Hello, Again!

Planning for the Spring session of “Step Into Running” for Team Run Flagstaff (TRF) has officially begun. It’s incredibly exciting to think about introducing or reintroducing people to running in a positive, supportive, and safe environment. I’m so thankful to be a part of it. Meeting at Flag Buzz coffee with good people who love this program made the job even easier…

IMG_9143Yesterday after the meeting I said, “Hello again,” to the Fort Valley trails near my house…

IMG_9144Tonight I said, “Hello again,” to the NAU Walkup Skydome track for a workout with TRF…

IMG_9148The speed workout was a threshold/rep session. Three rounds of:

  • 6 minutes at threshold pace followed by
  • 3 X 30 seconds at rep pace

…with a minute of recovery throughout. I got to the dome early and put in a couple of miles on the concourse before the workout. It felt really good to be back with the Flagstaff running family. Two things I heard tonight :

Run ‘comfortably hard’

“The last one takes care of itself”

It felt really good to be back.

 

Spring Break 2015

To kick off my Spring Break I went to Vegas for the night to speak at a conference. This was my first conference speaking experience. I shared a talk with two other speakers for the wicked short window of time we were given to present. The talk was early in the morning (after a night of Vegas fun for many) and our attendance was small. These details made for a great starter-talk for me…

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Sunday I went for a long run… and then the family decided to go for an afternoon hike. “Going for a hike” in Flagstaff often means lots of work and this was no exception…

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Time for game night after meeting friends for dinner at Bigfoot Barbecue downtown! I love “Apples to Apples” because everyone can play no matter how hold they are. Us old folks had fun, the teenagers had fun, and KJ didn’t have to feel left out of the group. We even pulled out a game I’ve had since Middle School, “Jitters”, and had a go…

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Monday I spent some quality time with Ellie. Before I launch into that story let me just say she got a puppy. Axel might be the cutest dude on the planet (next to Cheo, of course)…

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We drove down to Sedona for a run and some lunch…

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IMG_9097It isn’t fair, is it? A quick 45 minute drive and I am in the middle of this beautiful red rock!

We are spending the last half of our break with my parents in their new place. That means cards…

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Dominoes…

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Runs with a view of the mountains…

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… and a Dunkin’ Donuts treat after my long run this morning!

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Thanks, Meagan, for the treats – I enjoyed my Salted Caramel Gu this morning!

IMG_9111How are you spending your first days of spring?

 

 

Snow and a Ponderosa Pine Cookie

It is going to be a busy week at our house: meetings, practices, rehearsals, work, school, travel ~ you name it, we got it over here at our house!

The weather looks like it will cooperate, however. Last week Flagstaff got dumped on – and that meant two school days for the boys and an additional delayed start for Gabe.

IMG_8997 IMG_9023The best part about Flagstaff snowstorms is how fast the sunshine returns. I may have spent a run on the treadmill and another couple in my tights, but by Friday my bottom half looked like this…

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On Wednesday the local paper published the photo I had at the end of my last blog entry. I am now calling myself a photojournalist…

Gabe went to an NAU basketball game this weekend. There was a blimp flying around that dropped some money and slips of paper. Gabe’s slip of paper told him to come down to the floor after the game to receive his “ponderosa pine cookie log!”

IMG_9035Big news! My parents bought a home in southern AZ to spend their winters! I cannot even begin to tell you how happy this makes me. If you read my blog for long you’ll know how important family is to me. They have a lot of unpacking to do, but I’m so incredibly thankful they will be close by…

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Thanks for your advice when it comes to racing and recovery. Shortly after I posted my last entry, I read Ian Torrence’s post Patience and the Ultramarathoner on IRunFar.com. It is a great read and I learned a lot ~ it’s easy to learn from someone who has been there and seems to have the heart for sharing his wisdom. His insight that it takes years to build fitness for ultra races made me relax. Though I won’t be training for the big-time, one day I will likely be training for my best race. It may be a marathon or an ultra. We’ll see. I just need to be patient and know that it may be years in the making!