Monday, April 3, 2017

This Week in Running 3/26 - 4/1

Almost to the top of Wire Peak

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
SundayOffHike up to Wire Peak
Monday54 Miles at medium pace with 1 Mile of strides
Tuesday5Generic run
Wednesday51 Mile warmup, 2 Miles hard, 2 cool down.
Thursday4Generic run
Saturday13Emigration Canyon Half Marathon
Total miles for the week: 35; YTD: 515.5

Week's Summary

This week was off.  I felt really drained for most of the week and I had zero to minimal "oomph" in most of my runs.  In fact, I was running what I like to call "dead legged" and very uninspired.

That is usually a sign that I am running too much -- as well as racing too much.  I had barely recovered from the 6 Tunnels Half Marathon two weeks ago as well as a long run.  So I really took it easy this week.

The hardest part, for me, in regards to training is that I feel like I should be doing more.  So while I did get in some quality miles on Wednesday, I felt like I really wasn't "training".  I just plodding miles along.

The plus side of the week is that I did race pretty well.  Downhill races always scare me. It is hard to contain one's pace and yet I wonder how much faster I could've taken the downhills.  There is such a punishing element to it as well.  I was very surprised in the following days that the muscle soreness wasn't as bad.

Wire Peak Hike

On Sunday, I did get in a hike to Wire Peak.  I like to use hiking as cross training since they are like speed work -- without the pounding.  I find I can really work up a head of steam just rapidly ascending the side of a mountain as I do running a tempo run (or intervals for that matter)

I did the hike last year and it was a fairly easy hike but I really felt winded this year.  Granted, the first couple of hikes of any year is getting acclimated to high altitude as well as relentlessly trudging upwards.

I just didn't feel like myself, and I didn't have a lot of power.  I had to stop and take a lot of breaks.  Again, I am way overdue for a running break and yet I am going into what is likely my most ambitious race month -- with 4 races planned.

I have attached a bunch of photos -- merely for your enjoyment of the high.  It was a beautiful day to get wet, muddy and check out the sites overlooking the Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.

Upcoming Races

04/08: Winter Striders Race Circuit Half Marathon - Huntsville, UT (Confirmed)
04/22: 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)
08/19: Dam Train Race - 12 KM Race - Midway, UT (Confirmed)
11/12: Las Vegas Marathon - Las Vegas, NV (Confirmed)

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