Monday, November 23, 2015

From Balaclavas to Bare Arms

After a cold windy freeze my fingers off run on Saturday I was so happy for a blue sky sunny day Sunday.  From double layers and a balaclava on Saturday to this..

You bet I was loving it!   Weather is pretty much going to be my motivation again today.  The cold is coming back on Thursday and I intend to get in a nice long trail run today before it does.

Yesterday was so beautiful we decided we really couldn't waste it and took the kids out for an afternoon hike.

Lil Cowboy found a rope and had been lost in the hills and used it to try to rope me.

We found this cool tree stump where two trees had grown together. I thought it so neat.

My son took a look at it and declared "It is interesting what you find interesting."

The kids and Cola agreed it was a great day for a hike.

The plan this week is pretty simple..

  • Monday...trail run and a HIIT
  • day.. maybe yoga
  • Wednesday... easy shorter trail run and a HIIT
  • Thursday.. Run Turkey Run 5k
  • Friday.. easy run depending on how I feel
  • Satrday.. run and HIIT
  • Sunday.. run and yoga
I love this lack of training plan thing.  I just go run based on what I feel like for the day for the most part.  I do plan in a longer run between 8-10 miles and an easier type run.

Due to my birthday this week Thanksgiving I only have to work one day this week.  Don't I feel spoiled!  Yay!

Soon, like December soon, I will be back on a training plan for a half marathon in March.

Friday, November 20, 2015

First Snowy Run Day and Current Goals

Tuesday was my first snowy run day of the season.  There wasn't all that much snow and it was practically all melted off by the time I was done, but it was beautiful

I wore my holiday tech "sweater" from INKnBURN for a festive feeling run.

By the time I got back to my car the road was muddy!

It's felt great to be in a not training for anything mode. No distances to hit, no times to shoot for just running and enjoying the time outside with my little dog.  I do sort of have goals for right now...

  • Crosstraining - I feel like I had been slacking off here.  I have been back to 3-4 times a week of HIIT workouts. I think I had fallen back to like 1 or two a week.
  • Yoga - I was really slacking off here.  I am back to once or twice a week
  • Running - No worrying about pace or distance just running.  Getting out on trails as much as possible, running more hills, and enjoying the scenery/

My next half marathon will be in March so soon I will be back to training.  I have been regularly doing long runs of 8-9 miles so building the distance won't be the focus as much as building up my speed again. Although I have considered relaxing my speed goals a bit and just enjoying an easier training cycle.

I had to share this photo of my little dog enjoying the view and no doubt wondering where we were running next.

How is your fall training going? Any races coming up? Do you love not being on a training plan sometimes? I do.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Broken Leg

I knew I had to get going for my run yesterday shortly after getting the kids on the bus as the forecast was calling for strong winds close to 11 and continuing throughout the day.   The kids had an atrocious morning getting ready for school and couldn't seem to manage doing anything without fighting.  Lil Cowgirl couldn't find her shoes or her boots and nearly had to get on the bus in her slippers.  I found her boots at the last possible second and she ran out the door in tears clutching them to her chest to get on the bus.

I breathed a deep sigh of relief, posted my sentiments on Facebook
Some mornings I am sooooo happy to see that bus pull up. What was with all the drama this morning, holy moly! To top it off Avery couldn't find her shoes and nearly had to go to school in her slippers, I found her boots at the last possible second. Hope her school day is better then her morning. Now it's off on a trail run for me! Ahhhh, I need it after dealing with two crabby kids the last hour. Cripes they even fought over whether he walked down a hall or by a hall.
and got ready for my run.

I am not training for anything and one of my goals this winter is hills, hills, hills and lots of trails, and not to shy away from harder runs.  I decided to park at shop on the ranch and run up to a pasture we call Broken Leg.  It has breath taking views and crazy hills everywhere.  It's a two mile up hill run from the shop to get to the top of Broken Leg.
Love this picture of Cola. He often runs along side me, looking at me as if to say "isn't this great?"
A great view from the top of Broken Leg on a sunnier day.  Yes that is my favorite running shirt right now.

It has some pretty rough areas that I pretty much had to walk through, but all the cool rocks are fun to explore.  Since I'm not training I confess I pause my Garmin and take my time in these areas.  

There was really no running there unless I wanted to end up with a broken leg like the way the pasture got it's name. There were lots of great running spots like this too though.

It started to rain just as I was starting the 2 miles back down hill to the shop and my car. Brr! and the wind picked up.  But I got in a happy, really tough 9 miles.

Cola loved it too.
and I got this as one of the comments on my Facebook post from my sister
I'm still laughing. We had a huge blowup because Chase was convinced his sister had snuck in the truck and covered his backpack in hay...he'd forgotten throwing it in the back on top of the hay on Friday.
Life is great.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Decade and Random Things

Thursday the 12th, my husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage.  Time flies!  I look at this picture and can't get over how young we look.

In other news, the weather has been gorgeous of late and I have been running in tanks and shorts still.

While I was busy running this weekend the kids got to help their dad put in some fence. They sure look enthused don't they?!

One of their jobs is fence post hole tester. Tip (the cat) thought this was a great time for a cuddle.

and to cap off a very busy four days we had our 4-H club acheivement dinner last night.  After two years of being a Cloverbud, Cade was a real member last year and got his sign to prove it!  My kids are in the same 4-H Club I was.

Today is supposed to be cooler and windy, so I will have to break out the tights and long sleeves In fact the forecast for the next 10 days looks a lot cooler than it has been.  I guess it can't stay fall forever.  Although I would be all for it. Best running weather ever this fall. There have been so many awesome running days!

How has your fall running been?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Three Things Thursday: Keeping it Short

1. Still doing a yoga challenge on Instagram. I think Cola likes to participate too as he manages to get into most of my photos.
2. This may be the all time best October weather for running ever.  We have had three rainy days, two of which I worked so they didn't really interfere with running. We didn't even have our first frost until yesterday. Best running weather ever and I have been taking advantage of it for sure!

I have been running trails as much as I can and so many hills!

more yoga.. where's Cola? I guess he snuck out of this one!

I count this road as good as a trail. I have also been trying to run different loops and routes than I usually do.

3. The kids had a wear your favorite team shirt day at school on Wednesday.  Lil Cowgirl got brownie points and wore her Team Beef running shirt. Smart girl!
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

4 Steps To Running When You Know You Want To, But Are Feeling Lazy

I have been still running although apparently just not blogging.  The fall has been perfect for running and I am getting out every chance I have, which between kids, work and cow stuff hasn't been as much as I would like.  What you can when you can!

There was a day last week when the weather was perfect.  and I was feeling lazy. I kind of didn't want to run.  I knew though with the weather so perfect and I had the time, that later I would regret not running.

1. Get your running clothes on! Sometimes just doing that gets me out of my lazy mood.

2. Go outside and do some yoga, lunges, anything that makes you move a little and warms up your muscles.

3. Turn on your favorite running play list and get started running down the road.  Tell yourself you only have to run half a mile.

4.  If you are still not feeling super motivated put on some Van Halen.  Yep, I said Van Halen.  It is hard not to get pumped up to "Right Now"

Don't wanna wait til tomorrow,
Why put it off another day?
One more walk through problems,
Built up, and stand in our way ,ah
One step ahead, one step behind me
Now you gotta run to get even
Make future plans, don't dream about yesterday, hey
C'mon turn, turn this thing around
Right now, hey
It's your tomorrow
Right now,
C'mon, it's everything
Right now,
Catch a magic moment, do it
Right here and now
It means everything
Miss the beat, you lose the rhythm,
And nothing falls into place, no
Only missed by a fraction,
Slipped a little off your pace, oh,
The more things you get, the more you want,

Need to really hear it?

and the next thing you know you will be loving the run! or at least it worked for me last week.  I say give it a try!

How do you convince yourself to run when you know you will regret not running but are feeling a little lazy?

How would you rate your fall weather this year?  I seriously am giving it a 10 out of 10 for October.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Weekend Recap

Weekends seem to be flying by in a blur of football, running and cows right now.  Friday I was able to get in a good run and have to admit, I am loving this warm fall weather.  Fall makes for the best running weather.
Saturday was all about football. Little Cowboy's team played a pretty tough team , but ended up 1 touchdown ahead.  Little cowboy had two touchdowns and nearly had an interception.  He refused to smile for his team picture this year.

Then we watched the Montana State football team lose to Portland.  We had no defense. None. Sad.
I ran as soon as we got home

It felt good, but kind of funny.  I usually am more of a morning runner.  To be running when the sun was setting was weird.  I usually feel like I am gaining the energy of the rising sun and the setting sun felt like it was pulling the energy out with it.  It still felt good.  I mean a run, is afterall, a run.

Sunday we got out early and were on our horses heading out to gather cows before the sun was even up.  We were treated to a beautiful sunrise.

The cows trailed nicely
They moved rather smoothly through the chutes and were preg tested via ultrasound.

Then we took them to another pasture.

I considered running when I got home, but instead I washed my face (super dusty) blew my nose (super gross) changed clothes and took a nap.  It was heavenly.  I wasn't even sad I didn't run.

How was your weekend?