It was one of those weeks with some high highs, but low lows. I’m super proud that I found my way back to a daily practice of Yoga at home. I practiced at least 30 minutes every day this week. However, I didn’t make it to the gym once this week for strength training or Yoga. At first, I was pretty frustrated about it (lack of motivation and just bad time management of my day) but I truly think that it was the best thing I could’ve done. I was having some hamstring tightness that I just couldn’t relieve. Plus, I had some elevation I would be running on Saturday so I really didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize that training run. I chatted about it with my trainer friend and he agreed that I needed a “back off” week.
Run Mileage: 41 miles
Yoga Classes Attended: 0, but I did do 30 minutes every day of arm balances and various flows.
Strength Workouts: None
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Eaten: Don’t Ask!!!
Monday- off. I missed my Yoga class, dang it.
Tuesday- 4.5 miles in 38:42 (8:36 pace). This was a snowy run (yep, snow. Again). I ran this in my Yak Trax and winter gear. Have I mentioned that I seriously want to burn all my winter gear??!!
Dear Colorado, I love you; I really do, but this weather… well it sucks! And you’re making it hard to love you. I don’t mind snow, really I don’t. I know how much we need the snow and how important it is for our water supply. Plus, it can be lots of fun; so October through March, I accept it. However, it is not acceptable to snow every week in April. And now May 1st too?? Not okay.
Wednesday- 6 miles in 48:23 (8:03 pace). This was one of those runs that I never got in a groove and never felt good. Normally, it might take me a mile or 2 to get in a groove, but not today, I never found it. This doesn’t happen often, thankfully. One of those low, lows.
Thursday- 10 miles in 1:22:13 (8:13 pace). First day in shorts and a t-shirt. Woo-Hoo!! I ran a hilly route and took it easy. I was just out enjoying our awesome weather and loved being out every minute. One of those high, highs.
Shorts and t-shirt weather!! Finally!!!
Saturday- 17 miles in 3:03 (10:45 pace). The North Fork 50K/50 Mile Race Director organized a group run for us on part of the course this past weekend and it was going to be my first look at the course and get a good feel for this trail running thing. It was perfect (dare I say, a little hot) outside and we were all so happy to be out there. We started at a conservative pace and then each found our run groove. I fell into pace with 3 guys who run with the Denver Trail Runners each week. We ran together for the entire 17 miles and had a great time. We each took turns leading the run and had steady conversation. We all agreed that we should try to run some of our bigger runs together again since we ran so well together on this day. If nothing else, it will be a huge morale boost to see each other race day when we are hating life at mile 27. We might’ve had a celebratory beer afterwards…
My running buddies for 17 miles: Stu, Adam and Jason
we made sure to walk up the hills, at least halfway. I’m telling you, it takes practice for road runners or marathoners to figure out that you HAVE to walk during an ultra. No shame in that game!!!
The Columbine girls screaming down the trail. They must’ve heard we had beer waiting for them.
Kelly, Adam, Me, and Melissa. Post run celebration. I’m not flexing, by the way… I’m holding onto all my food – very important stuff- beer (Java Stout), tortilla chips, pretzels and a chocolate chip cookie.
That afternoon, Noah and I had a big time at the park. I pushed that kid on the swing for, I swear, 30 minutes. We went to the pool for a bit and then settled in for a movie on our sleeping bags.
Sunday- 3.4 miles in 30:15 (8:53 pace). I pushed Noah in the stroller. Man, I forgot how tough that is. Phew. I am out of stroller shape. I would liked to have gotten in some more miles, but it just didn’t work out that way. So instead, Noah and I ran some errands and then went for a little hike in the gorgeous weather!
That’s one cool dude, folks!
Looking ahead to this week, I would love to fit in my strength workouts and Yoga classes to my running schedule. I feel such a big difference when I am consistently cross training! However, I struggle each week with finding that family/exercise/life/work balance so I have had to learn that flexibility is the key to my training. So, here are my goals for this week’s training: wish me luck!
- 3 Strength Workouts
- 2 Yoga Classes or 5 days of home practice for at least 30 minutes
- 1 day of Speed Work
- 20-22 miles – I don’t know if this will happen Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It depends on my work to-do list, how long I will be volunteering at the Columbine Classic Saturday morning, which day is the least annoying to the husband, and what the weather will be like (snow or no snow, 90′s or 50′s).
Fingers crossed. I had to leave work early Monday to pick up Noah from his little school because of an eye infection. We got some eye drops from the doctor but… have you ever tried to put eye drops in a 2 year old’s eyes?? Wow, seriously one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I had to hold him down with one hand while he was screaming and thrashing about and with my other hand pull open his eye lids and try to squirt the drops in. Terrorizing for both of us. I hope he doesn’t have nightmares about me now. He’s doing better, but I did keep him home from school today. So, we’ve had plenty of play time today. Now, Mommy needs a run!!
- 50K Training Recap (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Recap: Nailed It (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)
- Building my 50K Training Plan (kandjcolorado.wordpress.com)