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Crazy Hills and Family

Posted Mar 06 2011 12:40am

Oh man what an afternoon!!!  I mean, how could you complain when you spend it here!?

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My parents came into town this morning for a visit, but also to go at a recently fallen oak tree on a friend’s property!  My dad uses this wood for some of his hobbies so I know he was more than excited!

As my parents were doing their thing, I was driven a route up in the mountains near my friends that I have been looking forward to for weeks!  6.0 miles is crazy hills?  Count me in!!!  Most people hate hills with a passion, but I love them!  I’m actually less of a fan of downhills because I end up getting a side stitch and my quads hurt from all the pounding!

This course did not disappoint.  I mean look at that elevation!!!  (in the green)

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I knew this was going to be a tough route just from the drive (when you hear a truck go through lots of gears you know something’s up; get it? haha…ok…) but man!  No words can describe!! Hah!!!  I actually ran 90% of the route and walked a few of the uphills towards the end, but the rest of it was all running! 

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But I think that when you have views of the mountains like this the entire way, there is nothing to complain about!

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If you focus on things like that it makes the run go by so much faster!

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And if you combine that with windy roads, it helps keep your mind occupied!

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I can’t wait to get back here again!!!

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I’m on a mission to run the route in less than an hour at some point…whenever that is.  One day!  Right!?  I’ll summon my inner Janae since she’s a beast in the distance categories and going to conquer those hills in Boston!  If she can do it, so can I!!!

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By the time I finished (1:06 later) I was more than ready for some food!  I ate a banana before we left around eleven but didn’t run until almost one and was famished when we got back to town just after three!  I know I’ve talked about the bakery bread I get in town, so of course I couldn’t deprive my parents of that luxury and decided to get sandwiches from there!  We all got their veggie medley, in various mixes, and min included: avocado, cucumber, onion, tomatoes, sprouts and mustard.  My mom brought some of these awesome sweet potato chips that I totally stuck IN my sandwich…what can I say, I like things with a crunch. It’s like burgers; I used to stick my fries in them too!  Haha!  Ok, call me crazy…

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I ate an orange afterwards since my AH box was chock full of them, and I have so many more from weeks before, before bidding adieu to my parents and finally getting a shower.  It was kinda ridiculous how cold I was, sitting there eating lunch, but I was hungry and that comes first!  Besides, that’s why I have a heater…and since I normally don’t crank it up more than 62 I upped it for once…68 it is!  haha!

I was reading blogs when that run got the best of me and the next thing I knew I was passed out on the couch…any bets on what time I’ll go to bed tonight, after taking a nap at 6.30-7!?  Uh yeah…if anything, I woke up hungry!

I have an abundance of organic kiwis I’ve sadly been neglecting and got to them tonight!  One down…god knows how many to go!

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Then it was time for the main course: SALAD BEAST!  I topped a bed of greens with a huge organic carrot, tomato, Persian cucumber, leftover roasted veggies, a roasted Portobello mushroom and 5 TJ’s meatless meatballs.  A bit of Italian dressing went on top of it all.

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Now I’m snacking on some chocolate chips and diving into this lovely new cookbook! Can you believe I don’t have it in my collection!?  My mom found it at a Borders that was going to be closed so it was on sale and I had to have it!

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Be prepared for some baking tomorrow!!! Yay!

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