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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nature Run

My last run with Kerrie at Mom vs. Marathon she gave me a Christmas gift.. It was a Snowy Owl tree ornament. Why a Snowy Owl?? Because I am a running bird watcher, I get JAZZED anytime I see an Eagle, Hawk, Herron, Duck, etc.. while on the run, and I spot them pretty good. So the ornament was a treasure from my good friend.. THANKS KERRIE!!

FAST FORWARD...

Kerrie and I met on Sunday morning, clear and crisp on the Foothills trail in Orting. We didn't have a pace in mind, our plan was to run 7 miles followed by coffee with Chelsea. This is a perk about not having a race to train for, we are pretty relaxed.

Soon I will start training for a FAST 5K in March in the mean time I plan to get in my weekly mileage and enjoy the run. We both felt a little off, but kept plugging along.. conversation was great an included quotes for movies like "Anchorman" and "Napolean Dynamite". There were loads of Bikers on the trail..

Early on in the run at the portion near the River we saw a Bald Eagle take off out of the water with talons hanging down, the wing span was probably over 5 feet across.. MAJESTIC!!! This set the tone for the relaxed and fun run.. There is a field with what I was calling Osprey, some Running Birdwatcher I am, I get the names wrong... I was later informed the TALL BIRD is actually is an Emu which is part of the Dinosaur family (Thanks Kerrie). She was so close to the fence we had to stop for a couple photos.. Me with my TALL friend...
She (the bird is a she we decided) was making a funny growling sound, which we took as a pur like a Kitten. I was totally comfortable, Kerrie was a bit more timid, mind you she has a fear of Canadian Geese and this creature is much larger..
2 bird sightings this was a GOOD DAY!! Our legs were turning over fast, I felt great, and realized I hadn't looked at my Garmin much at all.. The trail started to stink and I said "It's Smells Fishy!" Kerrie agreed as I looked to the water...

Don't see what we are looking at??It was a LARGE Salmon swimming upstream. CRAZY!! Now I know what the droves of Fishermen are casting for 80% of the year... what a fish!! Next we spotted my friend Jess on her last training run before her Half Marathon...quick hello and off we went.. The last mile we were SPEEDY I think we both wanted to be done, we clocked in at 8:23 pace as we saw Chelsea pull into the parking lot. GREAT 7 miles at under 9 minute pace, with loads of Nature to keep us entertained..

Love it!


  • I was interested to see what Nature or other things people have seen while on the run, so I posted the quotes on Facebook HERE with some crazy answers.

  • So I pose the same question here... Leave comments with some interesting things you have spotted on the RUN.

  • Details on the 1,000 Club coming this week... Thank you for your patience :)

10 comments:

erindegroff said...

I always see a lot of deer where I run. I've also seen fox and owls.

CJ said...

On the C&O canal towpath (Maryland) on Sunday, we saw blue heron and a fox. Oh, and horses.

Carla said...

I love seeing birds and other critters while on a run! Sometimes I see deer on my neighborhood run, and one time one doe "paced" me for a short stretch, which was a huge thrill.

On the Orting trail, starting from Meeker and heading to Orting, I've seen a pocket owl (near the Christmas tree farm) and a very bold coyote (near McMillan). The coyote kind of scares me, the way he isn't scared of us.

Phoebe said...

Thank goodness you're back! I hope you didn't have any trouble getting things running again on your
blog. (Or... am I the only one who found links to porn on here yesterday!?)

I'd say "nice, bird" but I'm afraid it might be interpreted as x-rated given yesterday's racy links!

Laura said...

There is a bald eagle's nest near the trail I run in the summer. I also see quite a few herons. Lots of geese, and I'm always afraid to make eye contact with them.

During my first half marathon we ran past a llama farms and I'm pretty sure the llama's all thought we were crazy.

TNTcoach Ken said...

I always see a ton of cigarette butts! That's a log in the water......... HA

Shannon said...

Glad I stumbled across your blog. Nice reading! Not too many crazy things seen while running,... jumped over a snake stretched across the trail once, though. Thought it was a stick until I turned to look back at it. Yikes! I am not that adventurous, I guess, because I opted to loop around instead of doing the planned out-and-back. Also have seen deer, wild turkeys, and bald eagles. Mostly, it's just me and my thoughts, though. Happy running!

Margie said...

Deer are really common in my area, but once on an early morning run, I saw what had to be deer daycare- there were two does with no less than five spotted fawns surrounding them. It was pretty funny.

Ricole said...

What's this Orting Trail like? How many miles is it, where do you enter, and is it amazing? I am always looking for new (and especially amazing!) places to run as the BPA Trail gets very tiring after awhile!

Jessica said...

I saw a Bobcat just a few weeks ago!!! Scared the Ba-Jeezus out of me!! At first I thought it was a big dog...then realized there was no owner...then realized what it actually was!! IT was crazy because it was in the middle of a city park, but the center is lots of woods!!