I've been running on my own without much direction for the last several years. I haven't made much progress, and honestly had no real reason to. However I recently did a Ragnar with a group of friends. It was fun, but I saw that I had room for a lot of improvement. So after reading The Cool Impossible I was very excited to get started. I did the test phase, and then the following week strapped on my heart rate monitor and went outside to discover that there was a massive forest fire just outside of Las Vegas. I was still able to finish the week but had to sneak my runs in at different times depending on if the smoke was blowing our way or not. (I did not want to switch my mantra to "cough, choke, wheeze.") I'm enjoying my day off and looking forward to week two. The fire is contained and I'll only have to deal with the summer heat now.
-The view of Mt. Charleston (aka Mt. Doom) from my house.