This 55 mile week went as follows:
- Sunday a slow and steady 6 miler on Santa Fe Trail, Hwy 105 in Monument up to Palmer Lake and back. The weather was sunny and warm, the trail was a sloppy snow covered mess so even if I wanted to go faster I couldn't, so I didn't.
- Monday was my long run of the week. Again on Santa Fe Trail, starting this time at the Northgate entrance to the USAFA, went North 9 miles up to Palmer Lake and back. I wanted to make this a progression run, so I started out at a 9:25 average, then each mile I dropped the overall average by 5 seconds. 24 hours of warm weather and lots of sun had melted away most of the snow, was still muddy in spots but really only for the top 3 or 4 miles. With the progressively faster miles I held on well for the first 9 mile, so at the turn I had the overall average down to 8:45 miles. But by now I was getting tired, physically and mentally. After a few more miles I was to be down at an 8:30 average but just couldn't get there. 8:33 was the best. So for the last 6 miles I backed off and just tried to finish and be done. By the time I was done the overall average had dropped by to 8:40 pace. Total time was 2:36, so not a great run but one to bank for time on the feet and getting it done.
- Tuesday, a much needed rest day, plus it snowed so it was well timed / planned to have a day off.
- Wednesday: my weekly loop of the Falcon trail was again on a snowy trail so the goal was just to enjoy the 13 mile loop and 1400+ gain in elevation. Mission accomplished for a 2:08 time. That was 5 minutes slower than last week which had much less snow and 11 minutes slower than the week before.
- Thursday was a big day for me, not just for running - career changing day. More on that in future posts. The day also involved a bit of an appearance change. My last haircut was back in Sept / Oct and I hadn't shaved in close to 2 months. I have been accused recently of having an appearance of one who lives under a bridge, an accusation I deny - but appearance-wise is possibly accurate.
|Okay so admittedly there would be times I would see myself in a mirror and crack up laughing at how silly I look|
|But with the woolly, caveman look - runs in the frosty weather were more fun|
|The lady who cuts my hair normally charges $7. This time she charged me $10|
|And it took about 20 minutes and 2 razor blades to hack off the hairy cheeks and neck|
- Friday afternoon then became my easy recovery run, supposedly. I wasn't able to get to it till the afternoon when the wind had picked up. I started at the Woodmen Rd trailhead for Santa Fe trail and decided to take the wind on for the first 5 miles, then have it at my back for the last 5 miles. Unfortunately it has been many, many months since I have run on paved and concrete surfaces, which this was for all but about 1/3 mile - so my knees were protesting the whole way. I went out in a 9 minute average, turned and just wanted to be done so I came back at an 8:40 average. 10 miles for the day.
So a good and tough week, three snowy trail runs included. A 2 1/2 hr run, 2 2 hr runs and a 1 1/2 hr run plus the short 6 miler for 9 hours of running. I'm taking Saturday and Sunday off in preparation for a "Double Herman" on Monday - starting another 55 mile week.