Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spur Cross Ranch

If any of you are floating around the far north end of the "Valley of the Sun", near Cave Creek, you have to check out Spur Cross. I've never been up there, but was glad that I finally took the time to grab a friend and head north.

Although the weather wasn't perfect by Arizona standards, we still had a great time. Parts of the park are rugged, steep and rocky; other areas are relatively flat with groomed trails. Everywhere you look, however, there are cactus, cactus and more cactus. In addition, there was water flowing in Cave Creek. It was a great day. I posted a few pictures below.

Running: Running is non existent at the moment. Total mileage last week was ZERO. This week so far is ZERO as well. No excuses, just haven't made the time. I know better. I'm not injured. I'm just letting all the drama and the sum of my other obligations and interests get in the way. I know this isn't healthy. I know I'd feel better .... Somebody kick me upside the head and get me moving before it's too late!

Yoga: I missed Yoga on Tuesday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. That makes 4 sessions in a row. I missed it tonight, because I want to have dinner with one of my daughters. I missed yoga on  Monday because I was working 35 miles north of the yoga facility and couldn't get my schedule to work such that I'd make the session. I don't remember why I missed last week's sessions, I did. Again ... no good.

Friends: You all have been terrific. Thanks for sticking with me. Again, you've proven that the running community is made up of totally awesome people.

Spur Cross Ranch Pictures

First ... RUNNING WATER! This is Cave Creek with flowing water. Look quick, it won't be here in a month.

Yours truly at the end of Elephant Mtn Trail.

This park has massive Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus in love. I'd never seen a Saguaro split like this.

The landscape was increadibly green along all the trails. The short grass will be dead in 4o days, but for now, we are loving it.

One more shot of Cave Creek with water flowing  ... did I mention the water?

One final picture. It dawned on me that of all the pictures I post, I'm always wearing the same thing: White hat, dark sun glasses, sleeveless top and running shorts. Just to prove that I own clothes, I'll include a shot I took along side my Mustang yesterday.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Votes are In

Couch Potato: I didn't get out of the house last night and didn't make it to the gym. Tonight isn't looking good either. On the plus side, I am on a roll and will have the 2009 budgets for my group laid out by the end of the night. 

Running: I need to include something about running; this is, after all, primarily a running blog. Tomorrow is Friday. Normally, Friday is a rest day; but, this week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were rest days, so I'll need to drag my sorry butt out of bed in the morning and START my running week. Then, and only then, I'll have something to report.

8 Feet Running: Altough I suck, I am coaching a small team of 4 runners, all newbies. I convinced them that it would be a lot of fun to run a 30K relay in December and promised that I'd get them in ship-shape to do well. They are all out running me at the moment and are giving me the inspiration to get my legs moving again before they find out that I'm a slacker. I'll have more on them in later posts.

In the mean time, enjoy your lives and loved ones. Go give someone a big hug for me.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Low Down

Things suck in general on the running front. In the last three weeks, I've racked up a total of 31.1 miles (4.4 miles, 13.8 miles, 12.9 miles), not exactly an ultra-runner training regime. 

Although my running has falling off the cliff, my core training and flexibility training are going great. I take three yoga classes a week (Mon, Tue and Fri) and I'm doing core and upper body strength training three days a week. I also work in a yoga-strength workout into my daily routine, doing 4 sets of Child's pose, plank, Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Plank, 11 Push-ups after each run or core workout. It has been great.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Superstition - Round 2

Hi all ... this hasn't been my best week. I only got in 9 miles for the entire week in three runs. My heart just wasn't in it. On the plus side, I did take a few more photos of the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona that I can share:

Superstition Mountains Looking East

From 2009-02-01; Superstitions

All roads lead to the Superstitions

From 2009-02-01; Superstitions

Superstition Mountains as the sun sets
From 2009-02-01; Superstitions

Cholla cactus are every where out here

From 2009-02-01; Superstitions

Same Cholla, different angle
From 2009-02-01; Superstitions

Cholla Cholla everywhere
From 2009-02-01; Superstitions

Lone Saguaro Cactus (with another Cholla)
From 2009-02-01; Superstitions