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.