I spent the week with Matt’s family in Southern Italy in a region called Puglia. This beautiful southeastern coastal area is known for arid weather, beaches, thick handmade orecchiette pasta, historic piazzas and olive trees.
Matt’s family is happily active. They love tennis, biking, skiing, hiking and so on. We had planned to explore small towns, hike, go for bike rides on country roads and enjoy the beach and rugged coastlines at the Adriatic Sea. But the weather had other plans for us. We still had a terrific time, but our outdoor activities were adapted to accommodate the atypical rainstorms that met us last week.
What about working out? I ran. Mostly short runs just to have a quick sweat and I’m happy with that. Matt and his sister joined me on every single run. More than that, I ran because they were running and I’m so thankful for it. We had a ton of fun pushing each other.
Here’s what went down fitness-wise while I was in Puglia last week:
September 5-11, 2016
Monday: 2-mile run
Tuesday: 2.5 mile-run (including sprints)
Friday: 6-mile run
Saturday: 2-mile run + some planks
I think I mentioned that running has been a bit tough for me recently. Maybe it’s the heat wave that hit New York and never left. My Italian runs were by no means speedy – in fact – they are far slower than this time last year – but as the week drew on, I enjoyed myself more and more while running. I’m counting that as a major win.
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How was your week? Tell me everything. How important is exercise to you when you’re on vacation?