Friday, November 25, 2011

Up a Creek

My Thanksgiving morning run was a lesson in going with the flow. I had researched and scouted out the rec area where I wanted to run and visually confirmed that it had a converted rail trail. However, the park has many trails: bike, horse, multi-use. I checked the map, thought I had found the way to the cinder trail, and took off. Every road I chose had a gate up (which I ultimately figured out that I could bypass) and every trail seemed to lead to other trails, none of which were the one I wanted.

I ended up cobbling together a run with lots of backtracking, and I never ended up on the train trail that I wanted. The most promising trail ended when it was cut off by a wide creek, and I decided that I did not want to run in wet, cold shoes for the remainder of the outing. I did, however, make lemonade out of lemons when I dead-ended into a bike area called "Bump and Dump," which was a series of four foot high hills with flat tops for riding. That's one way to get in some crazy hill work.

After I finished I did some investigating in the car and discovered that the train trail is accessible from the road in a totally different area (although you can't park there). Today I will see if I can actually make it there.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Overexposure? Nah.

Earlier this month I was the guest announcer on Episode 197 of the Run Run Live podcast and had a guest post published on the Fleet Feet Cheer blog.

My husband teased me about overexposure, but I don't think two running-related social media items (plus my sporadic blogging) puts me at any risk of overexposure. It was fun, though, that these both happened at the same time. If you haven't seen or heard them already, please check them out.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Running at Elevation

Back in September my niece got married, so I had a lovely trip out to the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat in Colorado. I didn't do as much running as I had hoped (too busy with wedding activities), but I got in some hiking and a little bit of running. The elevation there is about 8,500 feet, so I got winded just climbing the hill to my cabin, but it was fun to try some running in those conditions. Plus, the scenery was gorgeous!

An early morning run.
You can see the light of the rising sun
reflecting off of the mountains in the distance.