The week after a goal race is always a bit odd. A little aimless, a little lazy, a little slack. I don’t mind this at all – my legs have served me well over the past two weeks (two PRs in two weeks? Workhorse legs!) and they deserved an easy week.
Note to self. If you’re too endorphined out to bother stretching AT ALL after a half-marathon, expect some really sore legs for three days.
My next race is the Angel Island 10 Miler on April 12th. I’ve mentioned before that my friend Louise is running this with me – it’s her first EVER race and she’s chosen a tough, hilly, trail race. I’ve been helping her work up a training plan and answering her questions (with my limited and questionable knowledge) and I am so enjoying watching her fall in love with running. I am running Angel Island very much for fun. Yes I’d love to run well but I’m doing it for the views and the experience!
I am also kind of beside myself about another race I signed up for this week – the Wild West Relay in Colorado in August. I’ve wanted to do a relay for some time now, and the wonderful Bean suggested I run with her and 10 more friends. So, the weekend after the Husband’s Ironman, I’ll be heading to Colorado to help my team run 200 miles between Fort Collins and Steamboat Springs. This includes a leg of night-running in part of the world where bear and elk roam free. I am not thinking about that part of it, but am already checking out bear repellant measures. Everything else about this adventure is very exciting.
This week, I finally got to watch Unbreakable. If you don’t know it, it’s the documentary movie about the 2010 Western States run – a brutal 100 mile trail race held here in California. I won’t give any spoilers for those still waiting to see it, but these things struck me.
- 100 miles is just ridiculously far to run. SO far.
- These guys looked fresh as daisies at the end, like me at the end of a 3 mile easy jog.
- Ultra Runners are basically hippies with questionable hygiene standards.
- They also have pretty, dark-haired girlfriends who like yoga and/or running.
- I have been pronouncing Killian Jornet’s name ALL wrong. I thought it was French ‘Jour-nay’ but non, it’s Spanish ‘ Hor-nett’. I feel like a fool.
- Tony Krupicka is not my type but I could change my type for him.
I thought the film was good but nowhere near as good as the Salomon Trail Running films. They make trail running poetry, this wasn’t anywhere near as beautiful to watch. My favourite Salomon short films are this one, this one and this one.
PS…if you’re local, the Trails in Motion film festival is at the end of April. I’ve already bought my ticket and am currently going alone like Billy No Mates. Come and eat popcorn with me?
Did I do any running this week?
This week, I’ve been enjoying running in places I don’t usually run. Exploratory runs, as a reward for racing hard.
Saturday: Hellyer Half Marathon. 1.52.37 🙂
Monday: 4.4 very easy miles on suburban residential roads I don’t usually run on.
Wednesday: 6 easy miles at 9.38 pace.
On Wednesday, I headed to the nearby town of Woodside to run. Woodside is super posh, with beautiful country roads lined with millionaire houses and shaded by tree cover. Best of all, these roads have bridle paths/trails running next to the road…so I got to basically run trails without ever being more than 5 metres from the actual road. Perfect for feeling safe! I got to splash through mud, wobble over a plank, scramble over piles of Eucalyptus bark and have a LOT of fun!
In addition, this week I’ve walked several miles due to our houseguest, Monty, who is here for two weeks. I’ll simply say that Dogs = Lots Of Work, Cats = Dead Easy, therefore Cats < Dogs! However Monty is lovely and we’ve got some great walks in this week, including meeting up with Naomi and her utterly gorgeous Coco Pop!!
And that’s it! Happy Weekend, everyone.