I hesitate to declare it so, but with four mornings in a row of low 20 degree runs, well I guess it is so...Thankfully, Denver has no snow on the ground. Just how I like it. But snow is very close...so close in fact, this morning, I got to run in a light coating of snow on sections of the Apex Trail. Guess that is what you can find when you are at 6200' - 7300' elevation.
And I was accompanied by the speedy Mariah and Indigo...
Mariah was fast and well, I was slow...and just a little bit of a whiner. I attribute it to yesterday's 11+ mile run. Mariah was nice and attributed it to my change in diet. I tried to keep it to a little whine...it's hard to beat blue skies, fresh air, and happy companions. No, I don't have any other trail pictures - but I promise next week, I'll have some. I just didn't want to hold up Mariah any longer than I was!
As you might have noticed, I tried out Mariah's hiking poles. They helped me maintain better form on the way up, but they were a drag to run with - so probably not for me. Not like my Nathan Hydration Vest. I don't even notice the vest!
I had a good week in the eats and run miles department. I also found a personal trainer - and I start with her tomorrow morning. She requires that I send her my food log, so I look forward to her feedback and maybe switching some things up. In fact I had to send her this week's food log. She already emailed me to tell me that we need to eliminate "all those processed carbs." This was surprising - I mean "all those processed carbs" are a few fig newtons and whole wheat english muffins. So she scares me a little. But she also said that I shouldn't have a set amount of calories per day - it should be connected to activity. I was more than happy to consume 2200 calories on Saturday! I couldn't be happier to have a trainer again. I'll follow her plan to make me lean and strong - let's see where it takes me. Working with a trainer is a luxury that I am grateful to be able to swing for a couple of months. Remind me of this when that little whine grows into something bigger!
Here are my miles for the week:
Monday: 3.14 miles
Tuesday: 3.18 miles
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: 3.34 miles
Friday: 3.17 miles
Saturday: 11.54 miles
Sunday: 5.54 miles
Total miles: 29.91 (yes, if I had known I was so close to 30, I would have down a lap around the parking lot at the trailhead!). This week, I'll be running longer than 3 miles on two days per week...it's good to have a training schedule again!
Well, the increase in miles has made my IT band cranky, so off to stretch, foam roll and stick!