Well here I am dusting the cobwebs off the corners of my blog [achhoooo!]. As the month winds down it's time to join with my buddy Marcia and come clean with a healthy dose of Runfessions.
The Backpack Buddy 5k
|We called it: The Wine Buddy 5k|
For a recent girls weekend, I selected The Backpack Buddy 5k race solely based on it's proximity to several wineries. It sounded like a great way to celebrate Wendy's birthday. But now it begs the question...what superhuman species can do these wine tours? We wimped out after two wineries. By then, we had already sampled 18 wines.
|Corbin Farms Winery -- Our First Stop|
As evidenced by my slowest time at a 5k since 2010, I apparently have not benefitted from running the steep roads around our new home. I can only go a half mile before encountering hills so sharply graded I must walk to avoid injury. I turn around and continually loop the rolling hills in that half mile section -- which are tough enough by their own merit. Even without the big hills, a short 3 mile run produces an elevation gain of over 200 feet. Ouch. It looks like I need to drive to a better route...the thing I've always avoided doing in the past.
|Toothless, as usual...with a newly added chicken wing.|
Speaking of home, I could tell quite a few rural critter stories. And bad dog stories. But oddly enough, while out running I've only seen armadillos, tortoises, snakes, and spiders. Those spiders will drape from anything that doesn't move. I named the gigantic banana spider living on our deck Chiquita. We allow her to hang out as she catches other flying insects. I've made my peace with it as she never moves from her high perch during daylight. Her overnight web building is intricate and beautiful. I'm not sure my recent house guests were impressed, however. But I runfess, I haven't pointed her out to the grandkids.
I'm starting a not-so-fashionable trend by wearing triathlon shorts for waterskiing. I started this back in the Spring when the water was still a bit cool. I later realized I just don't feel like putting on a swimsuit at sunset -- when most of my skiing is done. Seriously, what's the point? Plus their light compression helps to reduce body jiggling.
|No jiggling for the win!|
I've been very whiny in regard to our record setting heat. For weeks (months?) it has been relentless. We've hit 100 actual degrees on the thermometer so many days this summer that I gave up counting them. My motivation to train seriously is lagging. But I'm eyeing a December half marathon and possibly even a full marathon in the Spring so I need it to cool off. SOON. Sadly, we are forecasted for more record heat. But, that also means I'll water ski later into the year than I ever have before. Sweet.
What do you have to Runfess?