Monday, February 25, 2013

Lucy meets another coyote + South Lake Tahoe trip

Monday - rest day.  Did some light hiking around Yosemite, in the Lower Yosemite Falls area, Happy Isles, and the Vernal Falls foot bridge.  Beautiful day with gorgeous views on our way out of the park.

Tuesday AM - Hit the trails behind my house with Lucy.  Winter appears to be trying to remind us that it's still winter.  A light rain and a chilly breeze helped freshen up the mud puddles for Lucy.  I felt like my running legs were back for the first time in ~2+ weeks, feels good to have the cold behind me!  Lucy went chasing after a young coyote.  I wasn't too pleased about that.  It ran across the trail maybe 1/4 mile a head of us and she went after it and chased it up a hill into a rocky area.  Lucy finally paid attention to me screaming at her and came sprinting back.  :|   4.6 miles, +560 ft.

Wednesday -  Had to work late last night and will be again tonight, so I snatched up Lucy from home and hit the trails for a 10 mile run.  Nice day, cool and breezy.  Lucy, I'm sure was thrilled to have her midday slumber disturbed for a run.  We ran the Deer Trail loop behind my house and then crossed Empire Ranch Rd. onto the El Dorado Hills trail to the top of Beatty Hill and back.  I paid a little extra attention to keep Lucy on the trail, since she chased a coyote pup yesterday and we were on the same trail where she had a nasty coyote encounter last spring.  My legs felt a little tight, but I'm still feeling recovered from the cold and was able to just chug along comfortably.  10.1 miles, +1,245 ft.

Thursday - Took a 6 AM flight to Santa Clara for some productive training (non-running related :).  Landed back at Mather Airport at 6:30 PM, drove home and went out for a run.  6.01 miles +335 ft.

Friday - Planned on running 22 this morning, but I woke up late and just wasn't feeling it.  Heading to Tahoe tonight through Sunday.  I'll try and make up for it while I'm there.  13.13 miles +560 ft.

Saturday - Thanks to my buddy Andy for buying a VIP table and getting everyone's cover at Peek in Harrah's, South Lake Tahoe, on Friday night. Had a blast! However, didn't get to sleep until ~4am. Woke up around 9am, headed out for a ~10 mile run at ~10:30am. I decided to break up my run and stopped at the Simple Bliss Vegan Cafe. Had a fantastic banana waffle and a nice cup of coffee before heading out for the 2nd half of my run. Encountered a bit if ice and a few snow flurries, but the weather was great overall. I felt pretty tired the whole time. :)  10.4 miles + 473 ft.

Sunday - rest

Weekly Totals: 44.29 miles +3,300 ft.  Lighter week than I had planned, but I feel like I can use the rest and the Tahoe trip was a lot of fun. :)

Mud puppy.

Lucy loves single track.

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I imagine Lucy was wishing we would run out to the lake.

Went for a run around town on Saturday morning.

Stopped, mid-run, at the Simple Bliss Cafe in South Lake Tahoe.  Excellent banana waffle!

Trees, snow.

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