Monday, January 30, 2017

Girls Run Fast

Last week I got in the miles but my biggest fear this week was if my legs would remember how to run fast at all. I don't typically run fast and haven't even tried to run fast in months. So the goal for this week was to run as much as possible and throw in some speed work to boot.

Tuesday was supposed to be a speed workout but as I watched the freezing rain cover the ground in a thick layer of ice my motivation began to wain. With roads and sidewalks completely out of the picture I took to Green for hill sprints. Done. More elevation than I probably needed but at least I pushed the pace. Then some fast miles at Matt-Winters and Green. By Friday my ass had been thoroughly kicked...literally! I've also been doing Pilates and goodness my ass hurts. Add to that the 70 miles I've run in the last 7 days which is more than I typically run in the offseason. So when Dan said half marathon at race pace I grumbled. And then promptly knocked out a half at 7:19 pace. We'll see if I can hold that for twice as long but at least I know there is still some muscle memory there and I'm pretty stoked about that.

Just like last year I think it's good for me to remember how to run fast in the offseason. That way my legs know what to do on the flat sections in races. So it's looking like Surf City is a go. I can guarantee it won't be pretty and I'll be running a hell of a lot more with my heart than my legs and it's gonna really hurt afterwards. But in that good you worked hard and are ready to really hit the training kind of way.

one of those rare elusive smiles...brought on by eating lemon slices

finally got a family run

James started dance class

Monday, January 23, 2017

Campers and Road Running

This week I finally was able to get back to training, slow training but none-the-less it still counts as running. Tuesday I managed 2.47 miles on the bike path before I got distracted by a trail and since even on the bike path there was no way I could do speed work yet I headed straight up the hill. This marathon is certainly going to be an interesting one...

Then Wednesday was beautiful and I had to go find another trail....

Then James got strep and I was stuck on the treadmill. Fridays long run was 1 mile...that is almost exactly like a long run to some people. I was slightly panicked about how I would manage to run Surf City and realized that if I didn't find a way to make a long run happen this weekend the race wasn't going to happen. Saturday was just a busy day so a long run would mean starting at 2:30 am...I hit the TM at 4:30 am...still impressive for a Saturday but still a couple hours short. Sunday it wasn't pretty, it wasn't exciting and it was certainly not fast and flat, but 20 miles and 2900' of vert later I was done. Now if only all that vert can somehow translate to speed on flat surfaces I should be fine. I just really don't know if my legs will remember how to run fast.
never too sick to bake cupcakes

The goal for this fast...speed work...repeats...anything to wake up these legs!

I also got distracted by Dan picking up our new toy this week...ah race season is going to rock in this beast! The boys are absolutely in love! As we pulled up the driveway on Wednesday James' eye got huge and he just started screaming 'campa, campa, campa'! So if you're looking for us at all this summer we'll hopefully be spending damn near every weekend out exploring or racing in our camper! So excited about it! We're totally going to be those parents who are crushed when their kids no longer want to go camping with them. Of course we'll have to see how the first trip goes...I may be singing a different tune after that.

gotta love antibiotics...full recovery by Sunday for a hike with Daddy while I long ran away

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A is for... had better pay off at some point
Influenza A....sometimes it feels like just as you get back to training well you get knocked right back down. Yes, I missed my flu shot this year...amidst a flurry of 30 other doctor and therapy appointments it's not always easy to remember the ones for yourself. So I missed it...probably the last time I'll do that. I went down hard. Contrary to popular belief it's not a stomach bug not the kind that you can at least walk away saying well I lost 5 lbs. Nope it's all respiratory so a runners worst dream. The positive is that the flu shots do work and the boys stayed safe of this nastiness! 
This is what happens when a runner can't run

After 4 days I was able to start hiking on the treadmill but anything faster than that and I was bent over in a fit of coughs. So my long run became 2 hours of hiking at a 15% incline. That hill at Surf City had better watch out because that's about the only part I'm trained for. I still have a couple more weeks to train so hopefully all is not lost. But Surf City will not definitely just be a training run at this point. A training run for what I'm still not certain. At some point I will post 2017 goals but it's hard to really develop my goals until I have a race schedule.

Well I'm ready to see what next week brings. Hell maybe a week of resting the legs will have been good for me and I'll miraculously be consistently running sub-7s and somehow pullout a PR!
Go Pack Go!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Back At It

finding beauty in the mundane...
Green Mountain
Runs lately just seem to be getting better and better. My times have been crazy faster than what I was running this time last year, although I was still only 6 months post baby so it may be hard to gauge. Regardless I'm feeling great, running is almost effortless and even if my mileage is lower than I'd like  I'm getting the runs in and still having family time. That may be partly due to the magic of the instant pot. Yep that has officially rocked my world! I know I appreciate the small things in life more, but seriously it's almost as good as a magic coffee table.
Trail time before Christmas Break

I had a great run at Lair of the Bear in somewhat snow packed conditions that was 18 minutes faster than I ran it this time last year. I felt great, no niggles, no stiffness, just effortless running. I definitely need to get in some long training runs if I'm going to get my ass in gear for Surf City. I still haven't totally decided if I'll run it or not, but if there is going to be any chance I'll have to start training. Of course with the lack of snow this year it's been really hard to think about any sort of road training. Last year the trails were such a mess that it was easy to take a break for a month to focus on the roads. Who knows maybe I'll just wing it! That's worked for me in the past. 

Ending Christmas Break on a high note with lots of
wagon walks

I haven't really planned my 2017 schedule yet, but Somehow Dan convinced me to register for Surf City this week. I swore last year I would train more tha 4 weeks for this race, but between struggling to get back to training and a lack of early snow to force me to the roads I now have 4 weeks to remind my legs how to run fast for a long time. I'm excited to push myself and run fast. Time to get the mileage up and start adding in some workouts. The stress of December is over so now it's time to move on and start rebuilding...and rebuilding fast! 

Christmas Even in Colorado!

Wagon Walks!!!