So naturally I went for a run. I read a quote on facebook the other day that said "Every day, I stop halfway through my run for five minutes, look around, and enjoy my surroundings. I'm reminded of why I do this and why I love it so much." -Anita Ortiz. Now I don't stop on my runs, but sometimes I like to stop and take a picture because I love the scenery. But I thought what a great idea to do on my long runs (not that my long runs are very long, but if they ever get to be long again).
Well, on Saturday I decided to drive to the (one) trail in Burlington (I swear there are a dozen trails, at least, in Mt. Vernon) and run for 1.75 miles and turn around (for 3.5 miles total). I run about a mile on this trail regularly, but I'm really sick of running straight from my house. In Mt. Vernon, maybe my neighborhood wasn't pretty, but I always started my run going up a hill. I liked that a lot because I felt like it made me stronger (and I'm sure it did). Well, now when I start my run, I have to run through an industrial area (flat) to get to any neighborhood that I feel safe running through, and over train tracks (of which there is only 2 roads and one is a little less than a mile and the other is more than a mile from my house). And that whole process is about a mile long. To get to the (one) trail in Burlington, I have to run about a mile and a quarter first. And it's not a pretty area. . . not to mention that this (one) trail is along the highway (I used to drive through Burlington and see that trail and wish I could run it, it's not that great).
So on Saturday I drove to the trail. I wasn't sure how long the trail was, but I thought it was several miles. Um, it's not. I didn't even make it to 1.75 miles before it ran out. Luckily there was a nice side road that I turned off on and finished the 0.25 miles to get to my target. But I was starting to enter farmland, and I thought it was pretty, so I stopped . . . and took some pictures. =) I'm not sure if that is what Anita Ortiz meant in her quote, but it does allow me to share it with you.
On Sunday I didn't want to drive somewhere, but I was thinking about how tired I am of my running route. (It's only been a few months, I ran my running route in Mt. Vernon for a couple years, making a few changes every so often, but basically the same.) Anyway, I was thinking about what I used to do when I first developed my route in Mt. Vernon, I would get on mapmyrun and, well, map my run before going out. But often, on my favorite runs I would just get lost. I always have an idea on where I need to go to get home, or get back to an area that I'm familiar with, but I loved taking roads I never had before and just running. It is a little easier to do this when you are going to run a longer distance (especially when you have to run a mile to get past the train tracks and then to get to any interesting area), but I knew how far I wanted to go, and I have gotten (a little) familiar with about how far things are, so I just decided to go out and run.
And I loved it. It was probably my favorite route yet. I ended up finding a boat ramp to the Skagit River, and it was only about 2 miles away. I ran down to the water and (of course) took a couple pictures.
Berry Dairy Days half marathon I did in 2013. I knew where I got off that trail for the half marathon and it was several miles past where I wanted to be, I actually wanted to turn around at about the place I got on, but really, really wanted to run the "trail." So I followed it, thinking I'd go a little ways and turn around if I needed to. Luckily not very far from the start there looked to be a way out, so I decided to go see, and got lucky. I even ended up in an area that I had ran before a few weeks ago so I knew where I was and where I needed to go. All in all, I ran 4.77 miles (I was aiming for 4.5) so I was super happy with that. It was a fantastic run. I definitely will be adding that route to my frequently run routes. =) And maybe someday I'll drive to the boat ramp and park and run along the river, although it's gravel and it is harder to run in gravel (but maybe that's a good thing).
Yesterday and today my feet haven't bothered me at all. (knock on wood) I'd really like to increase the number of days I run, and I'd love to go back to 5 miles daily with a long run of 8 or more. But I have to take it slow. I don't want to continue this terrible thing with my feet. Last week was only the second week of having increased my mileage on my 3 runs a week. Maybe the next time I increase in a couple weeks, I'll do it by adding a day of only 2 miles, or maybe I'll increase to daily (2 times) 4 miles and a long run of 5 miles. Here's hoping.
Another thing I've decided to do is update my weight regularly. I tend to only update it when I lose weight, not when I gain. But I don't think I need to do weekly "official" weigh ins. My weight doesn't change that much from week to week. So, I think I'll go to monthly weigh ins ("official" weigh ins, I still weigh myself daily). I started March 1st, I was 146. (Yay!) So I'll update again on April 1st and see where I am.