As I mentioned last week, I decided to try for a 5K PR at a race that’s a few weeks away (August 4). So last week was my first week of officially training. Here’s how it went:
Planned: race pace intervals
Actual: race pace intervals, more or less. 6x 2 minutes at RP, 3 minutes rest. My pacing was a bit all over the place, but also I don’t have a very good idea of what my 5K pace actually is right now.
Planned: strength training
Actual: strength training. I started a lab experiment and was at the lab at 7:30 am and 10 pm. (But not all the hours in between. Working out would not have happened.)
Planned: 3 mile easy run
Actual: 3 mile easy run. I planned to get up early for this, but after working late it didn’t happen. So I got an assay started in the lab and let it do its thing while I headed out to run. It was hot Wednesday, but fortunately the paths I ran are still mostly in the shade mid-morning.
Planned: 3 miles steep trail, strength training
Actual: strength training, 2.2 miles with 668 feet elevation gain. I missed my early wake up time again and didn’t have time to hit the trails before heading in to the lab. So I didn’t get to the trail until late afternoon, after I had gone to the gym. I was debating with myself the whole drive whether I really felt like running the M (my usual trail for a run like this) in the hot sun. Fortunately there’s an equally steep but shorter trail right across the road; it also has a bit more shade, though that’s not saying much. So I made a compromise with myself and pulled into that parking lot instead.
Planned: ~7 mile trail run
Actual: rest/yin yoga. Honestly….I decided I’d rather hit up the REI garage sale this morning. I scored a merino-blend tee and a headlamp with a soft knit band for a grand total of $12.
Actual: 7.3 mile run, 1,719 feet elevation gain. I’ve been meaning to check out the Beehive Basin trail in Big Sky for years – literally – and finally got around to it. About a quarter mile into my run, I met another runner coming back who said she had seen a bear near the trailhead about an hour earlier. While bear had likely ambled off elsewhere by then, I decided to play some music on my phone just in case. (It might not scare a bear off, but making some sort of noise helps you avoid startling them.)
While the elevation gain looks like a lot, the way up is mostly runnable apart from an extremely rocky section during the 3rd mile. I kept an easy pace, taking walk breaks on the steeper sections, and made it to the lake at ~3 miles in just under an hour.
The trail continues on past the lake and up the cliffs. I hiked up about another half mile – no running as the trail was hard to follow and I lost it a few times.
The trail goes on to Beehive Peak, and I think possibly to another lake. But there was still a snowfield on the trail and I decided to turn back there as it was steep and difficult to climb without spikes.
Oh, and no sign of bears.
Do you make comprises to get yourself to do things you’re kind of dreading?
What would you do if someone had seen a bear on your trail recently?