Another Solid Week…

Another solid week of training for nothing in particular. At this point, I am thinking I’ll finish up the year of racing with a 5K on Thursday in Boulder then a 10K in December. Neither is really a good race distance for me but it will be fun to see what I can do in some shorter-distance events.

This past week featured some good, fast running. I have managed to keep the running streak alive and as of yesterday, had logged 23 days in a row. Funnily enough, that wasn’t really planned but once I got teed up, I decided to see where running every day took me. I can say that my desire to run outside hasn’t waned but getting on the treadmill has become a bit of a chore. Lucky for me, the weather has stayed nice this past week. We did have some snow but it didn’t affect me too much and I was able to run in Denver a couple of days.

Here is the week in review:

Monday, 11/15: 00:45, 5.30 miles, Treadmill with 6, 20-second strides
Tuesday, 11/16: 00:45, 5.35 miles, Treadmill with some pick ups
Wednesday, 11/17: 1:12, 9.90 miles, Denver loop tempo
Thursday, 11/18: 00:26, 3.48 miles, Holbrook Park loop
Friday, 11/19: 00:52, 4.19 miles, Mt. Galbraith trail
Saturday, 11/20: 1:35, 12 miles, Teller to Water tower tempo
Sunday, 11/21: 1:25, 9.39 miles, Treadmill and A-Basin ski
Total: 7 hours, 49.61 miles

There were several highlights this week including Wednesday’s Denver loop where I ran from the office in Lakewood, around Mile High Stadium and back around Sloan Lake. A nice little run with some fun hills and decent, urban scenery. Friday, I ran with my buddy, Brad, who paced me to the finish at Leadville this summer. Great to get out with him. And Saturday, I joined Mark Plaatjes and his crew for a fun tempo run in Boulder.

People tend to get all uppity about Boulder but there are few better places to live if one likes to have access to terrific trails, peaceful roads and a veritable cornucopia of talent with whom to run. In the past two weeks alone I have seen big-name race winners out on the trails (Roes, Krupicka, Africa, etc. ) and got to run with a former world marathon champion (Plaatjes). The same holds true for cycling or skiing and there is a lot to be said for the benefits of living near such a desirable town. Sure, it may cost a bit more, but in my mind, it’s worth it.


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