Weekly recap

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday started out with a double digit run. Foot was fine. Knee was meh. But the run felt great.

The first 2.5 miles were on trail – and still no rattlesnake/tarantula sightings – followed by 8 mostly downhill miles on the road. The half I’m schedule to run in 2 (!) weeks is net downhill and I want to make sure my quads can cope. I took it pretty easy (8.45 min/mile pace), took my chocolate Gu at mile 6 and finished pretty strong. I even managed to avoid getting sunburnt – by avoiding the bright side of the street and hitting the dark side of the road.

A good mornings work. Followed by refueling with my favorite foods – chocolate milk, berries + yoghurt, and my signature egg/avocado/bacon toasted sandwich.

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I then did my PT exercises in front of this.

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Saturday afternoon/evening was spent at a friends wedding. So much fun.

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Beautiful venue.

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Cakes!

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Pretty! And the food was so good.

This was a late night for me but I still managed to meet some friends (and Hood to Coast team mates) for a Sunday morning trail run. This was actually in the same canyon as the wedding. 5.50 nice and slow recovery miles. I’m really digging running with other people – it definitely makes the miles go quicker.

Total mileage for the week: 25.85 miles (I am back!)

May mileage: 57.8 miles

May was not the greatest month for me – with two weeks completely free of running. But I’m trying to be more sensible about dealing with injuries – resting early and trying not to run through pain. And this totally worked for my (self-diagnosed) foot tendonitis.

However, it this derailed my half marathon training plan. I had hoped to PR this race but this layoff gave me the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate my goals for this race (no PR – but controlled and sensible race pace) and focus on putting the fun back in running. So hitting more of Utah’s scenic trails and badgering people to come run with me.

Next up: June and the start of marathon training! Holy crap – I am totally intimidated by the thought of running 26.2 miles. I need as much advice as I can get. And maybe a new knee/glute.

What do you wish you knew before you started training for your first marathon?

 

Day 35 – Bears? I don’t think so

Long run day. Does anyone else really look forward to long runs? I think they’re my favorite part of training. Going out and knowing all you have to do is keep going for x number of miles. Of course I do them on Sundays so I can take my time and enjoy the view.

The plan for this morning was to do 7.5 miles over at City Creek where my race will be in 2 weeks. The sun was out and I had my new compression socks on so I was ready to go. The first mile was a bit ughh (seems like this is a trend lately), then I headed up into the canyon ready for to zone out and just run. Well I got about a quarter mile up and I saw it. A giant sign warning about numerous bear sitings in the canyon over the last week. A single runner in a deserted canyon full of bears. I noped right out of there.

Plan B: try and run 6.5 miles and not get lost. This side of the city is pretty hilly and because I wasn’t totally sure of my route it was a bit of a mess but I got it done. 7.5 miles at 8.50 min/mile pace. A little slow but this included 825 ft of elevation gain. A good workout. Still not sure if the compression socks helped or not but at least they were comfortable and are officially road tested.

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This was my view as I stretched out by the car. Pretty.

Almost 700 calories burned so I went with a three course breakfast. Granola and smoothie to start. Then a egg and avocado toasted sandwich (my two favorite breakfast ingredients). And to finish zucchini and chocolate chip bread. Great morning. Now the question is whether to hike or ski this afternoon – talk about first world problems!

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March running total: 10.5 miles/16.9 KM

Weekly recap:

5 runs

Total mileage: 22.1 miles

One strength workout

One yoga workout

Two climbing sessions