This morning, I survived another 16 miles! Slowly, the altitude and I are getting to know one another, becoming amicable. Admittedly, I went into this run a little cocky with thoughts of “it’s only 16” (compared to last week’s 20).
Here’s a piece of training advice: never underestimate any distance. Sure, the LRs get a little easier and more manageable each week as my mind becomes jaded with mileage numbers. But, anything can (and does) happen – hotter than usual mornings (95* high today! What?), running into the START of a 5k/10K (um, Oops), predicting to like Coconut water when in fact I don’t (I tried! To each their own, this was not my favorite).
I did 10 miles on my own, with 10 oz Coconut water that did not satisfy my thirst, running right into a local race around mile 7. This lead to the inevitable I’m-going-too-fast miles because heaven forbid I keep my easy LR pace and don’t pass at least 10 people. Sheesh.
Finally meeting up with D on the bike was a much-needed boost; he had water & Go-Fast-Juice all ready for me, he chirps with me so I’m distracted, and seeing him meant only a 3-mile out & back to go!
16.0 miles, 2:27:22
avg pace 9:12, avg HR 174
Getting a little faster, with a lower HR! Yes, altitude, we can be friends.
The fueling for this LR happened in Boulder, shocker! We live about 15 minutes away, but are evidently spending the majority of our spare time in this gorgeous college/mountain town. I pre-made and packed up this pasta salad for a picnic dinner. We took it to a park at the base of the Flatirons, hoping there would be somewhere to spread out and eat. Little did we know this amazing view was waiting for us:
Tell me there’s something more beautiful and I probably won’t believe you. My camera is 100% content with surrounded by this Mountain air, sunset, greenery and eats!
Sundried Tomato Noodle & Vegetable Pasta Salad
2 svgs Sundried Tomato Fettuccini Noodles, cooked
1 corn ear, boiled & kernels cut off
Purple Onion slices
2 cups Broccoli Florets, steamed
2 tbsp Amy’s All Natural Tuscan Italian Dressing
1/4 c Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
Grated Parmesan Cheese, to taste (optional)
Combine everything together and toss with the dressing. Cool for ~1 hour. Easy!
Pack it up, grab blanket and pick your park. Enjoy!
This was the perfect summer evening meal, as we sat and enjoyed the company and our surroundings. Tasty good! Plus, full of carbohydrates for my legs.
Save money on a dinner “out”, but homemade: Check!
Watch the sun set: check!
Put on our jackets, pack up the picnic and grab a small Froyo for dessert: Check!
CeFiore we will be back. That was the best “Dark Chocolate” creaminess I’ve tasted yet. No wonder those 16 miles weren’t too hard 😉
What’s your favorite picnic meal? We’ll be back there soon, I’ll need some ideas!