Due to Deb's PT and other scheduling issues, ended up running 4 days in a row, something very unusual for me these days. Sunday I raced hard on a tough hilly course. Monday, I did a short recovery run which was in hot wind, and a damn drag. Tuesday Deb was at PT, so I drove over to NMSU and warmed up on the soccer fields, and then did 20 minutes on the track of alternating sprinting the straightaways, and jogging the curves. Then, after a 5 minute recovery, I completed 8 short hill sprints, and then cooled down for a total of 8K. It was a cloudless 88 degrees, and when I got home in the evening and downloaded the data, I realized I had pushed a bit too hard. On wednesday, we had steady 30 MPH winds early with 65 MPH gusts. I waited until almost 5 to go out to run. Ran an easy 8K, and then came home to do some watering before I went in for dinner. Didn't get that far. When I got into the back yard, I noticed tree branches were against the back window. Thought they had broken, but when I went around to the western side of the tree, I found out that my elder tree had blown out of the ground, and was laying at a 45 degree angle. So, I ran over to ronnie and dan's and borrowed a saw, and topped the tree off. Then I went and got Joe, who helped me right it and stake it out. The ball was generally intact, so I am hoping that the damn thing lives. If so, it will eventually fill in again. I had just gotten it to the height to block the summer sun in the master bedroom for Deb, and probably on the last windy period of the year, over it goes.
Today Deb hit the doctor in Silver City and I got a day off from running. After the docs, we ate at a new brew pub. Good beer and food. Tomorrow I will run again in Las Cruces while Deb PTs. Then I will hit the gym on saturday and run again on sunday. I found another race when I was racing last sunday. It is another 5K on a golf course on saturday the 24th. Might as well squeeze all the ones in I can while I am temporarily healthy.....
2 Mi 10:08 5:04 Pace 91' 5K 17:45 5:44 Pace 90' 4 Mi 23:20 5:52 Pace 90' 5 Mi 29:56 5:59 Pace 89' 10K 37:54 6:07 Pace 91' 15K 1:00:30 6:30 Pace 91' 1/2M 1:27:30 6:41 Pace 93' M 3:10:58 7:17 Pace 50Mi 8:22:50 10:03 Pace 94'
Just completed 40 years of running and racing distances from 1500 meters to 50 miles. After 4 back surgeries, surgeries to both feet, having my knee and ankle broken after being hit by a truck, and having had meniscus surgery in 2011, I have limited my competitive running to races I can complete in an hour or less. I think I have used up all 9 of my running lives, so I am hoping to stay injury free for a few more years! My goal now is to try and run 4 days a week with two days of quality work, and to supplement that with three days a week of weights and bike intervals at the gym. The Combination of Year/Kilometers (40 plus years and over 110,000 kilometers) have enjoyed their full effect on me orthopaedically.