Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We headed back on the Cam-Boh trail and called it a day. Not the super easy trail I had planned for Shari (lots of super-deep sandy wash running and rocky trails, with some hills thrown in near the end) but we had fun. The cactus and spiny bushes were hanging over the trail a lot, so we ended up with quite a few scratches on our arms and legs. I actually have a bunch of small bruises from the cactus needles. The picture on the left is the wash trail we got lost on (yes, we actually plowed through all that mess before we realized, hey, we've lost the trail!)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The trail left a bunch of scratches on my legs; some spots on the trail are super narrow (watch the overhanging cactus trail runners!) and the prickly bushes got me time and time again. I always feel like a real trail runner when I look like I've been through battle. :)
Monday, July 14, 2008
And so many races to run... :)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The cloudy mornings create some nice sunrises (view from my house):
This morning I ran about 13 miles with Shari. We did an out and back on the Dove Mountain trail, which is a nice rolling hill incline dirt path near a golf course and lots of pricey homes in Marana, which is Northwest of Tucson. Before we headed back on the DM trail, we added on part of the Wild Burro trail. Storms were threatening in the distance, but we stayed dry!
Shari is always fun to run with.
We saw this very strange tree growing inward on itself. Must be some external force making it grow that way. Isn't life like that?
So, I ran 23 miles this weekend for a total of 40 miles for the week. My work schedule has been crazy, so I didn't run Thursday or Friday and decided to make up for it this weekend!
Here is a pretty view of the Tortolita mountains. 2 of the 3 Winter Trail Series races were out here in January and 1 of the 3 Summer Trail Series races will be here in August. Unfortunately, a Ritz-Carlton resort is currently being built in the Tortolitas. You can see it on one part of the Wild Burro trail. Once you loop around the mountain on other trails (which we didn't do today), you get away from all of it, but it is still a bummer to see all that excess hogging up the beautiful landscape. Thank God we have so many areas that are still preserved around Tucson.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I think all of us were pretty wiped out when we started. They all had done a 25 mile bike ride yesterday and I had ran my 9.5 mile hilly trail, so we took it slow and just had fun. We ended up doing 11 miles, which was perfect.
Tomorrow, I'm not getting up early for anything.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Martinho had a Garmin, so we were able to look at the data on his computer after our run. It was very interesting! Sometimes our pace was 12+ min/mile pace (sometimes 20 min/mile on the really rocky uphill walking parts) and other times it was 7-8 min/mile pace, depending on whether the hills were up or down. Some of the grades on the uphills and downhills were 20+%! We were screaming on the downhills! He even clocked a 6:50 pace a few times on his Garmin, but I'm sure it was only for a few seconds on a downhill portion. At any rate, my overall pace was higher than usual because of Martinho. He is fast!
So, my legs got a great workout, and hopefully not too much, because I'll be running about 11-12 miles tomorrow with the gals (a redo of last week's run with the trails/hilly road, which was fun).
I'm beginning to think I have rubber ankles; on the trails, I am constantly rolling them or crunching them on the downhills, but I never seem to have any problems afterwards. I think the trails are strengthening my ankles, feet and legs in a way that the road doesn't seem to. On that note, here are some comments on trail running from skirt goddess.com, which is where I buy my a lot of my running skirts and tops:The soft dirt of a trail run is far kinder on the hips and knees than either pavement or concrete sidewalks. Plus, over time, the constant balancing act navigating through uneven trails, avoiding rocks and tree roots can actually help improve balance and strengthen the muscles around the ankle decreasing the likelihood of future injuries. Of course, there are a litany of other benefits to trail running. Solitude. Solidarity with nature. The need for complete and utter focus. Biodiversity. Fun furry animals.
You get to go out into the quiet and see wonderful scenery. Your legs are much more beautiful and shapely due to all the rock and root hopping, powering through sand, uphill and downhill running we get to do. Your lungs are happier. You don't have to breathe in exhaust fumes. Your joints are happier. Pavement/concrete is hard on the body regardless of how good of shoes we have. Yes, I know there are very scenic paved trail and road routes, but overall, trails are going to offer the superior outdoor sensory experience!
You said it ladies. See, this is why I so much love trail running. This trail run was very challenging, with the heat, rocks, sand and hills. It is so gorgeous and pristine out there and I feel alive and strong and in touch with a power that I can't even begin to define but that I know is there, watching over me, protecting me.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I like running in the morning; gives me a chance to think about what is important to me. I wave and smile at as many people as I can. Some people don't respond, but that is okay; I just do it anyway. I strive for giving, rather than getting, to be my guiding principle.