If the worst our 2-year-old son touches in a grungy public restroom in the park is a loose roll of toilet paper, I consider us lucky. Finn picked up the errant roll and pulled out about three feet of paper before I could stop him while our 5-year-old daughter used the facilities. As I pulled the string of sheets Finn had loosened off the roll and balled them up to throw in the trash, Haiden scolded me: "You're wasting the Earth's resources Daddy!"
This comical interlude happened during my unexpected day off, which included sleeping in until 6:30 (a miracle with our kids), a trip out of the house for professional smoothies (guess mine aren't good enough), and an afternoon at the park. 78 degrees and a light breeze here, which is as good as it gets.
I spent much of yesterday's run scouting for cairns across creek beds and losing the trails I thought I had memorized. The water from the winter rains has finally started to recede in Sabino Canyon, so I took to some of Kiera's trails just to see if they were passable yet (most were). Slow going, but a nice respite from real training.
This morning Mystery Coach took to sort of combining what he prescribed for me last week with what I ended up doing (see the "Quick Change" post below). More sharpening and less anaerobic volume was the order of the day with the races coming up, so I was set for 1 mile at 5:50, one minute recovery, 1 mile at 5:45, one minute recovery, then 4x400 fast and relaxed with one to two minutes recovery. It went down like this:
Mile 1, 5:45
Mile 2, 5:37 (I know, I know)
1:09 (1 minute recovery)
The first two miles felt like I was jogging, but I still ran them a bit too fast. I think the 5:37 mile bit into the last two 400's a bit, as I tired some in the legs during the final 100 of the third repeat and during the last 200 of the final repeat. This time the legs bogged down instead of the lungs though, which was interesting.
I'm still on the fence about the 5K this Sunday, as it's expensive and I don't really want to spend the money for what would be more of a workout. We'll see.
Training: 4/1, 10 miles (see above)
3/31, 10 miles on trails, real slow