Category Archives: Riverpark trails

winter not so wonderland

IMG_9966All of this snow and cold weather that Oklahoma and the rest of the nation seem to be getting is a significant amount of snow, sleet, ice, and just freezing cold temperatures. Is it really that different than any other winter. Last year Oklahoma had a warmer than usual winter, but then the summer was a bit milder than normal also. We have not had a significantly cold winter in quite a few years. This has caused so many schools to be closed, businesses to be closed, and things to be rescheduled. I do not remember ever getting out of school for snow, rain, or cold temperatures. Am I just imagining this?

IMG_9939Even with all this complaining that I am doing I still like winter. It gives me a reason to wear warm cozy clothing. It has made me second guess training for a spring marathon. Oh runners problems.  Hopefully this moisture will stop by this afternoon because running seven miles on a treadmill does not sound to exciting to me. I can put on all my winter running gear and hit the trail. That is one thing that is definitely a priority here in Tulsa. The trails are always cleared. As I was pulling into my neighborhood the Tulsa Trails workers were out clearing the trails, pushing the ice and snow off to the side. They were also clearing the damage to a pole and tree in the middle of a trail from a car that decided it looked like a good place to park this morning.

 

IMG_9993I wish I were on a ski slope somewhere. Seven weeks left of rotations, maybe I can get a ski trip in at the end of rotations? Maybe, maybe not. One can only wish. Six more weeks of winter, according to that groundhog.

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I love to run. I love to run with my people, by myself, and with new people. Running can be my time to get in the zone, push myself, and really make myself feel like I am getting a great workout. It can also be a great social hour. I have made some of the best friends in my life while spending time running down the trail.  Running is just kind of what I do. It is really nice having a running trail 2 blocks away from my front door. Recently I also decided to join a gym. Because unfortunately I have to do some strength training and build up some strength that will hopefully give me some more endurance.

Deciding and committing to a race. I had decided to commit to a full marathon this spring and took some convincing to get my dear friends to commit to it. Maybe the checkbook hasn’t committed yet, but the hotel rooms have been reserved: April 27, 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. That will be the race. Hopefully I can figure out a way to keep endurance training in my life during residency, so I am trying not to look at this race as the last long distance endurance event that I might have the chance to do in the next four years.

Choosing a training plan was next. I have used Hal Higdon training programs for my first half marathon, plus the other 9 half marathons that I have ran. I used it to become a runner and I used it to increase my speed and I used it just to be able to maintain a pace. They are great programs. I used the Novice Full Marathon App to train for my first full marathon in San Francisco last year. It served me well. The race went well, especially considering that it was in San Francisco and I trained on whatever hills I could manage to find in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The update to the Nike + running app came just in time for me to decide to use its coaching tool for this marathon.  Week 1 or 16 is almost complete.  Managing cold weather running, wind, and knowing how much running on a treadmill my outdoor running soul can take is now what I must figure out. For the next 16 weeks I will run at least 607 miles. When I put that in writing it looks like a ton of miles to put on my body, my knees, and my new running shoes.

Long run this weekend is only 8 miles. My legs are appreciating the cross training I did today. REST will come on Sunday.

Run

Starting my marathon training this week has reminded me about how much I use to love to run. I wish I wouldn’t have stopped running every day of the week.
Running by myself is kind of boring at times, but also very peaceful and just time to be by myself.
I downloaded Hal Higdon’s Marathon training app to help me keep track of my progress and stay on track.
Today is just an easy three miles, but the last three miles I will ever run in a pair of glasses!
It’s a little rainy and cloudy out, but I think it will be a beautiful run.

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pavement

Whether it is hitting the pavement in my running shoes or on my bicycle I love it!  I love to spend 30 minutes to an hour, just my ipod, my running shoes, the beautiful outdoors, and me!  I am glad that I live in a city that there are trails all over it, and I just happen to live one block off of them. Is it really spring? My allergies say it is. Weather, please keep getting warmer so that I can workout outside. I hate the Dreadmill. I need to get my daily amount of Vitamin D. I love the sun.

the clips

Bought clips and shoes for my road bike. Talk about a first time experience being clipped into a bike that actually moves. Before we got out of the neighborhood I tried to practice stopping three times and I fell over three times.  The road is not nice to you. I made the entire ride, even having to stop three times and did not fall over. Then we made it back to the house and in the process of stopping and getting off of the bike, I unclipped my left foot stepped down, but leaned to the right. BAM! I hit the ground and this is where the road rash came from. I have some bumps and bruises and am a tad bit sore, but I will get to where I look like I actually know what I am doing being clipped into my bicycle.

Oh! People that drive on Riverside are extremely rude. Don’t yell at me for riding on the side of the road because the trail is completely torn up for a mile stretch along the river, I am sure that I have just as much right to be on the road as you do. To make you feel worse about yourself one block down the road from where you honked and yelled at me there is a huge sign that says “Tulsa, a bicycle friendly community”.