So much to unpack from last week and weekend. To say it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in awhile is an understatement. I don’t even know where to start. Training last week was good. Even though I positive split like a boss, I had a decent “first workout back,”, Then as most people know, over the weekend I ran the hardest running race I’ve done. Can’t get much better than that!
|Monday:||20 minutes easy|
|Tuesday:||60 minutes easy|
|Wednesday:||12X400 road/90 seconds rest (average 6:10)|
|Thursday:||Am 30 minutes easy/PM: 2 miles Colorado|
|Friday:||45 minutes easy Colorado|
|Saturday:||UnderArmour Copper Mountain Trail 25k (2:58)|
|Sunday:||Rest and travel home|
There isn’t much to unpack there. All of my runs were just that, easy. I don’t have too much exciting about them because there wasn’t too much excitement that happened. I ran easy. My easy 2 miles in Colorado was a 2 mile (26-minute run) through the trails we were going to be running. Running those miles, made me wonder, how the heck I would finish the trail race.
The workout started well, and the first 6 averaged around 6 minute pace. The second 6, however, just felt like a brick hit me and I couldn’t get my feet to move any faster. I didn’t hurt injury-wise, but it was a reality check that I haven’t been doing speed the last few months so I won’t go as fast as when I was. The second 6 averaged about 6:20 which with some work I hope I can progress faster than that again.
Copper Mountain Trail Race (2:58)
The Copper Mountain Trail Race was one of the best races I could hope for. I was running an intense trail race in Colorado, something I’ve never done, at an altitude I’ve never done. I haven’t felt that nervous for a race since my first marathon, the NYCM. I had no idea what to expect, and my only goal was to finish. Making it to the top, I didn’t feel sick at 12000 feet of altitude, but to be honest, I think it’s because I hydrated well and took my time. My slowest miles were definitely in the beginning. They weren’t the hardest climbs, but I didn’t want to take it too fast.
The hardest parts (for me) were actually the technical downhill climbs towards the bottom. Because I run (and walk) on my toes, my calves are far stronger than other areas of my legs. I got passed by far more people on the downhill (maybe about 10 or so?). I am very proud of my finish. I had no idea what to expect and had zero expectations. I could have finished in 4:29 (the cut off was 4:30) or the time I did and feel happy about it. I’ll have a full recap soon.
The next week will be a lot of TLC. I would like to get in a workout, I will be traveling again for a big family big birthday. Probably no races next weekend, as I am going to the Taylor Swift concert ha!
Posts from the Week:
Questions for you:
What has been your hardest race to date?
What is the highest elevation you’ve ever run?