Monday, March 9, 2020

Week in Review (February 25 - March 2)

Tuesday (17,101 steps) - Core class during lunch! Originally, I thought it was an off week for Rev Run, so I planned on going to Milk Market. Turns out, it wasn't an off week, but I went to run club anyway so I could sell cookies for A. Run wasn't as bad as it has been in the past and it was Taco Tuesday! Bonus - it was also someone's birthday and we got cupcakes!

Wednesday (17,447 steps) - Upper body class during lunch. FINALLY, back to Runners Roost Boulder!
We are still just running from the trail head, and this was a completely miserable run. Everything was covered in ice and it was super sketchy and slick and NOT FUN. At least I didn't fall, but I may be done with trails until after my marathon later this month. Ugh.
Under the Sun after for a stout and selling more cookies. Home way too late.
Thursday (19,070 steps) - Core class during lunch. This was the actual finale for Rev Run winter session. I picked up Tyler and we headed into Boulder. I hadn't realized the run was going to be out of a store near Pearl Street and traffic/parking was a nightmare. We had to run to meet everyone at the store. With Kristin not there, Terri suggested that I run with the faster pace group. I was able to keep up for the warm up, but the first interval was definitely rough for me. Still have work to do in order to be able to run with that group.
Friday (10,148 steps) - Nada! Met Ben for happy hour and food at a new place near us, grabbed a beer at 4 Noses.
Saturday (37,774 steps) - Long run with Rev Run! I had mapped out a 14.5 mile route and planned on running with Kristin. It was once again pretty windy, and not nearly as warm as the forecast predicted. Felt "ok" most of this run, but definitely was glad to have it over with.

Went to Under the Sun for the finale of Stout Month with Tyler and Kristin, and Ben met us there later. On the way home we stopped at Resolute. Spent the evening at home hanging out with Tyler and doing our first online grocery order!

Sunday (17,786 steps) - RMRR 3 mile race at Crown Hill. Once again, it was much colder than I thought. The race went pretty terrible, and I ran slower than last year.

We headed to New Terrain to meet up with Ben and Phil (who had done a trail run on North Table).
Nothing else, other than making dinner and Walking Dead.
Monday (14,072 steps) - Lower body class during lunch. After work Ariel and went out with the intention of window shopping and... we both came home with dresses for the wedding!
Once we finalize a date & get a venue, I'll feel a LOT better about the planning. Everything is slowly falling into place!

  • 133,398 steps
  • 29.8 miles run
  • 4 gym classes

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Week in Review (February 18 - February 24)

Tuesday (20,316 steps) - Core class during lunch. Rev Run after work! Kristin picked me and Tyler up at 5:25 and headed to Boulder for another "tempo" run. Once again, we programmed the workout into our watches and the hour run "flew" by. Didn't feel as good as Thursday's run, but I'm feeling pretty productive getting in longer/faster runs mid-week.

Wednesday (11,707 steps) - Upper body class during lunch. Took Pika for a snowy and cold walk.
Had totally forgotten that A had another meeting for her Scandinavia trip, it was a good thing a reminder was sent out. A didn't want me to sit in with her, so I had a very boring few hours sitting in the lobby waiting for her.
Too much sugar for this one...
Thursday (21,071 steps) - Core class during lunch. Another speed work session with Rev Run! After all the snow we had gotten on Wednesday, I was apprehensive that it would be icy, but honestly, the cities do a great job on the bike paths. We had 15 minutes easy, and then three blocks of 8 minutes at marathon pace and 2 minutes at 5K pace. I still have no idea what paces I should be doing, but Kristin and I are definitely the fastest in our group, and we ran negative splits for our "fast" blocks. Our easy pace was a bit slow - mainly because we weren't familiar with the area and had to wait a few times, and then another small sections of the path was snowy/icy. Either way, pleased with how things are going.

Friday (12,894 steps) - Nothing! Left work early to renew my driver's license. Making an appointment at the DMV is the way to go, I was in and out in about 5 minutes! With my new-found freedom I stopped into Under the Sun for a stout.
When I got home I took Pika for a long walk.

Pika and I met Ben at Odyssey when he got off work.
Give me treats, please!
Picked up pizza.
Saturday (35,132 steps) - Rev Run! "Picked up" Tyler and drove to Niwot for a long run. I had my mind set on 16. Kristin planned on 10/1 intervals, and I was happy to join her for the first 7 miles. Her hip wasn't feeling great, so I ended up doing the last 9 miles solo. I had some weird pain in my big right toe, but otherwise, the run felt surprisingly "ok." Longest training run since... summer?

Tyler and I went to Under the Sun for breakfast and a beer.
Ariel had made plans (yet again) to spend the night at a friend's house, so Ben and I took her over around 3. Then we went to a (new to us) brewery before getting Torchy's on the way home.
Sunday (14,214 steps) - No alarm! Took Pika for a long walk.
Lunch at Old Chicago, and then BOGO beers at Denver Beer.
Our least favorite task ever, of the grocery store. Walking Dead premier and the series finale of Criminal Minds. (It's the end of an era).
Monday (16,953 steps) - Lower body class during lunch. Took Pika for a run to the library so I could drop off my ballot.

Made fajitas for dinner and did laundry. Yay routine.

  • 132,287 steps
  • 27.2 miles run
  • 4 gym classes

Friday, February 21, 2020

Week in Review (February 11 - February 17)

Tuesday (15,700 steps) - Core class during lunch. After work I picked up Kristin and we headed to Louisville to do hill repeats with Rev Run! I was not optimistic, as I hadn't done anything speed related in years. Turns out, I was the fastest in our pace group! Messed up the watch a bit since it was confusing, but I managed 3 x 90 seconds around 9:30 pace, then 3 x 70 seconds around 8:30 pace, and my 3 x 45 seconds were around 7 minute pace. Whoop!
Wednesday (13,008 steps) - Upper body class during lunch. It started snowing like crazy around lunch and Ariel and I decided to skip going to Boulder to run. Instead, we took Pika for a (very slick) walk, and A went back to school to volunteer for the evening at family dinner.
Thursday (18,604 steps) - Core class during lunch. Left work early for a dentist appointment. Then, I did something super crazy and opted to skip (all the) run club(s) in favor of going to Boulder with Kristin for a progressive tempo run with Rev Run. I programmed the hour workout into my watch and it was actually a REALLY great run. Very pleased to have not taken a single walk break and hit all my target paces. Woot! (35 min easy, 10 min @ marathon pace, 5 min @ half marathon pace, 5 min @ tempo pace, 5 min easy). I have no idea what my paces "should" be, but i'm programming in "harder" paces for me and seeing how things go.

Friday (10,381 steps) - A very sweet FB post from Ben this morning:
Ariel had her Mathcounts competition that was rescheduled from last week (thanks a lot, Colorado snow). Since Ben had the day off, he went all day to watch her compete. So sweet!

No gym today, left work early to pick up Ben's Valentine's Day present. I wasn't sure what to get him, and wanted to get him something "practical," so I picked up the Black Diamond vest he had been eyeballing.
A was having dinner with friends after her competition, so I met Ben at 4 Noses, and was very surprised when.........

Pika walk and picked up food at Torchy's.
Saturday (36,339 steps) - Long run with Rev Run! First 12 mile training run in a long time, and it wasn't super terrible.

Quick stop at Target and then a beer at Under the Sun. Ben & A worked a cookie booth in the morning. Nap and then we worked another cookie booth. Met up with Kim at Denver Beer for a beer and burgers. Long day!
Sunday (23,733 steps) - Up early for RMRR February race. It was much colder than I thought it would be and the race didn't go great.
Apparently the only pic I'm even "in" - I'm behind that gal in the white long sleeve top
Garmin Distance - 6.93 miles
Garmin Time - 1:13:01
Garmin Pace - 10:32
Mile 1 - 10:12
Mile 2 - 10:39
Mile 3 - 10:01
Mile 4 - 10:38
Mile 5 - 10:55
Mile 6 - 10:51
Mile 7 - 10:29

Of note, splits actually aren't terrible, but I went out too "fast" and walked a TON in the back half. So surprised they were all under 11 minutes, but not surprised that it was so hard after the longest run I've done in a while.

A decided as we were leaving the house that she didn't want to run, so she worked the finish line for the first time - and yes, she wore shorts in this freezing cold weather!!
Race volunteers
Had some snacks and a beer before going to Aspen Grove to get A's phone fixed. Then back home for a walk with Pika. Ben and I dropped off my ring to get resized and then we went to Kokopelli for snacks and drinks. 
A and I had to drop off cookie money and then I took her to a friend's house for a sleepover. We went to 4 Noses for happy hour and then had pizza at home.
Monday (16,129 steps) - Pre-work dog walks are finally around sunrise, so that's nice!
Lower body class during lunch. Ran errands after work, and then meal prepped chimichangas and crock pot lasagna. Ariel and I watched "Cube" while we waited for Ben to get home. He brought home pho for dinner and we watched Criminal Minds.

  • 133,894 steps
  • 28.3 miles run
  • 4 gym classes

Week in Review (February 25 - March 2)

Tuesday  (17,101 steps) - Core class during lunch! Originally, I thought it was an off week for Rev Run, so I planned on going to Milk Marke...