Monday: Took the day off and watch a pretty kick-ass USA v. Ghana soccer game. Managed to still get my heart rate up on a rest day! :D
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Tuesday: Nothing too exciting to report about this treadmill run, except at one point during my run, I saw some flailing out of the corner of my eye. At first I thought the Jayhawk was having some sort of muscle spasm while on the exercise bike, but then I remembered he was watching the Mexico v. Brazil game and he was just cheering and getting really into it. Thank heavens I didn't have to stop my run to check on him. :P
Planned: 5 miles Actual: 5 miles (8:44/mile pace)
Wednesday: A lot of new things happened today. The heat has been a little crazy this week and I don't know about you, but running 8 miles (with 4 miles at tempo) in 95+ degree heat after a day of work doesn't get me excited. In fact, I'm not sure it's even medically recommended. So, in order to get some faint hint of speed work done, I did something I've never done before: I ran before work. I knew getting in 8 miles before work was reaching, so I planned out a quick 3+ miler. I also did two other new things (rather then saving them to try out during a race like I always seem to do): I tried out compression socks on the run and my new handheld. Contrary to my awesomely crabby looking smile, my morning run was a success and I am thinking about doing it again. I was still mostly asleep during the first mile (I was bed to street in under 7 minutes, which out of context sounds really bad), but the last 2+ felt like I was pushing the pace a little more. I also still got to work on time. Win-win. Picked up the other 4.5 miles after work on the treadmill.
Planned: 8 miles Actual: 3.4 miles (8:22/mile pace) and 4.5 miles with 2 miles at tempo (8:32/mile pace; 8:16 and 8:04 for tempo miles)
I'm just a little ray of sunshine at 6am.Thursday: Second attempt at morning running. Didn't go as well. I might need to fuel a little if I am going to run longer than 3.5 because I was absolutely dragging through it. Maybe it was also due to the fact that it was my 3rd run in 24 hours (and it wasn't even a Ragnar). Either way, thinking of carrying liquid carbs in my bottle or having an Island Boost before my next am run.
Planned: 5 miles Actual: 4.7 miles (9:06/mile pace)
Friday: I took a glorious 36 hours off between runs this time and then moved part of Saturday's workout to Friday to give my legs a mini rest before Sunday's race.
Planned: Rest Actual: 5 miles (8:46/mile pace)
Carboloading on the plane and at Left Hand Brewing.Saturday: Traveling!
Planned: 10 miles Actual: None, but I did walk around the ATL airport a lot. It's basically a city.
Pulling into Estes at sunrise. Oh look, it's 7500+ feet up! :)Sunday: Estes Park Half Marathon! Easily the most stunning course I've ever run. Full review coming. I felt pretty good throughout the race, and put in some extra work in the afternoon by giving a 2 hour presentation on tired feet.
Planned: 10 miles Actual: 13.1 miles (9:38/mile pace)
Milestone of the week: The Purple Miles Eaters broke 100 miles. They grow up so quick.
Odd question for the week: Do you all get emails when I reply to your comments? I try to reply to every one's comments, but I wondered if you received notification of them. Just checking.
Coming soon: Another contest! The theme for this one will be "Beat the Heat"!