Sunday, December 27, 2009

6-mile Run

Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday. I may have sounded a little wistful as I spoke to my parents and brothers on Christmas...I was with them in India, having a blast, this time last year. But I can't complain...I have a sweet husband and wonderful friends...and I got some solid runs in over the past weekend, including a trail run.

Last week, I was recovering. I had a lousy cough that accompanied me on all my runs. I was not able to run outdoors, so I hit the dreadmill...I still find it immensely boring (though I am thankful it exists). This week, I couldn't bear to run indoors any longer. I am now running outdoors, trying to pretend the cough does not exist.

The 6-mile Run State Park (there are a few trails and not one is 6 miles) that my brand new GPS took me to, was no more than a little parking lot with a porta-potty. Thanks goodness for the porta-potty!
I wanted to start Christmas with a lovely trail run. But the trail was snow-covered,
so I ran 6 miles on the road adjacent to the trail. The Delaware-Raritan Canal runs parallel to the road... despite the dirty snow, bare trees and my incessant coughing, I enjoyed the run. I thought the view was pretty amazing.
This morning, I returned to the trail. The glorious 50 degree weather had melted the snow and I was running/wading through a scenic and slushy trail. I planned to run only 3 miles, so carried no gatorade or water, no cell phone, not even a trail map (this was supposed to be a simple trail...or so I thought). Predictably, I lost my way and sloshed/mud-skiied along the narrow trail for 3 more miles, by which point, I was parched and the forgotten cough had returned with a vengeance. I had also gotten my shoes and socks wet, scratched my leg on some briar and sported an impressive streak of blood...I even have proof...see! (as well as a very muddy sock).
This week: 29 miles (5 miles more than scheduled, thanks to losing my way on the trail today and being pulled into an uplifting discussion on holiday food at the group run yesterday).
Monday: 6 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: Spinning
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 6 miles group run
Sunday: 6 mile trail run
2009 has been a memorable year for me. Injury kept me from a couple of races and I lost my race-mojo...but I joined a running club and started running in a group, found an amazing running buddy/friend, started trail and hill running and finished the year with a great race and am hooked on races again.
Wish you all a wonderful New Year...keep running!


Emily said...

Sounds like you've been able to do some great runs over the past week. Unfortunately, the snow in MI has prevented me from running much outdoors, but I'm taking this opportunity to do some xtraining and rest my legs a bit.

lindsay said...

merry belated christmas! love the snowy/wintery pics. glad you were able to run, and run safely (for the most part anyway!) that is one nice gash you earned, hope it's healing well.

india, very cool! i am assuming the fam is still over there?

Abby said...

I love trail run battle scars :)

Happy holidays!

I Run for Fun said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Lindsay! Yes, the family is in India...and holidays are when they are missed the most!

Heather said...

It must be tough to be so far away from your family on the holiday. Nice job getting those runs in - the state park looks like a pretty run.

Beth said...

Awww, sorry about the scratch. Sounds like you ended up having a good year in the end. This was a great week, for sure. You always do a great job of getting the miles in. Happy New year and I hope all of your running dreams come true.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Ouch, but what a way to end off the year, such pretty pictures. Happy New Year to you and yours, all the best in 2010!

sandylsu said...

Kavitha! You have to take me on that 6-mile trail one Sunday! I ran 3 miles around NB, and yes, can also attest to wet shoes and socks, covered in mud!

Good to see you at Saturday's run. Let's definitely hookup and see if we can hit this trail run on a Sunday!

Scheri said...

The runs sound so fun! Sorry about the booboo though. Have a great New Year!

I Run for Fun said...

Sandy, it was good to see you, too. Let's plan to run the 6 mile run one of these days.

chris mcpeake said...

nice trail wounds, got to love that.
Happy new year

Ali said...

Happy New Year!

Great pics as always. And a trail trophy ... awesome

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