Archive for the ‘Trail Runs’ Category

An Odd Spring–Hopes Cast on Winds

March 27, 2012 1 comment

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Today was my last day of Physical Therapy. I needed more. But I am switching jobs and losing my insurance. This change is a good change–ironic–but good. I now have to be solely responsible for my own progress.

I headed to the short trail run that normally starts my spring season. A loop around Presque Isle in Marquette normally leads to two laps…and so on. Today I walked slowly with my camera in gale force winds. That trail looked as rough as my winter training–many downed trees.

I’ve a long road ahead of me.

It started with a knee injury, IT-band pain and hip-bursitis from over-running and taking on trails above my skill level.

An up-slip of my hip, a possible ruptured disk and so on…led to a long winter.

I did some gait retraining.

On a good day I can run a mile. On a bad day I can walk a mile.

Here’s the kicker. I am registered for the Grand Island 1/2 marathon in July.

I am the turtle.

The race I wish to win is recovery and finishing the 1/2 in July.


Trail Run–Little Presque to Wetmore Landing

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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Trail Run–Little Presque to Wetmore

The trail held a couple of surprises today!

Today, I attended Farmer’s Market and picked up veggies for the week. I had intended for today to be a rest day, physically. I had “land” physical therapy on Thursday and Friday I had a “pool.” Yesterday I had a migraine headache. Cooler day, slower Saturday good for nourishing the body. But the cooler temps enticed me o the trails. I chose a lakeside run on trail.

Parking at Little Song Bird just off County Road 550 allows me a slow warm-up as I head toward Little Presque parking lot. My knee was taped for stability and a quick walk informs my body where my knee “is” for the run. I decided a nice slow pace with stops for photos would be appropriate but I also wanted to challenge my status with this injury? Just how was my strengthening going? So I took the trail toward Wetmore which is complete with two staircases, and many roots.

The surprises. White Chairs along the side of the path. Musicians with instruments. A whole wedding!

We are blessed with this beautiful land, the Great Lake of Superior, and love!

Also, I’m blessed with a great physical therapy team that is helping my knee stability!

For more on this section of trail visit:

Photos from Tahqua Trail Run

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

I was the first runner to arrive. There were no signs as we enter the Lower Falls area at Tahquamenon. Strange. We drove around parking lots. Finally, we saw a couple walking their dog and asked if they had seen anything. “Over there.” They replied. We parked and I jogged, “Over there.” Beyond the gift shop in a rainy field I was greeted by Starting Gates. No people.

It was going to be a wet start to the race. The bathrooms were locked. People were starting to gather. Superior Timing started handing out timing chips. Runners Tahquamenonbegan to gather under thick trees and the overhang of the gift shop.

I had already made up my mind that I would not take photos during this race. Running with an injury on a challenging trail run, that was also wet, full of inclines and declines, rocks and roots, the camera was a distraction I could not afford. Plus, I was feeling good. I was feeling like I could really RUN! So this photo was the last I took. Afterall, I had a crew of one and he had a great camera.

During the pre-race rundown the race organizer stated there were roots as tall as our knees and we would walk that section of the trail. I thought, overdramatic! I learned later that there certainly were roots as tall as my knees, downed trees, boardwalks tipping precariously toward the river and more.

The run was exhilarating. The tape on my knee held up through 1/2 the race then the wet brush started loosening it up. I had to get my steps in check at that point. But I was able to run. So free. And I was able to pass people in front of me. I ran a smart race. It has been my tendency to go out too fast and fade off. This race I was passing people and I finished strong.

Fifth in my age group! High fives to the kids gathered to greet runner entering the parking lot and headed to the finish line! I had enough energy to say let’s do it again! Fun, fun, fun trail.

The Tahqua 10k is part of the Great Lakes Endurance Series and there was also 25K finishers that crossed the same finish line.

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Running at Tahqua

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Later this week I will have photos to post and a synopsis of the event. But here are my results.

Date: 8/13/2011 8:30 AM
Type: Race
Distance: 10 kilometers
Duration: 1:19:37.06
Pace: 12:49 / mile
Weight: 146 lb
Misc: Quality: 8/10, Effort: 8/10
Age group: 40 – 49
Group Placement: 5 / 10 (50%)
Gender Placement: 23 / 40 (57.5%)
Weather: 68° F, Rain
Event URL:
Statistics: Calories: 686
VO2 Max: 23

Harlow Lake Trail Run

August 4, 2011 Leave a comment

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The run tonight was awesome, considering I ran it while rehabbing an injury. Tonight’s run went better than my last, which ended with terrible pain. That run was a little over a week ao on the Marquette Fit Strip and I could not crank out two miles.

Tonight, I ran 3.4 miles tonight on trail. It was race #5 at Harlow Lake as part of the Marquette Trail Run series. Gosh it felt good! I had been Jonesing for endorphins. I even had goose bumps after the run. My time wasn’t so hot, though. And I happily took last place in the short course.

Until tonight, I was third in the point standings, not sure where tonight’s results will have me.

Tomorrow I meet with an Orthopedic Doctor. I am building a healing team. (Again.)

Marquette Trail Running Series–Race 3

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

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This was the third run in the Marquette Trail Running series and I came in about where I expected (last, kinda) with a time of 1:05.11 on a 4.9 course complete with rocks, hills, roots, and sharp turns. You had to keep your eyes out for the red flags and pink tape, some people were in runner daydream-land and became a bit misdirected. I did well at staying with the course. I had never been on the trails that made up the course. The course was fun, beautiful and challenging. I started the run slow, labored breathing with the humidity, but once my breathing became fluid I did much better. But 6pm runs are hard on me. I just don’t seem to have the legs I need for the consistency I want. Suggestions?

In the raffle, I won some great swag! A Nathan Hydration Quickdraw Plus. I will write a review after I take it out for a run.

The photos are not as clear as my norm, my camera was a little wet and I was more rushed trying for a good time on the run. They appear in no particular order. I hope they give you an idea of what the run was like.


Had to push myself today…

June 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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Today I had to pry my azz off the couch and away from the laptop. I told myself you can download two new songs for the playlist. You can have blueberries from the produce store if you run for an hour. You can _________ (fill in the blank). Oh today was sucking big time–I’ve never had to fight with myself to get out on a run. By the time I left the house it was 85 degrees! And I left the house with destination unknown. I finally decided to run Presque Isle in Marquette. I can park my car near the bathrooms and if I decide to bail half-way thru (I almost never bail), I can cut my run short as I am running loops around the island. This area offers me variety of road, trail, inner and outer loops and many things to look at like the slackliners, longboarders, and kayakers.

I called Mike as I parked letting him know the location I decided to run and how long I expected to run. There are some dangerous areas of erosion on the island and I like running on the edge of things. I had a long warm-up of 15 minutes. Ran for an hour. Cool down another 15 minute walk. I did QiGong and Yoga on the rock wall of the old Shiras Zoo.

Oh and I had a much better attitude by the time I got home.

Best part of the day hands-down was chilling on Sylvia’s Deck after taking photos in her garden.