Saturday, April 19, 2008

From Washington to Washington, From Flowers to Snow

Last week on Sat 04/12, we Seattleites felt like if we were released from prison. The most beautiful day of the year was in front of us: a sunny sky and a summer temperature of 75F/24C. Seattle runners, GO!!! The parks were packed. I decided to join Green Lake runners and felt in ecstasy. It was extremely gorgeous. Spring was here, and everything was blooming. 2 laps, 6.4 miles was my plan. As there is one water fountain in the loop I didn't take water with me, because 3.2 miles is ok without water. Well, no, it was not ok. I forgot that 75F is hot for running, and I needed more water. After a lap, I knew that I was not going to be able to run 3.2 more miles without water. I ran another half a mile, to complete 3.7 miles and went home.

Not being happy with my short performance, I grabbed my fuel belt and went to Harbour Pointe in Mukilteo which is another of my favorites routes (pic above). Running under gorgeous trees in blossom, I ran 4.4 miles and then I felt satisfied with my 8.1 miles albeit they were done in two sets.


Then, I crossed the country, and arrived to Washington DC on Monday 04/14. The whole week was too beautiful to run. Yes too beautiful. I wanted to stop and "smell the flowers", so I traded a week of running for a week of walking so I could stop and see what was left of Cherry Blossom, enjoy my guys, my heroes, my monuments, and everything that relates to our nation's capital.










After that pleasant week, I arrived to Seattle to be knee-deep in snow. I was caught in a snow storm just driving home from the airport. At midnight I had 6 inches of snow....


Neither Green Lake on Saturday, nor Harbour Point. At 10 am the temperature was in 34F/1C and sidewalks were a mess. Guess what? Back to the treadmill!!!! No way I was going to work endurance again in the treadmill, so I tried to run a 5K sub-30.... HA HA... after a week of walking I got far from it....34:52. At least I tried....

Below pictures of my lateral and backyard last night, and the route around Lake Serene, and Harbour Pointe this morning. The Harbour Pointe pic is in the same spot than the picture above. See that last week
there were not as many flowers as today.


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6 comments:

Backofpack said...

Wow - you really got some snow! It snowed during our run this morning, and for a couple more hours, but didn't stick. Wild April weather!

Susan said...

Beautiful photos! And thanks for the spam tip.

Tri to Be Funny said...

Wow...just when you think Spring has Sprung!!! Beautiful pics. great to stop and smell the flowers

ShirleyPerly said...

I had no idea Seattle got so much snow! Well, at least you got some Spring before Winter returned. Good job on your runs and lovely photos!!

MarathonChris said...

Way to hang in there with the weather - what a tease being nice then being nasty! But walking and smelling the flowers is a fine way to get out and move! It can't always be a race.

IrishBlue said...

Talk about climate change! I think we are getting a cold front this week after a beautiful week last week.