Orienteering!

My fiancee is a former boy scout, so I wasn’t all that surprised when I got an email from him last week with a link to an orienteering course, suggesting it for a weekend activity. I was, however, surprised to learn that a course had been set up on the greenway in Grand Forks!  Running, biking, and walking on the greenway is part of our daily routine, and I’d had no idea that a course existed right in front of our faces.

Ground UP Adventures is the organization that brought this activity to the greenway.  Check out the link below with more info about the course:

http://www.groundupadventures.com/orienteeringcourse

There are 25 checkpoints located in various locations throughout the greenway, both on the Minnesota and North Dakota sides.  You print out a map, bring a compass, and find your way from point to point.  Checkpoints are marked with a sign on a tree/bush:

Since I really don’t know how to use a compass (naturally an essential skill for orienteering), I let the boy scout lead the way.  As he is gung-ho about such things, I also let him go a little bit deeper into the tall weeds to find the checkpoints:

We ran from point to point, but of course you could walk/hike too.  We did 6 or 7 checkpoints on Saturday and it was a really nice change from the usual run!  Our distance added up to about 3 miles, but because of the frequent “breaks” you have to take to find your way, this would be great for brand new runners.  I think it would also make a perfect family activity for those times when you feel that everyone needs to unplug for a while.

Stormy Weather

I just finished my two Tuesday miles on the greenway and wow, the storm is really rolling in!  The weather started out steamy and sticky but started to cool down about halfway through.  On the bright side, the black skies and threat of being struck by lightning were good motivation to sprint the last quarter mile!

I’ve been neglecting the blog recently as I was out of town for a few days.  Some friends threw me a lovely bridal shower in the twin cities on Saturday:

Then on Monday, I was in Fargo for a dress fitting.  Sorry, no photos of that top-secret operation!

We didn’t get any running done over the weekend, but I must confess it wasn’t necessarily for lack of opportunity.  On the way home from the cities we stopped at Saint John’s University, as we’d heard it was a scenic place to take a driving break. We found a lovely trail that circled the serene Lake Sagatagen:

Being a Sunday during the summer, the campus was pretty quiet, so we basically had the trail to ourselves.  It would have made an absolutely beautiful run, but we forgot our running gear (D’OH!), so we walked it.

Have any recommendations for out of the way running trails?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

We’ve had a few beautiful days this week, but somehow I haven’t been able to coincide my runs with the sunshine, so I’ve been running inside all week.

I did my Tuesday two miles at the Y.  Y’all know how much I love hill runs (is there an emoticon for sarcasm?), so I chose a rolling hill program on a treadmill for a little variety.

Tonight the wet weather forced me inside so I ran a couple of miles at Choice.  While running outside is my favorite, I really enjoy running around the track at Choice. Between high school tennis players, families frolicking in the pool, and recreational volleyball leaguers, there’s usually a lot to look at as I’m circling the track (Hey, I’ll take my distractions where I can get ‘em!).  Tonight we got to the gym 30 minutes before closing time, so the place was pretty empty.  On the bright side, I had the track almost all to myself!

What’s your favorite rainy-day alternative to an outside run?

Progress!

Hey everyone!  We are halfway through 30 days of running, hope it’s going well for you!  Oh and if you haven’t jumped in yet, it’s not too late to start.

I had to move “Far As You Can Go” to Sunday this week due to a super busy Saturday.  6 miles was this week’s goal, and I made it 6.3!  I am pretty exhausted but was really happy to beat last week’s record for miles.  Aside from a necessary break at the 3 mile mark to douse ourselves in Deet (don’t forget your bug spray for evening runs!), I didn’t stop, which is always my goal.  And it feels great to have run 10k, when a few months ago a 5k felt like an impossible task.

I took my fiance’s advice and downloaded a podcast of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” to entertain and distract me during the run.  It worked really well, though I probably looked pretty funny blurting out the answers to Lightning Fill in Blank.  *Gasp* “Turkey!”  *pant pant* “Facebook!”  *wheeze* “M. Night Shyamalan!”

Have a great week!