06/02 – 06/08

06/02/2014 – Monday
9m, 1:20, 1100′ – CH.
Didn’t know when I started how far I’d go. Around mile 5 I decided that 10 miles would be a good distance. At mile 6 I realized that distance was not good, but pushed through to to 9 miles before calling it quits for the day.

06/03/2014 – Tuesday
8m, 1:124, 1100′ – CH.
Tuesday runs have recently been easy talkable runs with a friend catching up on all things random.

06/04/2014 – Wednesday
7m, 1:03, 1000′ – CH.
Focused on pushing up all hills at a sustained pace. Using Strava is a great tool for me to compare exact same segments of a run from any day. The run can go anywhere, but if you happen to run a segment that matches a previous segment it’ll automatically track it. I use this program to connect and compare runs with friends who don’t use the same brand of watch that I do. I also use Movescount which is the native Suunto program which tracks all my runs. It seems to be a bit more accurate in tracking distance and elevation and has far more data sets which can be dissected in a dizzying amount of ways. I use this program to tally up total weekly distances, time, and elevation gain.

06/05/2014 – Thursday
1m, 0:10, 100′ – Downtown.
Had to get home somehow after meeting up with some friends after work, might as well run.

06/06/2014 – Friday
Rest.
It’s travel day to the Southwest.

06/07/2014 – Saturday
10m, 1:40, 100 – Las Vegas Strip.
That’s right, I’m running in Las Vegas, on vacation, after a (late) night (early morning?) out on the town. Not being able to wake up early made for a warmer than normal mid morning run up The Strip to old Vegas. Fortuitously stumbled across the finish of a 5k and picked up a free bottle of water – good thing too because it was 95 degrees (f) outside, in the shade. Running past casinos during the day is a far different experience from strolling past the sensory overload of lights, sounds, and people of the night.

06/08/2014 – Sunday
8m, 1:26, 100′ – Las Vegas Strip – Monorail.
Late start, from a late night before (shocking, a late night in Vegas) meant the Strip was hot (the temperature) (well, actually the people too) My watch said the average temperature during the run was a balmy 92 degrees (f), but I know I ran by a bunch of places that said the temperature was closer to 100 degrees (f).  That seems hot, but honestly it was far cooler running than walking or standing because of the wind. And by ‘wind’ I obviously mean car exhaust. Lots of stoplights when there wasn’t a pedestrian overpass and that meant a lot of long waits, where I craftily positioned myself next to a street pole (not dancing) in the teensy little bit of shade it provided. Ran underneath the monorail today trying to figure out where it went. Not so shockingly it stopped at the entrance to another casino.

Weekly running time: 7:03
Weekly running miles:
 44.0
Weekly running vertical gain: 3,550

Trying to keep my schedule when there’s a travel day and a vacation is not as hard as I thought it would be, probably because I feel like I’m really focused on that race, not the one this weekend, but the one in a month.

Traipsing around Zion National Park this week in 90 degree heat, then it’s off to Bruce Canyon for a little relaxing 31 mile run around 7,000 – 9,000 feet above sea level. No big deal. I got this.

That's right. What happens in the Clark County McCarran International Airport, stays in the Clark County McCarran International Airport.
What happens in the Clark County McCarran International Airport, stays in the Clark County McCarran International Airport.
The (other) High Roller (ferris wheel).
The High Roller (ferris wheel) (not me).
Drai's Rooftop Nightclub before everyone including Landon Donavon(!) (who also should have been on the USMNT, just saying) showed up.
Drai’s Rooftop Nightclub before everyone including Landon Donavon(!) (who also should have been on the USMNT, just saying) showed up.
The Strip at Night. (SFW.)
(SFW) The Strip at Night. From left to right – Ballys, Paris, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Caesers Pallace.
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