Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Perfect Weekend

So, I am a half marathoner! I am still working on my race recap - you'd think I'd have had time to finish by now since I have all this "free" time since I'm not training 4 days a week at the moment, but alas, like a hole in the sand, that time has been filled and overfilled by life! For now, let me just say that OMG, it was awesome and I can't wait for the next one!

At the beginning of October I went from working two days a week from home back to working full time in the office, which has had it's ups and downs. One of the benefits is that my home time is now 100% my time, and I made the decision to enjoy it to the fullest, and I have been doing just that. 

I love fall. It is my favorite season. I love the weather, the slant of the light, the changing of the leaves. Although I didn't make it to the mountains this year (it's already on the calendar for next year!), there are some awesome places right around here to hike, and I have been taking full advantage. Even though I've been logging some long runs on Sundays, and Saturdays were supposed to be "rest" days, I knew that if I didn't go hiking on Saturdays, I would not have a chance to get out and enjoy the season. I don't think it really affected my long runs, but it did wonders for my mood!

Friday I took the Big Red Dog for doggy daycare evaluation, so I decided to take our little "jackahuahua," Moo a.k.a. Mighty Midget, for a hike at the Tobacco Trail. I pretty much had the trail to myself, so I decided to let her off the leash to see how she would do. Little girl just glued herself to my ankle and powered along with me for 5 miles.

Mighty Midget - she keeps on keeping on!

Saturday was the Apex Turkey Trot - my first repeat race! I was so excited about this race, because all the girls and my mom were doing it with me! C and I were going to run together, and my mom was going to walk with J and E. Last year's Trot was my first race ever, and it was such a big deal! I had my friends over the night before for a pasta dinner. They all came to watch me run. This year it was so different! It was just another 3 mile run - the excitement was that we were doing it as a family.

Oh look, a teenager who doesn't want her picture taken!

It was a little depressing that I am almost 25 pounds heavier than I was when I ran the race last year, but I am working on it and trying to concentrate on how FAST I will be when I drop the weight again! As part of getting back on track, I'm doing Amanda's Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (for reals this time), so I earned 3 points for this run! Yay!

This is a great little local race and one I will definitely be doing every year - hopefully with the whole family (maybe next year I will get my Dad to come along!). Oh, official times don't seem to have been posted yet, but C checked after the race and said our time was 36:48 (we crossed the finish line together, of course!). I will do a race recap separately (this post is already getting pretty long!). 

Today E had a playdate so J and I decided we were going to go hike Umstead. I love that she loves hiking with me...shoot, I'm thrilled that she wants to do anything with me! Today C decided to come along, too. It was such a beautiful day! Unfortunately, I kind of overdressed, so I looked super hot with my long pants folded up to my knees. No matter, it was a perfect hike! 6 miles later, and 3 humans and 2 dogs were wore the hell out - a perfect way to end a perfect weekend!

A beautiful trail...

along a beautiful creek...

with a beautiful dog...

and two beautiful young ladies (C pictured here) and a beautiful place to stop for a snack...
 ...makes for ONE HAPPY MAMA!

Today I am grateful for:
  • doggy daycare
  • Umstead Park and the other awesome parks and trails in and around Raleigh
  • teenagers who want to spend time with their Mama
  • the best trail dogs ever
  • weekends

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