Sunday, April 26, 2009

Forgot something

Check it out - Montana's new 100 miler!

No, Mom, I'm not going to run it.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Play Day!

Not much of a blogger these days. Way too much going on. After Wisconsin, I spent the weekend in Kalispell catching up with old friends. I did get in some running time, and there are photos somewhere...

Today, I ventured out for a long hike/run in hope of warm weather. Before my January injury, I had bought a new 70 oz. Camelbak bladder to replace the Nathan bladders that ALWAYS leaked. I just followed the 12k course of Don't Fence Me In for about 6 miles. My ankle did hurt today, and I'm wondering if it isn't my shoes. Although the Cascadia's feel like slippers, they might not have enough stability for me. It was a perfect trail running day, cool with little wind, and very few people.

On the way up to Rodney Ridge

Trying to run up (not sure which trail)

Lone biker speeding away from me

Finally, running again! Notice no leaking from the pack.

On the way to Waterline Trail

SpringtimeWish I'd had the camera ready. That's a kid on a skateboard being chased by a car.

Contemplating which way to go on Waterline

Rest break on Rodney Ridge

Davis Gulch road with DeFord Trail running alongside it

End of Rodney Ridge - legs were tired and it was rocky, so I slowed down. Didn't want to roll the ankle yet again.

Congrats Danni on finishing Diablo 50!

Be sure to sign up for Prickly Pear Don't Fence Me In on May 9th. There's 30k, 12k, 5k run, 5k dog walk options. Or, make a donation to support our local trail system!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I miss her so much!

I am thankful for this week with my niece...

Reading to ElmoSinging the ABC's
Reading the paper

I want the bright red crab sandbox!

Jack, my running partner for the week
The weather in Wisconsin cooperated a couple days - meaning no ferocious wind and lots of sunshine. Wearing Jack out so he would sleep through the night (and not wake D) was a great motivator. I ran 4 out of the 7 days. The crawling around on the floor with D must have stretched out the ligaments, because I was able to run 4 miles on a mix of pavement and trail the last day of my visit without any pain.
My heart is breaking a little though. Despite the lack of sleep, I enjoyed every moment with this little being. She is funny, smart, sweet and fun. I hope I can see her again very soon!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring Break Fun

This week, I'm playing nanny for my 17 month old niece (pictures to come when I get home). I have a much deeper appreciation for moms all over the world. D is on the move constantly. She's also very smart, and wanting to learn everything at once. For example, she was a bit freaked out by sun reflections until we showed her how the sun hits my watch to make the reflections. Now, she likes to find the sun, the watch, and will move it around to create the reflections. She's learning to say my name - "Iri." We've made trips to the library, grocery store, Wal-Mart, and hoping the wind dies down enough to go for a walk. Add in a basset hound and a lab and you've got CHAOS. But, fun chaos. Now, if someone could only teach me an easy way to work the dang car seat. 

Jack, the lab, has definitely helped me work the ankle. We go on 2-3 walks a day. There's a nice dirt walking path that we tried to run yesterday. I was slow, but managed 1.6 miles. There is no pain while running, but my achilles tendon is very sore afterwards. I still can't run uphill and not sure what's going on there. Hopefully, the doc can help me figure out the rest as we go.

Last, I finally know what a deer tick looks like. Absolutely gross and not something I wanted to learn more about. Welcome to Wisconsin!