Seriously, where did this week go? It got off to slow start but then ended in a bur. I had great intentions of blogging a bit more than I did, but at least I've been somewhat consistent with this rebound into the blogging world. Anyway, here is some randomness to end the week:
I ended up taking off Monday, like I mentioned earlier in the week and never did make up the missed mileage. I think it was a good call. My hammy is still giving me a little bit of issue, but nothing out of the ordinary (for me) and after resting Sunday until Wednesday my hip doesn't seem to be having any residual issues from Saturday's run. I did run 8 miles on Wed and 6 this morning. We have 16 on tap for tomorrow and then this first week of 50 mile training will be in the books. I didn't do as well with cross training as I had intended to do this week. That is my big goal for this year. I'm thinking about hitting up some lap swimming next week. I think in order to be motivated to actually do legit cross training I need to go somewhere. Also, I'm a fish and I miss the water.
Last night we went to art walk at my kiddos elementary school. Calvin's project was "paint it big" and he spent the entire art block working on a giant O.
In other news, Euan (and Jonny but I don't have picture evidence) has turned into quite a little gamer. Yay, all my dreams are coming true...my boys are gamers. (Hopefully, the sarcasm is evident even through the computer screen.)
Well, it's now 5:17 on a Friday night. Let the excitement begin... either that or dinner preparations.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
(if you missed part 1 (which I posted several months ago) you can read it HERE.)
Leslie pointed the way and we were off...
Saturday, July 12th... Day 2 Plan: Paradise Lodge to Foster Bar 13ish miles
We woke up Saturday morning with a nice leisurely attitude. We weren't in a big rush to get on the trail and the lodge wasn't serving breakfast until 8am so I don't think we even set alarms. On our way to breakfast we happened upon this pile of loveliness
(spoiler alert) it was the closest we got to a bear... apparently pretty close, but we slept through it.
|Heather's bed was right there by that open window on the bottom...pretty close.|
Breakfast was pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham and orange juice. It was good and I ate too much. I think we all did, so we took our time getting our packs loaded and went on a picture tour of the lodge. The sauna might have been nice in a cooler month...
although, I'm not sure how I would've felt about this guy staring at me while I was getting toasty.
We also found the Fountain of Youth
and the best looking guy on the trail.
Enough dilly dallying though, the day was wasting away and it was time to get back on the trail.
I'm pretty sure that Leslie thought we were insane as she didn't take part, but she was kind enough to get some nice photo documentation of Heather and my obsessiveness.
Day 2 Stats:
12.81 miles (for a total of exactly 40 overall)
2:42:24 total time
12:41 average pace
2,137 feet elevation gain
2,317 feet elevation loss
In summary, it was one of the most amazing adventures I've had to date. I couldn't have asked for better company or better conditions. We were so blessed with the perfect weather, especially on the first day when we had overcast skies. I don't think I would've done anything differently. I was happy with my pack and my clothing and my fueling as well as hydrating. Definitely an adventure worth repeating...or maybe we should go down and back next time... anyone up for an adventure?
Monday, January 12, 2015
Today is a pretty big day. First and foremost, it is the first day of my 50 mile training plan!! I have been so excited... really looking forward to this day. So, how did I celebrate it? I took the day off. What?! Well, on Saturday, Heather, Katie and I went to Mt. Pisgah to run around in the mud and low hanging clouds (also known as fog) and it was a great time. I should be more specific, it was beautiful and exhilarating and also really, really hard. We ended up with 15.5 miles, about 3000 feet of elevation gain and it took us well over 3 hours to complete it, I think...I actually didn't have my watch. Katie had never run at Pisgah and Heather and I hadn't been there for a while...it's rough going, we forgot how rough, but oh so beautiful...take a look for yourself:
proximal hamstring strain (I actually can't find the site that diagnosed myself on, but that one seems fairly pertinent too). It is kind of always there but doesn't keep me from running and I'm working on strengthening my hips and core and overall legs as a preventative/curing measure but I've never had too much issue with my hip. By the time I went to bed the whole back side of my right leg was stiff and sore from my hip down to my Achilles and even around into my shin. I had to get up in the middle of the night to re-up on ibuprofen so that I could sleep. Unfortunately, I didn't get much relief on Sunday (if anything, sitting through church made it worse) and I did the smart thing and texted Heather to let her know I wasn't going to get up early to run today. I've since decided to take the whole day off and may or may not look into making up the mileage tomorrow. Not the best way to start a new training plan, but better to take a little bit of mileage off now than take a whole lot off later when it really matters...or so I keep telling myself. I am feeling quite a bit better today and have been pretty diligent with my foam rolling so I have good expectations.
So, the second thing that makes today THE DAY is that Oregon is going to be playing in the National Championship football game!!!! We are all so excited. I think it's going to be a great game. I don't think by any means it will be an easy game for the Ducks, but if we've ever had a chance to win the national title it's with this team on this day. If you don't have a team to root for (and even if you do) you should enjoy a few hours rooting for my ducks...it will be well worth your time. 5:30pm PST on ESPN
|"She turned me into a newt"|
"I got better."
|This is halfway up one of the decent sized climbs. I thought that if I got a picture of Heather and Katie further up it would give perspective to the steepness of it...doesn't even come close. :)|
|Can you see the face?|