Friday, June 29, 2012
This morning I hooked up with the Nibley Runners, and we car pooled up Blacksmith Fork Canyon. Joe, Eric, Sandra, Natalie, Greg, Tami, Brie, Pam, Annai, Kendra, and me. That's 11 in the car!!! Good thing the driver had an older Suburban! Anyway, runners were dropped off at varying points in the canyon. I chose to be dropped off at the Hydro Plant. (This is the start of the Freedom Run and TOU Half.) From that point to my house, following the TOU route, would be 10.7 miles. If I followed the Freedom Run route and then went to my house I was looking at around 12 miles. I chose the TOU route.
It was a nice quiet morning run. I wore my yellow jacket and gloves, but after 1 mile did not need them, so had to stop and rearrange my running gear. Last week I ate some Cliff Blocks and had GI issues. This morning I stuck with GU and GU Chomps and was fine. I took my belt and had 1 water and 1 gatorade. Others dropped off their water/gatorade bottles at different points on the route.
On Hollow Road, I was looking at this Pumpkin Patch. (I know, kind of lame) It was very well taken care of, and while I took a picture of it apparently I got those fox tail burr pokey things in my shoes! I started running and immediately felt something sticking the top of my left foot! Funny how it is always the left foot that has issues! Anyway, I pulled off the ones that I could see, and continued on for like 20 steps. Then I hobbled to the nearest driveway and took the shoe COMPLETELY off, and found not One, but TWO of those POKEY things sticking through my shoe! So this added time. But it was not like I was going for a PR or anything.
I forgot just how hot Hollow Road gets. Not alot of shade along the way. Nice to see a milk weed! We used to have a bunch of these down our street, when it was just alot of fields. Now lots of houses and no milk weeds.....no monarch butterflies.
These roosters were very noisy this morning.
It took me 2 hours and 4 minutes to go 10.5 miles! Not my best by any means. But I did get those miles under my feet.
As I was walking home, my dear daughter was coming home from swim practice and gave me a ride to the driveway. I was one house away, so we laughed at that.
Ash and I went to Kneaders for breakfast. She had the French Toast, and I had a ham, egg, cheese breakfast sandwich on a crossiant. We sat outside in the sun. Had a wonderful time with her!! Great way to end a so-so run.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
|Rose and her daughters!|
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
After the slowest, crappiest, poopiest, shittiest, most awful, good-for-nothing 3 miler run at Bear Lake, I registered for RAGNAR!!! If you were in my mind, you would totally know that this makes Perfect Sense! ............ NOT!
Call me CRAZY! Registering and paying for a running event 1 year in advance??? Is that commitment? or do I need to be committed?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
|Roz, Joy, Stephanie, JoAnna, Karrie, Jill, Rose, & Lori|
Tuesday night, our Northern Exposure Running Group met in Smithfield at Mack's Park. We decided to run down the canyon. We all piled in Stephanie's van and she shuttled us up to the top. I love running downhill. This is just what I needed. Yesterday's 3 miles were really sucky. I walked ALOT, so I was hoping for a good run. I wanted my legs to feel strong, and my mind to push doubts away. Yep, this route was PERFECT.
We all walked for about 5 minutes, then each of us took off at our own pace. Jill and I ran together for a little bit. Then Karrie caught up with us. We ran as a trio, then I heard a weird noise behind me. I stopped to see what was going on, it was Roz. She was coughing (asthma). I ran with Roz the rest of the way. It was a perfect pace. Our total tonight was 4 miles.
About half way down the canyon there were some teenagers hiding in the bushes wearing Halloween masks. A car coming up the canyon told us about them. Apparently they scared the crap out of the car by jumping out and screaming at them. I was glad that we had the heads up!
Stephanie was so thoughtful. She even brought ice cold water for all of us to enjoy at the end of our run. Thank You Stephanie!
Tonight's run was my new shoe's maiden voyage. I love these! They are Lunar Eclipse +3 by NIKE. Feet felt good. I think I will loosen the laces up a little bit though.
I love running with these ladies. It never matters what your pace is. Everyone is so supportive! I am so glad that I met these incredible, inspiring, and awesome women!!
Friday, June 8, 2012
JoAnna was riding as one of the Huntsman Town Heros, but decided to ride with her daughter instead. I was worried about Ella and Jacque....wondered how they would do riding 18 miles.
Before our start time, LRRH had set up the Tie Dye Cafe. Coffee, hot chocolate, OJ, and a morning breakfast which consisted of muffins, bagels, fruit, and oreos dipped in peanut butter.
|At the start. |
|Hanging with the hippy chic!|
|Jacque & Ella|
|Mandy & Roz|
|Lori & JoAnna|
|Tami, Roz, Mandy, Joy|
|Check out those arms!! Light must have been hitting them just right, |
cause I actually see a "tricept!"
The aid station in Trenton was fantastic. A CLEAN HoneyBucket! Let me just tell you, during running events with men, those HoneyBuckets get pretty NANSTY! Nothing like sitting on the toilet with a stinking urinal right in your face!
Anyway, the aid station was very well stocked: GU Chomps, GU, water, granola bars, licorice, just to name a few.
The LUNA crew were very supportive, ringing their bells and cheering us on.
Crossing the finish line!
Next year, definitely! And I will ride a longer distance for sure! What a great day, and I am so glad that I was able to share it with my daughter and wonderful friends. I am truly grateful for my health, and that I am able to do these athletic events.
I have been told that Alice Telford is the founder of the Little Red Riding Hood Cycling event. Alice started riding when she was in her 60's! When she started Little Red there were just 25 women for that first ride. With the support of the Bonneville Cycling Club, it has grown steadily since then. What a neat lady!!