I always like to take it easy the week after a race. I think I just like an excuse to take it easy or I’m a bit lazy – maybe both. I transitioned back into the exercise world later in the week with a swim, a yoga class and my favorite Rushift workout with GSP.
I did my first post-race run on Saturday (16.4km). Part of the run was in the community forest. I haven’t seen any bears (including Hugo) or sign of them in weeks so I wasn’t worried about running in the woods at all (I did a test walk the day before on the trail and saw no signs either so I was pretty confident). The squirrels and grouse are still out in full force though. I think I counted at least 10 squirrels on the run. Kobi probably counted more.
I was thrilled to run with a friend and her dog so I had someone to chat away at and Kobi had someone to run with too. I’ve been running on my own for so long now, it was nice to have company especially on a longer run. I think I talk too much when I’m running with other people and I doubt I gave her a minute to say anything. Clearly I need to get out more.
I couldn’t resist a photo of this part of the trail. It’s a larch stand and if you’re at all familiar with trees, you know that larch trees shed their needles for the winter (like a deciduous, but they’re a conifer). This part of the trail was covered in larch needles. It looks like coloured sawdust.
The weather has been absolutely amazing this last little while. If I was more dedicated I could have been cycling every day, but I’m not. I’m also coming down with something and feel absolutely lousy. I hate getting sick. I have one more race to do this year at the end of November – the Vancouver Historic Half – so getting sick now is going to interfere with my training. I hate that.