Monday, January 30, 2012

50 Miles, Fog, Wind, and Karate Kid

"My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already." ~ Milton Berle

Monday, January 23rd 2012: Rest. I wish I ran in the morning. The clouds were unreal. Here is a view from my driveway when I left for work:


Tuesday, January 24th 2012: 20 miles @ 11:58 minutes per mile. I had the chance to run with Mel which was fun. It poured rain the entire day before so there was no way we could do a trail run. It was really foggy when we left our house which made for some cool pictures.


We did a six-mile loop together which took us past an enormous church orchard. The lighting was so perfect that I told her to keep going and I would catch up with her in a minute (or 5) after I stopped to take some photos.




I had planned to do a 20 miler so after we finished our loop I headed out for 14 more miles by myself. It was INSANELY windy. I have only dropped out of a run and called for a ride once. But I considered packing it in early this time.

When I was running into the wind, it felt like running in a swimming pool. My legs were churning but my body wasn't moving. I was getting bombarded by flying tumbleweeds. In fact, I shot a short video clip to show you! The end of the clip was when I really got pounded:


My wife is so awesome. She knew it was freezing cold and blowing like a tornado - so she even drove out to make sure I was okay. And.....she had Taco Bell waiting for me when I got home. I pretty much love her. True love is when you have Taco Bell waiting for someone who gets home with snot in their eyelashes.

Wednesday, January 25th 2012: 9 miles @ 12:06 minutes per mile. I wanted to see how my body would hold up to a longer back-to-back run. My knees were achy at first but surprisingly improved as the miles went by. I did another 4 miles on Satan's Sidewalk the treadmill in the evening.

Thursday, January 26th 2012: Quality time with the dentist. We have a love/hate relationship. I hate his drills, he loves my checkbook.

Friday, January 27th 2012: 6 miles @ 11:25 minutes per mile. By far the hardest part of this run was dragging my carcass out of bed so early in the morning. My body wanted to be in bed still, and I felt like a slug for the whole run.

Saturday, January 28th 2012: 11 miles @ 11:13 minutes per mile. I ran most of Gould’s Rim for the first time which has incredible views of Gooseberry Mesa:


As I was running I suddenly saw a shadow speeding up behind me. In a split second I thought “Oh great, I’m going to be dinner for a mountain lion.” I jerked around while simultaneously screaming like a little girl……and then a guy on a mountain bike sped past me. +1 for embarrassing moment while running.


The route had lots of fun little rollers as well as the funniest trail sign I’ve ever seen:


I barely made it back to my car before the sun went down. This provided me with the perfect lighting to channel my inner Karate Kid:


I was happy to reach my goal of running 50 miles for the week. Granted, my pace was similar to the speed of a walrus after being shot by a tranquilizer gun. But still.

35 of those miles were on the road! I haven’t run that many miles on a road during a week for at least four months. And 4 of the miles were on a dreadmill! I haven’t run that many miles on a treadmill for at least four months. It was a good week.

Next Saturday I’ll be doing a beginner trail run on part of the Jem trail including a secret side trail that has some amazing views overlooking Zion. Probably around 6 miles, probably around 9am. Email me (coryreese1@hotmail.com) if you’re interested!

26 comments:

  1. Great photos and training for the week!

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  2. Don't hate me but I was laughing watching those tumbleweeds roll at you!! How insane is that wind!? I ran a trail half on Sat night and I mentioned something about the mud being deep and he said "be thankful, this morning there were 30 mph winds coming off across the lake!" I shut up fast. Wind is no bueno.

    beautiful pics as always :)

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  3. I always love your pics....seriously you should start selling them. Nice training.....sometimes I feel like Im ten years older just reading about these runs.....so many miles!!!!

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  4. Amazing pictures & mileage! What kind of camera do you carry with you?

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    1. I use a Panasonic Lumix. It's pretty small but still takes good pictures. Price is reasonable too.

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  5. Oh those Hurricane winds are the worst. I remember my grandma and mom always talking about the horrible winds down there. Your photos are absolutely amazing. I love the clouds and the foggy one with Mel.

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  6. Don't mock the walrus. I was at Sea World one time when the walrus got out and went after the crowd. They can move pretty fast. :)

    Great training week! I wish I could fit in a mid week 20!

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    1. Does it make me a bad person if I laughed at the thought of a walrus charging into a crowd?

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  7. Great week in training Cory! Very cool pictures and I think it is great that you got to run with your wife. Those winds are seriously insane. Did you feel like you were running backwards?

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  8. I actually did LOL at that trail sign. As usual, awesome pictures.

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  9. You sure do have an amazing and supportive wife. !!

    Love the Milton Berle quote.

    Great post, really enjoyed reading it.

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  10. the dreadmill is better than the blasted hurricane wind. i hate the wind!!

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    1. I think you're right. As I was running I thought to myself that wind is probably the worst thing to run in. Rain...ok. Snow...tolerable. Heat...fine. Wind...ugh.

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  11. 1. why have i not moved to southern utah yet!?!
    2. if my knee was not so dang annoying right now i would BE at that trail run this weekend. count me in once its healed.
    3. i am midway through that book and loving it. i will send you an email or something when i am finished. but so far find it so interesting that my serious injuries have both come at the most stressful times of my schooling the past year.
    4. you are a rock star.
    5. i heart t. bell.

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    1. You are right where the book gets good. Second half is definitely the best.

      I'm glad we share a common love of the Bell.

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  12. I will remember that bit about true love for my future husband ... LOL :)

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  13. The photos are spectacular as usual - but not as spectacular as your wife. I'm not going to let my husband read your blog or he'll expect me to start treating him nicer - and that aint gunna happen.

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  14. 50 miles. Unreal. I barely ran 5 last week. I hate wind!!! Way to get through so many miles in it. And Taco Bell. Our love of fast food is what brings us together. I love your wife. I hope to meet her some day.

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  15. I am so envious of your running scenery. I logged 64 miles last week..... All on the road. Closest trail is 30 min and am to chicken to run it alone, so I never get out there.

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    1. Nice work! You are going to do awesome at Buffalo. I don't think I'd run trails nearly as much if they weren't so close to my house.

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  16. Great pictures! I agree, a wife that brings out the SAG wagon to check on you AND has Taco Smell waiting for you is a keeper in my book.

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  17. Back to blogging and I'm glad cause that was a funny posst. Love the pics and had to tell my hub about the Taco bell line...funny...and definitely true love! Those are gorgeous pics...I wish I ran in a place that looked like that.

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  18. Satan's Sidewalk? Hilarious! I had to get up from my computer to go tell Jenn what you call the treadmill. So funny! Great shots, as usual. My favorite was the orchard with the blue sky peaking out from the top. Karate Kid wasn't too bad either. Way to go on a solid week of running. That's sweet!

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  19. Those pictures are unreal! So beautiful.

    That biking sign made me laugh out loud! Hilarious!

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  20. Your video was hilarious. Not so much to be running in it, but very funny to be watching it. Almost as funny as the biking sign. I have been that person, on perhaps a smaller, less scenic scale.

    Great running! I'm so impressed with your mileage. My 50K plan doesn't have me running that many miles until the week of...and I'm pretty much OK with that. :)

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