2013 Training Log – Week 48

Didn’t post last week’s training – pretty routine stuff.  40’ish running, and a good bike ride.  I did start working out on the rowing machine and I am surprisingly loving that.  It seems to be a great compliment to running and kicks your butt without breaking you down too much.  Working my way down to a sub-20 5,000 meter before too long.

This week = holyfreakinghotdamnwheredidthatcomefrom?!?!?

Busted out my biggest ever non-race week with 18.5 hours of running and two rowing sessions.  I felt primed to go big and everything worked out as I had a few days off (had to use or loose some vacation), no travel plans, good weather, and good legs.  I felt stronger at the end of the week than I did at the beginning.

Monday – 24.4 run

Dropped the kids off at school and ran a couple of loops in the Highlands Ranch backcountry.  Cold and miserable day, but the forecast was looking much better later in the week so I got though it.

Had about 90 seconds of sunshine just after dawn, then it went dark for the rest of the day.

60 seconds of sunshine was nice. Now it's cold and grey again. #run #Colorado #nofilter

Face too frozen to smile.

My face is so frozen now. #4hour #run

Tuesday – 5k row, 20.3 run

Rowed early, then got out for a nice long one to Chatfield and back.  I was happy with my consistent pace after a creaky first mile.

Good train-ing run.  #choo #choo

My new running buddy.  #fox

Wednesday – 22.1

Feeling it now.  Calves are thrashed.  Ran up Sharptail into a 1,000mph headwind.  Had some goober on the lens, but caught this crow bothering a raptor.


Thursday – 12.6 run

Up and out early before dawn to jog an easy 4 and loosen up a little.  Then out with the dog for 1.5.  After that, we headed to Castle Rock to run in our 7th consecutive Turkey Trot together as a family.  I looped back after I finished and walked the last half with my girls.  My legs felt ok to run hard, they just wouldn’t go as fast as I wanted.  Averaged 6:58.

Friday – 5k row, 11.3 run

Back to work.  Steady lunch run.

Saturday – 21.2 run

Met up with Woody, Joe, Jim, and Pat for a long one in the Roxborough area.  I jogged over to Sharptail from my house and then ran with the guys up and over Carpenter Peak.  I dropped down into Waterton while they continued up to Indian Creek.  Fantastic morning for a run and it was great to get out with the guys for a bit.  I suffered up the Carpenter climb like I knew I would, but I was super happy with how good I felt otherwise.  Wish I had the time to go longer, but had to be home by 11:00 to do lunch and then shoot our family pics.

My daughter teases that I ran out of leg paint.

Ran out of leg paint.  #tanlines

Gotta take a running mirror shot coming down Waterton.

Hi. Bye. #Waterton #mirror

Nice buck in the canyon.


Decided to take some family pics while our mountain-child was in town with us. Shot this with an 85mm so the camera was a fair distance away. Hitting the timer and then sprinting into position was no easy task for my worked legs.


Sunday – 2.3

Out with the dog, then drove Malcolm back up to Leadville.  Felt like I could have done another 20.

Nice sunset over Halo Ridge and Mount of the Holy Cross.  Malcolm and I hiked that route back in July.  I think most people would like the second shot more than the first, but I really like the light on the ridge in that first one.  They were taken 12 minutes apart.



Total – 114.1 run (10,344′ climbing), 0 bike, 10,000 meters rowing, 19:21

Posted on December 2, 2013, in photography, run, training. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Holy. Crap. Nice mileage, great motivator for me during this week.

  2. D-D-Dang. Impressive. You clean up well too.

  3. Good to see you on Saturday. I love the trails in and around Roxborough, although the Sharptail Ridge Trail always feels like a (beautiful) slog. Big week.

    And, for the record, I look the first short of Holy Cross best as well.

  4. Love those shots of Holy Cross!

  5. Chris this is fantastic what you do.. Good to see family in picture. ( I like colored best) but I enjoy all the pictures..keep up the good work. Mom

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Thanks, Everyone! It was great to have a week go so well. The Holy Cross sunset was icing on the cake!

  7. Woody Anderson

    I just noticed that Malcom has you by an inch or so now. How’s that feel shorty? Haha! Great running with you. Thanks for the help navigating around the SP. I need to get back there and see if I can remember all those twists and turns!

    • Yep he is a big kid! That was a great morning, I get stuck in my own little ruts too often – it was nice to get back on those trails again. Thanks for letting me tag along!

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