I’m definitely glad that I wrote a couple posts ahead of time because things here have been crazy. We have been in meetings from 9am until 7 or 8pm almost every night for two weeks and I have basically been spending my free time sleeping. Every morning (except for one), I get up and go to the gym, get breakfast, meet up with everyone else for meetings, eat dinner, and pass out. It’s been very helpful work-wise but I am ready to be back at home! I was checking my phone for pictures and realized that I had just a few random ones but not very many especially considering that I haven’t been blogging.
Here’s what I managed to capture so far…
A blurry pic from dinner with my dad (it was his idea to take the picture)
Chicken Caesar salad room service style
And a very cute mini bottle of ketchup! I don’t know why all condiments seem to come in tiny containers here but it is very cute.
We don’t leave until Friday morning but Thursday is our last day of meetings so I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We have our big divisional dinner tonight so I have the feeling that the drinks will be a-flowin’ (this feeling comes from the memory of a nasty hangover last year ).
The good news about being so busy is that I developed a daily routine that incorporated exercise almost every morning. I’ve been feeling great during the days (pretty tired and occasionally nauseous at nights) which means that I am finally consistently enjoying workouts again.
Since I generally work out at home or run on nearby trails, it’s been a little while since I’ve been in a gym without a specific class to attend. These couple weeks, I really have been taking advantage of all the different equipment that the hotel has to offer. I’ve run, biked, rowed, and ellipticized as well as played around with weight machines, swam laps in the pool, and mixed it up with different exercises that just aren’t feasible at home.
I’ve generally been falling into a 10-30 minutes of cardio and then different weights workouts depending on energy level, soreness, and availability of equipment. I avoided the treadmill until near the end of my trip when suddenly I felt the urge to run. I had one of those runs where you remember why you started running long distance in the first place. Everything seemed to come together so that I just really enjoyed it and I’m really looking forward to spring and great outdoors running weather now.
I did manage to plan a workout for one of the mornings and since Brianne and I got up early to go to the gym every day, I made it a partner one since I usually sweat solo. I borrowed the concept from a class that my mom attended at Streets but decided on the exercises based on what was available in this particular gym.
20 mins cardio
There are three big circuits that are made up of two mini circuits. One partner is the “timer” and must complete three rounds. The other partner just continues repeating rounds until the “timer” is finished.
8 pull ups/ 8 dips*
10 step up and press/ 20 incline push up to side plank
10 single leg deadlift/ 10 box jumps*
10 push ups/ 21s
30 shadowboxes/ 15 tricep pulses*
10 lat pull downs/ 30 squat pulses
It sounds a little confusing at first but once you start the first circuit, it should start making a little more sense. It was a good workout and the sweat was pouring down my face by the end of it. Most of my workouts on this trip were just about seeing how things were feeling and getting some exercise around hours of sitting in a conference room but this one was definitely focused and deliberate. It was such a great stress reliever and outlet for me when I was having days of feeling a little homesick or having some pregnancy hormones.
This post was a little text heavy since I haven’t really had anything to take pictures of this trip so I’ll leave you with this picture of Daisy that my mom sent me. I haven’t seen her in over two weeks since my parents have been kind enough to watch her while our house is on the market since people have been setting up showings left and right. I’m guessing that my next post won’t be until I’m back in the good old US of A so have a good rest of your week!
When working out on the road, do you plan or just wing it?
What’s the longest trip you’ve ever gone on?