Sunday, July 23, 2006

Sunday is Hiking Day!!


Haight and I drove up to Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin for a morning of hiking. We only came across one runner up there and four hikers. Almost all to ourselves.

We filled our camelbaks with water, made pb&j sandwiches, added fig newtons for dessert and we were off.

There are different loops you can take, each with different mileage and terrain. We chose the green loop for 4.3 miles, a rough terrain--some good uphills and downhills, then we returned to the rest stop and had our lunch. Back out there for the white loop, less hillier and less shade, but only 3.2 miles.

I felt strong throughout the 7.5 mile hike and am ready to hit the marathon training program head on! These last few small injuries threw me off schedule, and with my own little fear of doing speedwork, I've been holding back.

So now I'm ready to go...two marathons up ahead in my future, followed by my first 50k in May 2007. It's time for me to kick up my strength training which has been lagging behind. I haven't yet found the program to help me thru, so that search continues. In the meantime, I'll piece together exercises from a few books I have and start there. To the gym this week!!!!

18 comments:

Todd said...

first of all. WOW I forgot how beautiful you are. Now I wish I would have gone but more of why not on my blog. Also nice camalbak. Those things are so nice.

where is the 50k going to be?

angie's pink fuzzy said...

yay!

neese said...

aw lora you are so cute :) ;)
hiking sounds like fun and undoubtedly more scenic than my run today.

Mike said...

Whoa- look at them guns! ;-)
Sounds like a great hike...still wondering why I have no problem running 6 miles but when I went on a 6 mile hike, it really kicked my butt!
Re: your last post and the 3 sips / buzz comment...I'm pretty weak myself...one beer will give me good buzz now....

robtherunner said...

You're buff Lora. That's all there is to it. I can't wait for you to get training and prepped for the 50K next May.

Jack said...

Way to go, can't wait to follow your journey to the 50K!

Julie B said...

The Kettle's are beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed your hike there. I ran my first 50 mile race there at Ice Age. What a blast! Will you be running your first 50K there in May?

Jessica Deline said...

You look buff and you want to pick up your strength training?? You go!

Reen said...

Sounds like a Great hike! Iwish we coul have joined you - next time!

Jennifer P said...

Wow! Can I half half of your 6 pack? You're in amazing, inspiring shape!

E-Speed said...

I love hiking! So much fun! Awesome that you are tackling a 50k!

Ben, aka BadBen said...

You look good, girl!
I love the Kettle Moraine. I ran a 100K there, back in 2004. I want to go back and run the 100-miler, next. Cool hardware...they give you a little brass kettle at the end for finishing.

Haight said...

Hubba hubba ;)

Fe-lady said...

Nice when you have a trail all to yourself, hmmm? :-)
Strength training..try runner's world on line for runner-specific strength workouts. They focus on bench-press, flys, curls, triceps, abdominal stuff and lunges/leg presses. It's a good all-around workout that hits the whole body!

Firefly's Running said...

WAY TO GO! You look GREAT.

Papa Louie said...

Hiking is great for the soul!

*jeanne* said...

You GO, girl! :-)

Someday, I hope you come do a race in my neck of the woods!

(Pssst - Marine Corps Marathon...
Baltimore Marathon...
NCR Trail Marathon...
B&A Trail Marathon...
Lower Potomac River Marathon...)

Black Knight said...

Hey, you look like Wonderwoman!