Things have been going really well! As crazy as the schedule is, I love it! I've responded to the higher mileage really well, and have hit some great workouts lately.
-This Tuesday, 4/26, I did 11 miles with 8x5 minutes at tempo pace (30 second rest). I ran with Teresa, and not knowing what I could do, decided I'd take the first four segments a little conservative and then start working those last 4. It went so well! I hit ~6:35-38 for the first 4, and then dropped closer to 6:30s for the last 4 (leaving T a little ways behind me). I definitely could have hurt more, but was a little scared since this was my first time doing 40 minutes at tempo.
-This 20 miler (pic below) was a lot of fun. I met up with Chelsey for the first 8 or so miles, and then met Teresa to run to her boyfriends' farm ~12 miles away. It was my first 20 miler, and other than having some UCAN before hand, I didn't think to bring anything else with me. Oops! I struggled a little bit between 15 and 17, but otherwise, my first 20 miler went great! It was fun to mesh two training partners and a "destination" run together!
|Proof that we made it to Marco's farm!|
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-I've been enjoying some great trail runs lately. It helps to break up my noon 10-12 milers: then it just feels like a 1-3 mile jog over to the trails (Olaf, Carleton, Sechler, Ole Trail - so many to choose from!), a trail run, and a jog back!
|At the Carleton arb earlier this week. Teresa had a LONG SLEEVE under her jacket as well. Crazy woman! It has been cool (and rainy) here lately, but still.|
|Exploring the "Ole Trail". Gorgeous! Plus, the added benefit of running on the trails is that you have an excuse to go really, really slow! Yay recovery runs!|
But, what's better than finding a penny, quarter, or dollar bill? Finding LITTLE KID SKIS AND POLES. Not kidding. Someone had them in a free pile, and everything else had been taken. It was meant to be! This is perhaps the coolest find I've EVER come across on a run! Maybe not as cool of a story as Amy's "gun" (read her comment after this post!), but still.
I'm excited for Greta this winter!
|Only thing left in the free pile were these skis, poles, and a shovel. Score! Craig helped me "run" them back. We looked so cool.|
I've been loving this wet/dry bag from Brooks. I got it for free when I ordered a new bra last month. I didn't think I'd love it, but I do! It's been rainy here lately, so I just throw my wet outfit here after a lunch-hour run so it doesn't get my next outfit wet. It also saves my office from stinking too much, since I am storing two sets of dirty outfits in there by the end of the day (I worry about that!).
|Lifesaver. Bonus = lifesaver for my coworkers as well!|
|Look at the two hoodlums I was able to recruit for a hill repeat!|
They probably just wanted to give us a distraction for a little bit, we probably looked pretty beat up & miserable :)
Upcoming this weekend: The Gustavus Alumni Mile on Saturday, and the Defeat the Stigma 10k trail race on Sunday to honor Andrew. I'm excited to see what I can do! I have no expectations for the mile. Although I've become strong lately, I haven't re-developed my VO2 or speed yet (next cycle...).
Guesses as to what Nathan and I might run the Alumni Mile in? His training has been... well, light, to say the least :). My training has been going great, but focused on tempo and mileage (i.e. I HAVE NO SPEED).
Guesses as to what might happen during the "future Gustie" 25 meter 0-3 year old race at Gustavus later that same day? I am pretty excited to watch what Greta might do!
Are you racing this weekend? What distance? Goals?