12 August 2007

Arboretum Run

Sadie is doing well. The drainage tube was removed Friday and she is full of energy again. We're hopeful everything is going to be fine but the vet said there is a chance that there are still bits of the grass awn in her neck that caused the abscess. We'll know if we're in the clear or not about 3-5 days after we take Sadie off the antibiotics. If bits are still in her neck then it will start to swell into an abscess again. Until then, Sadie as been cleared to join me back on the road starting Tuesday. :)

I've had some good runs during my cutback week. Thursday I ran a hilly 6 miler. My allergies are getting worse and my nasal drip has become rather annoying during the runs. And to help matters in absolutely no way whatsoever, a grain elevator caught fire Friday afternoon along part of a trail I often run. The fire burned through the night and into Saturday. We drove by it today (Sunday) and it was still smoldering as crews kept drenching it with water. Pullman smells like burnt toast.

Yesterday I ran to the Farmers Market in Moscow, Id. 10 miles in 1 hr 24 min. Jeanie and the puppies met me at the Market and we picked up some goodies for the week. I think I'll make my famous fajitas tonight. Yippee! Oh, and if my allergies aren't bad enough, for about three miles of this run a crop duster was spraying the field next to me. Here I am running to live a nice healthy life and I get dive bombed by field chemicals. I tried to hold my breath for those three miles but found it was impossible. I would run and run and hold my breath but at a certain point right before I was about to pass out I was forced to take a deep breath or two. My first kid will have six ears and a tongue growing from one hand. :(

Today's run was at the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This was our first time to visit since we've lived here. No pets were allowed so I thought today would be a good time to try it out since Sadie is still "officially" out of action. A gravel path loops around the arboretum at a distance over a mile long. There are several side trails as well. I ran around Japanese Flowering Cherries and Turkish Filberts for about 3 miles and then met up with Jeanie for a casual walk for another mile so we could take in the off trail plants, the highlight being the Perry's Fire Opal. 4 miles all in all. I wish I had my camera. It was a lovely (and hilly) place to be on a Sunday morning. Then we took the puppies to the park for some Frisbee and Sadie is trying hard to make a case for an early return from the disabled list.

I'm getting so excited about the Cle Elum 50k you can't even imagine. The lower mileage this week was welcomed, but I'm excited to get back out there this coming week to rack up some more.

Keep running!



  1. Scott,

    Sound like you had great scenery today for your run. Great scenery seems to make the runs easier.

    Former Washingtonian here from the Puget Sound area.. Tacoma/Spanaway/Puyallup

  2. Glad to hear that Sadie is recovering nicely and will be able to re-join you shortly.

  3. Glad Sadie is on the way to a recovery!

  4. Oooooooo that looks SOOOO pretty!! Do you take Claritin or anything for those allergies? That cannot be fun :-(

  5. Sadie on the run again... I know she can hardly wait!!

    Have you not perfected the snot rocket method for a dripping nose while running? It works!!

    I posted a picture of my new trail shoes. Check out the new colors.

    Sorry for such the delay in sending you a fuel list for your trail runs. Busy week and I am just a slacker I guess.

    Here are a few that work for me: peanut butter and jelly sandwhich cut into squares, boiled then cooled potatoes, pretzels with salt, cold friut. That is just a few options.

  6. Glad to hear Sadie is good again. Your runs to the market and through the arboretum sound great - except for the crop duster. Yuk.

  7. I had to take a double look at the picture to see what you were talking about. You should cross lace rather than criss-cross your laces. Much better for your feet if you have any swelling while running. On my trail shoe we are trying the elastic lace to give my feet extra room. I will likely make this change on my road shoes as well.

  8. I am happy to hear Sadie is doing well and will be joining you on the road soon! Allergies suck. I hate them. I get the worst allergy symptoms in spring and am miserable!

  9. Looks like you had a good week. I'll be interested to see how this coming week will be. Where are you planning to go for your long run?

    "gotta run" gave you some great ideas for "ultra food". As well as the key method for that nasal drip :)

    Janie says that Clariton works wonders on her allergies.

    We are looking to book a hotel room for JFK. We'll let you know. Can't wait. Dad

  10. that elevator was on fire?! oh dear! oh, and i really really really miss the farmer's market & the co-op in moscow. they are both excellent :) that's awesome that you ran from pullman to moscow... i'm jealous you have a trail like that close by ;) i'm gonna start running a bit more this week - happy running!

  11. Wandered on in...love your blog, great humor (love the non-running PRs) and the pictures. I hope your dog continues to recover...I'm an animal love as well :)

  12. Glad to hear that Sadie is on the mend! That really sucks about the crop duster! Nothing like choking down poison while you are out for a "healthy" lifestyle :P

  13. duh, i forgot to mention such an important thing - it's nice to hear that sadie is doing better!!!

  14. Good luck on your Ultra Quest.

    Happy trails,
    Bad Ben

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    bu, i waned o leae a ommen.


  16. LOL! I loved Robin's "snot rocket" reference.

    Glad to hear that Sadie is once again ready for action. Dogs and kids, they just rebound so fast.

    I just noticed that you are set to do Comrades in '08. Very cool! Are you all registered for it?

  17. Cutback weeks are a welcome thing indeed. I think I am going to try one more high mileage week before a cutback. Your race calendar is looking good. I hope to do Comrades one of these days as well.

  18. I've been having my battles with allergies too! But running next to that crop thing doesn't sound amusing, but now that you made it through, you could run any atmosphere.

    It's suppose to be a low mileage week for me too...but it's the other way around. Go figure.

  19. Scott, your first child will be my grand-baby and I hope he/she does not look like that! MOM