Saturday, May 10, 2008

Last long run before Ogden!

Today's run was perhaps one of the best runs I've ever been on.  I took it easy at the beginning and the great thing was that I was able to keep it up, feeling great, and end feeling really good.  I didn't think it was going to be that way since the first thing I read this morning was Jodi's blog where I found out that she was in a wreck and totaled her car!  She was sore and I didn't think there was anyway she was going to be able to run today or possibly even the marathon.  I couldn't get a hold of her and I just knew she wouldn't be running today so I took off on my own.  I was pretty sad that she wouldn't be able to finish her goal after all the hard work she's put in and that I'd be alone again on another marathon.  I know pretty selfish, huh!  But I really love having her as my running buddy, she makes it so fun and the time goes by so fast.  
But as the run progressed, I couldn't help but be in a good mood.  The sun was out, it was the perfect temperature, the wind was just a slight breeze that kept me cool, and there were baby animals all around.  I even saw a goat in the middle of the road.  O.k., it's a dirt road, but still!  Everything is so green from all the rain we just got and the mountains looked so purple against the sky.  I really wished I had my camera with me because there was this pool of water in a field that was reflecting the mountains in it.  It was gorgeous!  I got to pass by those sweet smelling blossoms again.  I'll never be sick of those!  It was a 10 mile run and I felt great!  
When I got home the kids told me Jodi had called.  I called her and she was getting ready to go on a run!  She was feeling good and I was so glad!  I couldn't pass it up and went 5 miles with her.  I had drank 16 oz. right before she came so I started out kind of sluggish and we slowed the pace for me.  We ran by the same farm and saw the same goat and some cute puppies and a swan and her babies.  (Too lazy to look up what baby swans are called!)  I was relieved she was doing good.  I hope we didn't overdo it and that she'll still feel good tomorrow!  I'm getting really excited for next Saturday!  Oh and I wore the peach shirt today and I can tell it's going to be my new favorite shirt!
One other bummer...I didn't get into the St. George Marathon.  So now I need to decide what I'm going to do.  I will probably do the Top of Utah one in Logan, but I'm considering doing Park City which is one month before Top of Utah.  Park City would be a hard one because of the altitude difference, part of it is on trails, and the fact that the first 16 miles are all uphill.  But the plus side would be that the last 8 are downhill and by the time I'm done training for that one I'd be much stronger than I am now.  And if I do those two more, I might as well do the Grand Slam which includes those 3 marathons plus it includes automatic entry into St. George.  I think what I will do is wait until after Ogden is over with and see how I feel.  I can still sign up until the end of May, so I think that is the plan.  Then when St. George is over with I can rest!  It sounds crazy, but I like the challenge and the learning that's involved!


anna jo said...

whoah! you should totally do the grand slam!! (if your body lets you, that is) that's on my list of things to do before I die... I won't even think about doing it for at least a few more years, though. I have to at least get in the fifty states club (you just need ten to get in, and I'll be doing my fifth state this week) and then I'll think about doing a marathon in utah.

but you should totally do it--you'll already have two of them out of the way! you rock! :)

Doran & Jody said...

Way to go Jen!! You are doing so good. I am so proud of you! I can't wait to get feeling better so I can get off my tush again. You inspire me. But I for one will stick to my 4.5 miles. I can't even fathem going more than that. Sheesh.

Jodi said...

Hey thanks so much for going out with me AGAIN on Sat! That was real nice of you! I can't believe it's almost HERE!!!! (loud screaming in the backgorund)

I just read your post about your cute shirts and now I am feeling like a real loser because mine is soooooo plain!

Michael said...

Best of luck in Ogden! Cheering from afar, Michael... PS. The goat was good karma and the blossoms, a gift for all your hard training. :>) M

Lindsay S said...

Thanks for your advice and your great words of encouragment. I am really thinking about doing the Top of Utah. Thanks for letting me know how it is!!