Saturday, July 11, 2015

This week in running 7/5 - 7/11

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Monday115 x 2 miles at better than marathon pace
Wednesday15Long slow run. Got really warm at the end.
Thursday10.5First 7 were pretty good pace. Heat and tired legs got me at the end + strides
Saturday15Dam 15 Trail Run* (not completed as of writing)
Total miles for the week: 62.5 - YTD: 1299.75

Week's Summary

It was actually a pretty cool week (temperature-wise).  The last few weeks, Utah weather has been in the upper 90's or low 100's.  This week, however, brought in a bit of rain and cooler weather, which actually meant that I could run right after work, which is my preferred time.  Starting my run at 4:30 enables me to finish around dinner time and "calm down" so that I can sleep adequately. Finishing a run at 9:30 and trying to sleep by 10pm is rough and makes for a cranky "Eddie" the next day

One of the rainy days
The cooler weather also meant that I could bump up my mileage.  Had I not been returning from Elko, Nevada on Sunday I would've cracked 70 miles.  If I plan on really doing the full marathon in Jackson Wyoming I need to get my mileage up there (I haven't signed up and if I don't feel up to it, I may just do the half).  Every time I've pushed 70+ miles in one week it usually yields strong results for an upcoming marathon.

While I don't wear a watch, generally, while running, I got in some quality workouts including some mileage at half marathon - marathon pace.  I also tried to wrap up a few easy days with some strides, just to try and get some spring back into my legs.  I don't think just plodding along pays that much dividends so I try to make the workouts bragworthy.

Upcoming Races / Double Racing

I almost did a double race in one day today.  I was looking through last night and found a 5K up in Farmington that I was sort of itching to do.  That would've meant running a 5K in the morning and then the 15 mile trail run in the evening (which I am sort of using as a training run).  I told myself that if I wake up at 5AM (by accident -- which does happen a lot) I'd make the journey and do it.  I did sleep pretty good on Friday night and didn't wake up until nearly 7AM.

I may try for a double race this coming weekend.  I'll likely do the 10K on Friday night and if I can find a cheap, close-to-home 5K on Saturday I'll see if I can do it.

Here's my schedule:

07/11: Dam 15 Miler in Jordanelle / Park City Utah (definite)
07/17: South Jordan Midnight 10K (probable)
07/18: Draper Days 5K (maybe)
07/24: Handcart Half Marathon (yes a Friday morning run -- maybe) In Utah 7/24 is Pioneer Day and largely a state holiday.
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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