Saturday, December 03, 2011

Centennial Trail mile 0 - 4 in Idaho now!

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Where have all the blue skies gone?

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The goal I set back in August was to run from west end of the Spokane Centennial Trail all the way to the eastern end in Idaho before the weather got too extreme for outside running. My tipping point is below 20 degrees and you can't predict when that type of weather is going to hit so I had to keep at it if I was going to get this done.

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We were having a mild enough winter so far, a little bit of snow and temps in the 30s-40s. Perfectly good running weather. No excuses, let's get it on! Unfortunately the doors were locked at the state line rest stop bathrooms so I was in search of some bushes or trees with coverage, all I got were these fancy trees, putting on a show with their fall colors.

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I found a suitable spot right before mile one and the highway section, of course, there was a porta-potty right up the road from here.

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OK, I have to be honest, I was starting get a little grumpy about this Idaho section. The trail was no longer following the river, instead it was bordering the freeway. The trees were gone. Nature was sparse.

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This is not my idea of great trail building. I had been spoiled by the Spokane section and since Coeur d'Alene is such a lovely little town, I had high expectations for Idaho.

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This section got away from the highway but there were run down trailers next to the trail instead. Right about here, some beast of a dog came running toward me from one of the trailers, gave me a hearty snoooorch and then went after my dog. Luckily, I had used those bushes earlier.

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I'm not too far from Lake Coeur d'Alene, so I'll just have to tough it out until I get to the lake. Just keep running...

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Centennial Trail miles 6-1

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This day was one of THOSE days, the kind where you look out the window at the last sunny day in the forecast, and desperately search your schedule for time to get outside and run.

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I had to get outside. I asked Liam's sitter to work longer and to drive me to the drop off and pick up points so I could soak up the last bit of sunshine and warmth before winter hit.

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It was worth it. So many people I talk to about using babysitters act like its a crime to pay someone to watch your kid(s) to get a workout in. Ridiculousness! It was one hour, my son got to run around outside in the sun with his buddy (the sitter's son) and mommy got what she needed. The world would be a better place if all mommies ran on sunny days.

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Four miles to the border to Idaho, I'm going to make it today!

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This part of the trail starts to near I-90 so you start to get the noise of the freeway. Not my favorite section although just up ahead I have a great memory of Bill trying to cross a low section of the trail after a rainy day on his bike... he came home with 2 wet feet but I turned around. Winning is in the eye of the beholder when you are married.

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At least the Spokane River is on the other side of the trail. Doing these runs has made me appreciate this lovely river. Thank you Centennial Trail designers.

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3-2-...

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This section needs a little TLC. Must be an old road.

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One mile left to the border and there is my child. Next time mommy. We'll cross the border next time.

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My kiddo loves to run like his mommy and it was a great day to get out. This effort has been so worth it. It was fun to run in new places, to challenge myself to get out when it wasn't convenient, and to stick with it even though it took longer to get done then I originally thought. Goals, no matter how small, are motivators. When you have a toddler to fill up your heart and your schedule, you need a little motivation to do something good for yourself. Up next: the border crossing, what will Idaho bring?