COLD run on the Orting trail out to the 9 foot Latte and back with Zoe.
This week I had been sending Zoe messages about running to the 8 Foot Latte in South Prairie with me, with the promise she would be handsomely rewarded at the end of the 15 mile trek with a Latte on Tall Mom. So for fun I am calling our AMAZING run today the...
LATTE-ATHON 15 MILER:
During my Marathon training I loved the 15 miler because first, I crossed city lines and second, along the path is a 8-9 Foot wooden Latte. For a coffee freak, like me, this was a TREAT!! I have a few photos with my TALL LATTE friend, and have longed to go back to visit.
Zoe's longest run to date was her sub 2 hour Seattle Half Marathon effort end of November. So this run would be her LONGEST RUN EVER!! How sweet is that? When I pulled in to park Zoe was already there...UMMM WHAT?? That NEVER EVER happens to me because I am always 5-15 minutes early, years of basketball practice have me trained. VERY IMPRESSIVE ZOE!! I had double packed everything in case she forgot anything, I am an event planner and MOM= Overly Anal and prepared. (She did not need the water bottle, gloves, Gu or ear covers I brought, LOL!)
We set out in COLD temps just under 30', my fingers and backside were FROZEN. There was no shortage of conversation, from Christmas gift recaps, to movies, to abnormal fears, any and all topics came out on the trail. At one point we were talking about our shared fear of DOGS when...dun dun dun...ahead there was a LARGE and dark figure. "What is that?" A beast of amazing stature, possibly a Bear, Sloth or "Rodent of Unusual Size." The Irony that we would run past a SCARY and RABID Rottweiler while admitting our canine apprehension. In truth it was a beautiful, docile, ground sniffing, Black Dog with a slight hobble who, we hope, was just out for a morning stroll.
Soon after we reached the Half-way point and my TALL LATTE friend. Zoe was slightly distracted taking photos of semi-homeless cats but soon joined in the fun.. I SUCK at taking pictures with her IPhone, and had to take off my gloves.. go to Zoe's Blog to see more photos.
OK I know I look like a DORK but this running outfit was so right for so many reasons.. I was warm and comfortable, mission accomplished..
We passed very few runners/walkers/bikers/fisherman/lurkers on the trail. The frost covered the grass and moss creating a winter wonderland. The murky ponds were frozen over and the usual ranky smells were barely noticeable. This run was the last for my Asics. I crossed the finish line of my Marathon in these shoes, but now they are DONE.. (Tall Grandpa and Grandma gifted a $100 gift certificate to Fleet Feet which I will be spending ASAP! THANK YOU!!) The trail was CRAPPY today literally, there were piles of various feces scattered over the miles. We had swerved to avoid the CRAP but my poor size 10's ended up in a small pile, nice send-off huh?
With just 1 mile to go we saw a Bald Eagle snacking on a large fish. It is hard to tell from this photo but we were CLOSE to the majestic bird. We stopped to enjoy the rare sight, BIG MISTAKE. After 14 miles it is TOUGH to get started again. We got moving and were coasting for a negative split last mile. We passed the pasture where a cow was on the outside of the fence cry-mooing on the way out, thankfully a good cowmaritan had let the cow in the wire fence with his moo-friends.
We were DONE and Mount Rainier was out in full force.
More chatting about gun-time vs. chip-time frustration, the many words that end in "Athon" and "Athalon", 2010 Goals (Coming soon) and other topics I chose to omit, things are much funnier after having run 15 miles. WE SLOWLY raised ourselves standing, hello calf soreness, quick hug and parted ways.
CONGRATS to Zoe and her new distance PR!!! You are 333% poised for a 2010 Marathon. In case you are keeping track I am just 8.3 miles away from 1,033 miles :)
- HAPPY MONDAY!!
***I have this week off from work, so I will not be near a computer.. I hope to stop in the Bloggy world once my boys are all in dream land..