Saturday, May 14, 2016

This Week in Running 5/8 - 5/14

Funny things I see on my run

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday10Felt great today. Rainy and sort of chilly.
Monday5100% easy
Tuesday8Medium paced with a fast finish
Wednesday81 mile warmup, 5K in 25, 4 mile cool down.
Thursday7All easy
FridayOffRest day - 3 miles of walking
Saturday12.75Unified Firefighters Half Marathon
Total miles for the week: 50.75 - YTD: 923

Approaching the finish line at the half marathon

Week's Summary

I was really motivated this week.  Having coming come off an age group win (even though it was a small race) I felt empowered to really take my training up a notch or two.  I had a wonderful 10 mile run in the drizzle on Sunday.  Only a few die hards were on the trail and I felt like I got in a decent workout.  I wasn't wearing a watch or GPS, so I don't know what my pace was, but it felt strong.

Tuesday, I was going to do a speed workout but I had had a big lunch and it had sat in my stomach for a while.  It also made me feel sluggish and despite coming home from work and resting for an hour didn't give me much gumption to go out and do it.   I did make up for it and did a 5K "time-trial" of sorts on Wednesday.  It wasn't an all out 5K but I definitely was working.  My pace was probably somewhere slower than 5K but faster than 10K.  What was nice, was at the end I felt like I had at least another mile or two at that pace.  My splits were 8:00, 8:07 and 8:11.

This coming week will be a taper week.  All the racing and hard training are starting to take a toll on my body.  I don't have any huge goals for the Ogden Marathon other than to finish strong.  We'll see how the weather is and how things go and work from there.

What, No Race Pictures?!?!?

I got an email from the Colorado Marathon people the other day congratulating me on my accomplishment and a link to some pictures that they had taken at the finish line.  Awesome, I thought, let's see what they have.

I searched for my bib number and got no hits.  What?  The pictures were ordered by time and were of the finish line.  Figuring all I would have to do is look for roughly 11:07(ish) and I'd find myself.  I browsed the pictures before and after and still nothing.

Then I noticed that for about 15 minutes, from 11 until 11:15 there were NO pictures taken.  

I am not heartbroken over it.  I have a lot of pictures of me running, so I'll live.  Just strange.

Upcoming Races

Well, I took the plunge and signed up for the full Ogden Marathon.  I've done the race in 2013 and 2015, both rainy years.  The weather -- so far -- looks decent.  I wouldn't mind a little bit of rain -- I run best when it is wet and cold(ish).  That race will put the final word on the race circuit I've done this winter / spring.

06/??: Looking at the Lamoille Canyon Marathon. Perhaps Casper again?
06/24: Utah Midnight Half Marathon - Provo Utah (Confirmed)
10/09: Lake Tahoe Marathon (Very Probable -- hotel booked)
11/13: Las Vegas Marathon (Confirmed)
04/15: Salt Lake City Marathon (Confirmed) (2017)

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