Our little town has fires burning in all directions which has meant smoke, smoke and more smoke (also: extra shout out to anyone who got the Hawksley Workman reference in my post title…even though I know no one will…even though you should know him…ahem, okay I’m done now). It’s not awesome when it’s this smokey during our prime outdoor season, but we’re making the most of it. Let’s see how.
Activity: hike + core
Relevant Stats: 5.5k hike + 15 min. core
Observations: I had planned to do a longer hike, but I was solo and forgot my head phones and was over it by the time I completed the usual loop. But I decided to do a short core workout on the patio afterwards, you know, to get more smoke into my lungs. Sometimes I don’t make the best decisions.
Activity: stairs + strength
Relevant Stats: 20 min. stairs + 30 min. strength
Observations: I had to decide between taking advantage of the one legitimately cool day we might see for weeks vs. avoiding the smoke. I chose taking advantage of the cool weather, and headed out to the giant staircase, but only for 20 minutes. I could blame the smoke, but really I just didn’t want to run stairs anymore. Good thing I had back-up-planned a half hour at-home strength workout to round out the day. We then spent hours watching the best golf tournament I’ve seen this season.
Relevant Stats: 47 min.
Observations: I can’t remember the last time I had a good spin workout. At first I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I rocked out a solid spin session. All it took was some ultra depressing David Gray songs to fuel some serious hill climbs. I know it makes no sense, but it worked for me. We also went for a long walk after work when the sun (briefly) managed to carve its way through the smoke, so I considered this a highly active day.
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 45 min.
Observations: I tried out the new kicks to see how they performed with strength training. I rocked some dead lifts and back squats for the first time since before our vacation, and they were hard but good. I also threw in some skipping and shoulder work for good measure. My trainer would’ve been so proud of me.
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 40 mins.
Observations: My personal trainer was away this week so I felt like I had to really make the most of all my strength workouts. I was also still testing out the new shoes so I tried to incorporate a range of activities. There were some box jumps, some single-leg squats and a whole bunch of core work. Unfortunately, I got a little too eager with some of my kettle bell cleans and managed to tweak my SI a little bit. Sigh. Even shoes couldn’t me save bad form.
Activity: planned rest day
Relevant Stats: city day!
Observations: I got up ultra early, caught a flight to Vancouver for a few meetings and then flew home. The one good thing about travelling to Vancouver for work is that the two offices I go to are quite far apart so I always get in a lot of steps. This day was no exception. I balanced out all my sitting with lots of airport and inter-office walking. Thankfully I didn’t have any time to seek out some of my favourite donuts and cakes…which, let’s be honest, I would’ve done if I’d had even 5 more minutes to spare.
Activity: mini hike + driving range
Relevant Stats: 7ish km hike + 1 bucket of really, really bad shots
Observations: I don’t know if today’s hike even qualified as a hike, but we were out in nature, on a trail, and there were some hills. To be honest, we picked an easy breazy trail on purpose, because I actually had to work this morning (whomp, whomp), so it was a super late start plus I was still feeling tired from yesterday’s travels. Alas, we did it, and then went to the driving range where I raged (silently and internally) for an hour, as is my usual driving range custom. Before, it was because I couldn’t hit irons. Now my irons are doing marginally okay but I can’t drive or hit a hybrid to save my life. My partner says “that’s golf.” That does not help my rage. Sigh.
Once again, the weekend is here. I’m crossing my fingers for the winds to shift and the smoke to (finally) clear a little bit. Even if it doesn’t, I am looking forward to some outdoor down time. It’s felt like a long week and I feel ready to clear my head with lots of fresh (or sort of fresh) air and activity. Happy weekend y’all. Hope you get out there too!