Happy Monday! Today marks the start of focused half marathon training, but in this last week, I kept my mileage low and fun. We spent a long weekend in Bend, Oregon, so many of this week’s workouts revolved around a weekend ski getaway.
Monday: 5.5 mile fartlek run
One thing I love about skiing over snowboarding is how fresh my legs feel. Last year, I needed an easy day or rest day after snowboarding, but with skiing, I felt ready for speedwork a day later. After a 15 minute warm-up, I ran 6 x 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy. I cooled down until I reached my car.
Tuesday: 5 mile run & strength training
This run was a bit of a mess. I decided to try a new-to-use route with Ollie, only to realize that there was far more traffic on weekday mornings than weekend mornings. I usually run Ollie on paved trails or low-traffic areas because large vehicles terrify him. Even though we were on a sidewalk, Ollie panicked everytime a school bus or large minivan/truck drove by. So, I decided to use this as a training run for him, and we spent the five miles practicing “heel” over and over again.
I strength trained in the evening, doing functional medicine ball exercises and negative pull-ups. Someday I’ll do a full-up, but feeling stronger than last week at the negative pull-ups was an accomplishment enough for this week.
Wednesday: Rest day
Nothing too exciting here: Valentine’s Day also happened to be Ash Wednesday, so we saved any celebrations for the weekend.
Thursday: 5 mile run
Ollie and I ran a quick progression run on Thursday morning. I had a long list of things to do both for work and vacation prep, so I wanted our run to be quick but also enough to break a sweat. After an easy first mile at 8:42, we settled into a comfortable 7:50-ish pace for the middle three miles and then finished strong at a 7:26.
Ryan and I saw Black Panther on opening night and it was outstanding. The acting, plot, characters arcs, visual effects, and themes all made for a fantastic movie.
Friday: Unintentional rest day
After going out to dinner and the movie on Thursday night, we left off the rest of packing until Friday morning. I skipped my run in favor of packing and getting work done before we drove to Bend mid-day. It’s about a six hour drive (in good traffic, which never happens) from Seattle and we wanted to avoid driving through the mountain passes in the dark.
Saturday: 5 mile run
Our hotel was directly off the Deschutes River Trail, which was convenient for a morning run. We ran 5 miles along the trail, including through Drake Park. The views of the river are stunning!
After our run, we explored around Bend more. We visited the Tumalo State Park, shopped around the Old Mill District, and dined at Deschutes Public House.
Sunday: Ski day
We arrived at Mount Bachelor as soon as they opened, along with what seemed liked everyone else in the Bend metro area. The conditions were a bit harsh – strong gusts, 15 degree temperatures, and limited visibility at the top – but the powder was fresh and deep. We skied for several hours and had an absolute blast. Mount Bachelor features several long, gentle grade runs, which Ryan and I both enjoy.
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How was your week of running?
Where would you go on vacation right now?