Hope you had a great four-day or two-day (non-Thanksgivingers) weekend.

Thanksgiving started with a “Pumpkin Pie” yoga class where sadly no pumpkin pies were eaten. But we did try to get into the most ridiculous crescent roll pose.

Something like this - minus the beach.

Something like this – minus the beach.

Then a quick stop at home to get some dough ready for our contribution to the Thanksgiving festivities.

Freshly baked sourdough courtesy of J.

Freshly baked sourdough courtesy of J.

And then on to the part that I was dreading/looking forward to all week – my first run outside in about 7 weeks! My treadmill runs had been going fine but were incredibly boring (I swear that time slows down in the vicinity of the dreadmill). I wanted to get outside so badly that I was having serious runners’ envy when I spied people on their daily runs. I decided that Thanksgiving was the day to take things outside.

But there has also been the ever present knowledge that doing too much too soon (AKA the classic injured runner trying to get back on the road ASAP) could lead to recurrence of my injury or even worse a full scale stress fracture. I haven’t noticed any symptoms in my foot since taking a break from running back in October but I am all too familiar with finding myself with a brand spanking new injury while recovering from something else. Yay – runner’s problems!

So with a little trepidation I headed to one of my favorite trails near SLC – the Pipeline in Millcreek canyon. The temperatures in the valley have been pretty mild lately and our high on Thanksgiving was set to get near 60F. Obviously I decided to wear some shorts and contemplated running in just a t-shirt. That is until we got near the trail head and saw snow everywhere! Yike! I guess I forgot that 1500 ft can make such a difference in winter.

Millcreek_run

It wasn’t that cold – 39F – but the trail was packed down with snow for the first mile which made running a little slower and a lot slicker than normal. The second half was snow-free and mostly dry although I still manage to get my legs nice and muddy.

Running

 

Just a little over four miles but with 898 ft of elevation gain. Maybe not the easiest way to return to running but it felt amazing! Pain-free and out on the trails – who could ask for more?

I woke up the next day expecting to feel pain – and I did but mostly from my intense yoga posing – hello hip flexors! My calves felt a little tight, which seems to be the story of my life. But I can deal with muscle pain – it doesn’t scare me like tendons/bone pain.

After de-muddifying we headed for dinner and filled our bellies with an amazing spread. This might be a controversial opinion but my favorite thing about Thanksgiving dinner are the sides. Give me extra mashed potato and stuffing over pie any day.  And pumpkin flavored things – meh – I can take it or leave it – and this even applies to pumpkin pie. Sorry if we can’t be friends anymore – although if we stay friends I’ll give you all of my pie (in return for some of those taters).

Friday was some low impact cardio – a 35 minute (uphill) bike ride to work (yes work – boo) followed by a core yoga class. And then more trails on Saturday (right now I’m running every other day) – 3.75 miles – bringing my total mileage for the month up t0 28ish miles. Not exactly what I wanted but I am going to take.

And I’ve become an accidental triathlete. Biking + trail run on Saturday and a swimming session on Sunday. Don’t worry – I have no plans to ever ever ever intentionally do a triathalon – that is officially for badass/crazy people. But I am really digging all of this cross-training right now.

 

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18 thoughts on “

  1. Hahaha crescent roll pose–awesome! Altitude + snow cannot be easy–I would be huffing and also trying not to break my neck. And I can’t like, I love a good accidental brick! Glad you got so much out of the time!

  2. Sooo with you on liking sides better than the main meal (although I love dessert just as much haha). There’s just something about potatoes and leek brioche bread pudding that makes me so much happier than turkey! You’re making me really want to head out on the trails sometime sooner rather than later. Many of my friends love to run on them, but I’m still terrified from a less than awesome experience last year….hopefully one or two of them will get me out there soon 🙂

    • I need to try leek brioche bread pudding – that sounds amazing! It took me a while to take the step to trail running – you kinda have to forget about paces and mile splits and just go out and enjoy being outside. I usually prefer to go out with people in case of falls (I’m incredibly clumsy) and snakes in summer.

  3. Hooray for a pain free and successful outdoor run! It is so hard to balance that healthy goal of not doing too much with your runner’s excitement to get back out there. You are doing an amazing job and are a good role model for those of us who tend to get a bit too excited. So glad you had a good run!

  4. charissarunning says:

    Woohoo I’m so glad you were able to get in some good pain-free runs – and on trails! I think you’re doing a great job of strength training and being so patient with yourself. I hope your runs continue to go well 😀

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