Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. — Matt Hardy The Run 3 + 3.40 + 3.40 miles The Picture The Recap Don’t you want to run down this road? I do! […]
It’s very hard at the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat other runners. Eventually you learn the competition is against the little voice in your head that wants you to quit. – George Sheehan I couldn’t resist one picture from […]
Friendships are born on the field of athletic strife and the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust. – Jesse Owens
You know the level of excitement you have on race day? You have no trouble getting out of bed because you’re excited. You have clothes laid out. You already know what you’re going to eat, when you’re going to leave the house, and what you’ll do when you get there.
Well, instead of race day, that’s me when I get to run with other people. Seriously. Ok, maybe a notch or two down from race day excitement, but still pretty excited. I’ve had so many lonely miles in the last year and a half and now that my runs are getting longer, they are getting lonelier.
Last week, I wrote about how the Konza served me up a big helping of humble pie. And leading up to my Saturday long run, I had no intention of running the Konza again. I was planning on staying close to home. But then Friday after lunch, I saw on Facebook that two friends were putting together a Konza run for Saturday and posted an open invite to whomever wanted to join them. Six miles at Six a.m.?? How could I resist??
Now my workout had me running for 90 minutes – 1 mile easy, 1 mile hard. I wasn’t sure how this was going to workout considering my friends, Christie and Sandy, were planning a steady paced long run. I rationalized that I could at least start with them and then figure it out from there. My original plan was that I would run my first three miles at 5:30 before they showed up and then continue running the trail with them. This did not pan out, but I didn’t mind. I would just have to run extra after they were done – not ideal but oh well.
Christie and Sandy showed up and we all commiserated over the lack of sleep and early hour. It’s always a little slow getting started, but we were all excited to be there. I had my camera with me because I wanted to see if I could run the whole way with the pack. In the actual race I will have to run with my own water so I feel like it is good practice to run with weight in my training. I was also carrying water and a snack (half a Lara bar).
On the way up the giant hill, the wildflowers were beautiful. I would have stopped every five feet to take a picture, but that’s not why we came. We came to run. We all hiked up the steepest part and I think that’s a good strategy considering how toasted my legs were last week. It was so nice being there with other people. At the end of the first mile, I took off on my own for my first hard mile. I ended up running it the same speed as last week. Bummer. But then I remembered that this week I was wearing my pack so I felt encouraged that the weight hadn’t slowed me down. I snapped a picture and turned around to join back up with Christie and Sandy. We ran together again at a nice conversation pace until it was time for me to run ahead. This was the pattern I followed for the entire loop. It was so encouraging to return to their friendly faces after each hard mile. And it seemed to make the 6 miles go by really fast.
Before I knew it, we were done with the 6 mile loop. With the back tracking, I finished up at 6.60 miles, but I still had time on the clock. I had stopped a couple times for pictures, water, and a snack so even though I was at 1:12:00, I still planned on finishing out with 9 miles.
We snapped a quick selfie and then I went back down the trail for my last 2.4 miles. It was more brutal than I expected. After breezing through the first 6 miles, with hard mile times of 9:19, 8:30, and 8:40 (only the even miles are hard), mile 8 turned out to be the slowest and most miserable mile, 9:30. I had nothing to look forward to upon finishing. I had no friends to meet up with when I was done. I had only me and I wasn’t enough to spur myself on to a faster pace. Running is just as tough mentally as it is physically. At this point, I didn’t have enough mental stamina to push through the rough terrain. Even though I had chosen the flatter path, it was actually more uphill than I realized/remembered. I was unprepared and ended up discouraged.
I snapped one more trail-side picture and headed back to the car.
I finished strong, surprisingly. I guess it was kind of downhill on the way back.
Overall, this was a fantastic run. Yeah, my last 2 miles weren’t great, but more than 70% of the run was amazing! FRIENDS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!
- Last week, it was blazing hot. This week it was cloudy and humid. After a week of 100 degree weather, the clouds were a welcome change even though it was more humid.
- This was my first time ever eating on the trail. I wanted to try to have something at the 1 hour point to avoid a sugar crash/hitting a wall. I chose half an Apple Pie Lara Bar because they are easy to find in the store and they are natural. I need to pick a different flavor.
- This was the longest picture run I have ever done and it turned out just fine. The pack was comfortable the whole 9 miles. I was going to take a picture at the end of every hard mile, but there wasn’t much around me when I finished mile 6.
I don’t know when we’ll all get to run together again, but I hope it’s soon!
Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. – Elliott Erwitt
“Someone busier than you is working out right now.”
Have you seen this quote? It’s been on motivational workout sites for years. For some reason it popped in my mind today and my first reaction to it is not, Wow, you’re right. I need to be better about finding time to work out. My first thought is, I feel so sorry for someone who is busier than me.
Don’t worry this isn’t another Stressed Out post. This is just a picture post to say, Hello and yes I’m still here. 🙂 Yes I am super busy, but like I said last time, I’ve made exercise a priority. I may be just the Three Mile Queen, but it’s better than the No Mile Queen. How do I find the time? I’ve been only running on the property. Sometimes I have other things going on at the same time. The other day I had 35 minutes to run while I had a cake in the oven. I came inside after two miles to double check it and then ran the last mile with time to spare. It isn’t ideal, but it’s still running.
And now that we’re back to school from spring break, I’m back to my 5 am wake ups so I can workout in the basement. I’m trying to do that Monday, Wednesday, Friday. And then run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Now that the evenings are longer, I have more daylight after school to fit in a run which helps. Today I ran after school. The winds were gusty, but I stuck with it and ran my 3 miles. They were harder than normal because I’m sore from lifting weights the last few days. But I think the run helped work out some of the soreness. This evening I feel less stiff.
Anyway, I thought I’d share some picture from the last two weeks. They are all from the farm because that’s where I’ve been running.
Ok that’s all for now. Hope you’re having a great week! I’ll talk to you later 🙂
You know you’re a runner when you see other people running in the freezing cold and you wish it was you. That was me all week; so when I had a chance to run today, I took it.
Unlike our friends and family on the east coast, our snow from the past week is starting to melt away. I fully expected to have a muddy, mucky road today from the snow melt, but when I came home to a nearly dry road I knew I had to go for a run.
With school is full swing now, my schedule is tighter than ever so every time I get to run, it is a gift. I knew I was too mentally tired to work on homework this afternoon, but I wasn’t physically tired. Rich and Lizzie were out ice skating so I was free. How often does this happen? There were dishes to do, laundry to start, and a number of other household chores. It’s never the perfect time to workout. It’s always a choice. This time I decided running took precedence.
I donned a pair of running tights, a t-shirt, and a light jacket. It was in the 40s, but the sun was out and there was no wind for a change. It had been a week since my last run. School and bad weather prevented me from running at all last week. I’ve still been fitting in some workouts this week, a little weight lifting and ice skating, so I wasn’t a complete slob. As soon as I started, I felt great. My legs felt strong.
I didn’t think I had that much time so I was only planning on a short 3 miles, but when I got to my turn around point a blanket of un-stepped in snow lay before me. The rest of the run had been on dry hard packed trail, but this section was still completely covered. I couldn’t resist. It was intoxicating. I had to run through it – plus I still felt strong.
I ended up adding another half a mile before turning around – making an entire mile of snowy running. I loved it. There is just something about fresh snow that is so irresistible.
On the way back I was starting to get a little tired. I was about to walk the last little bit of a hill, around the 3 mile point, when I glanced down and saw that my watch said I was ahead by 0.08 miles. (This means I was ahead of my virtual partner which is set at 9:15 mile pace.) I’m almost never ahead! I thought, Well then I definitely can’t walk! and I pushed myself up the hill and finished out the last mile strong.
I finished ahead! Under a 9 minute mile pace even! This is exactly what I needed today. I needed a little confidence booster to start my week on the right foot. Finding time for fitness is always a struggle, but even more so with homework and deadlines weighing down on me. I’ve told myself that even amidst the schoolwork, I need to continue to make my workouts a priority. Running keeps me sane and working out helps my self esteem. If I want to succeed in my academic program, staying physically fit is just as important as my homework assignments. Easier said than done! But that’s my goal for the semester. You guys can keep me accountable to that! 🙂
Have a great week!