Sunday, January 13, 2013

What Is Up?

Well let's see..what am I up to?  

Last weekend I finally ventured south for a run with friends. I live a good 90 minutes from the trails my ultrarunner friends go out on. If I drive to Afton it's 90 + minutes and driving to Lebanon Hills is a good 90 minutes. The 3 hour drive cuts into my day for sure.  Not to mention how sad Topaz is if I should leave him behind.

Sunday I met up with friends to run Lebanon Hills for 14 miles. I was surprised at the condition of the trails-they were perfect!  Snow covered but smooth-heated bathrooms with running water along the way. What a treat!

We ran 1 - 7 mile loop, stopped to refill frozen bottles and drop gel packets, I changed into a dry pair of mittens. It was cold but not windy. I went out for another loop and was pleased that it wasn't until half way through that I was becoming tired. Lucky for me, Maria had run 27 miles the day before so she was a bit slower than her norm and I could almost keep up. 

I really had a great time catching up with friends. It's been too long. I'm going to head to Kentucky  for a 50K in a few weeks. I didn't realize how happy it would make me to have a race to train for. Instead of running 5 miles with Topaz each day I have purpose to my run and it feels great. Yes, the months of relaxed running have been awesome..but I really enjoy having a race out there. When I first began to run 14 years ago, it was a scheduled 5K or 10K that propelled me out the door each morning. 

Today I was planning on heading back to Lebanon but something came up later this morning. Instead I woke early, ran with Topaz on the trail for an hour and just slipped and slid all over the place. The trails here are glare ice, it's 0F and 15 mph wind and my mind was worried about falling, causing my gait to go off. Pretty soon my stabilizing muscles were screaming. We ended up coming home, me to the treadmill, Topaz right beside it. I ran another 20 miles at 9:30 pace. I wouldn't have done that if I hadn't had a race out there. 

I listened to Ultrarunner Podcast-an interview with Jen Sheldon and another with Scott Jurek. I then watched a documentary "Running with Demon's" - gotta love modern technology!  The miles went by quickly and I felt good.

So..2013..no Gnarly Bandit for me this year. We are holding Mom's ceremony on June 1, the date for Kettle Moraine 100 this year. I may run the 50 mile at Zumbro. I'm not sure if I want to run 6 loops for the 100 miler. I am going to run Black Hills 100 at the end of June and I want to run Superior 100 again. Just can't get enough of that one.

For now, I'm just happy to be running :)

5 comments:

Olga King said...

Blackhills is a good choice for you! Gld you've been running, Jul.

Olga King said...

Blackhills is a good choice for you. Glad you're running!

Julie B said...

Thanks OLGA!! Good to be here that's for sure. The RD for Black Hills gave me free entry since I wasn't able to run last year. Pretty nice! Sorry I missed you though ;(

Unknown said...

KENTUCKY!!!!!!!!!

Happy said...

Glad you're back. I've missed your posts!