And what might spring bring to southern Arizona? Snow of course! I may have a chance at a BAW! The weather calls for snow down to 2500 feet Monday, I'm sitting at just a touch under 4000 feet above sea level. Who knew!
Due to the storm, I'm
Here's what I have in mind for spring break.
- Today: First run with the Athletics Club-great time!
- Sunday: Weather will be bad, no century ride. Maybe run a 5K race instead.
- Monday: My wife is having an upper GI-Scope, so I'll be caring for her. My oldest daughter is going to Phoenix for the day and I'll have to drive her around too. Monday night I have to teach two college classes. I doubt I'll get any exercise in.
- Tuesday: Century Ride Re-Do. Goal will be to complete the ride in a real time of 6 hours (including breaks). Pick up my youngest daughter as she returns from Disney Land.
- Wednesday: Attempt to complete 1,000 pushups in an hour. Like Monday, I'll have to teach Wednesday night. I will also run an easy 5 miles and/or ride an easy 25 to 30 miles.
- Thursday: Madera Canyon Ride. It's about 3500 feet in climbing over just 12 miles (from memory, could be off a bit). The total ride will be about 60 miles.
- Friday: Run 8 to 10 miles, depending on legs.
- Saturday: Sleep! Recovery ride or easy run.
- Sunday: Sonoita Ride. It's a very tough ride, 80 miles of hills. Always humbling.
Speed: I run too slow, or slower than I could. When I ran the Tucson half marathon, I talked the whole way, had a great time. Yeah, I needed a nap that afternoon, and my feet were sore (never ran anything close to that distance before), but Montana Tim correctly stated, "You know you could've gone faster."
Today I ran with someone, just 4 miles, at about a 7:30 pace. We talked and had a great time. I never once thought about how I felt, save for some hamstring tightness for about 10 seconds. I had a great run. Afterwards I went and moved boxes and then came home and cooked lunch and did the dishes. Point being, I'm not taxed even though I was really worn out before the run.
When I run alone, on a similar run, I usually run around 8:30 to 9:00 mm. I know I could go a lot faster, but am cautious and a little afraid of getting hurt.
So I'm thinking about increasing my pace. (Right now I don't really do any running workouts as I'm training for a bike ride.) I'll think about the idea, but for now, keep doing what I'm doing. Maybe as I start my pre-marathon base building in May? Hmm...what thoughts would you share?