Monday night Toph and I headed down to New Orleans with our friends Sam and Kate LF. Taking a road trip vacation doesn't leave much time for working out. Since I've been working my body very hard these last 3 weeks with so many races (and PRs :) ), I was welcoming some rest for my legs. I worked a full day on Monday and we left Monday night for our 14 hour drive. We stopped only at gas stations about every 2 hours and arrived in New Orleans on Tuesday late morning/early afternoon. We took naps and tried to get caught up on a normal schedule. Monday, Tuesday rest.
I'm no cowgirl, but Wednesday night we wandered in the Bourbon Cowboy and I rode one of those mechanical bulls for the first time. Those things are definitely tougher than they look. I stayed on for about a full minute. There may or may not be video of this event. Lol.
Afterwards, we discovered another bar with a mechanical bull and Kate, Sam, and Toph got to ride too. It was completely hysterical and all the videos are us jeering and laughing in the background. Bottom line, I'm counting my 1 minute bull ride as cross training since my legs were sore for the next 2 days because of it! I mean, Gingerfoxx said that Hal Higdon agrees. That means it must be true.
Thursday morning Kate and I got up early and went for a run through the French Quarter and by the levee. Of course we decided to go for a run on the hottest day of our trip. Kate wasn't feeling great because of the heat, but we were able to do 3.13 miles in 34:56 (11:09).
I had bigger plans to lift weights and do another run on the trip, but those didn't end up happening so Friday and Saturday were additional rest days. It's okay though. My body needed a break and vacation was the perfect excuse! We did a lot of walking and a lot of good eating (restaurant post to come tomorrow!)
After a good nights sleep on Saturday, I attempted a 5 mile run on Sunday at a trail by my house that I haven't been to yet. The sun was hotter than I thought and my lack of proper hydration over the past few days really caught up to me. It was a struggle to finish 3.5 miles since I drank too much water and my stomach was a sloshy mess. Old Kelly would have been extremely disappointed with this run/week and considered it a failure. New Kelly is looking at this is a much needed break and just one bad run. Today is a new day and today will be a good running day, I can feel it.