Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Week in Review (April 10 - April 16)

Tuesday (16,732 steps) - I had grand plans of running three loops at Sloans. Then I got off work late and was only to start a few minutes early. I had a great run, and finished two loops "super speedy."
Wednesday (18,489 steps) - Runners Roost Boulder!
There were talks about adding a mile-ish of technical climbing that I was sorta down for, but then it was added that it would be "fast," which I'm not. I was still tired on this run, but once again, I finished faster than I thought I did, so that was nice.

Thursday (14,432 steps) - Barre with Sienna. After work, Belmar run club. I ran with Mo and Colfax for the first time in ages, which really helped the miles fly by. This has been a big mileage week, and I'm definitely feeling it.

Funny hands, and who knows what's happening with my skirt
Friday (14,102 steps) - Rest day!
Saturday (45,861 steps) - Loooong run with Runners Edge in Boulder. 22 on schedule, and it was everything I thought it might be and more. Funny how 20 just a few weeks ago was "hard," but not "awful." Anyway, go through it with minimal whining.

We went to brunch with Alexa and Under the Sun (using our $25 gift certificate from Stout Month). JT met up with us for the last half hour or so, crazy as usual.
Then, picked up our aid station and proceeded to do nothing for the rest of the day, going to bed at 8:30.
Sunday (25,589 steps) - Left the house at 7:30 to drive to Deer Creek canyon for the Fear the Deer training run. I had only run out there once, for the race, back in 2013. I knew that there was a decent amount of climbing on this route. We had plans to do the 6-7 mile route. Unfortunately, Alison and I misread the map and ended up taking a lengthy detour. We ended up doing just over 10. Oops?

Mo, Ariel and Colfax did NOT do 10, because they are smarter than I am
Went to breakfast at IHOP with Mo, quick trip to the grocery store, then A had to go to a scout meeting. I did some laundry, some yoga, and watched an episode of GOT. Then, Walking Dead finale.
Monday (25,672 steps) - Barre express with Karen. New Terrain run club! I had it in my head all day that I was going to do a big loop, and that's exactly what I did. I knew that sunset was just after 7:30 and assumed it was going to take me around 2 hours. I started just before 6, and finished right as the sun was setting. No falling, and actually, a decently "fast" pace for me.

Meanwhile, A had a great time running with the group and Sean got some great pictures of her. 

Sean, Ryan, Becki Lynn & A
Becki bought me a beer and we had a great time chatting until we realized it was super late and we still needed to go home and make dinner. Fun night!!


  • 148,187 steps
  • 56.7 miles run (can that be right??)
  • 2 barre classes & some yoga

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Week in Review (April 3 - April 9)

Tuesday (16,214 steps) - Barre with Kelly. STB run club! 2 loops with Dulce. I couldn't tell what the weather was doing so I left my windbreaker in the car and definitely regretted it toward the end. I'm so sick of wind!!
Wednesday (19,042 steps) - Roost Boulder run club!
A ran with me for the road section and lower trails, but took off when we got to the single track on Skunk. It felt like a crazy hard run to me and I was feeling very discouraged with how "little" I have improved on trails. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I had PR'd the loop. This is good!

Thursday (20,312 steps) - Barre with Sienna. 6 miles around Belmar with Dulce. A bit of a struggle in the early miles, but got a pretty good groove towards the end.
Friday (5,376 steps) - Nothing! Went to a screening of "Where Dreams Go to Die," which I really enjoyed. Stayed up later than I planned so I could get my gear ready.
Saturday (36,492 steps) - Up just after 6 so I could meet Alison & Kristin in Thornton to drive up to Lory State Park in Fort Collins for the Quad Rock preview run. I had plotted out an 18 mile route and printed out maps, only to find out that at least one section we weren't going to be able to run because of a combination of slushy trails and nesting eagles. Anyway, we were told that if we weren't familiar with the trails that there would likely be "locals" we could latch onto. Shockingly, we were WAY slower than the slowest, so thankfully I had studied the maps enough that I at least recognized trail signs. FoCo had gotten more snow than we did and the it was tough to do a lot of running. We did, however, get a lot of vertical (over 3500') and none of us fell.

This was a success in the fact that none of us were super thrilled about the cold or snowy/icy/muddy trail conditions. Not sure if I feel more confident after this or not. Most of the food was gone by the time we got back, but I did have a veggie burger. We stopped at Vern's on the way home for a snack and celebratory beer. A and I later picked up Torchy's for dinner.
Sunday (17,368 steps) - What a cluster this morning was. I had gone to bed early because I was so exhausted and figured we didn't need to plan a ton of time to get to RMRR. I knew the race was at City Park. I didn't map it because it was a Sunday morning and why bother, there wasn't any traffic. ONLY, at 20 minutes until the start, I pulled up to Wash Park. WTF!! Why would I have driven there?? A had to quickly re-route us to the correct park, and our 20 minute cushion became THREE MINUTES. We had to circle a few blocks before finding street parking and then had to run to the start. I got in the bathroom line while A got our bibs. Then A tells me her watch is dead! I offer to let her use mine, and I can just record mine on strava. I forgot that I didn't have the background app refresh turned on, AFTER I started running. I turn it on to still get a notification I need to turn it on, so I had to scroll through and find it for strava specifically. Grrr. With that out of the way, I tried to just get into a grove. Running the app I had no idea what pace I was running, which was weird. Running east felt really hot, and then I was treated with a nasty headwind when I was running west or south. Blah!!! I slammed water at the aid station just after mile 2, and then went out for the second half. A passed me just before the 3 mile marker (even though she started like 7 minutes after me). I had to take one brief walk break as the wind was making me feel like I was working way too Otherwise, I think this went as well as could be expected with all our snafus and me running 16 miles the day before.

Not sure of my official time, but think I was right on par with my predicted time. (Everything will be a bit off because I didn't start recording on time):

Miles - 3.9
Time - 40:48
Average Pace - 10:21
Mile 1 - 10:31
Mile 2 - 10:14
Mile 3 - 10:20
Mile 3.9 - 10:15
Meanwhile, A killed it (although she does recognize she needs to work on pacing better):
Time - 33:18
Average Pace - 8:18
Mile 1 - 7:27
Mile 2 - 8:11
Mile 3 - 8:48
Mile 4 - 8:37
She got fifth place for that effort (woot!).
The second she got her ribbon we had to run to the car so we could drive to the finish line of the Platte River half marathon, where we were volunteering. We were assigned to hand out medals for the relay. After 2 hours, the last folks were in, and we were able to get some food.
On the way home, I stopped to get a new sports bra (it's actually really difficult to find ones that are seamless and don't have pads), and a new pair of Hoka trail shoes for A (hard to believe she has been wearing her one pair for almost a year already!) Afternoon is a blur, but we watched Walking/Talking Dead. Goodbye weekend.
Monday (18,537 steps) - Barre express with Karen. A change to the Monday 6 am class, a 40 minute class that starts 15 minutes later. Basically, felt the same difficulty-wise as the full hour, only we crammed it into less time. Basically, quicker transitions and less stretching during the class. I liked this format. New Terrain run club! A was running with Paula and her boyfriend and I decided to do some repeats of the lower Lithic trail to get more vertical. Not as much climbing as I'd hope, but I did get over 1000' in 5.5 miles. It wasn't as warm as I'd hoped it would be and my hands were pretty cold by the time I got back.

  • 115,341 steps
  • 43.6 miles run
  • 3 barre classes

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Week in Review (March 27 - April 2)

Tuesday (18,708 steps) - Barre with Kelly. FINALLY, a class where I could do 99% of it. Amazing, I've taken so many, and yet they are still so challenging. Got to Sloan's Lake a bit early and ran two pretty fast, pretty great, loops.
Wednesday (18,023 steps) - Runners Roost Boulder!
It had started snowing in the afternoon and by the time we headed up to Boulder it wasn't looking great. However, it was above freezing, and we've been running in snow for months so... We had a different route this week, and it was a good one. There were sections where we were in pretty deep snow. The trails weren't so much as muddy, as wet.

When we got back to the store it looked like our shoes were brand new they were so clean! Fun run.
Thursday (7,183 steps) - Barre with Sienna. Repeat of Wednesday, only this time it was rainy instead of snowy. A and I made the executive decision to skip run club and get burgers instead.
Friday (8,668 steps) - Nothing. Got off work early for Good Friday, grocery shopping.
Saturday (42,187 steps) - Runners Edge. I had run this route before and don't remember hating anything other than the distance. I actually had a really great 20 mile run, and I didn't even take any walk breaks. Pretty sure I even ran a negative split.

We stopped by Dulce's on the way home since we hadn't seen her all week, then vegged at home.
Sunday (18,641 steps) - "Slept in" until 7:30. Met up with folks at Lair o' the Bear for a "Wester" run. Maureen was there with Colfax so A stuck with her. Alison and I ran 7, and it was pretty great. I was able to run a lot more of the uphills than I have in the past. Way down was a bit muddy.

Home for a shower, then over to Rachelle's for Easter "dinner." They made enough food for 25 people, and I had a little of everything. Laundry and Walking/Talking Dead.
Monday (16,110 steps) - New Terrain run club is back! I felt like I really struggled on this run, so imagine my surprise when I PR'd a few segments, including the overall loop (by like 4 seconds). A totally crushed this run, and finished at a pace faster than I usually can run roads! It's truly amazing how fast she has gotten!


  • 129,520 steps
  • 44.1 miles run - highest mileage week in a long time, especially with no racing!
  • 2 barre classes

Week in Review (April 10 - April 16)

Tuesday  (16,732 steps) - I had grand plans of running three loops at Sloans. Then I got off work late and was only to start a few minutes e...