Basil’s (Tropical) Training Log – 11.24.2013

Remember that one time when I complained about it being -5 degrees and icy? Well, there are two ways to deal with that kind of weather. One, run on the treadmill. Two, run away somewhere warm. This past week, I did both. My husband and I went away on an anniversary trip to Kauai while my parents stayed with the kids in the sub-zero temps of Alaska. I figure I’m already forever indebted to my parents, so might as well keep running up the tab. I am so so thankful we were able to do this trip, and even more thankful to return home safely to our kids.

Chillin' by the beach after a run
Chillin’ by the beach after a run

Monday – 5 miles on the mill (-11 at 8 am!) before leaving for the airport.

Tuesday – Off. Overslept and decided to call it a rest day. Scoped out the poolside bar instead.

 Wednesday – easy 8 in a loop to and from the beach and around the golf course. This is where you begin to hate me.  And that’s before I tell you about the post-run POG and rum punch I had while sitting under a shady tree at the beach.

Thursday – 14 miles (8:45 avg) – Beautiful, beautiful morning. All the Alaska running has made me a wimp about the heat, though.  I was hot and under hydrated, so I ran back to the room at mile 6 to guzzle some water, reapply the sunscreen and lose the shirt. (SR challenge accepted!). Felt much better and cooler for the next few miles. Then by mile 12 I was falling apart thirsty and my pace dropped off to 9ish. Being too hot is the best problem I’ve had in a loooong time. Left some in the tank for kayaking and hiking later that day.

Friday – 7 miles with 5×800 at 6:53 (5k pace), 400m recovery intervals – I was worn out from Thursday’s “long” run, followed by kayaking and hiking and a day in the sun. So I let myself oversleep again and then hit the gym to do a speed workout.  I haven’t done a pace (6:53) that “fast” in forever and a mile. I don’t think it was supposed to be a hard workout as this is a recovery week in the Pfitzinger plan. But it felt difficult mainly because I was so hot. Definitely not used to being too hot!

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This guy was on staff as the resort alarm clock. Unfortunately, no snooze button

Saturday -4 mile sunrise recovery. We were leaving Saturday evening, so I made sure not to oversleep on our last day. I wanted to get that sunrise run in! So glad I did. Took it waaaaay slow and enjoyed every minute.

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my go-to sunrise run view


Sunday off – recovering from 15 hours of travel, reuniting with the kids and readjusting to the winter weather.

Total – 38 miles

Anyway, it’s okay if you want to hurl curses at me and seethe with envy this week. Because I promise you that by next week, you’ll be back to pitying me when I have to resort to running a 20 miler on the treadmill…..

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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  1. It would be nice to jet off to a tropical climate whenever the winter blahs start to get to you. Unfortunately I’m stuck with sub freezing temps 🙁

    1. Bummer that you’re stuck with the cold weather, JoJo. I remember thinking when we planned this trip that it was going to be too early in the winter and that I wouldn’t appreciate getting away as much. But when you get your first snowfall Sept 24, it turns out a mid-November get-away is NOT too early in the winter! Hope you can stave off the winter blahs with some enjoyable runs and/or breaks in the harsh temps.