March 16, 2012

Beauty of Running

Most ultra training plans I reviewed suggested to have 2 long runs on the weekends.  As you all know, I am very big on planning and keeping the plan realistic.  Considering my schedule and the time I already spend away from my family with all my activities, I didn't want to spend time on Sunday running.  So, I switched my Sunday long runs to Friday.  So my 2 rest days are Sunday and Thursday.  Sunday helps me recover from my long runs and Thursdays help me get ready for my long runs.  I was extremely sore from my runs earlier this week and wasn't yet 100% recovered yet, so today I decided to do my miles on this trail I ran a few weeks back with Wear Blue:Run to Remember.  I purposely had my phone fully charged so I could take pictures on the run.  I was so glad I did because the views and the scenery was just amazing.

Tomorrow the number is 18.  Yep, 18 miles.  My awesome running partner and I decided to change things up and run in Tacoma tomorrow.  Of course, we will be wearing blue to remember the service and sacrifice of the American military.  I must go an prepare for that run.  Preparation is just as important as the run itself.  Proper preparation = successful run.

I will leave you, however, with the pictures I took from my run today.  The rain here in Washington may be a drag at times, but seeing it's beauty can really change your perspective.  This truly is a beautiful place and running has helped me see that beauty.  So, that my friends, is the the beauty of running.

Enjoy the pictures...

March 13, 2012

Vibrams & Pork Chops

Tuesdays are usually my speed or hill training day, but since last week I got sick and was unable to get in as many miles as I was suppose to, I figured this week I would just focus on building my miles back up.  Yesterday, I did my usual 3 miles on the treadmill and used my vibrams (barefoot shoes).  Today, I was feeling up to using them again to work on strengthening my feet, ankles, and calves.  I am always sore after wearing them, which means I am always getting stronger.

Considering this morning in WA the weather wasn't as pleasant as the rest of the country, I figured I could use some company on my run today.  I was lucky enough to find 2 great running partners last minute.  Running through some new routes/trails and having such great company helped make the time go fast.  Before we knew it we had run about 4.5 miles. 

On the way home I was thinking about how I needed to pick up something for dinner.  It had started raining (again), but I felt so great I decided to run to the market from my house.  I parked the car, got my debit card, and went off running.  I literally went to "run" an errand.

The funny part was heading home.  I'm sure the people driving past me were thinking "who is this weird lady wearing those funky purple shoes and carrying pork chops".  I couldn't help but wonder how awesome I would think it is if I were to see someone doing that. Every time I see a runner while I'm driving, I stare at them with envy wishing I was the one out there running. 

After a slow week with being sick and not enough running, this week I am feeling great.  Vibrams, pork chops, and all.

Now, I'm in the process of making those pork chops for my wonderful family while wearing compression socks.  Without fail, my calves are sore.  The vibrams did their job!

Tonight is a night filled with laundry and Biggest Loser.  Multitasking...that's how this runner/mom/wife does it.  There is always time.  It's all about priorities and time management.

Happy running...