Last week I wrote about heading up to Wisconsin to watch a friend run the North Face 50k.  I kept crowing about how it was OCTOBER BABY and we needed to all get out there, get running, get walking, and just feel what mother nature had in store for us.

Some days, even I am amazed at how right I am. 

On Saturday morning, I watched a bunch of folks line up for this race – all a little chilled, all slightly crazy, to take off and do this 30+ mile trail run.  But oh. my. god. I could not have been more jealous if you had dropped a $10,000 Nordstrom gift card in someone else’s lap and told me they were allowed to buy all the Size 11 shoes in the store.  Yes, I was that jealous.

This is just a peek at some of the scenery from Saturday:

The 50kers leaving the start...


Running right into fall glory!!!


The view on my hike down the Ice Age Trail...


Heading back from Scuppernong Trail
Next year, I'm running the 10k!


 Maybe those images aren’t too exciting for you. Maybe I’m just a big, nature-loving, grass-smelling, muddy-footed dork.  But I’m telling you, I was having way too much fun this weekend to care.  I had my maps, I had my hiking poles, and I was out on the trail while my friend ran around the park.  She definitely had it harder, but I got in my 5 miles and smiled at the end – and for both of us, what a GREAT day! And at the end of it all, we agreed: I’m coming back for the 10k next year, and hopefully I’ll feel as good as my friend did at the end!

But that’s not really the point of those pictures.  The point is this:  motivation, as I’ve said, comes in many forms.  I stood there and watched those people run on Saturday, and I wanted to run with them.  I hiked along the trails, and while I loved it, I wanted to run, too.  And today, I recruited a friend to run at least one adventure race next year – just. like. that.  That’s what fall (and a race) does for me.

So if you haven’t been out yet this season, take my advice – and GO!  Don’t miss this wonderful chance to see all of that fall beauty.  And take pictures, and go with friends, and have fun, because pretty soon it’s going to be cold and slushy and you’re going to be all kinds of cranky.  Maybe you’ll hate it.  But maybe you’ll find what I did – that it’s a pretty hard thing NOT to want to be active when you’re surrounded by all that beauty.

And on that note, I’m going home to do something amazing – I’m going to run – yes, RUN for the first time since August.  I was cleared today to do just a bit of run/walking to see how the body is recovering from PT, and I’m going to test out the old legs.  The Gobble This challenge has some serious work coming up, and I’m looking forward to this week’s podrunner with a little bit of run built in.

So keep me posted on your Gobble This challenge as you take advantage of the last week in October, and get out there (with a camera, if possible!)

I’ll see you on the path!

5 thoughts

  1. Lovely! It looks like a beautiful outdoorsy event!

    So, my Gobble This challenge is going well. I didn’t want to tell you b/c I was worried I’d get a lecture (*grin*) but I haven’t yet squirreled money to buy new shoes or bras or anything. But I am on week 3 of the couch-to-5K and I am love, love, loving it! I am running in my Keen hiking boots with two of my mom’s sports bras layered to house the girls. Hee hee.

    Thank you for the inspiration – I am having a great time!

    Do you have any advice for the supposed Week 4 drop-out rates on the C25K?

    1. Kelly –
      First off, major congrats on getting to week 3 of the Couch to 5k! I’m am SOOOO excited when someone uses the word “love” in relation to running – it tells me that you’re getting the best part out of the sport – that awesome feeling that you can do anything, accomplish anything, and that gosh darnit, you might be a runner after all!

      As for squirreling away the cash for The Protection of Assets program (!) I understand…I was unemployed earlier this year and it’s hard to commit to the running shoes…and while I won’t lecture you, I am going to suggest that you check out a running store before Week 4!!!

      As for drop-out rates…this is my thought: When you get to week 4, you’ve already proven that you’ve got the commitment to do this. You’ve realized that you can run and not drop dead, so you get a little cocky. You also maybe start feeling some aches and pains because you (hint hint) might start pushing it a bit…or maybe you get bored….or maybe it’s suddenly harder.

      From a strictly armchair standpoint, my advice is this: listen to your body. If your legs feel dead every time you go out to run, consider switching to the morning. (My legs always feel like lead weights at night after I’ve sat at a desk all day). If you are feeling really tired, and lacking in energy, check out how much sleep you’re getting. Maybe you need some extra zzzs to help your body recover. And if you’re adding running days where there are none scheduled, STOP THAT. Your body needs a chance to recover – whether it’s cross training or walking or sitting on your couch…

      So, not too technical advice, but I think that’s the best I got. Let me know how you feel next week….

      And congrats on doing so well, so far!!!! Now go get some shoes!!!!!! I don’t want you getting hurt!!!!

      1. Thank!

        It is so tempting to add an extra running day. I did do it in Week 2. I think your “armchair advice” is awesome and I will do my best during Week 4.

        I am about to have my cup of coffee and get my morning run on – I’m looking so forward to it! After I run, my 5 and 7 year old and I go swimming in our awesome YMCA pool then have a hot shower. This feels great post-workout. Today my husband took the day off so he’s going to join us at the pool!

        Sallie, have you heard of or read this book?

  2. Hi there, I was so inspired by your beautiful pictures that I went outside for a run last night, instead of my planned run on the treadmill. It was snowing as I was running and it was lovely. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Diane!!! What a GREAT comment!! I’m so jealous that you already have snow!! You’ve just planted a HUGE smile on my face!!!!

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