Today was the first day I felt a little bit of energy returning to my body. It’s crazy what a week of travel and grand adventure can do to you. Still, I took the morning off. Great news though: I’m caught up on work and the Olympic events I’ve been neglecting.
Highlight of the day wasn’t even on the track. The woman’s Soccer team continues to provide the best drama, excitement, and ultimate elation. Love it!
First training session in over 48 hours this evening.
7 miles. Easy 48min with Minen.
Finally felt a bit more energetic. Groin abductors were strangely sore and tight but not unmanageable while running. Hopefully better tomorrow…
Kirani James is the man.
Day off due to general fatigue. Made good use of this weekend getting over 10 hours of sleep a night. Today though I drove 2 hours with some fine folks to a fantastic reservoir in the heart of the Rockies for a little cliff jumping/outdoor adventure.
The lake was 40 feet below norm and the cliffs went from playthings to towering monuments of fear. Some dude had a laser finder that measured them at 50, 70 and 110 respectively. However, physics tests relying on GoPro footage, a stopwatch, and my favorite kinematic formula:
I’m leaning towards 40ft, 60ft, 100ft.
Lots of people there including an amateur film producer. Fortunately I brought the GoPro and got a lot of good footage once I was done jumping. Some features were incredible laid-out 65ft gainers by Mearns, a 95ft jump and double backflip by Griffin, and a ballsy 45ft swan dive by Minen.
I was happy just to work up the courage to do the 65fter (I’m averaging all the heights by the way…). Same jump this dude does below. I’m not sharing any other footage until Freddy “afatfilms” Vaillant gets an edited film together later this week.
Kineo should be a joke now!
Got out this morning on a really nice day in Boulder. My legs didn’t match the weather though. Struggled again.
4 miles. 14:21. 12:39. 27:00
Posted up with a little 10k action later on. Great result for Mo and Rupp.
Got out for an incredibly windy run with Minen on the Southern Mesa trails.
10 miles. 70min
Was feeling tired after 20min and by the time we got in I was wiped out. Tomorrow will be an easy day. Hopefully get in some drills and a good stretch, all the things I’ve been missing for a week.
Finally back from all of my adventures. We (Grant, Cullen, Sean and I) had to stay in Casper, WY last night due to a flat tire but we managed to still roll into Boulder in time to squeeze in a short run on Magnolia road, the fabled route from Running With the Buffalos.
We ran it at a decent effort but the pace only ended up being like 6:50s. Pretty high up I guess… And we were definitely tired from the traveling
7 miles. 48 minutes.
More importantly, I’ll be dropping updates from Headwaters this weekend.
Got some good work done in the morning before getting out for a long-anticipated video session at the track. Let me apologize for the fact that I still haven’t figured out a good way to edit video. My video capability on my camera is apparently incompatible with pretty much EVERYTHING! Just fast forward the parts where you’re waiting
Got several videos, the first happened to be behind a cloud but it’s just a couple back and forths in trainers. Looks pretty good to me.
Next I did some quick sprints. Continue reading »
Not a very notable day today. Got out early for the 4 miler.
4 miles. 16:02. 13:40. 29:42
Then bused to Pearl street for a haircut and a solid work session in the Woody Creek coffee shop (what a Boulder-esque name).
Hit the dusty trail again in the PM, this time at Dowdi Draw for a 50min fartlek run with Dave Wadis (such a genius name, kudos to his parents). I had consumed a sandwich around 4:30 that had some hidden avocado. This was enough to, “excite” my stomach which made the first half of the run a bit tougher than it should have been. Of course the first half would be uphill too…
50min. 8 miles.
We ran a solid pace, with 6x 90s on/3min off. Not quite worth a workout sticker but made the time pass quicker.
Actually I take the opening statement back. Highest mileage day yet!
Had a great morning scrambling up Eldorado Canyon with Culrock, Juanito, and Blackshear. Scramble because the trail didn’t exactly take us to a good peak, so up we went in search of an epic view. And we got it. Unfortunately, I still only have my droid as a camera and the pictures were effin blurry! But at least I got a decent one of the decent.
4 hours later we were back, greeted with some huge sandwhiches, any icy brew, and a refreshing icebath in the creek.
T’storms rolled through in the evening but I managed to get out for my standard 4 miler.
4 miles. 15:58. 13:16. 29:14 total.
One other note, my core is once again incredibly sore from our tubing yesterday.
Today’s mission is brought to you by Bret Scofield and Sam Blackshear. The two of them collaborated and produced a race of twisted, masochistic nature. 6.9 miles over very technical ground, the first half of which is straight up, and the second of which is right back down. Sharp rocks. Gnarled roots. 20% gradients. Both natural and man-made staircases that extend and switchback until you can barely maintain a cadence. And then switch back once more for good measure.
We all thought it would be good fun. But the only fun I got out of it was in the numbers that represented my effort — 46:12, a new trail record. And that is some good fun Continue reading »
Went on a nice and easy 6 miler with Culrock and Blackshear. Good loop around NCAR. Could be a staple if I need to upgrade to a 6 miler.
6 miles. Core
Intense core session in the morning. Over 13 minutes of plank.
Standard morning run.
4 miles. 14:41 out. 12:51 back. 27:32
Definitely not a slouch this morning.
Went out at 6pm with Wade and Patronus to Fairview Track
1.5 mile warmup
5x1000m. 3min jog RIB. (3:04, 3:05, 3:02, 2:57, 2:49)
1.5 mile cooldown
Pretty encouraging workout. Felt quite good through 3 so probably could/should have run them faster but was very unsure of the altitude affect.
Went to the Lifetime gym today with RC. Really nice gym. Good all around session.
Upper Lift. Core. Lower Lift
No running today though
Woke up this morning not feeling too bad after the tempo yesterday. Got out even before I had a chance to grab some coffee. Only because I’m out though…
4 miles. 16:01. 13:28. 29:30
Not sure if it had anything to do with the lack of caffeine but my slowest morning run yet. No big deal though.
Evening session was meant to be some speed work at the track. I set out with the goal of just doing one mile on the track, in spikes, sprinting the straights and jogging the turns. However, once I got there, I was struck with a brilliant idea! Why not just test my paces? I figured I should be OK to throw a 2:08 800 and a 60 second 400 on the front end of the strides. Yeah, that’s effin’ brilliant!…
…until I actually tried to accomplish it.
I laced up the spikes and did some dynamic drills and leg swings. I should have taken note of the fact that high knees was causing me to suck wind. But I didn’t. So off I went, blasting my first 400 in 64. And feeling winded. I called the first piece at 600 feeling like I’d run the full 8.
Two minutes later I blasted my second piece. A 400. And this one I finished in 58.5 but hands on knees.
Finally I’d come to the mile of strides. Off I went and it was over after 2 laps. I was only running 14s 100s.
1.5 mile warmup
600 @ 1:36.
400 @ 58.5
800, jog turns, sprint straights. (13.5, 13.98, 14.72, 13.5)
1.5 miles home.
So this was the first time I really suffered from the altitude. I’m certainly not discouraged, don’t get me wrong, but I should have just stuck to the original game-plan of building some top end speed. I did not accomplish that today. On the plus side, it was another higher mileage day and I’m still feeling completely healthy. We should be close to 60 miles this week!
So last week I passed up the opportunity to get out and run a tempo with Bret and the Boulder Trail Running Club. The reason: I was scared. The run description was “straight up hill” and then “straight down” and “it’s a beast”… So I passed. This week sounded a lot more manageable though; a tempo along the Mesa Trail, which was a lot of harsh up and down, but not continuous.
Met up with the group not feeling too good about what was about to go down, but after a 10min warmup to the trailhead (at 6000ft), I was feeling significantly better. The idea was 15min out and then try to negative split coming back. 30min tempo all together.
1 mile warmup uphill. 5 mile undulating tempo. 1 mile cooldown.
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