Happy Sunday! Another week has gone by, so I’m here as usual with my weekly recap.
This was an interesting mix of a week with a few days in Sedona followed by winter arriving in full force in Minneapolis. From running in shorts/tank to running on snowy trails, it was a week with a bit of everything!
Read on for the details…
Monday: 8.25 mile trail run/hike in Sedona. We did a big loop around Cathedral Rock, which was a shared trail with mountain bikers. For mountain bikes, it was rated a double black diamond; I cannot believe that anyone could BIKE that trail. We were scrambling on our hands/knees for quite a few parts and there were so many sections of sheer rock with drop-offs. No way could I do it on a bike, I could barely do it on my two feet! It took us over 2 hours to do 8-ish miles, which shows you that it was more of a hike than a run, but we ran when we could. Definitely still felt like a workout!
After the run, we decided to do the actual hike/climb up to Cathedral Rock. We did that hike last time we were in Sedona, but I don’t think I walked out to the edge like I did this year. I guess I conquered my fear of heights a bit more this year! There was a section we had to step over that dropped straight down and that made me very nervous!
That hike- up and down- was about a mile but took us an hour.
After a very full morning of activity, we grabbed a refreshing smoothie from the Local Juicery before heading back to our resort, the Enchantment. We tried to hang out at the pool, but the sun was setting behind the rock and it actually got a little chilly, even for this Minnesotan!
It was a beautiful pool with a great views of the canyon though.
Eventually we made our way out to an early dinner at Rotten Johnny’s for some delicious pizza.
Tuesday: Travel day.
I took Tuesday as a rest day, since we had to be up early to drive from Sedona to the Phoenix airport to catch a flight back to Minneapolis. Well, I did squeeze in a quick 15 minute yoga class on the Peloton app to stretch out my back before we hit the road. The yoga really seems to be helping.
We returned to snow and cold in Minneapolis. It was a bit of a shock to the system….
Wednesday: I wasn’t quite ready to take my workout to the snowy trails, so instead I opted for the treadmill: 3 miles easy, 5x(3 minutes at 8, 1 minute float, 2 minutes at 7:30, 2 minute jog), 1 mile cool down to 8.5 miles on the treadmill. I watched “Yellowjackets” on Netflix which isn’t amazing, but good enough for a treadmill show.
After work, I did a 20 min full body strength + 10 min core +20 min yoga flow on Peloton.
Thursday: I braved the winter weather and met up with my friend Sarah for 9 miles before work, 9:25 min/mile average. I wore my Kahtoola nanospikes which helped on the packed snow.
After work, I did a 15 min yoga flow + 20 min of upper body on the Peloton app.
Friday: The Twin Cities area was forecasted to receive a foot of snow, starting midday on Friday. Though I don’t hate the treadmill, I usually opt outside if I can, especially for a long run. So when my friend Christie said she was going to do her long run Friday instead, I decided to join her. It was actually upper 20’s and somewhat clear trails for my 15 miles, 8:50 min/mile average. We stuck to the Midtown Greenway for some of the run before I finished with a few laps of Bde Maka Ska.
All done and showered and ready for work by 8 am!
Saturday: With my longer run out of the way, I slept in a bit, took the dogs for a walk, and then ran 8 miles on the treadmill. Dustin actually did his long run outside and said the lake trails were all plowed, but I didn’t mind zoning out on the treadmill with some TV. I followed up with the run with 15 min of core + 10 min of yoga on the Peloton app.
That evening, we headed to the Walker Art Center for a screening of the British Arrow Awards (read more here) followed by a holiday get together with some friends.
I had actually left my Kahtoola nanospikes with my friend Christie on Friday as I didn’t really need them on the Midtown Greenway for our long run. I got them back from her on Saturday and put them on over my Rothy’s for a little extra traction on the the short walk outside!
Super stylish, right?
Sunday: A slower start to the day but eventually Dustin and I went out for a run. We did 7 miles together with Ruth, our vizsla.
Then I added on 3 more to get to my scheduled 10. The trails around the lakes were totally runnable, as pictured above (though I did wear my Kahtoola nano spikes). The temps are supposed to get up close to 50 this week, which is great, except I’m worried about the melt and refreeze with all this snow…All the joys of winter running in Minnesota!
10 miles, 8:50 min/mile average.
Summary: 59 miles of running, a good mix of strength/yoga on the Peloton app.
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Wow! Another busy week for you. I can imagine it must have been a little weird going from warm weather running in Sedona to full out Winter in Minnesota!
Definitely more fun to go the other direction, cold to hot!
Oh boy, that really was a drastic change from Sedona to MN! I still can’t get over your beautiful Sedona pictures.
So on Friday morning you did a 15 mile running in the cold and were ready for work by 8 am- you are officially hardcore!
Sedona is gorgeous! It’s amazing how different the various regions of the US really are…
Wow, so much snow! Have you guys had crazy wind, as well? The wind has been brutal “down south,” in Iowa. I think I’d rather have snow, LOL. Great week, Jessie! Your mileage is always so impressive 😉 (Great win for the Gophers over the Wolverines!!!)
Lots of snow, not so much wind!
Yes, go Gophers!
we were in Sedona a few years ago and it’s pretty and such a fun place to hike and explore. I bet it was hard to come home to your freezing temps!
Sedona is gorgeous!
FOMO about the bathing suit pic but not the snow.
Your body must have gone into shock.
Can’t believe u can run that many miles before work. You are badass.
Haha, thanks Darlene!
What time did you get up to get that 15 miles in before work? On the days I start at 8, I don’t usually work out. I don’t like getting up before 5-5:30!
I can’t believe you got all that snow! We got a ton of rain and wind. What crazy weather we’ve had this year. I bet it was a shock to the system after Sedona. I need to go back. Your photos were beautiful!
My alarm was definitely in the 4’s…I don’t love it! I can do it a few times but then I need to sleep in a bit more.
What a week of mixed weather for you between Arizona and Minnesota. It sounds like a wonderful getaway and a rude awakening upon your return! Congrats on your great workouts!
Thank you Debbie!
Wow is Sedona beautiful! That really must have been quite the shocker returning to Minnesota weather. Amazing mileage this week – great job!
Sedona is a great active place to visit!
So that’s where all the snow is! We’ve had a few flurries but nothing more. I’m a tad jelly but I won’t complain. Nice week of activity for you! It must’ve been so nice to escape to somewhere warm for a bit!
Haha, yes, Minnesota is hogging all the snow! I will admit that its pretty!
I don’t know, snow is just slippery to me! The screw shoes help, and so do my trail shoes, but it seems like there’s always black ice just waiting to take you down.
Great job going from Sedona (jelly!) back to all that snow. That’s not easy, on so many levels!
Packed snow isn’t bad…black ice definitely is bad!
Goodness, what a contrast in locations and weather conditions!
all of it in one week!
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