Run at Swan Lake and Good Posture

20141125_134539 (1)It was a beautiful day today–nice and warm for a change. It feels good to be running the streets again.

I ran from Saint John Medical Center to Swan Lake and through the neighborhood for over 40 minutes. Took a few photos of the ducks and geese, but didn’t see any swans. I heard the swans were sent to a waterfowl refuge a few years ago.

I seemed to be more in tune with my posture today. I have mentioned posture in two previous posts: Self-Talk While Running #3 and Plantar Fasciitis Treatment #1.

In the self talk post I talk about reminding ourselves certain things while running such as using good posture. I also want to add that we shouldn’t hunch our shoulders, neither should me tense our shoulders stiffening them upwards.

I realized my hips, as part of the posture, need to be held in a certain way also. My mother always told me when I was younger to keep my back flat and the pelvic area slightly forward. I did that for several years and ended up with some lowere back problems. Actually that posture is inaccurate and unnatural. Our spines are naturally in a slight S shape when we are standing properly. When we lean slightly forward, the spine needs to remain in the slight S posture.

Pre-Training #4 – 40 minutes, 20 seconds

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Cross Training for Runners

Highly considering the fact that runners need to cross train.  In that vein I’ve decided to join a class called “Urban Fit.”  I’ve chosen this class over other classes around the Tulsa area due to the fact of convenience and the body’s need for cross training and strength development.  All this in hopes of improving my running time.  Tomorrow will be my first day to try it out.

The meeting location is only 5-7 minutes from home depending on traffic. 

And..

It’s being held in the Blue Dome district of the downtown area.

Ran on Katy Trail – Photos

I wanted to run with Runner’s World Saturday morning.

The usual Saturday morning routine here at our abode is for my daughter to get home from work at around 6:30 am, give or take a few minutes. I had planned on asking her to run with me and we would join up with the Runner’s World training group.

I waited around for my daughter and I waited and waited. She finally arrived home around 8 am. (And didn’t call) It was too late to run with Runner’s World, but I asked her if she wanted to run with me at the river.

She was too tired. After all, she had worked all night and worked an extra hour and a half.

Okay…by that time I missed Runner’s World and my daughter wasn’t going to run with me. Hmm..what to do.

I decided to look up Katy Running Trail on MapMyRun and Run on the trail. After all, I had promised all you blog readers that I would include photos of various running trails in Tulsa over a year ago and so far, the only trail I’ve included is the Midland Valley Trail.

I took my pomeranian (Latte) with me, and parked at the river on Riverside near Southwest Blvd. Latte is nine years old and he’s been my running buddy since he was a pup. What a beautiful morning for a run. The weather was definitely favorable even though the sun was playing peek-a-boo.

We headed out toward Newblock Park and stopped to pose my pom to take a few photos. From Newblock Park, we headed north on Newblock Drive and veered to the left toward the west. I had actually wanted to head north on Union from Newblock Drive to get to Katy Trail.

Needless to say, we got lost. We headed north on Gilcrease Museum Road and continued to jog beyond the freeway. At first I didn’t realize that we had already passed the trail. I didn’t want to turn back, so we turned left on Cameron Street. I had hoped to cross back to the other side of the freeway on 33rd West Avenue. However, 33rd West Avenue doesn’t go through.

Unbelievably, we ended up hiking on the freeway from 33rd West Avenue until we reached 41st West Avenue. I know, I know, it’s dangerous. But at least it was a new experience. I’ve never walked on a freeway before. It went quickly and we finally arrived at Katy Trail.

Out of the 6 mile run/jog/hike, we were only on the West Katy Jogging Trail for 1 1/2 miles.

For the first mile on the trail, there wasn’t another person in sight. Finally, during the last half mile, I saw 6 cyclers, one walker, and no runners.

I like Katy trail. I’ll be going back there again to add some distance on the trail. It is nice and paved. It’s like a little bit of country within the city.

Even though we’re into the middle of November, there are still some leaves left on the trees and there’s a hint of the fall colors of yellow and gold. Not as colorful as usual though–no red or orange. The grass is still green–unusual for an Oklahoma November.

All-in-all, I enjoyed the morning with my pom. Even one of the cyclers commented as he passed by, “You look like you’re having fun.”

He was right.

Pomeranian Posing in front of Route 66 sign

On our way to Newblock Park

Newblock Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pomeranian posing at Newblock Park

Walking on the freeway on our way to Katy Trail

Walking and Jogging on the freeway on our way to Katy Trail

On the freeway headed for Katy Trail

On the freeway headed for Katy Trail in Tulsa

To view my new running trails photo page click here.

It Rained on My Parade

Yesterday’s long run was slated for 7-9 miles. About 4 miles into it, the rain started coming down, and I called it quits.

I guess quitting because of the rain was just an excuse. I think it was really due to the fact that I had only slept for two hours the night before.

On Friday night I went to bed at 11pm and planned to arise at 4:30am, which would have given me a good 5 1/2 hour sleep–or so I thought.

My teenage grandson woke me up at about midnight to tell me something. It was okay because I was able to go back to sleep. Then about 12:30 the phone rang and I was still able to go back to sleep. At 1:00am the phone rang again and my sleep was totally interupted. I laid there until 1:30 tossing and turning, so decided to get up. Hence, my two hour sleep.

I was up for the rest of the night and by the time our 5:45am run started, I had already been awake and piddling around the house for over four hours.

I’ve run the Tulsa Run six times–1988, 1989, 2003, 3004, 2006, 2007. Yesterday’s training run included part of the Tulsa Run which includes a lot of incline. You would think that I’d be used to the rolling hills, but the lack of sleep had me dragging butt and panting as if it were my first time doing hills. So by the time the rain came, I found it to be a good excuse to quit.

I’m not a quitter! Honest! But lack of sleep will do strange things to the mind.

BTW, the rain was just a sprinkle that lasted about 20-30 minutes. Everyone else was loving it. A quote from the Runners World Tulsa blog, “Oh so good was the cool fall morning in which we ran 9 miles mostly on the Tulsa Run course. A little rain spattered us along the way and it was good training as they won’t do a rain delay on race day either!”

I won’t be able to run with the group next Saturday because I’ll be competing in the Oklahoma Senior Olympics. I’ll be running the 50 meter track, the 200 meter track, and the 5K road race.

Somehow I’ll have to make up the distance I missed today.

Keep good thoughts and prayers for me next Saturday.

Seven Mile Double Loop

This morning, August 30, 2008, we increased our mileage to seven miles and the course was a lot flatter than the hills of Turkey Mountain that we ran last week. The first loop took us across Route 66 and included a portion of the Route 66 Marathon. The second loop ran down the west bank of the Arkansas River, across the pedestrian bridge, and around Midland Valley Trail.

Although the route wasn’t as interesting as the previous two weeks, we still had fun. Here are some photos:

Mike and Cheryl after the run Ronit and friend at the water stop Cheryl after the run

Todd in front of the Route 66 sign

Oldest House in Tulsa

Coach Kathy varies our Saturday training runs, and Saturday August 23, 2008 wasn’t any different. Our 6 mile running journey took us through Owen Park, an old Country Club area, and to see Tulsa’s Oldest House. We meed at 5:45am, so it was still quite dark outside. A lot of my photos didn’t turn out because of poor lighting.

In Front of Tulsa's Oldest HouseOldest House in Tulsa

On the left you see some of the half-marathon running group behind the sign located in front of Tulsa’s Oldest House-Donna, Cheryl, Todd, and Ken.

On the right is a photo of Tulsa’s oldest house that I borrowed from pbase.com/latinbob/.

The sign reads,
“Typical house of early 1880’s
Originally built on acreage
400 North Cheyenne, was parsonage
home of Rev Sylvester Morris
Tulsa Indian Territory
Methodist Minister (1836-1907)”

Sanya RunningCheryl Running

Sanya running on the left and that’s Cheryl running on the right.

 

RomanSusan

Roman and Susan were there in the middle of our run to make sure we stayed well hydrated. The humidity was horendous, so the cold, thirst-quenching water was well appreciated.

Training Run to Turkey Mountain

They said there was only one hill. I’m so guilable at times that I believed it. The Runner’s World Saturday training groups ran from Veteran’s Park to Turkey Mountain for our 6 mile long run (We’re still building distance).

The 5:45 am run was beautiful, scenic, and interesting as we passed old railroad tracks, abandoned trains, bridges, transformers, a power plant, and the hill(S). That’s right! I said hill with an S. I counted three, and they kicked our rear ends.

Running to Turkey MountainSanya at the Water Stop

 

Todd is resting before the hills.

 

Cheryl, Todd, and Ken at the Water Stop

Cheryl, Todd, and Ken at the Water Stop

Our August 16th training run, beat us up. Look at the expressions on those faces–the result of the hills.