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.

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

Friday, February 14, 2020

Week in Review (February 4 - February 10)

Tuesday (12,258 steps) - Core class during lunch. Milk Market was cancelled for poor conditions (ice and freezing temps) so I stopped at Sprouts on the way home to make stir fry for dinner. Super delicious - haven't made it in a long time. Took Pika for a VERY cold walk after.
We watched a weird movie "Midsommar" - staying up a bit too late.
Wednesday (19,243 steps) - Upper body class during lunch. Runners Roost Boulder! Another run where we started at the trail head. Boulder definitely got more snow than we did in the metro area and most of this "run" was postholing and sliding around on loose powder.

Add in wind and it was not my favorite run. The dogs sure loved it, though.
After, we went to Under the Sun with JT for dinner and so A could sell cookies. We ended up not getting home until nearly 10:00. Ugh. Way too late for during the week.
Thursday (11,576 steps) - Core class during lunch. Took Pika for a quick walk.
Took A to her last track meet of the season. As a fun bonus, this was also the "biggest" track meet of the season and once again A was racing in the second to last event. She didn't run until 9:00. at night! on a school night!


I had been listening to the conversations around me during the earlier events regarding the amount of snow that was falling while we were inside - and when we headed home at 9:15 we discovered it was not exaggerated. I almost got stuck just getting out of my parking space and had to drive the entire way home with my hazards on because I was going so slow. Ugh. Took 45 minutes to get home and it was totally scary and miserable. Thankfully, Ben had picked up pizza for dinner, although I super hate eating after 10 at night.
Friday (15,781 steps) - We had a two-hour delay due to the snow for work. With the delay, I went with Pika and Ben on a walk.
Of course I was super pissed off having to go into work, and the drive in was NOT fun. Work was super lame and not busy at all, which fueled my annoyance at having to go in at all. We at least got an early release, and luckily the drive home wasn't nearly as bad. A and I took Pika for a walk before I took her to a friend's house for a sleep over.
I watched "Brittany Runs a Marathon" and ate left over stir fry for dinner. Once Ben got home we went to 4 Noses for a few beers.
Saturday (27,762 steps) - Rev Run Boulder! I wasn't feeling great most of the run - I probably need to cut out Friday drinking. Womp. Once I was able to use the bathroom mid-run I felt a LOT better. I also couldn't believe how much the trails dried out in just an hour. The last two miles were the fastest for me, it's always nice to have negative splits, even if it IS just a training run.


Ben and I went to lunch at pho (without A, since she wasn't hungry after her sleepover) and then picked up groceries for the week.
Took a nap, then we took Pika for a walk, threw food in the crock pot and headed over to pick up cookies for our first Girl Scout cookie booth of the season. We were scheduled for an unfortunate shift of SEVEN PM TO NINE PM.  Interestingly, LOTS of people apparently go to Walmart at that hour, and we had a very productive booth. Crock pot tacos for dinner and in bed relatively early.
Sunday (12,413 steps) - No alarm! Had potentially planned on running, but with Ben still being sick and it snowing yet again, we opted to skip. Went to Under the Sun for beers and food.
When we got home we took Pika for a walk. Some cleaning, and then then later we had to drop of cookie money. (So sick of cookies already).
Monday (13,732 steps) - Lower body class during lunch. Ran some errands after work and then made spaghetti for dinner and took Pika for a walk.
Stats:
  • 112,765 steps
  • miles run
  • 4 gym classes

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Week in Review (January 28 - February 3)

Tuesday (18,874 steps) - Core class during lunch. Milk Market run club!
I ran with Paula again, and it wasn't *as* bad as previous weeks. I only had to take one walk break. Finally, a return of the taco bar. Delicious. Quick stop at Target on the way home to get cat treats and money for A's next track meet.
Wednesday (16,469 steps) - Upper body class during lunch. Runners Roost Boulder! The drive up was a little sketchy weather-wise, but by the time we met up with everyone at the trail head, it was fine.

During the run it lightly snowed at times, but nothing crazy. I felt better than last week, but still not where I want to be. How is running still so hard?
Thursday (14,578 steps) - Core class during lunch. Surprise snow storm on the way home, so I did my mile quickly before going to another track meet for A. This time, we checked her in and then walked to the brewery to have a beer before watching all the events.
Certainly made things go faster! A ran a new 400m PR!



Friday (11,674 steps) - Lower body class during lunch.
Walk to the lake before going to Sully's house for his 50th birthday party! Lots of fun and food.
Saturday (26,922 steps) - Rev Run Boulder! Carpooled with Kristin and Tyler to Gunbarrel for our long run.

Not much to say about the run, other than we messed up the route, it was incredibly windy and just basically miserable. We went to Under the Sun for Stout month and breakfast and finally booked our BnB for April!
Took A to her friend's house. Around 4 we went to pick up this year's Girl Scout cookies (yes, already).
Ben and I went to Resolute and saw an amazing sunset.

Random cheesy dinner of mac & cheese and queso.
Sunday (18,671 steps) - Matthews Winter with Berkeley Park! I didn't even bother to keep up with the group and spent 6 miles plogging with Pika.




After, we went to Launch for breakfast and then to Over Yonder for a few beers.

Picked up A from her friend's and then went door to door selling Girl Scout cookies for a few hours.
Did not watch the Super Bowl.
Monday (14,331 steps) - Lower body class during lunch. Snowed all day. Made dinner, watched a few hours of Law & Order with A, then took Pika for a run/walk to the lake. Brrr!

Stats:
  • 121,519 steps
  • 23.7 miles run
  • FIVE gym classes

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 Ru...