Flagstaff how I miss thee…

We were in Flagstaff for the weekend as my daughters soccer team was playing in a tournament up there and I did not want to come back as it was as near a perfect weekend as there could be-despite the team not winning or placing in the tournament.  The weather was perfect, we ate at some new and delicious places (Diablo Burger) and the hotel was very nice for Flagstaff standards.  Despite trolling the known hangouts, I did not have a Ryan Hall sighting.

Saturday morning I got up early and ran on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System route that started right outside the door of our hotel.  It took me down to the fairgrounds and back, so with a little exploring and a quick detour where I took the wrong trail I ended up at just under 7 miles.  It was a gorgeous run, I am kicking myself for not taking my camera or phone with me to get some pictures.  Now I need to concentrate on getting 12 miles done at that altitude and terrain in the next 4 weeks for the Soulstice Mountain run.  I think I can do it with plenty og longer slower than race pace runs with some TRX mixed in.

I cant remember the name of the natural foods place we stopped and shopped at but it was cool.  All in all, Flagstaff has a great vibe for people who like to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer.  I can foresee a move there in the next 12-18 months.

It was a quick but very full weekend.  See you in a month Flagstaff!  Here are some pictures I did manage to get.

 

 

This was on the Arizona Cardinals main practice field just before we got kicked off.

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Good Labor day out to everyone out there!

A few items of note for today.  I was looking at the YMCA Valley of the Sun half-marathon as a possible upcoming race even though I really don’t care at all for the route.  To my surprise this year the route has changed!  The entire race is now inside South Mountain Park.  Why they didn’t do this years ago I will never know but I am glad that they did it.  In the past the route took you down Central Ave and you we running right next to cars going in and out of South Mountain Park.  I am guessing that there will still be some auto traffic to deal with, but not anywhere near as bad as before.  Due to this change I just may be there this year. In it’s 42nd year this is Arizona’s oldest continuous race.

I will be in Flagstaff the weekend of September 17th for the Soccer at the Summit  soccer tournament. I am looking forward to this trip as I really would like to run Buffalo Park a few times, tour the Lumberyard Brewing facilities, and get out of this blasted heat.  Its september and still 110 degrees out here.  That ain’t right.

As for my running I had a decent week last week with some faster, longer runs mixed in with my regular training.  I have been able to maintain a better diet by mixing in more fruits and veggies.  I had some thoughts about trying the 8-1-1 diet but it appears a bit extreme for me (I know I like easy).  Maybe I can swing it for 30 days and see how I feel.

I am also eyeing the Xterra trail race at Estrella Mountain Park as a possible upcoming race.  Trial runs are always harder than road races simply because of the elevation changes and rough terrain, but I may try it.  Looking at the prior race results I will probably be a back of pack runner for this event, but it would be good for me to get out and give it a shot.

Today I got in a very steamy 6 miles, fairly slow pace but I will take it given the heat, humidity, and this locked neck vertebrae.  If I can keep a consistent level of miles going along with some more good tempos on the dreadmill I think I will be able to PR at the next half-marathon I run.  I really haven teen able to keep any decent consistency with my training.  I will have a few good days in a row and eat halfway decently, then I will go and miss a workout or two and eat like crap, which pushes me back about a week in training (at least by feel).

Here is a new IPA I recently picked up.  From the beer mecca of Salt Lake City.

Again, happy labor day and I will see you on the roads!