This week continued my plan of middle-distance length runs as I contemplate the Portland Half Marathon on October 4. We were in Boulder for the first part of the week where I enjoyed several runs along Boulder Creek Trail. For all the beauty of this area, though, the dusty skies filled with smoke from the Pacific Northwest fires saddened me. Washington state was home for my growing up years, so I shutter at familiar fields, mountains and valleys now only charred memories. Even in Boulder, the dichotomy between the incredible green versus the brown fields of California was stark. The pleasure of running is tempered by this mass devastation.
My running focused on my form and biomechanics, trying to incorporate the ChiRunning technique into my miles. My primary focus this week was on arm swing (elbows at 45 degree angles to my body, pulling arms back and letting them naturally swing forward) and mid-foot strike (I have become more of a fore-foot striker) to take advantage of gravity for my body lean. My goal is to take away pressure from my hamstrings while becoming lighter on my feet. We’ll see how it works in practice.
This week in recap:
Sunday: 5mile walk
Monday: 6mile run with ChiRunning focus on Boulder Creek Trail; 4mile walk
Tuesday: .85mile swim (at Boulder North Recreation Center) and 5mile walk
Wednesday: 9.5mile run (intentionally easy, focus on stride); almost 12 hours travel (with many hours sitting on delayed aircraft which is NOT good for sore hamstrings)
Thursday: .85mile swim (treated this as active recovery day)
Friday: 6mile tempo run (1m easy/2m@8:07 pace/4 min rest/2m@8:20 pace/1m easy); 3mile walk
Saturday: Trail runs (3 miles and 5 miles) as part of Running Retreat (to be part of separate post) in Marin County.
Run: 29.5 miles
Swim: 1.7 miles
Walk: 17 miles
Can you believe it’s almost September? Where has summer gone?