What a week…so much to do ahead of our move to London! (Such as selling both of our cars; it’s a great used car market out there!)
Despite all the prep, I still did my best to fit in training for the Amsterdam marathon, hitting my highest mileage week since pre-Boston marathon.
Here’s how this week went down:
Monday: 7.5 miles with my friends Isabelle and Julie; Isabelle is moving to Switzerland (she’s from there), so this was our last time running together before our respective moves. Hopefully we will connect in Europe!
We met pretty early and were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over the lakes.
20 min core + 30 min lower body on Peloton after work.
Tuesday: 5.5 mile run with Ruth before work at 5:15 am! She was bouncing off the walls and excited to run, and I was happy to have a buddy.
10 min core + 10 min barre after work, short and simple before a dinner with a few friends at Pajarito; trying to connect with as many people as possible before we’re gone, while still getting everything else done.
Wednesday: Rest day. We walked to Rosalia for dinner with our bocce ball friends before our final game with the team. They have found some replacements to keep the team going, thankfully. It was such a fun summer activity.
We will miss you, Mason and Julie, but hopefully see you in Finland this Christmas!
Thursday: 5.5 mile run with Ruth before work; 10 min core + 20 min upper body on Peloton after work.
Friday: I met up with my friend Julie; it was definitely humid out, but we were feeling good and somehow I ended up with a much longer run than planned, 9.7 miles! We had headed out on Minnehaha Parkway and realized we were pretty close to the bunny, so we just made it the whole way to say goodbye again; you haven’t seen the last of me, Peter Cottontail on the running trail!
Saturday: Long run with my friend Vicki; I did 3.7 miles before meeting her and knew it was going to be a rough one out there, and indeed it was. We took plenty of water breaks and walk breaks, but powered through an additional 10 miles for 13.7 for me. I had hoped to get in a bit longer, but when we got back to her car, I decided to take her up on an offer to get a ride home rather than run another 1.5 miles. It was that kind of day! Not my best long run, which was particularly bittersweet since it was my last long run around the chain of lakes.
Sunday: Catch-up run with my friend Nordica; she came to my neighborhood and we did 6 miles together. So great to see you, Nordica!
When I got home, I realized I was at 48 miles, so I grabbed Ruth and went back out for a short little 2 miler to hit 50 miles for the first time since pre-Boston. I’m hoping to fit in some strength tonight, but I’ll be honest, there’s a lot to do ahead of the move.
Post-run, we walked to Rosalia (again; twice in one week!) for lunch with our friends Craig and Richard; Craig ran the London marathon in 2016 when we ran it, and we hung out quite a bit on that trip; they are such a great couple. The two of them travel quite a bit around the global, so it was great to get their advice on places to visit!
Summary: 50 miles of running, random mix of strength on the Peloton app, lots of dog walks.
That’s a wrap on training for the Amsterdam marathon!
Next week is ‘the big move.’ I will be so happy when Ruth and Matilda are reunited with us in London after their flight (they have to go through Munich and will be driven from there by the pet transport agency.) Please, please, please let everything go smoothly with their travel.
Their crates arrived this week for the flight and we’ve been trying to get them comfortable with them…it’s not going all that well. Ruth isn’t a fan. We’ve been putting lots of treats in there and feeding them in there, hopefully Ruth gets a bit less afraid. They each have their own kennel, but will hopefully be side-by-side during their flight.
By this time next week, I will hopefully be blogging from across the pond! It will make it easier to get these recaps up early in the day, ha!
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Ruth’s face tells the whole story, lol! I’m sure you are more nervous about them than anything! I would be. I bet it’s nice getting to see all your friends before you go, but bittersweet, right? I’m really looking forward to reading about your new adventures in London. Best of luck with your travels!
Thank you so much Wendy! Yes, I know I am stressing more than I should about their big trip. I look forward to staying connected with everyone on the link-up!
I’ll be thinking of you and the pups in these next several days. I hope all goes smoothly with your big re-location. Nice week of miles!
Thank you very much for the positive thoughts Kim! Looking forward too staying connected via the link-up.
So exciting!! I’ve got my fingers crossed that everything goes smooth and the pups are not stressed. I can imagine that is at the top of your mind. I’m sure they will have great care. Looks like a great week of seeing all of your friends before you leave. I look forward to following your adventures!
Thank you Lisa!
How exciting!!! I can’t wait to hear all about the move. Yes, Ruth is wise- she knows she should be suspicious of that crate. I know you’re worried about them, but they’ll be taken care of by professionals who do this pet transport all the time. So they should be fine!
Nice week of running- I like how you managed to get in lots of time with friends during the runs. GOOD LUCK WITH THE MOVE!!!
Thank you Jenny! It’s helpful to combine catching up with running where I could, ha!
Appreciate the words of confidence about the dogs!
Best of luck with the move! I’m sure all will go fine. Quite bittersweet with you saying au revoir to your friends, esp as my friend Mary Ellen is doing the same here before she goes off the first week in August! Go well and I look forward to welcoming you to our country (I should be coming down to London to see my best friend in the next month so will hope to connect up with you!)
Thank you Liz!I hope we connect when you are in London!
Praying for safe travels for Ruth, Matilda and all of you of course! It’s going to be a fun adventure. Did someone say Finland at Christmas? You’re going to love that! We adored Scandinavia! I can’t think of a better place to be over the holidays!
I hope so! Our bocce friends already had a trip planned there with their 4 year old, so we may tag along for part of it!
I’m glad you’ve been able to see so many friends before you move — and keep up with your running. That photo of Ruth is so hearat-breaking. It’s times like this when you really wish you could explain things to them. Scooby and I will be sending Ruth and Matilda good vibes during their journey — and you too!
Thank you (and Scooby!) 🙂
I am sure this is all bittersweet for you! Way to pack in a fun week with lots of friends and activities before you move. Can’t wait to hear more
Thanks Deborah! Looking forward to staying connected via the link-up!
I wish you & the furkids a very safe move.
When we moved down to TX from VT with the cats and used a service — it was great. We got our stuff delivered and the cats were safely looked after and we didn’t have to worry about them trying to escape.
It’ll be a big adjustment but in the end it will be okay! Safe travels!
I wish you smooth travels and that Ruth and Matilda do well and without too much anxiety. I know you will be happy to get there and settled. I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures from London!
Great week of running!
So excited for you and hope everything with the move goes smoothly. Can’t wait to hear about life in London 🙂
Best of luck for smooth travels for all of you! Can’t wait for all the London posts!
I’ve been following along on your adventures on IG and I’m always tired looking at how much you accomplish in a week!
Awesome week or workouts and seeing friends and family. I will keep my fingers crossed that everything with the move goes well, especially with the pups! 🙂
So many exciting things!
I would be most worried about the girls. I know everything will be fine, but that’s a big trip and I know it will be hard not to see them.