We had planned to go on a family hike on Saturday morning but Caleb had spent the night sick. So we ended up not doing much at all. Thank goodness it was only a 24 hour thing and we were able to do a family hike on Sunday.
This one was walking distance from our house and actually the route we would use to walk Caleb to school, if I were brave enough. I didn’t think the double jogging stroller would make it, but it did. So there goes that excuse. Now I only have the excuse that I’ll have to get out of my pajamas before 8am. Oh, and I have to get everyone ready before 8am and… okay now that I’m trying to convince you that it’s just too hard, I’m realizing that it’s really not. I love that my life does seem to be getting easier now that the girls are getting older.
Isn’t this the craziest tree?!
Of course, we had to let Eliza loose. It makes me so happy to see how much the kids love these walks. Seriously. It’s never going to get old.
Charlotte found this amazing pine cone that has been all chewed up by a deer. She loves it deerly. (haha, I think I’ve been reading too many FB posts from George Takei.)
Later in the day, it was time for my long run. Four miles. I decided to do a trail run because there is a trail in my hiking book that is near my house. I set out through the woods at the end of my street and this dog followed me. She wouldn’t leave me along and had no collar. I had to head back home. Luckily a neighbor distracted her and I was able to get away.
I ended up taking the wrong trail. So I’ll do the other trail another time.
But then had a dip, which was nice. I didn’t take any more pictures because I didn’t want to slow down.
But around the area that I’ve run many time before there is a big hill that I avoid. But yesterday I was feeling confident and decided to conquer it. Now I wish I’d stopped to take a picture.
About half way up I started to doubt myself. But then I saw two moms with three little kids standing on the hill. They seemed confused and perhaps a little lost. But I ran past them and imagined that they were admiring my awesomeness. Then I imagined them watching to see if I was awesome enough to run to the top. As I went higher and higher so too did their admiration. They were really impressed with me.
And I did make it. They were so right to think I’m awesome.
Needless to say, I was really impressed with myself. I did four miles including 451 feet of elevation gain in 41 minutes and 20 seconds. I try not to compare myself to other runners. I feel it’s better to compare myself to me. And I wasn’t this awesome a year ago. Not even close.
Do you walk your kid(s) to school?
Do you go on family walks/hikes? How do your kids react?
Do you imagine people watching you run and being amazed at how awesome you are?
Tell me about your weekend run!
This is hike #40 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Hiking distance: from home, probably Hiking time: about an hour
Configuration: out-and-back and interconnecting loops
Elevation gain: level
Exposure: shaded forest
Hiking buddies: the entire family, including Coco (the dog)
Would you do it again? Yes, definitely.
Best for… When we need to do last-minute outing