Monday, May 30, 2011

Snow in June?

Well, starting from the old post date... ran the 6.5 mile loop on Wednesday, May 18... then on Thursday... LAKE POWELL TRIP!!  Yeah, baby!  The weather was a little cold on Thursday, Friday a little better, but Saturday was great.  Side story... on Friday, we (went with the Dave Massey family) were wakeboarding in the morning/early afternoon hour... decided to go fill up boat with gas and go to the Bullfrog marina.  Literally, right when we were pulling in, it started to rain softly... right after we pulled into a covered open boat doc (you know, a spot that people pay to keep their house boats in) and it just poured... I'm talking hail and heavy rain pouring... it was so loud hitting off of the aluminum/steel roof structure... it was just crazy how well we had timed that.  It would have been ugly if we would have been stuck in the open water.  Anyway, came home on Sunday with sun and rain both making their presence known.

Monday Rich and I ran our 6.5 trail course (I was tired... from no sleep to the workout that wakeboarding does to your legs).  Deer count 12.

Tuesday, we lifted.  Wednesday we ran our 6.5 miles... found out Rich will not be running Squaw Peak 50 with me... it will be weird running it alone since we've spent the last 5-6 months doing ALL of our training & runs together... but I don't blame him.  He's got his priorities correct.  Deer count: 10

Thursday- had a meeting in Salt Lake most of the day, so didn't do anything...  Friday, we ran our 6.5 course... deer count... I forget.  The grass along our course is getting taller... so our shoes get soaked with dew/rain remains.  We stayed down at the Massey's home really late/early... got home at 3 am... I didn't/couldn't sleep until about 4 a.m.  That will help explain why I didn't run on Saturday.

Saturday... was supposed to run.  Didn't.  Crap.  But I did do a nice job doing a speed lawn mowing job... it did provide some exercise ;)  For anyone who knows my backyard.. you know it's big with a lot of grass and some hills to push the mower up... so it is a workout to an extent.  Suzette and I went to Source Code at 9:45... I fell asleep right at the end for about the last 10 minutes, oops!
Sunday- church.  Taught the last lesson for 4 of the 18 yr old young men that will be moving on... best wishes for their future.

Monday, May 30.  Memorial Day.  Holiday!! No work!!  Woke up to see snow remnants in the green grass stalks this morning and also on some cars left outside.  That's crazy that it snowed... almost into June!  It's been raining off and on the past 2 days. While I ran the 6.5 miles along (no Rich), it started raining and even a little snow for a bit.  My shoes were soaked when I got home.  Deer count: 0

While on the 6.5 run, I  saw the race director for this Saturday's Squaw Peak 50 run... he mentioned that parts of the original course (he had to change the course) probably got another 15-20 inches of new snow over the past couple of days. Glad he changed it- but also a little let down...would have just added to the challenge but there's parts with safety ropes during the 'normal' years... can't imagine how it would be trying to summit some of those mountains with the ton of snow there is. Don't worry, he said the new course for this year has more elevation change than the original course and he expects a higher runner drop rate since the locations will be more accessible/convenient for runners to drop out at. Hope I'm not one of them.
 This week will be light running.. maybe like an easy 5 on Wednesday with lifting on Tuesday and nothing Thursday and Friday... gotta tapper for the 50.

Lace 'em up!  Chainsaw

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beach running & 30 miler

Sunday- This first week of May found us in Cali.  We drove straight through and got to our condo (which just happened to be right on the beach... don't know how that happened).  I did a lot of walking all week long at Disneyland.  I did a morning run of 6 miles on Tuesday and then a 8-9 miler on Friday.  On the 6 miler, I ran half on the sidewalk that went along the coast and then did the final half on the harder sand by the ocean.  I did all of the 8-9 miles along the water on the harder packed sand.  It was great!! Wish I could run along the coast everyday- loved the calm waves and cool breeze.  Pretty good week away from some of the madness called life.

The following week... ran Monday and Wednesday; and lifted on Tuesday & Thursday with 30 miles scheduled for Saturday.  Okay, that was the plan.  We ended up running 6.5 on Monday, lifted Tuesday and Wednesday, and then ran 30 on Thursday (Rich couldn't run on Saturday).  I was really dreading the 30 since the last long run I had I.T. problems and hadn't ran tons since then. Rich and I ended up starting at 4:15 and got done at 11:15.  Gotta say, I was excited... we both ran strong and at the end we both could have kept going... If Squaw Peak 50 miler was that day, we could have done it.  Big confidence booster for me in myself, but also for Rich believing in me. Had a little dehydration that hit us (my fault... ran out of water on loop part from mile 10 to 20... Rich sacrificed some of his water to get me through but he ran out too), but the weather was perfect.  Deer count around 10.  We ran/fast hiked/walked the last 10 in the dark.

Friday- Felt good with just a little soreness but stomach not really happy.  Was up about every hour Thursday night...heartburn, etc.  We didn't do anything but try and recover.

Saturday- I got a free spot in the Walk to Run Charity I did it.  Honestly, I was more sore on Saturday morning than Friday.  My leg muscles just screamed at me the whole 3 miles!  I didn't push it too hard... ended up running it in 26 minutes with a 8:30 per mile (going from memory).  Then I went down to Utah Lake to take a few Wake Boarding runs to get ready for Lake Powell trip.  Water was cold, but I was warm in my wetsuit.  The legs were still very sore, so I didn't go too long or push it too much.

Monday, May 16, 2011- lifted.  Tuesday- we were supposed to run, but got up and was raining and very cold.  Looks like there's going to be tons of snow still for Squaw Peak 50... probably about 10-12 miles, yikes.
The plan is to run tomorrow... we'll see.

Lace 'em up! Chainsaw