This past weekend, I was smart not to plan much of anything. Friday night we had a fun going away party to attend. The music and the people were just too good, so we kept dancing around to the tunes in the back yard until nearly midnight. Pretty perfect way to kick off summer (minus the saying goodbye thing).
The rest of the weekend was full of travel prep - errands to Target, REI, Verizon, etc. Per the usual, we walked into Target for a whopping three things and came out with about 20 travel "necessities" and forgot to grab ear plugs! As much as I hate buying overpriced travel size items, I know it's worth it when you have to lug your stuff with you for three weeks straight.
We even spent a few hours reading travel books because you know, there's nothing like last minute planning!
And in reality, they do have some pretty good tips about specific cities and travel in general.
Hostels vs. Hotels
We now have London, Barcelona, Rome and Gerardmer (northeastern France) accommodations booked! They won't be fancy, but they should suit our needs and be fairly close to the main attractions. It's funny how 6 years can change your perspective a bit. I keep saying that we'll stay at hostels, but so far, we only have one night booked in a hostel.
Paying $20-30 more per night just seems worth it over having to deal with a poor night's sleep or partying 20 year-olds.
That being said, I still have a hard time wanting to splurge on any of our places because we're going to be gone for three weeks! But then I think about a peaceful night's rest, our own bathrooms, safety, etc. and the money seems completely worth it.
So far, we will be staying in a hostel, University dorms, a hotel and a room in a home via airbnb to see the Tour de France. The variety should keep things interesting, that's for sure.
Last Week's Workouts
Monday - Rest (but ran around all day at work as it was graduation day)
Tuesday - power yoga
Wednesday - a.m. Summer Shape Up workout 1 + 1.5 mile easy jog, p.m. bike ride with Lindsey! Beautiful night. Legs were definitely sluggish the last few miles.
Thursday - 45 min a.m. Yogaglo flow with Kathryn Budig, p.m. miles around Hayward Field. The right hip was still feeling pretty cranky, so I did the first 10 min of tempo with the speed group, then stretched and jogged easy for another 25 or so.
Friday - 35 min on the bike trainer + 35 min strength + ab session
Saturday - 5 mile Ridgeline Trail run with friends + summer solstice yoga flow with Lindsey. Starting my morning with a sunrise trail run and then an energizing, mindful yoga practice felt like it was straight out of my perfect little story book. Happy heart, body and mind.
Sunday - LONG run. Powered through 2.5 hours of running (~16 miles) along Pre's trail, out to Doris Ranch, along a new bike path and through a few new to me streets and hills.
Overall, the theme of the week was to try and figure out how the heck to get rid of my cranky hip. Thankfully, Friday's spinning rid the hip of most of its attitude and she was ready to go come Saturday morning. As much as I might have liked to get in another 5+ miles this week, I'm glad I played it safe.
The trip is now so close I can almost touch it. Two days of work and then we're out of here! I better start packing...
Are you a hostel, hotel or airbnb traveler? Do you have any good book recommendations for the long flight?