Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Good Week

After returning from six days of conferences and a fun weekend sandwiched in the middle, I felt doughy, lazy, and anxious to kick my training into high gear. A work-filled Wednesday paused my return, but Thursday I got to it.

Tempo Thursday started at 6AM, with a quick run including 3 miles at half. marathon pace. I quickly took off to work for a 7:30 meeting, and was pleasantly surprised that my strategy of baby wipes worked well enough that I didn't feel gross.

Lunchtime yoga followed, and it was a welcome return. After work, climbing rounded our my return to the world of the fit.

Friday I got in a few easy miles, but mostly relaxed and got caught up at work before another out of town trip I'm on today.

Saturday started with what was supposed to be an easy 6. It turned into almost 8, but at least still easy. I went to yoga at 9:30, and man was it challenging. I really like the Saturday instructor at Pipeworks. He is very focused, calls you on your bad form and laziness, much like my favorite spin instructor. Plus, he ends he class with some deep ideas (ones that make you think, not the usual banal stuff).

Running and yoga would have been plenty, especially considering the Buffalo Stampede I was set to run Sunday. But I didn't stop there. I climbed hard until about 1:30, and got excited to try some really challenging routes.

Needless to say, I was spent by the time I went home, nearly 6 hours after starting my workouts!

After all that, I was concerned about how well I would do in the Stampede 10 Miler on Sunday. I started the race with the idea of just running about half marathon pace, maybe 7:45/mile. Of course, my first few miles were under 7:30, I got a little tired and slowed a bit. I saved some energy for the last we miles, and finished strong in 1:18:30, good for second in my age group.

All in all, it was a productive week. Now I need to ramp up weekend mileage and get my weekly count closer to 50.

Miles this week: 33
Total miles in 2012: 1001

Oh, I passed 1000 this week, about three months ahead of that mark last year!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Again, (it) Goes Unnoticed

Okay, throwback music references aside, I have been out of town on and off for work for the past week. The resulting insanity on my schedule caused me to forget to update last week, and cut into my running as well. Okay, those are excuses. I don't have any room for those. I'll say it here so I have to stick to it: I will keep up with my training, and I will update my blog!

I did a fantastic Tempo Thursday with the group two Thursdays ago. It kicked my butt, but I felt faster than ever. I am super excited to do these workouts every week, and was bummed to miss last week because I was driving to San Francisco. I got in an abbreviated tempo workout that morning, but it wasn't the same.

I did an appauling job over the weekend of getting runs in. I've been doing a good job on the long runs thus far in CIM training, but this weekend I let it go a bit. I had a fun time Friday night, slept in until pretty late on Saturday, and didn't run until around noon. I got to run the Los Gatos Creek Trail, which was pretty (no American River Parkway, but nice enough).

Photo Courtesy http://www.sjparks.org/Trails/LosGatos/LosGatosPhotos.asp

Long story made short, I did a ten miler. I'd been prescribed a 17 miler, and I would have been happy with 15. I did a fast 15 the weekend before, even increasing speed over the last few miles. I'd never done that before! I'll get back to business this weekend, with the Buffalo Stampede 10 Mile Race, then a few extra at the end.

Tempo Thursday is tomorrow, and to prove my commitment and bad-assery, I will be going to Tempo Thursday, then jetting to my office for a 7:30 meeting. For the sake of the folks in my meeting, I hope I'm done in time to change. It would be even better if I can employ baby wipes first...

Here are my updated stats. I'm just doing annual, since I had two weeks in there:
Total Miles in 2012: 968

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Weekly Summary: I made it to 900 miles!

I hit the 900 mile mark this week! Last year, it took until the week ending November 13 to surpass 900 miles. I am so excited to be about two and a half months ahead in terms of mileage, without major injury. It feels good to be progressing in my overall training, upping mileage, as well as hitting PRs.

Monday: Off
Tuesday: 5 with Chips (warm, strides, 5x 400 progressively faster with 400 jog, cool)
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: 7.5 at my first Tempo Thursday (15 min. warm, 4x 5 minutes around/under 7 min mile, 15 min cool)
Friday: Run 2.5 easy, yoga, climb
Saturday: 10 by myself from the Hatchery
Sunday: Off

Total This Week: 25
Total Miles in 2012: 922