This past week was filled with all sorts of unusual events. There were protests in Berkeley and Oakland that shutdown the Downtown BART station Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, which meant that I had to leave work early on those days if I wanted to get home. Then, you might have heard about this, but a big storm came through the Bay Area on Thursday (a.k.a. #HellaStorm and #Stormaggedon), bringing about 3-4 inches of rain and gusts of up to 70 mph. Schools were cancelled and tons of people worked from home. Not me, though. As much as I wanted to hunker down and stay out of the rain, my work involves working with actual lab equipment in labs, not at home. And to tell the truth, it wasn’t all that bad… or at least, I wasn’t outside for the bad part.
Socially, this was a fun week. On Monday, I had lunch with Mike and Katie (of RaceRaves.com fame) who were in the area visiting family. Mike ran CIM on Sunday, finishing just a second off his PR at the Berlin Marathon 2 months ago. Then, on Friday, I had lunch with Jane, who also ran CIM. For Jane and her husband, CIM was their first full marathon and they did awesome! Friday night was the holiday party hosted by the lab where I did my postdoc — always a good time with those folks. However, I didn’t want to have TOO much fun, because I had an early date with the trails in Saratoga, CA.
And that brings us to this week’s training. Tuesday’s run wasn’t awesome — high HR, tired legs, and low motivation. I churned out 3.9 miles at 11:44/mile. I noticed during Wednesday’s commute that my low back and left hip were hurting/achy — the first time I’ve had that sensation in months. With the big storm coming in on Thursday, I decided to forego a shakeout run at the gym and add another recovery day instead. By Saturday’s trail race – Brazen’s Summit Rock Half Marathon – I was feeling fine and ready to run. I’ll write a recap soon, but I’ll quickly mention that it was a gorgeous but tough race through the redwoods. Despite being my slowest trail half to date, I’ve never felt stronger, both mentally and physically, during a trail half marathon. I finished in 3:05:15 at 14:08/mile (almost 2900′ elevation gain). My legs were very sore last night and this morning, so I went to the gym this morning for an easy 50 minute spin to get the kinks out.
Back to the social highlights of the week: after the race, BT had me, KP, JT, and Cathryn (and her boys) over for brunch. BT made 3 (3!!!) quiches, which were delicious and totally worth taking 2 Lactaid pills. 😉 Rounding out the scrumptious lunch were Cat’s lentil soup and JT’s apple bundt cake. More important than the food was the company. I’m so happy to have met these wonderful women through running/social media and even happier to call them my friends.
On that sentimental note… I’ll sign off now. Have a great week everyone!