Revel it is…

We decided…about five minutes after posting my last blog post….to run the Revel Half Marathon.

Full disclosure we have totally been known to ditch a race or change our minds based on the weather, our training, wild ass plans to head out of town, etc. Neither of us has registered yet but we both have the weekend off and I have wanted to run the race for a few years.  She’s talking herself into it.

We’re mixing up our training with hiking so yeah…it’s totally under control.

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This morning I had 47 things to do and 12 minutes to do them and I’m making time for me. So I dressed to run and headed towards the door only to be met with…

Um…no..Dude. This MY run. We’re going to go LATER. Right now I have to run by myself. I only have a half an hour. Just enough for a quickie. I don’t have time…

he was persistent. Did i ever tell you I’m a sucker for those pretty little puppy eyes?

Ugh.

Guilt.

PUPPY GUILT.

I WOULD leave him but then when I’m running I think…what if I don’t take him and something happens. He’s twelve years old. This may have been his last day to run  and I blew him off! Worst puppy mom EVER.

I get it. I may have slightly been conned by the cuteness but …

Malachi and I had a nice run this morning.

I had a very short time to do it so we cut it short and just ran about a mile. He not happy about the shortcut so he walked the second half in protest resulting in a 40 minute- half hour walk. Damn puppy.

It’s supposed to be pretty gorgeous so I’m going to run when I get off work.

Here’s a dilemma. You have two choices…
1. you have so much work you  work a little overtime every day for four days so you can have your day off Friday

OR
2. You leave work on time every day and come in on your off Friday…

What would YOU do?

I chose option B…I’m still trying to decide if it was the better option but I”m so tired of working late I just wanted to go home.

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we’ll see how it goes tomorrow…dentist day, running day, work day. Gonna be a long day.

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#myworkoutwas

Monday I ran 3.5 miles and walked the dog. It was cold.
twenty pushups
twenty squats

Tuesday I just ran 2.5 miles because I was pretty sure I had the flu.
#thankyouCeliac
twenty pushups

Wednesday I didn’t have any time so I was a slacker. Does it count that I’m certain I got in 10,000 steps running all over the church and up and down the stairs? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Today I started the day with the puppy. We’ll see about the rest of the day but I’m pretty set on running after work…#savemyself

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I’m running. you?

Michelle decided she wanted to run the Revel Half marathon. I had already decided on a half marathon because I figure I’ve been out of the race game long enough I need to not jump in with both feet, head first, and maybe let’s do an ultra!!!

In case you haven’t learned, I tend to OVER do. I’m teaching myself to not do that.

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So half marathon it is. Now we have to decide…Revel, Steamboat, Slacker (I LOVE Slacker) or Georgetown to Idaho Springs. 

I have run three of these and I love two of them. I’ve never run Revel. She ran Revel and did not enjoy it. So the dilemma.

The conundrum.

WHAT TO DO.

She says Revel but I think she says that because she thinks that’s the one I want to do but I only want to do Revel if it’s the marathon. Otherwise I’m just not invested. I’ll run anything.

Plus if we do Steamboat we get to go out of town…somewhere gorgeous. And she’ll go camping but I’m so not going camping.

I’m still tweaking my training. I generally like to run A LOT but my time is limited and my body is angry so I’m going to say running is 3 to 4 days a week at the most and the other days will be cross training with yoga and strength. I’ll get more detailed with it in the days to come.

For now I’m happy to have a semi plan. Revel and Steamboat are both on June 3rd so the training doesn’t change. I mean, I should probably register (ha!) but other than that I’m okay to move forward. And now that I’ve said that, anyone that knows me pretty much knows that guarantees something will happen so I won’t get to run it but I obliviously move forward anyway. Because positive action Baby.

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#myworkoutwas I ran 3.5 miles this morning and my lungs are very unhappy with me. I’ve been coughing all morning. Spring? Cold air? Too early? Who the hell knows but I sound like a good time and I also sound like I’ve had a good time…with several packs of cigarettes.

Hopefully it passes.

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Barr Lake hiking (okay not really hiking more like a really really long walk)

Saturday morning I met Michelle at her house so we could venture on out to Barr Lake for our “hike without a hike”. Saturday’s hike was just walking the entire way around Barr lake, which is 9 miles.

We met at 8am and drove over there in one car because it’s a state park so there’s an entry fee. After years of not having cash, I make carrying it a priority. Only Saturday I found myself cashless and I felt like that person that always “forgets their wallet” when they go out to lunch. I can’t believe she puts up with me.

It was cold. Like seriously, People…it was cold. I don’t remember the temp but I think the high was like 50* or thereabouts so you can imagine at 8am it was probably like 28*? I was totally invested in running because I would warm up faster but Michelle was anti running. I think she knew we had nine miles to go and we needed to conserve out energy. She probably wasn’t really dressed for it, now that I think about it.  My legs get weary of walking and I need to try different muscles occasionally. Also..cold.

Michelle had two reasons to want to do the hike. She’s always wanted to walk the entire length of it but with two little boys it’s a bit too far. It’s kind of nice to check that box and say you did it. The second reason is the eagles.
Per the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website:

In 1977, this area was recognized as a valuable wildlife habitat and Barr Lake became a state park. Half of the lake was set aside as a wildlife refuge.
A pair of Bald Eagles has been observed in the refuge every year since 1986. Since that time, they have survived storms, the loss of a nesting tree, and even the disappearance of the male. After 3 years of failed attempts to raise young, the Bald Eagle pair was finally successful in 1989. As of 2005, the Barr Lake
eagle have produced 32 young. Twenty-nine of these survived to fledge. 

An eagle nest may be added to and reused for as long as 20 years, or a pair may use another nest site. With continued protection of their habitat, we can look forward to the presence of these birds and their young for many years to
come.

The best viewing of the eagles’ nest is from the Gazebo, only a 1.3-mile walk south of the Nature Center into the wildlife refuge. The nest is approximately a quarter mile from the Gazebo and is easily seen with binoculars. The
Nature Center loans binoculars and features a display about eagles. The Nature Center is open Wednesday-Sunday. Call 303-659-6005 for specific
hours.

A few tips for eagle viewing:
• Bring binoculars or a spotting
scope for viewing the nest.
• Viewing is usually best during the
morning or evening hours, especially
on warm days when heat
waves can interfere with your
ability to see.
• The eagles are sensitive to
human activity. Please stay on
designated trails in the wildlife
refuge. Pets are not permitted

Unfortunately, we did not see eagles. The boardwalks, though, were gorgeous. I am a lover of boardwalks and will walk any and all I come across. That includes bridges, too. I love the whole experience of it.

At one point the trail goes right next to train tracks. Like…thisclose…
I love trains and had no problem with that. It was cool. I also promised Michelle I would not hop the train like I have always wanted to do and it’s on my bucket list of -things that are completely unreasonable but wouldn’t it be cool if you weren’t going to like…die or go to jail or something?-

The website shows you the amazing boardwalks and the gazebo.

We had a great time and my quads are like…whaat??

It felt amazing.

Sunday I had a pretty important meeting at work so I dealt with that and came home to sleep. I haven’t been sleeping well (I know, right? Worse than usual) and I think it’s a new Celiac thing. So I ended up spending about an hour last night doing yoga. I felt the stretch and strength was in order after the walk.

I’m getting out of work a little early today so I am hoping a short run this afternoon is in order. I’m aiming for 3-4 miles…I could really use it.

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I straight up laughed out loud at this because that is my life. People be fast…I am slow.

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hiking Colorado.

Michelle and I met for hiking on Sunday.

Michelle and I have been hiking together for years. Each season of my life has favorite things about it.  Moments you can look back on or even just reminders that flash you to something you truly loved. This is it for me, in this this time and place.  These miles we put on the hills and mountains of Colorado are some of my favorites. This is our escape and our time to just be us. There’s no pretense, I don’t ever feel judged or pressured. I never have to watch what I say and I always feel appreciated. I can only hope and assume she feels the same because it’s our escape and I look forward to it every moment we plan.

This week we did South Table Mountain. Remember last week we did North Table Mountain. So we figured…better do the other side, right? I have so much happening and so little time, sleep, even focus sometimes, that she’ll send me a link and say, “how about we do this?” and I just say sure.

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This time I realized I don’t even look at the map. I had no idea where we were. I just get on the road and drive. I map it, get in the car and go where it tells me. I know, you don’t have to say it.

So we end up climbing the castle of Castle Rock…something I’ve always wanted to do!

Last week at North Table Mtn, it was flat. Like FLAT. So we walked and walked and it was kind of awesome but this week I thought…South Table… I’ll wear my running shoes instead of my hiking shoes. They’re more comfortable and my muscles like it better so it’s a treat when I get to do that.

Well, let me tell you, not.so.much.

We climbed MT Everest in flip flops. I pretty much wondered if this is how I was going to go…sliding down the freakin’ hill to the road at the bottom. So embarrassing, I can’t even go in style on an actual mountain.

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There are a lot of different trail directions you can take and we don’t stress about it we just throw caution to the wind and say…let’s go this way! This way led to a trail that was VERY steep and all loose dirt with the loose rocks… and me in street running shoes.

I was sliding the whole time. I finally resorted to crawling which Michelle truly enjoyed but it was either that or die on the hill. Not literally on my knees but definitely all hands and feet on the ground at all times please God don’t let me slide down. l aimed for the side of the trail which had vegetation for me to cling to.

We took a different way down.  I most certainly would have died if I went down the same way. What an event.

The climb, though, was SO GREAT. I loved it. It was short and sweet so we extended it by grabbing some other trails and running some. Michelle is currently anti running (according to her she’s over running) so that part was less enjoyable for her but I forced her to because sometimes I just HAVE to run.

This isn’t a mountainous green trail. It’s more prairie but very interesting and climbing was involved. I enjoyed it. I got to climb, scramble, and run and it involved amazing views and a beautiful landmark. I’d do it again.

This does not have a restroom at the trailhead.
Dogs are allowed but they must be leashed.
The trail can be difficult to find and we learned to follow the directions to Golden Summit Rd rather than South Table Mountain because for real that just takes you to a road that doesn’t allow access and you’ll be left confused.

South Table Mountain Golden Hills Road Access
16741 Golden Hills Road
Golden, CO 80401

There is also another access point that we never came across but that address is here:

South Table Mountain Camp George West Trailhead
1219 Kilmer Street
Golden, CO 80401

Today my shin was hurting from something I did yesterday that involved that climb so I spent a good 30 minutes doing yoga. It usually helps my morning migraine, too.

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enter 2018.

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It’s a new year and what the heck are YOU looking forward to??

Sean and I have things we want to do and Michelle and I have things we want to do and Andrea and I have things we want to do and I’m telling you right now there’s just not enough time in the year.

I finally just created a calendar so I could try and keep track of all the plans I just don’t even have yet but my dreams are BIG Baby…BIG.

Well…big for us anyway…

I mean I’m still not going to climb Everest or run on the Great Wall but everything else is totally on the table.

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Michelle and I met early on Saturday for a hike. It was 10* according to Michelle’s car.

We had agreed the night before to NOT look at the temperature before we headed out but I accidentally looked and…well…it was cold. It was cold and foggy and incredibly beautiful in the early morning.

And worth it, right? Bundled up for the worst, we thought…three miles…maybe five…if we get “lost”…eight. She says you can’t get lost there but she clearly doesn’t know me.

We went to North Table Mountain in Golden.  There’s an incredible hill when you first start out that has an incline that could kill you if you take it too fast. Or if you just decide to climb it at all.  That sucker is intense. I went sllooooww.  Michelle’s plan was…warm us up quick. Worked like a charm, Baby.

After the hill from hell leveled out it really was just a flat trail for most of the rest of the adventure. It was flat, rocky prairie with moments of -am I on another planet? 

North Table took us to Mesa which eventually took us to Rim Rock trail and it’s very reminiscent of where I’m from in MT so we had to take that trail. It was really gorgeous with it’s unique landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

We did what we usually do…walked and talked and just enjoyed being outside. It suddenly didn’t feel as cold.

As we turned one of the last corners, knowing we were coming to the end our morning, a breeze lifted and a cloud of white fluff drifted across us like cherry blossoms in spring. So light across the air we turned around and looked in confusion at where this magic came from only to discover it came from thin air.

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It really was magic. Magic snow. It was my favorite moment of the day.

In the end we hiked nearly 6.5 miles and it was a beautiful way to end the year.

This trail was marked moderate to advanced but I only had issues with the first main hill. The rest was just flat. 
Dogs are allowed but they have to be leashed. 
This is a very popular mountain bike trail so expect traffic. 
There are restrooms at the trailhead and they are clean and heated. 

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I told you I’d be back today. have faith.

In case you’re wondering…here’s what Andrea and I missed Monday.
::sob::
But Tori (Andrea’s super cute daughter) and the friend she grabbed at the last minute totally went and had an amazing time. Tori is my fill in whenever I can’t go somewhere. Like Peru. Or Hillary Clinton book signings.
Tori is living my life.

It is not fair.

I’ll get over it because I love her.

See? Hard not to love her.
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Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore.

Can we just scream in JOY over how proud we are of the black community of Alabama -specifically the black women of Alabama- for stepping out and voting?

As you can see…white women did not step up.

I’m going to tell you I don’t usually donate to political campaigns but I threw a little $15 at this one because I figured every dollar counts.

Some days I want to hide  in embarrassment lest someone think I might also be one of the stereotypes out there.  And then I go and walk into a Christian church, my gosh. I am THE stereotype. My age, I’m white, middle class, Christian. I mean stamp “Trump supporter” and “make America great again”  on my forehead and no one would be surprised except then I’d have to have you killed just for even considering that I would do that. Don’t even think that.

SOME of us do not fit the stereotype. Some of us, though not college graduates (give me time) are still educated. We are kind and we care about our world around us. It’s disheartening to know there are so many people in my demographic that think different and it has a direct impact on critical moving parts in our society. Our community, the environment, the financial stability of  the country just to name a few.

Tonight’s victory was well deserved, well earned and we needed it. We’re all tired. We were all getting so beaten down I’m not sure how many were willing to take to the streets time and again only to be proven the terrible were stronger. We needed this and it felt really good.

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I promised you happy information and here it is. We went hiking.

I went hiking on Saturday with the amazing and beautiful Miss Michelle. My hiking partner of the world. What will I do if she ever stops hiking with me? What will I do when her boys get big enough to take over for me? I will cry.

So we started at the NCAR which is the National Center for Atmospheric Research which sounds AMAZING but really was just the greatest parking lot for a trailhead because if you know Boulder you know the parking lots have like…9 spaces to 57 people that want to hike there.

So we parked and started on the Mesa trail, which was fine, just a trail. It was pretty in that -hello I’m gorgeous but I know it so whatever- way but then we veered off onto Fern Canyon because it’s my name and hello we HAD to do that.

Now, full disclosure, once I saw the beginning of it, I did hesitate. I was all for it but I was a little worried about what I signed Michelle up for because I will freakin’ do anything and she’s like…look…I have to go home eventually. And I just wanted a little hike. I didn’t sign up for Everest or anything.

But she said, “no. You wanted Fern Canyon because ‘It’s your name’ so we’re doing it”. You have to make sure and put a little bit of a mean girl twist on that when you say it. The little brat. Ugh. I do love her. And I laughed pretty hard when she said it.

Well, that trail turned out to be incredible. It was a hike in the truest sense of the word but incredible for sure. And it was stairs of rocks. It seemed like it was all stairs. It was so great! And beautiful…my gosh it was beautiful. I lost count of how many times I stopped to say “this may be one of my all time favorite trails ever”.

The caveat being…we had only a vague idea of where we were or how long the trail was or what it was like..if there was an end. If there wasn’t. It was wicked difficult. Fern Canyon leads to Bear Peak.

We did not make it to Bear Peak because it because it was wicked windy and I’m not kidding. Hard core wind and serious cold. We said…you know, not so much. So we came back. But I’m totally ready to do it again because it was the best time.  

“Fern Canyon (1.2 mi; 2,121 ft.) starts at the Mesa Trail 0.8 mi. south of the junction of the NCAR Trail. Climbs gently southward, then turns west to begin an unrelenting 1,700 ft. climb to end at the summit of Bear Peak, elevation 8,461 ft.”

I loved it.

Michelle and I looked hard at the map this morning and we came so close to the summit we need to go back. With nourishment. We were tired. But looking back and where were were…it’s worth the hike. Look how pretty!

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I am almost better. Each day I get a little better. Still not hungry. Still have a low grade fever. And I still feel pretty damn tired but I’m up and working.

I may…I MAY consider walking the dog today but I am not running anywhere. Maybe tomorrow. I am yawning as I type this.

Run on…

Brain fog is my excuse for all my mistakes. It’s mostly true.

Brain fog is my second most unfriendly symptom after getting glutened and yep, I’ve got it good.

A small sampling of how I’m doing with brain fog:
I was making a smoothie and I took the spinach out of the fridge to add to my mix only to realize I’d lost the smoothie. I looked all over for it and finally found it in the refrigerator.  I’d put an open Magic Bullet Smoothie half made in the fridge. Just..sittin’ there.

I was at work and went in to use the restroom. When I washed my hands I cheerfully dried them, tossed my keys in the trash and happily walked out of the restroom with the paper towel in my hand.  Yep. I had to go back in and dig through the trash for my keys. Yep. I then had to bathe in disinfectant while singing “gross gross GROSS”.

Yesterday I went to wash my hands (see how clean I am?) and after I shook them out I cheerfully reached for the lotion. And if you’re wondering, lotion does not dry your hands like a towel does not does it work effectively when mixed with water so what I got was a wet lotiony mix of yuck and I had to start again. #themeoftheday

Forgetting how to spell things is an occasional pop up, but not really important in the grand scheme thanks to auto correct.  Fortunately, knock on wood, nothing important gets left behind. I just do dumb “autopilot” things when I have it. I may never leave the house otherwise.

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In case you are following the saga of the missing leggings (I know, a riveting story but really, who loses PANTS?) They had fallen into a basket I keep in my bedroom for things like slippers, running shoes when I’m in a hurry and possibly a stuffy or two but I’m not admitting anything in print. Leggings found. My life can now move forward.

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I’m positive I’m not the only one who goes through spurts at work where you’re just swamped and life is all about work and nothing else for a period of time, right? People keep telling me to go home when I’m supposed to, don’t work those extra hours, stop working so hard-they can’t possibly expect you to get all that done, and so on. Including the people I work for. Go home. You are working too hard.

But I think they all expect the bulletin on Sunday.
And the Advent program for the special Evensong on Sunday.
And the Prayers of the People to be printed so the guy reading it has something to be read….on Sunday.
And the monthly newsletter so people know what their schedule is…for Sunday.

I mean if anything could be put off, I put it off. But some things just had to be done. Since I started the job in negative mode I had to catch up to get to current and I think…(I think!)…I’m there now. This week. Finally. If I didn’t just jinx myself.

It was a long, busy, exhausting month and I am totally grateful it’s done because I haven’t seen my husband in a month. And he’s cute. I like him.

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How disappointing was Angela Lansbury and her comments about sexual assault. Angela…we love you…what the hell? #heartbroken
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The tax bill. I feel like everyone is shouting “just wait until 2018” and I’m thinking 2018 is really just too late. The damage is done now. The damage is being done every single day and we can’t seem to stop the tide. I don’t even have the energy anymore to be mad.

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The things that people shout about and say, “he’s a madman! He’s out of control! Can you believe our leader said  that?”

Yep. I can. Because he was saying crazy things a year ago before he got elected. He’s always been crazy.

Three more years.

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Sean and I went to see Wonder last night. I’ll be honest, I only halfway wanted to see it. Everyone says how great it was, they sobbed the whole way through it, it was so great but sad and wonderful and so many tears! I wasn’t up to the tears. But apparently I have a cold dead heart because I got a little teary at the end and that’s it.

Still a really good movie. Good, clean and nobody got shot or blown up. I recommend.

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#myworkoutwas
Michelle and I connected on Saturday to go hiking in Castle Rock. We did the incline one time and then hiked about three miles. It was a gorgeous day and an easy time outside. Some hills but nothing serious because we’re both coming back from no hiking and no exercise and no muscles at all and what is wrong with us? Taking it easy was on the schedule and it was perfect.

Sunday I ran the dog for two miles and then cleaned my house top to bottom. It was quite terrible and needed floors and dusting and laundry and whatnot and then I put up my tree.  I had well over my steps at the end of the day.

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What’s your secret

How much do we LOVE this??

Shalane Flanagan Wins the New York City Marathon

Yeah…best moment. Between her and Meb I just want to go run right this moment.  And they’re such good people they deserve every great thing life brings them.

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On Facebook I’m connected to a writer friend of mine.  He posed a question on his page…”what’s something you’ve done that you’re sure you’re the only one on my friends list that’s done it?”

Well…let me just say that reading the responses I’ve decided I’ve totally wasted my life.  You would not BELIEVE what people have done.

“Been on the cover of time magazine, dec.1969 issue for the takeover of Alcatraz nov 20, 1969. ~As a member og the group of native americans who took the island over around 3am nov. 20th, 1969.” ~ Geneva Seaboy
 I mean…come ON. That’s a beautiful part of history right there, People.

One lady babysat Jeffrey Dahmer when Dahmer was about 8 or 9 and the guy was 16. Apparently, he was nuts then, too. I won’t go into details.

Someone chatted with Jackie O while driving her on a short ride to a friend’s house. Said she was lovely and personable. (Swoon with jealousy)

There was a man that bartended at a university function and served a glass of water to the Dalai Lama.

There were crash landings, island strandings and movie star visits.  

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And of course, one guy who was probably having the same thought I was. He said, “Shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.”

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yes…yes you are. sigh…I love Johnny Cash.

I do have a few stories (okay, maybe only one or two and they are not that exciting)…but mine I take to my grave. They are definitely not blog worthy. This takes the excitement away, I know. But rest assured…I didn’t shoot a man in Reno and I didn’t babysit any serial kill…oh wait. I did babysit for someone who murdered someone. huh. I forgot that.

Eh that was a long time ago.

And I have been to see the Dalai Lama but I didn’t serve him water, I just heard him speak and it was as amazing as you would imagine. But it was amazing for a few thousand people so…doesn’t qualify probably.  I’ll keep thinking.  Pretty sure my kids could answer this question in a HOT SECOND.

Someone mentioned the post has over 350 comments so far. It is ridiculously interesting but really it’s the concept. Who knew people had these secrets in their past?
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Michelle and I climbed Mt Falcon Castle Trail on Saturday. And it hurt. Not during the climbing but afterwards…yikes. Seriously everything hurt.

The last time we went hiking we went much further and I didn’t hurt at all but today was a milder hike and man, my whole body aches. Probably something I ate affecting me. My guess? Kettle Jalapeno chips. I know you guys think I’m nuts but I don’t feel good after I eat them. I bought them Friday, first time in months. I think I’m over them. Weird right? Don’t get too upset, I’m still all in for jalapenos. Just these chips are a no go.

According to All Trails, the Mt Falcon Castle Trail is 7.9 miles. I’m not sure how they came to that conclusion. We climbed from the East parking lot up to the castle. At the castle we still had plenty of energy and we felt like we wanted more so we headed towards the West parking lot about a quarter of a mile thinking we’d get a great view  and we were not wrong. We did get a great view…. but we also got like 20mph winds. It was insane. Still pretty though.

We flipped around after that and headed back. The entire time we were hiking we were rewarded with deer sightings. They were everywhere just hangin’ out and having breakfast. Very relaxed. We went ridiculously early so there was virtually no one on the trail but us. Nice and quiet.

It was a beautiful way to spend the morning. Michelle and I don’t get much time together so when she messages with a “wanna hike?” I always say ~hell yes~ because it’s one of the joyous things in the world and she agrees. Just to be outside.

It was really bright outside and we were wearing really really bright clothes. The deer were not afraid at any point because we were easily spotted ten miles away.
In the end we hiked 6.5 miles according to all of the technology we were wearing so I again am not sure how they came up with 7.9 but whatever. 6.5 miles was plenty. I hurt like I had run 18 miles in the middle of a snowstorm. That was Saturday and on Sunday I still felt it.
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Monday:

#myworkoutis
3 easy miles|
40 push ups
40 squats
2 minute plank

Let’s hope I find the perfect temperature window to get that workout done in.

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South Mesa Trail~ we almost didn’t make it back

So, I’ve been gone. I have started a post twice but that’s as far as I got. Even as I type I’m nearly asleep at the computer so I may have try again in the morning. I’m pretty tired. I’ve just been too freakin’ busy and I’m really sorry.

On Sunday Michelle and Sean and I went hiking in a little place called South Mesa Trail in Boulder. Michelle asked if we wanted to take a trail hike and the place is supposed to be haunted.  Murders and such, right?

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Well, hell…I’m always up for an adventure. Count me in!
We had planned on doing four miles…maybe five. A nice moderate Sunday morning hike just hangin’ out and having a good time.

Oh what fools we were.

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Michelle had looked at the map. Sean had glanced at the map. I don’t look at maps if I’m with them because why? They’ve totally got this.

Except they didn’t.
We knew there were a few side trails that would cut us short and we’d end up back at the trailhead after just a mile or so. And we knew there was a really LONG hike that was like…11 miles. But somewhere in there was the 5 miler if we just stuck to the plan.
So we walked a lot of uphills.  A nice trail with uphills that crossed a creek, passed the short cuts and did everything it was supposed to. And then it started getting more technical. And we were really climbing. I kept thinking we should be turning or something but…still climbing and seriously more technical.
I mean…it was definitely hiking.
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But it quickly became bouldering. We were scrambling and bouldering and it was crazy because I love that kind of hiking but I’d rather be more prepared for it. In my head I was thinking…we’re on the 11 mile trail. I just know we are.
It was at the point that I took this picture that Michelle said, “this kind of hiking is how people get lost.”
I turned away from taking the picture and this is what I saw, ”

There are TWO PEOPLE in that picture but they LEFT ME. It took 30 seconds to snap those photos (the only photos I took, mind you, since the Andrettis were in such a freakin’ hurry. Seriously, her shirt is screaming red so if you don’t see her it’s because she abandoned me in my hour of need.
SO WRONG. You can bet I harassed her about that.
We kept on moving and climbing and scrambling and so on and I was lamenting the fact we’d seen no one else and half the time we couldn’t see the trail and spent a few seconds stopping and looking or having to backtrack when blessed me….someone came up behind us.
I asked her if she’d done the trail before and she said she had. She asked what we were looking for and Michelle told her the trailhead at Eldorado and she said, “ohhhhhh” in a very doomsday moan.
I don’t know…for some reason we just didn’t take that as a good sign.

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She told us we were definitely on the 11 mile hike. She advised continuing but we voted going back because the devil you know and all that.

It was way easier going back though my right knee had been giving me trouble for several weeks already and in the last week was so angry it’s been going out on me. I know I need some yoga and strength work with it but hiking did it no good. The stomping down the rocks on it was very hard on it. I’m not running on it. I’m going to be icing it and resting it and giving it a break for another few days but then I’ll see what it can take. When you don’t use it you lose it and I know that’s contributing to it now.

We were so tired and spent and exhausted we didn’t even take a little group picture, how dumb is that?

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All three of us were so sick of nature and the same stupid views we just wanted to leave (it’s okay, feelings are temporary). We went home to try and rest before Shaughnessy’s birthday dinner that night. It was a long day. Okay, Sean rested because his day was particular difficult. He’d been carrying weights for some training he is doing for an event and man…the extra miles and unexpected terrain definitely kicked his ass a bit. I just got in the shower and hung out there. It was delicious and I would like to be there now. #alwayscold.
We really did love the trail but yeah…probably the one we were supposed to be on.
The end result was this…what was going to get us, the ghost of the murdered victim? Or the hike up the wrong damn killer trail? Obviously the hike= and none of us were goin’ out that way for sure. We’re from Colorado. We have standards to maintain (I talk big…we pretty much really hated nature at that point).
We hiked 6.5 miles. Not that far over what we started out asking for but there was some tough climbing there.  Glad to be done with that, at least for now.
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Thanks for stickin’ around. I am attempting to be on the ball. I may be sleeping on it but I’m on it.

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Run on…

Purple fingernails. Not so much.

Two weeks ago my son got married and today I have a totally great hair day and my makeup is perfect. I’m starting to lose faith in the universe. Just sayin’.

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Work yesterday was much better. I went in for a few hours and it was find but later I went back when the office was empty and I could actually think. It’s a small office and a LOT of people go through it. So in the quiet of the evening I “finished” the project I was working on. I know it’ll need some tweaking but I made great progress. And I found a box and put anything extraneous I could find in that box. Plastic filing do-hickeys that people buy because they’re “going to get organized”, three tape dispensers, 8 staplers and too many cords to count but no one knows what they’re for.  I couldn’t think straight with all that stuff. I still need to vacuum and clean the desk off. Then I’ll be better. Flowers maybe. The office needs flowers.

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Michelle and I took a long lunch yesterday and went hiking which is the best way to spend the afternoon in October in Colorado.  We got away with no snakes (no snakes!) and came in under 2 hours so we were able to stand at the car for awhile and be judgey inappropriate friends that share too much.  Yeah, we know. We’re probably going to hell. But I’m hoping I can build up enough good Karma I can win positive points back. I don’t suppose it actually works that way…
Pfft…I’ll be the one at the pearly gates and St Peter will be all “well if you were a little less JUDGEY …”
yeah yeah yeah.
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When I was a little kid there was a time I stood in a department store and declared, “haff yah eveh seen poiple UNDIES?” rather loud through out the store. I’ve always had a thing for purple. The darker the better. Preferably nearly black.
I had enough time to get to my nail appointment where my really awesome nail girl was totally happy to give me the “darkest purple she  could find” which…it turns out…

…isn’t that dark.

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sigh. Probably mine because I’m agreeable. She was so excited! She had the PERFECT color! I hated to say…yeah….
No. 

So I didn’t. I took it. And now my fingernails are “Halloween” purple which is a little brighter and “out there”. (play Twilight Zone music in your head as you read that)
I have purple nails. Me. Purple. French tip me. Boring me.
It’ll take some adjusting. At my age we aren’t supposed to hope time passes quickly but…
I am kind of hoping time passes quickly so I can get my nails redone. I’ll just get the color I had before it was SO pretty.
My advice for the day…choose your purple wisely.

Stupid purple.
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I’m reading John Green’s new book Turtles All the Way Down and I highly recommend it. Anxiety and mental illness are just never talked about enough. Dismissed with a “hope you feel better soon” or a sad face on Facebook, I see friends going through this all the time. Recognizing someone has issues of anxiety or mental illness is a simple matter of honoring who they are. After that basic human kindness usually follows. Usually.
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Today I am visiting my friend after work and if I don’t get a run done in the morning (which I probably won’t because I’ve been walking the dog in the morning) then I’ll get a run in later.  It’s beautiful outside and I want to enjoy this week as much as I can. It’s so late in the year you never know what the next week will bring.
#myworkoutwas
Hour and a half hike with Michelle
Walked the dog for two miles
for a total of 20,000+ steps
I miss strength.  Tomorrow….tomorrow I strength train.  #weakarms
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Run on…