I'm looking forward to it, Angie!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I'm looking forward to it, Angie!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Last winter I tended to blow off a lot of cold, windy days in favor of going home after work and getting warm! This year, I'm heading out anyway because I don't want to miss my runs. I usually warm up after I run a mile or so, but today, even dressed all toasty, I stayed cold! Call me dedicated or addicted, pick one.
My husband says I look more like a runner when I wear pants than I do when I wear my running skirts. I said, "Yeah, but you can see my amazing trail runner calves in my skirts!" He always jokes that I actually have calf muscles now that I run. I have always had 'chicken legs' since I was a child, so I would say he is right. :)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The scenery in the Tortolita Mountains is just breathtaking. The race today had an extremely steep climb which forced most runners to fast hike, but what an excellent workout!
I won 1st place in my age group for all three races and received a lovely cactus as my award (you had to do all 3 races to be eligible for awards). I wasn't particularly fast, because I was running more distance after each race, but I still got an award (because I was the only one in my age group?) Who cares - I was excited to get that little cactus!
Laszlo, the RD, did an amazing job. I think he is planning on doing it again next year, because I noticed that his Blue Pants Racing website already had the 2009 dates. Right on! I think the food he had at his races was better than a lot of other races I go to! Thanks Laszlo!
Laurie and I went on to run more after the race. Laurie ran about 4.5 more and I did 9 more for a total of 16 miles. I lost all my energy at about mile 14 (it was really getting hot out there today) but suddenly my energy returned and I felt great! I am experimenting with Hammer products for proper fueling and I think it helped.
I met a lot of new people and got to know a few I already knew a little better at this trail series. Here is my friend Steve - he is a great guy and super fast. Runners are nice people and trail runners are no exception.
I love trail running! I have gone on more trail runs in the last month than I ever have and I am completely hooked.
Next up: The Arizona Trail Race on February 3rd - 8 miles.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
What a great trail running weekend. Feeling very blessed to be getting out there on the trails a lot lately with all the new trail races. I'm hooked!
I got in right about 40 miles this week. Some miles were much harder than others!
'The road to hell is paved.' ~ Unknown trail runner
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The last mile had a hill that I had to walk up - it was brutal! Here it is:
The race was about 4 miles, but my friend Laurie and I ran 6 more afterwards for a total of 10 miles today. I'm supposed to be doing 16 miles this weekend for the marathon training, but I wanted to do an 8 mile training trail run tomorrow morning for the upcoming Arizona Trail race, which will be held on February 3rd. So, I'll get in 18, but not all at one time. I'll be doing a 16 miler next week, and starting in February (after the Arizona Trail race) I'll be doing 18-20 mile training runs. I love the longer runs - I think I was built for distance, not speed! I registered last week for the marathon I am training for - the Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon (26.2 miles), which will be on March 30th in White Sands, New Mexico.
All done with the run. Time to go home and eat. :)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Everything I do this Spring will be training to get me ready for it.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Okay, I guess I'm not sure why they call this trail the 'Gauntlet', but it was pretty rocky, with some steep up and downhills. It is located behind Pima Community College West here in Tucson. I ran about 6 miles on it today. It is a series of overlapping loops - you really can't get lost because you are actually 'in town' but you can end up running shorter or longer than planned if you take the wrong turns. Great run!
At the end, I was treated to a lovely sunset over the Tucson Mountains. The Winter Trail Series race #2 will be in the Tucson Mountains this Saturday.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Not a great picture (a little blurry), but here we all are at the start - about 20 of us. PF Chang's Rock 'n Roll Marathon/Half Marathon in Phoenix conflicted for a lot of people, so we had a small turnout. They expect bigger crowds for the next two trail races in the series.
It was an absolutely beautiful day out there today. It was around 40 at the start, but warmed up to 55-60 by the time we finished. I love Tucson in the winter. :)
There is a stone house out on this trail just like the Yetman Trail in Tucson Mountain Park. We stopped for a photo op.
I absolutely had a blast today! My only regret is that my friend Laurie, who was going to do the race with me, came down with a bug, and was unable to come. Otherwise, great opportunity to meet new trail runners and experience a new trail. God sure has graced me with such an abundantly wonderful life.
'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.' ~ Aristotle
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Here I am with it before I traded it in at the dealership today:
Dixie seems sad, too. She doesn't know it, but there is a nice, shiny one in the driveway now just waiting to carry her and I to our next run! She loves riding in the back and making other drivers smile at her.
We had a great run today. I resolved some problems this week with my sister and with work and I'm feeling a little more connected to the world and full of energy! When I am filled with conflict, it robs me of energy. When I own up to the weight of my own spiritual suffering, which I cause myself, I am free.
Tomorrow - pictures of the new ride!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Race One — January 12, 2008
Tortolita Mountains, Wild Burro Trailhead: Wild Mustang Trail (7 miles)
Race Two — January 19, 2008
Tucson Mountain Park, 36th Street Trailhead (4 miles)
Race Three — January 26, 2008
Tortolita Mountains, Wild Burro Trailhead: Alamo Springs Trail (6.5 miles)
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Laurie and I had so much fun and I paid serious attention to the ground in front of me the entire time and had no falls. It is a very rocky and steep trail that runs along a ridge with a fairly good dropoff to the left.
Here is Laurie leading the way. I love running with her - she runs at a good pace and loves to talk. I don't think Laurie likes it when I take back shots of her, but I think she looks like a strong and sturdy athlete when she is running trails, and that is what I want to be. :)
We did around 9 miles.
It is a very beautiful canyon. We ran back on the road and got our feet wet on the creek crossings. I didn't care though, because it was good to be out in nature, enjoying what God gave us to enjoy.