Another Wonderful Weekend

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was faaaantastic! I got a lot done on the running and fun front…just the way I like it. I am trying to soak up every last bit of this weather that I can because it feels like the change from fall to winter is over night and I don’t want to wake up to a winter morning wishing I got in more outdoor time.

This post is probably going to end up a little picture heavy because I can’t pick my favorites…I’m tellin’ ya…it was a good weekend! But rewinding a little bit farther,  I was really good about running and strength training the second half of last week. I trail ran when I could (to train on hillier terrain) and tried to a little bit of strength training and stretching every day when I found a little bit of spare time with nothing to do. I ended the week with 22 miles (including Saturday’s long run) which is one of the better weeks I’ve had in a while.

Saturday was long run day and once again I was up at 5:30am on a Saturday to get it done. I had a 10 mile run on the schedule and I had decided to make it a trail run. The morning was beautiful, perfect temp and perfect sunrise! 3 of the miles were road miles (to and from the trail) and the rest were on a trail loop with 900ft elevation gain. It was one of those runs where I was incredibly happy to be right where I was. I took a quick break at mile 5, which was at the top, to just sit and enjoy it for a couple of minutes. And to eat one of my favorite salted caramel gu’s :) I ended the run with a 9:52/avg pace and I was very happy with it! Now for a few pics from the morning…

photo 3 (2) photo 3 photo 2 (2)That afternoon we went down to SLC to watch the Utes game at a bar. I haven’t had a cheap beer basically since I moved out here and this place had $3 tall boy Bud Lights….that is just unheard of in Utah! I will be back every weekend. And I didn’t even feel guilty for drinking beer all day because my run was so fantastic!

The rest of the weekend was filled with lots of football, both college and NFL. Yayyy. I did end up getting out on Sunday for another run. I had actually planned on it being a rest day because I figured I would be tired/sore from Saturday’s run but it felt like my legs were going to start cramping if I didn’t get out and move them. So, I went out for a 4.5 mile very, very slow run. I decided to take today as a rest day instead and the fact that it’s a rainy day and I got to sit inside in comfy clothes all evening was very worth it!

And now for the random photos :)

Some mid-week mountain biking

photo 1One of my new favorite flavors of Kind Bar

photo 2One of my work outfits for the week…only worth documenting because I felt like I should be jumping into my mini van.

photo 5Hot air balloon Sunday

photo 2 (3)A little backyard Louisville Chugger <– best game over — on Sunday afternoon

photo 1 (3)I wore this tied around my waist for 7/10 miles on Saturday. I haven’t tied a jacket around my waist in 14 years..

photo 5 (2)And one more from my run :) There was a rainbow in the distance but I couldn’t get it to show when I took a picture

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Addicted to Dirt & Fall

Hi there! I decided to pop in for a quick second while I wait for my fantasy football draft to start. I’m in a league of all guys that really needed a 10th team, so I came to save the day! And I absolutely plan to win the league…duh. My team name is Prettiest Jerseys so I think it’s a sure thing.

I got out for another trail run today and I am not kidding when I say it got even more fall overnight! It’s just gets more beautiful the farther you run into the woods, and it’s getting pretty addicting to be out there. I’ve learned that as quick as it comes, those pretty little leaves will fall and winter will be there. So I’m soaking in every minute of this beautiful weather and scenery while I can! Today I ended up doing 4 miles, 800ft elevation gain at a 9:12 avg/ pace. My legs are still feeling a little tired for some reason so I have just been taking it easy to start off the week. I did, however, do a little bit of a tempo run on the downhill and manged to finish the last 1.5 miles with a 7:59/avg pace. I know that doesn’t seem super fast, but running down a steep hill with rocks, roots and sticks sticking out everywhere to jump over and avoid can be pretty tricky!

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Image-1 (7)Tomorrow I am planning to wake up a little early and get in an arm workout before starting the work day. And I am hoooping to end the day with a mountain bike ride – as long as the ol’ ride is in working order and ready to go!

Alright – DRAFT TIME! I will see you crazy kids tomorrow!