Miles this week: 18
2015 YTD: 1085
Definitely not my favorite week of running. This was supposed to be the week that I begin rolling with my training for the Yankee Springs Winter Challenge 50k. Instead – I was sucked further into ‘The Hole.‘
Monday started off well enough with an easy 6 miler to test the ankle. The early morning brought lots of stars and a beautiful fat moon setting into the early morning sky. My ankle held up ok, but was still a little sore through the day.
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday was disappointment after disappointment after disappointment after disappointment.
I couldn’t get out of bed to run. For anything. I’d been fully sucked into the hole.
With some prodding (begging?) from my wife I made it out for a 6 miler on Saturday, and it was beautiful. Cold, pouring rain, beautiful. One positive out of the run, I ran a mile in under 8 minutes. I haven’t done that in a while, but 45 degrees and pouring rain can make one move a little faster.
One of my employees asked about my weekend today – I told him I ran. It rained. And I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts. So you went right home then? Nope. I ran faster. And it was awesome. You’re crazy. Aren’t we all?
Family Hike – Kellogg Forest
The girls had a great time learning about moss and ferns and petting a little garter snake we found. My oldest daughter taught us what a beech leaf was. She’s 4. My wife and I are a wee bit older. I Googled it – and she’s right – my wife told me as we rounded another corner. At least we’re getting our money’s worth at the Nature Center preschool??
After the run, the girls went home for a nap and I was back at Kellogg Forest to run trails.
Sometimes Ma’ Nature stops me in my tracks and all I can say is ‘Whoa!’
The 6 miler took me past some of my favorite areas of Kellogg Forest – including the geocache where I proposed to my wife. With a ring pop. Time has changed things. It was a bit overgrown now, and the pine trees that were about knee-high at the time towered over me.
I also spent some time running along the North Country Trail – the same trail I’m planning to run my first 50 mile race on in August – albeit a section much further North. It’s cool that it’s so close to home.
That was the week – in a nutshell.
On side note, October was an odd running month. It was by far my lowest total mileage for the year (barely over 70), but yet I crushed the Grand Rapids Marathon – so I feel great about that.
(By the way – I hear the coyotes raising hell outside at the moment. I love hearing that.)
Let’s see what November brings. For now, I’m off to see if I can find the Northern Lights. They’re supposed to be visible here tonight.