Monday: Rest day!
Tuesday: Boulder got 16″ of snow Monday night, so things were a little tough for running today (it was also pretty icy under there). So in an effort to not spend the entire day hunkered under a blanket, I put my bike on the trainer and spun out some miles.
Wednesday – Friday: I got ZERO runs in for the rest of the work week. I spent all my time busting my butt to make some progress on my research and writing a paper draft to submit for publication, and sacrificed my run time instead. Normally I wouldn’t stress about cramming in the work so much, but I knew I was going to be away for part of the following week (hut trip!), and wanted to make sure I got a decent chunk of work done beforehand so that didn’t cause a problem. Boo, responsibilities and stuff.
On the plus side, I feel like I actually got some work done, so that was satisfying.
Saturday: At this point, that 16″ of snow we got early in the week had been reasonably packed down on some trails. I spent a good portion of the morning scanning trail reports on facebook (the Boulder County Trail Conditions page is great for this), and settled on Heil Ranch, since my usual runnable favorites were sounding impassable. I figured the trees at Heil Ranch would have kept the drifts to a minimum, so it might not be as bad as the others.
Fortunately, I was right!
The trail at Heil Ranch was beautifully packed snow all the way up to the top of the hill, about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. I enjoyed the absolutely gorgeous day, and ended up stripping off three layers, down to my t-shirt. The climb to the top of the hill is gradual enough that I can run a decent bit of it, so this was some nice hill training.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get in the 10 miles I had hoped for. When I got to the top of the hill, the packed trail narrowed and became a choppy, less packed mess, and wasn’t very runnable. Clearly, fewer people had come up this way than the trails down below. Instead of running the big loop, I turned back and bombed my way back down the hill to the trailhead, for a 5 mile run. Better than nothing, but I was a bit disappointed with myself for not pushing through the mess and just sucking it up. I need to get better about that.
Sunday: I spent the morning working on stuff for school, and then headed over to a superbowl party that evening (go Broncos!). Overall, it was a fun night, except for later when I got food poisoning from something at the party, and ended up miserable, shaky, weak, and sick, and curled up in bed. Not a great end to my week.
What worked well this week: Not much, unfortunately.
What didn’t work well this week: Everything?
What I struggled with: As always, balancing work and training.
What I will do to improve next week: Try to get out for some morning runs before going to work, but a good portion of my week will be backcountry skiing instead of running. This will completely kick my ass though, and is great cross training.
Total weekly mileage: Between the storm and work, a pitiful 5 miles. I can do so much better than this.