How is your running/exercising/activity level going? For many this is a tough time of the year because of the heat and humidity. If I get out early it’s good because the temperature hasn’t risen (nor has the sun risen too high in the sky quite yet). Sometimes my schedule demands an afternoon run and I have to hope that the monsoon rains haven’t started yet because they can be unpredictably fierce.
On Friday I did my long run out on Lake Mary Road. I had Glenn take my picture because I was wearing my “I Run 4 Jenna” shirt and I’m rooting for Tim Boyle to be on the cover of Runners World Magazine. I know that whoever wins is going to make for a GREAT story… but my heart is with Tim on this one!
There were some runs before Friday’s… I ran again yesterday, too. Monday’s run, however, was really wonderful. I headed up a dirt road near my house and ran near the Observatory Mesa. I enjoyed beautiful, peaceful surroundings, a gorgeous view, and quite a climb! I had one of those moments when I was heading back down the hill, looking at the San Francisco Peaks where I just put my arms out like they were wings and felt like I could fly…
Tuesday it was time to head to the track for our TRF speed workout. Tuesday’s workout was 3 fartlek intervals of 3 min – 2 min – 1 min with 2 minutes of recovery (recovery, slower-paced running) throughout. I was greeted with a beautiful sky…
Today, since I took the day off of running, I thought I’d do three things:
#1 – Try not to panic that I have THREE races this month! All of them are trail races. One of them is a Half Marathon that my email says is “considered one of the most scenic and challenging Half Marathons in the Southwest!” One of them is called “Gaspin’ in the Aspen” and in a mountain town at 7,000 feet that can only mean one thing!
#2 – Sign up for my one and only marathon for 2014. Tucson Marathon here I come!
#3 – Sign up for my VERY FIRST Ultra! The Pemberton Trail 50K is on Valentine’s Day 2015. Do I panic now? No way (well maybe a little)! I am SO INCREDIBLY excited to start this journey! Running all of the trails around Flagstaff will be a must ~ and I can’t wait to share all of my training here. So much to learn…
Is there anything you’re planning on doing that you never thought you’d EVER do? When I was in college playing basketball we had to run 4 miles in 35 minutes (and repeat the run if we didn’t make the time cutoff) during preseason. It took me two tries and I barely made it on my second try. There is no way on God’s Green Earth that I ever imagined running more than 30!
What’s your go-to fuel on a long run?
Random Question of the Day: What’s your favorite summer fruit?