This week was all about balancing traveling with my normal running routine. Before I left, I talked about that with my coach. She asked if I preferred to have a loose schedule to follow, or if I wanted to do my own thing this week. For me, if I have a schedule prescribed and can’t stick to it, it really bugs me. So I asked her just to leave the training plan blank for this week and I would do what I could.
Monday was a progression run – 8:50/8:24/8:06/7:53/7:38/6:55 – 6 miles total @ 7:58. Rainy, just a little hilly, but not much. I was a little tired from lack of sleep due to flying, but felt really good otherwise, so it was nice to get some turn over in my legs.
Tuesday I did 7 miles easy effort at an 8:35 average. During the summer in Alaska, it stays light from about 4am to midnight, so it was really easy to get up early and sneak my runs in before the family activities kicked off.
Wednesday I was planning on doing some speedwork, but I didn’t sleep well the night before and woke up feeling really tired. I went to the track and felt like my legs were stuck in cement, so I decided to call it and ran 8 miles easy at 8:47 average.
I decided on 800s, because those are my favorite. So I did one mile warm up, 5 sets of 800 at: 3:08/3:11/3:03/3:10/3:10, and then one mile cool down. I still wasn’t feeling great, so I took a full 800 recovery in between. Still, I was really frustrated with my paces. I couldn’t get my legs moving as fast as I usually can, and the effort felt much harder than it should have been. Even though I was really bummed out with the paces, I am looking forward to trying another speed workout sometime soon in the future when I am home, rested, and eating how I normally do. Basically just in my routine.
Thursday afternoon we went and hiked the butte. It was 2.25 miles with about 700 ft of elevation gain in stairs haha! It was really beautiful.
On Friday I got to run Lazy Mountain with John’s sister, Katie. We went straight up to start and it was 3,054 of elevation gain through mud. It had rained most of the night and this resulted in playing slip and slide. When we were putting on our shoes to head out, I knew I was in trouble when Katie put on trail shoes. I had only brought my road shoes. There were a couple of points when we were both on our butts in the mud. It was so much fun. We finally got to the top and were greeted by some amazing views.
On the way down, we took the option of running the switchbacks. They were AWESOME. Still some falling in the mud, but definitely less of it. My watched showed it was 2 miles to the top, and running the switchbacks took about 4 miles.
We laughed at the description of the two trails – straight up versus the switchback. I’m really glad we ran down the switchbacks. Trying to go down the muddy path we had climbed up would have been a disaster for my tail bone haha. Lazy Mountain kind of served as my “long run” for the week – it took us 2.5 hours even though it was only 6 miles. All that up took some scrambling!
Saturday morning I got to do part of my run with the bride!!! If you didn’t know from Instagram, we are in Alaska this week for John’s other sister, Sevy, to get married. I went out for 4 miles and then came back to the house and did another 3 miles with her. It was so much fun to chat and it made the miles fly by.
And Sunday was a rest day, of course. Even though I didn’t get a long run in this week, I was still able to get to 41 miles total. And it was worth getting to do Lazy Mountain with Katie because that is something I would never do on my own.
How do you handle running with traveling?