Wednesday (21,498 steps) - Work in the office. After my horrible run I had scheduled a PT appointment to try some rehab. I was on my way out the door to go to it when I realized I had accidentally scheduled for NEXT week. Shit. Luckily they had an opening for after work when I went to reschedule. Used that opportunity to go for my run during lunch. I only had 6 miles on schedule, so that was going to work out for my lunch hour. Interestingly, the run was fine, but that's probably because the city is super flat. Either way, I was glad it was done and not horrible. I had to leave work a few minutes early so that I would have time to get to my appointment. It lasted a lot longer than I thought. First was a quick gait analysis. I was told that my gait and foot placement is fine, but I'm apparently a bit of a forefoot striker, and that could be causing some of my calf pain. With my race coming up so soon I can't actually work on that right now, but it may be something I try to figure out after it's over. He did some massaging and cupping, then dry needling.
It hurt SO bad while it was being done, and when it was over. I headed over to Runners Roost since they were still having the trail festival going on. I chatted with Tyler, Mike and a few others, had a piece of pizza and a beer before heading home. Per the doc's recommendation, I did an easy shakeout ride on the Peloton.
Thursday (17,358 steps) - Work from home. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel morning after all that manipulation on my calves, so I didn't get up early for my run. That meant, however, that I had to run on my lunch hour. I had 5 on schedule, but only the first three were running the rest of the miles were power hiking. I selected a route that was more flat/downhill at the start and it wasn't bad.
The heat wasn't great, but the run was ok. That gave me a little hope!
Friday (18,639 steps) - 4 mile "run" meant I had to get up just a bit earlier to get it finished in time to join friends for coffee. Thankfully, it was intervals again! 1 mile easy, then alternating a half mile run, half mile power hike until I hit 4. Actually not bad, again, but I recognize this was on flats. Got coffee at Stella's, then headed into work. Nicole and I went to the gym at work and did a core and upper body video. After work, I met up with Ben at New Image for happy hour.
Saturday (52,087 steps) - Up early for our Saturday adventure! Melina had insisted that Daniel would "love" to drive us to the trail head at Berthoud Pass and then pick us up when we were done at Herman Gulch. Ben was a little slow to get ready, so they did have to wait for us for about 15 minutes while he had to make sure we had everything. We arrived at the pass to meet up with Tyler, Jeramiah, Kristin & Terri, who had driven up together. It was definitely cooler than I planned and I was a bit concerned that I had not brought clothes that would be warm enough!
I'll start by saying that I was most worried about Melina, since she had come up from North Carolina, sea level, and that she might struggle with the elevation. Didn't need to worry at all, she was amazing! I had an off day, and spent a bulk of the day having issues with an incredibly high heart rate, some dizziness, and of course the calf pain.
The lower mile or so was about the only time I didn't feel completely inadequate. It was pretty - in the trees, and I wasn't dying - yet. Then we got above tree line, where we would remain most of the day. There was a long section of switchbacks that I thought was actually going to kill me. Jeramiah had already been talking about turning around and I was very tempted to join him. My overall physical condition was actually causing me to have a mild panic attack. Luckily, it cleared up before things got weird.
We had a nice section where there wasn't as much climbing, and I really started to feel a lot better. Unfortunately, Jeramiah still decided he was ready to turn back, and Terri wasn't feeling great, so she also turned around. That left just the five of us.
We exited the downhill/flatter section and the climbing began again. We stopped for a quick food break before leaving the security of all the trees and heading into more exposed areas. We still look happy here.
We had a long stretch that was along a ridge line. It got REALLY windy on this section. I put on my heavier jacket. There were plenty of stretches where the wind was so intense it was nearly impossible to even USE poles, since they were blowing all over. Even Ben said he almost got knocked over a few times.
|It was INSANELY windy at this section|
Sunday (37,510 steps) - Up early for what I hope to be my last "big" miles for a while. I can't believe Ben had decided to join me, but off we were at 6:30 to meet up with Kristin to run Dirty Biz. I was feeling like complete shit. I thought it would just be my calves giving me problems, but turns out my whole body just did NOT want to do anything. Kristin finally dropped us about a mile in. I'm honestly surprised she waited that long. It was nice out, still cloudy and not a sauna yet. I had to stop and use the bathroom at the Coalton trail head, but I think my body is just trained to do that since it is the only opportunity on the whole loop without going out of the way. We walked a TON, but I guess that is all good practice for my next race? There were BILLIONS of sunflowers and other wildflowers, and a lot more cows than we normally see.
Monday (11,494 steps) - Work from home and FINALLY A REST DAY!! I took Pika for a walk alone because Ben took Ariel out for a driving lesson. After it cooled down, Ben and I took Pika for another walk at the lake. I haven't been out there at sunset in a while - it was beautiful out!
- 181,424 steps
- 58.17 miles run
- 40 minutes of cardio
- 45 minutes of strength training