Monday, July 27, 2009

Jockey Hollow Trail Run

Hope you are all having a good week. I realize my posts have gone from a biweekly occurence to a weekly one...and I am hopelessly behind on keeping up with your blogs. I miss all the lively chatter of blogdom, but blogging unfortunately has to take a backseat for a while, as I throw myself heart and soul into my new job, training and everything else that I have going on at the moment.

I will pop up occasionally to remind you of my existence and post pics...please bear with my irregular behavior for awhile.

Last week's highlights:

1. The running club's final day of the 2009 Summer XC series and Youth Series. I was still feeling a little spaced out in my effort to ward off the flu with too much extra strength tylenol, but had promised Ken to volunteer at the kids' races...and I thought some sun and air would pull me out of the drug-induced stupor. It did lift my spirits to see the little munchkins and the not-so-little munchkins take their races...and their pizza and seriously. Ken had it all under control, so I just doled out T-shirts and pretended to be busy at all times. I had so much fun handing out organic lollipops at the lollipop dash. I also took some not-so-spectacular pics. I am too embarrassed to upload them on the club's website, so instead, you will have the privilege of viewing them.
Here you go...some of the kids in action

Well-earned pizza
The lovely cake created by Rebecca

All eyes on the cake

2. Saturday's 8-mile trail run at Jockey Hollow...part of Morristown National Historical Park.After fumbling with the directions for a while, I got to Jockey Hollow at 10:45. It was hot and humid, but the trees provided good cover. I parked here...
...and not wanting to waste time finding the trails, I started running on the road. There were some pretty steep uphill and downhill parts.I went off the road at places,
...staying in the shade of the trees......finally finding the trails after 6 miles. The trails were well-marked and maintained, and easier on the legs than I expected.

Don't you just love this little bridge?
Someone went crazy with the trail-markers.

Last week's workouts:
Monday & Tuesday: Sleeping Under the Influence of tylenol
Wednesday: Lazy 6 miles
Thursday: scheduled 18-miler, but was still feeling lethargic, so wimped out and slept instead (that's why training plans don't work for me; I need way too much flexibility!)
Friday: 8 miles
Saturday: 8 mile trail run with some hills
Very light week, I blame the bug. Summary of last week's runs: Enjoyable but exhausting. This week better be better!


Anonymous said...

Those pics are Beautiful! That must be a great place to run and do your training.

Heh, I wouldn't dare to post pics of my running grounds, as they would probably make you yawn on the spot.

Abby said...

I'm with you on the sporadic visits to the blog world these days, but I'm looking forward to coming back more regularly in the fall once all the craziness of summer is over.

Sounds like a great run - love the pictures!

lindsay said...

it's all good - work is certainly more important though not necessarily the favorite i'm sure :) make sure you are taking care of yourself and not stretching yourself too thin!

lol monday/tuesdays workouts... hang in there, rest up, and charge it full force this week!

joyRuN said...

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Those pics of where you run are beautiful :)

Marlene said...

That looks like such a beautiful place to run! Sounds like the Team event was fun, too.

Hope you feel better!

Erica said...

Hey hey! Never apologize for not blogging! Life can get so busy and living IS more important than blogging :) Watching the kids race sounds like a lot of fun!! organic lollipops ??? There exists such a thing? What is the brand name and where do I get these? I want to try one :) You had a fabulous week of exercise despite the illness- you rock!

Beth said...

Bery cute pictures of the kids' race. Looks like you are doing great dispite the illness. Hope you are 100% soon.

Roisin said...

Cool pictures! It looks similar to the park I run in when I'm in Cleveland...except yours has more hills of course ;)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

totally understand the work stuff, glad it seems to be going well :) Beautiful pics!!

Mica said...

What a beautiful place to run! I bet the air smelled really...fresh. I need to find some trails now!

Heather said...

Great pictures. Hope work settles down and you feel better soon!

Ken said...

I think that the pics of the kid's races are great and I would like to use one or two of them for the club Newsletter. As for the lollipops, the kid's race was part of a series that ended last Tuesday. After the first race one of the mothers came up to me and was upset that we didn't have organic lollipops. I told her that I didn't think that such a thing existed but for the next race she brought a whole bag of them that we used for the rest of the series. I don't remember the brand name but I can find out.

I Run for Fun said...

Ken, I picked the best pics I are welcome to them. Some of them are camera is so slow, the kids would run by before I could click! Ha ha...I will send you the whole batch and you take your pick.

I don't remeber the name of the brand, either...though I was handing them out. Hmm...there can't be too many of those out there.

Irene said...

I find with this time of year the blog banter and running boards are a little less chatty than normal. Perhaps everyone is on vacation or out taking advantage of the weather?

You always have some of the most scenic pictures from where you've run! Thanks for sharing! I love to watch the kids race!

Emily said...

You still got in some great runs this past week despite feeling under the weather. Hope you recover fully soon. I always try to choose shady paths, too. Something about running in the sun makes me even more tired!

Vickie said...

I think we all go through times in the blog world where everything else gets in the way but we are still thinking of all our friends and wondering what they're up to. Checking in from time to time is better than nothing. Good workouts, despite being sick.

chris mcpeake said...

Kids look like they are having a great time. Nice pics

X-Country2 said...

Mmm, cake. :o) Great outdoorsy pics.

aron said...

love the pics!!! i have been really behind on blogging lately too :-/

trialsoftraining said...

Very cool pics!!! you go on some very scenic runs over there :)