Monday, July 06, 2009

Weekend Running

It was cool and breezy on Saturday morning when I set out for my planned 12K. I headed to the park where I have a 5K race next weekend. Although I run there regularly, I wanted to be completely aware of the route, which is primarily along paved paths with sections of crushed gravel and boardwalk. I was feeling great and ran the 12K (7.5mi) much faster than anticipated.

On Sunday morning I met up with my clinic group out in the country at our instructor's house for 16K/10mi (step-back week). He wasn't kidding when he said it would be a "scenic" route.



We faced some steep climbs and it was definitely challenging. We did get to enjoy some gorgeous views along the way and it was well worth it. I love running in the country; I don't think we saw one single car!

When we made it back to the house, we enjoyed a delicious brunch on the deck, including a great variety of food from crepes to smoked salmon to couscous salad to fresh fruit. What can I say, we're spoiled!

28 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Sounds like a great run! I'm volunteering at the race next weekend! See you there!

Lacey Nicole said...

YES! this is my absolute favorite thing about weekend running. getting OUT there, going, and coming back to delicious brunches!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like a great run. love that there were no cars. how refreshing!

Jess said...

That sounds great! Well, except for the part about hills.

Heather said...

Yum! What a great treat after a long, hilly run.

TNTcoach Ken said...

I would have run for that type of feast!

Denise said...

Ohh, can I come over for brunch?

cami said...

Yep, I would've run a 12K for that brunch too!

Stephanie Nichole said...

Have you noticed that runners have special terms for things that have far different meanings from normal vocabulary?

"Scenic"- You will SEE a lot of hills

"FUN!"- There will be a lot of hill

"Gentle" or "rolling"- There will be a lot of LONG hills!

"Only a few more miles"- There will be a lot of miles... likely on a LOT of hills!

Blyfinn said...

A run and brunch. That is the recipe for a great day.

ShutUpandRun said...

Wow that course is a lot of up and down. I like to state the obvious. Good job!

Vickie said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend of running, eating, and enjoying!

RunningLaur said...

Sounds just perfect (maybe except for the hills)!

Jocelyn said...

Looks nice and hilly. To me that's what scenic means: lots and lots of hills. Great job!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

run+brunch = fun.

good luck next weekend!

Mama said...

Man, I'm lucky if I get a cup of gatorade after a run. I'll have to have a chat with my boys LOL.

Sounds like a nice weekend.

MCM Mama

Mark said...

I'm hungry now!!! Looks like a challeging course, sounds like a great route, though...good luck in the race!!

RoadBunner said...

Holy Hills! Great job! Sorry I have been MIA. Have been working hard today to catch up on all my fave blogs I have been neglecting :)

J said...

Sounds like a super great weekend!! I love running on road without any cars to bother me! maybe thats why i like the morning for runs cause there is less traffic!

aron said...

WOW check out those hills!!! nice job girl :)

Jamie said...

Those are some serious hills!! Nice job! Sounds like a nice way to hang out after the run too :)

Marci said...

Holy hills! I am jealous of your running group brunches!

trialsoftraining said...

WOW thats a lot of elevation changing! ;) But crepes afterward? totally worth it. YUM

Toni said...

A perfect way to end a hard run, sounds like a great day!

joyRuN said...

Gorgeous views THEN an awesome brunch - sounds heavenly!

Steve Stenzel said...

"Scenic." Yeah. ;)

Nice run!

Patrick said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Hills are never fun but they'll help you get faster and better in a hurry!

The brunch sounds yummy!!!!! I am hungry now!

lindsay said...

i would have missed all the scenery! whenever i'm hauling it up big hills i tend to look at my feet/the ground and wonder if it will ever end :)

nice job on such a hilly run! post-run brunch sounds amazing!!

I Run for Fun said...

Can I join your group? I can think of nothing better than wonderful company, a great scenic run and sumptuous food afterward!