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.