A little late, but better than never for you, internet.
Last week’s training culminated in a 13 mile long run AND a glorious trip to the desert! I’m a lucky lady.
Sunday: 4 miles with five 100 foot hill repeats for good measure.
Monday: 8 mile trail run at North Table Mountain. Great weather, great views, and no rock face-planting. Success.
Tuesday: 3 mile easier run round trip, to the gym. Stair stepper and weight lifting at the gym. At the end of my workouts I lay un-moving on a mat and listen to Headspace for 10 minutes in corpse pose. At this point I’m exhausted and probably look like I need help.
Wednesday: Off! Glorious off-ness. Rest days are of high importance to professional athletes and wannabe athletes alike.
I spent time food prepping for our Utah trip. It took a while, but when I look at this picture I don’t remember why.
Thursday: 13 mile long run. Kinda hot, kinda never ending. And I had a weird tightness in my Achilles, so I just went a little slower and hoped for the best. Good thing I had an impending 5 day break from running…
Friday: OFF DAY. Aaand a 6.5 hour drive to the Robber’s Roost area of Utah. Aka a paradise of canyons. Dan had just returned home from a 12 day trip to Maryland so we talked and caught up the entire drive. It was a trip highlight 🙂 I missed him. We got in around 8 PM, cooked dinner, then promptly passed out.
Saturday: Wake up in the middle of the desert and pinch myself because I am really fucking lucky. Also…5 miles of hiking/canyoneering No Man’s canyon. I don’t think this would really count for most people’s training plans but f it, it was semi strenuous, especially the hike out.
Freakonomics “How to Get More Grit in Your Life” – Another social science podcast, which seem to be my favorite. Premise: your level of grit is directly related to your success.
Freakonomics “Earth 2.0: What Would Our Economy Look Like?” – interesting thought experiment with contributions from some smarty pants economists.
Tim Ferris “The Tim Ferriss Radio Hour: How to Control Stress, Upgrade Your Nutrition, and Build the Mindset of a Gladiator” – a little heavy on the extremes, but that seems to be Tim Ferris’s standard.
Reading: I just finished The Void of Muirwood (last book in the second trilogy) and give it a solid C+. Nothing to write home about, but great for some mindless magical-world reading before bed. Now I’m reading another of his trilogies – The Queen’s Poisoner. It already reads a bit better!
Listening: good ole Tom Petty at least once a day in the desert. Those two things go together, as both scream FREEDOM and open dirt roads and giant Western vistas and living out of a truck and life contentment to me. Dan’s ears may have been bleeding by the end of the trip.
Meal: a pile of vegetables that needed to be used up with pan fried tofu plus an almond butter soy sauce concoction that I added some leftover red curry paste to for a delicious camping meal. We laughed at our past freeze-dried stroganoff eating selves. Life keeps getting better…
Up next: a recap of our Utah trip! And also a pull back week (aka decreasing the weeks’ miles by 30%).