Torture Report: Spring is in the Air, Countdown

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Picture Perfect Day in Colorado

(L) This really is one of my favorite times of the year in Colorado.  While we really don’t have an official Spring, we do know how to do some amazingly perfect days in April.  Now granted, it could snow tomorrow, but today? Today is perfect.

I have long said that 45 degrees is my ideal running temperature.  It’s kind of cold when you begin, but a couple minutes into that hill and everything is all warmed up.

Last week, I told you I had some decisions to make regarding my races this year.  I am still committed to the Slacker in June and the Nashville Ultra in November.  G and I decided rather than 50 miles in November we were going to go for a 50K.  Sounds more reasonable, right?  I decided not to register for the 3 Days at the Fair with G, but I have not ruled out going to be her hype girl…I mean, pacer.  I just decided it didn’t make any sense to register for an event that I haven’t been training for.  Also, it kind of takes the pressure off if I can just go, hang out, support them and spend time with them.  I am still looking at airline tickets and working it out with the hubby, but I really hope I can go.

While I am still walking every single day of the week I have been running a few days as well.  My running buddy, Samson, has now taken to getting very excited and animated when we first start running.  He starts jumping and biting at the leash like he either wants to walk me or take care of himself; not sure which.  It has made for some interesting runs as he jumps all around me and I try not to fall on my face!  The other day I was hoping that nobody was actually looking outside their window as I tried to keep from falling face first over his massive body that stopped right in front of me.  He is quickly earning himself a place on the sofa if this continues.

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(G): The countdown is on!! Saturday is our first race of the year and blissfully it’s almost in our backyard. We get to sleep in our own bed the night before and that’s always nice.
Hopefully, Saturday night we are doing so well we’re not sleeping but rolling through the overnight. It may be more like freezing through the night as the forecast currently is for a high of 37, a chance of snow, a low of 25 and 10-20 mph winds.
Somebody forgot to tell Mother Nature that it’s Spring. Winter always tries to make a command performance and it seems this week is it.

weather forecast

Last week, I got my last few days of middle distance in starting with 8 miles of hills on Tuesday. That clearly was a poorly thought-out plan because later that night I taught yoga and my hamstrings were not in a giving mood. Needless to say my forward fold looked more like a slight reach forward. There wasn’t any toe touching happening that night.
Then I chased it with six miles of speed and my hamstrings were even less pleased.
What do you do when your hamstrings are tight, sore, and angry? Spend 12 hours on a plane and sitting in airports for the next two days!
Great training plan.
Sunday morning I woke feeling much like battered luggage left on the carousel for too long but Swaggy dragged me out for an 8-mile walk. I wasn’t real happy about it at first but I did feel better in the end.
Let’s hope we can say that on Sunday morning around 9:01 am ET 🙂

As for having a hype girl, I have never had one before so this sounds interesting. You’d think only actual athletes and those that possess some sort of running prowess would be blessed with hype but apparently all you need is a blog and a really nice sister!


Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.


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