Monday, August 2, 2010

Of runs and hikes….

And Scottish Highland Games! Random, I know!

I feel like I have lost my blogging mojo.  Why can’t I have it all at once?  My running mojo, my blogging mojo, my good hair mojo…I guess it must come only one at a time.  I guess I’ll be happy that my running mojo is back.  It should stick around for a while. I have about 7 pounds to lose.  What happened?!  I have no idea. SEVEN pounds kind of snuck up on me in July.  But I haven’t weighed in a  few weeks so I may be closer to 4 or 5 pounds.  I just keep telling myself, “I am marathon training…those pounds will come off soon! Give me a few more long run Saturdays!”  That’s right folks, I said LONG RUN SATURDAYS!

I have no idea when the last time I had a Saturday long run, if ever! To be honest I now understand what all the hoop lah is about! It was amazing! Everything I never imagined.  I kinda thought Saturday Long Runs would be great but I was resigned to the fact that it wasn’t going to happy for me…until now. I just told myself that Friday or Monday long runs were just as good.  But alas, I had NO IDEA what I was missing out on! 

I didn’t get up super early, at least not to run.  I got up around 7 and hung with LB and the Hubs.  I made pancakes and had coffee.  The plan was to meet up with Katie (who is training for her first half, the You Go Girl!) and knock out 10 miles.  I think we set out around 10 AM.  PERFECT. We had a great run! Katie hit a distance PR and I am so proud! I definitely see more runs in our future! We did a nice slow pace, which is what the plan says to do on long runs: 2 mins slower than marathon race pace.  So I was happy with the run! Next weekend 13 miles!

Then today we went for a nice little Sunday afternoon hike:


For some reason G. Money straight up died with less than a 1/4 mile to the bottom but you get the idea.  This was a good incline.

 hiking boots 

Here are my new super-sweet North face hiking boots!  And Lazy Dog of course.





hike aug 1

And what is a hike without a family portrait at the top…






The funniest part about today’s hike is that on our way to the trail head we saw a big, random  Scottish shibang  going on  in a field outside of the small town.  We rubber-necked as we drove by and discussed stopping on our way home.  It was the Scottish Highland Games!  I said, “I should text Kerrie and see if she is there!” And I quickly grabbed my iPhone and stalked her Facebook page: “Darn she is at a wedding.”   So off we went to hike. While we were on our hike we could hear bagpipes blaring and it was pretty funny to hear out in the wilderness.

On our way back home we stopped at the games and headed in to see all the cool Scottish things going on! As we wondered over to watch the Bagpipe band I heard someone yell my name!  I looked over to see Kerrie!!!  The wedding was yesterday…She said she saw LB’s mohawk and then recognized us!  It was so fun to see her there and catch up!! And even more fun that LB convinced her little dude to eat a lemon! It was so cute!

me and kerrie scottish highland games

How was your weekend?

Happy Monday!!


  1. Track coach will be jealous, his family is scottish and he loves to watch Highland games. They even hold their own little Family Highland Games, minus kilts (bless our eyes from that glaring whiteness.) Track coach had to work, but I got to do some shopping with my sisters-in-law with only one little track star. That totally counts as cross training right? I did it in platforms!

    Glad you had a good run with a great friend. Those are always better.

  2. I really want to see if I can get hubs out on some trails around here - let alone me! I've been in the PNW for 25 years and have never hiked. The heck!?

    Also, I'm finding I prefer Saturday over Sunday for long runs. Sunday is meant for family time - even if it is yardwork or naps on the couch. :)

  3. I've been gaining some weight here. I start training for a half this month, so I can't wait for doing long runs to burn the calories.

  4. Whuuuuut? There's good hair mojo? I'm so screwed.

  5. so fun! love the family portrait

  6. the family photo ----- ahhhh, I love family photos!

  7. That is so awesome that you were able to just jump into a 10 mile run. way to be!

  8. What a SMALL world, you see me on top of a mountain and Kerrie by the bagpipes. LOL! I love love the family portrait..

  9. Super cool boots! And I love the family pic. Email it to me sometime. I want to put it up in our house. It is completely you guys-laid-back coolness in the outdoors.

    i would like to point out that Saturday morning long runs at home must occur before 8 AM, otherwise, you die of heat exhaustion this time of year. Take advantage of the nice weather while you can.

  10. I totally understand the blogging mojo versus running mojo. I'm finding it hard sometimes to find the energy after a long slow run to write a blog ... sometimes our brains and bodies need a break :D Great job on the run and hike!

  11. So great to see you and your crew on Sunday! I thought you looked great. I personally did not notice the 7. :)


You're pretty much awesome!!


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