Life's little adventures, accompanied by a running watch

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wet and Wild

Here is a view into what my run looked and felt like this morning – WET and WILD!

And it was, well, FUN too!

I chose an out and back route for the 10 miles I planned for today.  I conquered some crazy hills on my 16 miler yesterday, so I wasn’t looking for hills today.  With most out and backs however, one is likely to feel the wind.  In one’s face.  At some point.

My windinmyface moments were captured during my first 5 miles out.  With that wind also came driving rain; fortunately it was driving more sideways than directly into my face.  Small win.  The wind was harsh and made my now soaked mittens feel like a freezer, keeping the cold nice and close to my hands.  Some of the puddles started on one side of the street and flowed directly across.  I wasn’t afraid of getting any more wet than I already was, but let’s face it, I also wasn’t looking for the “cold water oozing into shoes” feeling.  I took my favorite Salted Caramel GU along with me and devoured it just before my mile 5 turnaround.  Caramel always perks me up and almost made me forget the weather elements.

The return home was less harsh, so other than tired legs (the goal of back-to-back long runs is to run on tired legs), I steadily motored home with far less weather drama than I experienced on my way out.  Upon my arrival, Scott offered words of encouragement/praise (what’s better than hearing “I’m proud of you” from your loved ones?), but also had brought me home a little reward.  God he knows me so well…

I always say that it’s easier to run in these kind of elements when it happens while you’re already on your run.  Knowingly leaving a warm house to head out into driving rain takes some commitment and guts.  Although I do have my treadmill and used it quite frequently this winter, I realize there is great value in training not only my legs and my mind, but my guts too.

Who else had a rainy/snowy/windy run today?

Friday, March 28, 2014

And so it begins...

Yes, I’m talking about Spring.  And I’m talking about some of the changes that come with Spring…

  • Temperatures warming
  • Snow melting
  • Mud accumulating
  • Birds singing

Twilight trail run this week - bye bye snow & ice!

I’m also talking about

             Race registering

                     BIG race registering

                         EPIC race registering

I registered for a little ‘ole race called Ghost Train.  If you’ve followed long enough (and have hung on through my writing droughts!), you may remember I ran Ghost Train 15 miler last October.  My goal was to scope this course out to see if I could mentally stand running a lot longer on it.  Like, 85 miles longer to be specific.

For someone who is so dangerously directionally challenged, I have no choice but to consider the lost-ability factor when choosing an off-road course.  When I ran StoneCat 50 back in 2012, Scott helped me train and ran the whole race alongside of me.  Turns out, StoneCat is very well marked, but for this trail newbie at the time, having my run chaperoned by someone with an internal compass was not a desire, but a necessity.  Ghost Train is a 2 part race:  the ultra starts on Saturday morning at 9am and lasts for 30 hours; the 15 miler starts the next morning at 9am and consists of one out-and-back of the 7.5 mile course.

When Sue and I ran the 15 miler last year, we ran alongside some of the ultra runners who were somewhere in the later stages of the ultra.  Many times, we’d look at each and just marvel at the craziness dedication these 100 milers were demonstrating.  Most were walking at this point and we were honored to be in their company.

Sue and I running 2013 Ghost Train 15 miler

This year, I want to be one of those walking 100 milers.  I want to be passed when I’m at mile 90 by some fresh, spring-in-their-step 15 milers.  I want to finish 100 miles.  I want to reach that new level of craziness dedication.  I want to finish SMILING.

So 2014 looks to be the year of some wonderfully crazy training and a promising life altering 100 mile race.

Bring it on.  Bring.It.On!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hola Mexico!

A peek into our recent vacation to Mexico, courtesy of my creative hubby!