Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nine Miles, No Trail

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I was excited about my Saturday group-run because it was supposed to be a trail run. Well, due to all that "torrential" rain we had last week, the coaches decided to bypass the trail and stick to the paved roads. I was disappointed but I figure it's better than getting my new running shoes covered in mud.

This run was tough! At the start of the run, there was a hill that went on and on and on... I ran as much as I could. Walked. Ran. Walked. Sort of ran. Walked. And so on. I know hills are our friends but I don't like them.

When the route did flatten a bit, it was a little easier but I was probably taking it too easy in order to baby my ankles. For the whole nine miles, I alternated between running and walking. It wasn't the "high" I got after my 8-miler last Saturday, but it was still fun- and the longest route I've done so far.

For my mid-run "snack", I chose the Cliff Gel in Mocha flavor. It wasn't horrible... and it didn't make me gag like brussel sprouts and sushi do. It was difficult to get down, though. The gooey consistency was like nothing I've ever eaten.

Did it give me more energy? Eh, hard to tell. I did feel like I had more energy after the run. Usually I go home, kiss the kids & hubby, and crash on the living room couch for a while. This time, I went home and suggested we all go on a hike (I was still a little disappointed that our run was not a trail run). So, that's what we did.

We have lots of great hiking trails in our area. If you really wanted to, you could hike in the mountains and the desert on one day. The next day, you could hike in the California brush areas (that's the stuff responsible for a few of our more recent wildfires) and then take a stroll along the beach. I love this about San Diego!


Here are a few pictures from our hike in North Inland San Diego County, which is where we live:


The inland brush areas are pretty when green.
During the summer and fall, this is all brown and dry.



An old barn left over from when the property was a ranch.



Just when I was thinking this could be a great place to run, we encountered this hill.
Lots of people do run here, though. Maybe someday...



We figured this guy could be dinner if we got lost. Mmmm... lizard on a stick.



My wonderful men- none of whom like getting their picture taken.



Almost done after about 3 miles of hiking... I wore the boys out. All of them.


12 comments:

joyRuN said...

Beautiful pics! That hill's going to be fun to conquer :)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Nice hike. Definately looks like a great place to run. You can take on the hill on your own terms - no shame in walking it if you need to. :-)

Melanie said...

Great pics, and awesome that you took the family on a hike after your long run! I can't wait to see grass again :)
the consistency of those gels is not my fav either LOL.

Sarah said...

I love those pics! I live in the NY and it is COLD here! I am very jealous...looks like a gorgeous day!

Run Mommy said...

GReat pictures! Makes me excited for the spring nad getting outside with the family more. :)

MCM Mama said...

Great pics! I'm so jealous of the weather. Your boys look about the same age as my boys.

Stephanie said...

This landscape looks familiar; lived in SD for 9 month. Especially during NYC winter I wonder why I really had to move back.

lifestudent said...

stumbled on your blog ... sounds like your entry into running is a lot like mine was!

Marathonman101108 said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures!! Connecticut doesn't have anything nearly as beautiful. Wish I was there to attack and conquer that hill. Too bad you didn't get your trail run, but wow, what a nice hike.

Janice {Run Far} said...

Great blog.

Oz Runner said...

love those pics, especially the one of the trail leading up the hill...that would be brutal to run up....and, there is no shame in walk breaks either...great job on the 9 miler...

Laurel said...

Awww, what a beautiful family you have.

And you are so lucky to live in SD. i love it out there. So beautiful.