"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit."
What was I just saying? Oh yeah, I can't get enough early morning trail runs! If I could start every day with a trail run, I would. Katherine and I headed out just before 6am this morning on Bonneville Shoreline Trail at the Coyote Hollow trailhead. We headed up the Potato Hill trail to Ann's trail, southbound. We had never been out so far on Ann's. What an amazing trail! We loved it! It was raining/sprinkling/misting on us the whole time, but it was warm enough that we weren't cold. The fog and mist that was rolling around the hills was amazing! The trail was rolling, mostly uphill on the way out and speedy downhill on the way back. There were patches of mud that made us slip and slide, but not too much. Overall is was fantastic! Plus, we saw a deer and heard lots of birdsong which made it even more awesome!
Headlamps to start.
One misty, moisty morning, when cloudy was the weather...
My best trail running buddy!
Can you see me?
The giant mansions throw me off, but only a little.
On top of the world!
We made it back to the car, a bit wet and muddy, but oh so very happy!
I can't get enough early morning mountain runs! Today I ran from Hidden Valley Park down to Corner Canyon on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. I ran into a bit of rain about a mile in, but it only lasted about ten minutes and there was a lot of tree cover, so I didn't get too wet. Meghan texted me to make sure I still wanted to run since it was raining. She makes me laugh! C'mon Meghan! I ran all dang winter, a little rain isn't going to stop me! Meghan and I had planned on meeting up at the Coyote Hollow trailhead in Draper at 7:15a and I arrived just a few minutes before. By then, the sun was coming out and it was turning into a beautiful day. Meghan and I ran up Clark's and down Coyote Hollow which is one of my favorite runs right now. I contemplated running the hour back to my car, but it was already 8:20a and I was ready to get home and hopefully shower before anyone woke up. Luckily that worked out and everyone was sleeping at my house when I got home. It was a fantastic run. I felt great, and even better, it was one of those fantastic runs that puts in you a great mood for the rest of the day!
Hidden Valley Park
Just before I got caught in the rain.
Mountain Lion bridge.
Thanks, Lindsay, for this brilliant idea. I have taken the wrong way back more than once.
Waiting for Meghan at the Coyote Hollow trailhead.
My new green visor! Visor LOVE.
We hadn't run a mile and Meghan had to stop for a photo op. This canyon is so beautiful it's hard to run without stopping for photos!
A little trailside ab work. Hey, is there any more beautiful place to stop for some morning crunches?
Meghan's dog, Lola was so excited to be out on the trail with us today!
Thanks for the wonderful run, Mae! And for the lift to my van!
Yesterday Meghan met me at my house just before 6am and we did Viscounti out and back. We were both feeling a bit blah. Meghan hadn't run since our race and was having a bit of trouble with her calf and I was up half the night before taking my oldest to the emergency room for a severe earache (he's just fine now, but has a bit of an infected ear canal and had compacted ear wax in both his ears.) We took it easy with lots of walk breaks, which was just fine with me.
Don't faint. I didn't wear a visor on my run yesterday. Don't worry, it was before the sun came up.
This week has been nice. Monday I switched it up a bit and headed, with Katherine, to a free yoga class at Salt Lake Running Co. It was the perfect post race work out. Today Jeff and I headed to the gym for back and arm day. Then I snuck out for a super quick run before it was time to pick up Clarissa from preschool. I'm feeling very energized about running in general right now. I think all the cross training is starting to pay off, and I'm feeling strong when I run. Plus, the time spent lifting and doing yoga is a nice break and I enjoy running even more when I head out.
1.5 miles (I haven't run that little at once in a long time! It was over SO fast!)
Let's just say I'm a bit sore today. My inner thighs, glutes and back are the worst. Don't get me wrong, I can still walk up and down the stairs, and go about things as usual, I can just tell I pushed myself yesterday. It hurts, and it feels good. I know I tried hard and ran hard. I'm really proud of myself, and of Meghan too. We did it!
I was 19th out of 36 in my age division. 160th Overall out of 308. Not too shabby!