Logging Some Miles

Early spring in Lehigh Parkway

Early spring in Lehigh Parkway

Lehigh Parkway is a true runner’s haven. Gorgeous scenery, crushed gravel trails, and six+ miles of peace and quiet. On the weekends the trails are littered with runners, it’s a true social scene in all senses of the phrase. I took this photo (above) on Friday during my run of one of my favorite spots along the bridle path. I have always wanted to climb out on that tree hanging over the creek and soak everything in. I’m not sure why I have never actually done so.

Friday’s run was exactly what I needed. I’d planned to run 3.5 miles but was feeling so good I ended up going a little longer, finishing just shy of 5 miles. I headed out again this morning for a 3.5 mile loop. My goal over the next month is to run three times per week and work out to the X3 videos four times per week.

One of the most important lessons I have learned in the years of my marathon training is that when something isn’t working you need to switch things up. When you hit a plateau it’s best to make some changes to your routine. In fact, generally speaking, I think it is a wise move to vary your workouts and activities. This is the plan … for now.

So My Fall Goal Race is The Color Run. Seriously.

I have been rocking the SMP trails lately. I am slowly whittling away the amount of time it takes me to complete my loop, which is another way of saying my pace is picking up. I have runner’s high for hours after my runs lately. I’m struggling less and enjoying it more.

Months ago my daughter and I signed up for The Color Run which takes place tomorrow. This is definitely not an event I would ever willingly participate in if it weren’t for my little girl. (Little? She’s almost 10!) I’m not shy to say that I am a racing purist and I poo poo mud runs, color runs and any other run of that style. Now I’m not arguing that they shouldn’t exist because yes, they do get people out and moving and it’s better to participate in an event of this kind instead of wasting your time on the couch in front of a television. But, personally, I would rather spend my time running a race where I can compete against myself and others instead of wasting my time at an event of this nature. Who am I kidding? I’d rather spend my time sitting on the couch in front of a television than running a color run, mud run, etc.

That said, the only reason I am running The Color Run is for some quality mother-daughter bonding time. She loves to run and has been asking to run a 5K for months. This seemed like something unique enough to make a good memory for her. Now, on the eve of the run I’m having second, third and fourth thoughts about doing it. Yuck! So I have to get splashed with color and be a total rainbow mess? I am not looking forward to that part one bit! I’m sure we’ll laugh and have fun, us and 4,000 other runners which alone will be absolutely craziness for a 3.1-mile distance. Guess you’ll have to check back in for a “race” report after tomorrow, won’t you?