It was up for 5 minutes and then took it down as fast as I could. O_o
Not sure what inspired me to put myself out there on video, but maybe I'll try that again next year..heh.
Instead, readers are
There has been a fair bit of good fall weather here, so it would be a sorry thing not to lace up my PureGrits and take them for some old-fashioned abuse! Brooks would be proud. (HoneyStinger should be too, though I have been eating a years supply of goodies I planned to use for racing and training fuel as snacks.)
Ridgeline trail ~ Eugene, OR
This year my boys are in school one day a week, (I still home school the other 4 days).
It's been an adjustment for us all; but, one perk has been that I am in the Eugene area weekly now, and am free to run trails for a few hours that day! :D
I'm so grateful my parents will watch our youngest while I go running on Ridgeline, or one of the other local paths.
Another spot I have fallen in love with is Cooper Creek Reservoir. There are views of the blue/green reservoir through the woods almost the whole way.
Cooper Creek Reservoir ~Sutherlin, OR
This trail is almost 7 miles if ran as an out-and-back. It's easy to re-run part of the trail to add in some more mileage. And, I'm the kind of nut who would do it three times to make a very rolling 20 miler (Someday... not anytime soon).
I was there on the weekend and ran into 2 or 3 groups of people. On a weekday I would be surprised to see anyone at all.
Most recently, I was able make a trip I've been wanting to do for some time: a close-to-home "destination run" ~ the North Umpqua Trail.
At the top of "Bob's Butte" with new friends! ↑
A Facebook group of Roseburg area runners met and covered a short section (just over 7 miles of the 79 mile trail) together, taking many stops to rest, stretch and take pictures -- perfect for where I am with running right now.
We had a great time visiting, getting to know each other, talking about anything and everything, and taking in the gorgeous fall scenery. I can't wait to go back!
Things have been going well, but this week is a cutback for me. It's very easy for me to try to keep adding to my mileage when things feel as good as they have....It's much harder to restrain myself when the weather is great and I have more opportunities to run.
I'm still running much lower mileage than I was at last year at this point, but, considering the restart I made in August, I've put in quite a bit of time on the trails and gravel roads in the last few weeks. I tried moving from 3-4 runs a week to 5.
This is a lazy graph, because I'm not bothering to tinker with the colors right now.
Almost all running has been at easy heart rate (< 140) and about half on trails or gravel.
Now my foot is giving me hints that it would like to adjust for a bit. This time I will take the cues- A cutback is in order. I am trying to remind myself this is still more running than I did when I first started out on my journey- and I had no injury issues to contend with back then. It's about keeping a positive perspective, enjoying each run, and staying smart right now. And a massage with some stretching doesn't hurt either...
I don't know what's in store for the rest of the year for running. I'm considering a low key race in November. That may, or may not, be able to happen. Either way, I am blessed just to be back "in it" and able to enjoy the incredible trails Oregon has to offer.
How do you feel about taking cutback weeks?
Have you ran any fantastic destination runs lately?
Does the idea of a VLog make you nervous?