Monday, July 28, 2008


14 miles, 1h30m, 6:26 pace
Sleep: 9h (including nap), 8/10
Legs: 9/10
Temperature: 60 and perfect

10 miles, 1h03m, 6:18 pace
Sleep: 7h, 6/10 (throwing up)
Legs: 9/10 huh?
Temperature: 60 and perfect

7/26 Zero

10 miles, 1h10m, 7:00 pace
Sleep: 7h, 8/10
Legs: 7/10
Temperature: 60 and perfect

5 miles, 36m, 7:05 pace
Sleep: 5h, 5/10
Legs: 7/10
Temperature: 60 and perfect

Skunks, ducks and feral cats are the primary ingredients of the Truckee River path wildlife corridor, where I've been running for the past few days. I'm in Reno, Nevada, where I've been living out of a hotel/casino since Thursday night while working an art auction. It's been a bit more grunt work than I'm used to, but it seems I'm finally settling into things here.

One thing I've learned the hard way is to avoid eating in any of the casino restaurants. After a bad meal I found myself toilet hugging on Saturday night, which has happened to me before while in Reno. Thankfully, the job has moved to a nearby gallery, so I'm able to grab food away from the casinos on my bicycle commute. I'm parked at a muffin/bagel place now with free wifi that will most likely be my breakfast spot until I leave on Thursday.

Last week's training ended with a whimper as I settled in here. I only had time for 5 miles on Thursday, and a shouting and crying match between an infant, a toddler and an impatient mother/guardian in the room next door made for a rough night on Friday, which was the night before the auction. I was so tired when I woke that I decided to save my energy for the five hour auction, which was probably a good idea.

Since throwing up Saturday night the running has gone well, with a easy-feeling faster 10 miles yesterday and a nearly effortless up-tempo 14 this morning. Aside from just a touch of fatigue during the last mile this morning, the past two days have felt fantastic. Cool mornings with 60 degree temperatures have done wonders for my running morale, and it's good to see the paces coming down along with the temperature.

With luck I'll get back to a normal schedule here for my last four days in Reno, and if I can manage I'll work in some doubles. While the mornings here are nice, the afternoon-evenings are usually very windy with 90 degree temperatures. At least the humidity is low.


Thomas said...

Ugh, the casino food episode sounds rather ugly. I hate it when real life interferes with running, but you seem to be managing.

Love2Run said...

90F but the humidity is low... I'm glad the cooler temps are helping the runs!

Ewen said...

I like the "out of 10s" for the last few days.

60 and low humidity - that does sound perfect (except for the dodgy "wildlife" and food).

Dusty said...

casino buffett - sounds risky!

Low humidity - sounds great!

I hope you have quiet neighbors for the rest of your trip so you can get some sleep. I hate that kind of stuff.

Mike said...

Thomas, me throwing up one night has nothing on your pneumonia and other travails as of late. You have become a model for muddling through this kind of messiness.

Mike, the weather really couldn't get much better here. I'm not even noticing the extra 2500 feet of elevation.

Ewen, this is the second year I've been scared off the trail by a skunk wandering around with its tail raised and bushed out. In both cases the skunks have had cups stuck on their heads. Last year it was a yogurt cup and this year I think it was a small size frappuccino.

Dusty, I'm smart enough to avoid the buffets, but I'm pretty certain the sit-down places share the same kitchens with them. Yuck.

Thanks for all the comments, I hope to get caught up on my bloglines once I finally get back.