Scatter my ashes here...

Scatter my ashes here...
scatter my ashes in the desert...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Grand Opening!

This is my first blogpost from the woman cave.

This was a busy week. Work was busy, and I was trying to get my routine down, now that it's the beginning of the year and I'm needing to coordinate all of the usual business: work, writing, running, home life.

I'm into my second week of what I'd call real training even though I'm still not doing the weight training part yet. That is the hardest thing for me to motivate myself to do. I can work my abdominals and do the core work but basic weight lifting is the thing I struggle with. I am giving myself another month to work into it, what I really need to do is put a program together for myself and I haven't sat down to do that yet.

I had another good workout on the track this week, I did a little more speedwork than last week and my pace was considerably faster! Actually hit 6 minute pace. I'm only increasing the volume by a little each week, but this workout gave me confidence that my legs will remember how to run fast if I make them do it in small doses.

There's nothing more motivating than a little success.

It was funny though, I happened to be at the track again when the CSU team showed up. Except this time I was almost done and into my cooldown. I was finishing up my last 400 and I thought I was going to puke at the end, I got lightheaded and sat down on the bench for a while before I got up to cool down.

I am always afraid that all those young runners will see this gray-haired older runner gasping and looking like crap, and call 911. Hopefully as I get in shape that will be less likely to happen. But after this week school is back in session and the team will be practicing in the afternoons, so I'll have my morning workouts mostly to myself and any other people who happen to be randomly using the track at that time. We'll all look like someone needs to call 911.

My neighbor's husband works at Anheuser Busch and just gave us a 6 pack of this new beer that's being marketed to women, it's a "Pomegranate-Raspberry" light beer, called Michelob Ultra, interesting. Might be a good recovery drink this weekend. I just remembered the Broncos are playing too. A good weekend to run.

This weekend's running agenda includes a run at Horsetooth for hills again, and another long run, I'm hoping that 18-20 miles won't feel too bad. A little pomegranate raspberry beer might help. If it's not good, I can always break a bottle of it on the woman cave, like they do to launch a ship. This is Fort Collins, beer capital of the universe.

Like they say here, Napa Valley is the Fort Collins of wine.


HappyTrails said...

Hooray for the Woman Cave! Did the girls keep you company??? I'm thinking that hitting some 6's for pace is positive encouragement for good things to come! Have fun on your long run this weekend - the weather forecast looks to be a good one!

Alene Gone Bad said...

Kathleen, the girls love the woman cave, too. There is still some painting and clean up to do but it's very comfortable out there. The picture was taken when I had just gone in there and turned the heat on, ten minutes later was shedding layers. It's awesome! Looking forward to this weekend's runs in the sunshine, I hope you are too!

Feisty Cat said...

I like to think that we "slightly mature" runners are inspiring. A six-minute mile is excellent, no matter what your age. I'm not an ultra runner, but just registered for the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. It makes running so much more interesting when you set a goal.

Congrats on finishing the woman cave.

--Feisty Cat

Alene Gone Bad said...

Thanks, Feisty Cat! I liked the way you put it "slightly mature".
Good luck in Bay to Breakers. That would be a fun race! Happy training!