Trying Trails

I’m seriously considering giving as many new trails a try as possible before the end of the summer and documenting them on the blog. Ian Torrence wrote an article for Running Times Magazine about trail etiquette that you can read HERE if you’re interested in hearing from a pro!

Aspen Corner

On Friday Glenn and I went to Aspen Corner – a trail you can find off of Snowbowl Road in Flagstaff. The views were gorgeous…

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Isn’t it amazing what kind of pictures you can get with an iPhone?

I don’t think we followed the trail properly so I can’t wait to get back out there and explore again. There is at least one place that you can head off of that trail and onto part of the Arizona Trail for a couple of miles. Once I get acclimated to that area and the turnoffs I think it’ll make a great place to head when I want a mid-length, sometimes-really-tough trail run.

Soldiers Trail

This is technically not the first time I’ve been on Soldiers Trail. Two of the NATRA summer races (both part of the Run Flagstaff Summer Series) are run on that trail. It is, however, the first time I’ve ventured out on my own. The trail was easy to follow and provided some fantastic single-track rolling hills.

Fort Tuthill is the location of Soldiers Trail and the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course (among other things) that Glenn and Andrew were enjoying while I ran…

IMG_7140So there you have it! Two new trails that I will take you on when you visit me in Flagstaff!

The Snowbowl Hill Climb

Let me give you the skinny on this awesome event! The 5th Annual TRF Snowbowl Hill Climb is a race up Snowbowl Road.

Distance: 7 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet

This race was so much fun! There were individual runners, 3-person relays (aid station #2 where I volunteered was one of the relay exchange zones), middle of the pack awards, the Mama Burger Challenge (eat a Mama Burger at aid station #3 and finish the race), age group awards, fastest first mile, Rob Krar starting the race (I am so embarrassed that I didn’t congratulate him when I was standing right next to him at check in!)… you name it! You can head over to Team Run Flagstaff’s Facebook page to see all of the fun pics HERE

 

 

Back at the Track & The TRF Snowbowl Hill Climb

It was so good to have Glenn back at the TRF track workout with me tonight. He’s taking it slow – but he was running and I’m hoping his foot holds up!

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Speaking of TRF ~ I don’t know if you followed the Western States 100 this year, but Flagstaff’s own Rob Krar won the men’s race! He spent some time (along with other talented runners) sharing stories and trail running with our KRF (Kids Run Flagstaff) team tonight. How awesome is that? Photos are HERE! He’s also going to be the official starter for TRF’s Snowbowl Hill Climb race this Sunday.

I’m volunteering at the race for the first time this year and I can’t wait to see what it’s like. It’s one of TRF’s two fundraisers for the year and it features a fantastic, challenging (yet do-able), fun, scenic run up Snowbowl Road. There are also awesome raffles, prizes, and awards. I’ll write all about it after the race… but if you’re going to be anywhere near Flagstaff this Sunday you don’t want to miss it. If you’re interested in learning more about the race you can check out the information page HERE!

If you were in Flagstaff would you give the Snowbowl Hill Climb a try (you can put together a relay!)?

How do you come back to workouts after being out with an injury after a long time?

 

 

Hello, again…

So… Now I Run

But apparently… Now I Don’t Blog!

Lots has gone on in the last month. We traveled to MI to visit my family…

My runs in MI were muggy and sweaty but I got them in… one morning I got home RIGHT before the skies opened and there was a torrential downpour…

IMG_6767When we got home I ran in another local 10K. This one was less hilly and I managed to PR – breaking the 9:00 minute/mile pace for 6 miles was a big milestone for me…

IMG_6813Glenn and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary…

IMG_6872On July 4th Team Run Flagstaff hosted another Downtown Mile. You can read all about the ridiculously fast finishes HERE if you’d like (watching a 4:16 mile happen at 7,000 feet is just amazing)! It’s a wonderful event that features different heats for different ability levels/ages. There were awards for top finishers, of course, but there was also a Middle of the Pack award for the runner in each division who finished in the middle. How cool!

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Bringing coffee from home was ESSENTIAL because volunteers needed to be downtown by 5:30 AM!

Sadly, we have realized that our family is not the cat-owning type and we parted ways with our cats. It wasn’t a happy day (or a series of decisions I’m proud of). We did, however, add another member to the family that I’m hoping will one day make a good running partner…

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Aspen!

We’ve had her for two weeks and all is going well. It’s a lot of work, but she’s sleeping for a long stretch at night which makes life easier for us (rest is beautiful).

Yesterday I went running on trails near my house and got a little “lost.” I say “lost” because I had a GENERAL idea of where I was and knew the GENERAL direction I needed to head after FIVE UPHILL MILES when I wanted to go home. When you get lost somewhere it’s nice to get lost where it looks like this…

I’m just under 4 weeks away from a trail half marathon that I haven’t been officially training for. Thankfully I’ve been keeping up with long runs between 10 and 13 miles this year so I hope I’ll be ok.

**I just realized there are WAY too many pictures of my face in this post!**

Tell me something wonderful that’s happening in your life!

Did you watch much of the World Cup?

Do you do any volunteering with races?