Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Week That Was...December 12-18, 2011

Way delayed in posting this incredibly important data. Not an impressive week. Took a biz trip to D.C. Didn't run for three days in order to clear the system before a blood test.

Monday - Upper Bear Creek Road - 9.4 miles; 1:15 - Tempo run. Ran from the lake house with Steve F. for a couple miles before letting him dash on ahead. My legs were floundering due to the 17-mile tempo(is) run the evening prior. Got about 4.5 miles up the road when I met up again with Steve. Turned around and ran three miles of tempo with (OK, a few feet behind) him. Legs protested a lot, but held pace (6:18; 6:14; 6:08). Interesting experiment to run hard on such tired legs. Felt good (mentally).

Tuesday - Off - Travel to D.C.

Wednesday - Off - D.C. Needed to take two days off in prep for a blood test related to last summer's brachial plexus neuropathy.

Thursday - Off - Traveled home.

Friday - Hiwan Roads - 5:13; 43:24; 524 feet o' elevation gain. Easy run through one of the local subdivisions.  Got the blood test in the a.m.  Results at January doc appointment.

Saturday -  Mt. Falcon Open Space - 16 miles; 2:56; 3,122 feet o' elevation gain.  Hooked up with Woody A. for a 6 a.m. start. Plan was to run the v1 route (Woody was planning to double it.)  We ran steady the whole time on snow-packed trails. Conditions were very good, with just a bit of ice here and there.  We doubled the Ute Trail figure eight in hopes of finding Jaime Y. who was planning on running the same route, but started an hour later. We never came across him. I was pretty pooped by the time we got back to the lower lot. Watched with great respect as Woody set off again for the long climb back up to the picnic shelter.  Went home and took a nap.

Sunday - Elk Meadow Open Space - 5.71 miles; 51:17; 844 feet o' elevation gain. Ran the Meadow View+ route from home. Easy.

Overall, a rather unimpressive week. That said, the Monday Upper Bear tempo w/ Steve was a lot of fun.  And, the Saturday Mt. Falcon expedition with Woody was challenging and satisfying.

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