Well, we all get sick sometimes. Luckily, I did not have another bad cold that sat me out for a week like in January. But I had some funky stomach issues going on all week that culminated by the end of the week. In retrospect, I think the extra rest I had this week was well worth it. I needed a couple days off from running.
Total Miles: 31
Speed: 2 x 2 miles at tempo pace
Wednesday: 6 easy miles
Thursday: 3 miles
This was supposed to be a 9 miler, but after 3 miles, I was in the busiest part of downtown Denver at 5:30 pm as everyone was on the trails running. I had intense cramps and I needed a restroom ASAP. Had so many people not been around and a bush was available, I would have used it. To my luck, a porta potty appeared out of nowhere and I darted to it. As relieved as I was, I was not feeling much better and my run was cut from 9 to 3 miles.
I woke up feeling the same stomach cramps as the previous evening. I made the decision that morning not to run at all. I ate rice for breakfast and took care of myself….until friday evening when I was feeling slightly better and decided a glass of wine would help put IKEA furniture together better. Probably no the best decision for my belly, but good for my brain to unwind
Saturday: Ski Day at Copper Mountain!
Sunday: 15 miles
My legs were sore from skiing, but I was definitely ready to run. We were in Boulder (cleaning out the old condo) and I managed to run some of my favorite routes. I even found a trail open that had been closed since the floods back in September and I was feeling at home. I kept a slow pace (10:30 min miles) and felt strong. I then returned to the condo to help with some massive cleaning and did not get the chance to rest until 9 pm. I did, however, make a sandwich run to Snarfs (best sandwiches in Colorado!) immediately following my run. Needed those carbs + protein.
My awful run on Thursday had me thinking that I was so glad I came across a random porta potty. Had it not been there, a disaster might have happened. Or I might have had to squat behind a trash can in an open, crowded place. And then I thought I could get in serious trouble in such an open, crowded place. It got me thinking: Does anyone actually know of any runners who had to make an emergency pit stop and actually gotten in trouble with police or other authorities? I imagine it has to happen, but I have never heard of anyone really getting caught in the act by someone with the power to do something about it.
Oh and one other thing that made my Sunday perfect: David, Shrek and I took a long walk Sunday morning in our new neighborhood in Denver before leaving for Boulder (Yes, I walked for a good hour before running for 2.5 hours). On our way home, we met our neighbors who live behind us. They were really nice and we talked a bit about gardening (I cannot wait to start!) and they gave us a packet of spinach seeds! That is my ultimate neighbor experience and it totally made my day exceptional. If you all lived near me, I would give you all vegetable seeds, too