Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pacific Wonderland & My Running Thoughts for the Week.

After my 18 miler this weekend, my family wanted to go for a drive. As a child, I spent many Saturdays and/or Sundays doing this type of thing- drive somewhere- get out of the car, explore, drive back.
One of the perks of living in the Pacific Northwest is that in the winter, when it's not raining, there are plenty of places like this to go see.
 
This spot is just a short drive from our home.
  
We've driven through it many times, but never have really gotten out of the car there, until today.
Spill off from Loon Lake - Mill Creek.
A little overhang- the boys liked playing in their "cave" .
We found a trail down to the creek and carefully made our way there.
We couldn't quite get to the bottom today with the boys because the rocks were too slippery.



Another little "cave" perfect for the kids ^.
The campground is open only in summer, but you can park outside and walk in, like we did.
It's a popular lake for waterskiing, jet skiiing and the like- but in winter there is perfect isolation.
It's a natural lake that has sand trucked in to form a beach. In the winter, they push the sand up to keep it from washing out or getting nasty with debris.
My oldest is turning into a fine hiker !
The boys were excited to find a salamander ^   and a small playground .
It was a nice excursion for us all and I can't wait to get back as the weather gets even better. :)

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A few thoughts I processed while running this week:

  • Why does running 18 miles seem so hard?                 A few miles later...
  • Oh yeah. I am running the day before my long run nowadays. (revelation)  I ran 10 yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that...
  • I think this is what it is supposed to feel like. Maybe.
  • But could I do 22?
  • I need to tweak my meal menu calendar. Week 4 stinks.
  • Maybe I should tweak my training plan so that I can have fresher legs for a long run.
  • Maybe I should leave it alone and see if I survive the 12/22 combo I have in a few weeks.
  • That Nuun tasted like flat soda. Not bad, but I bet orange-ginger is better. =D
  • According to the McMillan calculator, to run a 3:25:00 marathon, one should be able to run 6:04 for the mile. For a 3:15:00, 5:46, for a 3:05:00, 5:28.
  • I think I counted 30 elk in that herd at the end of the road! That's the most I've ever seen.
  • I don't think I like the Adistar Salvations so much any more. They feel stiff.
  • I am so glad I bought that headlamp.
  • I hope it's not going to give me a breakout on my forehead.
  • I might have to ease up on blogging. :(  I think it's driving my family nuts.
  • I am so blessed to have my family.




22 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures and Beautiful family! What a gorgeous day. Love your thought on running. I was thinking the same thing about 11 miles today and then reminded myself that I ran a hard 6 on Friday, 6 on Saturday and then 11 today so my long runs will always seem a little hard. but think how gloriously rested we will feel on our marathon day! :) Interesting calculations about running marathon times. I guess I better get to working on my mile time. :) Not so sure I could break 6 very easily these days. Glad you had a good day with your fam! I know what you mean about pulling in the reigns on the blogging. It can be a bit addicting.

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  2. Your kids will have wonderful memories of the drives! That is the best gift ou can give them. I loved Sunday afternoon drives with my folks. Since Dad was a pastor, it was the time of the week he was most relaxed.

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  3. i am totally bummed by your lack of disco pants. jeans are so '60s.

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  4. Head lamp? at least you won't have duck tape residue on your forehead:=)

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  5. I love your pics! I'm so jealous that you can go hiking like that in the middle of winter!

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  6. Your pictures are so beautiful. What a great day with the family. If I showed my husband the photos he would want to uproot us and move as he loves forests, exploring and that type of thing. Congrats on a solid running week.

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  7. Man, that is just absolutely beautiful! I'm coming to visit:) Looks like just a GREAT family day!

    Love your running thoughts!

    Back to back to back is tiring but with every step you're getting stronger. Yes, it's supposed to feel like that (in my experience anyway) Keep pounding away now and you'll feel fantastic on tapered legs!!!

    My long runs haven't been as easy lately. My pace has been averaging about 15-20 seconds slower than in my Boston training for what seems like the same effort. Speed and tempo faster though...My mind never stops debating my strategy here....

    Not so sure about McMillan's. NO WAY I could run a 5:46-5:50. A good general rule but different for everyone I think. I've never run an all out timed mile-always part of repeats or aiming for specific pace. I think when the track melts I will grab my watch an give it a whirl!

    Keep up the hard work! Will pay off SOON!!!

    You ARE blessed to have your family! Blogging is great but not at the expense of that! Have a great week:)

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  8. I am in love with these pictures--this is how I picture the Pac W. A far cry from Pullman!

    You and your family are beautiful! So blessed!

    I love the list of thoughts that went through your head during your 18!! You are going to be so prepared for Boston!!

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  9. Awesome pictures! I can't count how many times I've driven by there and never pulled over. Next time my dog and I have a mommy/daughter date to the coast we'll have to check it out. She would love it as much as I would!

    Yeah - I figure my bully boy yesterday is going to be in juvie before too long. Last time a boy taunted me - but actually ran up to me in the dark while I was just walking to my Grandpa's house around the corner from mine, I actually DID see the kid meeting with his juvenile probation office a couple of weeks later! Pretty sad, actually.

    I didn't ice bath. I'm scared of those still. But I AM going to invest in some sort of foam roller thing for sure!

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  10. Hey pretty girl. =) I love those pics! SO beautiful. The "cave" is fabulous. That lake is gorgeous!

    Congratulations on your 18 miler; I love your running thoughts. =) Hopefully your headlamp didn't make you break out? What kind do you use.

    I'm so sorry your blogging is driving your family nuts. =( Hopefully you won't need to stop. Families are such a blessing. =)

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  11. Oh my! These are lovely photos! =))))

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  12. I love our state! It is so beautiful - through all 4 seasons :-)

    What fun you had with the boys. Great pictures!!!!
    It's all about taking time with the ones we love.

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  13. running is half mental. I hear ya on those long runs. And your family is beautiful, really! Stunning and full of joy!
    LC

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  14. Such beautiful pictures! We just moved away from Washington and these pictures really made me miss it!

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  15. Your pictures are breathtaking! Seriously, I live in the land of brown...the couple months we DO get green here, it's never lush and one week of no rain means everything is suddenly dormant. I loved looking at them, looks like you guys had a blast! :)

    I know as I got older, I had to come to the realization that I had to not run the day before a long run; I just ran that long run better - mentally and physically and that, personally, resulted in a better marathon!

    As for blogging...I just have to read most once or twice a week...I can only blog once or twice a week myself and that's all I can give back. I love to read so many, but I just only have so much time and I don't have many day's worth of interest to write about - hehe!

    Have a great week!!! :)

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  16. Your pictures are breathtaking! Seriously, I live in the land of brown...the couple months we DO get green here, it's never lush and one week of no rain means everything is suddenly dormant. I loved looking at them, looks like you guys had a blast! :)

    I know as I got older, I had to come to the realization that I had to not run the day before a long run; I just ran that long run better - mentally and physically and that, personally, resulted in a better marathon!

    As for blogging...I just have to read most once or twice a week...I can only blog once or twice a week myself and that's all I can give back. I love to read so many, but I just only have so much time and I don't have many day's worth of interest to write about - hehe!

    Have a great week!!! :)

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  17. Didn't mean to torture you! If it makes you feel any better, you can think of all the things I miss out on by living in Mexico (and there are a lot). But I loved YOUR pictures as well. It's nice to see all that green!

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  18. Okay - I just went on a walk with my mom and quizzed her about us being Lutheran. Apparently my mom and her family, and the church I grew up in, are Evangelical Lutherans. My dad and his family are/were Missouri Synod (I guess? I googled that). It was my experience with forced classes through my dad's parent's church that caused me to be kind of a drop out. We couldn't see eye to eye. But my maternal side is all normal and I had a lot of fun with that one!

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  19. What an incredible, beautiful adventure! I want to go there!!

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  20. Gorgeous Pics!! I should take it ease on the blogging too :) It's done a lot of positive for me so far though.

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  21. That is a little part of paradise: great pictures.
    You have a wonderful family.

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  22. Beautiful place! Sounds like you'll be ready for the marathon!

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