Sunday, June 28, 2015

This week in running 6/21 through 6/27

Fresh Asphalt on "my" bike trail

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday4Easy miles today
MondayOffTotally needed a rest day
Tuesday9Warm out but got some distance in.
Wednesday7Again warm out - but got some random intervals of speed in
Thursday5Plodding along
Friday13Provo Midnight Half Marathon
Saturday7Easy - just getting in some miles.
Total miles for the week: 45 - YTD: 1190.75

Week's Summary

It has been a challenge to get my miles in of late.  It seems like almost overnight that someone jacked the temperature up 20 degrees and now Northern Utah is basking in a heat wave where average daily temperatures are in the mid nineties and above.  That means that I am forced to run early in the morning (which I sort of loathe to do) or I run at night and pay the consequences with less than stellar quantity of sleep.

Couple with that the fact that I have a hard time running with any sort of pace after eating dinner -- no matter how long I wait.  I usually wait about 4 hours before running but it still feels like I ate only a little while ago.  So at this point, it is largely all about surviving the summer and keeping up with some level of mileage.  I know Shari is pushing for us to move to Arizona "someday" and I am begining to feel more and more that so long as I am running that is NOT going to happen.

Race Story

When I went to the Provo Half Marathon this past weekend, I got a chance to talk to the race director there.  I've done a ton of his races and I always try to make it a point to shake his hand and say hello.  I also mentioned the fact that I saw him riding his bicycle in our neck of the woods marking the trail with mile markers a few days before his 50 mile race.

He replied, "Did you hear what happened to that race?"

I said, "No what?"

Well, apparently someone erased or covered some of his directional markings and put new arrows pointing in weird directions.  So he had people going all over the place.  And this is at mile 47 of a relay / 50 mile race.

I said, yeah I saw that.  I saw your markings and by Friday someone had scratched out yours and they directed them off the trail. I almost sent you an email about it but I figured you had to change the direction of the course for some reason.

He obviously was very perplexed and upset by this...

I know Murray City is VERY strict about anything that goes on their bike trails and it wouldn't surprise me that a trail guardian screwed with the markings.  I know, generally that any spray painted things on signs, bridges or on the trail itself, is gone within 72 hours.  So it wouldn't surprise me if someone took exception to the markings.

New Bike Trail

Well sort of.  The bike trail near my house (starting at 6400s and Winchester Park) is getting a new coat of asphalt.  There were several places in the trail where the tree roots were making the path bulge so this is a welcome repair.  I've always been a little hesitant to run on it in the dark on account it "could" be easy to trip on it (and I've seen a runner or two take a spill).  I really like how Murray City keeps up with the trail and I wish other cities up and down the chain did as well.

Upcoming Races

Here's my schedule:

07/04: Some 5K or 10K -- almost sure of it. Either the Basque festival 5K in Elko, NV or the Sandy City Race.
07/11: Dam 15 Miler in Jordanelle / Park City Utah (definite)
07/18: South Jordan Midnight 10K (probable)
07/31: Legacy Midnight Run - Half Marathon - Farmington Utah (very probable)
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, Duke City is leading the way)
11/15: Las Vegas Marathon (definite)

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