Monday, November 9, 2015

Trail Runs in the Rain, Goals, and Other Weekend Things

It has now been raining for over 24 hours! I know we needed rain but we didn't need a flood!

The goals I almost, but didn't make

Saturday was nice though, actually the whole weekend was nice even with the rain. Will (he's 4) had been begging me to take him on a bike ride in the trailer since his brother and sister get to go while he's at school sometimes. Normally I go on longer rides on Saturdays, so I planned on us all driving out to a neighborhood on the other side of town, with wider, less trafficked streets, where husband could play at the park with Ben while I took Will and Lorelai in the bike trailer. Then when they got tired of it after a few miles, I could take them back to the park and get more of a ride in.

It didn't exactly work out that way. We drove all the way out there, about 30 minutes from our house, only to realize we had forgot everyone's helmets. So as we headed back home for the helmets, we brainstormed different places we could ride that were closer to home. We decided on a neighborhood about 10 minutes away that would work, but is super hilly. Fine if I'm by myself, but pulling the bike trailer with over 50lbs inside of it is serious work on these hills.

It didn't exactly work out that way. We get to the park in this neighborhood and realize that the tire we've had issues with on the trailer has swelled up again, we can let air out but we didn't bring the pump to fill it back up. I almost always bring the pump, this was just an off day altogether. Husband thought I should just leave all the kids with him and go for my ride. I knew that wouldn't float well with Will though, who had been wanting to ride with me for weeks. Having pulled the trailer with a flat before, I pretty much knew what it could handle so I decided I would take just Will for a short ride.

Short was an understatement. No, it wasn't a tire issue. It was a boy issue. He was tired. After 5 minutes. I said, "tired? you're not even doing anything." He says, "not tired, I meant thirsty." Ugh, so after 10 minutes of whining we headed back, and he stayed at the park while I rode some more for a total of 15.5 miles. Not as long as usual but it was hot and it had been a while. It was only later that I realized I was only 22 minutes from my weekly cycling goal; if I had known that at the time, I would have finished it out. Frustrating morning, but still good. Oh and I tried to record some of my ride with my GoPro but the only videos I got are of me trying to figure out why the GoPro wasn't working.

What was not good was the FSU game later on, we won't even talk about that.

On to Sunday. It started raining sometime in the early morning; I had a trail run planned. Fun, right? Actually, I like running trails when they're wet. So I headed out to my favorite, which I mentioned in my Friday Five, with the plan of running for at least an hour and 10 minutes. If I ran 8 miles it would get me to my weekly mileage goal but I didn't see that happening on the trails. I tend to run trails by time instead of miles because of the increased effort. I made it back to the car (after I figured out how to get there) in about an hour and half with 6 miles. Sure, that may be slow to you but I got an "Extreme Suffer Score" on Strava, okay! So back off. It was fun, I was soaked, and I wasn't going to make it to church.

Since husband and the kids were already at church and would be there for a while after since husband had practice for the Christmas play, I had a nice, relaxing morning to myself. Last weekend, my bedroom actually got painted and we hung some stuff on the walls, so I really like our bedroom now. I laid down with my coffee and a book (Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, review coming tomorrow), read a while and then took a nap. It was nice.

Oh, and this, but it's fine, really
Then there was some more disappointing football that we won't talk about.

So, how was your weekend? Anything good, bad, exciting?

1 comment:

  1. Over the weekend was nice. I got to play with some little jokers at the park while my wife had a nice bike ride. I love seeing how big those kids have gotten. Will and Lorelai can do most things in the big playground. Ben (1) tries do do everything they do, so I have to watch him like a hawk. Then on Sunday I practiced for a play and let the wife have some "me" time or is it "her" time? The kids goofed around with their church friends. This rain needs to go away though. I guess we need it.


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