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My Third Run

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Each time I do this run, it seems SO hard at the beginning... then as I'm on the way back out, and it's easier, I am reminded that it's deceptively flat; it's actually a gradual uphill the whole way in! I shaved another minute off my run today, did it in 39 minutes. I actually went further than that, but I just timed the section that is my "normal" run.

When I got beyond the "signs" (the info signs that are the turnaround point on my usual run), it turns into a lot of single-track, and even though it's a well-used trail, at mid-summer there are graceful fern leaves stretching across the trail. It's a bit like running through the jungle, thought not as hot. Before we moved to this part of Colorado I never knew how lush and green (and ferny!) the Colorado mountains could be.

It was exciting to me to find that, even though I still only ran probably a third or a little more of the distance, once I get going, I'm not huffing and puffing quite so much; I actually have some stamina and can kind of get into a zone and keep going for awhile. I actually went farther on that trail than ever before. Everyone measures distance on Spring Creek Trail by the bridges; I'm not sure how many there are total, but I'd only gone as far as the 4th bridge before, and today I made it to the 6th bridge! My normal run is just beyond the 2nd bridge, which is 3 miles or a little more; I think today I probably did 5+ miles. I need to ask at the local shop if there's a map that actually shows distance on the in-town trails; I'm estimating based on time.

The 4th bridge:

The 6th bridge (I discovered the 5th and 6th bridges have no rails):

One last thought that I had while running. I have mentioned to a few people that I'm taking up running. I've gotten some encouragement, and a few wide-eyed looks, like "what is a woman pushing 40 doing taking up running?" usually accompanied by the admonition "be careful of your knees!"

I know that I do need to be careful... knees, ankles (especially trail-running with rocks and uneven surfaces), etc. But then I thought, is an occasional trail run really harder on my knees than carrying the extra 20-40 pounds around that I carried for the last 10-12 years or so? I doubt it. I'm still much better off now.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUZY6281 10/2/2009 3:00PM

    Congratulations on your success!! Yes, you are better off now. Take it from someone that took up running this year and is pushing 50. If you increase gradually and take heed of your body, you will do just fine.


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SKISINCO 7/26/2009 12:08PM

    Congrats Denise, wish I had a place like that to run.....

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JENEAL1 7/13/2009 1:44PM

    WAY TO GO DENISE!!!!!!

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ITSTIMECM 7/13/2009 8:07AM

    emoticon Denise! You are a strong woman and very capable of running. You are doing it! Keep up the great work and you'll be doing that entire trail in no time. I do agree that the first 10 minutes of so of running are hard-every time. It's like my body is trying to talk me out of doing it, but then finally gives in and says "ok, let's just do this".

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BIENKE 7/13/2009 12:46AM

    Denise, all I have to say is "WOW".

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SQUIRRELY_GIRL 7/12/2009 3:56PM

    Way to go Denise! You are making great progress woohoo!!!!

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