Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pass the Salt, Please


Things I learned in Utah:

1. There are no Trader Joe's in Utah (highlight of tonight's local news is "how to bring a TJ's to Utah")
2. There is no booze to be found anywhere.
3. The elevation is 4,200' above sea level!
4. Polygamy is alive...!

Ok, so I'm in Utah for the night for work and having a fantastic time. I find that when I go running on work trips it makes it feel more like a normal day, not some weird travel day where I'm around nothing and no one familiar. I did my tempo run today instead of tomorrow morning first thing as the plan says. Today was actually supposed to be an off day but since I didn't do yesterday's swim workout I felt really guilty having today as another off day. (PS - I am not really having a good time, just trying to believe that I am...)
Official recap:

M = 6 mile easy run (actually 5.65 miles/46:00/8:09 pace)
T = 2,800 swim - WHICH I DID NOT DO. I DID NOTHING TODAY!
W = tempo run for time (6.09 miles/50:01/8:13 pace/164 bpm)
Monday's run was supposed to be easy but I went faster than my normal "easy." It just felt good and not hard so I went with it and it turned out great. I ended the run at the gym and did about an hour of weights with Jen. We tooled around the weight room probably making asses of ourselves (giggling, running-start 1-rep pull-ups, fort-building, etc.) but it was fun.
Tuesday was supposed to be a 2800 yd swim but keeping in line with my usual skip-the-swim mentality I did not do it. I actually have good reason - today was a life gets in the way day and my schedule simply wouldn't allow it. I'm starting to worry about my lack of commitment on the swimming and want to figure out a way to alleviate this. In June the outdoor pool opens up and I know that will make things more intriguing for me. I've been looking for a new 2-piece training suit to get me excited, but nothing I've found at the store so far works or fits. Should I suck it up and order one online?
Wednesday (today) was a travel day but some time opened up and I decided to do my tempo run. Tempo run for time: 10 min Warm up in Z1; 2 X 10 min Z 4 running with a 5 min recovery between the tempo effort; 10 min Cool Down Z1-Z2. The results above indicate this was easier than my easy run on Monday and it wasn't. My paces during the two 10 minute intervals were 7:09 (175 bpm) and 7:23 (177 bpm). During the warm up, recovery and cool down I took it really slow which brought down my total pace. It was a challenging run and probably wasn't helped by the early morning, travel and elevation. Who knows.
Tomorrow I am flying back in the p.m. but think I'm going to try to get out after I wake up for an easy 5 or 6 mile run. I have a rental car and would LOVE to drive up to the trails a bit from the hotel. I don't know where they are and don't want to spend too much time cruising around. We'll see what time I wake up and how I feel.

11 comments:

Amy said...

I always order my suits on-line. Better styles and prices. Check out www.swimoutlet.com. They don't disappoint. And get a pair of goggles too!

Don't worry about your swimming, it'll come with time. I always skip it too.

I want to see pics of Utah.

Marathon Maritza said...

Ugh, I've been Utah...the whole no-booze thing blows. And when you finally find some booze, the alcohol content is WAY less than normal! WTF?

Jess said...

No TJs in Texas either. At least we have booze to help us cope.

jen said...

Nice job on the tempo run! Especially at a bit of elevation. That's about the elevation where my parents live and I can tell the difference, especially at a hard effort.

Maybe you should join my master's group! ("My" is a little possessive, I'm only going to my second workout tonight) Where is this outdoor pool? I want to check it out!

Oregon misses you.

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