Saturday, March 25, 2006

Pretty Day

What an absolutely lovely day for a run! It was a little colder than I usually like this morning and I was tired because I got kind of caught up in my writing last night and was up until an embarrassingly late/early hour. But I don't usually worry too much about sleep. I can do that anytime, and I often do.

So today was my first "run-only" long run with no walk breaks, since February's illness. And it went great! After 30 minutes on the elliptical machine to get my sleepy self going, I headed out to the bayou trails and did 10 miles, stopping only for water. It's so nice to run in early spring! The crepe myrtles were blooming, the little gardens along the trail were full of flowers, there were little purple wildflowers, pink primroses and white clover nestled in the grass at the sides of the trail, and there were even spots of honeysuckle and jasmine blooming over by the budding mulberry trees.

I ran along, scattering fat, lazy pigeons, watching people walk their dogs or zoom past me on their mountain bikes. A few people were out early, playing Frisbee golf. And there was a 5K fun run/walk going on over on Allen Parkway, so I got to watch that as I ran by. It's always great to see so many people out getting a little exercise. I find it especially encouraging to see parents with their young children. It's so important to teach good habits early. I've noticed that even adults who stray off into bad habits in their teens and twenties will eventually get back on track if they were shown the right way to live when they were younger.

When I finished with the trails, I crossed the bridge over Memorial Drive and ran the little loop behind the park by my apartment. It's a regular part of my run and adds about a quarter mile. The trail goes past a softball field that is always in use this time of year. The park itself was full of dogs and their humans, and the tennis courts were in use, too. Everyone comes out for this kind of weather. It seems like the time between "cold and wet" and "unbearably hot and humid" is so short.

Gotta make the most of it!

Recent Workouts
Wednesday: 30 minute elliptical, 20 minute strength training
Thursday: 45 minute spin - Spinervals 7.0 Uphill Grind
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 30 minute elliptical, 10 mile run


goldenlucyd said...

BG Dear,
You are a very evocative writer---despite the fact you feel it necessary to abuse your body with "spinervals" *or whatever) and the like. And besides, dear buunygirl, you KNOW a much easier way.

Anyway, I'm always delighted to hear from you! But I have a favor. Larry Olaf, my GrandDog has started advertising a Black&White Club on his blog site. ( Larry Olaf says he is only looking for black AND white pets for his club. I think that's discriminatory. I told him he should include OR white pets. That way Bun-Bun could join.

We love Bun-Bun here in the Donn Dimension and think he/she should be able to be part of the "in" group. What do you think?

Love to you and Bun,

From Here to There said...

Thanks for bringing me along with you. I could picture every thing that you saw. I could even smell the flowers. :)

You've given me extra motivation to have a good run today. My past few Sunday's have been lousy, and today's will be sunny and above freezing, with no rosacea inducing windburn! wooop!!

Jill said...

It was gorgeous. I am so dreading the heat of summer. Especially training for a marathon in that heat!!

I have been debating doing the Tour de Cypress the past couple days. I decided to wait till after my ride yesterday to make the final decision. I opted not! For some reason I was wiped out yesterday. Oh well! Hope you had a grand time. The weather looks grand again today!

Rachel said...

sounds like spring! that's awesome. my favorite season. way to make the most of it!

LauraHinNJ said...

I envy your energy!