Saturday, May 30, 2015

5 Miles on the Hills

One last run along Wolverine Road's steep hills.  One more round number too.  This run brought me up to a total of 4600 miles with my Nike+ iPhone app. Those big hills really got to me though.  I took a few breaks and took some pictures of Wolverine Creek, and probably spent too much time just enjoying the sunshine rather than seriously running.  I can tell I'm still a little tired from Sunday's marathon and Tuesday's long flight back home.  But I wanted to get one last chance at the hills before flying up to work tomorrow. I went to the creek then up to the top of the steep hill and back home. Another beautiful morning.

Wolverine Creek

4600 Miles!

Friday, May 29, 2015

6 Miles

I made up for yesterday a little by running 6 miles.  I had only planned on 5 miles but 6 miles gave me a full 100 miles for the month of May.  I just love those round numbers!
It was another gorgeous day.  I really love the early morning coolness and the sunshine.  I also like having the chance to run the steep hills here.  Once I get back up to Deadhorse there won't be a hill for 50 miles.  Plus the road is still closed 10 miles to the south so for sure I won't be driving 50 or 60 miles south to seek out any hills.  I'll be lucky to be able to simply avoid the treadmill, and get to run outdoors.

I had a great view of Pioneer Peak from the top of the hill above Wolverine Farm.
Pioneer Peak

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Short One

I couldn't seem to get moving today but had to do something.  I think the jet lag and all of the traveling caught up with me.  I had planned to run 3 miles but changed my mind and decided 2 miles was plenty.  I think that may have been the slowest 2 miles I have ever run.  I got a phone call in the middle of it which gave me an excuse to go even slower!  But a slow short run is better than no run at all!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

4 Miles

First run after getting back home from Coeur D'Alene.  I was still pretty tired from the flight home but didn't want to get too relaxed!  According to my Team In Training program today was supposed to be a 4 mile run, so I ran the hills on Wolverine Road from my house.  Once I got going, I felt pretty good.  Not sore at all from the marathon, but as usual, not breaking any speed records!

It sure was a beautiful day though!

My turn around point

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Coeur D'Alene Marathon

Crossed the finish line of the Coeur D'Alene Marathon. Very warm but very beautiful!

I was slow as usual but still felt fine. Since I have so many more on my agenda for this year, I'm definitely making some changes in my training and my diet. I don't expect to ever be a great athlete, but I know there is room for improvement.

Today was my 69th birthday. What a beautiful way and beautiful place to celebrate it!

At the Finish Line

Monday, May 11, 2015

Gorgeous Morning

Forced myself to get up and get out there this morning.  Yesterday after the long flight, I was pretty much a zombie, post marathon legs and all.  But this morning looked so inviting and I knew I had to get out there and enjoy it.  I only ran 3 miles and I could still feel Sunday's race in my legs, especially on the hills.  But the temperature of 37 and the beautiful sunshine and no wind, perfect!

I ran in and got my camera when I got back home but the beautiful light when I was run had dissipated quite a bit so the pictures were not as good as if I'd run with my huge SLR camera.  But that wouldn't have been much of a run!

The cell phone didn't do too bad of a job though.

Pioneer Peak from my run

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Fargo Marathon

Marathon number 46 done today.  It was brutally cold.  28 at the start and stayed quite cold plus had a very strong wind.  It probably made me move a little faster, but even hours later I still feel chilled.
It's been kind of a long week of trying to find interesting things to do in the Fargo area.  There really isn't a whole lot to begin with, plus it managed to rain the last 3 days.  But I did take a nice drive halfway across Minnesota and another a couple to a wildlife refuge and a state park the other two rainy days.  Lots of wide open spaces and lovely rivers and lakes around here.

At the marathon today there were lots of Marathon Maniacs and I even got into the group photo for a change.

The last couple of miles I was about ready to fall down because I was so tired. A group of several other Marathon Maniacs caught up with me - fast walking.  That's always embarrassing when walkers catch up and pass you when you think you are still running!  I joined into the walk with them and quickly found I could also walk as fast as they were walking.  Actually, I was really impressed because I was moving much faster and felt a whole lot less tired.  I guess they know what they are talking about when the training people suggest run/walk as a good way to complete a marathon.  It was fun having people to race with and talk to instead of always being the loner. 

It's nice to know I can survive running marathons on back to back weekends still.  But boy do I need to speed up and trim down.  I'm ridiculously out of shape and plan to focus when I get back home. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Flying Pig Marathon

Here I am again running a marathon.  Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon with Team In Training.  I have been a bit worried because it has been quite warm here.  But even though it did get nearly 80 there was a fairly consistent cooling breeze most of the time.  It got very hot between mile 20 and 23 but then the breeze was back and I survived.  I was much faster than in Bunbury, but still much slower than I want to be.  I know I need to shed some pounds and increase my training.  I have been very lazy for the last few months.  I finished in 6 hours and 20 minutes.  I certainly need to keep my time under 6 hours, regardless of the outside temperature.  The course was nice, with quite a few hills but they were all small.  Nothing seriously difficult.

The folks from the Team In Training Flex Team were just awesome.  I enjoyed their company so much.  It was a grand time in every way.

And here I am posing next to the Flying Pig with my heavy medal!

Fling Pig Marathon Finish

Saturday, May 2, 2015

1 Mile

We did a little one mile warm-up run with our Team In Training group this morning.  I actually felt pretty good  considering that a week ago I was thousands of miles away on the opposite side of the world.  Maybe I have so much jet lag that I am right back where I started from!

Hoping for the best tomorrow!