Wednesday (16,946 steps) - Work in the office. Went for a few walks and then went to the gym during a late lunch for core and upper body. Nicole wasn't able to join me because she's been busy with interviews. Took Pika for a walk after work.
Thursday (37,025 steps) - Endurance block day 1. I'll admit that I was terrified and stressed out when I saw my training plan for the week. Training for yet another 200 miler means doing everything I can to go into the race "prepared." I've been floundering a bit ever since I stopped running with Runners Edge - which at LEAST gave me a goal for a long run and overall weekly distance. Since hiring my coach about a month ago, I've definitely put in more work than I have in a LONG time. With that said, the first day of the block was 12-14 miles. Okkkk how am I going to fit that in during the week? With temperatures forecasted to be near 100 degrees. The answer was starting at 5:00 am. Even though I had taken the previous two days off from running, this was a struggle for the first 3-4 miles. Legs felt very heavy and I was TIRED. I do, however, love sunrises, so this wasn't all bad.
|Can you spot the owl?|
I will be eternally grateful that the dog park added port-o-potties a few years ago. I opted to try a new trail section in the northern part of the dog park that I had never run in, and it turned out to be quite a pleasant detour, at least in the cool morning hours.
For this run I was really just guessing on overall distance, and added a little detour on the south side of the lake. It's still REALLY green, which is nice to look at.
Friday (39,502 steps) - Endurance block, day 2. Today was going to be even trickier, since I had to go to work in the office. That meant an even EARLIER wake up. This time, I was on the trails by 4:30 am. I had opted to run the same route as the day before, and hoped that the extra thirty minutes would be enough for me to finish and get to work on time. It's crazy how much darker it was, just being out a half hour earlier. Thankfully, it also didn't seem to feel as warm, although the forecasted high for the day was supposed to be about the same.
I strangely seemed to be feeling a lot better today, even though I had run a lot the day before and had not gotten a lot of sleep going into this. The sunrise was excellent again!
A beer at Outer Range and a quick trip to the grocery store for water and snacks, and we were at the campsite around 10. Later than we planned, but we still had time for a quick campfire before bed.
We had hoped to start by 8 and ended up not getting on the trail until almost 8:30. And the small lot was already full! Having done this route before I knew that a bulk of the climbing would happen right at the start.
Saturday (40,316 steps) - I've been SO TIRED over the last week that I slept pretty amazing. Up early for our adventure of the day - Buffalo Mountain! Endurance block, day 3 had me scheduled to run 14-15 miles, and the loop in Frisco is just over 14 miles, so it was perfect. I cleared the route with my coach since it is certainly more hiking than running, and she was fine with it. We got a little bit of a later start than I would have liked since we were having trouble locking Shelly (the camper).
|But how can you be mad at her when she is so cute??|
We finally caught up the hikers a the trail juncture (and passed them). Thankfully, I had remembered this last little push as being longer, so I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the saddle - TO AN ADORABLE MOUNTAIN GOAT!!
Once we got down a bit we were able to get some actual running in, which is always nice after moving so slow.
Sunday (31,528 steps) - While neither of us was especially excited at the prospect of another early morning, we definitely wanted to get started early enough that we would have time to come back to the campground and pack up before noon. Our adventure of the day was running the Run the Rockies course again! I have run these trails every year for 6-7 years now and I just love them. They aren't too technical, none of the climbs are too outrageous - and it's super pretty with plenty of trees, wildflowers, and a view of the lake. My legs were certainly grateful that we had opted to NOT do a run with a lot of vertical. All the miles from the week were starting to catch up with me! The trails did not disappoint, and there was hardly anyone out at this hour.
Once again, Ben seemed to think that we were out a really long time, but I was pleased to have been out right around three hours. We got back to the campground in plenty of time to clean up and pack all our gear. We stopped at Outer Range for a beer before heading back to Denver. Traffic into town was the worst I'd seen in a while, and it took a LOT longer to get down than we had hoped. We unpacked and ordered pizza and went to bed early.Monday (33,794 steps) - Final day of the big endurance block! Still had 12-13 miles on schedule, so I opted to get up early (again) and go out for a finale of the same loop I had done before to see how my legs had held up from the weekend. I was still out the door before 5 am, since I needed to make sure I was home in time to take A to practice and to get to work. It actually was not nearly as bad as I feared it might be, and my time was almost identical to what I had done on Friday, so I was pleased.
- 213,528 steps
- 66.31 miles run
- 0 minutes of cardio
- 68 minutes of strength training