Mint’s Training Log – 2.16.14 – The Romance Edition

Mint hiking in Arizona
Mint hiking in Arizona

This week started out sort of normal – whatever that is these days – but then my training plan quickly derailed.  I have no regrets though.  It was a wonderful week.

Monday is my rest day and I did it well.  🙂

Tuesday is not my rest day and I was scheduled for a 55 minute speed workout.  Life intervened and it simply didn’t happen.

Wednesday I was scheduled for 30 minutes easy, so I decided to combine my Tuesday/Wednesday workouts and get it done.  85 minutes on the treadmill – 3.5 mile warm up; 8 x .25 mile @ 6:58 pace; .25 recoveries; 22 minute cool down = 10.1 miles.  I am still in relatively easy mode for speed workouts, so this wasn’t grueling, but it was nice to get back into the swing of things.

Thursday I was scheduled for a tempo run.  Normally I don’t do speed and tempo back to back, but I knew I was going out of town Fri-Mon, so if I was going to get it done, no time like the present.  Unfortunately time was light due to kids’ schedules and sharing the treadmill, but I did what I could.  1 mile warmup; 5 miles at tempo (7:39 average pace).  Again the pacing isn’t too killer, but it isn’t easy since I haven’t been at it.  Felt great.  Thursday evening, my son and his friend got to be ball boys for the University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball.  Totally epic.  But very late night.  We called it in after midnight knowing we’d be up in the wee hours on Friday for a flight to Arizona.

Friday we were up and at ’em to Arizona.  My husband, 2 boys and nephew took off.  Flights were smooth sailing and we met my parents there.  They took the kiddos and my husband and I took off for a rare weekend away!  No running, but lots of travel, plenty of cocktails and lots of fun.

A girl could get used to this - roses, 80+ degrees, sun, and a few days away with my man!
A girl could get used to this – roses, 80+ degrees, sun, and a few days away with my man!

Saturday we slept in, which was fabulous.  Then, we hit Coronado National Forest and Sabino Canyon park for an awesome hike.  The hike was 8+ miles to Seven Falls and it took us about 4 hours.  We weren’t pushing it hard and it wasn’t a strenuous hike, but it was funny doing it in 85 degrees when we are used to about -5 around here.  We had a great afternoon.

Sabino Canyon Hike to Seven Falls
Sabino Canyon Hike to Seven Falls

Sunday I should have gotten up and run.  But I couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Two women in my community lost their husbands abruptly, unfairly and in a tragic way last week.  I wasn’t going to waste a moment with mine as we had a rare weekend alone together.  We slept in, took a short hike, hit the pool (yo – we NEVER chill by the pool, but did for 2 hours), then lounged by our patio, napped and snuggled for four hours.  Short story – we did absolutely nothing all day – something we are so unaccustomed to it was crazy.  And so fabulously delightful.

Total:  6+ hours; 25ish miles.

But this week wasn’t about miles.  I was about moments.

Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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