Finally, a decent week of training! The cold that cleaned my clock is officially beaten, and I’m feeling like I’m back on track. This was our first week back in Alaska after a warm-weather vacation, and we were lucky enough to get enormous amounts of sunshine to help us re-acclimate. A lot of the ice is starting to melt, and we are well on our way into “break up” season (the equivalent of spring in Alaska). It’s soooo nice to have sunshine and high 30s to run in, with less and less ice and more and more bare pavement. I know, I know. It’s all relative, right? But I truly do love this weather–especially compared to those dark, snowy and tremendously cold January days.
Here’s the skinny on my week:
Tuesday – Off, on account of the red eye flight and two long layovers.
Wednesday – 15 miles, 8:05 avg – I’d endured so many miserable, slow runs in a row that I really, really needed this to be a good one. Was still tired from the sleepless night/day of travel and not quite full strength from the cold. Aside from the multiple breaks to cough or blow my nose (I ran on the treadmill so I didn’t have to navigate ice), I finally got something done that resembled a workout. 1 mile easy, 2 miles at tempo (7:30), 2 minute rest, 2 miles at tempo, 6 miles easy, 2 miles at tempo, 2 miles easy. This was difficult, but doable. After nearly two weeks of missed or modified workouts, this was what I needed to get my confidence back!
Thursday – 6 miles easy – I was sooo tired as I was getting ready to go outside for this run. Took all my energy just to find all the gear (gloves, hat, etc). But once I got outside, it really energized me. It was high 20s, but super sunny and the sun made it feel warm. Still a lot of ice on the trails and roads, so it was tough to navigate at times. But felt good otherwise! Donned my new Salty Running tee for this one, which must have been the source for that magical boost of energy.
Friday – 14 miles, 9:00 avg – The ice slowed me down a bit, but overall this was a nice run. Sunny and a bit on the chilly side still, but did I mention sunny??! More and more bare pavement is revealing itself under the ice with each passing day which makes me insanely happy. Let the “break up” season begin!
Saturday – 7 easy, 8:30 avg – Hit the treadmill for some easy, non-icy miles before the day got going.
Sunday – 5 easy, Got up early again to squeeze a few more miles in on the treadmill. The kids had their last ski team event of the season– a family fun race. I teamed up with the 9 year old for the mother/son category, and my daughter teamed up with her dad. Happy to report that I made it down without a face plant or yard sale and even managed to come in second for our category! Granted….there were only three total teams, but still! 🙂 After the race, we skied the terrain park with the kids over and over. They thought I was lame for not trying the jumps and tables, but little did they know, I was simply trying to prevent from becoming lame, in the very literal sense. The highlight of the day was watching my spunky pink-clad 7 year old shoot straight down the mountain while she yelled “INCOMING!!!”. It was a gorgeous day for skiing with bright sunshine and high 30s. From the slopes, we caught sight of several bald eagles, Denali (Mt. McKinley), and a whole range of glaciated mountains. Days like this of Alaska living make all those dark, long December treadmill runs totally worth it!
Total – 52 miles