Another week, another weekly recap! Before I dive into a recap of fitness of the past week, be sure to check out my “Best Running Views” from Tuesday’s post!
Monday: After all my talk about how mild our winter had been in Minneapolis, we did receive some snow on Sunday night. Rather than stress about the condition of the paths, I opted for the treadmill on Monday instead. I had 9 miles on my schedule, but split it up, 5 miles before work on the treadmill, a virtual 1:1 strength training session with Discover Strength after work, then 4 more miles on the treadmill for 9 on the day.
Tuesday: 7.11 miles at an 8:55 min/mile average before work with my friends Julie and Christie.
Something was off with my Garmin on mile 3 as it clocked a 7:02 min/mile, which was clearly wrong- wrong enough that Strava flagged the activity! I have never had that happen before. There are ways to clear it, but essentially all it means is that your times don’t count for segments or local legends. Since I know the total time and mileage was accurate (since I was with other people), I didn’t want to mess with deleting part of the run, so I just left it.
Anyone had an activity flagged before on Strava?
Wednesday: I did not sleep well Tuesday night and cancelled on my morning running friends; fortunately I had time over lunch to fit in my run then. 25 minutes easy, then a ladder 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 progressively faster with 2 minute recovery, 15 minute cool-down for 9.2 miles total (over lunch- whoops! I didn’t expect the workout to be quite so long!)
It was rather nice to run in daylight though! Virtual 1:1 strength training session with Discover Strength after work.
Thursday: 7 miles with Christie and Julie before work; showered and ready for a 7:30 am meeting!
Even had time to pause for a quick pic of my favorite holiday lights in the neighborhood! They look really neat in the dark!
After a few morning meetings, I took the rest of the day off of work and we hit the road for a little weekend getaway to a cabin on the North Shore.
The “North Shore” is essentially anything north of Duluth, MN along Lake Superior. We rented an adorable cabin in Silver Bay Thursday to Sunday. It was a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house.
We arrived around 5 pm, settled in and then took the dogs for a brisk walk before cooking dinner and relaxing.
Friday: I took the day off of work (much needed!) We were still up early enough to watch a beautiful sunrise over Lake Superior:
Dustin went for a short run with Ruth, but Friday was my rest day and I was sticking to it (even though it was tempting to join them for a run, as I love run-exploring on vacation!)
It was a rest day from running but not from getting outside and moving! We still did a 5.5 mile hike to Bean Lake. The hike entailed about 2 1/2 hours of hiking in the snow and cold. By the time we finished, the pups and the people were already to head back to the cabin to warm up. The weather really could have been a lot worse though; it was snowing but nearly 30 degrees so not bad at all for a snowy hike.
I was a little worried about Matilda (the senior vizsla) but she loves being on the trail and was such a trooper!
Saturday: Dustin dropped me off at the Gitchi-Gami trail, and I did an out-and-back from Split Rock lighthouse for 10.3 miles. I had 12 on my schedule, but was happy with 10-ish. The trail wasn’t plowed and it was a little slippery so I took it slow for some solo miles on the North Shore; the only wildlife sighting was one bald eagle.
After a shower and lunch, we headed back out in the cold for some more hiking, first to Shovel Point at Tettegouche State Park and then more at Temperance River State Park.
All in all, I think I spent about 5 hours outside on Saturday and was ready to cozy up in the cabin the rest of the evening! So was Ruth, apparently; she’s sleeping standing up on the drive back to the cabin!
The VRBO we rented was really cute; perfect for two people and dog friendly, and right on Lake Superior! Here is the listing if you’re interested.
Other than a stop at Fika coffee, we brought all our own food and just cooked at the cabin.
I felt bad that we didn’t support any local businesses, but it was nice to just have everything right at the cabin too.
Sunday: I was out the door around 8 am to fit in a 6 mile run, 8:45 min/mile pace. (We had to leave the rental cabin by 10 am)
Dustin was worried about me running on the main road, so he came and checked on me around mile 5, and we realized we were right by Black Beach.
Why is there a black sand beach in Minnesota? Good question. The sand is unusable taconite tailings that were once added to the lake. It was surprisingly soft. Not quite the same as the black sand beaches in Hawaii!
So I ran there instead of back to the cabin and he met me there in the car. We checked out the unique black sand (in Minnesota!) before heading back to the cabin. Time for a quick shower, and then back on the road to Minneapolis!
Summary: About 48 miles of running, 2 virtual strength training sessions, and lots of hiking. A much lower mileage week after nearly 60 miles last week but still a lot of time in the great outdoors!
Overall, it was a nice cutback week with a weekend getaway in there. Now we are home through the holidays!
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So cool that you were able to get away for a weekend getaway. You definitely packed in a lot of activity while you were there!
Thanks Kim! It felt great to get out of the house 🙂
That looks like such a nice getaway! And that sunrise is stunning. Great job getting in all your runs even though it snowed and you were traveling!
Thanks Lisa! It felt good to still run up there, we got lucky with the weather!
What a fun getaway! Your sunrise pics are amazing 😉 I had not run on thick, frozen snow since last winter…so my little jaunt to the lake yesterday was crazy exhausting! I could feel my legs/feet/ankles working overtime. Thankfully, my recovering foot didn’t feel any worse for that battle LOL
Running on the snow is most definitely hard on the ankles!
I’ve never seen our dog sleep standing up, but I’m certain that she could! What a great weekend for the two legged and four legged folks.
Yes, the four legged pups loved the getaway 🙂 They were pooped afterwards!
Those sunrises are spectacular! Wow. That hike sounds invigorating and exhausting. LOL on the pooped pup!
Haha, thanks Coco!
wow what a gorgeous sunrise! That’s nice you were able to get away for few days. A few weeks ago Garmin told me I had a 5 mm ugh yeah no that did not happen. Sometimes the satellite just must go crazy or something. Have a great week ahead and thanks for linking up
Ha, exactly! I was with two others whose Garmins said 9 ish min/miles, so I knew when mine clocked 7:02, I knew that something was wrong. And so did Strava 🙂
Those sunrises! And Ruth sleep on Dustin. So cute (Ruth, that is).
We had arctic cold in addition to all the snow, which I didn’t even mention in my post, LOL (roughly 2 feet) so Bandit hadn’t been walked in days until today. Wouldn’t you know it decided to snow on us during the walk? It’s like the only time it snowed today!
I’ll bet that getaway felt amazing. Now on to the holidays!
Ruthie is a little cutie. She’s either totally on or totally off!
What a lovely getaway, I’m quite jealous but also glad for you of course! Wonderful pics, too.
Sounds like such a nice getaway! We haven’t been up that far north for years. I thought that Lake Superior would be frozen this time of year! And Cocoa likes to sit behind/between us like your pups, lol.
I was expecting more ice on the lake too, but it was surprisingly clear!
How great to get away. Can’t decide which makes me laugh more – Ruth sleeping standing up or both of them thoroughly uninmpressed at the gorgeous sunrise. Congrats on another solid week
Hehe, yes, the dogs are good for some laughs 🙂
Jealous of your getaway! Looks like everyone had a great time. Beautiful pictures too.
Thank you Zenaida!
We love the north shore and camped in Schroeder back in June. We did the Bean & Bear lake loop – it’s a wonderful hike in any season. We love to stay on the north shore in winter, but are uncomfortable staying in hotels – we should look into a VRBO option!
I bet Bean & Bear is great in the summer or fall! It was a little slippery and by the time we made it to Bean (I think that’s the first one, right?) we decided that was far enough in the cold, ha! But we had the trail completely to ourselves and could let Matilda off leash (which she loved, don’t tell on us, ha!
That photo of Ruth sleeping on Dustin’s shoulder —aaaawwwww! What a beautiful weekend getaway!
Ruth was exhausted from all the hiking and outdoor time, but I know she enjoyed it!
Oh, the Vizslas! I love them! They are so expressive <3
That sunrise is just so perfect. I love when the skies light up in all the pinks and purples.
I’m so glad you got such a nice getaway. We were talking about going north for a family trip, but it’s really hard for me to navigate in winter boots right now and I don’t think I’m up for skiing or anything slippery. Boo.
I know, those types of sunrises are the best! We only had one, the other two mornings were gray. So I’m glad we were up for the first morning!
What a fun cabin getaway! I love that you took the dogs. That pic of Matilda sleeping is precious! Knock wood, we continue to be eerily snow here here in the Chicago area. I’ll go with it!
Yes, we were quite happy to find a VRBO that was dog friendly (with a small fee!)
How awesome that you were able to get away for the weekend! Oh my goodness, that picture of Ruth standing up sleeping with her head on Dustin’s shoulder is so cute. When you’re tired, but still want to be with your people… 🙂
Enjoy your time off this week!
Yes, Ruth was exhausted, but didn’t want to miss anything 🙂 She can be sweet, when she’s not destroying my running apparel, ha!