I’ve Missed Flexible Friday Nights

For the past 7 months or so I’ve been training for different halves.   The Steamboat and The Saint Louis.

For each weekend of those 7 months, I had a long run planned for Saturday morning.  That means Friday nights have needed to be relatively low key, especially as the miles started getting higher.

That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t go out or never drank the night before a long run, but I absolutely WOULD take it easy, and be cautious/picky about what I was eating. Luckily I have a husband who totally understands, and never really complained, and understood how important training was/is to me, and rolled with the punches.

Now that I am on a break from training, one of the things I was most excited about was flexibility  being allowed back into my Fridays and weekends.   During the Winter months, many of our Friday evenings will be spent driving to the mountains, and many Saturdays spent skiing, but I have flexibility to do whatever I want with my entire weekend schedule.  And that is a good feeling.  At least for a little while 😉

A Fun Friday Evening

Zach had the idea of going on a mini brew tour of Denver, so we decided to try a new-to-us brewery, Epic Brewery.

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We new we were going to like it when we walked it.

The place was PACKED and it wasn’t even 6 PM yet.  Not to mention, this brewery is kind of in the middle on nowheresville, AKA where you may  not  want to be alone.  But it was HOPPIN.  The sign of a good business.

Being the sneaky lady I am, I found us a seat while Zach picked us up some beers to start the night.

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I started with a Cheery Belgian that was not overly sweet but had a TON of flavor, and Zach had an IPA (go figure).

We relaxed and chatted with our first beers, then decided to get a bit of grub to go along with our second.

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Epic had a foot truck stationed outside and let me tell you, these little sliders were TO DIE FOR.  Holy Cow.  Denver folks, if you see this truck, grab a bite.  YUM.  The one on the left was a dim chi slider, with a piece of bacon under there that was totally hiding, and the one on the right was a more standard pulled pork, but PERFECTLY done.

This was a great way to settle our stomachs while we hung out over a second beer.  Yum.  I went with a nitro porter, and Zach went with a nitro IPA (again, go figure).

Unfortunately, by this point in the evening, my camera hibernated…but we ventured on to one of our downtown go to’s, Wazee Supper Club for dinner.  I had a tuna salad and Zach got the fish and chips.   I would say the coleslaw that came with his food was my highlight…maybe that was the beer and wine talking?

After dinner we made it home and enjoyed an episode of Boardwalk Empire while we ate Halloween candy and for me, another pumpkin cookie.  YUM.

Really, such a great evening and a reminder of why I do love not training all the time 😉

And now, it’s time to finish up my morning Power bar, and get moving.  Zach and I are headed out for a run in a bit 🙂

Last Training Run: Done

Saint Louis, I’m coming.

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We’ll get to that in a minute, but first…let’s backtrack.

Zach got home safe and sound last night around 10 PM — which is already past our normal bedtime.  BUT — we rallied, got home, and taste tested the apple pie for you all…before we crashed hard 2 minutes later in an apple pie coma.

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Yup.  Approved by both of us 🙂  Expect a recipe later this afternoon :).

This Morning

This morning I finished my final run for this training cycle.  I may do a shake out 2 miles Saturday morning in Saint Louis, just to adjust my lungs and body to sea level…but for all intents and purposes, St Louis RnR training cycle is complete.

Workout This Morning:  Final Five K 🙂

This last run went much better than my run earlier in the week.  To be honest, I think the treadmill just bores the heck out of me when I’m going constant speeds — which is all I have been doing lately trying to take it easy for taper.  I haven’t done speed work in probably 2 weeks — so the treadmill just gets mundane.

This morning I broke up the run and did mile 2 quite a bit faster than one and three point one, which was a nice way to break up the run.  Instead of dragging along, this run seemed to fly.  Looks like I’ll be working on speed work in the off season 🙂

And now — it’s time to finish getting ready and head into work.  Woo hoo late day.  Date night tonight 🙂

So, I’ll be back with the pie recipe AND recap of date night 🙂

Quesiton of the Afternoon:  Do you switch up your speeds on the treadmill often?  And if you aren’t a runner, do you have a workout that bores you fairly quickly?

 

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The Day I Ran a Half Marathon, On the Treadmill.

I’m going to be honest with you all . . . I feel like a little bit of a bad ass at the moment.

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The last time I felt like this much of a bad ass. . . when I finished the Steamboat Half in June.

Let’s Backtrack. . .

Last Night

We took it really easy last night, carbo loading on pasta, Nuun, Wheat thins and candy.

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We were in bed my 11 and when I woke up at 8 this morning, I felt much better than I have the entire week.

With that said, it was still frosty and COLD outside. . . so I realized pretty quickly that I was destined to the treadmill for this run.

I am really working on getting outdoors, but not willing to slip on ice less than a month before the race.

This bummed me out a bit — but lucky for me I found some inspiration and motivation VIA Twitter.

One of my favorite bloggers, and one I’ve read for YEARS (like one of those bloggers you REALLY look up to)  Ashley commented on my tweet with exactly what I needed to hear.

@Chocolatemedals yes you can! Break it into 5ks!

And you guys, that’s exactly what I did — and guess what.  I FINISHED!

Workout of the Day:  Long Run: 13.1 treadmill miles

I broke it up into mini runs: one 5k at a time

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first 5k:  29.51

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Second 5k:  2858 (I stopped the treamdill after the first 5k on accident..tripped getting off as the belt was still moving.  Happens. Wait, no only happens to me?  Actually it was fine because my treadmill only goes to 99 minutes so I would have had to break it up anyway).  I also took a NASTY Gu at this point.  Lesson:  Stick to the Honey Stingers

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I felt strong after the 3rd 5k so kept going until I needed a water break.

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And finished my Nuun at 10.6

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And then — after 2 hours 3 minutes and 31 seconds on the treadmill, I finished.

And seriously almost cried I was so happy.

No it wasn’t outside like I wanted, but let me tell you this was one MENTALLY challenging run.

And to be honest, me and these legs feel more ready than ever to tackle a half.

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Lets go!

Question of the Morning:  What’s the longest you’ve ever run on a treadmill?

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