Showing posts from May, 2016

Running and Drone Video!

For today's cool down, I walked my dog, Zoe, at the park behind our house. That's when we ran into my husband who was taking video of the partially flooded park. We had a lot of rain yesterday and the creek next to the park overflowed. The park still hasn't been restored after the last flood that we had!

I flew the drone, too - making it go higher, lower, to the left and right. It was very easy to fly and a lot of fun! The photo posted at the top of this post is one that I took while flying the drone. Here's a video my husband took with the drone of me running with Zoe, our Weimaraner.

Before the walk with Zoe, I had a three part workout. First, I did 30 minutes of strength training using my Sworkit abs & core app. Then I went for a 10 mile run. At first, I thought that the park was still closed after yesterday's flooding so I only ran in my neighborhood. I ended up staying in the neighborhood. To finish up, I went on a 30 minute bike ride. It's much easier t…

12 Mile Run and Links You'll Like

A 12+ mile run - now that's a great way to start the weekend! I ran around the neighborhood and through the partially open park where I normally run. There's a lake there with water lilies.

Today's run of 12.5 miles was fueled by two pieces of toast with honey and an egg at about 4AM. I'm starting to naturally wake up about then every day since I started getting up earlier Tuesday through Friday. Early morning workouts are easier for me than afternoon workouts. How about you? I don't eat before my early runs - no time, but whether I ate or not didn't seem to make any difference.  

During today's run, I brought along some snacks I don't usually eat on the run -  a small amount of each: Sun Chips, pretzels, crispy M&M's and banana. No cramps or tummy troubles for me. I ate every 3 miles when I stopped at a water fountain.

I was glad when there was a bit of a breeze today to move around the suffocating feeling of the warm, humid air.

My Workouts this W…

Two 15 Mile Runs This Week!

Time to run 15 miles! After some toast with honey and a banana, I started the Strava app on my phone to track my run. It's fun to see the running others are doing (especially if they start running at 4AM 'cause than I don't feel like a crazy person when I do that, too) and to give a thumbs-up to other runners. Today I posted a photo of the deer I saw hiding in the woods on Strava and Twitter, too.

I had half a Pop-tart at miles 5.5 and 8.5. In the last mile, my side ached and my eyes stung from sweat, but those pains stopped just as soon as my Strava app alerted me to the 15 miles completed! 

Although it was warm, I didn't have it very bad compared to those who were swimming, riding and running in the Texas Ironman. My husband and I walked around the local triathlon race route in The Woodlands today. The "real feel" temperature was over 100 when we were there after lunch. I'm in awe of anyone who can complete a triathlon, but to add the heat to the mix... I…

Snow at the Grand Canyon

I recently visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon (April 25) on an unexpected trip from our home in Texas to visit family in California. I was surprised when it started to snow as we parked in the Grand Canyon parking lot. The snow made visiting the Grand Canyon extra special because I don't get a chance to see a lot of snow.

We walked around the visitor centers and the Grand Canyon rim viewing areas before we went inside the historic El Tovar. We had lunch there in the restaurant of the hotel. The chili with lots of cheese on top was good, but the view from our table of the canyon with the snow falling was even better.

My husband and I stayed in our RV at the Williams/Grand Canyon KOA that night. When we arrived there, I ran 15 miles on a dirt path near the RV park. The morning that we left, I was surprised to see snow outside when I opened the RV door. My first thought was to hurry back inside to tell my husband, but then I decided that it would be more fun for him to be sur…

Extremes: Running, Flooding, and RV Driving

We were hit with a lot of rain where I live north of Houston. Nearby Cypress Creek overflowed and flooded the park where I like to run, ride and walk my dog. That's a picture of the parking lot for the park - not so good for cars, but great if you have a boat. Our house was fine, but we had to take a detour to leave the neighborhood for a few days.

Unexpectedly, my husband and I needed to drive from Houston to Bakersfield in Central California last week. Running first thing in the mornings made me feel better for the rest of each day. 
One day, I ran 12 miles at the Bakersfield RV Resort where we stayed. A complete park loop is 1/2 a mile - I ran 24 loops. Since I started so early in the mornings and felt safe there, I didn't mind the loops. On a couple of other runs, I ran outside of the RV park and passed some nice neighborhoods on the outskirts of town.

After most runs, I worked out in the RV park gym. Then I stopped by the office for coffee. Coffee and newspapers are free…