Basil’s Training Log – 06.08.2014

Let me just start by saying–I love living in Alaska. Being fair skinned and preferring to be too cold over being too hot–this climate is perfect for me. It hasn’t reached higher than 70 degrees for the past two weeks, and every single day could be described as perfect running weather! Even the rainy runs aren’t so bad–just a little misty or showery, rarely a downpour.

This week I turned a corner on the PTT injury. After several completely pain-free runs, it simply became a non-issue. And finally feeling 100% healthy freed me up to consider jumping into a race at the last minute. I decided on Thursday evening to register, and by Saturday morning, I was lining up for a five mile race. More on that to come!

Monday – 6 miles (8:10 avg). Kids had running club for an hour so I got to run outside on my own! Fun to get out there. Legs felt like going faster than easy pace so I obliged them.

Tuesday – 6 miles. Absolutely perfect trail/ bike path run with two friends. As we made our way through a park and past a group of elementary aged campers, a little girl yelled out, “LOOOK! It’s THREEEEE runners!!” I guess 3 is more exciting than just one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Really enjoyed the conversation and the scenery. Was lucky to get to do this while my youngest was at soccer camp and my oldest was home with dad.

Wednesday – 6 miles. Another fun easy run with a friend during our kids’ running club.

Thursday – 6 miles (8:12 avg). Hit the treadmill early for this run, thinking I’d try to do a tempo or progressive run. But was entertaining thoughts of racing on Saturday, so just held off and turned it into an easy run.

Friday – off. I’d decided to race Saturday and wanted to take it easy, making sure my tendon was nice and rested before attempting my first speedy run in over two months.

Saturday – 9 miles. Warmed up and cool down of about 4 miles. Raced my first 5 miler in nearly two years. Went as well as I could’ve hoped (35:17!). More on that to come!

Sunday – off

Total – 33 miles

Recovering corporate hamster-wheeler turned Alaskan hausfrau, mother of two and running enthusiast. Kind of a June Cleaver in tempo shorts...minus the makeup and vacuum. Will run to great lengths to get a moment of peace.

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