Saturday, January 23, 2010

15.5 mile run, Fog and new camera

  A friend I met online was kind enough to donate a small pocket sized awesome Sony digital camera to my blog. We met on facebook and he was interested in the barefoot running I do and asked if I ever post pics from my running. I told him my camera was too big to carry on a run and he said he would send me one.
 What a kind and generous gift! I do owe him a photo of running barefoot in the snow however but that is a price I think I can pay!  It fits in my running shorts pocket perfectly and is light enough not to be a bother at all.
So without further ado, here are some photos from my run today with my new  kick ass little camera that takes surprisingly great photos!

It rained quite heavily this morning and cleaned off the ice from the roads. The sidewalks are still icy and dangerous but the roads are clear.  I got about quarter of a mile out and realized I had forgotten the camera so I went back to get it!

This is the dreary view down my street. The air was warm (well 41 degrees) and of course high humidity.

This hill gets easier and easier. It always looks steeper on the way up and this isn't taken from the bottom but maybe a third of the way up.

The roads are littered with fallen limbs from the recent ice storm.

This was the only spot in the cemetery where I had to run on ice.
The smell from the trees is heavenly. Reminds me of northern California.

The reward of a lovely view from the top is hidden in the fog today. You can see downtown Des Moines framed by the trees in the middle of this photo on a clear day.

My trusty Teva Protons. Flexible and light with good traction and keep my feet toasty warm with the help of some wool socks.

Thats me! The girl with the green hat at the top of the hill looking out at some fog! I thought it would be kinda creepy all alone in the boneyard with all the fog but it was surprisingly peaceful.

I see a small herd of 6 deer just about every time I run here. Can you spot 2 of them?? They were a bit more skiddish today. They usually don't run when I come by.

This is one of 2 of the coolest names I have seen and a rather ominous looking stone as well.

Here is the other one. How cool would it be to have the name Starzinger!!!

I love this tree. Its doing the half moon pose.

Here is me again wit a big smile getting ready to head down the hill after hiking through knee deep snow to get the photo of the Starzinger stone. I didn't go barefoot today but plan to next time. I am having issues with my right foot and blisters from the treadmill. I can't wait for spring so I can run on the roads barefoot. I rarely have any problems on the roads but the treadmill is tricky.
 I managed 8.75 miles outside before it got dark. I heard gunshots as I was coming down the hill so I got freaked out and decided to go home. There are signs in the cemetery saying that bow hunting is allowed but it made me nervous anyways with the low visibility.
When I got home I took off some layers and hopped on the treadmill to finish off my run. I ran in my Sockwas and  ended with 15.5 miles. I feel great now and as always think I could have pushed a bit harder but I am breaking new ground and should not get too crazy with it.
Thank you again Mark for the cool camera!
I can't wait to go on some new routes and take it to races!!
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