This weekend was one which myself and a few of my high school alums have been looking toward to for quite some time. We planned our very first Alumni Fun Run! Ironically, those of us in the planning department were all out of towners so we erroneously scheduled it during the local spring break, which “possibly” attributed to poor turnout. Those of us who did show up came quite a way to make an appearance. Steven (AL), David (IN), Jenny (OH), Adella (IN), Melissa (Indianapolis, IN), Me (IL).
Thankfully, Jenny was one of the planners which brought her two brother and father or we would have been very low on numbers! Family Photo: Steven, Dad, David & Jenny.
Thanks Dad for cheering us on for this fun run just like you used to during our cross country and track days. Your support was much appreciated then and also today!
The day was perfectly overcast with temps in the low 40s and very high spirits. Jenny, Adella & I arrived a little early to mark the course. We chose the Bixler Lake Trail in Kendallville, IN because that is where we went to high school and well, that was our only option. It was a 3.5 mile loop with a few hills but mostly flat. Approximately one mile was thru the woods on the south side of Bixler, then the rest thru the park and around the lake for a return to our starting point.
Adella kindly took a picture of
my ass me marking the trail.
The big hill was very root heavy. We tried to mark out most of the roots for safety issues. I really loved this hill and they were “kinda” laughing at me.
We had a great day catching up, talking about the past/present/future and just hanging out doing one of the things that we love most, running. I am so thankful to all of you who came and I am sorry that so many others missed it. This was truly a great time. A few of us did 3 loops for a 10.5 mile day, including Adella who logged her longest run EVER! Great job, Adella! And a few did 2 loops for 7 miles. I challenge the Kville locals to go run the trail within the next couple of weeks and email me a photo. In return, I will mail you a hat from our fun run and you can count yourself as a virtual participant! I marked the trail on the grass, except for a few spots up in the campground area where I was
blonde not thinking and marked the road instead. It is easy to follow, the markings will last quite awhile and it really is a nice jaunt around the lake. Go now and become our virtual partner for the First Annual ENHS Fun Run and then hopefully we will see you in person next year!
For more photos of the Bixler Lake Trail, feel free to review the January post where Adella & I did a scouting trip on a snowy afternoon HERE.
Today is my birthday so the kids and Grandma were busy baking and crafting while I was out
playing running. I returned to much excitement and lemon bars for my birthday treat. Then later mom & I made a spinach, artichoke, roasted red pepper pizza! Yum! Obviously I like to eat as much as I like to run!
Happy Birthday Song over my morning yogurt!
I managed to squeak in a Birthday Recovery Run this morning too and knocked out the Jelly Bean 5K and 10K through Run with Jess for a total of 9.3 miles. Although the Jelly Bean is billed as a Virtual Race, I am considering it to be more of a Challenge. This week will be super busy with two Track meets for Aby, a busy work schedule, a midweek midday date with hubby and the Good Friday Waterfall Glen Run. Yep, I signed up for all four events: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, & a 13 mile bike. I realize with the current schedule that I will have to sacrifice my swim this week. And I need the bike Gods to make sure my bike computer comes in at the Trek Store this week so that I can get it installed, have the maintenance issues taken care of and be ready to ride by Saturday. I have a very narrow window for the bike, Saturday. That’s my window. Period. Worst case scenario, I can pop out a guesstimated 13 miles on the trainer but I’m tired of guesstimating my miles and have totally lost my motivation to bike on the trainer. I need the computer now. Pathetic, I know but it is no fun riding without knowing how far and how fast I’m traveling!
What was on your plate for the weekend? Any virtual racing for you? Any real racing? Anyone going to run the Bixler Trail to participate in our Fun Run virtually? Let me know!
Happy Running, Amanda – TooTallFritz