Friday, January 30, 2009

The week in review.....

The early part of this past week was very rough for running. It was cold, with sub-zero windchills, and there was snow and ice on the ground. Uck. Spring can't come fast enough for me.

Even so, a couple of those mornings I had mentally prepared to get up early, bundle up good, and get out there for my runs, only to succumb to the warmth and magnetic pull of my bed. I just couldn't bring myself to leave the comfort of my mattress. Ever have that happen?

Well mid-week it finally started warming up, and I couldn't wait to get out there to run.
After work Wednesday (it was above 40 degrees I think), I rushed home, changed into my running gear and went for a 3 miler....I went at about a 8:40 pace and I felt really good...it was great to be outside again....most of the snow/ice had melted...and I also tried my first GU before this run...I wanted to try it on a shorter run to see how my body would react....it tasted good (Tri-Berry) and I didn't throw up or anything...so, I am going to start trying to use them on my longer runs now.....

Thursday after work I went for another 3 miler before my basketball game and it was another fantastic run. I felt great and it was nice to be able to wear shorts outside again.

Midway through that run, though, a herd of 11 deer crossed the road about 50 yards in front of me. They were going from one field to another. I was wishing I had my camera because it was the coolest thing. It looked something like this:




I live in a suburb of Wichita, which is a city of about 400,000. One of the nice things about living on the outskirts is it's close to the city life, but I still get to do a lot of my runs on country roads where there aren't many houses, just fields. It's nice because I don't have to deal with traffic as much as I would in the city.

5 comments:

d.a.r. said...

Oh I am so jealous of the country road running! I love visiting my parents because they live just outside of the 'burbs in KC and the roads are so flat and barren!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I've had to stop for horses crossing, but we don't have deer out here. That must have been pretty cool.

Melanie said...

yes, the magnetic pull of the mattress has won many times. Many. Running outside of the city is lovely, I don't get a chance to do that enough though! Have a great weekend!

Diana said...

I too get to enjoy country "back" roads to run on, makes it much more enjoyable! Nice post prior to this one, love the ideas of a new runner...too bad we don't listen!
Looking forward to Sunday's game...go Cards, I have a really neat email story of Kurt and his wife I'd love to send it to you, please feel free to email me if you're interested and I'll forward it. He's a great guy!

Nikemom said...

love the mattress....need to get that morning thing going on again too! :D