Monday, September 12, 2016

Catching Up

It's crazy how much extra time I feel like I have in a week. Not necessarily every day but overall in a week...on Friday I got to sit for 5 min before I had to go pick up the boys...5 whole minutes of nothing. It was crazy! I thought about having a beer but didn't want to push my luck! 

The tightness is my hammys has slowly been working its way out and even though I have no structure to my running, I don't wear a watch and am totally just running based on how I feel I still managed 50 miles this week. No long runs...saving that for my pacing duties at Run Rabbit this week! I also managed to bake cookies, rake a small portion of the yard, cut down a half dozen trees, take the boys for hikes after dinner almost every night and more trips to the park than I can count. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a little bit of efficiency! 

I'm still not sure if I even want to run another race this fall. Really I'd like to run a couple more 14ers, maybe James Peak, a fall run at Kenosha Pass and Golden Gate, so the thought of giving up a Friday run because of a weekend race just doesn't sound appealing right now. Maybe after Run Rabbit I'll be signing a different tune...who knows. Right now I'm just enjoying the fun of running with no agenda.

a moment of peaceful giggles right before the chaos starts...

a catastrophic pancake failure...after a chunk fell off this pancake was rendered totally useless 

the only thing better than a smoked pork butt...smoked bacon

this seemed like a way better idea before our feet went in buckets

are you kidding me? pulled pork where have you been all my life?

because why would you wear a shirt to play in the sand?

Saturday, September 3, 2016


So what now? It's such a weird feeling when everything for the past few months has been focused on training. All you've known is eat, run and try to sleep when you can. My season is done and Dan's tapering so it feels like our entire universe if off kilter. 
Hiking fun with the boys

My post- race days have definitely included more beer and donuts than running. I've been getting back to it but with no watch, no agenda, no running schedule at all. And slowly the stiffness is working itself out of my legs. Really aside from some stiffness in my hammys and some swelling in my knee and legs in general I came out of Leadville in pretty good shape. No blisters, no feet issues and no injuries. It's hard to ask for much more than that. 

I've also been really happy with the ebb and flow of my training this year. Of course I wish I had been able to train more between Quad Rock and the Leadville marathon but I'm not injured, I'm not burned out and I'm still excited about running. I'm excited for some fun fall runs and then this winter get back to training. I'm not sure what next season will bring yet, but I'm excited for it! 

The boys seem to have sensed the chaos in the household and are doing their best to add to it as well! I'm pretty sure they have some secret contest to see who can get a cast first. That or James is intent on trying to see what all he can convince Robert to do. The other night while I was making dinner I watched James stand up on the ottoman, the coffee table is long gone as it was getting way to dangerous, he glanced over to see if I was watching, then motioned for Rob to climb up and then jumped off onto an overturned plush chair. I managed to grab Rob just as he was standing up and plotting his jump. Maybe they're just trying to get me back in shape and keep my legs spry...we'll pretend that's what it is...always looking out for mama. 
Daddy hunt with our 'binoculars'

fly high little one

Well halfway through writing this post Dan might have asked one of those stupid little questions like do you think you should try one more race with the fitness you still have? You could probably do pretty hmmm...I guess that's floating around my head now.