types of runs

In Texas Coldbeer is One Word

Saturday morning my brother Andy and I got up a little early to go for a run before the day’s festivities. I knew I had a lot of GOOD EATING ahead of me and I also knew I’d feel much better about the whole thing if I got in a run.


It was cool and the sun was rising over the palm trees in front of the river. I wore my trail running shoes because we were running on grass, dirt and gravel.


We ran down to the river and then turned around and ran through the ranch and up the gravel road.


It was quiet out–the only sounds were our feet crunching and the roosters on the ranch. It was cool to be out there so early, with no one around, while we ran together. While we were out on the gravel road a truck came through. We stepped into the ditch and waited for them to pass, and for the dust to settle. I held my breath because the dust bothered my asthma.


Andy and I chatted and caught up on things. I wasn’t feeling fantastic on my run. My left knee hurt (which was new) and my right foot had been hurting for a few days for no reason. I had no idea what was going on with my body but I was glad nothing hurt too much to prevent me from running.


We ran by the cows and donkeys, passed the ponies and the buffalo. The animals didn’t seem to notice us.



There were wild sunflowers growing in the ditches.


It was warming up nicely and we turned around. Running on the gravel was hard on my knees but I did okay.


We headed back to the farmhouse and I stretched. I look very tired in this photo!


Run Stats:
Time: 44 minutes
Calories Burned: 369


I have no idea how many miles we did. I’d guess 3 miles.  It was cool to run with my bro. I showered and dressed and we all went up to the lodge to eat breakfast–eggs, bacon, coffee and toast. Before this weekend I had not eaten white bread since I was a little kid!


We all hung out by the pool and relaxed and then we went for a walk around the ranch. There were longhorns meandering freely around us–no fences.


We checked out the Pecan House on the river where they were doing skeet shooting. I’ve never seen it done before. I’m not a gun person so I didn’t try it. Now I kinda wish I had tried. My cousin Di gave it a try. The cowboys were obviously experienced at it and showed us all how it was done. There was a puppy in the water was trying to get the skeet.


We checked out the old general store:


I think it’s hilarious that they sold coffins there. But I guess that makes sense. In the old days general stores sold everything I’m sure.


We checked out the chapel:


And the hotel:


Then it was time for the hayride! I haven’t been on a hayride since I was a little kid. It was weird but fun.



My aunt Sheila brought refreshments. 🙂


The hayride went through the cow fields and then we stopped to feed the cows.



After the hayride it was time for lunch. It was Mexican– a taco buffet which was delicious. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the pool! Michael lounged and I swam with my brother, his wife, my cousin Anna and our uncle.


It was sooo much fun! What a life. I could totally get used to lounging in a pool in the sun. 🙂


After awhile I dozed in the sun before I had to get ready for the wedding! Check out Melina’s cowboy boots:


They are so cute! I loved her boots. I might need a pair of cute boots….

QUESTION: Have you ever tried skeet shooting? Were you good at it?

Running is Hard

One of the things I’ve needed to remind myself of post-injury is the fact that RUNNING IS HARD. Running HURTS.

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Running HURTS. You will push yourself to the brink and then run a little further.  The funny thing about running is that it is often difficult to distinguish between legitimate pain (i.e. injury) and just the discomfort of pushing ourselves hard. For me I knew immediately when I was truly injured. It felt different than the normal aches and pains of running.

Running CHALLENGES. Once you reach a goal, there’s always another goal not far behind it. At first my goal was to run without walking or stopping. Then it was running a certain distance, then it was running a certain distance within a certain amount of time. Then the goal was racing. The challenges and goals were always evolving.

Running is MENTAL. I will think a million times during a run “I can’t do this” and “I want to stop! I can’t make it to the finish!” but most of the time it’s all in my head. It’s a mental block, something in me telling me I CAN’T when I know I CAN. I often tricked myself when I was running and starting to feel that mental block creeping into my thoughts. I would tell myself “One More Mile” or “Just run to that lamppost down the street and then you can walk” and most of the time by I got to that lamppost I had gotten over that mental block and kept running.

Running can be INCONSISTENT. Sometimes the food I ate the night before makes a difference. Sometimes the snack I eat right before the run can really effect my run. Weather, clothing, moods, everything can effect the performance of a runner. The important thing to remember is that not every run is going to be great. There will be ugly runs, slow runs, fast runs, great runs.

Running is NOT FREE. Sure, in theory it could be a super cheap form of exercise. In reality it’s not. Don’t make the mistake of skimping on the gear. Get fitted for running shoes at a real running store. It makes a huge difference for comfort and injury prevention. I am so serious about this one. Pay the extra money for good shoes. Same with socks. Don’t wear cheapo socks that will give you blisters. I like Smart Wool (available at REI, Nordstroms and online) and have never had blisters when I use those running socks.

Running is WORTH IT. The pain sucks. Sometimes it’s really sucky. When you’re running and tired and your legs are burning and your brain tells you you can’t make it, you wonder if it’s worth it. Is it worth it? Totally. Hood to Coast hurt. It was brutal and a lot of it was miserable. I don’t regret doing it at all. Would I do that particular race again? No. But I am happy I did it!

Running isn’t COMPARABLE. Stop comparing yourself to other runners. One thing my running injury taught me was to stop comparing myself to other runners, other bloggers. There will always be people faster than me, or slower than me. If I run a race, I’m a runner–whether I cross the line first or last.  Just because I’m not running a marathon every weekend or continually training for some race doesn’t mean I’m not a runner. I’m more than a runner. I’m a swimmer, biker, hiker, walker, weight lifter. All of those things make me a stronger runner.

“When all else fails, start running!”

-Dean Karnazes

QUESTION: In what way is running hard for you?