This week went a bit better than last. Without a dog along, I was able to stay focused on a few more running sessions rather than hiking. But, with the switch to more aggressive runs, came some unanticipated soreness. The lesson here, I suppose, is that I'm getting older and need to adjust my workouts accordingly!
I was surprised when I reached the Badlands Loop, one day, to find someone had built a rock bench beside the two cairns that I've been maintaining through recent years. The bench was sturdy enough to sit on.
Monday - 7 miles
Tuesday - 11.5 miles (lots of short quick pickups during the run; sore after)
Wednesday - 7 miles (several stretches of running but glute still hurts)
Thursday - 7 miles (all but the 1st and last mile were running at a steady pace)
Friday - 5 miles hiking
Saturday - 1.5 miles (took a recruiting trip to Des Moines to visit with athletes at the Iowa Senior All-Star XC Meet)
Sunday - 10 miles (mostly running) for 49 miles on the week