|Day||Mileage / Workout||Comments|
|Sunday 6/22||8 miles||This was a balls to the wall hike. Not really running but I hiked up to Lake Blanche in 75 minutes. So that's 3 miles, 2700 feet elevation climb.|
|Monday 6/23||4 miles||Medium Pace with strides at the end|
|Tuesday 6/24||5 miles||Solid effort throughout. Last hard run before the half marathon|
|Wednesday 6/25||4 miles||Easy. Horrible run. More on this below|
|Thursday 6/26||Off||No exercise today|
|Friday 6/27||13||2014 Provo Midnight Half Marathon|
|Total miles for the week: 26 - YTD: 892.5|
This week wasn't bad at all. I meant to take it easy and I was really happy with my hiking performance on Sunday. I was passing people half my age.
I had a bit of a shocker on Wednesday. I ran 4 miles, but stopped after 3. I was 100% completely drained. I had nothing, and when I stopped I was ready to throw up, I was dizzy and I was about ready to take off my running shoes and throw them in the Jordan River and forget running forever.
What was the problem, you might ask?
Let me make a list:
- I quit caffeine. The coffee at work is good. I admit it. But the coffee doesn't like me. Heart burn, anxiety -- it is just too strong and I was paying a price for it. Call me a wimp if you want, but it wasn't doing me any favors.
- Poor diet. Wanna hear what I ate: at least a dozen Oreo cookies, a sugary soda, 2 bowls of Lucky Charms, and probably a handful of other sugary goodies. Talk about putting cheap gasoline in a Lamborghini
- It was warm. I ran pretty quickly after work and the temperature was easily in the mid 80's. Granted I wasn't pushing the pace at all, but it was warm
- I was tired. I wanted to get some exercise, but at the same time my body was asking for a break. I've put in nearly 100 miles the previous 2 weeks.
On Thursday I made it a point to eat clean. Other than a finger sized Crunch bar, I want to say I accomplished that goal. No more cookies and I am ready to pitch my Lucky Charms (which seems to set me on edge), just fruit, protein and healthy stuff. Hopefully I can continue the trend. I did have an ice cream sandwich bar after the race on Friday night but after running 13 miles, I deserved it.
I am planning on going to Wendover on Thursday. I checked and they have a low-key 5K on Friday morning for the 4th of July at the golf course. It looks totally informal (I think they were asking for $7) so it'll be fun and an opportunity to see where I am at 5K-wise.
I am on the fence for two half marathons in mid-July. I am tempted to do my Legacy Midnight run up in Bountiful. On the other hand I met the race director of the Heber Valley Half Marathon and from the sounds of it, he has a very unique experience. You get to ride the old "Heber Creeper" train to the starting line and run back to the station. So I have some decisions to make.
Running Photo of the Week
I admit, I took this photo about a week ago, but it always brought a smile to my face when I saw it. They have since fixed the signage but it stood that way for the better part of a month. I would figure uptight Utah would've taken care of it within hours...