9.30.2013

A Photographic Run on Maui!

Today I am going to do things a bit different. That seems to be the story of my life the past few days. Everything I am doing is a bit different.  And that includes getting a running coach with today being the first day of a training plan I didn't make myself. This is the first time ever for me to do this. I am excited! I am also hoping I may stick to the plan better since I will have to explain why not to someone besides myself. That is never fun.

But let's have some fun! Yesterday I hit the hills and ran 6 miles outside in the wonderful morning air. My goal was 4-6 miles.


When I headed out the door I wasn't too concerned about pace and had no idea what was about to happen. The happiness of running outside must have taken hold, and the decrease in pressure since I was still officially in a marathon recovery week, allowed me to stop and smell the roses so to speak. And I literally did slow down a moment to take my first picture during my run. I honestly believed this would be the first and last.


I think often of how I should take more pictures to share with you. I think of bloggers who post beautiful images from their run. I love seeing what they see. But for some reason I don't pull out my phone and take pictures like this. This highway will get busier as the day progresses but it is very peaceful on an early Sunday morning. If I remember right I started my run shortly after 6:00 am. It was a "chilly" 69 degrees.


I truly understand in the past it was more difficult with my iPhone being in a strap on my arm. But now it is just slipped in the left hand front pocket of my CamelBak vest. So easy to get to. So why not do this? At this point, I had already made my halfway point turn and was heading back.


The views from the highway truly are remarkable. I wonder if everyone really does take the time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds their days each and every day. I wonder if I take as much time as I should. I am grateful for this run.


Shortly after this point I made a turn and had to stop and take a picture of the sun. It was so bright and majestic. I figured, why not take one more picture? Little did I know this bright and majestic sun would blind me in the final half mile or so climb up a curvy road to home. Running blind at times is no fun when you are focused on seeing cars around the bends. I deviated from my normal switchback run pattern to ensure I was never in a blind spot to a car coming up the road. Fortunately, traffic was beyond light. I only had a few cars coming down. I didn't see one other runner on my run. I did see some run past my home later in the day though. I know they are out there.


My final picture for you before the final ascent....and yes, there is some uphill climbing here as well.


It was a marvelous day and I am so glad I opted to run early and truly did enjoy each step of my run. I feel I am in a good position to begin training again for my next marathon on December 8th. I am recommitted to my goal to break a 4:20 marathon. I know of some potential obstacles in my way but I can't let them bring me down. I can only control the factors I can control. I am ready to train hard!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the picnic table set dear hubby and darling daughter got me for my birthday. Not only is it something I have wanted for a very long time but we picked it out as a family with each member weighing in some good points for consideration. I am blessed.
Daily Affirmation: I bring love into my home.


4 comments:

  1. There's something a bit magic about no-pressure runs like that after you've been heavy into training for an event. Everything about them seems more wonderful. And of course they don't hurt as much.

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  2. That must have been a gorgeous gorgeous run! :) Goodluck with your runs and your upcoming marathon! :)

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  3. Hey! Nice blog. A lot of personal experiences and advice which are great. Went through some of the posts. I also see that you provide coaching as well. I'm an amateur runner. Never really cared beyond working out a bit at the gym so far. But ever since I stepped out for running regularly with some friends, I have enjoyed it. Now I'm aiming bigger to prepare for triathlons. I know the preparation must be gradual. But I'm thinking of signing up for a sport specific training program in Mississauga where I am, to probably try to be coached professionally especially to improve my endurance and stamina. Any advice on this? :)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment!

      Yes, I am a huge supporter of getting a coach and not just because I am one. I recently got myself a coach even though I am fully capable of establishing the necessary training plans but having someone to report to, and work with, adds an extra level of accountability. And for triathletes, I suggest getting a coach for whatever portion you need extra focus on.

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