Last Friday night I returned from a six day vacation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of my best friends turned 40 so we took our One-of-Us-Is-Turning-Forty vacations. I flew into Albuquerque from JFK airport
I did my research before I left, meaning I discovered two super important facts related to my running: 1. Santa Fe's elevation is 7,000 feet above sea level (!) and 2. mountain lions have attacked joggers as recently as January of this year. I kept these in mind Monday afternoon when I ventured out for my first New Mexican run. The Hilton Buffalo Thunder property (Which coincidentally resembles Mereen from Game of Thrones. Coincidence, because George R.R. Martin lives in Santa Fe!) has a 1.5 mile walking route and a 2.5 mile running route. I took the latter up a winding hill near the golf course. The path was empty, possibly because it was midday and freaking hot. The only people on the golf course were the groundskeepers. I wondered who might save me if I was attacked by a mountain lion (A remote possibility, but in my head, "possibility" is the key word). My breathing was labored and I had to walk in a couple of spots. My Long Island lungs were not used to this elevation. After 3.6 miles, I decided to finish up at the gym.
Tuesday's run was the same as Monday's, but my breathing was easier. Wednesday was my scheduled day off, however I decided to run and take Friday off, instead. We were checking out on Friday and traveling back to New York. We did a lot of activities, sightseeing, relaxing at a spa, and shopping. I happened to notice that there were a lot of statues and paintings of mountain lions. After watching a news segment the night before about a girl killed by a lion while on safari in South Africa, I got the hint. Wednesday and Thursday I ran on the treadmill.
View from the hotel running trail.
Yes, that's snow on top of those mountains.
In the Southwest.
Monday 6/1/15 - 6 miles, between an 8:50 and 9:28 pace
Tuesday 6/2/15 - 6 miles, 57:12, 9:32 pace
Wednesday 6/3/15 (Happy birthday, Hiro!) - 6 miles, 57:32, 9:35 pace
Thursday 6/4/15 - 6 miles, 57:32, 9:35 pace
Friday 6/5/15 - Off
Saturday 6/6/15 - 8.05 miles, 1:13:54, 9:11 pace
Sunday 6/7/15 - 8.01 miles, 1:12:50, 9:06 pace
Hanson's Marathon Method calls for all easy runs to be run EASY, for me, no faster than a 9:00 pace. It takes some getting used to. We shall see...