Thursday, February 17, 2011
My coach had me doing some a more difficult series of runs for the week to take advantage of the lower altitude. Not once did I feel a need to gasp air. Yikes - there is TONS of the stuff down there. One particularly hard run was a set of 6x800's that started at 6:40 pace and stepped down to the last one at 5:50 pace. The last 800m was more mentally tough than physically. I never took for granted that I would finish it, even in the last 100m. But not once did I feel like I was running out of air :-)
Another tough run was a 15 miler on Sunday that ran 9 miles at a moderate pace, then 5 miles at 1/2 marathon pace followed by a mile of cool-down. I did the run in the Wilderness Campsite area - really great place to run - lots of paved and unpaved trails and very little traffic.
Of course all of these runs were capped off by our vacation 'activities'. My sis and her fiance live down there and my folks traveled down as well. We hit Universal Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom and Sea World. Luke had a blast - but the high degree of sensory overload sent him into a couple meltdowns on the trip. When we asked him what his favorite part was of the trip, he said the rental car. Sigh.... We had to remind him of all the FUN activities we did (outside of the rental car).
And what a nice surprise to come back on Wed to 60+ degree weather in Colorado! I went out and did an 8 mile recovery run on Wed afternoon. I have to admit that between the hard weeks' worth of workouts, walking the parks and traveling a couple of connecting flights back with a 3 year old, I felt pretty flat on Wed's run. But as always - glad I did it.
Today's 6 miler was better, but still feeling a little beat up. But I have some easy recovery days ahead on Saturday and Sunday as well, and then a rest day on Monday. So I'm sure to feel right as rain again by then.
And no, I haven't gotten on the scale since I got back. What's the point in that? I just need to run a lot and stay away from restaurants and ice cream for a couple weeks now - then I'll see where things are at!