This week was amazing in that it reminded me how glorious summer vacation is. It was all about leisure with a mix of running thrown in for fun. I started the week finishing a long-weekend backpacking trip, then did some “front-country” car camping in Tahoe City, where I mostly lounged beachside and ate ice cream, and then ended the week with Ragnar Trail Tahoe. While I definitely felt the effects of altitude all week, I also felt re-energized and strong after my recovery week last week.
Monday – Finished our backpacking trip, and hiked out about 5 miles to end up in Tahoe City.
Tuesday – The west shore of Lake Tahoe has a wonderful bike path, so I used it to get my speedwork done. Plan called for a ladder of 1,2,3,4,3,2,1 minutes at a faster pace. I’d read that running at altitude can slow you down about 30-45 seconds per mile, and my Garmin took a few miles to find a satellite, so I have no idea how I did beyond knowing I felt sluggish from the altitude, but overall, good. Total: 6.5/7 miles.
Wednesday – Rest day. Went on a short hike to test out my new hiking shoes, but probably only made it about 4 miles.
Thursday – 8 miles easy. I meandered in a park near our campground and happened across this gorgeous meadow:
Friday – Met up with my running crew for Ragnar Trail Tahoe. This was our second year running, as we had a great time last year, winning 2nd place Submasters, Best Decorated Campsite, 2nd place Leave No Trace campsite, and the Instagram photo contest. So, of course I had to go back. Friday, I ran/power hiked two of my legs for a total mileage of 12.6 miles.
Saturday – Finished Ragnar with an easy 3.2 miles.
Sunday – Long run Sunday turned into a rest and catch up on sleep day as I was finally back in my own bed after nearly a week of sleeping on the ground.
Monday – The greatest thing about being on summer vacation is I can catch up on missed miles on a Monday. Long Run Sunday turned into Long Run Monday. Back at sea level, and this run felt easy! Total: 18 miles.
Total Mileage: 48.3 Run, 9 Hike; Elevation: 3,531 Ft.