Friday, January 27, 2012

Love and coffee will keep us alive.

1/30/12-2/5/12:

Monday: Lower Arroyo with Stephanie R. Was a bit brisk, but in a good way. I think I had started to crash after all the coffee though... I had the usual morning coffee, and then attended Professor Gilmartin's lunch event at the Ath, where I got more coffee... Mmm... coffee. 7.5.

Tuesday: 2 x 1200 + 3 x 800 in 4:58/4:54/3:08/3:12/3:07. Eh. Let's just say this was 5.5. I suppose it does not really matter.

Wednesday: I think around 5-ish with Steph in the morning in the Arroyo (from California to the chickens!) It reminded me of the good ol' days. The running company and chickens, that is. Then 4-ish with Stephanie R. in the afternoon. We started out running Huntingson(?) with the guys, and then I broke off early to come back up Virginia.

Thursday: 8 on, 4 off, 6 on, 2 off, 4 on. Ran the 8 with Steph at 6:55-ish? I think. I was really glad she was there, or I probably would've started jogging. Then I think I did kind of give up in the middle of the 6 (I suppose when I lost sight of everyone else)... Steph gave me her Garmin so I could get my pace, except then I switched screens inadvertently, and couldn't find my pace anymore. I am bad at technology. Steph joined me for most of the 4 though, which meant that it felt pretty speedy (thanks, friend!). We ran the cool down (back via Lacy Long) with the guys, so I found it a bit strenuous... but that is okay. I'll give it a total of 6.5.

Friday: Hillcrest with Juliette, Stephanie R, and Sylvia. Followed by a few laps around the field (to a total of about 35 min). Finished with the Friday 400 in 86 + a 2-3 lap cool down. I'd say this was maybe about 5.

Saturday: Patrician with Stephanie R. Felt really slow for the first half (like, to the top of Patrician), but the second half was okay. I'm glad I ended up running today; I was originally considering cycling. 9.5.

Sunday: Off.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Like a comet pulled from orbit...

1/23/12-1/29/12:

Monday: Water Tower with Stephanie R, Juliette and Sylvia. Joined in the middle by Corwin (at which point I was kind of relieved because then I didn't feel as pressured to keep trying to keep up with Stephanie R, since she had someone else to run with). I told Juliette the story of how Steph and I discovered the water tower run again, before remembering that I had already told her the story. At that point, I apologized for repeating my story, like an old person, only to be assured that it was okay. Yeah. That is all. 8, I think. Kind of faster-than-ideal on the way out, but pretty chill (in a good way) on the way back.

Tuesday: 5 x 800 on the track in 3:10/3:10/3:10/3:12/3:09. Started the workout feeling really tired and derpy, so it turned better than I expected. Felt pretty in control for all of the intervals, which maybe meant I should've been going faster, but yeah I don't know. I think it was okay. Maybe 5.5-ish total.

Wednesday: Lorain with Juliette and Stephanie R. Pretty chilled out pace-wise, but I think my legs were feeling a little tired from yesterday. Okay run over all though. Did some hurdle drills afterwards. Let's call this 6.

Thursday: 4 on 1 off x 5 at Lacy with Stephanie R, Sylvia, and Juliette. Legs felt kind of dead, so I was kind of dropping off on all the middle ones. Meh. Ran back the long way, for probably something like 7.

Friday: Hillcrest with the kids. Pretty chill. Followed by a Friday 400 - I should start running these in earnest again... this is kind of embarrassing - in 90. Followed by a couple cooldown laps and 6 strides. Probably adds up to about 5.

Saturday: Bailey Canyon to Jones Peak with Stephanie R, Sylvia, and Juliette. 6.6. Was pretty much hiking the last bit...

Sunday: Off.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Listen to your heart.

1/16/12-1/22/12:

Monday: Run down Glenarm, back up Fair Oaks to Green, then back down on Lake, stopping at Jamba Juice for juice/frozen yogurt. It ended up being relatively brisk, I think. Megumi came out, which may have contributed to the relatively brisk pace. 4.9-ish (I think) in 37:30.

Tuesday: Warmup to Allen and back, then 6 x 400 followed by about 15 min cool down on the North Field before we got kicked off by the baseball people. Workout was in 84, 84, 83, 90, 87, 98. Yeah, I kind of gave up on the fourth and sixth... But I guess that's how it goes... I should not set a bad example... Bah. Hurdle drills afterwards! I'll say maybe 5-ish?

Wednesday: Lombardy and back. Legs felt pretty dead... Juliette's Garmin said we were going at 9 min/mi for the first mile, and then under 8 min/mi for the rest though... We were wondering if it was being inaccurate, because it didn't feel like we were going that fast... 5.5.

Thursday: Lacy, followed by 16 strides, then Huntington backwards back. Felt alright, but not great. I think we're still doing that thing where everyone is keeping up with everyone else... So parts of the way back were pretty brisk. Probably about 6.

Friday: Upper Arroyo backwards, about 6. I think it's noticeably harder to run Upper backwards, as opposed to forwards. Felt alright again, but not fantastic. Then Friday 400 in 90.

Saturday: Eaton Canyon, 30 minutes out (for an approximately 60 minute run). I was taking it pretty easy, because I thought we were going 30 minutes out from the bottom of the climb, but apparently it was from the trailhead. Meh. I'll count this as an arbitrary 5. Other people probably ran more. But I was tired.

Sunday: Off. Wicked was fantastic though.

Monday, January 9, 2012

This solitary moment.

1/9/12-1/15/11:

Monday: First day of track! Orange Grove with Stephanie R, Juliette, and Sylvia. Felt pretty brisk, but in a good way. Pleasant run. Ab routine courtesy of Stephanie R. afterwards. Nearly 5.

Tuesday: 15 min warmup, followed by 3 x (30 s x 6) up a hill (the hill was Kewen, the steep one, as per Scott's recommendation), followed by 5 min at 5K pace (to be honest, I probably did this at about yesterday's running pace), and then 15 min cool down. The hill was pretty alright, though I think I did them too fast. Each set of 6 was supposed to be comprised of 2 at 3mi pace, 2 at 2mi pace, and then 2 at 1mi pace. I think mine were more like 2mi pace, 1mi pace, 800 pace though. Stephanie R. was blazing. However, I was kind of tired by the time we got to the 5 min at 5K pace, and gave up early on after Sylvia and Juliette pulled away. Overall I think it was a pretty good workout though. 6.5-ish, is I think what Juliette's Garmin said we ran. I'm glad the workout went well, because it was otherwise a pretty shitty day.

Wednesday: Happy Birthday to Stephanie R! Up Wilson to Corson, and then headed west until something like 5. Then 2 laps of 50m/50m/50m at easy/medium/stride pace. Pretty chill overall, as runs have been going lately.

Thursday: Lorain, which according to Juliette's Garmin, is 6.1. I think the distance I cite for Lorain varies quite a bit from run to run. :/ But it is okay. I think our base pace is getting faster. Apparently, we haven't been over 8min/mi for a while, which is good. I think the generally agreed upon goal is to try to get more miles in though. I think everyone kind of wanted to be doing a little more weekly mileage than we were doing during XC...

Friday: Garfield then 4 x 800 loop at tempo pace (continuous). Unfortunately, tempo pace was approximately equal to long run pace. And the way back from Garfield was faster than the tempo. Oops. 6-ish, I think.

Saturday: Dragged myself out of bed at nearly-2 pm because I said I'd drive to Brown Mountain at 3 pm... Felt mildly awful, and Stephanie R, Sylvia, and Juliette all had to wait for a while at the top so I could show them the way down. :/ I think people generally enjoyed the run though. 7-ish?

Sunday: Off. Productive lab day though! Hopefully things worked...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Seeking.

1/2/12-1/8/12:

Monday: Decided to get up off my lazy butt and drive to Bailey Canyon. Also because this might be the last chance I have to go on a trail run before school/track start. And I'm very glad I did. The skies were so clear, and blue, and they seemed to stretch on forever. Maybe the holidays reduced traffic, and thus pollution or something, but I couldn't have asked for better running weather. There was no haze! Anyways, I am sad to admit that while running, I kept thinking of how to record the poetry of my run here, but alas, words now fail me. I suppose it shall have to suffice to say that it was a fantastic run, and not a bad way to kick off the year. Finished at Jones Peak (3.3 out), where I reveled in the view for a little bit before getting irritated by the insects and starting my descent.

Tuesday: Lorain with Sylvia, Stephanie R, and Keeley (part of the way). Legs felt pretty dead. My quads were tired. I think quads are for climbing... 7.

Wednesday: Huntington with Stephanie R. and Sylvia. Not too remarkable. Legs were still pretty dead. I think it's really 4.8, and I will round up or down based on effort. That being said, I think this was a "5" effort. :/

Thursday: A somewhat meandering run with quite a few lights (sorry!) with Juliette. Pretty chill/enjoyable. I think my legs have mostly recovered from Bailey Canyon, though they're still not what I would call sprightly. Also, we finally found the fork in the road! At the intersection of Bellefontaine, Pasadena, and St. John. It looked like it was decorated for Christmas. But after so many searches, I suppose finding the fork was a little anti-climactic. 6.

Friday: Upper Arroyo with Stephanie R, Juliette, and Sylvia. Legs were a little bit tired, but it wasn't too bad. I think my legs need to get used to mileage again. Then a Friday 400 in 81. Plenty of room for improvement...

Saturday: Chantry with Stephanie R, Juliette, and Sylvia. Did the typical thing of trying to hang on for the uphill, rocking out on the downhill, and granny-ing up the steep quarter mile (ish) at the end. Started to get really tired on the uphill, and began to fall off a bit. But the downhill was chill as usual. Good run. We had to park kind of far away from the trail head though, since we chose to go on a Saturday. Maybe a quarter mile down the mountain? I'll say it was a total of 6.5-7ish. I'll conservatively call it 6.5.

Sunday: Off.