|Day||Mileage / Workout||Comments|
|Sunday 6/29||7 miles||Easy run throughout. 5 mile hike in the afternoon|
|Monday 6/30||7 miles||7M: Mostly easy with some drills at the end. Still recovering from my half marathon|
|Tuesday 7/1||7 miles||1.5M in 11:55, 1M in 7:50, .5M in 3:45, 4 x .12M in 0:048 decent workout. 2:30 rest between reps|
|Wednesday 7/2||5 miles||Mostly easy with 8 20 - 30 second strides at the end|
|Thursday 7/3||Off||No exercise today except 2 mile walk|
|Friday 7/4||5 miles||Wendover 5K + recovery run afterwards|
|Saturday 7/5||7 Miles - 8-10 miles of hiking including climb from 8000 to 11,000 feet||Medium level pace|
|Total miles for the week: 38 - YTD: 930.5|
Well another week of training down. I am most excited about my Tuesday speed workout run. I really wasn't in the mood for speed work, but I did it. I really like the cut down workout, where I start with a mildly fast portion at a long distance and start to increase the pace. 38 miles for the week (plus about 8 miles of lunch time walking + 13 miles of hiking) puts me at a nice total.
I still remain somewhat frustrated in the fact that I used to run that workout a lot faster. Whether it is age, altitude or what, I am not quite sure. It is frustrating to see your times get slower despite training as diligently as I always have.
I am still doing a fair amount of cross training in the mountains. I firmly believe this helps me build length strength. I feel I can really zip up the hills. Also, it becomes a cardio workout because of the altitude.
This week I plan to train fairly hard until Tuesday or Wednesday. On Friday I have another night half marathon: I am doing the Legacy Midnight Half Marathon in Bountiful, Utah. This will be my third year doing the race and I was hooked from the first time I did it (something thrilled about running the darkened bike trail at night). I know the course well so I should be able to run without the fear of getting lost (like the first year I did. I had to come to a complete stop because I didn't know which way to turn). The race starts at 10pm, so it will be another late night.
This week's photo is a shot of Mount Olympus as the sun sheds it last rays on it. I took it as I was wrapping up one of my runs this week. One of these days I'll get to the top: