Sunday, August 19, 2012

Taking the Training Plan on the Road

Breathtaking view from my Bershire Hotel

What my training these last three months have lacked in consistency have made up for in variety!  It wasn't all heat, humidity and bonking. I had some amazing experiences. It took being at home to realize and appreciate them.  As Paul Theroux said, “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”

 Here’s a little photographic scrapbook highlighting some of my most memorable exercise experiences while on my east coast work-cation.

Running along the St. Charles Esplanade from Cambridge into Boston.   
Sights and sounds of the orchestra rehearsing for the July 4th Boston Pops.

 Swimming laps under a  blue sky in a hotel pool 
and then lounging with a good book.

 Encountering swan, deer and fawn on trail runs.

Ending a long run as the sunset transformed East Rock an exquisite shade of gold. 

 Getting caught running in a East Coast storm-- Warm air, huge raindrops falling from overflowing clouds, thunder and lightening.  

 Swimming in a the beautiful, warm Laurel Lake.

The view of New Haven from atop East Rock after a long grueling hill climb. 

Early morning hill repeats on streets lined with beautiful homes and buildings on the Yale Campus

Swimming a mile in the Long Island Sound.

 Diving into Yale’s freezing 50-meter pool on a particularly hot, humid day.

Running the longest I’ve run since an injury . 

Soaking in the New England views from the top of the Stone Tower of Sleeping Giant State Park.

Speedwork on a mini-track suspended from the seventh floor of the gym.

Reflections in the Mill River

Hiking a tiny piece of the Apalacian Trail with my family

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang