I spent a second weekend in a row at in-laws where I shot this photo of a beautiful sunset on Sunday night. Great thing about Seattle, even in mid-August the sun is out till 8:30 or so. Daylight is being shaved off the clock faster then my hairy Italian face but I'll take it while I have it. I put in a 6 miler on my normal Rhododendron loop while I was there. Took the first few miles including the huge hill fairly slowly and then turned it on to tempoish pace for final three. Felt great. My hammy had been stiff for about a week and a few days off did the trick. Not even a twinge with the all out pace at the end of this one.
My wife stayed at the in-laws with the kids and the dog and I took advantage of my rare bachelor freedom to join the group for a track workout tonight. 10-15 people showed up and after a few minutes of trying to decide what to do I steered the group into a ladder workout of 400, 800, 1200, 800, 400. All with 400 recovery.
The key is getting past the 1200 and he rest is easy. I aimed for my now horribly routine goal pace of 5:40/mile or 85 seconds a lap. There was a wide spread of running abilities and several guys stayed with me the first 400. Through 800 I had one guy who finished ahead of me. On the 1200 I passed him and finished the workout somewhat alone. It is the track so I still was running with the group albeit not at the same pace. Having run this pace for a few years nearly every set was within a second or two on either side of my goal. I had a little left in the tank for the final 400 in 76 sec.
This workout felt perfect. I was mostly spent at the finish but still with some pep. Carried this energy straight through the evening getting a laundry list of to-dos (or maybe that is honey dos) done around he house and even writing in the blog after 11pm, something I almost never do.
By the way. Seattle is now 3 weeks into 70-80 degree weather with absolutely no rain. In a word, perfect. I am trying to mentally capture as much of this awesome weather as possible to carry me through the dark Seattle days of November through May.