Monday, October 26, 2009

Jockey Hollow "Hill" Run

Hope your weekend was enjoyable. I spent Saturday in Philadelphia, visiting a friend. Driving home late at night, I was caught in a torrential downpour and my little Hyundai Accent hydroplaned several times, while I watched helplessly. For more than an hour, the rain came down so fast, everything in front of me was a blur. I had to pull over to the side of the road and wait. Thankfully, no accidents happened.

Sunday was gorgeous after the rain cleared, and Glenn and I decided to go through with our planned 6-mile run at the historical Jockey Hollow Park. We were advised not to run the trails (more like swamps, after the night's downpour), but the roads were nice enough...we didn't come across too many people and hardly any vehicles. We ran/walked some pretty steep hills and sprinted a couple of times. This run was great...I could feel a huge improvement over last week's rusty runs. I was even game for some friendly competition, when Glenn broke into a sprint every once in a while.

Here are some pretty fall pics from the run.




Glenn ran part of the route after we were done, so I could get pics that would show the steep hills. I am a little disappointed the pics don't capture the gradient of the slopes so well...they seemed awfully steep when we ran!

I also got a few lovely pics of our neighborhood at sunset...sigh! Fall is such a beautiful time.

I turned in a decent 28 miles last week, apart from some biking and core work.
Tuesday (am): 6 miles
Wednesday (am): 5 miles
Thursday (am): 5 miles
Friday (pm): 6 miles
Sunday (am): 6 miles
I am ambivalent about races right now. Everytime I set my sights on a specific running goal, I seem to hurt myself somewhere in the process. I am just thankful I am able to run, and I am starting to enjoy hills, am loving the fall colors and am definitely hoping to stay uninjured. As for races...who knows? Maybe next year? We'll see.
You have got to check out Mel's Brooks giveaway and support Breast Cancer awareness...amazing stuff.

21 comments:

Emily said...

What gorgeous trails! I just signed up for a half marathon, mostly because half the girls in my internship are doing it. I want to work on improving my time (it'll be my 3rd half), so any tips you can offer would be much appreciated!

teacherwoman said...

Glad to hear you made it back safe and sound, despite the heavy rain.

Those pics are absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful time of year to be running!

Abby said...

The rain on Saturday evening was ridiculous down here - glad you made it back safely!

Heather said...

Great pictures! Looks like a beautiful time.

Marlene said...

Sometimes it's nice just to run for the sake of running.

Great photos - awesome that it cleared up for your run in such a gorgeous setting.

chris mcpeake said...

Nice place to run looks so quiet and peaceful

Erica said...

Just gorgeous. What a fantastic day. Glad to hear you're taking your time with the running and just ENJOYING!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Look at those Photos... OMG Pretty Pretty. I want to push pause and have the trees stay this way..

Thanks for the plug :)

Chad Sayban said...

What a beautiful run that had to be!

joyRuN said...

What a breathtaking run!

And yikes on hydroplaning - I've had that happen, & that helpless feeling is terrible.

lauren said...

gorgeous pictures and great outlook on running. :)

Mica said...

Jockey Hollow looks like a beautiful place to run!

Hydroplaning TERRIFIES me (as does ice driving). I don't like driving in any rain, not even drizzle. I'm glad you didn't get in an accident!

Molly said...

what great photos, this is absolutely my favorite time of year to run. Love living in the North East!

lindsay said...

beautiful pics! glad you had a good run! i've tried photographing hills i've run too... they definitely don't look as steep on camera as they are in real life.

Ali said...

Seriously can you make me a book of all your pictures, they are fabulous.

I am envious of your mile ... well done

Irene said...

Stopping by to say hi! Love those pinkish skies!

Coloradan said...

Love the fall colors and all your pics. Here in Colorado it already feels like winter.

The Happy Runner said...

Hydro-planing is so scary! Glad you made it home safe and sound.

Lovely pics!

I feel the same way about races these days. I guess it is just part of the cycle.

Nat said...

Such incredible shots !

chennairavi said...

Beautiful.....amazing pics and good post. Fall is certainly a wonderful time of the year.

Tony said...

Those are some great pictures.