Trails and Tales
It was a week ago. A blinding pain. I was running along and felt this strange warm sensation on my head and in my eyes. It hurt to open my eyes. I couldn't figure out what was different - what was wrong. I stopped a fellow runner (because after Tom's post - I know say a hearty "hi ya" to all runners) and asked him what could be wrong. He very gently reminded me that it was the sun. The sun was in my eyes. Ohhhhh yessss I remember the sun!
It's been a long time since I felt warm and light from the sun - much less when I was actually running. But last week was different. I escaped to Arizona for a few days for work related stuff, but took every chance I could to grab a run - 3 in 5 days - which is some kind of record for me lately. And the best part - the sunny, wonderful temperatures. Remind me why I live in Iowa in the winter again? Surely there is a reason besides plain stupidity.
My husband stowed along in my suitcase - even he couldn't take another day of winter in Iowa. Heck, it was -4 ' F when we left. That just isn't right. Things were freezing and falling off of our body from the short walk from car to the airport. But once we stepped off the plane in Phoenix - the weight of winter was lifted. It was a splendid 5 days.
In addition to running and pool time (and work, yes of course), we hiked on Pinnacle Peak and Camelback. Pinnacle was a really nice way to spend a few hours on a Sunday. Camelback? Well, I found out that I am really scared of climbing up a really rocky trail high off the ground. Who knew? I made it about a 1/2 mile into the trail and then freaked out in the middle of one of the sections. Hum...guess I am not so tough. But that's ok, it gave me a chance to check out some other trails there - the easy ones! Thanks to troot and Jmom for their suggestions and links to information. After the great trails, we carbo loaded (ok, overloaded) at many fantastic restaraunts. I am sure there is some water in wine....right?
In addition to coming away with a bit of color and slightly stronger legs, I also gained a huge appreciation for true trail runners. My husband and I did the trails slowly and for fun - but those runners out there pounding up and down those trails were godlike to me. Holy cow - amazing stuff! Arizona runners - you rock!
Here are a few of the pics I took on our hikes. For all the other cold climate runners - I hope these warm up your day a bit. I have been warming my fingers over them as they load - hoping for a touch of warmth as the snow is falling again. When is winter over anyway!?! Happy St Pats Day! The green on the cactus has me covered today!