Rushed home to feed the zoo and of course to eat dinner myself. Longest day, yet seemed like I barely got anything done.
Wednesday (20,866 steps) - Work in the office. My coach, for some reason, has decided to give me more speed work. So today, I had a "faster" run and strides I also needed to incorporate. I decided it wasn't worth it to go to any sort of run club, and figured the 6 miles I needed to do could be done on my lunch hour. I'll be honest, I was REALLY apprehensive about running "fast" since I haven't been doing anything like that for a LONG time. It actually was fine, and I even nailed all my strides at a mid 7 pace, which is really fast for me.
|The creek is INSANELY high right now, thanks to our rainy May|
Thursday (21,125 steps) - Work from home. Had yet another "fast" run on schedule. This time I had FOURTEEN (14) reps of 70 second "sprints." I figured I could still do this on trail. I did not account for the heat - holy cow, has summer finally arrived??
|I only have a selfie because Be Real came on during my run|
Friday (16,454 steps) - Wash Park and coffee. I was SO HAPPY that we were getting an early release for the long weekend. The day still felt really long, and it was CRAZY stormy. So even though I could have left at 3, I stuck around another 15-20 minutes because there was hail and thunderstorms. Ben and I were going to go camping again, but the weather put us severely behind schedule. We were headed to Buffalo Springs campground, which is between Fairplay and Buena Vista. We hit horrific traffic in the Conifer/Pine area, but it was smooth sailing after that. The sky was still moody.
We had brought food for two nights with us, and with it getting late, we opted to go into Fairplay and have dinner. Most places closed by 8, but we found a pretty delicious Mexican restaurant that was open. It was after 10 before we arrived, so we didn't even have a campfire.
Saturday (33,698 steps) - Was woken up around 2 in the morning because it was POURING. Otherwise, actually slept pretty good. Had coffee and breakfast under some gorgeous blue skies.
Another one of those days when the best part of the run was when it was over. We walked through town a bit and sat on this cool outdoor furniture that's actually made out of glass or rock or something.
Sunday (19,259 steps) - Had a better night sleeping. While we were having coffee and breakfast before heading out for the adventure of the day, Ariel called to say that she wasn't able to get her car started. We tried some trouble shooting on the phone with her. Eventually Jeramiah was able to stop by and help her get the car back in the driveway and she took my car to work. Ugh. Headed out to run part of the High Lonesome course. The lot we parked at was very small and we were lucky to get a spot. Expectations were VERY low after how bad the run had been on Saturday.
We got to a nice plateau and there were two girls with dogs and we commented that they dogs were so cute. One girl said "that's not our dog." And then the adventure of the day began. So apparently ONE of the dogs belonged to them, and the other was a "lost" dog that joined up with them. The other girl was on the phone, and when I noticed that the dog had a collar with a phone number, figured she was calling the owner. I was wrong. They asked if we could take the dog, but didn't have any extra leash or anything, so I held onto the collar while Ben called the owner. We discovered that there were actually TWO dogs that were "lost" and belonged to a local in the area. While on the phone, the second dog ran up. This one had joined a different group of hikers. We now had TWO dogs, and had to coordinate with the owner how to get them back - without having any leashes and without wanting to "lose" them.
Luckily, as long as we didn't see any other people or dogs, they listened fairly well and were fine running with us. Any time we saw other people, we would grab their collars and apologize for them being off leash, and letting everyone know they didn't belong to us and we were trying to reunite them with their owners. Thankfully, this section actually WAS runnable, so it went pretty quick.
Long day of rescuing dogs.Monday (18,923 steps) - Wanted to get out early so we could get home and figure out what was going on with A's car. First we still had a run to do and we decided to just run on the road by the campground. It was really nice because it was closed to traffic, so we didn't see a single person out there. It was also pretty challenging to be running over 9,000'.
- 140,834 steps
- 37.43 miles run
- 30 minutes of cardio
- 30 minutes of strength training