Saturday, November 6, 2010

What's New?

So it's been about a month since Heartland and my current attitude towards running has changed a lot since then.  I wouldn't characterize it as good or bad.  This is just my current state of mind.  After several months of training for Heartland and ultimately completing it, I'm just burnt out on "training".  At least 100 mile training.  Don't get me wrong.  I still love running and I always have.  But towards the end of my training for Heartland, it was definitely starting to feel more like work than fun.  Maybe this is because I'm sort of obsessive about planning.  I was ALWAYS thinking about the next run.  How far do I need to go?  Where should I run?  When should I run?  Who will run with me?  What if it's too hot?  What about the spider webs?  Do I need to split my runs up?  This is just how I am.  A planner.  And a bit of an obsessor.  You can ask my boyfriend, Nick.  I'm always talking to him about plans, for everything.  He flies by the seat of his pants.  I like to know exactly what I'll be doing for the next two weeks.  Anyway, you can imagine that my own personality was a bit of a hassle for me while training for my first 100 miler.  Who knows?  Maybe it will be easier the more 100's I run, but for now I'm content with just running.

Ok, maybe JUST running is an understatement.  I think runners always have goals.  Right now I'm enjoying my shorter runs.  I'm enjoying the cooler weather (I totally SUCK at running in the heat).  I'm enjoying getting home on weeknights at a decent time and being able to make dinner and eat it before 9pm (usually).  I'm enjoying sleeping in at least one day on the weekend.  I'm enjoying spending more time with my boyfriend.  Along with the pure pleasure of the shorter cooler runs, comes the enjoyment of faster runs!  When I was training for Heartland, I was purely training for distance.  I was also training in the heat, so even if I wanted to do a short, fast run, I couldn't.  So right now, I'm focusing on increasing my speed, doing more hill training, and hopefully starting to work on my core.  I'd really like to do some faster 50k's.  And maybe in the spring or early summer I'll try another 100 miler.  Something not on gravel and not in the mountains. Perhaps Kettle Moraine.

So finally, I guess I'll document what I've been up to and what I want to be up to more.  Here are some shots of Ogg Rd hill.  I used to run it more often but it's been a while since we've gotten together for hill repeats.  Well since I was early for meeting up with Coleen on Tuesday, I decided to do one Ogg Rd trip.  It's about a half mile long on the steepest side.  The pics are a little blurry, because I was taking them and running at the same time.

Ok, this is the easy part.  It's a hill but it ain't the worst thing in the world.  You can see at the bend farther down the road it starts to get a little steeper.

Going around the beeennnnnd...getting steeeper.

I'm around the bend.  It's officially STEEP!  But wait, there's another bend coming up!

You mean it gets steeper?!  Yessss!!!  This is the hardest section.  And there's Jim Megerson driving past me and probably laughing to himself.  There's one more turn and a short jaunt past that is the official top.   Then you run down the other (easy) side of the hill and you can get back to the Marina where we all meet to run the trails.  Wooo!  The End.