Taking it easy?

I decided since it was a holiday weekend I would treat myself to taking it easy. Although I must admit I apparently have a very different idea of what that means compared to most people. Forgive me if I’ve previously mentioned this, but let’s recap of how I’ve been for the past week.Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Track work out…where I sat down and cried lol
Wednesday: Brick. (14 mile ride 2 mile run. Left leg flared up)
Thursday: Trail run. (Dropped out 1 mile into it)

So as far as training is going…not too swell since I can’t seem to figure out WTF is going on with my left leg! I did take the time Thursday since I was in the area to stop by my favorite running store Fleet Feet and check out some new shoes. While there I also placed an order for a new bra and bought some compression socks. At home I put the socks on and it was simply a miracle how much better I was moving around in them!

Friday I met up with my Tom and we went on our appx 12 mile ride for Lake Metro Parks. We went through some very pretty areas and our turn around point was the Coast Guard Station so we listened to them talk about their jobs and the different boats. The one is HUGE and it has the ability to right itself if it becomes capsized! After the ride we enjoyed hot dogs and potato salad.

Saturday morning…I woke at 4:45. No that is not a typo…as much as I wish it were. I woke this early so I could be on the road to PA. Happy times. After about 2.5 hours of driving, no traffic but TONS of fog…I arrived at Oil Creek State Park. Gale was about 20 mins behind me, because she took a wrong turn leaving the state. I found the leader and told him she was on her way. Since we all stood around talking and taking pics we decided as the “slower” group we would wait for her and Ed. When meeting everyone I explained I didn’t want to run too much, I was coming off an injury and really just wanted to know what the terrain would be like. It was agreed we wouldn’t go too far and when Gale and Ed arrived we were off!

I’ve hiked in the past, but it has never been anything like this experience. Equally beautiful and challenging. The whole time I did fear a flare up in either leg, but no issue! We saw 3 snaked and countless butterflies and other creatures. It was still Turkey Hunting season, hence the weird colors. I don’t own anything that fits in weird colors so I look like a hobo, and since I left my contacts at home I had to wear a hat for shade. 2.5 into it there was an option to loop down and head back, creating about a 7-8 mile loop. Oddly I was feeling good and everyone’s energy was rubbing off on me so I agreed to the other option of going all the way to the next rest stop…another 5-6 miles? Together we talked and climbed and chatted until amazingly enough there it was…the rest stop! We drank water and ate bananas and rejoiced.

Next it was down to the bike path for the long trek “home”. Little did I know hiking was the easy part. WOW 4+ miles on flat bike path, exposed to the sun! All of our feet hurt like MAAAAD. This was NOT fun, even jamming to some GaGa provided by one of the other’s IPhone did not help. We were out there a few hours. And we were ALL pleased to have accomplished almost 14 miles. Everyone set Garmin at a different place so there was debate on what was “right” and some people stopped measuring at potty breaks and stuff. The point is though…we did it! Check out the elevation and a few snap shots. I know my print out says 13 miles…I had to delete the last few “laps” something went wrong with my Garmin and it was reading driving on the highway so it really messed up my pace/elevation charts.

*random highlights*

– singing. We started with “I believe I can fly”. This morphed into “run” then “walk” and finally back to “fly:
– talking about boobies
– Linda’s husband running up out of no where to scare her.
– Making animal noises
– Gale having a GIANT spider in her bathroom

On the way home I wore my recovery socks again and put it on cruise control…couldn’t speed anyway it’s a holiday weekend! Sheesh! I am in LOVE with my socks. See the last pic…don’t I look like a Spartan soldier? If the first marathon was run like that…no wonder he dropped dead! I sucked down a medium Dr Pepper. It was cold, sweet and not water…and had caffeine for the drive home! Half way home I caved and bought food. A mocha frappe, mushroom & swiss Angus burger and I ate 1.2 my fries. Say what you will but if you hike 13+ miles for 5+ hours you can eat whatever you want! It was all I ate yesterday anyway.

Wore my recovery socks to a friends party and then to bed. Woke up with s ore hip (cat slept on me) and just spent the day doing nothing. Well laundry and getting summer clothes out (I have shorts now!!). Tomorrow I MIGHT run the Tallmadge 5K. If I do it won’t be pretty. Next weekend is the Duathlon and Morgana 5K.

Look at how high up we are! The oil wells are down at ground level.

Our group standing at the viewpoint


Looking out over it all and being amazed….


Which way do we go George?
A snaaaaaake a snaaaaake
Do you think we can put this boat in the river and FLOAT back to our cars?

31691_416378493904_609748904_4055713_873054_nBeing my sexy chick self….as usual



Route: Elev. Avg: 1256 ft
Location: Elev. Gain: -6 ft
Date: 05/29/10 Up/Downhill: [+2703/-2709]
Time: 08:34 AM Difficulty: 4.2 / 5.0

Elevation (ft)

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