Thursday, June 21, 2018

Back at It

Have gotten in a few runs this week. I have been really congested from either allergies or some sort of cold or both and I'm still tired but it is really nice to be out running again and I am happy to have my legs feeling decent! Keeping it nice and easy the next few weeks and just enjoying being out there!

Monday was a short run on an overcast morning around the Heath. (4.3 miles)


Yesterday was a beautiful, cool morning with lots of wildlife sightings, including a fledgling (or almost?) cardinal hopping around the parking lot with its parents squaking nearby. I tried to shoo it along to the edge and it eventually hopped over near a car. When I returned, it was gone so hopefully it made it somewhere safer! Also saw three deer, one snowshoe hare and had a pileated woodpecker fly-by. The river is running really really low right now, but still pretty. And out along the powerlines, the sheep laurel is out in full force. Love their color against all the greenery. (6.2 miles)



Some fun photos of Laurel courtesy of Tim Toogood Photography. I am looking pretty serious in all of them ;) and am soaked in each one (so humid!) but they do a good job of showing the beauty of the course, although none of them capture any of the rocky portions ;) Thanks, Tim!
















Monday, June 18, 2018

Pleasant Mountain

Yesterday, I happily traded a run for a family hike up Pleasant Mountain. We hiked up the Southwest Ridge Trail, enjoying the views on a sunny day. It did get pretty warm later in the afternoon, but there was a bit of a breeze here and there and the shade of the trees felt nice. We saw two snakes, a grouse and two babies, a little toad, lots of wildflowers, and even picked a few ripe blueberries!

Sam did a great job leading all day and while she certainly flagged here and there, she really has gotten strong! Although the trail was pretty quiet, we did run into Linda Raymond, her father-in-law and one of her sons. Ha! It's a small world, well, especially since they have a camp about a mile away :)

It was a beautiful day for a walk up a mountain and the perfect way to spend Father's Day 💗 (6.0 miles)

Happy hikers

Leading the way

Blueberries ripening in the sunshine

Delish!

Baby brown snake

Vista

Wood teepee!

Taking in the view

Happy kid

Summit!

Summit view

Summit selfie :)

Fire tower

Love the clouds

Enjoying the view

Posed photo. 😂😂

On the way down

Trucking along

Columbine

Harebell (?)



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Recovery

Feeling pretty much recovered at this point, but I'll only know for sure once I put on the shoes and head out for the run whether that feeling is real or not ;) I told myself I wouldn't run for 7 days so since I finished at 12:06 on Sunday morning, technically I should wait until Monday but I might not be able to resist! I mean, the watch says I'm recovered ;) #iamsobadatresting


Wednesday afternoon during Sam's swim practice, I headed to the track and walked 2 miles. Worked up a bit of a sweat and felt good. (2.0 miles walked)

Yesterday, I headed over to the Cathance for a walk. It was a nice, cool but damp morning. The river is running very low and I was able to rock hop out at the bottom of the second falls to a beautiful clump of swamp iris. So pretty. Lots of bullfrogs in the vernal pool. Also saw a snowshoe hare and a red eft, only my second sighting this season, so made me very happy :) (2.3 miles walked)






I stopped later at the farmer's market and picked up some fresh produce including these delicious and beautiful bright red strawberries. 


Also got a wonderful massage from my friend Lauren and walked up the street for lunch at the Union Street Bakery and had a yummy breakfast sandwich. Delish!


The rest of the day was spent tackling the usual Friday chores, but it was nice to spend the morning doing some relaxing things if I couldn't be out running! :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Laurel Highlands: The Aftermath

Finishing at midnight for a race is kind of odd. I was tired from lack of calories and 18 hours on my feet and after a short stay at the finish line to collect the very cool finisher trophy, change my shirt and drink a few sips of ginger ale, we trundled to the car and back to the hotel.

Finisher trophies, mini replicas of the mile markers along the trail

It was officially my mom's birthday as of 12:01 am and she had even brought a mini crazy cake to celebrate my race and her birthday but sadly I did not have the stomach to take a bite. (Instead, I've eaten the pieces she sent home with us over the past two days, which is just as good ;) ) We said our goodbyes and my parents took off for their hotel and we got clean and into bed. I think Ryan fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow around 2:00 am but as is typical, I spent the next four hours twisting and turning and not sleeping. Sigh. The alarm went off at 6:00 am so that we could get up and get ready to head back home. Yet another sigh. 

Ryan begrudgingly got out of bed and we went down to get some breakfast. I couldn't stomach coffee but I did manage to eat some bacon, eggs and an english muffin so it seemed like things were headed in the right direction. I had some bad chafing, mostly on the tops of my toes and feet and around my ankles, and I was pretty sore of course, but honestly the area that felt worst was my diaphragm area which probably got strained in the midst of all the puking. Bleh. 

Of course, 10 hours in the car didn't help my legs and I most definitely had that ultra shuffle going on when we finally arrived home at 6:15 pm! Thankfully, traffic was pretty good and we were able to split up the drive into 2 or 3 hour stretches and make stops for gas, food, etc. I even managed to have a small Cold Stone ice cream after a small lunch, so definitely a win in that regard!

While we were gone, Sam had a great time with Irene and Dana, complete with fried seafood lunch out at Gurnet's, ice cream at Fielder's Choice and some time spent at LLBean. Sounds good to me!!

LL Bean fun

Yummy lunch at Gurnet's!

Big cone!

After taking some advil for my throbbing rubbed raw toes, I managed to get some sleep on Sunday night and then was incredibly happy that I had taken Monday off! It was such a beautiful morning that I decided it would be good to get some blood flowing so I headed over to the Cathance for a short walk. 

Ribbit

Dead things... seen in the river last year and still there...

Cool shelf fungus

Well camouflaged toad

Bunchberry

I took it nice and easy and while overall I felt tired, my legs didn't feel all that bad. I guess finishing a race by walking for 8+ miles will do that 😁 (1.2 miles walked)

The rest of the day was spent doing a few errands and getting a bit done around the house, mostly laundry and putting stuff away from the trip, but otherwise, I relaxed with my feet up, and it was quite lovely!

Today, I headed back to work and honestly was walking around normally and again, although tired, feeling decent. My feet are a bit puffy from sitting at a desk all day and are pretty scratched up but that's about it. 

I'm taking the week off from running so tonight I asked Sam if it would be OK if I walked on the track during swim tomorrow. She looked at me incredulously and asked, "Walking?" I said, "Yes, I'm taking the week off from running," to which she replied in a whisper as if I'd said something sinister, "Who are you?!?" 😂😆😉 I guess she knows me well!!