We debated where to go all Friday, and we settled on Santa Barbara since it wasn't too far, had great hiking, and also has a stellar food and wine scene. We booked a room at the Canary Hotel, which is a Kimpton hotel, a brand we love because they're super dog-friendly, which makes traveling with Mason a breeze. California is also an easy place to travel around with a dog since the weather allows for lots of outdoor seating (and Mason is very well behaved in public, I promise we're not ruining the experiences of other diners or hotel guests).
I did my Saturday run and showered before we headed up to Santa Barbara, stopping along the way for the call I had to participate in, then checked in to our hotel around 2:30pm. Upon check-in, we were given a glass of wine, which is an excellent way to start a weekend away. Kimpton also typically has a wine hour, so they were really making sure we were well taken care of.
|Mason was clearly a huge fan of the hotel.|
|Sourabh tried to make Mason feel better about not getting any wine, but he remained upset.|
|Santa Barbara is so pretty!|
We had a late dinner at Milk & Honey, a tapas restaurant, which was awesome. Standouts were the lamb pops and chocolate chip cookie pie. It was fun to be in a hotel downtown so that we could walk everywhere, which is the only thing I occasionally miss about NYC (and when I can drive to Costco and not wait in line to get into Trader Joe's, I'm reminded that I don't really miss it).
Sunday morning, I walked Mason and grabbed some of the complimentary coffee then enjoyed the little balcony for a bit before we ate breakfast at Finch & Fork, the hotel's restaurant that was on a ton of "best-of" lists. The breakfast was pretty good, but based on reviews it sounds like the dinner menu is where the real action is.
|I loved the tile used throughout the hotel.|
|Yes, Mason gave up about 3/4 of a mile in and had to be carried until we got back to the flat portions of the path...|
|You can just see the Channel Islands out there in the distance.|
|Actual water in the creek! Yay El Nino!|
Mountains 2 Beach Half Marathon: Week 1 Training Log
Monday: AM upper body strength + PM physical therapy
(1) chest press (20# ea arm)
(2) candlestick tilts (5kg med ball)
(3) Arnolds (15# ea arm, dropping to 10# in 2nd set)
(4) renegade rows (20#)
(5) plank (1 min)
(6) lat pull-downs (40#)
Tuesday: Easy run (40 minutes) at Back Bay
It was 60ish degrees around 6pm. I felt a bit under the weather that morning and worked till 11pm (from home after physical therapy, thankfully, not in the office) the previous evening, so I opted for more sleep and ran after work. I ran at Back Bay on the hilly portion (2 miles out, 2 back).
Stats - 41:06 total for 4 miles || 135 avg HR || 10:16 avg pace || 135 ft elev gain
Did some core work at home while cooking dinner after the run.
Wednesday: AM Fartlek run at Back Bay
55ish degrees at 7am. Ran on the flat paved portion of Back Bay (25 mins out, 25 mins back).
Stats - 50:00 total time, 5.15 miles || 145 avg HR, 187 max HR
Splits - 15 min w/u || 3 x 2:00 with 2:00 rest in between - (1) 0.27 miles / 7:27 pace; (2) 0.28 miles / 7:16 pace; (3) 0.27 miles; 7:20 pace || 2 x 3:00 with 3:00 rest in between - (1) 0.40 miles / 7:30 pace; 0.40 miles; 7:30 pace || 14ish minute c/d
Friday: Physical therapy + 30 minutes elliptical + full-body strength
30 min elliptical (132 avg HR)
|I had to take a picture because SWEAT HEART!!!|
Glute prep (5 different glute-activating exercises using resistance bands)
(1) plank (1 min)
(2) Push-ups (15x)
(3) 5-5-5 squats (5 slow squats, 5 fast squats, 5 jump squats)
(4) Side planks (1 min each side)
(5) Single leg dead lifts (10x each side w/ 15#s)
(6) Lunge w/ external rotation (10x w/ 20#)
(7) Single leg bicycle (15x each side)
Saturday: Easy run (4 miles) around neighborhood
50-60 degrees and sunny at 8am.
Stats - 4 miles, 40:33 total || 10:08 avg pace || 136 avg HR (had to stop for lights 5 times so I bet it was more like 140) || 160 ft elev gain
Sunday: AM hike + PM "long" run (6 miles) with tempo finish at Back Bay
6pm (I LOVE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, no, but really, I love sunset runs and that I can safely fit them in more often), low 60s to high 50s. Ran on the paved, flat part of Back Bay with Kristina.
Stats - 6 miles, 57:42 total || 9:36 avg pace || 144 avg HR.
Splits - (1) 9:54, (2) 9:55, (3) 9:54, (4) 9:50, (5) 9:45, (6) 8:23
This run went so well. I was super happy with how it turned out. I thought I was running much slower, just because Kristina and I were chatting a lot and I wasn't breathing that hard, so it was awesome to see a sub-10:00 pace at what felt like over 10 paces.
Total Mileage = ~19 miles
This week is about raising mileage a bit and adding a bit more speed (a similar fartlek workout but with an extra interval and less rest, and two tempo miles at the end of six miles on Sunday).