cutback week won’t make or break the race for me. My goal this time around is just to finish anyways. This cutback may actually be just what I needed because I’ve found myself super tired lately. One night my FitBit said I got 9 hours of sleep!! This coming week is the start of school, and my routine will be out of whack with Amby being out of daycare, but not yet in school due to the graduated entry our school does for Kindergarten kids. I’m hoping to run 30k on the weekend and a few other shorter runs during the week.
Have a great week everyone!
Question: How do you know when your body needs a cutback week?