Amazingly enough we were also lucky to have a beautiful sunny day yesterday! I had made plans to run 9 miles with my friend Alyssa (she is running the half marathon at NODM) in the afternoon and I was looking forward to working on my tan! I decided to head out to Chambers Bay Golf Course for a change in scenery and I thought it would be a little less busy than the Tacoma waterfront. I knew we would be facing some serious hills, but I forgot how intense they really are!
I teased Alyssa that we were going to start out by running straight up the enormous hill we drove down and she just looked at me like I was nuts. So we headed off in the opposite direction- although I knew what awaited down the path a little ways. That same hill had to be climbed, just in more of a switch back kind of format! From mile 1.5-2.5 we gained 250 feet of altitude! Wow oh wow, that was crazy hard! First of all, I wasn't even completely warmed up at that point, and secondly- what is it with my breathing when it is warm outside??? I never feel like I am panting and out of breath during a run unless I am really pushing my pace, but get the temperature up around 60 or so and I totally lose it! So annoying. Anyways, after we reached the top of the crazy hill it took about another mile before I felt fully recovered enough to even hold a conversation.
|The hill we didn't run up!|
|We survived our hot, hilly 9 miles!!!|