Instead, I ran later after a break in the rain.
2. I'm kind of glad I did this, my first ladder workout on my own. Slowing down and speeding up so much would have annoyed anyone running with me. Plus, I had to figure out how to use laps on my Garmin again, since I haven't done so in over a year.
10 min warm up
1,2,3,2,1 minute @ 8:45 pace with 2 min. recovery in between (resulted in 20 minutes total)
10 minute cool down (which turned into 20 minutes).
The Own It plan says this is a 5 mile workout. I think there is a typo and it should be 4 miles. Especially since during a Week 8 the middle part is 2X the ladder, with 5 additional minutes rest in between sets, and the spreadsheet still calls for it to be completed in just 5 miles. That's not going to happen in my world. I've made a note to run a 6 mile route that week to give myself the distance to get it done.
3. New shoes! New shoes! New shoes!
My pink Saucony Guide 6s have over 300 miles on them. My intention is to leave them in Wyoming this weekend, post half marathon. I will come home and introduce my feet to the pretty new white/light blue version and train through the summer for South Dakota in them. I took advantage of 20% off at Road Runner Sports and free shipping...
4. Speaking of Wyoming (Wy, Wy, Why?)
I realized this week (for the first time, after looking at this elevation for months) that the complete map reflects the FULL marathon course. The marathoners will turn around at 13.1.
I thought this was the whole HALF course, with clearly more downhill than uphill. Nope. See the top of the incline at mile 6.6? Yeah, that's where we will turn around, then finish on that brutal 4 mile uphill. Blah. The Medicine Bow Half is going to be (wait for it) awesome.
5. I will be wearing my fuel belt (we must carry our own water containers) on the mostly dirt and gravel roads (hence the reason I will be tossing my shoes). Since it is Memorial Day Weekend, L and I will be breaking out our red, white and blue. One good thing, the weather looks to be perfect, low of 45, high of 73 on Sunday.
Are you racing this weekend? Where? How far?