Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Last Thursday things just weren't working for me. I had missed my opportunity to run outside so I was stuck on the treadmill. I had been fighting a miserable cold since Monday and had been trying to keep up with everything still. I lasted a whole mile and a quarter. I gave myself permission to quit. I got off and did a full body weight workout to make up for it. The rest of the day was crazy. I picked apples and canned 25 quarts of apple pie filling and made 2 from scratch pies. I ordered pizza for dinner. My kitchen was a disaster. I was in a foul mood. And that's when I decided I was finally ready for a run. I got the kitchen cleaned up, mopped the sticky floor, called a friend and headed out the door with instructions to the hubs to get the last batch out in 20 minutes, the pie out in 40 minutes, and pick up the daughter from ballet at 7:00. It's amazing how a beautiful fall trail run can erase that hectic day and allow me to come home a different woman, wife, and mom. Thank goodness for running. On this particular day I don't think that a road run would have had the same effect. It had to be the trail. And it's beautiful right now. I took a few pictures with my phone the Saturday before so you can see how beautiful it is. I can't help but smile while on the trail. I need to find more. As we hit the last part and got to see the sun getting ready to set, I couldn't help but be sad that it was over. Truthfully, that trail saved the day!

Thursday: 4 mile run (2 miles barefoot)
Friday: cycling class (12 miles)
Saturday: 9 mile run (3 miles trail, 6 miles up the canyon)

Monday: 6 mile run, full body weights
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 5 mile run
Thursday: 4 miles (3 miles trail), full body weights
Friday: cycling class (12 miles)
Saturday: 4 mile trail run

Monday: 4 mile run (1.25 barefoot), full body weights
Tuesday: 6.5 mile run (2 miles barefoot)


Candice @ I Have Run said...

What a pretty run! Great job on the week and the barefoot runs!!

Michael said...

Jen, Those photos are absolutely beautiful. Aren't we fortunate to have the health to get out and enjoy such gorgeous views. I can relate to your cold. I've been down for the count for about 48 hours myself. Send +++ vibes my way (via Chicago) on Sunday. Mike

chris mcpeake said...

great looking trails. Way to get those runs in.

marmot said...

Such a lovely trail..

Wendy said...

Barefoot?! I've never tried it. I did see several people wearing the Vibram five fingers during the race this weekend. I'd like to try those sometime.

wendy said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL trail you have to run on! Thanks for sharing how the barefoot running is going. I am fascinated by it, though I need to become a much better runner overall before I feel comfortable trying new things.