Slow and Steady

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Summary: Hills

May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus too, and every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you.
~Irish Blessings
Today's trail run was super fantastic...ok so it wasn't exactly a run. It was listed as 10 mile, read fine print and you'll see it was 10.5, read my Garmin and you see it was 10.8...but whose counting. It was supposed to rain so I dressed warm, but the day was the most beautiful day ever. I could've been in capri's and a tee.

The first  half mile was all ascent in mud, sometimes deep mud, sometimes clay like sticky mud. Then we had some wonderful down hills with ocean views. Have I told you how much I love trail runs? Then a nice climb up a laddered path only to be given the gift of downhills with more ocean views. I had focused on the climb in the middle of the run, 1.5 miles. I should have let my eyes follow through to the right so that I would see in the last 2 miles I would have an even steeper climb. I am not much of a hills person. I struggled and hiked more than I ran. You could say the flats were about 50/50, but I walked all the uphills and ran all the downhills. Actually my downhills were just shy of reckless abandon...just how I like 'em. not once did I feel like wow, I have how many miles left? But there were times after a hard climb that my legs had to re-warm up to run. My feet actually got a decent workout, maybe it was that I was still breaking in my trail shoes.
Time: 02:49:15
Moving Time: 02:36:53
Elapsed Time: 02:49:15
Avg Pace: 15:34 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 14:25 min/mi
Best Pace: 06:53 min/mi

I needed today. It was just so beautiful and I had the best company. Cousin Rob, you're the best. Plus I got girlie time talk the whole drive there and back (2+ hours). I wish you lived closer cousin, let's do this again really soon.

Thankful Three
  1. For running partners
  2. For girl talk
  3. For a husband and kids who let me take 6+ hours of time to drive 160 miles and run 10.


Christi said...

Congrats on a great run! Trail running is very relaxing and exciting all at one time!

P said...

That smile on your face says it all - what a great run!!