2014 Silver Rush Training Week 5

CRAZY WEEK! Lots of Lacrosse, Lots of work, and a 50K Race at the end of the week! But it seemed like just another week of training for me. I actually don’t know what I am going to do once Lacrosse is over. I still haven’t had my Mid-Week Runs bumped up yet, but that is coming soon. Everything was pretty much the same for Timed runs.

Monday-Rest Day

Monday was a Rest Day, which is good, but I, or course, had a Lacrosse game, so even though I wasn’t running, I was still spending Plenty of Time on my Feet that day. YES-we finally won a Junior Varsity Game! 🙂

Tuesday-45 Minutes

I have been getting slightly bored of running the same loops at work, so I tried something different today! I work right next to Centennial Airport, so I decided to run around part of the Airport. It was just something different and not really that cool, but I did notice that there are TONS of motorcycles around there, even at 4:45am! I ran 4.72 miles in 46:34 for a 9:52 pace. I did my road run in my Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s.

Wednesday-60 Minutes

Warm Morning! It was 55 degrees according to my Garmin. Obviously, it was a Shorts and Short-sleeved shirt day, but when is it NOT for me? Anyway, I cruised around part of the Airport again, and it was a Cruise. I was trying to just go nice and slow. I have been running without my music because my iPod isn’t working, and so I was running through the upcoming 50K Trail Race, and I really started to freak out about the race, which got my run out of whack. Bottom Line, is don’t think too much when running! Anyway, I ran 5.32 miles in 55:29 for a 10:26 pace. Again, this run was in my Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s.

Thursday-45 Minutes

OK, so I  had this 50K looming on the horizon, and I needed to get my wife to an EARLY Dr’s Appointment, so I thought it would be a good idea to make today a rest day, since I would be on my feet for a Long Time on Saturday!

Friday-Rest Day

Built in Rest Day, and another 2 Lacrosse Games on tap, so again, a longer day, and plenty of time on my feet! Anyway, I was glad that I was getting a bit more rest, because my legs were feeling heavy for some reason. Thankful for the Rest!

Saturday-3.5-4 hours

So, the day has finally come! The Cheyenne Mountain 50K Trail Race! I had finally come to the conclusion that this would just be a well supported 50K Training Run. One where I would work on Nutrition and Hydration. I had received my Skratch Labs Hyper Hydration, and I was going to use that and see how my Generation UCAN only, or close to it, Run would go. I get to the Park insanely early because Alex (my Colfax Marathon Ambassador Buddy) and I needed to create a Video for the Colfax Marathon. We get that done, and get our Bibs, and my friends start rolling in. Meaghan, Pat, Donna,Marcus, and Gary, who are running the 25K are there! Cindy, Michelle, Dave, and Alex are running the 50K! We get our obligatory Mile High Track Club-Trail Division Team Picture taken care of, and head to the Start.

The MHTC-Trail Division Representing!

The MHTC-Trail Division Representing!

 

This was an interesting race, it was kind of a Figure 8 or two Lollipops. On the first loop of around 7.5 miles, I was taking it somewhat slowly, and felt good. Alex and I were going back and forth, and we had some good chats. around mile 6 I kind of lost him, but figured he would catch me on the second loop. It was already warm, and I was realizing I was not drinking enough. The second section started, and I hit an Aid Station, and refilled my bottle and mixed my Skratch Hydration, but DID NOT start my second bottle of Generation UCAN! Big Mistake. Anyway, I was feeling pretty bad by now, not drinking enough, and pretty much out of energy. Mile 11 comes and the final descent of the FIRST Loop. I had to make the call to “Downgrade” to the 25K. There was no way I would be able to make it around the course a 2nd time. I will CERTAINLY do a write-up on this race, but for now, I ran 15.18 miles in 3:50:45 for a pace of :12 with 1993 feet of Elevation. I ran in my New Balance 1210 Leadville Editions.

Sunday-3 Hours

So I did not plan on running today, since I had “planned” on running a 50K the day before. Since that did not work out, I decided to hit up the MHTC-Trail Division Sunday Trail run. We ran at Green Mountain. The weather was not very good, but at least there was no Rain. We could see it in the distance, but it stayed away for the whole run, which was nice! It was really Really windy in places, though.

with the wind, I can see Why this was sign was there!

with the wind, I can see Why this was sign was there!

It was a good run, especially since I had never been to Green Mountain before, and we just ran, and explored. I got 7.6 miles in 1:34:33 for a pace of 12:26 and got 1235 feet of Elevation. I also rocked my New Balance 1210 Leadville Editions.

So, the Week of running didn’t go exactly as planned, but hopefully I learned something from the issues on Saturday. I still did have a pretty good week. I ran 32.81 miles with a total elevation gain of 3769 feet. Next week, I believe that my Mid-Week Times go up! Anyway, I thank you for following along and reading!

 

Thanks,

Mitch

 

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2014 Silver Rush Training Week 4

Well, I have 4 weeks of Training, Under my Belt now! Just so everyone knows, if I haven’t explained, my Training goes like this: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday on the roads (because of work and Lacrosse 😦 ) and Saturday/Sunday on the DIRT! Week 4 was no different, and I was able to get some better sleep during the week, meaning I was better rested!

Monday-Rest Day

I was able to accomplish this, while still coaching Lacrosse. I usually get about a mile of walking in, just in the small area that I walk during practice. But that still counts as a rest day.

Tuesday-45 Minutes

So Tuesday Morning’s run was good. It was still a bit chilly out, 30 degrees according to my Garmin, but STILL Shorts Weather in my book! In fact I had Officially put my Winter Running Tights away. Felt good during this run and even had a semi-fast 9:11 mile. I run with some plenty fast people on occasion, but I was happy with that. Anyway I got 4.83 miles in 45:25 for a 9:25 Pace. I was wearing my Trusty Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s (oooh look, something new added to the blog-which shoes I’m wearing!)

Wednesday-60 Minutes

OK, as boring as running around my office can be, it is also fun to just go out and figure out where to run, that will get me my time, in this case, 60 minutes. Also, I was determined to have a better  run than I did Last Wednesday, and I achieved that as well. I will fully admit, that I kind of mis-estimated my time, and when I got back to the parking lot of my building, I walked all the way around to get closer to the 60 minutes, so the pace was a little “off”, but I got 5.41 miles in 54:31 (remember my 10% rule) for a 10:05 pace. Again, I was running in my Trusty Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s.

Thursday-45 Minutes

Very Few Lacrosse games, got better sleep, and ran a slightly different course, so this run was a little more fun and interesting that my previous two. I also have been running without my Music, because a Second iPod Nano has crapped out on me, so it is just a Man and his thoughts on these runs. Sometimes not good, because I did a LOT of thinking about my upcoming 50K. I was able to think through a few things, like what to bring and have in my Drop Bag, and how to handle the second Lap since most of my Trail Running Friends are doing the 25K. Anyway, I got 4.89 miles in 48:17 for a 9:53 pace. And I was wearing my Mizuno Wave Inspire 9’s.

Friday-Rest Day

Rest days still mean I am up early because I will at least have Lacrosse Practice after work, or games, and I need extra clothes to change into after work. We did have 2 games Friday Night, and I also had some prep work to do, but there was no running involved.

Saturday-1.5 Hours

TRAIL RUN DAY! I really look forward to my Trail Runs, which is probably good since I am training to be running Trails for 50 Miles! I was changing up my times a bit, because Sunday was Easter, and I needed to be home early. Anyway, I decided to hit up Deer Creek Canyon and my buddy Nick came along, so I had company! I really like Deer Creek, it starts right out of the Gate with climbing, and then some nice rolling up and down. Some Great Views to be had also!

My Car is somewhere down there.....

My Car is somewhere down there…..

The weather was perfect, a nice 55 degrees and DEFINITELY a Shorts and short-sleeved Shirt day! We ended getting 8.58 miles in 1:54:43 (switched my run days) for a 13:22 pace and 2139 feet of elevation. Cruising in my 2014 New Balance 1210 Leadville Editions.

Sunday-2 Hours

So, today’s run was with the MHTC-Trail Division run. And we were running at……..Wait for it………Deer Creek Canyon! And yes, I am the one that sets these up, so it was a conscious decision to run there again!. Since I ran here yesterday, I was already pretty of the route and the time. I decided to get an early start; 7:00am, since it was Easter Sunday. That being said, it was a small group, but it was a Great run!

One of the Many Deer Creek Climbs

One of the Many Deer Creek Climbs

It had rained the night before, so the Trail was tacky in places, but so much fun to run, especially in the deep forest parts. I got 8.08 miles in 1:43:54 for a 12:51 pace and 2005 feet of elevation. We were definitely moving a bit quicker today, than yesterday. I was still rocking the New Balance 1210 Leadville Editions.

I feel that this was a good week of training, and was able to run with friends. Still looking forward to building my miles, but that will come as the weeks move past. That does bring me to my Saturday run, coming up. I have written about this before, but I will be running in the Cheyenne Mountain 50K, even though I only have to go 3.5-4 hours. I will NOT be running the race that fast. I do not feel that I am entirely trained up for this race, but I am using it as a Supported Long Training Run, and will be really trying to dial in some Nutrition and Hydration things. More about that Next Week though.

So for this week, I was able to run 31.79 miles and gained 5953 feet of elevation. Much more running to come, and I will see you all next week!

Thanks,

Mitch