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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: http://www.northcountrytrail.org/nct/Wetmore.htm

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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.

Wild Runs

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I love trail running, this photo was taken on the North Country Trail at Lil’ Presque. I ran up and down this particular section at varying speeds to work on my technical abilities with roots. I had a blast!

I’m finding my place among the pines again, growing and healing. I’m reaching for the sunshine. Training for that 10K in August! Lil’ Presque and songbird is one of my fave places to run. A mix of mossy root filled trails, sand, beach, and more. I feel complete after a workout here.

Marquette Trail Running–Forestville

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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Some people might be nervous to trail run alone. Some people might want some camaraderie while running. Some wish for a low-key event to keep their training on track. I love to discover new trails and I have been participating in Marquette Trail Running a free group that meets for Thursday evening runs on various trail locations in the Marquette, Michigan area.

This was my first ever prediction run. The course was going to be more technical than I’m used to and at a distance of 4.5 miles I was not certain how it would go. But it was a cool evening and I do better in the cool air so I was ambitious with a prediction of 60 minutes. No music! No watch!

I liked not having my watch and music–I wasn’t planning on that. But my head just joined the trail and I felt very connected. I took a digger about 3/4 of the way thru. And I had a foot fall near an animal’s den and it hissed. But I was past the creature in a flash.

My finish was almost 5-minutes over my predicted time. But it was my strongest run in over a month. I am recovering from a bout of CD related distress. My core felt strong. I was ecstatic!

The organization is looking for prizes and donations to help encourage runners.

Blueberry Ridge Trail Run

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

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Today was the second annual Blueberry Ridge Trail Run for North Star Academy an alternative school here in Marquette, Michigan. When I left the house the thermometer read 80-degrees farenheit and I live near the lake. The trail is inland and it was HOT! I always get dry mouth when I run the Blueberry Trails, it is sandy out there and dusty. I think there was pollen to contend with as well.

North Star Academy offered a 1 mile fun run/walk, 5k & 12k race. It was good to see so many young children do the 1 miles and 5k distances.

I had digestive unrest since my trail run last Thursday, so today I felt weak in my core. But I finished the race! And that’s all that counts (at least for today–you have to meet your body where it is sometimes).

Kim’s Results

Distance: 5k trail run

Time: 35:59.5 (7:12 pace per/k)

Field Placement:  33

Age Group: 40-49

So, fellow runners…what do you do to prevent dry mouth?