Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Week in review 10/2 - 10/8. Changing Seasons.

As the week progressed, the season changed.  6+ inches of snow near my house on Saturday was evidence enough for that.   Photo above is Pikes Peak this morning.

This past week I achieved the 3rd week in a row of 30+ miles.  I initially was thinking of trying to maybe get up to 40.  Sunday I had planned a 12 miler near home but after really struggling, I cut it short, taking a short cut to end it at 8 1/4 miles.

Monday evening I hit the Santa Fe Trail at Woodmen Rd and went North.  Seemed to be a popular place to be running at that time of day - not sure which one, but seemed like a local High School Cross Country team was on their way back as I was heading out.

Did a total of 6 miles with the even numbered miles being up-tempo (for me), odd number miles were warm up / recovery.  I've mentioned already that since surgery I really have struggled to get any kind of speed.  So, Monday I was hoping some mile repeats would both help me and show me where I was - and / or where I wasn't.

First one - slightly uphill was 7:45.  The next recovery mile I was exhausted - slightly above walking pace for some of it.  At mile 3 overall I turned back and started tempo mile #2.  Pushed hard and was aided by the slight downhill and managed 7:30 for the mile.  Recovered again on a very slow mile and then for the last mile which has some rollers I managed to do another 7:30.

So, tempo speed is iffy at best.  Probably should be doing more repeats if I wanted to get faster.

Took Tuesday and Wednesday off as I set my sights on Barr Trail Thursday.  13 miles and a good, healthy dose of satisfaction later - was my best run since The Ascent.

Friday evening as the cold front was coming through I jumped on the treadmill and did 3 3/4 miles to take the weekly total up to 31.  A good week, with that nicely familiar feeling of "worked" legs.

1 comment:

  1. North of Woodmen on SF Trail is great - enough rollers to keep you honest, but good leg turnover as well. You'll get there - keep up the good work. Not ready for snow running, btw.... just sayin'