Since moving to Spokane, I have joined a playgroup. Seems these women know more about running in Spokane than I do! It also seems that Spokane has very high rape statistics. Since J is working 12-14 hrs a day, the only times that it is possible to run outside would be really early, or really late. I have scrapped that idea.
We joined the Y and so I guess I will be a treadmill runner for a year. I will try to do more races too.
Sunday: 40 min
Monday: 25 min
I had every intention of going at least 30 minutes. We were at the Y, I was on the treadmill, the kids were in the play area. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder. One of the day care assistants came to get me because C had gone to the bathroom. After going she refused to put her underwear back on and put her swimming bottoms on inside out. I had to fix that situation. By the time I was done, it was time for C's swimming lessons!
Well, after six weeks of not running, I tried again. Wow, it is amazing how fast my muscles lost their ability to go fast! I made it about 10 minutes before I decided that I had had enough.
I actually did a road race last week called the Cherry Trot. It was a four mile run through the cherry orchards north of Spokane. It was a beautiful run, but since J works nights, I had L & C with me. Therefore I pushed about 100 lbs in my Phil & Ted stroller. Not too much fun. Also, mile 3 was totally downhill (yes, the entire mile) and mile 4 was uphill, to make up for the previous downhill. So the four-mile run took me 52 minutes. Not bad for pushing the kids and walking the last two miles!
Sunday May 24: x-country skiied 4 miles in the Ski to Sea Race in Bellingham, WA. 40 minutes
Monday May 25th: 40 minute run in Everson
Tuesday May 26th: no exercise
Wednesday May 27th: no exercise
Thursday May 28th: 40 min run on the Burke Gilman trail. It was super hot! But I logged an 8 minute mile on the last mile!
Friday May 29th: 40 min run with Claire in jogging stroller. She is getting hard to push! Ran from Levi's school to the bridge near Central Market and back to the duck pond. It was already 70 degrees at 10 am. HOT!
Saturday May 30th: 40 min run on the Burke at 9am. Beautiful day, felt strong and ran an 8 min mile at the end.
Now that my children are older, I feel that I can become something that I used to be, a runner. I love to run. Outside, in the rain or shine, on a treadmill, with Levi on his bike, any form of running is joyful. I have decided that I need a couple of goals. Luckily I am moving to Spokane and then to Portland, two places that host very famous runs.
In Spokane they have Bloomsday and in Portland it is the Portland Marathon. I am setting out a goal to complete both. Let's see how it goes!