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Training Log Archive: bbrooke

In the 7 days ending Feb 16:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Run / Hike4 2:38:07 13.8(11:27) 22.21(7:07) 628
  Strength / Stretching2 2:00:00
  Orienteering1 1:08:48 3.57(19:16) 5.74(11:59) 87
  Total6 5:46:55 17.37 27.95 715
averages - sleep:7.4 weight:116.7lbs

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Saturday Feb 16 #

Orienteering race 1:08:48 [3] 3.57 mi (19:16 / mi) +87ft 18:50 / mi
slept:7.0 shoes: Salomon Speedcross (2017-Turq)

SWSW -- Day 1 -- Middle-Distance courses at Ironwood.

Remembering how lost I've gotten at this map in the past and how hard it is to relocate, I made a mental note to be very careful, and to pay extra-close attention to my compass bearings & pace counts.

Looking at my tracks, I'm happy with how it went -- but I was finiher #9 of 9 on Blue. (I spent time on the course taking some photos, though...)

I didn't stick around for long afterwards since it was chilly, and also because I only had about an hour to get to packet pickup at The Running Shop for tomorrow's trail race.

I had a delicious late lunch at "Prep & Pastry" next to the running store -- sweet potato hash with a fried egg, and a michelada.

2019-02-16 -- view from the Blue course at Ironwood Picnic Area, Tucson, AZ.


Friday Feb 15 #

slept:7.0 weight:117.7lbs

Travel day. Flew to PHX, picked up rental car, and drove for about an hour to get to Tucson.

My Airbnb place is perfect -- tiny but clean, convenient location (near UA), nice décor, and everything I need in the kitchen.

It had an unpleasant, musty, old smell when I first arrived -- but I left the door open for a while and that went away. Maybe this place hasn't been rented in a while.

Thursday Feb 14 #

Strength / Stretching 1:00:00 [3]
slept:7.0 weight:116.7lbs shoes: Saucony Razor (Snow)

Strength Training for Runners class.

Wednesday Feb 13 #

6 PM

Run / Hike race 37:53 [3] 2.59 mi (14:38 / mi) +288ft 13:14 / mi
slept:8.0 weight:116.3lbs shoes: Saucony Razor (Snow)

"Nighthawks" snowshoe race at Eldora.

I got to the start line with about 60 seconds to spare -- whew! The first segment was singletrack (where we all got bunched up), but then it opened up on the wider XC ski trails. A few people passed me early on, but it was just me and my headlamp beam for most of the course.

As usual for Eldora, it was windy in the parking lot and in the open area adjacent to the Nordic lodge, but calm and beautiful in the treed areas. Light snow and 23°F. Because of the wind, I had swapped from my lightweight wool shirt to a midweight wool shirt, and I was a tiny bit too warm once I started running. Ditto for the hand situation -- my new liner glove + mitten + heat packet combo was a bit too warm.

The course was supposed to be about three miles, but it was only 2.6 -- kinda disappointing after paying $25 to enter. But I did win a cool buff and a hat afterwards at the raffle (I gave away the hat).

I'm disappointed I'll miss the next two races -- one while I'm at SWSW so that's an acceptable swap, but I'll miss the other due to a dumb work trip -- boo.

This event (which also included ski-mo, XC, and downhill ski races) had a high percentage of lean butts in tights -- mostly women. Note to self: next time, pick a post-race lodge seat closer to the bar where all the dudes are hanging out. ;-)

Tuesday Feb 12 #

1 PM

Run / Hike 32:57 [3] 3.11 mi (10:36 / mi) +116ft 10:14 / mi
slept:8.0 weight:116.7lbs shoes: Brooks Adrenaline (2019)

Easy neighborhood run -- sunny, blue sky, chirping prairie dogs, and a coyote sighting.

Calves still very tight / sore from Sunday's race (running on the snow for ~two miles -- like running in beach sand).

Monday Feb 11 #

Run / Hike 14:00 [3] 0.75 mi (18:40 / mi)
slept:7.0 weight:116.5lbs shoes: Saucony Peregrine (2018)

Walked to & from the rec center.

Strength / Stretching 1:00:00 [3]

Vinyasa yoga class at the rec center.

Sunday Feb 10 #

Run / Hike race 56:17 [3] 6.1 mi (9:14 / mi) +224ft 8:55 / mi
slept:8.0 weight:116.6lbs shoes: Saucony Peregrine (2018)

"Old Man Winter". I'll call it a 10K -- it was advertised as 5.8 miles with the finish specifically called out as being a few blocks from the start, but we ran through the "other" finish and continued on back to the start for 6.1 miles total; not sure what happened there...but some of the cyclists are complaining online about misplaced timing mats on their course, so maybe there were some logistical snafus.

It was about 23°F and overcast -- fine while running and then unpleasantly cold while standing around at the finish. But I did stand around for awhile, to eat my free green chile & chips and free beer.

I was originally also registered for the 50K bike race. On top of not being physically ready for that (I've only been out for one long ride in the past six or eight weeks), recent snow and cold meant much of the course was snowpack, slush, and mud (from what I heard), which I would have hated. And it was bitterly cold, which I would have hated even more.

On Friday, someone offered to buy the run / bike combo entry I had posted on the event page -- a bargain for them, since my early-registration fee was $37 cheaper than Friday's late-entry fee. THANK YOU, eight-pound-six-ounce sweet baby Jesus!!!! What a huge relief. I didn't want to do the bike race, but I also didn't want to be a "DNS" and waste the entry fee...

So I re-registered for just the run. I didn't expect this to be one of my faster runs -- about two miles of the course was snowpacked, and I didn't feel like I was in tip-top shape (two weeks ago, I got in zero running and no more than four hours of sleep for five days in a row (huge work project / deadline), and then it snowed a lot and was bitterly cold for much of last week).

But it was fun, and I won a little Otterbox thermos thingie in the drawing afterwards. My friend Cynthia was volunteering at the race, so we went for pancakes afterwards -- blueberry for me, and lemon-pecan for her (and also for me, since I ate her leftovers). :-P

Run / Hike warm up/down 17:00 [3] 1.25 mi (13:36 / mi)
shoes: Saucony Peregrine (2018)

Warm-up run from parking to start; cool-down walk from finish to parking.

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