A Saturday in Photos

I’m no professional, but decided I’d take some photos throughout the morning and share my thoughts along the way.

Yak Trax!

Yak Trax!

First on the agenda was giving my newest running purchase a second chance.  My first attempt at using Yak Trax was not successful.  I was running on both paved and unpaved roads and they don’t fare so well on straight concrete.  Knowing I was hitting the trails, I decided to give them a second chance.

All race training plans go on the fridge.  Low tech, but my best motivator.

All race training plans go on the fridge. Low tech, but my best motivator.

Second, consult the plan.  This is a mild taper week for me, with every 4th week in my plan being a drop in mileage to try to get some active rest.  This week’s long run called for 6 miles.  Trail running is taxing, especially in the snow, so I was not too worried about the numbers, but just wanted to get out for an hour or so on my feet.

Weather check!  Love the fluffy snowflakes.

Weather check! Love the fluffy snowflakes.

Weather check confirmed it was going to be a little cold, a little snowy.  Time to layer up!

North Chagrin Reservation

North Chagrin Reservation

Snowy indeed!  Jon and I arrived to find the bridle trails in rough shape, with heavy snow and more falling.

The road less traveled?

The road less traveled?

After a rough two miles through the snow, we decided to head back to the paved path, which was still snow-covered, but would give us a little less knee-lifting to do and let us pick up a little speed.  The Yak Trax certainly helped to give me a little traction in the changing conditions.  They feel strange, but so far I’m ready to give them a thumbs up.

Home stretch

Home stretch

The paved path offered a little help.  Somewhere around this point I screwed up my Garmin and either turned it off or forgot to turn it back on.

Snowy hair, cold fingers!

Snowy hair, cold fingers!

We trudged back to the car, at which point I thought we had only run 2.5 miles.  Nope, actually 3.5 according to the guy that kept his Garmin in line!  After being out for nearly an hour, we decided to call it quits.  My headband protected my ears, but not my hair.  I think snow is good for your hair, right?

Treat!

Treat!

Post-long run ritual Starbucks in hand.

Happy me!

Happy me!

With my post-run treat in hand and my snowy outer layer shed, I am a happy girl.  Sometimes, life feels like a repetitive set of days for me.  Rise, teach, parent, cook, clean, sleep.  These days, these runs, are my fun.  They breathe life in to my week and make me grateful for where I live and for the joy that running has brought to my life.  Happy Saturday to you.  Hope whatever you are doing today brings you some happiness and peace.

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About gorunjess

Special education teacher, wife, mother and marathoner/triathlete.

Posted on January 26, 2013, in health, outdoors, Running, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great job! Love north chagrin this time of year. So beautiful — then again, love north chagrin ANYTIME of year! Keep it up and run safe! :)

  2. Just started reading the blog _ also training for Cleveland. Logged 110 miles for the month. Rreally excited to see how you progress here. What pace do you hope to run the race at?

    • Hi Nancy! Thanks for your support. If I’m having a great day, I’d love to finish the race in between 4:30-5:00. I’m not that fast. :-) But, I’ll just be happy to finish this one. Good luck to you! That’s an impressive month.

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