16 Nov 2011

A New Training Experience

Posted by divamar

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Training in Albuquerque has been a great experience so far. I feel very fortunate to be here with Hilary.  We’ve been here now for about two weeks and we’ve been training hard but have also had a lot of fun. Hilary is a very knowledgeable athlete and it’s incredibly inspiring to see the discipline she pours into her training. I am learning a lot! We get along really well-good thing too as we spend nearly every waking minute together-no hair pulling cat fights to report yet! We are also very lucky to have wonderful hosts both of whom are running coaches with the University of New Mexico. ‘A Havahla and Austin have made us feel so welcome in their home-thanks guys!

The second week here has gone very well. We spent the first week getting our bearings and figuring out the best locations to run the various runs we need to get in. We have a choice of hilly trails at a slightly higher elevation in the foothills, the use of the Uni’s track, smooth grass field next to the track and use of the gym thanks to Have and Austin. The school’s golf course has a great dirt trail route with a mix of flat and hills and the path that runs alongside the Rio Grande River (slightly lower elevation) is endless and flat-great for tempo runs.

Start of the Foothills Trails

I ran my first quality wo on Tuesday: 10 x 3’@ 10km (90″). I was apprehensive at first. I didn’t want to blow it by running too hard-easy to do at altitude -you have to ignore how slow your pace is here compared to sea-level. Once the wo got rolling, I knew I would be fine. The last couple of intervals had my lungs working hard! I averaged 3:38/km so was pleased with that. Friday’s wo had me running at 5km effort: 10 x 90″ (90″). The first few were in the 3:25-30/km range and then moved to 3:20-22/km without a problem. So far I seem to be responding well and hitting the paces I should be. There is no denying that we have been more tired in general here. A daily nap is a must!

Foothills Trail


Sunday Run

Tramway Trail Hike


Hil and I have supplemented our training with some vigorous hiking at higher elevation. We drove to Santa Fe the first weekend we were here and did a 2.5 hour hike on the Atalaya Mountain Trail which got us up just over 9000 feet. Last week we ran 75′ in the morning, then did a 2.5 hour hike in the afternoon here near town on the west face of the Sandia Mountains on  La Luz Trail. Both hikes were incredible with breathtaking views. The dessert mountains here are so different from anything I have ever seen.

I am looking forward to our last week of training here and will post another entry after next week.

La Luz Trail

La Luz Trail Hike

More Trails


Yep, we hit a patch of snow!

Stay tuned. More pics to come!

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3 Responses to “A New Training Experience”

  1. […] Marilyn Arsenault is in New Mexico for training. […]

  2. We are thrilled to see the pictures. Also that you girls are getting along so well. I know Hilary can get along with anyone, she and our other daughter-in-law Julie are like the daughters we never had. We are so blessed to have them. Take care and enjoy the rest of your stay there.


    Steve & Jeannette Stellingwerff

  3. Looks like heaven on Earth for a runner. Great pics and w/o s


    Greg Hinrichsen

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