15.5 miler :)

Weez and I went for our long run this weekend. If you read on Friday, you knew I was really excited for it. My knee hasn’t been hurting me AT all, the weather is finally warming up so the trails aren’t covered in a half a foot of snow, and I just love long distance running in general.

First and foremost, let’s talk about how amazing/gorgeous the weather was: blue skies. 65 degrees. light breeze. sun shinning. It was a runner’s dream. I took one step outside and realized my long sleeve shirt was overkill, so I ran back upstairs and threw on a tshirt instead. Early March, and I ran in shorts and a tshirt. It was perfect.

~mile 3 (notice the tshirt!) It was SO nice outside

I brought my camera phone along with me because I wanted to experiment with taking pictures and videos while running. I know a few runners who do that and it seems kinda fun, plus I thought it’d be way cool to show you guys where I’ve been running!

Thanks to my genius friend Dan, I learned how to upload videos from my phone to my computer to youtube. Thanks dude! I’m so excited, I’ll probably be making more videos from here on out :) I took this video around mile 4, see how gorgeous it was?!

Anyways, we ran an out-and-back course on the trails at Marshall Mesa. We cruised along, loving the warm weather and gorgeous views of the Flatirons, and the miles just ticked off. 3…4…5…

Somewhere around mile 5, we were basically IN the mountains and the trails got kinda steep. We were running up a decent incline for a good mile. My legs were burning but I just put my head down and tried to keep up with Weez. It actually felt really good to work the ol’ quads for a while. When we got to the top, I was pretty smoked.

We ran past horseback riders, a gazzilion dogs with their owners, tall grass, and weird short, branch-y dried out trees. We both felt really good so instead of turning around at mile 6.5 (to make it a 13 miler), we kept going and turned around after 8. Around mile 9, I ate a strawberry banana Gu and drank some water.

My legs started burning and my stride was getting sluggish ~11 miles but I was on cruise control, so I just kept plugging along. Somewhere around ~13 though, I completely bit it and wiped out. My foot caught a rock and I went flying through the air like superman, landing on my stomach, scraping up my left hip and right knee a little bit. It was kind of funny. I laughed, then got back up and kept going. Who doesn’t love a battle scar from a solid long run?

The last 2.5 miles were slow, but hey, we got the miles done and I’m crazy proud of how far we ran this weekend! 2 hours and 30 minutes. Longest run since the Northern Central Trail Half Marathon back in November! I used MapMyRun.com to determine the exact mileage, which turned out to be just under 16 miles. Yay!

I was pretty sore on Sunday, but that didn’t stop us from hiking Mt. Sanitas (a mountain right here in town). It’s nice to go out for a hike the day after a long run, ya know, to work out the lactic acid and soreness. I took my camera along, so I’ll write about that and post a ton of pictures tomorrow :) Stay tuned!

~Erin

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. congrats on the long run! I love the pictures! :)

  2. Phones are a pain to down load pics and vids. I use a iPhone now it’s a little smoother to download. Web sites help with downloading pics and vids too.

  3. Dan says:

    What were the steep trails that you were running on? I’m writing up Marshall Mesa area for the biking book right now!

  4. Dan says:

    To convert 3gp to something more useful you could:

    a) upgrade to the latest Mac operating system (10.6) http://www.apple.com/macosx/

    b) use VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)

    c) use Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/)

    or d) none of the above. YouTube uploads of 3gp work just fine for me!

  5. kymberli q. says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks beautiful where you run! Good job on that distance! Wow!

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