Tuesday, November 8, 2011

miles and miles before winter sets in

i just haven't really felt like writing lately, but that doesn't mean i haven't been running!  i've been working three to four days a week at the student clinic, and what with the time change and the days getting shorter, it's been really hard for me to run on the days that i work.  pretty much haven't done it.  it's too dark and cold in the mornings, and by the time i get home in the evenings, i just want to sit on the couch and eat bread and cheese.  it's that time of year!  i have hit the treadmill in the basement for a couple of evening interval workouts, though.  ugh.

but i have motivated to keep moving on the weekends.  and i'm doing at least 8-10 miles one day and a handful of miles the next.  that makes me feel good.  have kept my weekly totals around 20 miles, which is less than half of what i did over the summer, but i'm still feeling strong and i think it's giving me a chance to regenerate.

soon we will be skiing, and i'm really looking forward to ski touring some long days, with a couple days a week at the resort thrown in as well.  in fact, Solitude is opening on Thursday which i think is the earliest they have ever opened.  it's been cold enough to make snow, and they will probably just have a couple of runs open.  but it will feel good to slide down the hill again and get me legs moving in a different way.

Frank, Artie, and i have been joined by my friend's dog, Vernon, who makes a great addition to our pack.  he is a German Shorthair Pointer, and is full of spunk and energy.  this dog could run all day, and when he is not running, his little tail wags so fast you almost can't even see it.

the following photos are a smattering from recent adventures ~ even one day in the snow in the foothills.  we've been running in a high, open space up in Park City as well, and although it is a chilly 35 degrees up there during the day, it feels good to run around in the sunshine.
Red Butte ~ Vernon, Artemis, Franklin
happy in Red Butte ~ still a few fall colors
happy dogs!
another good day in Red Butte with snow at the higher elevations
Artie in Neff's
Aww ~ Franklin enjoying the snow in Neff's
Sue leads the dogs up Rambler in Park City
resorts are dusted with snow
heavenly view from the high, open spaces near Park City
Artie asks Sue, "what's next?" ~ she's up for it
Franklin retrieves some delicious ice from the horse pond
queen of the mountain

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