Sunday, November 25, 2007

No Ski But Run

Sadly, we'll be leaving beautiful Lake Tahoe later today. We had hoped to get some skiing in (like I ski) but alas, no snow, although the resorts are doing their best pumping out the fake stuff. I had hoped to spend a day falling down the bunny slope, but you will have to wait for those photos.

I woke up at 6 a.m. Eastern Time today, and am sitting in front of a nice warm fire sipping tea with Nelson at my feet while the rest of the house sleeps. This is my favorite time of day. It's about 30F outside, and feels like snow.

(Mr. Nelson, a fine, fine dog.)

Yesterday, I ran about an hour on my own, out and back. Altitude was not a problem, except for the breathing part. After an hour Bex met me and took me another 45 minutes on a rolling course, and tried her best to teach me how to run. "Match my cadence," she intoned. Many a time she was walking while I was running. That's a real upper, let me tell you. But somewhere in the middle there I got my run on and did as I was told. "Pick it up, you're slowing down!" I think Bex should start a podcast, where she barks commands into her listener's ears. I'd subscribe! I think I did maybe 8.5 miles, but I ran them instead of plodding them. I surprised myself. At one point my heart rate hit 200 bpm. But I felt fine. Except for the breathing part.

(Bex and Mr. Bex, our most gracious hosts.)

As Nelson would say, could he talk, we shall return.

11 comments:

eileen said...

How're they gonna keep her back in DC now that she's seen LT?

Danielle in Iowa said...

I'm sure it only takes three days to get acclimated to the altitude, right? :-)

Laurie said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Tahoe.

21stCenturyMom said...

"except for the breathing part" - HA! Breathing is SO over rated.

LBTEPA said...

:)
what lovely photos - and the way you casually mention you ran for about 2 hours, at altitude!

David said...

I am thinking Bex would make a good Marine drill sergeant.

WannaBe5Ker said...

That is a cool run--except for the breathing part...How cool you have someone to motivate you like that! WTG on exceeding your own expectations!

Neese said...

ahhhh sounds like a beautiful time in Tahoe.....welcome home.

Vickie said...

What a nice vacation! And taking running lessons from a pro no less! You're going to be one fast gal at the half next month.

Ana said...

Running 8.5 miles. At altitude, no less. Impressive!

Nelson does look like a fine, fine dog.

Just12Finish said...

That Bex must be ex-SEAL or something. Bark bark bark! Woof!