Sunday, February 7, 2010

Complain no more

I know I complain a lot about how I hate to run on flat surfaces but I sure have been doing it a TON of it these past couple of months. With all the rain we've been getting in the Bay Area, the trails are just too muddy to get a good run on. So, the Alameda Creek Trail and I have become reacquainted recently. And seriously, is this worth complaining about? It's not paved, there's no traffic, sidewalks or traffic lights. It could be a lot worse. This I know.


Yesterday I had a movie date planned with my daughter so I was hoping (praying) that the rain would stay away long enough in the morning for me to get a nice little run in. Why? Oh, because I LOVE Dots and movie popcorn, that's why. So, I took Boomer to this trail and ran four fast miles. My pace on flat surfaces has improved, which I guess is a positive. Yesterday, my overall pace was 10:08/mile. In November, I was averaging 10:45/mile. As long as I wear my brace, I'm also able to run without pain. Sara and I watched Dear John and shared a bag of popcorn and a box of Dots for lunch (along with a bunch of tissues). I have no idea why we do this to ourselves but we insist on going to every Nicholas Sparks movie as soon as it comes out. I was wiped out for the remainder of the day.





This morning, Boomer and I picked up Bella and met my new friend Kristi (Random Thoughts) for a hike at Sunol Regional Wilderness Park. In Fremont, it was 51 degrees and sunny. In Sunol, not so much! Thank God I brought a little jacket with me, I ended up wearing it the entire hike. The creek is getting just a little more active.

All three dogs had a blast chasing the cows whenever they could. This cow though, did not want to be bothered. Kristi and I though he was so cute with his new horns pointing downward, in front of his ears. At first we thought he had really fluffy ears, then realized they were horns.

We went down to the Alameda Creek (yes, the same creek I run next to in Fremont) and met up with a couple other dogs that were so excited about being in the water. A major dog fest here!

(left to right) unknown, unknown, Bambi, Bella, Boomer


We hiked for almost two hours, a total of about four miles. I'm enjoying getting to know Kristi a little bit more. All the dogs were pretty worn out when we got back to the car. Bambi and Bella were laying down in the back of my car before we even got completely out of the park. Boomer did fall asleep once we got home and I will say, he's still lounging around. A tired dog is a happy dog, right!? Weather permitting, Kristi and I are going to do a bike ride together Wednesday. ;)



MED2010 Accountability:
02/04 - "24SET" class at the gym
02/05 - "24SET" class at the gym, two mile walk
02/06 - four mile run, two mile walk
02/07 - four mile hike

Until later.............

12 comments:

Rick Gaston said...

Love cows and dogfests. This morning at the Kaiser half I was at the triathlon club tent with the other cheerers and some brought their dogs with them. Awesome. Huck the Pup who is a 12 month old Golden Retriever was a people magnet.

Rick Gaston said...

oops I meant to say 3 month old.

Dave said...

tell me about muddy trails...North Texas rain and stuff...the trails are a mess. Good pics though...

Lisa said...

your workouts - hiking and running - look like the most fun ever

Molly said...

Careful with those Sunol cows, they get really mean around calving season. I have a friend who ended up with a broken wrist because she and her dog were chased by cows up there.

Such pretty scenery! Definitely have to get the mutts back up to Sunol before things dry out and it becomes foxtail season.

Missy said...

Love the pictures! Happy, very happy dogs indeed!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I love hiking! I don't get to do enough of it!! I miss the days of only one little kiddo who I could back pack!

Katie A. said...

I love reading about your hikes with the poochs! I am so jealous of you and Boomer!
Awesome pace, too! So, Dear John, is it one to wait for video for?
Happy Monday girly!

Looney said...

I love the green.

Iris said...

How was Dear John? I read the book - not sure I could do the movie. So sad!

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aron said...

ohhh look at all those HAPPY doggies!!! love them! i want to go on a hike with you :)

you are very lucky to have that path... all i have right now during the week is dark sidewalks along busy roads. its still running so i am happy, but not the same as even my flat paved paths.