Oh London, how much I missed you and your marathon this weekend! My friends (who don’t know each other at all) finished less than a minute apart – how weird is that? Congratulations Gillian and Madeleine!
Here, the weekend started in the best possible way….a trail run with Juli. This was our second attempt to conquer Edgewood Park with our children – the last time left us exhausted (after two miles) but BUZZING on endorphins for days. So on Saturday morning, we were early to the park, the Dude still in his pajamas. We doled out banana and oatmeal muffins to the passengers and set off.
Just under four fabulous, hilly, sunny, exhausting, exhilerating miles later, we got back to the car-park with massive grins on our faces. The children utterly loved it – their shrieks of delight as we ran downhill echoed around the park but luckily the hikers didn’t seem to mind! The squealing also gave any mountain lions a big heads-up that we were coming! We got lots of smiles of support and the odd comment that we were crazy (in a nice way) and it was fab. No children were injured (!), only one stroller lost its front wheel (twice) and we also helped out a runner with a nose-bleed. 3.8 miles in what seemed like five minutes but was much much longer in reality, and five BIG grins at the end!
I am seriously getting into trail running! (And all of you guys go “WE TOLD YOU SO!!”) I know my efforts have been MINIMAL so far but it is SO much more fun than running roads. The feeling of being outside, in woods or fields, is just exhilarating! Running with Juli is also fab because we laugh all the time. The Dude loves it too; he senses the difference between a dutiful run round the neighborhood where we live and the fun and squeals generated by rocks and roots and bumpy bits on the trail! I am still buzzing after Saturday’s run and in SUCH a good mood!
I intended to run on Sunday, but haven’t had much sleep in the past few days and my desire to sleep overcame my desire to run. So I compromised by doing a very funny and quite tough 8 minute abs video that I found on Janae’s blog. Worth watching for the 80s music and outfits. Abs don’t hurt at the moment, I suspect tomorrow they will. But my bikini beckons in 11 sleeps and abs workouts are now crucial!!