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And just like that the weekend is over.

I really think we need to reconsider a 5 day weekend and 2 day work week.

Who’s with me?

I had so much fun taking over the Another Mother Runner Instagram account (TheMotherRunner) on Saturday. Hello and welcome to any new friends visiting to today!

Fall weekend sunrise | happyfitmama.comI’m not sure what the glowing dot on my chin is from. And yes I was in a cemetery. Perhaps it’s a ghost?

I had high expectations for finally getting back to running on Saturday morning. My Achilles has been feeling ok. My back doesn’t feeling like it’s jamming with ever step. However, my back/glute/hip had other ideas. It started talking to me within a few steps. And it wasn’t whispering sweet nothings. I thought maybe it just needed more of a warm up. Nope. So I stopped, hobbled and eventually was able to walk normally.

I really thought I’d be back to running by now. I thought the back/glute/hip thing would clear up quickly. As of tomorrow, it will be 4 weeks since I ran. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty bummed about it. I’m freaking out about the extent of my Achilles injury. From those who have had the same injury, I hear conflicting outcomes. Some say they’ve had a one time flare up and were done with it. Others say it’s chronic and comes back every so often. Others have told me they had to stop running entirely.

And oh and no big deal but I’ve got a marathon in 7 weeks and another in 6 months.

One marathon DNS is enough!

I’m trying to be positive, do my therapy exercises and cross train as much as I can. But I’m not going to lie. It stinks.

Thankfully, I can still hike.

And hike is what we did on Sunday morning. I couldn’t wait to test out the new hiking boots Ahnu recently sent me.

Ahnu Sugarpine Boot

The first thing I noticed about the Ahnu Sugarpine Boot was how light they are. My old hiking boots were nowhere near this airy. I love the pretty color but they needed to get a little dirty.

We didn’t have a whole lot of time to play with and I wanted to keep it gentle on my injuries so we decided on an easy hike up Mount Agamenticus (Mount Aggie or Mount A if you want to sound like a local).

It was a marvelous fall day except it was rather windy and chilly exposed on the summit.

Hiking |

My feet were very comfortable the whole hike up. I really appreciated the extra ankle support from the high uppers. My feet stayed dry despite having to walk through some wet muddy sections thanks to the waterproof mesh. The traction was good even on a section of rocks that were covered in wet leaves.

I can see myself wearing the Sugarpine all winter long too. They are perfect for slushy walks as well as snowshoeing.

BUT there’s no rush. I can wait a very long time for those conditions.

In fact, we can skip it all together in my opinion.

I can dream, right?

Disclaimer: I was sent the Ahnu Sugarpine Boot as part of a campaign with FitFluential, LLC in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Always are. Always will be.

What was marvelous in your weekend?

A Little Marvelous and a Little Not

Fake running

This weekend was a fun even if I had to fake running.

It had a little marvelous and a little not so marvelous. (Thank you Katie for the link up).

I needed something good after riding the rocky injury roller coaster again last week.

On Wednesday, I said I was embracing the taper. Of course, as luck would have it, I jinxed myself again. My Achilles started hurting. Again. On top of it, I had a crunchy sound going on in it that was new. I had a deep tissue massage Tuesday night where she really focused on the Achilles. Apparently it broke up a lot of scar tissue and left some unfinished business.

A slew of four letter words were an even bigger part of my vocabulary for the past few days.

At first I was in a panic and frankly just pissed off. Why is this happening now? My hopes of just having a small hiccup of an injury where crushed. My hopes of running a strong Baystate Marathon were crushed. I pretty much gave up on the idea of running Baystate at all. And then I started thinking about all the 20 milers, all the earlier mornings, all the track work and got even more angry.

I emailed and spoke with anyone I could who could give me info on what to do. I got great info from friends who have had Achilles problems and recovered. I also got treatment ideas from physical therapist friends.

The good news is that it’s feeling better. I have not run since Tuesday morning and don’t have plans to run till at least Wednesday. That will be one full week of rest. From what I’ve heard from friends/physical therapists, there is a chance I can still run Baystate. It’s definitely not an ideal taper and how I want to face a marathon. I’ve got 13 days to wait and see.

I’m down but I’m not out just yet!

Thankfully I had a little marvelous to make me smile in between the swears and feeling like a complete crab.

Hiking Mt. Major |

Marvelous is…hiking. I’ve been so hesitant to take my kids on longer hikes. I was afraid of the whining and the “carry me’s” that were sure to come up. Kids in a back pack? No problem. Hiking up and down piggy back? No thank you. That just screams broken ankle, broken leg, skull fracture, etc.

But I brushed my fears aside and we tackled Mt. Major on Sunday. It’s not a very big climb but it has it’s technical points of slippery rocks and boulders.

No whining. No crying. No bloodshed. No carrying needed.

Just big smiles.

Mt. Major

I’m so excited to take my little hikers on more adventures.

Yes, running is life but there is also plenty of marvelous all around me.

What’s marvelous is your life right now?