Sunday, April 22, 2018

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Sunday to be outside enjoying what actually feels like spring!

Met up with Emily this morning at Bradbury, where we ran the Scuffle. Between the angle of the sun shining down through the trees and the fact that the trails were so leaf covered, at times it almost appeared that we were just running willy-nilly through the woods and not on any sort of trail ;) but I swear, I kept us on course! Ha! Thankfully, my legs felt so much better than yesterday and we just chatted the miles away. A fun morning run! (6.1 miles)

This afternoon, we managed to pull Sam off the couch ;) and get out for a nice walk out in the Cathance. It was bright and sunny and warm, and just lovely to be out! We watched a beaver swim downstream for a while, saw lots of frog egg sacks in the vernal pools and enjoyed the roaring river and sunlit woods. Sam kept a brisk pace up front as our leader and we managed to walk a nice, big outer loop through the preserve. (2.8 miles walked)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Looking For Spring

Went looking for spring on this morning's run... Not quite sure it's here yet but there are signs it's trying πŸ˜‰

Still some packed snow and ice to be found along the trails but the river was roaring, I had a Pileated Woodpecker fly over out in the sunlit woods, saw a few Mallards in the Heath, and even spotted my first flowers of the spring along the back dirt road in the sunshine - Colt's Foot - so we are getting there!

Overall, felt tired, but happy to have gotten out for some miles. (12.0 miles)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Last Day of Vacation

Yesterday morning, I took a walk around the house, enjoying Mom's garden and marveling at how a few days of warm weather had really made everything pop. Such a beautiful NC spring morning πŸŒΈπŸ’—

After breakfast, Ryan and I went out for a run, but despite it being a nice, rather windy and warm, morning, both of us were feeling rather tired so we took the short way back to the house. (4.0 miles) Did see a Great Blue Heron roosting up in a pine tree, which is always a fun sight, as well as a number of the requisite berm turtles, lots of noisy grackles and a few redwinged blackbirds.

Sam and Mom went for a short swim before lunch and then later in the afternoon, we all hit the golf course! I even played a few holes 😁 I will admit there is something satisfying when you hit the ball solidly, but otherwise, it is a very silly game and I simply do not have the patience required πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

We finished up the evening, and a wonderful vacation week+, with dinner up at the club. We are so lucky to be able to come south to spent time at "the resort" (as Ryan calls it), play golf, swim, go to the beach, eat lots of ice cream, and most importantly, spent time together! Thanks, Mom and Dad, it was a great trip! We love you! πŸ’—

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

To The Beach

Everyone was slow to get up this morning. Good thing it's vacation and the beach can wait πŸ˜„ I got out around 9:15 for a run around the River Landing block. Still a bit breezy but warmer and muggier this morning. Not a whole lot of wildlife sightings, even along the berm. Saw two cormorants, a number of turtles and ran through a few hordes of gnats πŸ˜‰ (6.3 miles)

We hit the beach around lunchtime and although temps were warmer than last week, the wind was quite brisk and strong and the water was really choppy. There was no playing in the water and although we took a short walk up the beach and played in the sand for a bit, it was a short visit. Of course, once we got up off the exposed stretch of beach, temperatures rose at least 10 degrees and we were ready for a final trip for Boombalatti's! πŸ˜ƒπŸ¦

Laughing Gull

Walking along the beach as the tide went out

Willets (I believe)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Back At It

Cool and windy this morning - only 41 degrees when I came downstairs. That is pretty cold by NC standards and it is still in my temperature realm for wearing tights! Too bad I didn't bring any with me πŸ˜† So instead I did some exercises, drank more coffee and waited until around 9:30 when temps had warmed to 47 degrees to head out 😁 Then I headed out for a recovery run around the River Landing block. The sun was bright and warm but brrrr, that wind was brisk! Saw an Egret, a Great Blue Heron, one beautiful Green Heron, an osprey perched on a tree branch chirping away with a big fish in its talons, tons of swallows flitting about to and fro above the berm ponds and several turtles. Legs felt decent. (5.0 miles)

While I got some work done this afternoon, Sam, Pippi and Ryan headed out for a round of golf. We joined them on hole 7, which is right outside the back door. The wind was whipping but they were having fun! πŸ˜ƒ⛳

Monday, April 16, 2018

Resting & Relaxing

Two post-race, fun-filled vacation days spent not running, relaxing, golf carting, swimming, strawberry picking, ice cream eating and aquarium visiting πŸ’—

But first, two photos from Saturday's race, and hey, we're both smiling! πŸƒ

 Yesterday, we golf carted in the rain up to the pool for a swim... 🏊

And today, we picked strawberries on a blue sky afternoon... πŸ“πŸ“

...and had fun at the Fort Fischer Aquarium... complete with a new dinosaur exhibit. Roar!!! 🐠🐒🐲

Followed up, of course, with ice cream, because we're trying to cram in as many Boombalatti's visits during vacation as possible πŸ˜‹πŸ¦