I’m back at it. I kept my post-marathon distances short the last two weeks, but ripped off 12 miles Saturday. I ran another 10 miles today in the crisp fall air and full Colorado sun. Saw Susan running with her dog. What a perfect weekend for running. This photo is of my last steps in the Denver Marathon.
I have some ideas for racing over the next two months. I signed Ellie and me up for the Longmont Turkey Trot next weekend. A 10K for me and 2 miles for Ellie. The weekend after that is a cross country race in Boulder. That’s only a 6K, but on grass. A couple of weeks later will be the Colder Bolder – a 5K on the CU campus. It’s impossible to run fast in such cold weather, buried under heavy sweats, but that’s a pretty fun event.
It’s easy to stay indoors when the weather turns foul. So far the temperatures are ideal for running. I expect some bad days as winter nears though. Having an event to train for should work as needed motivation on those cold, dark days ahead. Typically, I begin to run in the early afternoons once daylight savings ends. I’ll only run 3 or 4 miles since I have to return to work. Which is fine, it’s good to have an off-season for recovery. I can still run longer distances on weekends. Although the plan is to snowshoe as much as possible, like last winter.
How the heck do you do so many races? You don’t impress me as one of those guys who says “I’m only doing it as a training run” because they secretly think they could win it if the stars would just somehow align but they never do. I’m thinking you enjoy interspersing training with measurable challenges, plus you just really enjoy the vibe of being around a lot of active, healthy people? Sounds like a great good time, even better that you do it with family. Good running! And good reading.
Ed Mahoney said:
All of the above. I don’t consider many races differently from training runs. When I do, I warm up before the gun.