On Saturday (November 17th) Annie, Jordan, and I headed up to Billings, MT to spend a full week with my parents whom we had not seen since last Thanksgiving. What a great trip! My parents were psyched to spend time with Jordan, and of course Jordan was excited to be spoiled by her grandparents. Annie and I both were able to rest quite a bit, and I had some great quality time with ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’ Callahan. Throw in a fair amount of running, good eating, and simply being in a different city, and this trip will be remembered fondly for years to come. So glad we made the trek up. From a running stand-point, I ran pretty darn slow all week, but did make it out for a few good runs. Here is the scoop on the week that was:
Monday – 11/19/12
PM: In the mid-afternoon I headed out for a run up on the ‘Rim Trail’ overlooking the city of Billings. Beautiful! Ran through the city for 15 minutes on both ends, but was able to get in a full hour on the trail. This is a dedicated (official) single-track trail that snakes its way along the ‘Rims’. Awesome. Felt pretty sluggish to start, but then found a groove. 1.5 hours running. 10 miles running. SU.
Tuesday – 11/20/12
PM: Mid-day (12:00 noon) start to this run. Good to get out a bit earlier than the previous couple of days. I ran the same trail up on the ‘Rims’, but ran out a bit farther before turning around. Made it almost 7 miles in 1 hour before turning and heading back for a total of 14 miles in 2 hours. Stomach was in a bit of ‘distress today.’ 2 hours running. 14 miles running. SU.
Wednesday – 11/21/12
PM: Same deal. Headed out in the mid-afternoon for a run on the ‘Rim Trail.’ Felt better today than I have the previous couple of days. 1.5 hours running. 10 miles running. SU.
Thursday – 11/22/12
AM: TURKEY TROT 5KM RACE DAY. Ran this with my Dad, which was an awesome experience. He and I have never done a race together. In fact, the only time I’ve ever run with my Dad was the last 2 miles of the Big Horn 100 in 2010. This Billings, MT Turkey Trot was a great event with over 2000 runners. We had perfect weather and a great time running this together. That was it for my running today. 30 minutes running. 3 miles running.
Friday – 11/23/12
AM: Headed out early for a 1 hour 15 minute run. The colder temperatures made this an awesome morning. Beautiful! Ran a great loop through town and over to the other side (Eastern/Northern) side of the Rims. Had a strange energy lull about 1/2 way through this outing, but toughed it out and had a great last 20 minutes. Feeling peppy by the end of the run. 1.25 hours running. 9 miles running. SU.
PM: Went to the ‘Y’ with Annie. Ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes and covered 4 miles before doing a few minor strength exercises at the gym. Nice facility right in downtown Billings. 1 hour training. .5 hours running. 4 miles running. Minor strength too.
Saturday – 11/24/12
AM: Prior to the travel day, I went out for a 30 minute run with 6×15 seconds sprints sprinkled in there. Felt good to run hard, breathe hard, and forcefully use my muscles. SU. Then we loaded up and began our travel day back home. The travel was smooth as silk and we were home, eating dinner in our own kitchen, by 6:30pm. Good day. .5 hours running. 4 miles running. SU.
Sunday – 11/25/12
AM: Woke up with a ton of energy this morning. Feels really good to be home! Headed out for a 2 hour+ run from 5:30 to 7:30am. Cold. Ran out County Road #10 and Lost Canyon Road. Beautiful morning. My left foot, right knee, and both hips were bothering me, which is a clear indication that I sat on my butt way too much over the past week. Energy still feels good though. 2 hours running. 14 miles running. SU.
Week totals –
10 hours training. 9 hours running. 66 miles running. Thanksgiving Week!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am immeasurably thankful for my great family and for the ability to have a vacation like this with Annie and Jordan. Now I’m looking forward to hunkering down in Gunnison for the winter. On another note, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame beat USC this past weekend to finish up an undefeated regular season. (12-0!) (For those of you who don’t know, I’m talking about College Football!) It’s been 20 years since Notre Dame has been this relevant, which coincides with when I (as a young boy) began to follow College Football. I can’t wait to watch Notre Dame play for the BCS National Title on January 7th. This will be remembered as a special season indeed. Go Irish! Thanks for reading. Live well. DC