Today I ran a nice morning run with my boy Scott Downard. It was his birthday today and it was a true pleasure to spend the morning running with him. We ran for about 70-75 minutes on the Sutton Wilderness Trails and it was a nice cool morning just how I like it and then it warmed up into the 40's. It was a fun time and we got some nice talking with him and running on some dirt. After yesterday's DUST Bowl run this run was paradise. I could breath and it was a great break from the monotony of working!
Tuesday---I went running out on 12 ave all the way out to Tecumseh and then looped back on Porter ave. It was a nice late afternoon run before we were supposed to get pounded by the first rain we have had in Oklahoma in a long time! The run was nice and relaxed as I headed out to some really nice brand new development that had a monster hill I eagerly jolted up. Just as I was a mile from home, the rain began. First, as a light sprinkle, then it really picked up. And just at the moment I was picking up my pace for home a Subaru came out of a nearby gas station and almost hit me. If people have two eyes, they should use them as I placed my hands on the hood of the car and yelled some nasty remarks. I hate when people do not pay attention and it makes me sooooo mad! I ran for 80 minutes and about 12 miles.
Wednesday---I worked 15 hours today and I had my afternoon run break. My goal: to make it to Stanley Draper Lake from Belmar Golf Club. With just my luck, I was able to make it to Draper and to see the lake from a great high hill overlooking the whole area. I felt accomplished as I am really beginning to enjoy running in Moore. Besides all these dogs that want to run with me, Moore offers big hills, no cars, and new territory. I was able to run 15.4 miles and I clocked in at 1 hour and 30 minutes. I placed these stats into pace calculator and I averaged 5:50 a mile for the distance. I am blown away by that time since I was running strong and fast but I never expected 5:50. But then again, it could happen. This gives me great confidence for my next races and for the OKC marathon. I am very tired now as I write this but I feel accomplished knowing I did so much in one day.!
Thursday--Run To Bank and Post Office 60 minutes and I felt good though I had to deal with some dumb drivers.
Friday--Night run in the crazy wind of Oklahoma and Preparation for the Sooner Trail Games Tomorrow. I ran a solid 60 mins and 17 seconds and about 9.5-10 miles. I just kind of bounded along to get the legs juiced up and ready to go for tomorrow. Time to let loose.
Tomorrow's race is an 8 mile trail race along the mountain biking trails of Draper Lake. These trails are like a dirt banked track and should provide me some fast times as long as there is not too many loops where I can get stuck behind people. I am running this race just for the heck of it and to get my new Inov8 230's into some practice before next weekend's 50k at White Rock. I am so lucky to have Ashlee cheer me on and I look forward to wearing my Acidotic Racing Jersey and some Smart Wool Socks provided by Backwoods. Thank you for my sponsors: Acidotic Racing, Backwoods, and OK Runner for helping to make my dreams a reality!
Now Let's Run some Trails!