Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dirty Love 10k Trail Run

Brrrr! When I arrived at the race site, I initially sat in my car contemplating taking a DNS. I thought about running inside the shelter, picking up my race bib and mug, dashing back to my warm car, and driving back to my warm house! But when I went inside the shelter, saw all the runners hanging out, smiling and chatting, I knew I couldn't leave. Time to suck it up! Afterall, it was 18 degrees and the wind wasn't THAT bad...yet!

We lined up for a cross country-style start. As we listened to the race director say that runners will be crossing a creek during the first mile, I glanced over to my warm car. Hmmm...I could just slide out of the crowd unnoticed and drive away in my warm, DRY car. But alas, I reminded myself I do not DNS (except the one time when I had rotovirus. Today I was healthy so no excuse.) A couple more announcements and we were off trampling through the fluffy snow. This might actually be fun. Could that be?

The creek crossing at a quarter-mile in caused an 8-minute log jam for everyone to cross. No biggie because this wasn't a "race" to me, but rather was a great excuse to run 6.2 miles with company. After about 20 minutes in, I was over-the-top happy. All body parts felt good and I wasn't going to die of frostbite. Good fun! The volunteers were great at water stops at 2.5 miles and 4 miles. Loved the ups and downs of the trail and enjoyed the beautiful view afforded to all of us on this snowy morning.

I crossed the finish line with a huge smile and gave out many thank you's to all the kidnd volunteers. We are lucky to have such an active running community here in Northern Ohio.

Post-race, I grabbed coffee and hot cocoa for my girls and we had great fun playing Country Dance on the Wii. What a great start to Sunday!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dear Valentine

I love it and it's just my size!

More great ideas from Century Cycles!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Break Over

I took a little break from blogging - mostly because I ran out of stuff to say...and stuff to do. I had injured my foot from my overzelous race schedule (you know, running 4 half marathons in 4 weeks) and needed a break. Ahhh, and let me tell you, I feel repaired and refreshed...and plumper (unfortunately). Five weeks of no running kind of adds a little sumthin' sumthin' to the waistline, which is going to require a little extra effort over the next few weeks to remove!

My foot feels normal again and no other body parts are barking at me. I even ran two pain-free miles the other night. And I've been enjoying cross training, which I started this week. Who knew 2 miles on the indoor track could seem like an endurance training event? Yeah, this girl! After 5 weeks of vegetation, I actually feel like I'm starting at ground zero. No worries, this week I've run, biked, and did the elliptical (what do you do on an elliptical anyway? It's not running or walking or stairstepping?). Tonight, I have yoga and and tomorrow is Zumba class with my daughter.

I never knew slowing down could be so fun.