The Good and The Bad

The bad news? It’s Monday again.

The good news? It’s the week before the long holiday weekend! Now that’s definitely something to look forward to.

This time of year is bittersweet for me. I’m a summer girl – love the warmth, the beach, flip flops, long days and abundant sunshine. Even though the calendar says summer isn’t officially over till September 20, I feel like this is the last true week. The air feels different. It smells different. The shadows from the trees in my backyard are different. The sky is a different color blue. I start to drift towards wanting to spend our weekends in the woods hiking and exploring rather than digging our toes in the sand. I do love Fall – sweaters, jeans, boots, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, apple picking, the leaves changing and the crispness in the air – but I’m not ready for it just yet.

leaves On Saturday we thought we’d try a short hike with the kids in preparation for the new season. Hiking in New Hampshire in the Fall – marvelous. I kind of chuckle saying hike to describe our little jaunt. Essentially its a trail in the woods that leads up a “mountain” but you can take a paved road to the summit too. This is the first year that we wouldn’t be lugging the kids in packs hiking so we wanted to test out their little leg strength (and tolerance).

Hiking Mount Aggie - happyfitmama.comIt actually went well. They loved racing to each interpretive sign, chasing after Cooper and doing pseudo box jumps onto rocks. There was not one “carry me” until we started back down. I’d call that a win!

Let’s talk running –

Saturday morning before our hike, I got in a run. I woke up not looking forward to my 10 mile run. I just wasn’t feeling it so of course the mental game of running took over. Everything was blah for the first mile. I’ve learned over time to never judge a run by the first mile (or three). That’s usually the length of time it takes for my body to wake up and find a groove. After 3 miles I still wasn’t into it. I then started to compromise with myself – You could run 5 miles today and attempt 10 again on Sunday. Eventually I told my mind to shut up. Suck it up buttercup. Once my mind stopped thinking about the blah, magically my legs kept going. I didn’t feel a million times better but I’m happy that I stuck with it and didn’t quit just because my mind wasn’t into it. I got home and told Ron I didn’t think I could do the 10 mile race next weekend. I just wasn’t ready.

toughrunSmiling because I was done.

And then just like that my confidence was returned on Sunday. I set off with the intention of an easy 5 miler. From the first step I knew it was going to be good. My legs were light, my foot felt good and my mind was clear. I ran without looking at my Garmin, only by feel. Obviously I was feeling pretty good since I had one of my fastest runs since my foot injury. When I got home, I walked through the door with a smile on my face and told Ron – that 10 mile race is on!

Some runs are good. Some are bad. It happens. But you know what? I’ll take ’em all.

I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday. Because marvelous is all around you.

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What’s marvelous in your life right now?

30 comments on “The Good and The Bad

  1. You are so right!!! Some runs make me want to hang up my shoes for good and then those amazing runs come and it’s back on!!! I’m with you on the sad feelings about summer ending. I love fall but there is just something about summer slipping away that makes me sad…those carefree days are over…getting packed up until next year! For me it’s when school starts…after September 3rd I’ll embrace Fall but until then I’m soaking in as much summer and sunshine as I can!
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  2. You must have amazing hiking there! Jealous of that. I think hiking is just about my favorite family activity. We have the AT about an hour away, so we do take advantage of that, plus a great state park nearby.

    Running is a fickle friend sometimes, isn’t it?
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    1. We do have some really great trails within an hour or so from us. It’s one of the great things about our state – we’ve got mountains and the ocean nearby!

  3. I’m a big fan of the whole “suck it up, buttercup” thing – I say it frequently (mostly to myself!!).
    I’m glad that you completed the 10-mile run and then followed it up with a great run the next day – it’s why we keep lacing up and getting out there!!!
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    1. It’s funny how running “naked” can be freeing. I’m not sure if it makes me more in tune with my body or my body just takes over and does it’s own thing. Whatever it is, it works!

    1. I’m hoping the lugging around is over for us but most likely not. My daughter likes the view from my hubs shoulders more than walking! Can you tell she’s the queen bee?

    1. Hiking has definitely changed with kids. Before kids it was an all day thing with finding the most technical climb. That won’t be happening for quite some time…

  4. What’s marvellous me not having food poisoning, seriously that sucked big time. Being bed ridden like that is no fun at all.
    The other thing that is marvellous right now is winter coming to an end, today is another glorious day with the sun shining, makes me so happy.
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