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Face The Music Friday #49

 

Saturday – 1.5 mile ruck + mowed lawn w/ ruck on

Sunday – 10 miles

Monday – Rest/Chiro

Tuesday – 3 miles

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 3 mile ruck

Friday – Rest

 

Decent week. I’m not overly psyched about it, but I put in some miles. My knee was really bothering me after the 10 miles on Sunday, so I brought it up at my chiro appointment on Monday night. I was concerned it was something other than muscle strain so she took a look and made me feel better by saying it was just my hamstring, no meniscus tears or anything like that. She then performed a little torture on me known as the Graston technique. Typically she just does ART with me, as well as adjustments, because she had told me before how painful Graston was and that the ART seemed to be doing fine. Well, she was right! It still hurts today from that! I should have run last night, but I decided since it still didn’t feel great and I have a 7 miler coming up this weekend that I’d just do a ruck/walk with Tara instead.

 

 

You mean you don’t go for a walk with a rucksack full of bricks and a head lamp?

 

 

So this week has been interesting. And shitty. And I’m glad it’s a long weekend.

First, and not a super big deal, but I missed my first blogiversary. Apparently my first post was 8/16/13. I knew it was in August and it was coming up, but for some reason I thought I started blogging later than that.

My iPhone battery hasn’t been holding a charge well in weeks. I had made an appointment for Sunday morning to go get it checked. When my schedule was going to have me running my 10 miles super early, I decided to change it to Wednesday night after work. Then on Tuesday, I found out that there was a recall on the batteries in both of our phones so we were entitled to free replacement batteries. We made an appointment for Tara right after mine and headed up there and were promptly told it would be an hour per phone. Booo. So, we decided we’d have a sit down meal at a restaurant in the mall and kill some time window shopping.

Apparently it was really easy to kill 2 hours because we headed back around 8:30 and they were already done (a little early). We headed home and were just about there when I got pulled over by a cop. My first instinct was I was pissed because I hadn’t been home all day and really had to pee. I knew for a fact I wasn’t speeding because I had literally just looked at a 35mph speed limit sign and I was doing exactly that. He pulled me over and shined his big ass spotlight right into my mirror so I couldn’t see anything, came up and asked for my license, registration and proof of insurance. I gave him all of the above, which I’d already gotten out. He then asked Tara (my passenger!!!) for her license. Then I got really pissed. I asked him why he pulled me over and he said my driver side headlight was out.

Now, to me it looked like I had two beams of light so I was pissed. He took forever checking shit out, came back, told us it was probably the bulb (DUH!!) and to get it replaced. As soon as we got home I got out of the car to look at it and it wasn’t even completely out! It was only dimmed, on it’s way to burning out! I was even more pissed about this because clearly he was just bored and itching to bother somebody. It still really pisses me off, especially about taking Tara’s license. What if she didn’t bring her purse? Or didn’t have a license? Was he going to cite me for having a passenger with no ID???

Add into this week that it’s end of month so work has been kind of nutty and our fax machines aren’t working so that makes it even worse because the orders aren’t coming in properly, which brings calls from pissed off customers. Good times. And they keep overbooking the amount of people out on vacation in our department so that’s annoying having to cover lots of extra stuff at the busiest time of the month.

Let’s end with a few positives. We’re having an ice cream sundae party in our department today. A friend of mine from the gym is going to install my headlights for me, saving me from paying $15 PER headlight to install them. And it’s a long weekend that I imagine will be full of fun. I know we have at least 1 hike planned with friends so far. And maybe, just maybe, I can convince Tara to go see Guardians of the Galaxy with me. Maybe.

I’ve been listening to a lot of 90s music on Spotify at work and this little gem came on the other day. I had a big thing for Third Eye Blind back in the day. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Face The Music Friday #48

Saturday – 6 miles

Sunday – 5 mile hike 

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 5 miles

Wednesday – 1.5 mile ruck (ruck packed with 20 lb of bricks, 100 oz water bladder, foam yoga block)

Office workout Wed – 5 sets of 10 – 4 count flutter kicks and push-ups

Thursday – 5 miles

Office workout Thurs – 3 sets of 10 – 4 count flutter kicks and push-ups

Friday – Kayaking, possibly a ruck

 

You’ll notice I added in “office workouts”. I’m going to start keeping track of the stuff I do throughout the day in my cubicle. There are definitely not all done together, but throughout the day as time allows.

I’m very pleased with this week. Considering the pain that keeps happening during my half training, I’m glad I was able to get 3 full runs in this week. I’m a little concerned about my run this weekend which will be the longest of the training cycle – 10 miles. I’ve only ever run that distance once in April, but I also wasn’t dealing with these nagging injuries at the time (only the lack of endurance from them! LOL). After that, we’ll start going back down in distance until the race – only 3 weeks away now!

I took today off to spend with Tara, who has been on vacation all week. We’re going to go use our other Groupon we got for kayaking and then play it by ear. We have errands to do, but other than that, I might wrap my new “shiny” bricks and get a ruck in this afternoon. I borrowed a different rucksack from another friend (the one I used on Sunday for the hike) and after my run last night we stopped at Home Depot and got the bricks and some fun duct tape. Now I’ll have the exact weight I need to be carrying (4 bricks = 4.5 lb each = 18 lb) to practice with. It’s just a matter of finding the right rucksack now. Tara stopped by her parents house yesterday and also grabbed her brother’s army pack, but that thing is HUGE. I could fit myself, Tara and our 2 cats in there. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. Either way, it’s far too big for this purpose.

Not much else to say on the week. Nose, grindstone, blah blah blah. For the song this week, this is one I’ve been debating putting up here for weeks now. I heard it on the way home from the run last night on the radio for the first time and decided I would finally pull the trigger and do it this week. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Face The Music Friday #47

Saturday – 4.8 mile Spartan Sprint

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Rest/Chiro (ouch!)

Tuesday – 5 miles

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 1 hr OCF class

Friday – Shadowing a bit of Pirelli GORUCK

 

I’ve begun to wonder if my knee pain isn’t from my hamstring. My IT band generally hurt to the lower left of my knee cap, however this time the pain is more in the back of my knee. I did OK during the Spartan Race because we only ran a little bit of the course through flat woods and walked the majority of it. The true test was Tuesday night when I did my next training run of 5 miles. From the get-go it was still sore, but better, so I decided to just see how I did. The switching from running to walking was tough and it almost hurt more when I would stop running, but it never got bad enough that I felt the need to just walk home. It’s been sore since then, but I’m icing/Advil’ing/stretching/rolling and generally taking it easy. I did OCF class Thursday instead of my second training run for the week so that gives me a sort of extended break until my next long run (6 miles) on Sunday.

This weekend is going to be a crazy one. Tomorrow morning, we have dentist cleanings and then the cats have their annual vet appointment. I have a few hours of down time and then the Carnivores Tour concert that night. I am debating not going to the concert, though, for reasons I’d rather not get into, so we’ll see about that. I do want to see the bands, so it’s a toss-up for me. Sunday, Tara and I might possibly be going on a training ruck/hike with some Unleashed friends to get me started on training for the GORUCK Light I signed up for in October (which I can’t remember if I mentioned before). I’m kind of really excited about that!

In honor of the concert tomorrow, you get a trifecta of videos today. One of my favorites from all 3 of the bands I will possibly be seeing tomorrow. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Face The Music Friday #46

Saturday – 8 miles

Sunday – Rest

Monday – 5 miles

Tuesday – 1 hr Core Fusion & Stretch class at Unleashed

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – Rest

Friday – Rest

 

I’m not gonna lie – this wasn’t a good week. Saturday was a very, very soggy 8 miles in the rain. And I don’t mean like a drizzle. It was pouring on me steadily the majority of the time I was running. I did it though, and only did it that day to rearrange my entire workout week. I had it planned down to a T, then it all kind of fell apart.

Saturday after my run I had a lot of hip soreness (which I always do), but my IT band was also bothering me on the other side (the bad IT band). I had my ice bath when I got home, popped some Advil and did my stretching and rolling right away, but it only seemed to get worse as the afternoon went on. I figured some sleep would help and when I woke up Sunday, it was still sore, but not as bad. I decided to chill out and see how Monday went before deciding on my next run scheduled, which was 5 miles.

 

 

Monday was OK so I went for my run after work. Apparently, it wasn’t OK. By the time I got back to my car to stretch, I could barely stand on it. Not cool. I decided then and there that I likely wouldn’t be running again until the Spartan race on Saturday, which was a bummer because I had rearranged my schedule so I could run in the Off Road Conditioning class on Wednesday. I suffered through work on Tuesday in a decent amount of pain anytime I put weight on my leg, but decided I would still go to a new class I wanted to try out Tuesday night because I thought it could be beneficial.

 

 

The class on Tuesday was Core Fusion & Stretch. It was basically 1/2 hour of core work and 1/2 hour of stretching – the majority of the hour was basically yoga poses we would hold for about a minute each. I’m not gonna lie, I was sweating my ass off even though we were “just stretching”. It was a very difficult class, for me personally, so I was glad it was only 5 women taking it so there were less people to see me embarrass myself.

It’s really hard for me to do a lot of floor work because of various issues I have and I always feel like people are judging me, like I’m not trying hard enough. The issue is that I know my body and I will NOT push through pain. Toughness, yes, I’ll work through something difficult, but if it hurts me to have my lower back against the floor, I just can’t do it. Do I want to do it, yes. Do I feel like a failure when my body won’t let me, yes. Are people really judging me? I’m sure they’re not – doesn’t change my mindset. Regardless, doing what I could, I still got a kickass workout from Bobby and am still sore two days later.

Aside from workouts, I’ve just felt “off” this week. Maybe it’s because my schedule got messed up and I got injured again. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s why. I’m a planner, and when things don’t happen according to plan, I get easily perturbed. Add into this mix that the air conditioning is broken at work (only in our one corner of the building on the third floor) and it’s been 88* inside for the last two days (and likely today too) and that makes for a cranky Courtney.

Saturday is my second of 3 Spartan Races for the year. I’m more nervous about this one than I was the first one for some reason. Maybe because I’ve actually run one now and know how difficult it can be? Who knows. I have some Battle Buddies ready to run with and am hoping they can help me over the walls like my friend Zak did at the first one. If I have to walk the whole thing because of my hip and knee, I hope they’ll still stick with me, but I’m going to try to run where I can.

 

 

Before I move on to the musical selection this week, I have a question for all the runners out there (if you’ve made it this far): if my Spartan Race is almost 5 miles on Saturday, but I’m supposed to do my long run Sunday of 9 miles, what would you do? Would you count the race as your tough workout of the weekend? Would you run the race Saturday and then run 9 on Sunday, or would you run 4 additional on Sunday to make the 9? I’m really torn about how to handle it and welcome any advice.

Now, to cheer me up a little, here’s a perky little number called I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker by Sandi Thom. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Face The Music Friday #45

Saturday – Dirty Dash

Sunday – Rest

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 4 miles

Friday – Rest

 

I’ve had a cold since last Friday, so basically if I wasn’t running this week, I wasn’t doing anything else but resting. Next week is also going to be fairly insane, schedule-wise, leading up to my next Spartan Race so I’m not too worried about it. I still got all the training miles in that I was supposed to this week, so I’ll call that a win.

Big update on the nutritionist front: We’re pretty much done with him. I emailed him last Friday because it was the end of the first two weeks and that’s what he had told me to do. I figured we’d get a new/revised plan to follow that was more long-term or something. I never heard back, so on Tuesday morning I forwarded my email to him again. He just said sorry for the delay, he was working on his new store. He said he wanted us to keep doing the same (ONE DAY) diet and to start taking metabolism boosting/fat burning supplements and they could have caffeine or not. I told him we weren’t interested in taking any pills like that, was there a natural alternative? He said the only alternative would be to revise the diet even more strict for fewer calories! We’re already in the 1400 calorie range, so I told him that doesn’t seem very safe. This was his reply “Well it’s either one of two things, either you need fewer calories to continue the weight loss, or you could try eating more calories to stimulate weight loss.  I’m leaning towards less calories because your body’s have slowed down pretty quick.  Let me look over your meal plan and send something over to you in a bit.”

I don’t know what he means by “we’ve slowed down pretty quick”. We both lost around 10 lb in the first week, but that always happens to me when I try a new diet plan. Then it evens out to a couple of pounds a week. Apparently what I feel is “safe” isn’t losing enough. And by the way, when he said he would “send something in a bit”, he never replied back again, and that was Tuesday morning. So yeah, we’re basically done with him. I guess if he can’t sell you his other part of his business (protein powders and pills), then he doesn’t want to bother going anywhere with the nutrition plan we shelled out $75 (discounted) for. Guess I should have trusted everything I’ve ever read that said to see a registered dietitian instead of a “nutritionist”. So we’re on our own yet again but we’ll figure something out.

This week I’m going to throw something completely unexpected at you for a song. I heard one of her songs at one of the cookouts this past weekend and was told to check her out. I’m pretty selective with the rap I listen to (and mostly old school stuff like Snoop and Dre) but I’m really into her music I’ve listened to so far. This was one of the songs I chose to download the other day. I opted for the lyric version of the video because the other one is pretty intense.

 

Angel Haze (feat Sia) – Battle Cry

 

 

 

 

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Friendship In The Ocean State

Social anxiety doesn’t make it easy to make friends. It’s not easy to go to group fitness classes. It’s not easy to go to races. I’ve written about it before, but this will be a different kind of post. This one will be about friendship.

Through my racing, I’ve become a tad bit more outgoing. I line up elbow to elbow with these strangers and you can’t help but talk to them sometimes. This always helps take your mind off the nerves, which I still get for every race.

 

 

When I started going to Unleashed, it was because a coworker and I were going to run Tough Mudder together and wanted to train properly for it. Group classes horrify me (and still do, to some extent) but I had this coworker to go with so I’d at least know someone. As time went on, things changed and she stopped coming, so it was either stop going or just suck it up and be brave to continue my training. I chose to keep training because I knew I needed the obstacle specific training they could offer me, unlike Planet Fitness.

As time went on, I got to know some of the “regulars” who I now consider my friends. I’ve been thinking about writing this update of sorts for a few weeks now, but two things happened in the last week that made me want to write it now.

Both of the cookouts we were invited to last weekend were by people from Unleashed. At the first cookout, we were all sitting around talking and I made some comment about not having family or friends in RI. I don’t remember what we were talking about, but it was something in the past that at the time I didn’t have people to do stuff with – not important. One of the women then said “well now you do” or something to that affect. It made me really happy, probably more than she realized at the time.

 

 

Yesterday, another friend made a Facebook status in the Unleashed Racing Teams group about how she’s never made so many new friends in her life (again, I’m paraphrasing). I totally agreed with her and told her as much – and I wasn’t the only one.

I’ve lived in RI for 10 years now. I’ve made more friends in the last 7 months than I had in that entire time living here. The anxiety hasn’t gotten much easier, but I’ve learned to deal with it better, and I have these new friends to thank for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Face The Music Friday #44

Saturday – 4 hours standing at Samurai Sprint and then walking around Boston before the concert

Sunday – 7 miles

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – 30 min elliptical

Thursday – 4 miles

Friday – Rest

 

This week was pretty spot on with my training plan. The only change-up I made this week was making today a rest day instead of tomorrow since tomorrow I will be racing. The timing is actually pretty perfect because this week tapers back just a bit so that my long run on Sunday would have been 4 miles before it jumps up again. Since the Dirty Dash is probably going to be close to a 5K course (I would imagine, though I’ve never done it) I figure that will just be my weekend run. I haven’t decided if I’ll take Sunday off or not, I guess I’ll see how I feel.

I pushed myself a little on Tuesday and Thursday with my runs. The plan I’m following for the half marathon is a 4 min run/2 min walk plan, which I’m sure I mentioned before. I set my intervals on Runkeeper and just listen for the jingle telling me to switch. It’s been going great and I can feel my endurance starting to come back (finally!!!). I decided on mile 3 of 4 to run the whole last mile and I was able to do it on both days! Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.

We were invited to two BBQs this weekend, so it’ll be another busy weekend, but I can’t wait. We may splurge just a little bit, depending on the food available. I know one of them seems like it will be really healthy, so splurging for us might just be having some fruit. Speaking of splurging, I think tweaking the diet plan this week has made a little bit of a difference. My body could also be getting used to this crazy deficit of carbs. I didn’t stick strictly to the 20% or less carbs ratio every single day, but didn’t go crazy either (I think one day was 30%). I need to send him an email since it’s been two weeks now and see what we’re supposed to do next. He had only given us one day of a diet plan and said “follow this for two weeks”. I feel like I could have done that myself for $75. So we’ll see…I’ll continue to update on that.

Not much else to talk about this week, so let’s rock the 80s, shall we? I wanted to do a little throwback today and mix it up some. I love Annie Lennox’s voice so it was an easy choice to include The Eurythmics song Sweet Dreams. While I do love Marilyn Manson’s Sweet Dreams also, I’ve been digging the 80s lately on Spotify so that’s what I’m going with today.

 

 

 

 

 

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Busy Awesome Weekend

As I mentioned before, I took last Friday off to spend a day with Tara while she was on vacation that week. We packed as much fun stuff into this weekend as we could. There’s so much, I’ll mostly let the pictures do the talking, but basically it went like this:

Thursday night – went for a run at City Park and Tara came along

 

 

 

Friday – went kayaking, mowed the lawn and then did some swimming before our grocery shopping

 

 

 

 

Saturday – helped at Unleashed tent at Samurai Sprint Mud Run for 4 hours, then drove up to MA to pick up Julie and head into Boston for Sarah McLachlan concert. We had dinner before the show at Jerry Remy’s and then walked around a bit. I practically had to drag Julie away once we found the tour buses.

 

 

Boston Strong!

 

 

 

 

Sunday – 7 mile run and lots of meal prep, plus we finally finished Orange Is The New Black season 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Face The Music Friday #43

Saturday – 9+ hours on my feet at Unleashed Open House + mowed lawn

Sunday – 6 miles

Monday – Train Reaxion (description below)

Tuesday – 2.5 miles

Wednesday – 1 hr kettlebell workshop + messed around on obstacles a bit

Thursday – 4 miles

Friday – Kayaking + mowing the lawn planned for today

 

Busy, busy week! No real rest day to speak of because I decided to mix up my routine a bit and try some of another trainer’s classes at Unleashed. They were AMAZING! Monday was a regularly scheduled class, but Wednesday was a small group class that he put on just for a few ambassadors who had expressed interest in taking one of his classes at the open house, but we really didn’t have time. Totally worth the quad and glute pain I’ve had since Monday! It certainly made my runs on Tuesday and Thursday interesting, to say the least.

As for the runs, half marathon training is going right along by the plan. I was supposed to do 4 miles on Tuesday as well, but between my muscle soreness and the 88% humidity, my body wasn’t having it. I also had some stomach issues with these stupid protein drinks we’re on from the nutritionist. I did tell him we’re not going to be using the powder anymore once it’s gone. It’s just too nasty and too expensive.

So this class on Monday was a sweat fest! Below is a description of the class. The first 2 columns were done 4 times through, 30 seconds on, 12 seconds off. The last 2 columns were done I think 3 times through, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. It was super intense and tough, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

 

 

Before I can go on, I need to share this video. I know everyone and their mother has posted about her all over social media, but in case you missed it, Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman to ever finish an American Ninja Warrior qualifying round. She then put on this amazing performance and made it through the Finals! She’s going to Mt. Midoriyama!! It’s so exciting to watch! I love this show so much and now have a super chick to root for!

 

 

As for an update on the nutritionist plan, well, I hate it. I hated it on day one. I hate it on day 6. I feel like I’m always hungry unless I just literally put food in my mouth 5 minutes ago. I’m really tired in the morning without my coffee and then when it’s bedtime, I (and Tara) have to get up like 2-3 times to pee in the middle of the night, which never used to happen until this week. I also can’t sleep well past 2-4am and then I toss and turn quite a bit. As I mentioned before, when the protein powder is gone, we’ll resort to just eating real food again, which is kind of what I wanted in the first place. The one positive of the week is that I’ve lost 7.5 lb since Sunday. This is not that big of a deal because this has happened with me before when starting a new type of diet. It’s mostly just water weight that comes off in the very beginning. What will be interesting to see is how it progresses over the coming weeks when it levels out, and I introduce more actual food into my diet again. I’ll keep updating, at least weekly here, if not when something else arises.

 

 

Tara and I will be going kayaking today. She had all this week off so I took one day to hang out with her and I just happened to pick the right day! The weather should be gorgeous and I can’t wait to hit the water.

I went local with this week’s song pick. This is a Providence band and I just love their sound. This was the first song I ever heard of theirs played on the radio and I still love it to this day. At the time, they were simply “The Rice Cakes”, but now I guess they go by Roz and The Rice Cakes. Who knows. Anyway, enjoy Yellow Fields!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Recap

The weather here this weekend was so close to perfect, it will be hard to top for the rest of the spring/summer. Originally, when I looked earlier in the week, it showed rain Fri/Sat/Sun. It is the last “free” weekend Tara and I would have in May, so we wanted to do some fun stuff. I was kind of bummed with that forecast. As the week went on, the forecast slowly changed to show only rain on Saturday. I could handle a half nice weekend so I was OK with that. What it ended up being was mostly awesome!

Saturday, we woke up to cloudy skies, but no rain. It was VERY muggy out though. We kind of just lounged around for a bit, had some breakfast, checked our emails and I noticed the forecast didn’t show rain up until 3pm. I decided I would get my longish run out of the way for the weekend instead of trying to do it Sunday. I headed out around 11 and planned on an hour run (which turned into an hour + 5 minutes so that I could reach 5 miles LOL). While I was out, it was super humid, but never rained. The sun even tried to poke through a few times. There were a lot of people out and about on the bike path and almost every single one of them said hi back to me when I said hello, which doesn’t always happen.

 

Who wouldn’t say hi to this smiley face?

 

By the time I got back to the house, I was drenched in sweat and couldn’t wait to take my new Camelbak off to let my back breathe a bit more. It was just after noon at this point and Tara had lunch ready to go when I got home because she had been following my eCrumb on the RoadID app.

Since we were keeping up our lucky streak with the rain, we decided to run to Home Depot to pick up our flowers for the front and back flower beds. This year, instead of just getting annuals, we decided to throw some perennials and bulbs into the mix. I can’t remember everything, but we got some lilies, gladiolas, marigolds, salvia and dusty miller. We also grabbed a few herbs that Tara is going to try growing in some containers.

 

Our fuzzy supervisors

 

It was darkening up a bit so when we got back from HD I rushed to grab the lawn mower and get that done while Tara started on her placement of the flowers/bulbs for planting (she’s the artist). I finished up the lawn and was spreading fertilizer when one of our neighbors came over for a quick chat. After she left, I helped Tara plant the rest of the flowers and weeded the back flower bed in advance of her switching to plant what was left back there. We ended up finishing before any rain and I even had time to grill us up some burgers and cover the grill back up before we ever heard any raindrops. And then what happens (after I hoped it would rain to water the new flowers)? It barely drizzled for like 10 minutes and that was it! HA!

Sunday was the most perfect weather day we’ve seen in a long time. We had planned a hike over the weekend and knew this would be the day for it. We lounged a bit, having breakfast and whatnot, then we packed up a few things, got dressed for a hike and headed out to the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge. I got to break in my new hiking shoes that I finally settled on. I ended up returning those Merrells I had gotten before and got a pair of Salomons instead (since I fell in love with the trail running shoe I have from them). The Merrells (as much as I love them) are just too wide for my feet now.

 

 

The sun was shining all day, with just a slight breeze and perfect humidity. There were a few other people out on the trails, but other than that we barely saw anything or anyone. There were a few funky birds (one had a mohawk) but we didn’t see any other animals. The water was a little higher than I remembered from our only other trip there last summer, but we were still able to cross any streams without issue. It was nice, too, because the last time we were there we were eaten alive by mosquitoes, but I think it’s too early in the season so there weren’t many out yet.

 

 

Mr. Grumpy Rock from last year now has a cigar in his “mouth”

I thought this tree “arch” was cool, like we were royalty walking under it

 

This trail is a nice easy loop, but can be shortened if needed. There is a 1.3 mile loop around Carr’s Pond. You can also extend the CP loop to the Hammit Hill loop and it ends up being just under 3 miles total. It’s nice to have the options in case you can’t walk for too long. With stops for pictures and water breaks, it ended up taking about 1.5 hours for us to do the 3 mile trail.

 

 

 

When we got home, we took out our patio chairs and umbrella and got those cleaned off and set up for the summer and then we ate lunch outside. I grilled up some chicken later for dinner and we enjoyed that out there as well. It was far too nice to eat inside.

 

Flynn getting some outside time, sunning his belly

 

Today is another gorgeous day, but unfortunately I was stuck inside at work while Tara had the day off. I was tempted to call out, but I’m glad I didn’t because the person who would cover for me called out instead. I even made a bet with Tara she would probably do so because it was nice out and she calls out a lot. Oh well! Hopefully we’ll have many more nice weekends to come!

 

 

 

 

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