Saturday, October 18, 2014

Early Morning 20

Up and out early this morning for today's long run. Started with the headlamp but only needed it a few miles, especially since I ran the cart paths first and even with the overcast sky, it's always much lighter out in the open. Saw a number of twisty turn deer tracks cutting across the dew-covered greens but not much else. After section #1 of the run was done, I headed out along the Heath onto the Cathance trails, wandering along the river, which was roaring nicely after this week's rains. It's pretty slow going in there right now, as the leaves are hiding all the roots and the bog bridges were incredibly slick too. Still, it's always lovely to be out in the woods out there. I ran out the long way to Head of Tides, and realized around mile 12 that my legs, particularly my quads, were feeling quite tired and heavy. I contemplating taking the right-hand turn back home when I hit the powerlines at mile 14 but eventually convinced myself that 6 more miles was no big deal (sometimes it takes some serious talking to myself to get these things done) and turned left for the final miles. This also coincided with my discovery of this little guy on the sidewalk, so I stopped to rescue him and move him to the edge of the woods. These little red efts always make me smile, so it was easier to keep going after that.

Luckily, the snowmobile/powerline trail is very mellow and essentially flat so the last miles were much easier on my legs. I ran the Lovers Lane snowmobile loop, scaring up four turkeys and two deer along the way. Finished up with 20 miles on the dot :)

We headed to Broadway Deli afterwards where I refueled with pumpkin pancakes and bacon. Yum.

Friday, October 17, 2014

This and That

Yesterday, got out in the mist and rain for a short 3 miles around the block. It was just getting light at 6:30 but the woods were still dark. 

This morning it was raining a bit too hard to really want to get up and go out at 6:00 am in the rain and darkness for 7 miles. Might just have to call those miles a lost cause, unless I can rally on Sunday night after Sam's bedtime, which is the only time it might even possibly happen that day due to BBU. [Yup, see, lost cause.] Then it was off to Dr. Jamie for a bit of tune-up. Darn the psoas and tight hip flexors. By the time I left, the sun was coming out and it was warming up. Kind of odd to have high 60s in mid-October, but it was lovely out. I met up with Val at Edna & Lucy's to pick up a map, some flags and arrows, then headed out to Lawrence Road and off onto the powerlines and into the woods for two hours marking a portion of the Big Brad course. There was still a lot of color out there, with a lot of lovely red maple and yellow birch and beech leaves down on the trail. 

The arrows stand out, but the orange flags sort of just blend in with the leaves. Hopefully they will be obvious to the runners as they come by and I put out enough confidence markings along the way! :-)

I had about an hour when I got home so after a quick shower and lunch, I quickly did a little vacuuming, cleaning and laundry (amazing what I can do in a short timeframe now that I have a kid!) then hopped in the car and headed to Woodside to do some volunteering. I had hoped to be able to help in Sam's classroom, but unfortunately, the schedule changed and they have Book Buddies with the third grade students on Friday afternoons, so today I was up in the copy room making copies. Not super exciting, but I am happy to help! Plus, I got a chance to look in on the class for a few minutes, and to see Sam's sunflower up in the hallway :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Back At It

And by "it," I mean hills. I also did push-ups. Well, you know, we'll see how long both last but for today, both were successful :)

So, here's the thing, running hill repeats in the dark at 6:10 am on a misty, overcast morning with the trails covered with leaves and the rocks slick with condensation means there was nothing fast going on out there. On the pavement, it wasn't bad, but on the trail going down and/or coming up the Snowplug Loop trail to the top, it was damn hard to see. It didn't get light until I was finishing up loop number 7 on my final trip down the hill. But I was out there doing it, so that has to count for something, right?!

Monday, October 13, 2014

An Outdoor Day

Out this morning for a 6-mile run on the Snowplug Loop. Beautiful morning on some beautiful trails. The colors are fading slightly but it is still gorgeous out in the woods. Then off to the bike path for a short ride and walk. When Sam is moving on her bike, she is fast! Of course, she had to stop a 1/4 mile in to have a snack though, so it's all relative :)

Cute little biker

Trying to speed away from us

On the bike path with Neenie

The girls

Along the Androscoggin with Neenie and Pip

After a Big Top lunch and gelato stop, we headed over to the Cathance for an afternoon hike. Sam was our fearless leader for the day and we had a lot of fun wandering the trails together.

Leading the way

Shimmering light

Flowing waters

Sam with Neenie and Pip

The hike was interspersed with some interpretive dance as well as jumping, running and otherwise following our orders :)


Instructions for our walk by Ms. T. :)

You know, just a bit of twirling along the trail :)

All in all, an excellent extra stay at home day and a fun day with Neenie and Pip.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Evening Three

Today was not a good eating day. Pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Fish and chips at Gritty's for a late lunch. A big piece of chocolate birthday cake and coffee ice cream for "dinner." Oh, and two apples, for something at least slightly healthy :) Aie. I'm not sure the three mile run Ryan and I took at 6:00 pm did anything to combat any of the above. Ha! But it was a pretty evening to be out running around the block as the sun went down.

Earlier in the day, we headed to Wolfe's Neck with the grandparents. Sam was in a bit of a mood, but I'll give her a bit of a pass as we all have those days. Not to mention it's been a fairly eventful weekend and I know she was exhausted. Still, I do stand by my earlier post of calling her a "poop" :) In between tantrums, she did at least a bit of have fun jumping from the hay bales and a fun ride out to the pumpkin patch with Neenie and Grammie.

These Are The Days

I'll be the first to admit that this whole joint birthday party thing is a blessing and a curse, and not knowing if half of the invited 41 kids were going to show up was driving me a bit nuts. Add in grandparents arriving and staying and me wanting things to be in shipshape (or at least clean :)), and I've been a bit of a crazy woman this past week :) (Sorry Ryan!) Luckily, the party was at Anne's house, where they have a big yard, and the grandparents don't care much how clean the house is, as long as they have Sam around. In the end, it was a great day yesterday, but I am glad it is over! I am exhausted. Didn't help that Sam was up late last night and then we stayed up even later to watch 100:Head/Heart/Feet with the parents, but it was fun to share the film with them.

I started out the day with a run at 6:00 am, out in the cold, quiet air, headlamp on as I traversed the powerlines to Highland Green. I ran the cart paths and added the Heath loop in to make it 7 miles. It was an uneventful and calm run, just me and the overcast sky and the crunch of the gravel and leaves beneath my feet. Then it was off to swimming with Sam, Neenie and Pip, while Ryan got in his run and headed over to Anne's to help with set-up. After a yummy Big Top lunch, we all headed over around 1:00. It was cold and raw out. I had on about 5 layers and was still freezing :) Ha!

Luckily, soon after the first kids started arriving, the skies began to clear and the sun came out. It got much warmer and made things much more comfortable for all the adults. I don't think the kids cared at all, they were having too much fun! We had hula hoop decorating (Phil's idea: irrigation tubing), pumpking painting (yes, 30 pumpkins, but only 20 used), apple scavenger hunting around the yard with prizes for smallest, biggest and ugliest (these old orchard apples were pretty ugly!) apples, cake, free play and then finally, mummy making. The party was a big success with little crying, no breakdowns and a lot of happy, laughing kids and parents. It was fun to have a chance to meet some of Sam and Anne's friends, and to have so many adults around to help things go smoothly. Happy birthday, girls! We are so glad you have each other, and so glad that Phil and Kristen are cool parents! Makes life much easier and more fun! :)

Cutie pies

Little angels :) 

Best buds

Wagon ride

I love these two girls. So cute.

Pumpkin painting


Mummy wrap!

Wrapping up Anne

Sam the mummy

Sam and Daddy

Mummy fun

Double trouble!

Happy Birthday, Sam and Anne! We love you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bradbury Run and Hike

I was the first one in the parking lot this morning at the Brad at 6:50am. The air was crisp and the woods were quiet. I ran the mountain side of the BBU course first, hitting the leave-strewn singletrack of Krista's and the wide expanse of the Connector. Mist rose from the stream, and as I hit Lawrence Road, the almost-full moon hung low in the light blue sky above the frost-covered fields lined with autumnal toned trees. Very pretty.

By the time I got back to the Summit on my way to go up and down Lunchbreak, there were a few people taking in the vista, but I saw no one on the trails until I headed across the street and down Knight's Woods, where a runner was stopped by the edge of the trail on her cell phone. I actually managed to run the whole course correctly despite the very leaf-covered singletrack and my penchant for getting confused out there :) By the time I hit the meadow, my legs were feeling a bit tired, but overall my energy was good and I managed to run the 15.3 in 2:54 including several potty stops, a stop to tie my shoe and a stop to pick up a dropped Gu (gotta figure out opening the gels with gloves on), so I'm pretty happy with that.

Tried a mango Huma gel. Not too sticky sweet and not a bad taste, but slightly odd texture. I wouldn't rule it out entirely but don't think I could stomach them every 1/2 hour.

Met up with Amy for a coffee and treat at Edna & Lucy's after the run - it was good to catch up with her for a bit - and then Mom, Dad and Sam arrived in time for lunch. Yum.

After lunch, we headed back to Bradbury and went for a short hike. We hiked up the Terrace Trail, enjoying the sun dappled woods and the leaves crunching underfoot, and down the Switchback. Sam took a nice digger on the way down the Switchback but managed to avoid an egg on the head this time ;)

All in all, a lot of fun time spent at Bradbury today!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

By The Light of the Moon

Got out on Tuesday morning for a short 3 miles, and then again this morning for 4 miles. Needed a headlamp on both runs for a portion of the run. Days are getting shorter and shorter. This morning as I ran up the cart path on hole #3, the full moon shone brightly up in the dark sky to my left. I turned off my headlamp and ran along the gravel path by light of the moon. Glorious. I was a bit too early to see the sunrise above the Heath, although the sky was a rather lovely shade of deep blue. As I turned up toward the quarry, I heard rustling in the woods. Shining my light onto the deep round shape off the edge of the trail, was a big 'ol porcupine lumbering off. A bit further, along the edge of the quarry, streaks of pink and gold and orange lit up the skyline. A beautiful way to start the day.

(Did 10 push-ups this morning too. Trying again... :) )

Sam Is Five

It's amazing to me to think that 5 years ago at this time, Sam was 5 minutes old. That I was likely still in the operating room, in a bit of a haze, looking over at her under the heat lamp while they made sure all was OK. That my legs were numb, that they laid her on my chest, that we heard her cry. That we knew, in that instant, that truly life had changed.

How is it possible that so much time has passed? And that now, we have a loveable, quirky, wacky, curious little girl who makes us laugh, who smiles big, who irks us to no end (said with much love, of course :) ), who can write and do addition, who is learning to hula hoop and jump rope, who is confidently tackling Kindergarten, who gives us big hugs and kisses, who can brush her own teeth and get herself dressed, is learning to recognize words, loves to run and hike and collect shells and go nature tracking, and who has become her own person with her own independent thoughts. Amazing.

Samantha, we love you to the moon and back, and hope you will forever retain your smiles, your curiosity, your love of life and your quirky little ways! Happy 5th Birthday little one!

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Just a quick three miles this morning in the fog at 6:30 am. Got home, took a shower and then enjoyed sitting on the couch for a half hour with my coffee and the third book in the Hunger Game series before the rest of the house woke up. As we headed out to get 30 (yes, 30!) pumpkins for Sam and Anne's birthday party next week, the skies cleared and we were left with a bright and sunny day, great for pumpkin and apple picking, a bit of playtime with friends and chores around the house. Got the A/C in, the loft cleaned up, the windows cleaned, the sandbox moved and Sam had a lot of fun digging in the dirt for worms. I'd call it a successful day :)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cathance Day

The morning was filled with swimming and donuts, so I didn't get out for my run until later this afternoon. It was misty and overcast, and I was feeling dreary, but there's not much better than a run to help clear your head space and turn your attitude around. The Cathance was lovely today. Beautiful colors in the trees and along the river bank, plus quiet leaf-littered trails with lots of slippery roots that required the mind to go blank and simply concentrate. Got in a nice mellow 7 miles.

Both Ryan and I had been out running the trails today and agreed that the colors were worth viewing despite the light mist falling, so after a few card games and a snack, we all headed over to the Cathance and took a walk around the Heath. Sam was a bit in slow motion today, but we had a nice, leisurely hour-long walk in the woods together.