Last weekend, I did my first “official” picture run. A picture run can be best explained by my cousin, in her blog. We are definitely from the same DNA, because I too love taking pictures and love going for runs, so why not combine the two loves?
I found out why in the first mile!
I chose Salem Lake because it’s close to my house, and it’s gorgeous at any time of day, but especially sunrise. I woke up at 5:45 to get there a little after 6. I did a few “test shots” and found this one to be the keeper:
And of course I had to attempt a run selfie! (here’s how you can do it too)
I wore my Camelbak (purchased for the Spartan Race) and carried my Canon 60D plus lens (of course). I had about 1.5 liters of water, so I estimated I was carrying at least 7-8 lbs. Maybe more. The Camelbak did a good job of staying put, as in it didn’t rock back and forth, but I could really feel the weight in the first two miles. I debated turning back and ditching the camera, but told myself to hang in there. I hadn’t done any long runs since the Raleigh Half marathon in April! I ran 10 min/mile pace and it felt like more of a struggle than usual. And I would have brought Luna (our weimaraner) but she was at doggy daycare for the weekend, since we drove to VA later that day.
After a few miles, the struggle of carrying the pack paid off. In a big way:
I was halfway around the lake by this point, and feeling pretty good about my pictures.
I stopped once more, at a gorgeous spot with geese (near the main parking lot) to snap these beauties!
And with that, I made it 7 miles and headed home to eat breakfast! I might try a picture run again sometime soon. Although my next run at the lake will probably be a doggy run with Luna 🙂
Thank you, as always, for reading!!