Pictures of my favorite trail in Missouri. Rock Bridge State Park. I managed to log some miles here this past weekend!
These pics are from an internet search. I didn't take them.
I’m back from our Thanksgiving trip to Missouri and man, do I have a lot of blog posts to catch up on from you guys!! I love it! I hope everyone had as great of a holiday as I did. The weather in Missouri was awesome ( in the 60’s) and I was able to get in several short runs. I’m not sure if it was because I was at sea level or what, but this was the first time that I have done any runs where my lungs felt strong and it didn’t hurt to breathe. I am encouraged.
On Thanksgiving day, my husband and I got out for a 4 miler to get some exercise in before the big Thanksgiving day meal took away all of our motivation to do anything remotely healthy.
On Friday the 27th, Rick and I drove over to Columbia and I did a 4.5 mile trail run at Rockbridge State Park. Rick’s knee was bothering him, so he opted to hike instead. The weather was great and it felt so amazing to get out in the woods for a run. Trail running is one of my absolute favorite things to do and I was bouncing up and down in my seat with excitement as our car turned into the trail head. I couldn’t wait to crunch through the leaves on those trails and listen to the sounds of nature. I am at peace in the woods. I would like to do a couple of marathons and then maybe switch gears and do a few trail races. I know of a couple of great races that are held in Missouri and I could train for them out here in Colorado. Running at sea level, yet training at altitude is awesome.
Saturday, Rick and I woke up and went to meet a group of friends at Trumans for breakfast. We had stayed out late the night before eating pizza and drinking beer with friends at a place called Shakespeares and my system was FULL of grease. If anyone is ever in Columbia, Missouri, you absolutely have to go get a pizza at Shakespears. I have never eaten anything as good in my life. Anyway, to de-grease ourselves, we ate breakfast and then headed over to do another trail run. Rick’s knee was feeling better, so we got in another great 4 miler.
We drove back to Colorado yesterday and I am now on a mission to “de-crap-tify” my system. I ate so much junk food and grease that I’m surprised it isn’t flowing out my pours.
One last thing. Today marks the first day back to having an official training schedule with my coach. I logged onto my Trainingpeaks account and saw the words “Welcome back Tara!” and it absolutely made my day. I am so excited to be working towards my marathon goal again. The month of December will be slow going with a lot of technique and strength work, but I can’t wait to start working with Liz again.
I will be catching up on your blogs in the next couple of days! Happy Training!