Sunday, February 11, 2007

Test Run

I took Bam out for a run today. I wanted to test her out while she's still on the medication. This way I can see if it's helping and then compare that to how she is when she goes off the medication. So despite the rainy weekend we headed out for a quick jog.

I didn't want to push her too far the first time out after having had a couple of weeks off. So we did a nice easy 3.5 miles. I was pleased to see that she was at least keeping up, not like the last time I had taken her out and she was lagging way behind. There were a few times when she fell behind, but invariably she was sniffing or digging, or up to no good. And when I called her she caught up. Good sign.

I waited most of the day to see how she would fare, keeping an eye on her when she got up after laying around for a while. No limping at all. That's a good thing. I'll try to take her out once more while she's medicated for a bit more vigorous run and we'll see how that goes.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Woodside Trail Run

Nice view, but hard to appreciate when one is gasping for air.

I did my first official trail run yesterday. Or should I say my first organized trail run. get the point, it was a trail run.

It was in Woodside, which is across the bay and a little bit north of where I live. And it's in the hills. The choices of distance/elevation were:

10k / 1110 feet
17k / 1890 feet
35k / 2990 feet
50k / 4530 feet

Being my first try at this, I opted for the 10k run. Let me just say that I have a new found respect for how much 1100 feet really is.

The course was absolutely beautiful, the people were friendly, the treats after the run were great....the hills were hell. Okay, okay, not all of the hills. It started off a little up hill, a little down hill, some switchbacks. Nice. I like this. Then it was uphill, a little more uphill, a little MORE uphill. Not so nice. I don't like this. I did WAY more walking than I had hoped or planned. And I think I came in almost last. I have no shame in admitting I felt good about passing someone....even if it was an 8 year old kid. But honestly, I really am trying to get into the spirit of the Pacific Coast Trail Run, whose motto is "Runs that aren't races in beautiful places."

Also, and this is very exciting, I got a pair of trail running shoes! Schweet! Okay, so maybe you aren't quite as excited as I am. I got them at Road Runner, because they have a 60 day guarantee on running shoes. If they don't work out, I can take them back and exchange for anything in the store. So basically a win-win situation.....if they have anything else in the store that I'm interested in. Which of course they do. :-)

I'm going to try another trail run in 2 weeks on the east side of the bay this time. Elevation for this 10k is only 1090 feet. Thank goodness....I think another 1100 footer would kill me. ;-)