Tuesday, March 04, 2014

15, 14: Grab Bag

Monday Feb 17, 2014.  1100 yardish swim.  I'm shifting towards making Monday a leg rest day and using swimming to kind of kick off new training weeks.  I've had a strict training plan for the last couple months, but I'm seeing places where it consistently isn't working, so I'm going to adjust it a bit.

Tuesday Feb 18, 2014.  5.4 mile run.  Huckleberry and Sibley.  I took this one deliberately slow to taper for this weekend's race.  But it was good to get the hills in, to loosen up some tightness from pushing the climbing on Diablo on Saturday.  A body was found in Redwood on Saturday night, on fire.  I spent most of this run thinking about that, since Redwood was my main running spot all of last year (I've shifted a bit to Huckleberry/Sibley to get in a particular harder climb).  Bizarre.

Thursday Feb 20.  5.1 mile run.  I ran out to the Emeryville Marina and back over lunch.  It was a fun mix of half mile fast intervals, walking to loosen up, and repeating.  I had contrary goals of backing off to not push things too hard while kicking speed up to get ready for Saturday.  I ran a lot of half mile intervals well below 8 mins/mile, which is currently fast for me.  The end result is tight calves and sore heals.  Lots of foam rolling to do before Saturday.

Friday Feb 21.  1200 yard swim.  Just moving before the race to get my heart rate up and to
loosen up.

Saturday Feb 22.  31 mile run at ITR's Chabot 50k.  First 50k!  I ran it rather slow, feet were surprisingly sore pretty early, but I kept steadily at it.  More elsewhere.

Monday Feb 24.  1000ish yard swim.    This was a rushed workout over lunch at the start of what's became a very busy week, with two high-impact new arrivals coming within the next month.  It's good timing though, since my legs will benefit from the rest.

Wednesday Feb 26.  Probably a half mile walking fast, around a shopping mall, of all places.  Having had not enough time to run (or sleep sufficiently) this week, I parked at the opposite end of the mall from where I needed to run a five minute errand just to get moving.  I think this week's collected errands are taking a bigger toll on me physically than the 50k.  In part because I'm also mentally off balance from not getting outside enough.  There's some exploring planned for the weekend that should make up for it.  I also signed up for my first 50 mile race in the wee hours of the morning before bed.  It'll be in December, as the next big challenge for myself after Hawaii.

Thursday Feb 27.  4.3 mile run.  With not-running-or-exercising-much-at-all-this-week frustration building up, I ran later at night from home, down through Montclair Village, and back.  I've never run down the hill and back up--I just typically head for the trails.  Legs were very stiff, but I ran through it, letting them loosen up over time.  I ran quarter mile intervals going back uphill to keep the pace up.  It was some of the fastest uphill running I've done, and it didn't feel like much of an effort.  I backed off mostly to avoid having my legs tighten up too much.

Saturday March 1.  5.9  mile run.  East Ridge and Pool trails loop at Armstrong Redwoods.  More in another entry.

Sunday March 2.  1.8 miles hiking and 2.6 miles running.  PL and I were exploring for the day, starting at the mouth of the Russian River, and working our way down to Bodega Bay.  I took the chance to hike around with my camera, and I threw in some running too, just to have fun with it.  There was a group of harbor seals hanging out at the mouth of the Russian River, many were playing around.  We made 6 or 7 stops, along with a seafood sandwich stop in Bodega.  Great weather shift from morning rain to fog and drizzle to sun.

I'm not sure what to call this two week stretch of running (I didn't do much swimming or cycling here).  I ran my first 50k, took it conservatively, and finished it well.  Then life through a bunch of stuff at me.  And my next couple runs were road/trails I haven't run on.  This ends this phase of training, which has been focused on ramping up trail distance and difficulty.  I have no races in March (I back out of a planned 50k because of a conflict), and I don't plan to race again until late April.  I have to continue increasing cycling distance, but otherwise, I plan to use the next couple months to just have fun.

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