We stayed in Grand Targhee the last few nights. It sits at about 8000 ft and where we live is 4500 ft so yesterday’s run definitely felt a bit harder than normal but the views made up for that. Isn’t it crazy how much harder it is to run at higher elevations? I feel like I notice going up in elevation and how hard it is way more than I notice it being easier when I am running at a lower elevation.
Six miles done and done with 500 ft of elevation gain so I definitely clapped for myself at the end of this run because I felt so accomplished:)
We were able to bring most of our food for this trip but started to run out so we stopped at a place called Street Food near Jackson Hole. You can just order online and they bring it out to you. This kimchi rice bowl with carne asada and an egg on top was unreal!
We decided to drive about an hour outside of Jackson to go to Granite Springs!
As you are driving there you really wonder if you are going the right way because it is so in the middle of nowhere. You also drive on a dirt road for a while but we all agreed it was worth the trip.
The water was about the same temperature as a warm bath and felt so calming. It will be really fun to come back here during the winter.
There was also an amazing waterfall just a few minutes before you get to the hot springs.
We finished off our time in Jackson with ice cream and that Huckleberry shake was delicious.
PS our AirPods have been through way too much… They were in Andrew’s shorts pocket in the hot springs and they survived!
Megan had a great question yesterday so I thought I would answer it in a post because I am sure a lot of us experience this!
I will be the first to say that I am addicted to the feeling that I experience after I finish a run or good workout. I love how the rest of my day goes so much more smoothly when I take time to move first thing in the morning and I am so much better at getting things done on my to do list. BUT I have also learned that without those rest days, I don’t get to experience all of those amazing post-run feelings on other days because I get injured. My body needs a full day of rest each day to truly recover and rebuild stronger for the next week.
So what are my tips for rest days?
*GET OUTSIDE. A big part of why running makes me feel so good is because I am out in nature with fresh air and doing my own form of exploration. On rest days I always make sure to get outside. Maybe I’ll go for a walk and look at houses with Andrew (one or our favorite activities) or maybe I’ll just sit under our walnut tree with the kids and eat snacks. I think that the fresh air and sunlight recharges me a lot and gives me some energy!
*I remind myself that the rest days are what make the run days possible. That helps me to enjoy my rest days a lot more.
*I take the time I would normally use to run on a different skill/passion/hobby that I feel like I don’t normally have time to do. Another reason that I love running is because it helps me to set aside time for myself each day to take care of myself. Find something else on your rest days that feels like you are taking care of yourself so you still get the benefits of that… I usually bake something, read something I’ve wanted to read or take time to journal.
*Be okay feeling lazy! Slowing down is definitely hard for me but I’m really trying to remind myself that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having days where I’m not accomplishing things or I spend more time on the couch than normal (my rest days are on Sundays which makes it easy to do that because we have nowhere to be). Sometimes I remind myself that without the blah days I wouldn’t know how great it feels to feel on top of things and energetic. It’s all part of the ride!
*Caffeine hahah… I kid kind of but isn’t it crazy how much more tired we feel on the days we don’t run?!
What do you do on rest days to help you to not feel blah/lazy/unmotivated? How often does your body need a rest day?
What is the elevation where you live? Do you notice big differences when you run somewhere with a different elevation than what you are used to?
Caffeine… use it or no thanks?
What’s your run today if you are running? Give me the details!