Sunday, December 30, 2012

Snow daze

James with his new cousin, Parker
I somehow always manage to forget just how crazy December gets! I had all these great intentions of baking wonderful Christmas cookies and drinking hot chocolate in front of our perfectly decorated Christmas tree. Well the butter and eggs were left on the counter for a week to come to room temperature before I finally gave up, Christmas stockings never made it out of the storage shed and the Christmas tree must have found its way into some other family's living room. So I may not ever be Martha Stewart; I guess there are greater tragedies in the world.

As for running, I've been getting in what I can, but I'm just exhausted. Between work, James and Christmas I just need an entire day to sleep to finally catch up. I did finally get my snow day! Wednesday we got about 8" so I worked from home which meant I got to run Confier Mountain in the snow. Of course while I was so excited to run in the snow I may have overlooked that with snow comes cold. It was -7F when I stepped out the front door. That's cold. Needless to say I felt lucky to have gotten in a 5 mile run. Despite my hands being numb and my eye lashes freezing together I still had a great run. There's something about running in the snow. Its just quite and peaceful. You rarely see another person, animal, car, nothing. Its just you and the snow crunching beneath your feet.

Friday I was fried from work so decided to skip out early to run with Dan. We hadn't been to Mt Falcon in quite awhile so we agreed to go climb the hill. The trail was snowpacked, easy enough to run but still gorgeous. I just dazed off staring at the snow covered trees and listening to the crunching under our feet. For some reason as we climbed I began to really miss running with Robert. The running was easy and it was a beautiful blue sky day. I couldn't help but think how he would have loved running up this hill with us just chatting as we went. Definitely one of the best days I've had running in awhile.

Born 3 days apart, James and Sam are destined to be BFFs!
Then we headed to Wisconsin for Christmas. I knew it would be a crazy trip, but somehow I really thought we would be able to get in more runs. I met my lil, or not so little, niece Parker. What a cutie! So sweet to see my sister with her own child, the loving look on her face that I've never see from her before. Dan and I managed to get in one run on the Ice Age Trail. A huge storm hit before we got there and the trail was covered in a foot of snow. The first part was fairly packed down but it just got worse and worse. Trees and branches were down everywhere. It made for a tough but great run. We were posting hole every few steps, but it was quite and beautiful and we just both fell into that snow daze that only comes during a run in the winter wonderland.

It was a perfect Christmas!

Week December 17 - 23

Miles Running: 18.5
Hours Hiking and Running: 3.5

Week December 24 - 30

Miles Running: 10.5
Hours Hiking and Running: 2.5

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


"when you see the southern cross for the first time, you understand now why you came this way, for the truth you might be running from is so strong, but its as big as the promise, the promise of a coming day. so I'm sailing for tomorrow my dreams that were dying..." - crosby, stills and nash

I swear every year I forget how rough December is on my running. Long workdays, short daylight, colds...the excuses just keep piling up and the mileage keeps going down. Oh well, I know I just have to get through a couple more weeks and everything will return to normal and I'll be able to get back at it. Only a few short weeks until Leadville 100 registration which means only a few short weeks until I really need to start training. Maybe add in some hill repeats, fartleks, all kinds of good things!

So this week I ran a little, I'd like to say I did a few other things, but I really don't think I did. I guess I mostly came up with excuses for not running, not packing, not decorating.... At this rate if I'm going to hit my 1500 miles goal for 2012 I'm going to need to have a 100 mile week here! It could happen right?

I did run the long loop at Apex on Friday before heading to James' Christmas party at daycare. As I headed up the front side and then again as I was heading down the front I could hear Christmas music playing from Heritage Square. It totally made me smile and put a little pep in my step. I also saw loads of other runners out that day. I usually mostly see mountain bikers so it was fun to share the trail with more runners. One guy, who looked to be a pretty strong runner, and I passed each other twice on our way. The second time we passed each other we gave a huge high five. I felt good running all week, but took it a bit easy since I was feeling a cold coming on. Now I just really need a good snow storm, I"m totally craving a good snow run! I mean deep soft snow where the trails are just totally covered and you're the only one crazy enough to be out there.... Soon it has to be coming!

Week December 10-16

Miles Running: 25.3
Hours Running and Hiking: 5

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blue sky

Happy St Nick's Day!
Dan was off on another luxury spa vacation this week. And as usual I was the scheduling queen. Sometimes I really wonder how I manage to keep everything straight. People actually ask me this all the time, along with how I have time to run. Well thing is I'm no good for anyone, especially James if I don't run. So I may not make homemade reindeer shaped soaps, and dinner may often take the form of a bag of popcorn (particularly when Dan's gone) or a frozen pizza. I don't have the perfectly decorated house, hell I didn't even get around to putting up a Christmas tree this year! So yes, I run and I keep a schedule for all things James and after that if I get a shower I feel pretty successful! It may have taken a load to resign myself to the fact that I will never be the next Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker is not my middle name, but I've got a house full of love and frozen pizzas...that's more than a load of people can say.

I got in a few good runs this week, but between a crazy work schedule, the end of the year is always a mad rush, Dan's "vacay", and really just life I certainly slacked a bit. Saturday morning I awoke to a gorgeous blue sky, although I had been expecting the snow. Quickly the clouds moved in and we finally got some snow! Saturday I got in a quick run at Meyers. I felt great and was really pushing the uphills. A good sign for the coming year. Saturday was also the WS100 lottery, I opted not to throw my name in. There will be other years, this is the year of Leadville! Its shaping up to be a great race and I'm already looking forward to spending a day watching the twitter feed updates on irunfar!

Winter seems to have finally arrived this weekend. Sunday I had grand ambitions of getting in a long run, slowly that turned to well several laps outside with tiem to warm up in between, which halfway through the first lap quickly turned to okay, maybe a few more miles on the treadmill will work just fine!

Getting stronger every day
Sometimes its a smile, a hug, flowers for no reason. Sometimes is an unexpected email, a surprise phone call. Sometimes its a simple, perfect snowflake floating through the air. You never know when you need it or when one will come your way, but when it does it makes your heart and soul smile.

"you're my blue sky, you're my sunny day, Lord you know it makes me high when you turn your love my way" -Allman Brothers

Week December 3-9

Miles Running: 28
Hours Running and Hiking: 5.5

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bumbo time

James' first time in the bumbo at daycare
The big boy was finally able to sit in the bumbo this week! I know that may not seem like much to some people, but it was a huge step for James. He's getting so much stronger every day. James is getting so close to sitting! His PT was so impressed, she hadn't even seen him rolling over yet so she was super excited to see him doing so well.

I tried out a few new loops this week. I added a bit of distance on to my Conifer Mountain loop and man this was a cold area. There was still a good bit of snow on the side of the road and I was bitter cold. I did get to watch the sunset as I ran though. Running at sunrise or sunset are always favorite times for me. Its quiet and beautiful and you can just relax and enjoy everything.

I also tried the Grubestake loop at Apex, what an awesome downhill. It was a strange work week so after a few fires got put out it was nice to try a few new things. I've been in a rut of running the same loop at Apex nearly every day. I need to mix it up a bit more so I don't get bored. Hopefully next week I can either try out a new trail or head somewhere I haven't been in awhile. Of course I can't really complain too much! Having time to run nearly 40 miles and take care of a 7 month old isn't too bad. Of course I may not have any Christmas decorations up, and we've had a lot of frozen pizza lately, but it works for us so that's all that matters!

Week November 26 - December 2

Miles Running: 38.5
Hours Running and Hiking: 7