So, I had a good laugh when a few weeks before we flew back to the US, E realized that there was a conference he wanted to attend in Montreal. 3 weeks after we got back to our house. We booked the tickets -- we were leaving the country 3 weeks after our return home, and it was all E's choice.
|View of the city from Chalet Mont Royal|
We arrived and I realized that I can switch effortlessly between French and English for the first time in my life. I didn't even realize when it happened, I'd just respond in whatever language made sense, as would all of the people we interacted with, and E would laugh at the back and forth, when he realized I couldn't tell him what language(s) had been spoken.
|Post-run Xiao Long Bao in Montreal's Chinatown (twice!)|
Much like Montreal, where it happened, week -8 of San Jose Rock 'n Roll training was wonderful. 49.36 recorded miles. MUCH hiking and walking. And overall, a strong, strong week on the return to some semblance of running fitness.
|Hand-pulled noodles and Hunan Dumpling dinner|
T: 1 mile walk to the park. 3.11 super slow miles up Mont Royal (541 ft elevation gain) @ 15:12; 3 miles down at 13:32; 1.05 mile c/d plus 1.5 walk to lunch and dinner.
W: 3.99 miles walking sightseeing (including the botanical gardens); 2.45 walk to dinner and back.
Th: 1.57 jog w/u @ 13:35; 4X0.2mi @ 10K target pace with walking recovery; 1.32 jog/walk c/d; 1.15 walk to lunch/dinner
F: 1 walk to park; 2 miles up Mont Royal & 1 mile down @ 13:24 AVG; 1 easy jog down @ 13:37; 2.43 walk in town.
Sa: Gym workout. Treadmill intervals at 1%: 1 km @9kph; 25 bicep curls; 20 tricep extensions 10lbs; 1 km ladder 9kph-9.6kph 6+ minutes; 25 curls; 20 tce 10lbs; 1 km ladder 9kph-9.6kph 6+ min; 10 lb medicine ball abs 20 crunches; 25 reverse crunches; 25 side to side. Total TM: 3.37km/2mi. Walk to lunch: 2.01 miles; hike up Mont Royal and back w/E and a friend the steep way, lots of stairs: 4 miles; 1.25 walk back to hotel
Sun: 0.81 walk to old port; 2.0 miles at the old port @ 10:27/mile w/E; 1.47 walk back; 2 miles walk to lunch and back in Little Italy.
Classic Montreal -- on our walk back
from the Italian Cultural Festival in Little Italy
And now, we're back in the US and looking forward to increasing the workout load in the coming weeks.