03/30 – 04/05
03/30/2015 – Monday
15m, 2:29, ~1200′ – CH
My long run happened to be on Sunday (because of my ailing left achilles tendon) so my ‘recovery/strength’ run fell on Monday. Weird. I never run on Monday and definitely not 15 miles, except for today apparently. Andy joined me for 8 miles and I showed him my urban trail route meandering through Interlaken, Montlake Park, along the Montlake Cut, under the University Bridge, traipsing along the floating pedestrian bridges of Marsh Island to the ever sinking Foster Island, through the plethora of flora of the Arboretum and finishing over the 23rd street bridge and back up the Interlaken woods. I was tired, but grateful to be running.
03/31/2015 – Tuesday – Golf at Mauna Kea and St Andrews Old Course
Found out (just) today that (apparently) I’m horrible at (simulated) golf. Went to Hotel 1000 and hit real golf balls with real clubs into a screen where sensors calculate exactly how much spin, club speed, and every other metric you could possibly ever want to (and not want to) know. We played in Hawaii and in Scotland without ever having to walk more than 10 feet from the bench with our drink to the mat to verify that we’re far more horrible at golf than we thought we were. Plenty of fun, but definitely not the same as realizing in real life that you’re not as good as you think you are.
04/01/2015 – Wednesday
12m, 1:48, ~1500′ – CH
Got caught up in lightning, thunder, and cold rain 6 miles from home. This is how I should train every time I want to run a pace somewhere between tempo and sprinting. I might have run even faster except that I was running back into the eye of the storm.
04/02/2015 – Thursday
10m, 2:03, ~900′ – CH
We meandered and talked without any real purpose or set route, except to make it out to the Leschi and Mount Baker neighborhood just to check out the houses and the neighborhoods themselves.
04/03/2015 – Friday – Planned Rest
04/04/2015 – Saturday – Sounders Game
Home to CenturyLink was interrupted by a stop at the Pioneer Square Saloon where we always meet up with our seat mates before the game to catch up and preview the game before all heading over together.
CenturyLink to Home is usually never interrupted by anything except for the need to get home before nature and our body gets the best of us.
04/05/2015 – Sunday
9m, 1:15, ~0′ – Skagit Flats
Parked at Roosengarde (free parking!) and decided that the best way to see the tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is to run to all the fields, then run through all the fields. Not all the tulips bloom at once, so after checking the ‘bloom map’ I decided on a route that would let me hit three of the fields before turning around to run home. Thankfully(?) it was pretty much a straight shot along a road to get to three of the fields. Beautiful blooming tulips in fields from sky to sky. It happens every year in the month of April. A must see for anyone visiting the Pacific Northwest in Spring! Achilles acted up a bit toward the end of my run.
Weekly running miles: ~46.3
Weekly running time: 7:34
Weekly running vertical gain: ~3,642′
So, less than a week until Zumbro and St Louis and my achilles is bothering me again. At this point I’m as ready as I’m going to be for these races. A bit nervous and a bit anxious, but definitely excited. I know I’m good for a 50 mile race. I know I’m good for a road marathon. I’m mostly fairly (75%?) sure that I’m good for a 50 miler followed by a 26.2 mile road marathon. My main worry right now is my achilles and whether it’ll hold up or not for the back to back races.
Spent too much money this past weekend on last minute things ‘I need’ such as race fuel and nutrition, compression recovery tights, a wool blend long sleeve shirt (it might snow at Zumbro – whaaaat? Really?), a portable battery so I can charge my watch and video camera for both the plane ride and car ride, a hotel room, and then more race fuel and nutrition. Retail therapy should cure any doubts that I have about this weekend, right? *Nodding my head* Of course it will.
I’m ready. Let’s get this show on the road!
Zumbro 50m/St Louis road marathon: 6 days
Sun Mountain 50k: 6 weeks
Mohican 100m: 11 weeks
Squamish 50/50: 20 weeks