Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Favorites (and not so favorites)

This weeks favorites:

1) Cooler Morning Temperatures- the overnight temperatures have been more mild this past week and a hair less humid. This has made for some almost pleasant feeling runs. I'd still like it to drop about 10 degrees to make me happy but I'll take what I can get.

2) Finding a few new trail groups: Last weekend I met up with a new group called Teal Trails. They are part of the Run Like A Girl, a trail running series dedicated to ovarian cancer awareness. I ran with them last weekend as part of my long run and it was nice to have company more than halfway through my run. Kept my pace up and my mind positive. Today I met with the group's organizer and we did a short run together. It's nice to have company again since Laura, My Reason To Run, has been on the injured runners list.

I've also found a group farther west, Asheville region, that has lots of fun organized training runs and Fat Ass races. I'm hoping to do a run with them in a few weeks. It will be a great way for me to explore other trail systems in NC with people that know where they're going, instead of me heading out blindly hoping for the best. I will have to drive an hour or more but I hope it will be worth it.

Not So Favorites:

1) Afternoon heat: even though the mornings are cooler we are still reaching the mid to high 90's more than 3 days a week. This will last into next week. I hope after next week we get normalized into low 80's for the highs.

2) My relationship with the interwebs: I find that I get down on myself about the time I spend on the net: browsing blogs, checking forums, searching for trail races, checking facebook, etc. I'd like to reduce my time spent browsing but I get sucked in everyday!

Every now and then I'll set limits then follow them for a week or two before I fall back into my old routine. I need help! Admitting the problem is a good first step but it only works if you actually manage to follow it up with a real plan, and stick to it. I have gotten rid of some forums and dropped some blogs but I think I need to do more than that.

Maybe I'm just in a funk this week and can snap out of it next week? I'd like get back to doing things like reading books, doing crafts, and crossword puzzles. I need more face to face connections with people and that's something that is hard to come by right now. I hope with the new group trail running possibilities I can get that connection with the outside world that I clearly long for.

Sometimes I just wish all our technology would fail so the decision would be made for me and I could just go with it.


  1. Can you smell that? I do believe that's the smell of Fall in the air. Hooray!

    Don't stop reading blogs...we all have SO much to say! LOL

  2. I know exactly what you mean about getting sucked into the internet. I will get on "just to check my e-mails," and I find myself still on the computer over an hour later!

  3. I'm diggin the cooler weather too! Makes trail running more enjoyable.

  4. I'm with you on that time on the web. It gets me every day as well. Cooler weather sounds good, we're moving out of winter into spring here in SA.

  5. I am down in MS, so I know what you mean about the temps, it was 64 this am and will get to 93 during the day. But hey, I'll take it!

  6. Are you doing the Teal Trail meet-up on Saturday the 11th? If so, I will see you there!

  7. Andrea, I'll be there. I need to do a med-long run of 13 miles. I'll probably get there early to get more than half of my miles in before the meet-up.