So, running. I am not really sure how I feel about it. I started running regularly last summer. I used the Couch to 5k app to get going. I was pleased that I find that I didn't have to start at the total couch potato level, but it was still hard for me. But then Dave got hurt and then winter came, and the idea of starting over in the cold did't really appeal to me.
This last summer I tried it again. I kind of like being out for some alone time. I enjoy it a whole lot more if I can go a few miles from home where the scenery is different and there is less chance of my neighbors seeing me with a grimace of exhaustion. But I still think it hurts to run, and it gets kind of boring, and I am slow (darn short legs!).
My friends convinced me to run this relay that covers 50 miles in and around Heber Valley--three or four 5k legs (three for me, thanks). I am glad they did because I totally would have given up on running otherwise. Jenn created this race back when she lived in Utah and worked for TriUtah. She came back from Boise to run with us. She's the kind who can run a marathon on a week's notice.
|In the morning, before we started. Those rain clouds in the distance were so pretty moving in.|
Of course it took place on the rainiest day of the season. Fortunately for me, two of my three portions were in mild sprinkles rather than downpours. The others were not so lucky.
Despite the rain it was a fun day, the running part was not that bad, but the girl time in the race van was great. Thanks to the speedy running of my teammates we came in 8th place over all, and I was rather proud to have run nine miles in one day, and that is big for me. I would totally do it again.
|Jenn running the stretch along US-40. We gave her the most and the hardest routes.|
|Amy finishing up a muddy run in the North Fields|
|On my last leg, right before the worst of the rain came.|
|Carrie took the brunt of the storm through a hilly neighborhood.|
|Liz still with energy to spare after running the other hardest routes and the most legs.|
|At the finish, soaking, but smiling.|