Monday, June 18, 2018

Weekly Mileage #64

this stream crossing was a lot higher and faster than last time we were here

Last week was my best exercise week of the year. I exercised 6 days in a row! I don't remember the last time I managed that, but it sure felt good. Ok, there was some sore muscles, but it still felt good. Let's see if I can repeat it this week and next, and the following weeks as well....

they went right for the rocks

There was nothing special about my workouts Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but the next three were more interesting.

big splashes from the boys

love his optimism!

I managed two hikes this week, which needs to happen a lot more often if we're going to get to 52 by the end of the year. Mr M's brother was visiting, so Mr M took a couple days off work, and they were able to come with the kiddos and I on our first hike. This is a hike we've done before (here, here, and here), but this was definitely the best weather.

Mr M demonstrated proper rock skipping technique, but the boys ignored his lessons

A black bear crossed the road in front of us a few miles before we got to the trailhead, but it disappeared into the underbrush next to the road by the time we got to the spot. It's been a few years since we saw a bear, so that was exciting.

trying to catch a crayfish we saw walking on the bottom

When we got to the swimming hole, we saw minnows and small fish in the water, but they didn't hang around once the kiddos started trying to skip rocks. Or just throwing the rocks, in the case of the boys. We found a couple crayfish under rocks, which was interesting. The water was a bit too cold for swimming, but we had fun splashing around.

it was a one-clawed crayfish (we put it back in the water)

Sunshine was brave enough to hold it, but the boys wouldn't touch it- this was the second crayfish we caught- it had two claws

Friday the boys and I went on another hike while Mr M, his brother, and Sunshine did some sightseeing. We've been to this trail before, and I thought we'd head up into the hills on a dirt trail, but River wanted to go on the "bridges"- the boardwalk bridges that make up about a third of the trail that  winds up the mountain to Monticello. He wanted to keep going, but I thought it was best to turn around while the going was still good, which was smart, since Ocean had some meltdowns on the way down and had to be carried part of the way back- he was done.

not a part of the boardwalk trail, but still pretty

he's getting so grown up

We stopped to climb on the giant tree trunk for a few minutes. Ocean was proud of himself for being able to climb up just as high as River did.




Saturday C and I were able to go running again. We went at 6:30 am, and the temps were gloriously, unexpectedly cool. Perfect for running. It was still humid enough that we got pretty sweaty, but at least we weren't dying from the heat.

so peaceful- no traffic other than a couple bicyclists

I spent a couple hours later in the day building a door for the chicken run, which meant lots of walking back and forth between the chicken run and the garden shed, where the saw was. I thought about putting my Garmin on, but decided not to, so I don't know how far I walked, but I'm sure it was at least a mile or two, though I'm not counting them towards my total.

When I built the chicken run last year, I left an opening for a door, but I'd run out of wood for the actual door. I stretched fencing across the opening and promptly put finishing the door on the back burner. My neighbor has her remaining chickens in our coop (her free ranged flock has been decimated by foxes this year) and we decided it was past time to make that one weak spot stronger. It was nice to work with my hands and sweat, but it was hot enough that I was definitely ready to quit by the time I finished the door. I didn't actually finish it yet- I need to buy hinges, a latch, and handles and install them, and then I'll be done. In the meantime, the door is screwed into the door frame and securely in place.

you can see the wire fencing in the doorway in this pic from when I finished the chicken coop trim

Weekly Mileage
Monday- 10.00 miles on the bike
Tuesday- 1.75 miles on the treadmill
Wednesday- 10.00 miles on the bike
Thursday- 2.31 miles hiked
Friday- 2.83 miles hiked
Saturday- 4.11 miles walked and run outside
    total- 31.00 miles

7 hikes towards #52hikechallenge
1.10 kayak miles towards #365milechallenge
90.78 foot miles towards #365milechallenge
160.00 bike miles towards #365milechallenge
251.88 miles total

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Funny

I took the kiddos kayaking recently, and we had to carry everything from the car to the beach. Ocean is a helpful little dude, so when he saw me carrying Sunshine's kayak, he decided he needed to help. He did a great job keeping the front of the kayak off the ground (he wasn't really supporting much weight since I was supporting the kayak at the midpoint). BUT, he could not walk a straight line. He kept weaving all over. So naturally I grabbed my camera and took a bit of video :)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Weekly Mileage #63

my cute little helper

So you know how I said last week that I wasn't going to let things derail my exercise plans? Well, I lied. But let's back up a bit first, since I did have a good start to the week.

Monday and Wednesday I rode my bike, 10 miles each day, which gives me my highest bike mileage week yet.

Tuesday I got my first kayaking mile of the year! I took the kiddos to the lake for park day and paddled the boys around in one of our inflatable two person kayaks. I wasn't sure how it would all shake out, but the boys did really well. They didn't try to climb out, which was a concern I had, though they did get a little bored. There may or may not have been a few requests to go back to shore so they could play in the sand. Kayaking around the small lake we were at wasn't as interesting as a river might have been. But that's part of the learning process, and the rivers are all too high and fast still. Sunshine paddled her little sit-on-top and had a good time as well.


I'd planned on taking the kiddos for a hike on Thursday, but this is where we got derailed. Wednesday afternoon my upper jaw started hurting and then the pain radiated into my sinuses and down to my lower jaw. I took some painkillers that helped a little, but Thursday morning I woke up still in pain. I called the dentist as soon as they opened but they didn't initially think they could squeeze me in, and were going to refer me elsewhere, but just before we hung up they had someone else cancel and thankfully I was able to get in that morning after all.

Why was I so quick to call the dentist? We'd gone in for our cleanings on Monday, and one of my teeth proved to be in need of a root canal. I'd gotten a filling a year ago, but it was very close to the nerve and while they didn't want to go straight to a root canal, they also weren't sure the filling would be successful. And it wasn't. It's been giving me problems off and on for the last year, so I wasn't surprised when the x-rays showed it was time for a root canal. We scheduled it for early August, which would give our insurance plenty of time to pre-authorize the procedure. 

the clips on the side are for the front seat that I removed, which gave the boys a lot more room to sit

I figure the poking and prodding that went on on Monday aggravated my tooth, causing the pain to flare up and speeding up the timeline. In any case, the root canal took care of the pain, but the anesthesia left me feeling fuzzy and blech. I'm not sure why, but local dental anesthesia always does this to me and I spent the rest of Thursday and Friday waiting for it to work its way out of my system. Which meant we didn't go for a hike on Friday either. 

Saturday morning however, my friend C and I finally went for a run. We haven't been able to match up our schedules for awhile, so it was nice to finally make it work. We ran about a mile and a half to two miles out of just over four miles, and it felt good. Hot and humid and sweaty, but good.

all the rain we've gotten has made everything so green

Even with getting derailed two days, I still managed to get more miles in one week than I've managed in a long time.

Weekly Mileage
Monday- 10.00 miles on the bike
Tuesday- 1.1 miles in the kayak
Wednesday- 10.00 miles on the bike
Saturday- 4.12 miles walked and run outside
    total- 25.22 miles

5 hikes towards #52hikechallenge
1.10 kayak miles towards #365milechallenge
79.78 foot miles towards #365milechallenge
140.00 bike miles towards #365milechallenge

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Funny



On a recent Sunday morning, Mr M was at drill for the weekend, so I was getting the kiddos ready on my own. I got Ocean ready to go, then started to get myself dressed. While I was getting dressed, I heard the kitchen door slam. It took me a minute, and then I realized that Ocean must have escaped outdoors. I ran downstairs (with clothes on!) and found that Ocean had indeed gone outside, and had made a beeline for the nearest mud puddle. Clearly he had fun in that mud puddle. I was just glad I had extra clean Sunday clothes to quickly change him into.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

May Mileage

gratuitous cute little boy pic :)

May was my highest mileage month so far this year, though it didn't feel like it- I was surprised when I added up all my miles. Just like in April, I did not run a race. Our schedule has just been too crazy and I wasn't feeling it. I've already run my June 5k, so at least I broke that no-race streak. With a half marathon coming up in September, I'm no longer allowed to slack off on my workouts or my races.

I spent more time than I'd like in May still fighting illness after illness, which made it too easy to skip the day's workout and work on one of my businesses instead. Re-committing to my workout schedule should break me of that less-than-helpful-for-my-fitness-level habit.

We were prepared to go on more hikes than we did, but the thunderstorms and rain made it difficult. Lightning strikes and flooded trails just don't do it for me, for some reason.

May mileage:              
4 treadmill workouts + 1 hike + 1 outside walk + 4 bike workouts = 49.95 miles
52 hike challenge: 5 hikes
365 mile challenge: 120.00 bike miles + 71.86 foot miles

April mileage:
1 treadmill workout + 1 hike + 1 outside walk + 6 bike workouts = 45.31 miles
52 hike challenge: 4 hikes
365 mile challenge: 85.0 bike miles + 56.91 foot miles
March mileage:
1 treadmill workout + 2 hikes + 1 outside walk + 1 race + 4 bike workouts = 33.43 miles
52 hike challenge: 3 hikes
365 mile challenge: 45.0 bike miles + 51.60 foot miles

February mileage:
0 treadmill workouts + 1 hike + 3 outside run/walk + 1 race + 0 bike workouts = 15.56 miles
52 hike challenge: 1 hike
365 mile challenge: 25.0 bike miles + 38.17 foot miles

January mileage: 
2 treadmill workouts + 0 hikes + 4 outside run/walk + 1 race + 3 bike workouts = 47.61 miles
52 hike challenge: 0 hikes
365 mile challenge: 25.0 bike miles + 22.61 foot miles