Showing posts from June, 2015

Montana History & Culture

I'm traveling the U.S. with my husband and we're in southeast Montana now. This is my first trip to Montana and since we've been here, I've done a couple of things I've never done before.

I went to my first rodeo, in Hardin, where we saw barrel-racing, team roping and mutton busting where little 5 and 6 year olds ride sheep in a timed contest (like this video).

I saw my first pow wow, which was held in Garryowen. They danced in the center and around the outside, they sold food like fry bread Indian tacos and kidney-on-a-stick.

I like the birdhouses on the fence posts and the Montana made huckleberry ice cream sandwich they give you when you arrive at the 7th Ranch RV park, in Garryowen, where we're staying.

From our campsite, I ran 6 miles on some hills dotted with pink cone flowers yesterday. Today, I ran 8 miles and saw prairie dogs and a loose white horse on the road. That horse looked so big so I u-turned - didn't know if he'd want to befriend me o…

Running in the Black Hills & Wyoming

Base Camp

We're in Deadwood, South Dakota, in the northern part of the Black Hills National Forest. My husband and I have been heading north in our RV since June 10 from Texas. This week, we've seen canyons and visited Wyoming. Plus, I've continued to train for the Missoula Marathon, which is on July 12.

We spent some time working at the RV (RV upkeep, laundry) and the RV Park is close to places we wanted to see. We watched both a dog competition and a gunfight on Main Street in Deadwood. At a restaurant in nearby Lead, I ate lavender honey ice cream from a Rapid City, SD, ice creamery that tasted like eating flowers dipped in honey, which maybe doesn't sound pleasant, but it was delicious.

More Mickelson Trail Running This Week

Last week, we stayed near Mt. Rushmore (we both liked that area even better than up north where we are now) and I ran on the Mickelson Trail near mile marker 57. This week, I ran near mile 107. One day, I waved away a group of four deer to get the…

Black Hills of South Dakota

In one week, we traveled 1600 miles from Texas and now my husband and I are in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I'm loving it!

Yesterday, I ran 7 hilly miles on the 109 mile long Mickelson Trail and then I ran 10 miles there today. I did long stretches of gradual hill work like 3 miles downhill and 2 1/2 uphill. I'm running Montana's Missoula Marathon (July 12), which has a hill midway through and I want to be prepared. The 5159' elevation makes it a little hard to run, but the wooden bridges, creek and rocky mountainsides make it worth it. 
Yesterday we visited Mt. Rushmore (so many steps up to the heads!), drove through narrow tunnels on Needles Hwy., saw buffalo right beside our car (our dog kept on eye on them) and walked around Sylvan Lake.

Today we visited the Crazy Horse statue and learned the inspiring story about the man who began the work of carving the statue out of the mountain and his family who keep his dream alive. Then we drove the Iron Mountain Road (…

South Dakota Running: Badlands and Lewis & Clark Park

We're in the Badlands National Park today! It was overcast when I took that picture, but the dark skies didn't take away from the beauty of the layered rocks and canyons. We saw buffalo and antelope yesterday. Today, I saw a coyote during my hilly run in the rain that was cut short to 4 miles because of a lightning storm. 
The camp sites at the Badlands are so cramped that an RV ran into our awning while driving by today. There doesn't seem to be a day that goes by that something doesn't break! Still, we're having a great vacation. Just look at the mountain views! 

I signed up for my 17th marathon - the Missoula Marathon held on July 12. I ran a 20 mile training run on Sunday at the Lewis and Clark Park on a 4 mile asphalt trail along the lake. Cytomax drink kept me going with no tummy troubles like I thought it had caused before. I was glad that my legs felt better than they did the day before when I ran 7 miles after riding in the RV all day. Afterwards, my husb…

Oklahoma: Blowouts, Running & Alpacas

Our RV vacation has begun! My husband and I are traveling from our home in southeast Texas up to Canada's Banff National Park. On the first day, we visited friends near Dallas for a grilled lunch (grilled pineapples are one of my favorites!) and then we headed to Oklahoma.

That afternoon, we saw a blowout on a big rig just ahead of us. I thought that was the end for us, but my husband maneuvered around the debris and we didn't crash after all. Right away, we had our own blowout, but it was a calmer ordeal. We smelled something, pulled over and saw that we had a blowout, too. So I got in a few more walking steps on my Fitbit with my dog while we waited for the repairman and then we were on our way to the Oklahoma City area.

First stop: Pops, in Arcadia, where they have tons of sodas. The waitress said that if the name of the drink sounds like something you shouldn't drink, then don't. We know from experience - bacon may be good, but not as a drink! I played it safe and…

Packing the RV & a 15 Miler

We're going on a trip soon! We'll begin by going north from our home in Texas. I packed some clothes into our RV already and so far, so good. Maybe I can even squeeze in a few more running shorts into the closet!

We hope to stay at a farm or two along the way using Harvest Hosts. You pay an annual fee and you stay overnight in your RV at a farm at no extra cost, except that you will probably want to purchase something like fruit or cheese at the farm. I used this Harvest Hosts code, WYNNS15, to save 10% on the $44 fee.

This Week's Workouts

I added 5 miles of running to last week's 40 miles for a total of 45 miles of running this week plus 2 bike rides and 3 strength training sessions. I usually finish a workout with a walk with my dog.

Saturday: Strength training 
Sunday: Run 10 miles (6 miles hard effort)
Monday: Run 6 miles,Strength training 
Tuesday: Bike 30 min. and then run 5 mile run (10 short hills)
Wednesday: Run 9 miles (last mile hard effort),Strength training