Friday was a day off. I am really enjoying these 'rest' days and they will only last for another week or two then it's back to seven days of running again. I was on my way home from work and my brother in law called me to see if I was going to the WILCO concert and I mentioned that I wasn't planning on it. A few phone calls later and I was making my way down to the auditorium for a fun-filled night. If you ever get the chance, go see them!!
Saturday I woke up and enjoyed the extra hours of sleep after last nights later than usual Friday night. Once Kari got home from her run I made my way out to the trails of Hartley and looped for just over an hour. I couldn't have asked for better running. Just amazing!!
The afternoon was occupied with taking pictures of some coworkers partaking in the Polar Bear Plunge to help benefit the Special Olympics. What a great time and just a little crazy...
To put an end to a great Saturday, Kari and I joined my work department with a night out at the Comedy Club for two comedians on tour. I love to laugh that hard and we are going to try to make it to more shows. If you are ever in Duluth, check out Dubh Linn's Pub on Superior Street.
Sunday I had my first longer effort that took a little thinking. I had to do my run as a "Thirds" breakdown run. The first thirty minutes is very casual conversation pace, then the middle thirty minutes is a bit quicker, still able to chat some, and the last thirty minutes is at or near marathon pace. Doing these early in the build-up is always a bit difficult as my "marathon pace" now doesn't match my pace I wish to use in June. I just increased the effort so I knew I could handle it for thirty minutes and yet have it hammer out the body a bit. I wasn't totally comfortable so I knew I wasn't going too easy. The weather was perfect once again, and I managed to hit a pretty decent workout to finish out the week.
Friday: 0 miles (rest day)
Saturday: 1:12:28 8.9 miles
single track Hartley
Sunday: 1:30:00 13.6 miles (step-down pace run)
30:00 7:25 pace
30:00 6:49 pace
30:00 6:03 pace
Weeks Totals: 54.2 miles (6 runs)
Years Totals: 329.5 miles