Every time I come to Denver, I think I'll be able to just train as normal, forgetting that it takes me a day or so to acclimate. Where's my oxygen? Why can't I get enough to drink?!
One of the things I hate about business travel is that it messes up my training schedule. I was not able to run yesterday. Ugh.
This morning, when I woke up, the temperature was 5F. Um. I didn't want to run in that. So, I went to the fitness center at the hotel. It's a pretty lame fitness center, but at least it has a treadmill. I hoped the treadmill would be free! If not, I had made up my mind that I was going to bundle up and tough it out. Whew! Not another soul was in there! I didn't have to prove my toughness today.
I toyed with the idea of doing a recovery run today. Since I didn't run yesterday and did a recovery run Sunday, I decided that I should go ahead and knock out the tempo workout this week. It called for 10 total and 5 at tempo pace. I was only able to run 4 at tempo pace. I did 2 miles at 6:40 and 2 miles at 6:35. I just couldn't get enough air! I probably could have gutted out another mile, but I don't know if it would have done more harm than good given Saturday's effort and the lack of oxygen. I should have run 5 @ 6:32, but the past weekend and the altitude are my excuses today.