Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dead Neck Trail

I have been following a page on Facebook called Hike like a Woman. A few weeks ago she started posting about a Summer challenge to get people outside and started collecting sponsors. Each week on Monday she posts a challenge and if you complete it you can post a picture on her page. If she picks your post you can win cool hiking gear or discounts to hiking equipment companies.
So far she has done things like collect trash from a trail, plan a hike but hike a little farther than your plan and this week it was hike a new trail.
I am new to hiking but am falling so in love with it. I have the stereotypical thought in my head that I should be in the woods and climbing a mountain to be officially 'hiking".
Don't ask, I don't know where that came from.
Last night I was able to free up a few hours and decided to Google. Let's see someplace we haven't seen before. As it turns out I was able to include so many of my favorite things in one hike.
I brought Lilly and we hiked about 1.5 miles. Not long after the start I just took my shoes off so it was also my first barefoot hike.

I'm sorry to say but we broke the law yesterday as well. Yes, I saw the signs. I also know my co-workers would not be hiking this trail to ticket me. I used a leash to keep her on trail and I carried out my dog poop. I was at least a respectful law breaker. Oh and the 2nd rule never got broken.

I wasn't really thinking until we started to reach the end but the sand made this more of a workout than I expected. Lilly seemed grateful for the break too so as soon as we hit the opening to the beach so rolled and rolled. When she does this snorting and wiggling it always makes me giggle. She is such an awesome dog.

I decided to take the beach route back to look for ocean treasures and allow Lilly to swim if she wanted to. It is way out so I let her roam off leash for a bit. It lets her stretch her legs. Tonight she was really too tired to go far. It ended up being about a 3 mile hike on sand and once we got to a place where I could see the parking lot we just sat. It was beautiful and calming to just lie in the sand and listen to the ocean. I stayed to watch the moon brighten and the sunset turn red over my shoulder.
On my way into work this morning I was thinking that this might be a cool trail to do on snow shoes. I love the beach in Winter. It was pretty open and exposed but I think with the right gear and weather it would be breathtaking.
I have some pretty wild snowshoe dreams for a girl who doesn't own any. ;)  We are going to fix that problem this Summer for sure.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Round 2 - PT Test

Just to catch you all up. Last years PT test for the PD was December 11. Just before my Hernia surgery thank God.  It was late in the year and usually done just before the fiscal year starts on July 1.
Therefore this years test is this week.
Follow me so far?
In any case it was a good little measurement if I thought all this other stuff wasn't enough.
I will say that the treadmill is a cheat of sorts. I can't run this pace on the road but I wanted to really see what I could do in the closed fixed treadmill world.
December I ran 1.5 miles in 16:56
Today I ran 1.5 miles in 14:56
Not too shabby.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Last Day Of School

I know it's silly to repeat it but really I love these 2 crazy kids. I hope beyond hope that as I learn to live a happier, more peaceful life that I teach them to do the same. I was driving home yesterday and said you know what I want you to love being out in nature like I do. You maybe don't right now but I am sacrificing part of my life to be able to spend it with you. That means you will need to do something I like to do. No complaining because I know you will love it too once you give it a chance. It is tough to take kids who like TV and video games and make them understand the beauty of finding a random flower in the woods or the chance time when the color of the ocean exactly matches the color of the sky so it appears to go on forever but I will keep trying.
So yes I will buy tickets to the movies as long as we can go to the drive-in and see the stars while we are doing it.
I will pay for a cabin instead of a tent when we camp as long as we can hike and see waterfalls.
I will search for the books so we can all cram into Olivia's bed together and read the books from your Summer reading list.
I have dreams for a fun Summer, an epic Summer actually but I hope cautiously. We will do the best we can with an upside down schedule. The most important part is that we can do it together.
This afternoon was a perfect beginning. The weather was absolutely amazing and it seemed every kid we knew was there. Happy Mama's everywhere.
Welcome Summer!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Lilly

It was a grey day but a happy day. Lilly shares a birthday with my best friend Wendy. How cool is that?
I decided she needed a birthday party like the rest of my kids so we hit the dog store and got her a Kong frisbee (supposedly indestructible but proven false very quickly) a new bone and a peanut butter birthday cake. 
For the kids Cupcake Charlies.
We carried our Dog party down to the pond at the Lowell Holly Reservation and got some swimming in, some rolls in the sand and of course sang happy birthday before eating cupcakes. 
She is 3 and we hope that she is around until she is 103. 

Oh this is us having our coffee at 6am. I am not sure who she things she is but obviously the Queen.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


This paper hangs on my Fridge. We have a few of these pictures, sayings and signs around. Like one day they caught our eye or needed to be remembered. Today I looked at this again and smiled.
Last night we went to the drive-in so we hit the hay after 1am I think. I woke up about 7 and sat out on my picnic table to drink some coffee, let the dog play and start my day. It is starting to be part of my regular day. I really like it. 
The kids were still sleeping so we snuck out to the grocery store at about 8 to get the weeks shopping done. 

Once I got home for some reason I can't get over the mess in my driveway so while the kids played on the trampoline I swept my driveway. Sounds like la-de-da but in fact it was a good hour of sweeping and many snow shovels of sand and cat litter carried away. Looks beautiful now!
Lilly was alone yesterday for the whole evening so we decided to walk down the bog to this sweet little spot for the kids to play and she could swim.

From here we were walking along a dirt road while Olivia rode her bike along. We  were headed to  Aunt Cindy's house to swim in the pool and have dinner.
All of a sudden I just realized what a cool day it was. A good day with the kids, skin in the sun, walking along a back road.
I felt happy like this before, a while ago. It has been elusive lately.
I felt it return today.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Newport 10 Miler

I just can't!
I picked this race as a goal a wicked long time ago. I was on track and then BAM! hernia, snow, life.
I had to restart.
I had to relax.
Finally the day came, June 7th. Compete to complete.
I woke up before my alarm was set to go off at 4:30. Clothes set. Food eaten. Coffee, protein shake and snacks packed. 
I finally let it go. Showed up and just decided to do it. 
This was the tunnel into Fort Adams. Very cool and beautiful. 

This is inside the fort where number pick up began at 6:30am. I decided to lighten the load by renting a locker and dumping a layer and all the other none essential items. Best $5 I have ever spent at a race. They did have free bag drop inside but I had a shirt, wallet and car keys. This seemed way more secure.

While I waited for the 8am start I checked out the fort. I would love to come back and see more of it and this area.

So here we are 2800 crazy birds deciding to run around Newport on an incredibly gorgeous Sunday morning. Seriously couldn't have been a better day. 

I really did want to do my best time so I didn't stop and wrestle with my cell phone for photos although the views were breathtaking. After reaching the 5 Mile I decided I could take a quick one. Just running by the mansions people. 
Marble House is all it's glory.
So some races have a few bloopers that just make you laugh. First I was running with a new arm band for my phone. I am running along and need to fix the volume but Nooooo. Instead the screen is on Runkeeper and it says you have paused your run. I am now fumbling and running because Hell if I lose a minute and it now says thanks for saving your run. WTF! Anyway I take it off restart it and now I am receiving my first mile update about mile 4.5.  Oh well, at least I know the pace. I decided if I can hold it at 11:20 I can easiely walk the last 2 miles and still finish in 2:10.
Now I am doing Olympic math of 2 miles plus the lost 4.5 miles of the previous run and whatever just keep running.
Next thing I know I am passing the 8 mile marker. What, what?!?  What  the hell happened to the 7 mile mark?  Turns out I heard that from a few people so I did not imagine it but that means I did 8 miles and hey I am walking a few short bursts but still feel like I am able to maintain some speed.
I know the 9 mile marker is on the driveway to the park so as I round the corner into the Fort parking lot I realize I fucking did it! The driveway is long and the race started outside in the parking lot but ends inside the fort. i quickly realize you need to run around and enter in the back.  As I run around the bathroom I am hit with the full view of the bay and the Pells Bridge and I start to cry.
If you remember the Pells Bridge race was my last big goal when I completed the Coach to 5K. It is a 4 mile race I ran in October. That race was tough for me but one I would run again.
I can not explain how excited I was to cross that finish line under 2 hours. Never would I have expected to do that. I still feels like a dream.
During this journey I have found I have some really awesome friends who support me without judgement and criticism. When I say I am never going to be able to do it they say of course you can. I would like them to know I wouldn't have made it without them and their encouragement.
On my way home I got a text from one of these friends that shocked me. She says today I am biking a race that you did last year. I was thinking of you today. I remember last year you walked this 4 mile race and exactly 1 year later you ran a 10 mile race.
Holy Shit, she is right.

Princess Olivia is 12!

Someday they may read this blog and I might regret some of what I have written here but it's the truth. I wish I could better for my kids. For the amount we sacrifice for work I really think there should be a plus side. I hope someday they remember the good stuff way better than the parts we lacked or maybe not see it as a lack at all....that would be so nice.
Anyway, Olivia liked this bike about six months ago so i took a picture of the tag and stowed it away. Of course once her birthday came the bike is like MIA at an Toys R Us on the eastern seaboard. 
I was able to locate it in Brockton of all places and Nana came to the rescue to make sure her birthday was a hit. I can't thank her enough for her help with both girls birthday's. neither would have occurred without her. 
Olivia wanted to be with her Dad this year so I decided to give her her bike early and before school so she would have time to ride it before she left for the weekend.
Needless to say she is barely home now and rides all hours of the day and night. 
Her choice was dinner at Friendlies and we had a really sweet ice cream cake as well.
I can't believe she is 12. She has grown into a smart, sweet, funny girl who I can't wait to see more of as she grows up. 


Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 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
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21