1. I have had 3 very different runs this week. Tuesday I did a speed workout on the treadmill and it went great. It had the most repeats I do before my half and I had no problem doing them. Wednesday was a beautiful day and I decided to come home and go outside. When I started out I was slow slow slow. I had toyed with the idea of taking a very hilly route. It is so hilly that the last time I ran it was 2 years ago - yes that is 2 years ago - when I was training to run up a mountain in the 100 on 100. Since then I have avoided this route completely except for on my bike. And I don't go up it on my bike very often either. I'm no fool. But yesterday I thought I might like to take that route. Why?
I hadn't done it in a long time.
I was already going slowly so going slow on the hills would be no big deal.
It has gorgeous views I don't see that often.
It was something different.
It is a loop and I never run loops at home.
Look way way up into the distance. This is the
BEGINNING of one of many hills. It continues
past what looks to be the top of it for about another
So when I got to the point where I had to decide - I stopped and used the bathroom to give myself some more thinking time. I came out and stood there for a minute and then instead of continuing straight I turned left and off to all the hills I went! (Even the downhills are murder on this route!)
On Monday's ride I saw sheep and then horses. Today
they were in the same place.
The trees are just beginning to turn.
Today I had another good if not great run on the treadmill. So I loved being outdoors this week but my two best runs were on the treadmill by far. Odd. But no pretty pictures on the treadmill!
2. I am still having the best year at school. I know it is early yet but unless something drastic changes (you never know who is going to move in) the signs are all there for a good year. Yeah, I have some harder students but I also had them last year and we have our "living with each other" pretty well worked out. They know what I will take and what they better not even think about trying. Plus the class chemistry is good and there aren't many kids who will buy into their shenanigans. The class is small. I dare not tell you how small as I will get hate comments from all the teachers who read this blog. And as I have said teaching one thing twice (math) is just rocking my world. Plus all the team stuff and I know you've heard it before but it is so great to be happy at work!
3. I do not have a race this weekend and that is fine. I seem to be "off races" for now. But I do have something I am really looking forward to. Sunday I am riding in the Tour de Farms where you ride a certain number of miles (30 for me) and stop at many many farms along the way. You get lots to eat and drink (including wine) plus a brewery is one of the sponsors so I am wondering what else there will be to drink. But that could be wishful thinking. Last year we got all kinds of things maple at the first stop including maple candy and I knew how good the day would be. The forecast is sunny and not too hot for Sunday and I have some friends who will be riding too.
Tour de Farms - here I come!