Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gosh I love Coeur d'Alene!

I just love this place. It reminds me of where I grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Quaint tourist town that bustles on the weekends and holidays. The smell of the fresh deep blue lake, the gentle breeze, the sail boats, the resort, the vacationing beachers (who are out whether it's a nice day or not!), and the outdoor cafes.

Tim and I headed to Cd'A Saturday to pick up my Cd'A Marathon race packet. We brought the bikes. We headed East on our bikes and ended up just following the marathon course, which includes a very nice 10-mile out and back along the lake with one most excellent hill.

The sun was shining and the breeze was very light. We rode a bit hard but I saved my legs for the race the next morning. Tim too was saving his legs for a century ride on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes instead of the run. We topped off a wonderful afternoon with a salmon and rice dinner at Tony's on the Lake.

I ran the marathon with no real goal in mind. I wanted to run hard but not too hard - same old routine. I met up with Gunhild (who was running the 1/2) and Wild Bill with whom I ran the first few miles.

I made sure I kept my pace slower than last week's sub 8's. This time I shot for about 8:15's or so. I did not like running through the winding streets for the first few miles, but once we hit the Centennial Trail, it was all good. I just loved it. The rolling hills were nice and the one long hill was fun. I was ready for it and it was easier to run it than bike it. The weather warmed up beautifully.

I struggled the last few miles as the course wound around and around and out and back to get in the mileage for this certified BQ course. I was eager for it to be over, mostly because I didn't know where the finish line was. I never felt a bonk like I did last week and finished in 3:37, satisfied.

My recovery is easier this time too. I'm ready to run again but can't as I am headed to Seattle for the American College of Sports Medicine conference. This is always a simulating conference that pumps me up for doing more endurance running research. We'll see what this year brings. From Seattle, I head to Mt. St. Helens for a jaunt around the mountain with a group of friends. I'll bring my camera for that one!

Hope everyone enjoyed Memorial Day weekend!


olga said...

Another good one in the books, and Lisa, I am looking forward of your recap of the conference! You always have so much insight into our bodies, and especially after that:)

Backofpack said...

I love CD'A too - though I miss the town of 20 years ago. When Eric and I visited there in February, we didn't even recognize the freeway exit - the trees were gone and it was all developed. At the same time, it's still a sweet little town. When I did the marathon last year, it was a double loop - sounds like the course has changed some.

Have fun over here on our side of the world, and be careful where you park your car! (I guess that won't make sense unless you saw Eric's fb status a couple weeks ago).

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Congratulations on another great marathon! You're very speedy, even when you are trying not to be. Good job!

Ben Blessing said...

Yeah, it's really motivating when you run right past the finish line and have another mile and a half to go, isn't it? I liked the marathon when I did it last year as well. Then afterward I had this mammoth of a steak from the Wolf Lodge. Probably the best steak I've ever had. Glad to hear you had a good time!


wow! 2 marathons in a row! now that is amazing. The conference sounds really interestin too. Ahhh, life is great isn't it.

Spokane Al said...

Lisa, my doctor is referring me to a Podiatrist over a foot problem (potential plantar fasciitis). I was wondering if you had a local Podiatrist recommendation who provides solid care and results and can get me back on the road again.