These past few weeks I have taken a step back from training plan to focus on life and to just enjoy running for what it is. I haven’t been going after certain mileage or wearing a GPS watch but still getting out on the trails about 6 days a week for an hour to three hours each time. I decided to not run the Summer Solstice ultra 54 mile “fun run” on the 21st which I think was a good idea to avoid injury and just enjoy the weekend. I have been getting out more during the early morning to get runs in before work so I can enjoy evening doing other things. I have been on Berry Picker Trail on Vail Mountain A LOT, going from Village to Village mostly. I have also been on the North Trail a couple times this past week, also do Booth Falls and a group run on Beaver Creek. I am still trying to figure out this Run/Life balance thing. I feel better about being flexible with mileage and not worrying about my training plan so much. I really love getting out and running early when it’s nice out and it seems to help with having the evenings free to be social and take care of things. I just started a great new job with the Vail Daily as their Advertising Services Coordinator.
I am not trying to get caught up in the details but, here are some notes:
6/3-1:20-Berry Picker-Vail Village to Lionshead at 6am. 7miles. Great to be back, tired legs.
6/4-1:20-Berry Picker-Lionshead to Vail Village. Legs stiff and slow. Beautiful morning, love my Altras. Watershed higher than ever.
6/5-1:15-Berry Picker-Lionshead to Vail Village. Knee stiff, hiked up then crushed the downhill. Salomon XR Mission’s
6/7-Didn’t run in the AM due to knee bothering me but couldn’t help myself(Summer in Vail is so damn nice)in PM and went for 50 minute run out North Trail with my dog and another we were watching.
6/8-AM-1hr35mins Berry Picker-PM 1hr10mins Vail Mountain Service Road and some Berry Picker in the Rain-I love running in the Rain, it literally washes away any stress you may have.
6/10-1:20-Berry Picker Vail Village to Lionshead-Altras-Feeling good.
6/11-2:30-10miles Berry picker to Eagles Nest then back down to Vail Village. Nikes Keiger. Felt strong on downhill.
6/12-1:40-Lionshead trails to Cascade
6/13-1:20-Booth Falls-Only one on Trail early AM. Beautiful valley to some raging waterfalls.
6/15-2:25-North Trail-Son of Middle Creek section to Red Sandstone Section with Rooster and Luke.
6/17-70mins on Berry Picker from Vail Village to Lionshead
6/18-North Trail Red Sandstone-Took 2 hard falls, not sure if it’s the Altra’s, me not picking up my feet, or my dog tripping me up, maybe a combination
6/19-AM 8mile loop Berry Picker from Lionshead to Vail Village and Back on Service roads. PM-Vail group run at Beaver Creek on the Summer Solstice trail 10k course. As much as I have been loving being out on the trails around 7am, being out at 7pm can be just as awesome with those last few hours of light shining through the Aspens, it was nice running with no phone or dog and with a group of people.
So, while I may not be tracking every mile and getting caught up the details, I am still getting out there and enjoying the trails. I am focused on running strong at Run Rabbit Run 50 miler in September but, really want to enjoy Summer in Colorado and all the things that it brings.