6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chasing Shadows

Stats for 5/25:
5.60 miles
Time- 46:32
Pace- 8:18

The weather has be AMAZING in the greater Seattle area. I live in the booming city of Puyallup in the foothills of Mount Rainier. Most of my training has been on rainy gray days, the kind of weather that the media projects on Washington. I am realizing the sun makes running sooo different. I have been testing some options for Summer gear, to make sure that I have the least distracting outfit on for the race next month. Lately I have noticed that my visor has been a constant source of annoyance, so I went on my 5 miler without it....hmmmm.. Sun in the eyes sorta sucks, will think of other options. I have never tried sunglasses for running, mainly because sunglasses give me a headache, but maybe it would be worth a try??

Still in hill training mode I headed down Car Killer canyon headed for Mount Doom. My legs were a little tired, but I could tell I just needed to warm up. Below is the view from mid hill on Car Killer Canyon, not too shabby right??
My goal was to run the level straightaways slower and speed up the inclines. I flunked on the first hill, can you say TURTLE SLOW. As I ran down I saw my shadow just in front of me. Shadows fascinate my 3 year old, I rarely notice mine unless he is nearby. Today I was aware, I used to see my shadow and turn because I looked like an 8 foot BLOB. Transforming me has chizzled my silhouette. I must say my shadow is a well-oiled machine...LOL.

Approaching going back up Car Killer Canyon I saw a young couple with 2 strollers blocking the sidewalk. I did not want to bugg them with my usual "On your left!!" Instead I hopped down to the street and sped up. It felt good, so I increased my tempo. I was bounding, sprinting, springing, up a hill that has in past months totally zapped me. VICTORY!!! When I got to the top I felt amazing and BREATHLESS.. I earned that breathlessness!

A quick run, home to shower, and over to my folks to build their new 12-foot trampoline with enclosure. SO FUN!! My 8 year old nephew and I jumped like little kids. Funny how running changes all aspects of your life. I would never have had the energy to jump on that trampoline without running. It may be subtle but if you pay attention you may notice that you are a shadow of your former (pre-running) self...

New photo of me and my boys coming soon, once I get the energy to upload the photos...

5 comments:

HEATHER said...

look at that mountain view in the picture! I need to move, the beach is way over rated, lol. Great job on your run!

Fair Weather Runner said...

yeah, those are some great views you have! nice. and nice hill busting run my friend :)

Rookie on the Run said...

Yep! I could SO live in Washington! What a gorgeous view with Mt. Rainier as a focal point. And all the trees. And all the green. Sigh...

Oh, your run!! Awesome job running up that hill! You are seeing the fruits of all your hard work in that hill... and in your shadow. ;D Love it!

The Happy Runner said...

I started running w/sunglasses last summer and can't run w/out them now. Squinting is no good and the sunglasses help. Try a few different pairs to find one that works for you!

Shelley said...

I have Nike running sunglasses and I love them!! I was amazed at how much energy and tension I held in my face by squinting my eyes in the sun. Plus, they keep the bugs and dust out of my contacts.

Gotta love nice days and exhilarating triumphs over hills! Hooray!