Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week Ending Feb 5

Mon - 7 miles (1,900') easy. Soderberg - Rock - Wathan - Spring Creek - Falls - home long.

Tues - AM: 9 miles intervals. 1.5 mile w-u/c-d, then 6 miles of work: 2 x (mile, 800, 1.5 mile) w/2-3 mins between reps. Legs were super heavy from Sunday's 5k, 10k double, plus I wasn't getting full oxygen due to a chesty cold, so did what I could. Ran with Chris M, which helped keep things honest: (5:29, 2:40, 8:19 (w/mile @ 5:28)) (5:24, 2:43, 8:22 (w/mile @ 5:25)).
PM: 7 miles (1,900') easy. Soderberg - Rock - Wathan - Spring Creek - Falls - home long.

Weds - Noon: 5 miles (1,100') easy. Falls loop long.
PM: 5 miles (1,100') easy. Falls loop long.

January: 330 miles (45,200')
Horsetooth 2
Palisade 1
Milner 1
Alexander 1
Blue Mountain (Sth) 1
Green Mountain (7,335)
7,098' (Poll Mtn range)

Thurs - AM: 14 miles tempo. 2 x 4 mile on Spring Creek bike path with Sarah and Mike, with 2 mile w-u/c-d and 2 mile jog between 4 milers. We started from the east side this week, so headed west and up (~200') for the first four miles and back down for the second four. Target was 5:50s both ways. First mile was a bust on the timing as the Mason tunnel was closed, meaning detour and no stopped watch. Will consider that one a 6:00, then 5:55, 5:52, 5:52. Coming back: 5:51, 5:50, 5:47, ~5:50. Had to work a bit going out, but felt good coming back.
PM: 6.5 miles easy with FCTR at Pineridge just as the big snow dump was getting underway. Dead light made things tough, but survived.

Fri: 4 miles (700') snowshoe. I guess winter finally arrived. We got a pelting overnight and through the day. Once I finally got out of the house onto my driveway at noon I was knee deep in fluff. Total sink fest in the snowshoes but headed out to the park anyway. Trudged up to the Horsetooth/Soderberg intersection and then called it a day. The snow up Soderberg was consistently knee deep - easy 20 inches with drifts way higher. First tracks up, but they'll be blown in soon enough. Home long. Gonna be roads for a while, me thinks.

Sat: 20.5 miles (2,100') easy. With Mike and Sarah from my house to end of Redstone Canyon, back on Milner Mountain Ranch, then some extra jogging in the neighborhood to breach the magic 20.

Sun: AM (1): 7 miles easy setting up the Edora Park 8k Tortoise & Hare course.  
AM (2): 5 miles tempo. Ran to the 2 mile point of the T&H course with Slush, who was last off, at 6 min pace. Back at the same pace, then one mile cool down after everyone was in and results tabulated.
PM: 11 miles (2,500') easy. Milner Mountain loop with Horsetooth summit, home long. Unbelievably nice afternoon and perfect scheduling hole meant that I was out the door in search of miles in the flash of a pan. Paced off a few quick ones on Milner then hit the Horsetooth trench for the summit push. For the most part it was packed down beautifully, but the afternoon sun had softened things up enough that it was annoyingly punchy in places. Wore the XTRs, but probably would have been better off with snowshoes given the punch. Trench walls were midriff deep in places. Awesome. Came down on Southridge, which has had less traffic and was pretty choppy, but great winter outing nonetheless.

Total: 101 miles (11,300') 

First 100 mile week of the year. Here we go...


  1. we had 6 inches of snow in the chilterns this weekend, and 10 miles in that was hard! don't know what 20 inches of snow must be like!

  2. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who will add a few extra minutes at the end of a long run just to hit some silly, inconsequential mileage number.