Yesterday morning I had a make up running class at the track and it was so much fun to run in the morning in the LIGHT. It made me realize how much I really don't like running in the cold and dark. I mean, I am guessing I am not in the minority here on that.
Today my friend from running class agreed to join me for my longest training run yet, 90 minutes. Typically this will translate to roughly 10 mins/mile, or 9 miles. My friend recommended I meet him at Discovery Park and we could run the Trail Loop three times. Sounded like a good plan to me! I had never run on trails and therefor had no idea what to expect. The one thing I thought we would encounter is tons and tons of people, and I was quite worried it would impact the run, but it was just fine. Lots of people, but not crowded.
Running trails is tough work. We ran the loop twice clockwise and then turned around and ran it once counter-clockwise. I swear, it felt like we were going uphill the whole way on the last loop! It was extremely tough to keep the pace I am normally used to running, but we did each 2.8 mile loop in almost exactly 30 minutes so it worked out really well for me needing to do 90 minutes. I am so glad I had my friend there with me. If it weren't for him, I am not sure I could have made it! We also left our water in his van so I didn't have to carry my obnoxious water belt, which was certainly handy.
I don't carry my phone when I run (no where to put it), but I wanted to take a few pictures of the view after I got back to the car (which I didn't remember to do until I had driven about 1/2 mile down the road!).
This is the view of the Olympic Mountains over the Puget Sound.
See that little point of darker land in the middle? That is Alki, where I do the vast majority of my runs. I wish my phone didn't take such terrible pictures, it actually was much sunnier than it looks in this picture.
We couldn't see Mt. Rainier from where the trail was, but here is a cool view of it.
Again, with the naked eye it was much more clear!
Here is me, sweaty and red faced post-run.
All of the awful weather and cold nights of running were (almost) forgotten in one glorious weekend of running.