Day 49 – Spring skiing

I woke up today feeling surprisingly OK – no quad pain and normal knee issues. I even managed to sneak in a full 8 hours of sleep. And then today I spent all day wearing these.

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J had got some tickets to Snowbasin during a fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center and we have some friends who have season passes so we decided we needed to make a trip up north to check it out. Plus, time is ticking on ski season here in Utah.

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Snowbasin is about an hour north of SLC and is where the downhill skiing events were held during the winter Olympics in 2002. It has a ton of acreage and a lot more vertical that some of the resorts we typically ski. As a bonus we had beautiful blue skies and almost no lift lines. I can honestly say it has the best views of any of the ski resorts here in Utah.

Also, it’s pretty fancy. Here’s the chandelier we had lunch under.

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We managed about 9 runs – including a bunch of steeper stuff that would normally be outside of my comfort zone – before my quads gave out and we had to call it a day.

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In true ski bum style we tailgated in the parking lot afterwards with some burgers and beers.

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Tonight we’re recovering with our typical apres ski drink – white Russians to celebrate a great days skiing and maybe the last great ski day of the year.

Back to running tomorrow!

 

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Day 14 – only half ski bunny

Last night J and I visited the Utah Symphony to hear some Mozart and Shostakovich cos we’re fancy like that! The building where the symphony plays has an awesome Chihuly sculpture in the lobby. You can also see the Temple in the background.

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So what do I wear to the Symphony? Red skinny jeans obviously! They’re from Old Navy and so comfy.

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Today was a rest day, which was exactly what I needed. We got a ton of snow in SLC this week so we decided to hit our local ski resort and have a day of cross-training. Usually, it takes about 40 mins to get from our house to the ski resort – I know we are really lucky – but today it took 2 hours! First world problems. It was snowing pretty much all day and there was fresh powder on every run. Including the steep as hell gully that I somehow ended up on after following J through a freshly opened gate. If I haven’t scared myself and worried for my life while out skiing I haven’t tried hard enough.

Unfortunately, my phone died at lunch time so I have no cool photos. But I can tell you that lunch was tomato soup, half a nature valley and a can of Sierra Nevada IPA all in the back of our car. Cos we’re classy like that.

All in all I skied 8 runs. On the last run my quads insisted that I call it a day before they spontaneously combusted. And as a bonus my knee was totally fine all day despite me falling over about a half dozen times. Win win.

FYI crockpots and ski days go together like bacon and eggs, peanut butter and jelly, turkey and avocado……….OK I’m a little hungry now.

Weekly recap:

5 runs

Total mileage: 20.05 miles

One strength workout

One yoga class

One ski day

Longest run of the year: 6.46 miles

Fastest mile of the year: 7.20 mins

Day 12 – My training mantra

Last night wine beat out yoga. Not really a surprise……….

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We did meatless Thursdays. This week has been unusually meat-heavy so back to veggie dinners – cauliflower dal.

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Really easy to make and pretty darn healthy.

1/2 tsp cumin seeds + 1/2 tsp coriander seeds crushed

3 clove

3 cardoman seeds bruised

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 onion slice

1 head of cauliflower

100g of red lentils

600-800 ml water

2 green chilies diced

Cook onion for 1 min in oil. Add spices and cook for 2 mins. Add chilies, lentils and 300 ml of water and cook for 10 mins (don’t let it go dry). Add cauliflower and 300 ml of water and cook for 10-15 mins. I served mine with some chopped cilantro, Greek yoghurt and flaked almonds. Serves two very hungry people.

I’ve decided after yesterday’s post that my new training mantra is “Keep the easy days easy and make the hard days hard”. That way I won’t feel guilty for gliding through my easy runs. Unfortunately, this morning was scheduled to be a hard day. We’re due to get a snowstorm this weekend which should dump a ton of snow on the nearby ski resorts so we’re planning on taking Sunday as a ski day – so no running. This means today is 3 miles at half marathon pace and a long run of 6ish miles tomorrow.

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This is where I’ll be on Sunday :).

We had been forecast about an inch of snow overnight so I was ready to give up hope of a fast run (and secretly hoping I would have to do a slower run). But once again the weather guys got it wrong. Clear sidewalks and no excuses not to go for it. So I went out comfortably hard – hoping to do a little under 8 min/mile pace. These days my hands are gloved and I do not expose any skin – not even to check my pace. So I was a little surprised when I got back and saw that my pace for 3 miles was 7.38 min/mile. I couldn’t believe it. If I could make this my race pace I would get a new PR. Happy morning! And a relaxed slow run tomorrow.

This will sound weird – especially for someone who spent the first 27.5 years of their life living in Ireland and Scotland – but I’ve hardly ever run in the rain. SLC is really dry and it doesn’t rain much. (Except on the day of my first half marathon where it poured non-stop). Tomorrow I’m going to have to (wo)man up and get out there.

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But first some burgers and beer to fuel up. Happy Friday!