Saturday, March 28, 2009
Beautiful Lake Hodges
Today's run was supposed to be ten miles... it ended up being shorter than that, but more on that later. I couldn't run with my group so I decided to do my run on the trails around Lake Hodges. Lake Hodges is in north San Diego County, about 15 driving minutes from my house.
Lake Hodges was just one of the areas hit hard during our last wild fire in the fall of 2007. Several homes burned down and the landscape was blackened by burned trees and brush. The damage caused by the fires is still visible but there is regrowth everywhere. The flowers are abundant, the blackened trees have leaves, and there are little animals scampering around.
It's beautiful again!
Poor me. I don't have a Garmin. It's OK, you may cry on my behalf. Would you like a tissue?
I decided where I was going to run today based on a route I found on Mapmyrun.com. I've run at Lake Hodges before but only as far as 8 miles. There are no street names out there on the trails so I had to try to figure out from the map where to turn around and head back. I thought I had it right... even thought I might have gone too far... when I turned around. After I got home, I logged my run on the map. I was able to find the approximate area where I turned around and it turns out I only ran 8.64 miles. Ugh! I was mostly disappointed because it felt like I ran so far!
Sunny and Warm
I love sunshine. I love warm. The problem is, running makes "warm" turn into "hot" pretty quickly. At around mile six, I was very uncomfortable. Before I left home, I put on SPF 50 sunscreen but it felt like I was getting burned by the sun. It was almost 80 degrees at 10:45 a.m. I should have started my run much earlier than I did... I knew it was going to be warm but didn't think it would make running so much harder. Now I know.
I ordered an ID wristband from Road ID and it came in the mail yesterday. I love it... the strap is pink and has my name & emergency phone numbers engraved on a metal plate. It is very comfortable to wear and I feel better knowing that if anything ever happens to me on a run, my family can be contacted. Even if I get eaten by a mountain lion, it's bound to poop the medal part out eventually, thus making my fate obvious.
I also got a new iPod (Nano) for my birthday. I had been using my husband's iPod Shuffle. I love that I can make playlists on the Nano. Now I have only stuff I like on my music player. I'm also looking forward to downloading audio books to listen to while running. Any suggestions?
So many beautiful wild flowers are in bloom around the lake. Among my favorite, are the Poppies. Here are some pictures I took as I finished up my run.
That's all! Have a great weekend, everyone! And good luck to all those who have races this weekend.