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Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday, 01/20/12 Local Baby Jogger Run

8 miles/286 vert./1:06:55/8:22 pace/147 avg. HR

This morning was amazing and felt more like April than January.  It was warm, calm, sunny, calm.  Did I mention calm?  I was eager to get out for a run, but first had to deal with changing, feeding, napping, changing, feeding and dog walking before I could get outside and play.

Finally got the girls loaded in the Chariot a little after 11am, opened the garage door, then the "you have got to be frickin kidding me" moment of the day occurred, the WIND started cranking.  Serious?  Took the dog out for her obligatory mile walk and then while dropping her off, did a quick wardrobe shuffle (mainly needed to add gloves and swap out for my hooded shirt, so I could hide from the wind).

Anyways, the wind was hammering from the West and I figured it would be prudent to head into it, toward Davidson Mesa, as I leaned at a 45 degree angle, heaving on the sail jogger just to get it to move.  At times, I found myself upping the effort just to stay moving at 10-11 pace.  Once I rounded the far corner at Davidson Mesa though, it was smooth sailing all the way home (where I was on the brakes to maintain a sub 7 pace and even got down in the low 5s at one point, where my feet could hardly keep up).

While heading back along Davidson Mesa, we spotted two horses hanging out in their little corral/yard and stopped so the girls could have a look.  Amelie LOVES horses and much to her amusement, they both came over to the low fence and allowed for us to pet them.  This was a huge hit with her and she giggled, waved and stroked their soft snouts.  I gave Isabelle her turn, but she was not quite as excited about it, so I gave Amelie another turn while Isabelle happily observed from the comfort of the Chariot.  This simple encounter was easily the highlight of the run.

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Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Isabelle not quite as excited (but still interested)

Isabelle