|Elevation Gain (ft)
R - running
neg - negligible
FJ - Flying J Ranch
PVR - Pine Valley Ranch
MtF - Mount Falcon
RR- Red Rocks
RP - Reynold's Park
You can see that my training has been very light the last couple weeks. My first couple runs after Rockin K made me feel like I could take over the world! I had a post-race high, thinking about going back to race next year with a whole extra year of mountain training on my legs and lungs. That first Monday I ended up doing a tempo run. The next day I went up Mount Falcon, which I feel was the most difficult continuous climb I've completed. I've been up trails that are steeper but shorter and some that are longer but less steep, but I feel that the combination of grade and length made this single climb the most challenging so far. Notice I said single. I think going up Green Mountain 2 or 3 times is harder for sure. I've actually never been able to run all the way up Green Mountain more than once, and it might be a while before I try it again. The combination of warm weather with west facing trails and no trees makes the Green Mountain evening runs pretty unappealing for spring and summer.
Later that week I started to really feel the effects of my race and those first couple days of tough runs. I felt sluggish on Thursday and Saturday. I was also feeling sick on Saturday. As you can see my "long run" wasn't very long. A whopping 3.29 miles at Mount Falcon. Not only were my legs tired but I just generally felt crappy. Couldn't breathe, full of phlegm, sore throat, headache. So I didn't quite make it to 20 that day.
Well here I am a week and a half later and not at all regretting my two light weeks. My legs feel really good now and I'm totally pumped for a challenging week of running! It actually worked out perfectly so that I can have a higher mileage week now, then taper for Quad Rock 50 which is on May 12th. Yipee! So except for the few pounds I gained, the past couple weeks turned out just swell.
|Took mom to Red Rocks for a walk.|
|Duckies at Pine Valley Ranch.|
|Pine Valley Ranch. Face rock. I think he looks kinda|
like Abe Lincoln.
|North Fork of South Platte River. Pine Valley Ranch.|
Yes mom, it turns out this does feed into the Platte
River in Nebraska!