Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gobble Wobble 5K


Here we are the participants of the Gobble Wobble. There were not many but they were happy and put on a good race. I liked that there were plenty of new and first timers. They have great spirit and work hard. I got passed by a woman who has never run before but she is a Zumba Queen. I don't think she knew how strong she was. Super proud of her.
The day was cold but another beautiful one. No time was measured today but we all got a medal and we all know girls like jewelry.
Next stop Jungle Jog!

Hiking Blue Hills - Great Blue Hill

http://friendsofthebluehills.org/hiking-near-boston/
The link above it to a great site with maps and explanations of trails depending on how far and how hard you want to hike.
This past weekend I was kid free and in the mood to hike again. I had a 5K race to run Sunday so I wanted  to keep it shorter than last weekend.
Google search here I come.
Blue Hills had tons of trails and looked like what I wanted.
I was lucky enough to snag a hiking partner. Phew, at least I had someone to talk to this time and he always agrees! Oh and he looks good in pictures so you can't beat that.
Although I would love to do the whole Skyline trail it is across all of Blue Hills and is about 10 miles. Instead I chose a smaller circle of the Skyline that would take us to the top of Great Blue Hill.
It was cold but beautiful, sunny and crispy. Surprisingly I was overdressed. i am still learning about gear and layering.
The Skyline route was a little over 3 miles......if you don't get lost.
I started just behind a small visitor center where I was able to buy a map. Remember last weekend 7 miles, no map? I wanted to be better prepared.
This little hill was the beginning of the trail. Should have known this was another "no joke" hike from the get go.

 The thing I am finding about hiking is the beauty that can be buried in places you wouldn't expect or that you have driven by at 80mph every day. I also like how it seems to calm my soul. Maybe I am sweating it out, I really am not sure. I like challenging routes so I exercise my body and my brain ends up feeling relaxed. I can't explain it. I guess you know it if it is your thing.

 We stopped and took photos for the kids dad. I wanted him to know he was being a good boy.
 Following the Blue  blazes to the sky. There were many of these stairs cases on this trail.
 This beautiful tower was at the top. Perfect place to have some lunch or water. Picnic tables and maps to plan. This photo below is the view from the top.
 We headed back over the bridge on what I thought was our way back. Funny thing about hiking, you need to pay attention closely sometimes. So when you walk past that beautiful stone pillar with the name of your trail remember that is where you turn, it isn't just for decoration. :)

 But we got to see this! I came out of the scruff and onto this rock ledge and just let out a Holy Crap!
Mugsy wasn't as impressed but the couple behind me agreed. This was a 270 degree view that went on forever. There was a Mountain all the way to my right that the other folks said was Watchusett. All I know is that it was incredible and worth the sweat on my brow.
 After a short maybe 3/4 mile detour we made it back to the car. Mugsy seemed grateful for heated seats and curled up in a sweatshirt nest and fell asleep.
I found a store for more water and realized that this is where we had just climbed. We came in from the other side but that antenna at the top is the weather station that was 1/4 mile past the Tower. My wrong turn took us down this side when we needed to be on the other but isn't that part of the adventure? We just hiked around a side trail until we could reconnect to the Skyline trail. Thank God for the map this time.




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gear up!

I think I have set a goal for 2015. I have been searching Ebay, Craig's list, Online Yard Sales and clearance sites for equipment.
I am starting to feel like this will be my Outdoor year and we are going to have to get prepared.
We had such a great amount of stuff when I was married and the kids were babies but when he took the camper he got it all right down to the rainy day activity cabinet with board games and craft kits.
I didn't think of it at the time. I didn't really care but what really chaps my ass is that he has never camped except at the race track.
Well whatever. We will get what we need for sure and it will be great.
What we do have is a nice tent that we can put up easily and we fit in.
What we need is everything else. LOL!
I am not so worried.  I will make it my cold Winter, dark night, stormy day job to wheel and deal and get up and running for camping Season. No doubt!
I mean I drive a Subaru-It is meant to be parked in the woods full of stuff for adventure isn't it?
Thanks to my favorite Tree Hugger I know that if I want a lean-to in Vermont I better get my shit together and early.
If we do nothing else I would love to have the kids at Quechee State Park this year.
P.S. If you see a rusty old Coleman stove for cheap at a Yard Sale let me know.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Not a Super Mama

More and more lately I have been realizing how non-superhero I am.
This is cemented as I send an email stating that I will not be the circus ringmaster of the Holiday Bazaar and I throw away the flyers begging for help at every event for 2 schools.
I did this crap for years. Sold tickets to the Spaghetti supper, took photos at the Halloween-fest, sold 100's of dollars in candles, pies and Girl Scout cookies.
Don't try to correct me because I am totally fine with it.
I get shit done but there is no muss or fuss. I just can't do it energy-wise, money-wise or sanity-wise.
I spent some time with a bunch of good families Saturday night. One in particular has a LOT of things going on medically. My needs pale in comparison to the emergency needs she has but in my scope they can be just important.
I am finding that if I have to do 547 things but I am poor, anxious and screaming at my kids than Yeah, No we aren't doing that. It just isn't that important. I guess I am learning my limits and theirs.
Again, I don't have such a firm grip all the time but for the most part I am a half-ass PTO Mom and I am okay with that.
P.S. Yes, I know Ava's hair isn't always brushed but hey we are a good family.



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Middlesex Fells Reservation-Skyline Trail

 I am really liking this hiking thing. It is just walking on steroids depending on the area you choose.
I was a little stressed out about money, my shortened kid-free weekend and the fact that I was going alone. This sort of pushed me to go. It would just cost the gas. I needed to do it alone. I may have lost my partner in crime but that didn't mean I needed to lose the activity. Hiking my ass off would  help.
I packed food, various clothes and had all the apps for the route.
Hahaha!! Until I go into this place . I had decided to take the longest trail, the most obscure and the longest. I had printed maps which I left in the car. Now I am deep enough in I am not going back and I realize I am out of cell service. Typical of me. So worried about it for days before and now I say fuck it. I just follow the white blazes.
 I will admit in certain places deep in the woods where the mountain bike trail would cross over the Skyline the white markers were tough to find but it made it interesting.  This one was in the beginning and easy to find.

 Soon I found it was just me and the hills, bridges, leaves and a few people. that is when I started to let go of the tightness in my chest and let my brain start to unravel. In a good way, don't worry.
I started to think about how I need this kind of thing in my life on the regular and if I can't get the kids to like it now they won't be able to do the big hikes when they are older. I also decided that I can do it without them if need be. I can't compromise what makes me happy for them. I just need to find the time on my own.

So Google it if you want to know more. There were people, dogs, runners and bikers. I didn't see many on this trail but when I crossed over the more mainstream trails there were tons of people.
www.friendsofthefells.org
It was like being on vacation for a short few hours and I was back on Cape for the kids by 2pm.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Bitch in my head needs to go.

 I worked hard for this race and after some serious nerves I allowed myself to be pretty proud of the time. In fact I think I may have let out a little "yes" and a smile when I ran across the finish line and saw that time. Damn it!!
So when the email came out that 700 photos of the race were released I scoured them. There was not an option to search for my bib so I literally went through 700 photos and got these 2.
First reaction to the bottom one? Save it for me but do not tag yourself on Facebook. Fat. Too embarrassed.
I am being ridiculous. I remember running behind a woman with some junk in her truck and thinking Go Girl!! Size does not matter. We can all have muscles under that fat to move mountains.
Yet here I am looking at this photo and missing the whole big giant picture.
I can hear people say things, in fact I have a good amount of support around me but in my head sometimes is the toughest critic. She is a bitch and she needs to go. I am talking the talk but not always believing it.
Instead I should be hearing....
You are running.
You did it while most people were still home in their pajamas.
That junk in your trunk is a power house to get you over the hills.
Go Girl!!

I am also in a pull back place this week. I feel it and I am letting it take it's course. I am aware I do this occasionally just before I take off on a growth spurt again.
Like an arrow, baby!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Growth

I have finally completed the Couch to 5K program. It was a little weird because I ran a 4 mile race on Sunday but I wanted to actually complete the program. So last night I ran 35 miles straight on a 3 mile course with the help of the street lights.
I was not able to run that whole race but I was very happy with my time. I like to keep track of races on the bottom of this blog. As I was adding this race I noted in June I walked (ran like 1/2 mile maybe) a 4 mile race with a time of 1:04. Hello, you have come a long way baby.
So now what exactly do you do with yourself? You keep trucking alone. You try to maintain what you have been doing. I want to keep running like 3 times a week for as long as I can with Winter approaching. Most importantly I do not want to lose what I just worked so hard to gain.
I have 18 pounds until I reach my goal in February. Totally doable at this speed I think.
Know what I like? Talking with these crazy girls at work about doing future stuff. They are real and realistic and supportive. We know that we rock.
So we have some crazy ideas for next year. Races we want to run. Keep watching because I think it is going to be a shit ton of work but fun.
YPD 5K
Falmouth Road Race
Pell Bridge Race
Falmouth in the Fall

What else?

Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44

05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05

6/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26

6/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05

7/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52

08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31

08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30

10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10

05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17

05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50

08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37

10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00

09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31

10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20

8/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24

5/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25

6/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04

8/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04

9/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41