Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bliss

Yesterday I did my normal roll out of bed about 4 am and start getting ready for a run routine, but with my first glance outside I saw the sky light up.  I am a little crazy sometimes about getting in my run, but not crazy enough to run with lightning.  I went to my morning staff meeting at work and then took the kids up to my Grandma's house.

The weather was AMAZING.  Late July and at the time I started my run from my Grandma's house it was 60 degrees, with a slight breeze and an overcast sky.  Heavenly.

I was so excited to do this run.  Not only was the weather divine, but I haven't done a run above my Grandma's house since I strained my quad.  Nothing but wide open spaces up there.  There was a risk of running into some combines, and grain trucks but since it had rained the night before they were taking a break.  Heavenly.

I left the road to avoid two bulls who were waiting at a gate right in my path. This added a considerable amount of hills, but I wrote it off as great Ragnar Colorado training.

Love that it is nearly August and the hills still have so much green in them.
The run was pretty slow considering the off trail/hilly nature and I didn't want to stress my quad out.  It did start to feel a little tired so I didn't go back the way I came.
Amber waves of grain, these ones looked like they were next to go.
Just guessing by the combines lined up waiting for things to dry out a little.
Do you suppose I stuck out like a sore thumb out there?  All this bright pink doesn't exactly blend into my surrounding.  I bought this tank to match my shoes.  Tell me you do that too sometimes.
This grass was so tall it beat the crap out of my thighs as I ran through it.  The cows looked pretty happy in it though.  I could have stayed on the road, but this was the way back and where the bulls were, still on the road so I made a wide path around them.
One more picture.. I really only include this one because of the story that goes with it.
  I ran through this field for over a mile and kept hearing a faint snap crackle kind of sound.  So I finally stopped and just listened.  It was like sitting surrounded by a field full of rice crispies with milk.  It must have been the cut stalks of wheat brushing against each other in the breeze or something.  It was really cool to listen to. 

That was 9.75 miles of heaven.  I was going to go for an even ten, but decided all the hills I did justified not doing another quarter of a mile, besides my daughter ran out to meet me.  She was so excited to see me.  While I was out running she learned to ride a bike with no training wheels and couldn't wait to show me. Love that girl.

Anyone else have a great run yesterday?  I think I am still on an endorphin high looking at these pictures.

20 comments:

  1. Such a great run!!!! This cooler weather has been a real treat!!! And yes, I buy things specifically to match my shoes. ;)

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  2. I love looking at photos of where you live-- so cool. And yay for your daughter! That is a HUGE deal!!

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  3. Beautiful run! I too am loving this cooler weather for running (not so much for the pool).

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  4. Your running scenery is always my favorite. :-)

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  5. I think I could run forever in that kind of scenery! Happy to see you getting back into longer runs again!Cool weather for running is the best and I haven't seen it in a while.

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  6. Sweet. So happy for you to get out for such a great run in your beautiful surroundings... and your daughter! Neat that she accomplished a great feat too and couldn't wait to share it with you!

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  7. Yesterday was a short 4 mile run that left me feeling satisfied that I'm making improvements! But my scenery was nowhere near as fantastic. Hopefully the weather will stay good and I'll get the chance for a long scenic run this week :)

    jess
    Quaintrelle

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  8. Every time you post pictures from your runs, I'm crazy jealous. It looks so amazing there!!

    I didn't have a good run yesterday, but I did today! The weather is amazing!

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  9. You live in such a beatlutiful place- I'm sure I've said that many times before. Those photos are gorgeous. I can see why that run was pure bliss :)

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  10. It's just so beautiful. I would love to run with amazing views like that! Yes, you were totally sticking out in your bright pink, but I love it!

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  11. Beautiful! Isn't it great getting out on some longer runs and having that freedom again!

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  12. Ahhh it sounds like such an amazing run...one that re-energizes the soul!! The pictures are stunning...especially the first one!!

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  13. Christy, after seeing that cute photo of Rocky that you put up on FB the other week, I realized it's been too long since I commented on your blog. This run looks like it was *gorgeous*--we've had the same weather down here and I've loved it. It was even humid, just a little bit, on my run this morning. But your scenery trumps mine any day.

    My husband is on a Colorado Ragnar team, too. What's your team name? I'll tell him to look for you. He's runner #3 on his team, which is called Peer Pressure.

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  14. Love Montana! (or Wyoming - I think you guys are in Montana though) It's just so wide open and beautiful.

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  15. I'm on an endorphine high looking at those pictures! Great run and just an absolute gorgeous place to run!!

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  16. Beautiful! You are so lucky to have that right out your front door.

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  17. Beautiful pictures. Can't wait for it to be a little more green here again, but it probably won't happen until December or January!

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  18. Gorgeous run! I see that Cola made an appearance in one of the pictures. Hope he's doing good!

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  19. Wow, great photos! That sky is crazy. I am glad you are back into some longer runs...

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