Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Different Kind Of Tempo Run

I learned today that doing 10 miles of tempo pace (mostly between 6:00 - 6:45 per mile), at 9,000 feet altitude, on technical trail, mostly covered in ice and snow, wearing micro spikes, with 20 to 30 mph winds blowing somehow in my face the entire time, is a lot different than the typical tempo run. That is to say a lot harder.

But it was that good kind of hard. The kind where you can feel yourself becoming a stronger runner with each step.

Time now to mix up about a gallon of my favorite recovery concoction and sip on it for the rest of the day: Clif recovery powder mix (discontinued product that I'm nursing every last particle of this last container that I have), coconut milk, frozen fruit, some leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach, and beet greens all work well), and a couple tablespoons of Udo's Oil.

And last but not least I think a good hoppy beer will be in order for this evening.


  1. Tremendous. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sitting here sipping on a Mothership Wit, I was worried about your ability to recover - until I reached that last line. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'll have a Bells Two Hearted in your name.

  4. Going with a Ranger IPA myself to celebrate my 6 miler on the treadmill....

  5. Cheers to that. I'm sipping a can(or 2 or 3) of Avery IPA after a track workout by headlamp in the sideways rain. Keep it up!

  6. Maybe my all-time favorite Geoff Roes post. I love it when anyone talks about tempo runs and hoppy beer in the same breath. Does it get any better than that? Good stuff, indeed.

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  8. Very Nice! We run, so we can enjoy a great beer afterward!

    Geoff, I think this post could quickly get hijacked and turn into everyone's favorite hoppy beer post. ;-)

    I'll submit mine...Stone Ruination IPA or Russian River's Pliny the Elder......both excellent after a run!

  9. you're killin it up man! I'll be so happy if my tempos over the next few months go as well. But I doubt I'll be doing any tempo work in the mountains.
    I've only been on the Front Range here in Colorado for a few months and the thought of worrying about pace on these mountains is still insane...
    see you out there