Thursday, July 29, 2010

What a pleasant run this morning except for the HOT and HUMID weather. I ran at a decent pace this morning covering 5.5 miles and had it been a little cooler out there I probably could have gone a little further. It felt like I was the only one out there this morning, little traffic and less walkers/runners and bikers. Maybe they were smart and stayed in bed knowing how humid it was out there... but I am done for the day and it feels great! I want to do it again tomorrow morning, and then Sunday go for a long run of 14 miles... It can be done, I just need to start preparing now!!!
Have a great day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday morning run... short one since I hadn't run all week with the exception of the was cloudy, overcast but muggy and warm! 5.50 miles is ll I had in me this morning, but it felt great to be back outside running free! I have a little over two months before the "Big Event" and I need to kick it up quite a bit just to be able to cross the finish line!! So I will be back out there in the morning going a little further!! Have a great day!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Way too hot this morning... so I slept in and decided to run inside on my treadmill! Yes, my Hubby moved the treadmill from the garage into the house for the Summer! I really prefer to run outside, as I enjoy the scenery, and feel like I am going somewhere... but on extreme heat days, the treadmill will have to do!
The Treadmill faces outside, so I can see the cactus, and lizards run across my front yard, (well... I saw one lizard), I can see the neighbors driving by, and this morning, I saw kids on their bikes whizzing past... hard to concentrate... I turned the fan on overhead, and turned up my Ipod and began my "run." Boring!! I had a tough time getting motivated, I set the speed and incline to closely match the outside...I think I sweat more inside, but I got some running in, and plan to get up super early and head outside...running indoors made me appreciate the beauty I get to see outdoors!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A quick 3 miler this morning was all I could do in the 94 degree weather at 6:30 AM!! ( It wasn't so quick either!!!) Supposed to be 115 today too. Not sure, who trains for a Marathon in the summertime here in AZ...? Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Good Grief! It's HOT out there! Went for a 5 miler this morning, and had a hard time breathing it was so stuffy out there! 92 degrees when I left the house at 6:40 this morning...My knee felt pretty good, I hope I am back to feeling healthy that way! Can't afford any more injuries or hidden pain anywhere!
As I was on my way back home, I crossed the street, and noticed a truck pulled over, looked alot like my hubby's and sure enough, he brought me a COLD bottle of water! Running in the desert, I have learned to ration my water, so by the time I finish it, the water it not so cold or refreshing! I stuck my head inside to cool off with the A/C and boy, did that feel GREAT!!! Everyone should have a Hubby like mine... I need to have him bring ice cubes next time....hahaha!
Great way to start the day!!! 5.46 miles done...Enjoy!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Oh, the past several days were a Runner's Paradise! Went to Idaho to visit my Mom and attend my HS reunion. Always, looking for a new place or route to run, I took to the canal banks near my mom's. The canal banks are packed with soft gravel rocks tht felt great on the knee! The weather was cool, a perfect 56 degrees outside and compared to 93 degrees at that time of the morning here in AZ, it was wonderful! I felt I could have run for miles and miles! As I was running, I was surrounded by the water in the canal, marshes along the other side, and low behold train tracks! I laughed when saw them, and wondered when the last time a train actually rolled along these tracks... well, about 3 minutes later here came the train!! Hahaha... couldn't believe it! !

I am now back in AZ, went out for a run this morning, and I was paralyzed by the heat at 93 degrees this morning!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!!

Got up early before it got too warm to run... it was a really nice morning.. about 82 degrees. I felt pretty good this morning starting out, got in a zone and went for it... about mile 3.5 - just out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like a Mountain Lion walking beside me. I froze, came to a halt and shook for about a second... he was walking as if he was in the jungle somewhere.. I am actually starting to wonder where I do live...??? I grabbed my Iphone, thinking: take a picture of this, no one will ever believe this but as I tried to get my phone and take picture, I didn't want to make any noise and I called my husband instead... ( ya know, talking is much quieter than taking a picture...hahaha...) I think I woke Vito up, but he answered and asked if I was ok... I said, "No, I am looking at a mountain lion..." (Bobcat...same thing..) I said I was going to try and take a picture he said, " don't be crazy and get out of there.. I'll come get you..." I knew I had 7 more miles to go, and had to finish.. I told him I would cross the street and keep going... and would call him when I got across...
Seriously, I lost track of him...the bobcat... and then I wondered if he- the Bobcat- was going to track me like a bear.. crazy thoughts do run through my head at times...He was beautiful, golden orangish in color with brown spots, yet, frightening to see him that close to home and out of no where. I really and truly think someone wanted me to see him... I need to be more cautious when I run... who knows whats out there!!!
I finished 10.20 miles, felt great until mile 9.5 when my knee/hip let me know it was time to stop!!
Next week is a 12 miler and I will be runnng the streets of Idaho... what wild animal could I possibly find there...???