Last week’s workouts were full of my favorites – friends, road, dirt, mountains, vert and dogs. It was the last big week of workouts before a short taper for Loon Mountain this week. I’m ready to see the Boss!
30 min Stepmill Intervals
10 min Arc Trainer Strength Intervals
Strength Training – Bullet Proof Leg Circuit + various upper body, core, mobility exercises
61 minutes running, 7 miles, 8:47 avg/pace
An easy hour of running, cruising around town with Kyle, chatting away the whole entire time. I love summer running!
Later in the day, I hit up Bending Bodhi Yoga for a nice and flowy class that hit up all the right places. Ahhhhh.
30 min Stepmill Intervals
Strength training – Mountain leg circuit + Upper body, core, mobility
50 min running, 5.26 miles, 722 ft elev gain
Kyle and I visited the big hill in town for some repeats. Her training plan called for 60 sec sprints while my objective was to gain as much elevation as possible.
My legs felt like lead and had zero spring. I’m not surprised after lifting heavy the day before. And it was the first really humid day of the summer. The temps were in the 60s but it was soupy AF. Post run, we were feeling a little wacky. I have no idea what is going on in the above pic. Hill repeats will do that to you!
Rest day…kind of.
One of my fav things is back for the summer – Bending Bodhi’s Sunset Yoga Hike. It was a gorgeous night for a short hike to the summit followed up with some yoga. If you’ve never practiced outside with the wind tickling your arm hair, the sun warming your face, the sound of birds chirping everywhere and the steadiness of the earth under your feet, you are missing out.
photo cred: Bending Bodhi
88 minute trail run, 5.2 miles, 2009 ft elev gain
I made the trip to Gunstock Mountain in search of dirt and vert. I found both plus lots of horseflies and mosquitoes. It’s that time of year, after all. It was humid AF but then it started to rain. As much as I hate running in the rain, it cooled me off. Thankfully, it wasn’t a down pour and didn’t make the trails a sloppy, muddy mess.
The training plan called for 60 minutes but I wanted a little bit more of climbing after taking it uber easy down Gunstock. It’s full of big, ankle rolling rocks. I don’t need that in my life right now. I hit Mt. Rowe for some more climbing and found a new alternative route up to the cell tower that was AHHHHMAZING. Major score!
31 minute run, 3.3 miles
My knees and quads were a little sore (I’m looking at you, downhill) so I rolled and stretched a bit before hitting the road for easy miles with Max. After 1 mile, I felt good as gold.
Max knows the drill – the phone comes out, it’s Blue Steel time!
I’m feeling strong and ready for Loon. Bring on the taper!
Linking up with the Weekly Run Down.