Wednesday, October 17, 2007


when you're having fun. At least, that's how it seems lately. Not necessarily in everyday life, but in my running life. Time flies on my runs now. But funny, it drags until the next time I get out there! I guess that's a good thing. It has to mean that running is going better, and it is. I've been holding myself back though, not doing much else but concentrating on the running--no biking, short swims, some weight training, more core. Not only do I want to get at least somewhat faster eventually, but I want to get more fit again.
I'm getting anxious for next week's run. I know a lot of other people will be doing a lot of other things that weekend. Must be one of the last big weekends of the year for races or something. And I know some people will be coming to Grand Rapids who were disappointed in Chicago, so that's something to look forward too.
This morning, it was my one hour run. It was warm enough for shorts again, but its so dark right now at this time of year! The only good thing about snow is it lights up the darkness. I was surprised at how fast each interval came and went. And for the most part, I felt good the whole way. I can always tell from my breathing and how my stomach feels if the run will be good. Running easy and taking the walk breaks seems to keep things under control. The only thing that makes it hard in the darkness is being somewhat restricted in my routes. I want to do a huge loop, rather than several small ones, but it gets the job done either way.

Not only was it warm this morning, but no wind. I could tell the skunks had a party sometime during the night, because almost every block I went down I could smell the odor. And with no wind, it hung in the air like an odious fog. I don't know where those smelly varmints hang out, but they seem to be everywhere in a 5 mile radius. At least I know now when I see something moving in the darkness to quickly cross to the other side of the street or turn around immediately!

I'm also looking ahead to some other running races during the winter. Someplace WARM!


Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh SKUNKS. Be careful.

Glad you are enjoying the running so. It's awesome, isn't it? I'm thinking about winter races, too. Might head to Tucson for a visit. We need something to keep us going.

Sounds like you are doing great!

WADDLER26.2 said...

You have to say that the weather has been interesting. I love fall to winter running. After the hot summer, it is such a relief.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I don't care for skunks.

Your weather sounds like a yo-yo. Hot, cold, hot, cold. Must be hard for planning.

See Zanne Run said...

sounds to me like vickie got her groove back ... i love it! know you are happy about this - you should be! it will just keep getting better & the time will keep flying as will you!

SWTrigal said...

No wind? What a concept-we ONLY have wind here in the SW these days!!

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I can only wish at this point that I will start to look so forward to my runs. You are really motivating me after my exceptionally cruddy run today!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Really, You think I've got potential? :D

That's a movie line but I can't think of what it's from.

Thanks. I wish I would have read your post before I ate that huge brownie. :D :D