Running On Average

Trail Running Season Begins!

Happy last day of winter!!

When I was little- in fact, until I moved to Pittsburgh last year- I LOVED winter. The more snow the better! Where I worked, I only had a ¼ mile commute, so the joke was that I was never allowed a snow day because I could just ride a toboggan down the hill, right into the office. Ah, those were the days.

I love my life in Pittsburgh now, but the commute is much longer and has made me hate when it snows. We don’t have sidewalks either, so running in the snow seems too dicey for me. And the sky is always gloomy and GRAY. I miss Berks County winters…

Anyway, tomorrow is the first day of spring! Yea! And we’re supposed to get snow. WHAT?!

But let’s get down to business.

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I didn’t run my long run last weekend. It was pouring and the idea of the treadmill sounded awful and my foot was aching and my stomach hurt and, and, and….all right, enough. It was a stressful weekend for many reasons and I didn’t run. Blame is all on me and I know it. But, hey, life happens.

On Monday, I ran 3 progressive miles on the treadmill even though outside was gorgeous. I had to run errands after work and knew I wouldn’t have time to get outside. #Priorities

Yesterday, though, was the best thing ever. The Montour Trail is finally clear enough to run. Hallelujah!

I started my run and felt like I was keeping pretty good pace, but wouldn’t look at my watch until mile 1. Well, my first mile was 7:37, so I decided mile repeats were a great idea! And I really had fun with it. I did 4 repeats of 1 mile fast, ½ mile recovery at 7:37, 7:25, 7:47, and 7:40. Then one 800 meter at 3:49 followed by a cool down. I covered 7.25 miles and, dear Lord it was amazing. I was giddy. Sometimes you just need fresh air and an empty trail to reset yourself. It’s been a stressful week with doctor’s appointments, new medicine decisions and Dave going on a business trip and this was exactly what I needed. Here are some scenes from my run.

2 still icy tunnels.

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A waterfall with 2 benches. How cute!

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This beautiful scene overlooking a golf course.

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And some silly fun. Bust a move!

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In other exciting TRAVEL news, for Valentine’s Day I booked a little getaway this weekend for me and Dave. We are going up to Cook Forest (northwest PA). We’re staying at this really neat, rustic lodge, and spending the weekend hiking, eating and being pampered (we are getting massages!!). It’s a much needed weekend away and we’re both super excited. I even bought waterproof hiking shoes for the occasion! (I always hike in sneakers, but it’s supposed to snow, so waterproof sounded like a good idea.)

I’ll let you guys know all about it when we get back. Until then, keep running! Smile

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