02/17 – 02/23

02/17/2014 – Monday
Curling
And we won. Woo! I subbed and threw lead rocks. Forgot how high my heart rate can get and how much my triceps can hurt from sweeping. Maybe I should let someone else on the team skip every now and then. I’m guessing they wouldn’t complain.

02/18/2014 – Tuesday
10k, 0:59, ~750′ – Madison10k
The rain today was intense and everlasting, like a gobstopper, except the clouds cleared and the sun came out moments before leaving work which meant I had no choice but to get out and go for a little run! Easing my way back into this whole running thing and not a moment too soon.

02/19/2014 – Wednesday
12m, 1:55, ~1250′ – Interlaken/Arboretum.
Ran through the Interlaken and Arboretum trails testing out two headlamps, the Black Diamond Storm (160 lumens) and the Petzl Tikka RXP (215 lumens). First time running trails at night and first time running with a headlamp made the entire sensory experience unique. Initial thoughts are that running at night through the woods is far different than running in the day, even if you’ve been on the trail many times. It’s important to get a headlamp that’s not too heavy otherwise it’s going to bounce and you won’t like it. Even though you have light on the trail, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to see everything. Two things I still had trouble seeing were subtle elevation changes and the depth of water because of the angle of the light. Yes, it’s lit and you can see it, but there’s a lack of depth. Perhaps a handheld lamp closer to the ground would provide a chance for shadows from any irregularity? As far as the headlamps, the Black Diamond Storm provided adequate light and costs about half as much as the Petzl Tikka RXP, but is heavier and bounced and wasn’t as comfortable to wear. The Petzl Tikka RXP in contrast was quite comfortable, has a rechargeable battery, is brighter (but not drastically noticeable), has a flood light and some newer technology in reactive lighting which adjusts based on the distance of what you’re looking at, but the burn time is quite less and costs about twice as much. It’s a toss-up: cost and burn time or comfortable and usability.

02/20/2014 – Thursday
8m, 1:25, ~750′ – CD/QA
Figure eight loop down through the CD, then back through the Mercer Mess to lower QA and back home past the SIFF cinema (which I briefly worked on), the International Fountain, the Chihuly Garden and Glass (which I also briefly worked on) (and I must add is visually pretty stunning at night), the Space Needle and finally alongside the entire length of the monorail. A decent amount of Seattle landmarks remaining from the 1962 World’s Fair all packed into a few blocks. I’m pretty lucky to live in this city!

02/21/2014 – Friday
Rest. Early to bed for a long run tomorrow.

02/22/2014 – Saturday
24mile, 3:54, ~3100′ – Random CH
Up at 6:15am and out the door by 6:30am. Tried valiantly to get across I-90 to the east side, but WADOT thwarted with ramp closures at all four locations. Annoyed, but not to be denied, I came back home and decided that my long foothills run would instead be a long city run.  Connecting a myriad of parks originally master planned by the Olmsted Brothers and trying to find urban trails, the run linked up Cal Anderson Park, Volunteer Park,  Interlaken Park, Washington Park Arboretum, Lakeview Park, Leschi Park, Frink Park, Colelan Park, and Lake Washington Boulevard Park. If there was a choice between a flat road or a hill, I chose the high road to get as much vert as possible. The return leg back home passed by the East Portal Viewpoint named for the overlook it provides of the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, the eastbound floating bridge that carries the eastbound lanes of I-90 across Lake Washington from Seattle to Mercer Island and the westbound Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge.

02/23/2014 – Sunday
10mile, 3:11 ~2600′ – Tiger Mountain
Rain in Seattle means snow in the foothills when it’s cold in February. Rain at the beginning and end of the run with up to 6 inches of snow at the highest elevation. Uphills were slippery and downhills were shaky. Stayed warm (but wet) the entire run. Trails were well trodden and we only missed one turn, but there was snow and neither of us saw any footprints leading off to the trail we were supposed to take, so no, we didn’t get lost, we just took a different route. Great strength run today considering yesterday’s run was a decent amount of pretty much non-stop running.

Weekly running time: 11:23
Weekly running miles:
 61.0
Weekly running vertical gain: 8400′

Big milestone week for me – the first time the weekly mileage has ever been about 60+ miles! And all in single training sessions each day, not am/pm training runs. There’s various thoughts on what’s best whether it’s miles ran or time on feet or elevation acquired, but I’m not sure any one of those is the end all “right way” to run. Obviously you’re not going to get time on feet without running miles, but if you’re fast (not me) you might actually have more miles and less time on feet than someone who is slow, who runs less weekly miles and has the same time on feet. Vertical elevation is similar in that a strong climber can cover more miles in less time than someone who has room for improvement. I guess, for me, I tend to focus on miles run if only because it’s easily measurable. Maybe it’s not the best way to train (and obviously not the only way to train), but as long as I pick something and stay constant with that thought, then it’s something I can compare against from week to week.

Upcoming week is another stepped up – step back week. It’s far less (miles and time on feet) than this week, but still a step up from the previous recovery week. This coming week will be the final recovery week (40 miles) before a peak mileage week (60 miles), then a three week taper, then it’s Gorge Waterfalls!

“Some people dream of success…while others wake up and work hard at it.”

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