Saturday, February 2, 2008

flabby flat butt runs this


i started my day with a really healthy breakfast: flax seed frozen waffle, 2 TBS lowfat cottage cheese, 1/4 cup blueberries with splenda, and 2 crushed pecans on top. it's my delicious and healthy way i try to start my day...most of the time. however, 2 hours later i ate a huge peanut butter/chocolate rice krispie "square" and i put that in quotes because that's what they are called. right? they are supposed to be squares. but mine was more of well...a rectangle. a ginormous rectangle. okay, it was at least 6 inches long and probably 2 1/2 inches wide. not a square. not even a small rectangle. it was huge. and it was delicious!! i enjoyed it with (of course) a diet coke. all the while wearing my running gear...in hopes of a run later.

so after that snack, i HAD to run today! i have been running 4 to 4 1/2 miles consistently. so i thought today i would go for 5. and just see how it goes. i started out with a route in mind. it's the typical "U.P. Loop" and anyone from here knows the loop i'm talking about because it runs on 4 of the main streets in our little community. BUT (i should say BUTT) i was wearing my grey knee length spandex. gulp. very NOT pretty! and usually i run at night so i don't worry about what i look like. i think about comfort. however, today it was still light out...and i started thinking...if i run the "loop" i am sure to be seen by people i know. i hate showing up at church and having someone say "hey, i saw you running yesterday." it's so embarrasing on so many levels. not only am i a SLOW runner (more of a fast walking pace) i am also NOT concerned with looking cute. i know it sounds stupid. but flabby, flat, booty ain't pretty in knee length spandex. okay? so i veered off course. i decided to run the Chambers Bay Soundview Trail. THIS TRAIL IS NO JOKE. let me just say, the entrance to this trail reads: WARNING. Difficult (grades in excess of 10%)
also, it is 3.8 miles long. it is loopy and hilly. and the last time i did this trail was about 3 months ago. i WALKED it AND i still had to rest about 4 times on the final ascension. not to mention, that my house is 1 mile away from this trail and last time, i drove there. so, today's run includes more than a mile for warm up and cool down ontop of the 3.8 mile loop. BUT it is gorgeous! it loops around a beautiful links golf course constructed ontop of the sand pit we used to sneek into back in high school. AND it has a perfect view of the train bridge we used to jump from as well as the best view in town of what's left of the conveyor belt where Kevin Adams told me that he loved me and tried to kiss me (even though my boyfriend at the time was his best friend). so, as i was running today my ipod was playing Jane Says and Say Hello to Heaven...and i nearly forgot about the treacherous hills that were as hard to run DOWN as they were to run UP. because i was reminiscing on some old times! beautiful!

but now i'm tired!

18 comments:

Roni said...

Holy Moly girl. More power to ya, that's a RUN!

And who cares what you look like, you are running for YOU and running good I might add!

Amanda said...

WOW!!! That looks beautiful, but I couldn't do the inclines! You GO GIRL!!!

Melanie said...

Looks like an awesome run! I'm jealous...all we have outside is snow and ice. I can't wait for the snow to melt and temps to warm up so I can run outside with the dog!

Kuddos to you for not worrying about your looks when you run...I'm the same way. :)

marzee said...

way to go! you're so good. you have a lot more gusto than me.

Kjrsten said...

YOU ROCK! I want to know if you did the zig-zags first or last? That run is crazy awesome! bust 'em, anna bust 'em!

Dude, those songs remind me of the Ty-cat & the boys days! good times!

KariAnn said...

I am soooooo green with envy ~ running TRAILS!

Promise me you'll take me there when I visit (hopefully I'm under 80 years old and can still walk unassisted).

Today, you are my hero.

Jenna said...

Anna, I'm so glad you stopped by my blog!

I just have to say this about your "flabby, flat butt." I'd trade you rear ends in a second and probably wear spandex for my neighbors with pride!

julie said...

Anna, you are awesome! Wish I was there to try (I do mean TRY) the trail with you!

Liza said...

After running a marathon last summer and while training for a half, that trail kicked my butt. Okay I totally got lost and the and old guy had to drive me back to the trail on a golfcart, but-- I mean butt-- it was still a really good workout.

Rebecca Parker said...

i'm impressed 'cuz i've walked that trail with my mom & sisters & that's not easy...let alone running it?! wish I was closer to go together on more regular basis-as it stands now, I sleep in with my boys & don't get any exercise @ all-ugh! so that makes me extra proud of you 'cuz I'm totally outta the routine!

noelle said...

WOW to you! that is awesome. and I love how music can help us to just be somewhere else and lost in a moment.

Swizzlepop said...

WOW.Beautiful scenery but damn girl, I would not run that. I just can't bring myself to run. I'd walk fast with ya though ;)

Keep up the great work!

HappyBlogChick said...

IMPRESSIVE! So pretty, and so looooong!

Rachel Keller said...

Wow anna-that is a spectacular run. I am just now going back to the gym, no running trails or loops here, they don't even have sidewalks in our country town...just trailers haha! I am totally motivated to get back to running & weight watchers from your blog, you are awesome!

Andrea said...

Sweet! Now that is what I am talking about! What an uplifting post to read. We all eat bad stuff but this experience was awesome to 'share' with you. I couldn't do my workouts without music. I rely on it too heavily to distract from the work. :) Keep it up, foot monster!

Given Grace said...

What a great trail...it looks beautiful. We are having a major blizzard so the treadmill is all I get.

The "rectangles" sound good and I think since you had your running gear on...none of the calories stick!

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Hey Flabby flat butt! What have you been up to lately???

laurag said...

Anna, where can I get me some of them grey spandex?? You are kicking some serious butt getting back into shape so quickly after your baby. You definately are inspiring me.