Saturday, July 26, 2008

Week Recap (19 July 2008 - 26 July 2008) - 50 Miles

Not bad for my second week back. I was pretty much running as much as I felt like every day and in the end I put in a decent number of miles. I think my legs could have easily handled another 10-20 miles but I'm not in a rush to get back to high mileage. I even opted to go on a bike ride on Saturday and got a decent workout of it. I'm not certain yet but I'm thinking about continuing with the 6-days-of-running/1-day-of-biking approach for another couple of weeks.

Saturday, July 26, 2008 [0M]

~24 mile bike ride. I was content with keeping this week at 50 miles so I opted to do some biking today instead of running. I drove over to Sawyer Camp and headed north on Skyline Blvd. I was considering going all the way to Lake Merced, which would make this about a 30 mile ride but I cut it short after deviating a bit from my planned route. At some point along the way I should have crossed over 280 to continue on Skyline but I made the wrong turn and headed east towards the bay. It didn't take me long to realize that I had gone the wrong way but at that point I was flying down a ridiculously steep hill and didn't want to stop and climb back up. I ended up on El Camino and went north, hoping to find an easier way to get back on Skyline. It didn't seem like that was an option so eventually I decided to suck it up and go up the hill. I might suck at biking but that hill would probably challenge even the most experienced bikers. I was riding with the lowest gear, standing up and working hard but I was barely making any ground. At some point I had to stop and then I had a hard time getting back on the bike. It took me a few tries before I managed to gather enough momentum to keep the bike from rolling backwards and continue the climb. I made it to the top eventually after the brutal climb and continued on Skyline but with my legs dead tired I decided to take an early turn back. On the way back I took advantage of the downhill parts and let my legs recover a bit. With 8 or 9 miles to go some guy passed me and I decided to pick up the pace and go after him. I always thought that I sucked at climbing hills with my bike but surprisingly I was gaining on the uphill parts and losing ground on the flat and downhill stretches. He managed to build a decent gap but stopped after a couple of miles and after I went by I never saw him again. I made my way back through Sawyer camp and kept hammering those last 6 miles, getting back to the car after 1:40. Pretty good ride overall, I definitely feel like I'm starting to get a lot more comfortable on the bike.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008 [7M]

Alameda - Brittan Ave.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 [8M]

Redwood Shores. Easy run after work. Not much to write about.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 [8M]

San Carlos. Once again it was Brad and myself for this Tuesday's run. Brad is moving back to Vermont in a couple of days so this was our last run together. It's kind of unfortunate since he was pretty much the only training partner I had around here. The run today turned out to be pretty good. We were running 6:40s for the most part, feeling fairly comfortable. I actually feel that I'm in decent shape despite taking some time off.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008 [6M]

Alameda - 31st Ave. I came back from work around 7PM and wasn't in the mood for running so I sat in front of the TV for an hour. I'm still doing whatever I feel on a daily basis so I didn't mind skipping the run altogether but around 8PM I felt like putting in a few miles so I got out for a short run. For the first couple of miles my stomach was complaining because I had been snacking for the last hour but after a while I started feeling better. I ended up being a decent run, I even considered adding on a couple of more miles but in the end I decided to head back home for dinner.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday, 20 July, 2008 [11M]

Edgewood to Huddart. I drove over to my usual starting point around 1PM and headed straight to Huddart. I wasn't sure how many miles my legs could handle, especially with all the hills that I would have to run but I figured I'd play it by ear. I didn't have any trouble putting in a decently long run and felt surpisingly good. I was feeling strong on the hills and moving at a good clip the whole time. I made it to the Dean trail in about 42 minutes and went out to Toyon camp before heading back but somehow I finished in just over 77 minutes. I was expecting this to end up at 12 or 13 miles but I doubt I can call it anything over 11. Still not a bad way to get the week underway.