Yesterday, I went to my third hash. It was the 7th Annual Super Soaker Hash - which basically meant that once that hash started it was a constant water fight. I had two medium-sized water guns...and there was a pool at the end of the hash, so everyone went in - and we still were squirting each other. It was technically a run, but I'm calling it cross training because I was carrying water guns. Dinner was served after the pool "party" and was delicious. I got up at 7am today for a 5 miler. Good start to the weekend!
My parents and a cousin have been visiting this week. I have been continuing to train, but have not been keeping up on my blogging. Last Friday (7/19), I hashed again - this was a "live hare" one where the trail is laid 10 minutes before the group heads off to try to snare the hare. It was pretty fun though I got lost for a small portion of the trail. I am counting theme-parking (Busch Gardens) as my 30 minutes of cross training for the 20th. And before we headed to Clearwater Beach on Sunday the 21st, I ran 4 miles - the there and back route.
I did add the backstroke this workout as well - so I did laps with freestyle, sidestroke and backstroke. Like I said, I felt a lot better - much less winded and was able to complete each 100m portion without stopping every 25m like last time.
I also tried something new on Saturday - hashing. It has nothing to do with illegal substances, but rather is a social gathering that involves a mixture of drinking and exercising. Some participants are there more for one reason than the other, but it was a lot of fun. We biked a course that was set only an hour previously using flour, and the object is to try to figure the course out while completing smaller challenges along the way. I'm doing a terrible job of explaining it, but it was a lot of fun. This is a good site that explains it a bit more. Needless to say, the 10 mile bike ride that included going over the bridge to Clearwater twice kind of wiped me out and I was not feeling up to a 7 mile run the next day. The hashes are usually runs - this was a special bike hash - so future hashes should fit into my training. This was also my first non-stationary bike ride in over 7 years, so I'm happy I didn't wipe out.