Saturday, February 19, 2011

Drain spout fun - Anacortes, Washington

We went for a ride and a run in the Anacortes area and found these wonderful drain spouts on the side of a building. What a great way to drain the water from your gutters!!


Monday, February 14, 2011

treadmill vs outdoor running or how to be mentally tough and my inspirations

     My long run this week was a 10 miler. We (my husband and I) parked one car in downtown Bellingham and we drove the other to the Clayton beach trail access parking lot (aka the Chuckanut mtn. trail lot). It was a chilly day. With just enough chill and moisture in the air to feel cold. I wore my lightweight running jacket the whole run. The interurban trail is a wide, scenic, peaceful trail to run on. We connected it to the Taylor docks/Boulevard park to Market depot trail and on to our parked car for our total miles.

You can find info. on this trail by clicking here

     I do all of my weekday running on a treadmill. I had decided that since the events I enter are on pavement that I should do my weekend long run outside, so I can get used to running on a harder surface.  I have been having some pretty good aching the night of our long outdoor runs. So much so that I dread our long runs because I know that the night time will be pretty bad. The next morning I seem to be fine, so I know it's not a fitness issue but a hard surface pounding issue. I am going to start adding 2 outdoor runs to my weekly routine, to see if this will help the aching after my long runs. As I've gotten older I've noticed that this is becoming more of an issue with me.
*edit note - I recently found a good article on running outdoors vs treadmill running. Here's the link I need to learn how to be mentally tougher and just suck it up, since my aching doesn't linger on for days afterwards, and accept that this is just part of the experience of my long run day. I have noticed that others seem to do their adventures/exercise etc. without a lot of vocalizing about their bodies pain levels. I love to read about adventurers and explorers who go to extreme areas where their bodies and minds are tested beyond anything I have ever experienced. I often wonder where do they get this inner strength to get through. They seem to take it on as just a part of the process of what it takes to get to where they want to be. I really admire that quality in people. Some examples of people that inspire me are my daughter and my sons and a person who I follow on her blog. My daughter is the mother of 3 very energetic girls, yet she finds the time and the energy to go for to a  kickbox class, and 2 Zumba class workouts all in one day. Then she calls me and tells me how awesome her workout was and how great she feels. My sons chronical their activities in their blogs. Jason is a rock climber/long distance trail runner. He has done some things that can only be described as epic, yet when he calls he talks of the incredible experience that it was. His blog is at: . My other son Josh is a triathlete, he is currently training for the Grand Columbian Super Tri. After a long day of training he will call me and tell me how great his body did what he asked of it. His blog is at: . I follow the blog of DJan-ity. She is an excellent example of someone that is older than me, going after life. She is unbelievably active. She has done things I only dream of. She also seems to have the ability to totally be in the moment of where and what she is doing, without complaining about her body. Her blog is at: .
     My son has "Jason" has told me that when your body hurts that is great, it means that you are alive. What a great concept. I'm hoping my training plan will help with the after aches on my long outside run days. I will also be training my inner voice to say "wow, that was great - I feel like I accomplished something today" instead of "I don't want to do that again, that hurt too much".

All in all I am just very thankful that I can do everything that I do.