It was my final week as a consultant. For the past 9 years I have traveled nearly every single week. I mean traveled....gotten on an airplane on Sunday night, only to return (most weeks) on Thursday night. That part of my life is over. I wont go into it deeply, but it was a great time (and not so great times). But I did meet the life of my life, got to take really great vacations (mostly paid by work or by miles), got to visit friends all over the country on a moments notice, and found my new home of Boulder, all thanks to my travels.
During this time, training was sometimes good and sometimes bad, and sometimes down right impossible. Even I have said, you can train while traveling, you just have to make time for it. But my last project of 6months, I was working 12 hour days plus 5hours every other Saturday. With that stress, getting up a 5am to train was impossible most days. But there were good times, like the CRC group in Columbus Ohio, or the Elmhurst running club, in Chicago. Or even my Aunt Deb, who gave me keys to her apartment in NYC because it was literally next to the LES track, and I could come and go (and shower) as I pleased.
But that is done now. The wife and I took a nice vacation to Beaver Creek Colorado for the Food and Wine Festival for the weekend. This is a pic from our room at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (which turned out to be a terrible resort). Now its time to enjoy Boulder 7 days a week, and hopefully get in some great training with great friends. This past week without difference in my work. Granted I did get to leave work a hour or two earlier, but it was too stressful and busy to fit in any decent training runs or workouts. I am consistently hitting 40miles a week, but no workouts. And thats far off my normal average, or necessary average of 70-80mpw with 2 workouts a week.
Hopefully now that I am working locally with only a 20min commute to Broomfield (WhiteWave Foods) I will be able to train like I should. It is less than 4 weeks until New Orleans Half Marathon. And I just found out that 2xOlympic Gold Medalist Mo Farah is going to be racing it as well. Not that I would have a chance to hang with him if I was in good shape, but it would have been nice to be in decent shape. 12 weeks away is Eugene Marathon. I would have loved to PR (Atlanta Marathon 2007, 2:40:15), but I think that goal is going to disappear. Boston Qualifier should be a reasonable goal and I am just going to set my sights on sub 3hours. I know that is tough for most of the running population and I am not trying to belittle it, but relatively it is quite slow for me. After New Orleans, I will likely readjust my goals, hopefully for the better.
Only time will tell.
This Sunday it was much warmer than last Sunday. It was 40 degress. Kenyon Neuman decided to send out a group text saying to meet at Boulder Center for Sports Med, and we would be driving up to run at Gold Hill/ Gold Run Colorado. It has been said to be the hardest run in all of Boulder. And this was by CU XC coach Mark Wetmore, so it is a recommendation to trust. The run starts at 8600ft, then winds down to Gold Run, then starts to climb to Peak to Peak Highway. And it doesnt stop climbing until 7.5miles into the run!! Needless to say, but after 2miles, there were no more conversations.
Fortunately for us, Brad Hudson, coach of Hudson Elite, delivers our drinks out around the run. I was very happy to have my bottle of Lemon Lime GU Brew at a few different spots.
After the 7.5mi turn around, John, Kara, and I started rolling on the way back and really started to enjoy the run. Somewhere around 10miles, my GU Roctane started kicking in, and we started dropping the low 7min pace miles. The sun was out and the scenery was really nice, plus with a steady tailwind, the trip home was quicker than going out. With about 1.5mi left in the run, I started to cruise on the downhills and dropped John and Kara. (This behavior is totally acceptable over the end of the run). I was able to finish strong and really feel good about the distance.
I went out 7.75miles in 63mins but was able to come home in 59mins. The distance felt good and I finished strong. Lately, due to work stress, I havent been able to get in many runs, much less workouts. So it is nice to really have a good Sunday run. The company definitely helps out. Afterward, I was tired. Lucy (our recovery dog) and I slept on the couch together. Two points of interest. I registered for the New Orleans Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Feb 24. Hopefully I can put something respectable together there. Also look for me working the GU Booth. Stop by for some free samples and good running talk. The other news, is that I quit consulting. After nearly 9 years of traveling every single week, I am packing my bags one last time. My last week as a consultant. Starting next Monday I will be working locally at Whitewave foods. Finally get to enjoy Boulder 7 days a week! Since May 2004 - 708000 airmiles, 1400+ hotel nights, 360+ car rentals. So training should be a lot better and work should be a lot more rewarding.
A big group of really fast runners, plus me. Starting at 8800, down to 8400, then up over 9000ft with long long climbs.
It was a cold Sunday morning long run. 5 degrees cold. As you can see by the sunglasses, at least it was sunny. That really didnt warm us up too much though. But we managed to get out there. I end up with just shy of 15miles in about 1h40mins. We started at the Coalton Trail head in Louisville and headed west toward South Boulder. I ended up on Marshall Mesa Trail then along Community Ditch before I turned around to head back. Thanks to James Butler for dropping water at the 5.5mi (and 11mi) mark on the trail. That combined with my GU Roctane Blueberry Pomegranate made my run go that much easier. Quick tip with the GU when it is that cold, I put mine in my breast pocket so it stays close to my warm chest. Beth put hers in her pocket and it ended up freezing. My was cold, but still edible. While I ended up running alone, it was nice to have people get me out there in the cold morning.
With the start of a new year, brings the start of new goals. I have a few races on the books and will probably jump into a few races like 5k-10ks locally in Boulder. My main two race goals are New Orleans Half Marathon then on to Eugene for the Eugene Marathon in late April.
RnR NOLA is going to be interesting. Unfortunately not a fun interesting. With work and travel and weather and some other excuses, I havent been doing many workouts. My weekly mileage is only around 35-40mpw. Which may sound great to some people, but when I am used to 65-70mpw and 2 workouts a week, this training has been rough going. I will still race hard and have fun. My wife is also going, which will be a nice trip for the both of us, even if it will be really short and not much time on Bourbon St. We are staying with my friend (and best man at my wedding) Greg, so it will be nice to catch with his family.
Second and main goal is Eugene. I would really like to go sub 2:40 and PR. Also qualify for Boston in the process. Side note: Boston 2014, my wife will be 40, so we both want to go and race that. Eugene is the qualifier for it. I am not worried about qualifying for Boston, but I would like to be respectable in Eugene.
On a personal note: I did get a new recovery tool....LUCY. She is our new dog. I call her my recovery dog. She is the cutest and most loving puppy out there. Who also loves to sleep. So when I get home from Sunday long runs, I plop down on the couch to rest and she just curls up in my lap and we just nap all afternoon.
More run personal changes coming ahead. Oh, and I have a goal to blog more and I am hoping that if I share my training logs, it will keep me more motivated to run.
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