|Mileage / Workout
|Meant to go for a long run but weather kept me in. Medium pace
|Medium effort -- ran with a buddy for a faster effort
|Half Marathon pace. Awesome run
|Easy recovery run
|Off -- Travel to Southern Utah
|St George Half Marathon
|Total miles for the week: 47.75; YTD: 77.75
Well another pretty solid week of training and capped off with 2017's first race. I am so glad that I was able to do the half marathon. I had had some cabin fever the past few weeks and it was incredibly wonderful to hit the open road and get in a run. The St George Half Marathon isn't exactly a "sexy" course, but it is different and I enjoyed toeing the line.
I totally meant to get in a long run this week... On Saturday it didn't work out -- it was raining, cold and otherwise miserable. On Sunday, I fully intended to get in a long run and yet again, Mother Nature cheated me. I did manage to get in a semi long run, however. I did start on the bike trail and it was literally a sheet of ice. I gave up after a quarter of a mile and just started to see where I could run on surface streets.
When I ran in Illinois, I only ran on surface streets. It was nice in that I could go on a different route depending upon what I wanted to accomplish that day (hills, flats, scenic, etc). On the down side, you had a less than level surface to run on and you had to dodge cars.
I am so glad that I have the bike trail. Yes I run the same route virtually every day, but I am safe. I don't have to dodge cars or wait at lights. There are other runners and animals that I see and visit every day. While I had a unique run on Sunday and got to see sections of town that I was unfamiliar with, I just couldn't get into the harmony of it.
I did, however, capture a few photos that grace this post. Sometimes it is just nice to try something different -- you come away with an appreciation for the benefits of your normal routine and you also gain insight into something new.
I also had a good experience of running with what I suspect might be a new running buddy. On Tuesday I was running along and found myself being dogged by another runner, who was catching up with me. I tried to fend him off but there was no way that was happening. We wound up running side-by-side for about a mile, exchanging race stories and stuff. I had seen the individual several times but never spoken other than a quick hello. We conversed like we had known each other for a year.
It was nice because my ordinary run became more challenging (I picked up my pace) and I got to learn and meet someone new.
Running is more than an exercise, it can be a social thing too.
Sorry folks, no weigh-in this week. I was out of town and to be honest, pretty much the furthest thing from my mind. I did behave myself, relatively speaking, in Vegas with the buffets. So hopefully I didn't do too much damage. I'll do an official weigh-in this weekend.
02/11: Winter Striders Race Circuit 5K - Ogden UT (Confirmed)
02/25: Winter Striders Race Circuit 10K - Ogden UT (Confirmed)
03/04: Legacy Half Marathon - Bountiful, UT (Confirmed)
03/18: 6 Tunnels Half Marathon - Boulder City, NV (Confirmed)
04/08: Winter Striders Race Circuit Half Marathon - Huntsville, UT (Confirmed)
04/15: Salt Lake City Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed) (2017)
04/29: Winter Striders Race Circuit 30K - Huntsville, UT (Confirmed)
06/24: Utah Midnight Half Marathon - Provo, UT (Confirmed)
07/07: Utah Midnight (Legacy) Half Marathon - Farmington, UT (Confirmed)
11/12: Las Vegas Marathon - Las Vegas, NV (Confirmed)