August 26, 2013: 4.6 Miles
Does anyone else ever think “this is not going well” when you start a run and it goes on for the first couple miles? Then all the sudden your last couple miles are better than usual? That was me today. High humidity when I went out (but that didn’t bother me). The humidity had been so high for so long, then it went down, now it is up again. At least it was cloudy :) I had 3 different encounters with turkeys (always make me laugh). They’re always trying to figure out a way to get away from me and end up running along side of me instead of into the woods! It’s nice to have a little company! All in all it was a great run and I need to start picking up mileage since I have a half coming up in just under 6 weeks.
August 24, 2013: 3.5 Miles
Running in NY today since we’re staying with the in-laws for the weekend. It was a nice 49 degrees when I went out and was able to easily do 3.5 miles. The reason I did so few is because it’s the route I know in their neighborhood without getting lost! But my leg felt fine and even though it was a flat course (at home I have many hills) I had a good pace :) Have a great weekend!
August 22, 2013: 1.5 Miles
I know, I know…I always do more than 1.5 miles. But today I had 2 good excuses. One of them is my 7 year old daughter asked to run with me. She has been asking for months and it hasn’t worked out -until today when she came into my bathroom right before I headed out. The other reason, I have been having some pain/soreness in my left quad on and off for about a week. Yesterday it didn’t hurt, but today and Tuesday it did. So, running with my daughter gave me the opportunity to get out there but not over do it and also to let her see what Mommy and Daddy go out and do. She likes it but said it was harder than she thought!
When we got home she said her legs were sore. I told her that was normal and because we ran hills. I let her know that it does get easier! Maybe we have another runner in the family!!!
August 16, 2013: 5.1 Miles
Well, it was another cooler (mid to upper 50s) yet beautiful moring for a run. I did the route that has a huge hill in the beginning then the next 2 miles is downhill. Its always nice to see how my pace is on the downhill. The problem with this route is, I go 2.5 miles out to a stop sign then turn around and back. That means it’s all up hill until the end! But I did it and my time wasn’t terrible. The downhill pace is what makes my overall pace look so good:) Nothing too exciting this morning. I did see 5 sheep, 1 horse, 1 donkey, 1 cop and a lot of fox poop! Maybe something eventful will happen on my next run. Although the last time I wished for that I saw a bear…so maybe I should be more specific in my wishes. Happy running to all and have a great weekend!
August 14, 2013: 3.8 Miles
It was such a beautiful morning w/ a run-temp around 60, low humidity, and the sky was as blue as could be. With all that going for me, I thought I would kick some serious asphalt! First mile, good pace. Just over halfway through my second mile, I came upon an older gentleman walking his 2 dogs (1 on a leash, the other very close by) and a 3rd dog, not on a leash but I knew it wasn’t the same man’s dog. So being the good person I try to be, I slowed to a walk because I already had the dogs barking at me but not coming after me. The man and I exchange pleasantries, he gets his other dog on the leash and I continue on my way. While I thought I was having a good pace, my Garmin told me otherwise. Talk about throwing me off my groove! It made me so frustrated that my watch wasn’t reflecting what I thought I was doing and I just lost focus. On my next run I’ll show my watch who’s boss!
August 12, 2013: 3.9 Miles
First run since getting back from a great week of camping in Maine. For some reason hamstrings were tight this morning before heading out, this is unusual for me. So I had to do a little extra stretching. But all went well. Over half of my run is on a dirt road, and this is one of the reasons I really enjoy it:
Animal tracks! The snow is always an exciting run for this reason too. It wasn’t my best pace time, but it sure was a beautiful morning.
As I mentioned, we were in Maine all last week. I was lucky to get in a couple of runs. The first day I went toward the ocean. But the second day I went on part of the Eastern Trail. This dirt path goes through a marsh, which always has herons and ducks in it. Then the path takes you through a quiet and beautiful tree-lined area that quickly cools you down.
And because of the beauty of it all, I went further than I planned! I know it is hard to see, but in the middle of this picture there is a duck taking off out of the water :)