Sunday, May 31, 2015

This week in running 5/24 through 5/30

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday3Just a shake-out run. Race tomorrow
Monday6.5Race for Grief 10K in 49:13
Tuesday7Easy miles today
Wednesday10Would've went further. Cranky knee. Solid effort throughout though.
Thursday4Easy - GI issues
Saturday13.25Oquirrh Mountain Half Marathon in 1:50:17
Total miles for the week: 47.75 - YTD: 1028.75

Week's Summary

Not a bad amount for my weekly mileage.  I also raced twice this week.  Both races were decent, but not stellar in terms of performance.

I had a bit of a scare on my Wednesday run.  About 4 miles into it, my knee just felt off.  Like the tracking was off or it felt weak.  I was suddenly wishing I was wearing my neoprene wraps.  I dialed down the pace and after a few miles it behaved.  It was also off on Thursday.  I was suddenly worried about my downhill half marathon on Saturday.

I am happy to report by Friday though it was fine and I never had any problems with it on Saturday.  Crisis averted.

Oquirrh Mountain Post Race Soreness

Simply put, I am sore.  I almost feel like I ran a full marathon yesterday.  

Utah is really big on downhill half marathons.  There are a ton of races which boast the fastest time in the country and probably rightfully so.  It does take a lot less effort to run while being assisted by gravity.

That being said, however, your quads take a beating.  Going down hill uses an entirely different set of muscles than uphill or even flat running uses.  I'll be fine, but if you see me cautiously walking down a set of stairs, you'll know why.

Helena Marathon

In two weeks time I'll be running the Helena Montana marathon.  I am totally looking forward to this race and more importantly the trip.  It looks like a fairly small event and I've never stepped foot in Montana before.  I am told Helena isn't that exciting, but getting the opportunity to knock out another state and see some place I've never been to before definitely has me pumped.  I am not sure what my performance is going to be like, but the course is primarily downhill and appears scenic.

Upcoming Races

Here's my schedule:

06/06: South Jordan CountryFest 5K (very probable)
06/13: Helena Governor's Cup Marathon (definite)
07/11: Dam 15 Miler in Jordanelle / Park City Utah (definite)
09/5: Jackson Hole Wyoming Marathon (very very probable - I booked the hotel)
10.18: Denver Rock n Roll Marathon or Duke City Marathon (planning stages, but probable)
11/15: Las Vegas Marathon (definite)

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