From my run yesterday:
The good- It felt so so good to run in the dry and cold climate that I am used to. While the views from my Hawaii runs were unreal… I’m just not so great with humidity it turns out. I’m sure I would adapt to it with more time and work but while we were there I just felt like I could not get my pace down (or avoid sweating to death;). It felt strangely refreshing to run when half of the time it was snowing and in the 28-30 degree range. I missed that ocean scene but fresh snow is pretty beautiful to look at too. Long story short, if I ever do a race in Hawaii… I’ll just be going for fun and not trying to PR because it would take a lot of training in humidity for me to hold race pace for more than a mile there.
The bad- While I was running I had unzipped my jacket a little bit because I was feeling hot (always strange to feel hot while running in snow) and boom. Snow fell from a tree right above me and landed on my face and also down my jacket and shirt. It was cold. But kind of funny.
I was worried about falling on the snow while I was out because the way I went it was all fresh snow and nothing had been plowed or shoveled yet so I did an experiment. I decided to wear my trail shoes for some extra traction. The Mazama Trail shoes are much lighter than my other trail shoes but the bottoms are crazy grippy. I never wear trail shoes for my road running but since I was running on snow for about 98% of the run, trail shoes worked out perfect to help me to avoid slipping.
I don’t do speed work in these conditions but an easy trail run on the snow worked really well for me. I know, I need to try out yaktrax or something but for some reason I haven’t yet.
I prefer winter to be cloudy and/or snowing because it feels warmer that way usually. The clear days during a Utah winter seem like the windiest and coldest days to me.
Nine miles yesterday and a tempo today. Do you stop right on the mile or do you stop on random miles lately? I usually try to hit the exact mile but my obsessiveness with ending right on the mile has tamed down with each year of running. I’ve got some speed work to do today!
Beretta is happy to be home and running around in the snow too.
Ketchup on the eggs but berry syrup on the pancake (didn’t want you to think I was putting ketchup on a blueberry pancake but if you have read my blog for a few years you wouldn’t be surprised by another weird food combination).
We went over to visit my parents yesterday and the snow at their house was up to the kids’ shoulders. Just a little bit different than the last week of their life.
It is almost my birthday month which I think is perfect timing for my shoe arrival. I have been wearing the Launch 3s for over a year now and they have become my go-to shoe. I used to wear the PureFlows pretty much exclusively but needed a little more support over the years but I still wanted a lightweight shoe. I’m going to put 50-100 miles on these beauties and write a full review on them. I think I’m already in love with them.
My dad was showing us his painting that he has been doing (he still can’t look at screens ((aka work for him)) so a lot of the day he spends painting. He pulled out this picture that his friend painted of me when I was a little girl. I lost my front teeth from running at top speed and tripping and knocking them out. Clumsy from day #1.
This picture was also shown of my mom and I one time in Florida. You can tell she is wondering what in the world I am doing.
Snacked on these with my mom.
Hung out with my dad.
And we went to Costco to get some food for our house because we were down to nothing after being gone for so long.
My sister-in-law had these at her house and hooked me on them. How have I waited so long to try these. Thanks to bulk shopping, I’ve got quite a few of these to enjoy. Anyone else like these?
Last night I went to do some things for church (I work with the youth and we did some genealogy and family history) followed by painting. The only time we can paint is when the kids are asleep…
Oh and two random pictures from Tuesday night. Neither of the kids slept on the plane at all and by the time we were in Salt Lake City they were nuts. From Andrew’s brother’s door to our door it took 13.75 hours and we had no idea what to expect;)
Andrew’s parents met us at the airport with Beretta and I’ve never seen them so excited to see somebody/something before… they hugged her as much as possible and Knox exclaimed it was the best day of his life.
People with dogs… what do you do with your pup when you go out of town?
-We are lucky and one of Andrew’s brothers watches Beretta for us.
Any other La Croix lovers? Favorite flavor? Besides water… what is your goto drink?
Running on the snow… what do you do? Wear yaktrax? Run in areas that are clear? Treadmill? Anyone do speed work on the snow?
Ketchup on your eggs… yay or nay? Salsa? Hot sauce? Plain? Or other?