Sunday, September 7, 2008

Scenes From A Run

The bright morning sunshine, the realm of possibility.

Saturday, September 6: my first 20-mile run. John was along to provide support and document the occasion. It was an absolutely perfect morning for a run: about 50 degrees when we set out just after 7:00 am, dry, and sunny. After traveling the same roads for last week's group run (16 miles) I knew I wanted to go back. This particular route winds through the Waterloo Recreation Area near my home and it is so beautiful and peaceful out there.

GU break around mile 5.

Best thing about this route: BATHROOMS!

The loneliness of the long-distance runner.

You never know what's just around the corner.

Chasing my shadow around mile 8.

Working it up a hill around mile 11.

Under the avenue of trees.

Looking pretty good considering it's mile 13.

Onward, ever onward. Mile 16.

Back to civilization. Only 3 more miles.

Feeling the burn, baby! Not looking so perky now. Somewhere between mile 18 and 19.

And...done! Walking back home.

Stretching with my personal trainer, Darwin. Personal trainers Hannah and Bouhaki were occupied elsewhere (chewing bone, looking out window).

Final stats:

20 miles


Kirsten said...

NICE! I just did my first 20 miler a week ago tomorrow...though it took me almost an hour longer than it took you. That heat definitely slowed me down a bit.

Funny that you have an orange personal trainer. I have one of those, too. Mine's named Thor. He likes it when I come back all sweaty...apparently I taste good, then.


WTG on your training! :)

Laura said...

I love the documentation! I need to convince the boy to come along with me for that someday.

errindel said...

Well done! I was wondering this morning when you were going to hit 20 miles. Nice to see that you were able to do it in style no less! It's what, 6 weeks to Detroit?

stuffysmiles said...

Good job! Love the pics. Runners too often don't get those.

Kristin said...

Wow, beyond great! Super pictures, also, and your legs look amazing. :)

RazZDoodle said...

congrats on the run! What a beautiful stretch to run, too. I'm jealous. I need a personal photographer on my runs, too.

tfh said...

Great run. That route does look wonderful. You are lucky to have support AND a personal trainer!

chia said...

How in the world you can continue to look all cute and stuff during that kind of exertion is beyond me. Fantastic showing!

Big said...

awesome run and great average. the first 20 miler can be tough. and why do cat's love sweaty runners?

Jenn N Butter said...

Congrats on the 20 miler. That route is beautiful. Where is that exactly, I may have to try it next time I head for Ann Arbor!


Viper said...

Wow, great job on the run! And the pacing! You've got some good action shots too!

Sarah said...

errindel-- It is indeed six weeks until the race (eep!)

Kristin-- Thank you, thank you! I've worked SO hard for these gams, as have we all.

chia-- LOL...cute? you should see the pictures that didn't make the cut...not because I look good but because I look about as bad as one might expect while on a 20-mile run!

Big-- It's probably all that salty sweat! All of the household critters love to lick me while I'm stretching.

jenn n butter-- The main route was down Bush, McClure, Loveland, and Green Rds. through the Waterloo Rec Area.

And everyone: I highly recommend both the Personal Photographer/Support Crew (in my case, husband) as well as the Feline/Canine Personal Trainer Corps. Can't be beat!

Nitmos said...

I don't remember if you published your race goals yet but 4 hours? Count it! Great job!

Viper said...

per your recent comment ... see my update ... good luck in determining you race strategy

Big said...

Sneak into the 4:00 group, you can do it and they won't stop you.