Weekly Recap: What Happens in Vegas…

… gets posted on the blog for the world to see?

Page and I both start our big training cycles (for completely different races) this week, so we were using Vegas as our “last hurrah” of sorts.  I laughed on Monday telling her “of course our last hurrah involves running 2 races in one weekend.”

I have been building up my mileage, trying to keep around 50 miles a week, working in one double day, building my trail base, all while not paying attention to a training plan. After this week, I am going to try to get back into the training plan mentality.  But until then, back to recapping the week that revolved around Vegas, just a few days late. 

I promise this will be the last big Vegas post… maybe.


I was really sore after the big Diablo run, I think mostly from the downhill sections, but a day off was definitely what my legs needed.

am: 8 mile run
pm: 3 mile run

I had a team-building event that day, so I met up with my co-worker for an early cold, foggy morning run.  My legs felt great when they were moving, but my quads were pretty sore when I was stopped.

8.4 miles/1:14:05/8:49 avg pace

Then I went on a beer tour and it was excellent… and now that I think about it, I guess that just kicked off the festivities for the week.

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That evening I went to team lemon run club.  I don’t really recommend running around in the dark after a day of beer tasting, but I had a lot to tell Kristin and it was our week on AND our lululemon ambassador picture was finally up in the store! 

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I ended up twisting my ankle on some stupid curb and pretty much finishing the run there.  I had flashes of missed races and no running flash through my eyes, but it ended up feeling better right away.  I iced and made sure that I moved it around and was good to go.  Whew.

3.5 miles/33:15/9:30 avg pace

5 mile run

I started feeling crappy this day and I could tell on my run.  My legs didn’t want to move, I could barely keep up with my friends and I just felt tired.  I hoped  it was just an off day.

5.0 miles/46:20/9:16 avg pace

9 mile run

I again felt like crap and my legs just didn’t want to move, luckily my friend felt the same way.  It’s always better when your running partner is having an off day the same day as you so you can commiserate and not push each other too hard.
The rest of the day at work I felt worse and worse and felt like I was coming down with a cold.  Again.  The day before I was leaving for Vegas.

Remind me not to travel anymore, because my body seems to know it’s coming and automatically makes me sick.

8.8 miles/1:21:45/9:16 avg pace

5 mile run rest

I had grand plans to meet Kristin and Sima, but when my alarm went off I knew I shouldn’t go running even though I really really wanted to.  My head was pounding with congestion and it was just a bad idea.  So I took a rest day.  Boo. 
I also travelled to Vegas this day!  I was really nervous I would feel awful travelling and be stuck in bed the whole time, but luckily that didn’t happen.  Being in Vegas was very distracting from how I felt, so that was nice.  I did enjoy going outside though, the smoky casinos were no help to my stuffy head.

This day I met up with Team Refuel which was so fun!

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And ran around Vegas taking pictures with fish and of the best boots ever.  It’s a sign you were meant to be friends when you all show up wearing the same boots right?

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7 mile run including Santa 5k

7.0 miles/1:05:45/9:20 avg pace

This is exactly how I feel about wearing a Santa suit while running.

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Then fueled up for the half marathon the best way we know how… margaritas and dancing.

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13 mile race

Vegas half marathon!

13.22 miles/1:48:29/8:12 avg pace

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Once I crossed the finish line I started hacking and have had a cough ever since.  I know if I wouldn’t have gone to Vegas, this little cold would probably be gone by now, but that’s ok, it was most definitely worth it.

Total miles for the week: 46!

For the next 4 months (it just happens to be exactly from today!) I will be titling my weekly recaps “AR 50: Week X” since training has officially started.  I am still working on getting my training plan finalized, and will most likely move things around as I go.  My long runs are the thing I want to get most serious about, while picking up my weekly mileage a bit as well.  It’s going to be so fun! 

18 weeks to go!

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6 Responses to Weekly Recap: What Happens in Vegas…

  1. Kristine @ Running on Hungry December 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    You are going to ROCK that AR50!! And I’m not going to lie but having your poster up in Lulu makes you famous! Congrats! :)

  2. The Blonde December 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Yay! Can’t wait to hear about training!

  3. marlene December 8, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    That sucks that you ended up sick again! Hopefully you will feel better quickly – you’ve got lots of running to do! :)

  4. Carolina John December 8, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    What happens in Vegas stays in vegas. Except herpes. that shit stays with you.

    Still jealous you got to hang out with SBS & Dimity. I tried to get on team refuel the same month that SBS did, needless to say she creamed me in the voting.

  5. Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards) December 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    18 weeks! WOO HOO! so exciting!!!

  6. janae@hungryrunnergirl.com December 9, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Best dancing picture thus far:) LOVE our matching boots and I am hoping you are wearing yours right now because I am. I want to join your lemon running group! Have a great day!

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