Friday, May 13, 2022

Week in Review (April 26 - May 2)

Tuesday - A Kesha themed Peloton ride and strength training before going to work. Took a walk at lunch. Did some packing, which, according to my coach, looks like an REI sale... haha
Wednesday - Work in the office. Spent the morning making my pace charts and cheat sheets! Since Ben and I are running Cocodona without pacers or crew I really felt like I needed more detail and info than what I've been known to run with in the past. I went a little overboard.
FTR, that says HUMMUS, not HUMANS...
Went to Boulder for my last hike/run before Cocodona!! This time Kristin and Jeramiah met up with me at the start. Kristin started in front and ran most of the route, which left me and Jeramiah to hike. With other people on the trail, I even got some random pictures to share. (PS, I have always looked like such a weirdo when I run trails, haha).


Thankfully, I got through this without falling - looks like I'll actually be heading to the start line without being injured, woo! Went to the store after for a quick beer and to say hi.
Thursday - Recovery ride and some strength training before starting work at home. Took (a very resistant) Pika for a walk at lunch. She was very slow and sluggish - heat is already getting to her :(
Headed down to the stadium to watch A's (probably last of the season) track me. She was less than a second off a PR in the 1600, a pretty good 800, and then majorly kicked ass as the anchor in the 4x400 - running a 74 second split - which is a 4:57 pace, if you didn't know. She hasn't run a 400 in a while, so she was pretty pleased. 
Went to Marco's with Ben to pick up pizza and have a beer. Packing for the race is pretty much done - at least the stuff I need to carry on me and put in drop bags. Still need to pack "regular" clothes and non-running stuff. 
Friday - Wash Park and coffee with the gang before going to work in the office. I had to test drive the THIRD Zygos pack on the walk since it didn't come in time for me to run in it. Good news is it felt fine, bad news is I didn't really know how it was going to work since I didn't run in it. 4 Noses for happy hour with Ben after work and a quick stop for some groceries and Qdoba for dinner.
Saturday - "Slept in" and finished packing. Took Pika for a walk, then all of a sudden Tyler arrived to pick us up and take us to the airport. Nothing of any interest happened. 
Flight was uneventful, Southwest let us use expired drink tickets and we landed about when we thought we would. We had rented a Turo again since rental car prices are still nuts. Other than having some trouble locating the car in the parking garage the process was really simple. We immediately started the drive up to Prescott. We made a few navigating errors, but got into town pretty early. We went to a small brewery, Insurgent, for dinner (nachos) and a beer (which was pretty gross).
Later, we went into Whiskey Row area of Prescott and to another brewery, Ad Astra, but their beer selection was pretty minimal. 
We also found a place called "Park Plaza Liquor and Deli" and the whole concept was pretty mind blowing. 
By the time we grabbed some beer to go it was late and we hadn't even been to the Airbnb. We found it without much trouble, but we did have some difficulty getting in with the remote keypad. Luckily, the owner was home and helped us out. The place was really cute! We sat and had a beer and watched some tv.
Meanwhile, A was at prom with her friends! 
Sunday - Slept "in." We went out to breakfast in Whiskey Row - and it was delicious! I actually can't believe I didn't take any pictures of the food or the cafe, it was super cute. Getting there was a bit chaotic since the roads by the main square were closed. We went for a walk/hike I found on Strava, that ended up being right around a mile - perfect! 

We went went back to the bnb to get stuff ready for our drop bags. Loaded them all up and then went to the hiking store nearby so Ben could get some socks. Then we went for a beer and some food for lunch. It was hot and WINDY. 
We headed over to headquarters to drop off our stuff - time is almost here! We did our pre-race pictures, chatted with some people, then headed out. 
Photo: Scott Rokis

Photo: Scott Rokis

Photo: Scott Rokis

Photo: Howie Stern

Photo: Howie Stern
My friend Sherry, that I met at Desert Rats in 2015 lives in Prescott and owns a wine bar, so we stopped in to say hi and have a drink. The place is super cute! Some live music and an attempt at catching a mouse...
Ben is waiting for the mouse to make an appearance from under that barrel!
Then it was already time for dinner (again, don't remember what we wended up getting). We had to go BACK to the race start for the pre-race meeting, which we didn't stay long at because there wasn't really any new information. We picked up to go beer and then back at the bnb getting everything ready.
Race day outfit! Woot!
Monday - Cocodona 250

Stats:
  • 148.97 miles run
  • 50 minutes of cardio
  • 60 minutes of strength training

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Week in Review (April 19 - April 25)

Tuesday (8,297 steps) - Peloton ride and strength training before work. I've been having a lot of fun building stacks!
Work in the office, walk at lunch. Nothing else?
Wednesday (8,886 steps) - Switched my workouts and did Pelton ride and strength before work again. The ride this time was a Guns n' Roses theme and I really enjoyed it! A randomly had a league relay meet that started late afternoon - so I took my laptop with me to the stadium again, although nothing exciting happened where I had to use it. She ran great in both relays (4x800 and 3200).

She was not happy about having to wait so long to run the 3200, but like most meets, it was one of the last events.
Thursday (25,827 steps) - Work from home. Took Pika for a walk at lunch. After work I headed up to Boulder for my normal "Wednesday night" hike/run. It was FINALLY "hot" - mid to upper 70s. 

Stopped at Resolute on the way home for a beer.
Friday (12,485 steps) - Walk and coffee with the gang
Work in the office. It was a pretty busy day, so time flew by. Met up with Ben at 4 Noses after work for happy hour. We finally had a day in the upper 80s, but by the afternoon/evening it was SO WINDY.
Saturday (8,666 steps) - Up not-too-early for my workout. Peloton ride was AC/DC that was really hard, but I enjoyed it. Also did a live class for my 100th strength class, but no shout out. Sad!
We had some lounging around - and for basically the first time ever (if I'm anywhere in the house), Batman was canoodling with Ben! It was pretty cute (and bizarre) so I had to document it.
Took Pika for an "early" lunch walk. A had a track meet and was told that she needed to be there by 12:30 for warm-ups, etc. Spoiler, she did NOT need to be there that early. She ended up not running her race until almost 5 pm!! And by then, the wind had REALLY picked up and she had a miserable time :(
Stopped at Dairy Queen on the way home for a treat, it was delicious. And in my opinion, weirdly crowded for such a chilly day/evening.
Sunday (32,051 steps) - Woke up unintentionally early for my long run. It was brisk (AGAIN) out, but with rain in the forecast I wanted to just get it over with. I had plans to do 3-4 hours, but after being out for about 30 minutes I opted for the shorter distance. It was actually a relatively nice morning, not too many people out. 


I had about an hour left of my run when I saw a guy walking his dog. And parrot. YES A PARROT. This was a first for me, that's for sure!
Ben was hiking with Pika and we finished up roughly the same time, so we met up at Resolute for a beer.
We were both hungry, so we went to Bluegrass for a late lunch. I typically just order snacks, but I got this sandwich and it was SO GOOD.
Watched a cheesy horror movie ("Choose or Die") that was actually entertaining for all of us.
Monday (15,935 steps) - Work from home. Went for an easy shake out run, took Pika for a walk. Had a tune-up sports massage in the afternoon. Tyler came over for happy hour. Nothing else?

Stats:
  • 112,147 steps
  • 26.31 miles run
  • 90 minutes of cardio
  • 110 minutes of strength training

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Week in Review (April 12 - April 18)

Tuesday (6,899 steps) - Peloton ride and strength training before going to work in the office. Nothing else?
Wednesday (27,565 steps) - Cold, cold, cold. 
I switched my work from home day because A was taking the PSAT and I wanted to take her to lunch after. Took Pika for a walk and then picked up Panda Express.
After work I went up to Boulder for my weekly hills. It was definitely still cold, and I was even greeted with snow for about 45 minutes. WHEN IS SPRING EVER GOING TO GET HERE?

Snowflakes, if you can't tell
I *finally* got around to delivering the last couple boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Until next year...
Thursday (14,607 steps) - Initially I had planned on a big Peloton stack before work, but for some reason my alarm didn't go off and I overslept. I only had time to do a ride, not any of the strength I had planned. Went to work in the office and a short walk at lunch. After work I headed over to Zorro for some trail maintenance. In retrospect, I'm glad that I didn't do strength training in the morning, carrying these heavy tools and doing manual labor (plus hiking nearly 2 miles) was way more work anyway. It was a bit chilly and windy, but a good time working and we picked up a ridiculous amount of litter. Pack it out, people!!!


Friday (9,767 steps) - Up early for the walk with the gang and coffee before going into the office. It was a pretty slow day, and we sadly did not get an early release for Good Friday. After picking up A at practice Ben and I went to a quick happy hour at New Image.
Saturday (4,856 steps) - Up sort of early to do a 45 minute bike bootcamp and some stretching before a quick shower and taking A to her track meet. I knew she wouldn't be running for a bit, but it turns out I really like watching the events, so I didn't mind being there early. A had a GREAT meet! She was only running the 800m, but she actually won her heat, and got a new PR - 2:50:12!! 
On the way home we stopped at Kneaders to share a sandwich and get some celebratory dessert. A invited her friend over, and Ben and I went to Resolute for a beer and some race planning.
Picked up pizza for dinner, A went to her friend's house for a sleepover and we watched "McFarland," which he had NEVER seen before??
Sunday (47,182 steps) - I didn't set an alarm but still woke up pretty early. Got all my gear ready for my long run. I was really excited to be testing out the Ultraspire Zygos 5.0 - except it seemed much bigger, so I had to keep adjusting it. AND THEN, about 4 miles into my run, the shock cord broke! I had to spend a bit of time trying to rig it in a way that the pack wasn't moving all over the place. I didn't do a great job, but better than nothing. Disappointing for such an expensive pack!!

About this time is when the wind picked up. Again. Are you tired of hearing me talk about wind yet? Well I'm tired of being out in it! The weather was warming up, but because of how I had the pack rigged and the fact that I haven't done any heat training, I left my R1 on. I actually didn't even get that warm - weird!


I had probably 7-8 miles left when the next incident occurred. I realized that the front part of my pack seemed wet. Like really wet. To the point that I wondered if my bladder was leaking. Then I pulled out my flask and realized the seam had completely failed. Like the top was basically coming off. I put electrolytes in my bottles, so of course I was also sticky now. Geez, this wasn't a great day for gear, but glad this happened NOW, and not in a race!!

Decided to stop at 4 Noses for a beer on the way home. The rest of the day was spent trying to nap on the couch until Ben got home. A was still at her friend's house, so we went to get Mexican food for dinner. Nothing seems to taste as good as cheese enchiladas after a long run.
Monday (20,739 steps) - Work from home. Called Ultraspire as soon as they opened and am very pleased with their customer service, but a little distressed that they won't send a replacement pack until they get the damaged one back. ALSO, as I was packing it up, I realized that I was sent the wrong size in the first place, so no wonder it was big. Took Pika for a walk at lunch. Started doing some race packing... always a little stressful.
Picked A up from practice, then I still had to get my speed work done. I was a little nervous for this one as I had to do 4 sets of 7 minutes (hard) with rest in between. I decided to just run from the house since I was starting so late. Took it SUPER easy during the warm up.
Been a while since I've seen a ranger
I managed to pick a pretty good route that had minimal climbs and I actually did every single interval without walking. The last one was definitely rough, but I got through it. Determined to get faster again, since I actually have a road race and some flat stuff this year.
Yes, I know this is slow, but it's faster than I've run in ages
Shower, dinner and then we started watching the newest episodes of Better Call Saul. In bed a bit later than planned.

Stats:
  • 131,615 steps
  • 39.46 miles run
  • 105 minutes of cardio
  • 50 minutes of strength training

Week in Review (April 26 - May 2)

Tuesday  - A Kesha themed Peloton ride and strength training before going to work. Took a walk at lunch. Did some packing, which, according ...