I like alliteration, so I'm sticking with the Tuesday tempo run, even if I have to do it on Wednesday.
Distance: 8.2 miles
Weather: Sunny & Cool
Last week was the first decent week of consistent running since the mysterious neuropathy issue popped up following the mid-June San Juan Solstice 50. It wasn't a big week mileage-wise, but it felt solid with six days on the trails. It looked like this: 53.76 miles; 11:30; 12,578 feet o' elevation gain.
Following Sunday's 24-miler in the Lost Creek Wilderness, I was pretty whooped. Took Monday off to recover a bit. Ended up taking Tuesday off as well due to work/family schedule issues. So, time to get after it a bit today.
Headed over to Teller Farms in Boulder to get in a bit of turn-over at a tempo effort. The plan was to run tempo for 45 minutes.
Parked at the lot off of Arapahoe and started quick right off the bat due to time constraints. I must admit to still feeling the effects of the Sunday run...even with two days off. The fitness is still proving to be elusive.
Did my best to hold a tempo pace along the old farm roads, past lakes, cows and fields. Hit Valmont Road and ran a quarter mile west and picked up the continuation of the trail and proceeded on until about the four-mile mark.
Turned around and continued the tempo effort (if not pace) up to the 47-minute mark in the run (the extra two minutes to make up for a brief bathroom stop and having to wait on a flagman on Valmont Road (the whole road is being re-done).
Never felt good on the run, but got it done. Perfect running temps.