Sunday, June 28, 2009

Training and Bestie Festie Recap and (lots of) Photos

I'm going to keep the text of this post short and let the awesomness of the photos speak for themselves. First, here is a brief recap of the training. I switched up my usual schedule so that I didn't have to go swimming at all while Maritza was here and so that we could run together almost every day of her visit:

Monday: swim
1200 yards/30:00
Went to masters but the coach didn't show up. We waited until regular lap swim started and did a long straight set. I did 1000 in 19:30 without any breaks. That's very good for me! Then we did some intervals and cooled down.

Tuesday: bike
17.9 miles/1:05:24/16.4 MPH
Out and back on the Springwater with Zach.

Tuesday: swim
2200 yards/1:00
How nice of the coach to show up this time!

Wednesday: bike
spin class/1:10
I got there 10 minutes early and started spinning since usually she cuts the workout short and does some stretching at the end. This time we rode hard for the whole hour so I ended up with extra time in the saddle.

Wednesday: run
2.0 miles/14:37/7:19 average pace
Brick run outside after spin class. Fueled in large part by Maritza's impending arrival!!

Wednesday: swim
1200 yards/28:30
OWS at Klineline Pond. We were going to swim longer but had to get to the airport to pick up Maritza!

Thursday: run
8.0 miles/1:15:34/9:27 average pace

Friday: run
7.0 miles/1:07:50/9:41 average pace
Showed Maritza more sights on foot! Shortened Waterfront loop, then up through Northwest and into the West Hills. Quick 2-hour stop at the Laurelwood pub and then jogged home.

Saturday: bike
43.5 miles/2:49:22/15.4 MPH
Springwater trail. Like, literally, the whole thing. Out and back. Felt great!

Sunday: run
6.0 miles/55:38/9:16 average pace
Forest Park with Maritza (and Zach, but he ran on his own and did 8 miles in that same amount of time- wowza!)

totals for the week:
swim: 2:00 (4600 yards)
bike: 5:05 (61.4 miles + spin class)
run: 3:30 (23 miles)
total: 10:35
(zero strength training besides pushups)

Allright, now on to the good stuff!

I had such a wonderful time with Maritza. It was great to spend time talking and laughing and eating and drinking and running. Zach was on a golf trip with his buddies from Thursday to Saturday so we had the house to ourselves for the most part which was good so we could be as silly and loud as we wanted.

The pictures below are such a small sample of what took place but they are pretty great. Most of the pictures are from two of the runs (Friday and Sunday) but there's some other shots too. She took a lot of good ones that really show Portland at its finest so I'm stealing some from when I wasn't even actually there. I love the ones from our runs because I never think to bring a camera when I run and this is a good representation of what it's like!

I'm not going to caption them but here are some key words that you can apply where you feel they might fit: Pearl, downtown, farmer's market, Park Blocks, Powells, Waterfront, Maritza bitches but secretly loves hills, sampler mix, Bo Knows Jen is Drunk, more beer, ice cream, senior photos, Forest Park, best friends forever.