Justin and I set our alarm to go off at 6am for an early morning trip to the pool today. I always find it more difficult to drag myself out of bed during the winter months, given the cold temperatures and dark mornings, but this morning I was feeling extra motivated and awake. After a cup of coffee and quick snack, we were out the door and on our way by 6:30.
Apparently the early morning hours are a great time to swim, as the pool was calm and quiet. Throughout my swim I kept reminding myself not to go too hard because I wanted to get in a run immediately after. This was my first time transitioning from a swim to a run, so I wasn’t quite sure how my body was going to respond and how I was going to feel.
After 50 minutes in the pool, 5 minutes in the hot tub, and a quick shower, I put on my running clothes, refueled, and was out the door for my run.
I started with a long, gradual descent along the paved path above the Old Mill District, feeling fresh and revitalized from the crisp cool air.
Once I reached the Deschutes River, I headed upstream and continued along the River Trail for a few miles, eventually looping around and back up to the Athletic Club. By then my legs were just starting to feel a little sore, so it was a good time to stop.
When I got back to my car I noticed something blue on top of my steering wheel that was not there when I exited the vehicle earlier that morning. I opened the door and saw that my husband had left me a card that read, “You’re the Real Deal” – inside he had written some amazing words of encouragement. It was a perfect way to finish a workout and start my day.
After a shower and some work, I met up with Justin at The Lot (yes, we are kinda hooked on this place) and we shared a burrito from The Brown Owl and the kalua pork from Mauna Kea Grill. It was our first time trying the pork dish and it was moist and flavorful – and very filling.
This hungry girl was not ready to stop eating however, and took a trip to Cuppa Yo for a little dessert. Now I’m ready to roll over…
Time to get back to work, do some chores, and get ready for First Friday in Downtown Bend.
Have a wonderful Friday – woot woot – it’s Friday!!!