Two days out west, like last week’s visit to Los Angeles it was nice to be able to lose the tights and don the sunglasses for a couple of long runs. Made my way to Memphis Monday night, then worked the trip out to San Diego. A great layover city – a lot of good food you can’t always get back east and 364 days of year you can count on sunny skies. Tuesday did not disappoint – probably 72 degrees so I took advantage of it.
After an unplanned day off on Monday, thought I would take it up a notch on Tuesday. Once I got going, settled into a tempo pace and started banging out the miles at a comfortably aggressive pace. Miles 3-8 all around 5:50-5:55, finished up 10 in around 60:30. The warm weather definitely helped, made me want to start counting the days until spring hits Pennsylvania.
Ball-buster of a night out of San Diego – up to Ontario CA (LA), then Oakland, then finally down to Phoenix. Became obvious why this trip was available – nobody stupid enough to fly it except for me. After checking into the hotel in a zombie-like trance, got some good sleep then hit the streets of Tempe (layover location). Started out with a brisk run up “A” Mountain – an almost vertical climb to the top of a big hill that overlooks Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium. Assuming the name comes from the big ‘A’ painted on the side of it – just a guess. It definitely got the blood flowing. After coming back down (felt great on the already tired legs – not), made a big loop around the downtown river/lake. Very casual pace, legs feeling yesterday’s intensity. Ended up with getting in 8 total, had hoped to crash by the pool afterwards but it seemed like right as I was finishing up the clouds rolled in and the temp dropped. Figures.
Back to Memphis (via LA – straight back would be way too easy) tonite, then catching a ride home. Had hoped to get some intervals in tomorrow, but guessing I am still going to be a little shot. Will either do them in the pool, or wait until Friday. Signed up for a race on Sunday down in the DC area – had gone back and forth about what to enter, decided on 3000m. I didn’t want to interrupt these last couple weeks of training, and figured that an 800m would be more disruptive than a 3000m – this 2 miler will be more of a workout, and will be able to train right through it and pick it back up right after. If I don’t get a track session in tomorrow I will just do it on Friday – Sunday’s event isn’t important enough to take any time off in preparation.
Booked my wife’s flight to Albuquerque yesterday, so I guess that means I am going as well. No more waffling. Entered both the mile and the 800m, planning on giving both of them a try but until check-in anything is possible. Altitude thing still on the back of my mind, maybe I’ll let the cabin pressure creep up a little bit tonite during the flight and go back and run in place for a while – I can’t afford an altitude chamber to train in so you have to do what you have to do….