Weekend

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 | happyfitmama.com

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?

35 comments on “Weekend

  1. Okay, honesty time…..I am actually having those same paranoias right now. I have only done a few runs, but my achilies is still a little sore after each one, and I am terrified based on what I hear that I will have to take time off….if its bugging me now, its only going to get worse?! Agh! I hear you my friend!

    I Love those boots, like I want a pair NOW! I will go searching for those πŸ™‚ They would be such a great shoe for casual, and especially for hikes like you used them for!

    Sending you lots of healing thoughts, and are you still using Enduropacks? I use extra patches when something is bothering me? I have a discount code if you need it?!
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    1. This Achilles injury has me freaking out more so than any other injury. I think it’s because of too much Dr. Google reading. I haven’t been taking Enduropacks because I haven’t really felt like I’ve been training. I’ve been working out but my body doesn’t feel like it’s worked out. Does that make sense? Take care of yourself Tina!!

      1. I know, me too….although I am also paranoid about my hamstring haha. Dr google definitely does not help. I honestly would keep taking the enduropacks though, I take it more during times I am recovering, as that is what it is for πŸ™‚ I put double the patches, and take extra of the multivitamin. Keep it up, it will help you recover πŸ™‚

        I definitely understand the feeling!! The last few days of my time off, I would get up while trying to sleep, shouting at steve (or myself) that my legs were twitching…..restless legs! I hate it! Hang in there, this is happening for a reason!
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  2. Angela–I’m really sorry. I have been there/done that, as you know and I totally agree–it stinks. I promise you that if you are diligent about the eccentric exercises you will come around. I ran on my achillles for months (stupidly) and it was in rough shape–I truly didn’t think it would come around. But I’d say that around 6 weeks is when I saw the difference. And do tons of them. I told you–I did and still do 240/day with a weighted backpack.

    On to lighter things–the boots are too cute. And your hiking grounds are spectacular. Jealous of that!
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    1. Thanks Amanda for the reassurance that it can get better. I’ve definitely made progress but having to deal with 2 different injuries at one time is making me frustrated. That and my mind doesn’t know what to do with itself since I don’t have hours of running time to think everything out. I’ve worked up to 120-150/day of the exercises. Time to up it!

    1. Hiking boots definitely make a difference when you are on more technical terrain and longer hikes. For short hikes, my running shoes do just fine.

  3. Oh man. I’m so sorry that the aches and pains are lingering longer than expected. That’s so frustrating especially with races coming up. I hope that your body just needs a little more rest and TLC. I’m glad that you were able to get out for a hike. Look at those colors! It’s been so long since I’ve purchased hiking boots that all I remember is that they used to be so heavy! I like the sounds of a nice, lightweight hiking boot!
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    1. My old hiking boots are just that – super heavy. I’d always dream of the second I could take them off once we reached the summit or back at the car. But the Ahnu are super light. Definitely my new fav brand!

  4. I am and can relate to the injury thing and not running. I am just starting back slowly and carefully after over a month off for a hip flexor injury. I find myself a bit nervous when out running and I can tell I am holding back. You will find yourself back at it soon enough. In the mean time, love hiking and fall is such a pretty time to hike. OH and super cute jazzy boots!!! Hello, love them πŸ™‚
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  5. So sorry that your run didn’t go well – hopefully soon all of the aches and problems will heal up so that you can get back to the business of running and training!!!
    You look awesome at the top of the hike!!!
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  6. Hey Angela, I haven’t been around for awhile– so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I have so much empathy. Although not my achilles, I have terrible piriformis pain– the simple act of stepping off a curb sends a pain so intense, my eyes water. Maybe in six months, we can limp our 26.2 together! Hang in there beautiful girl! xoxo
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    1. I’ve got that same pain in the butt…although the tears don’t come as easily anymore. Progress! Fingers crossed we WON’T be limping in 6 months. I couldn’t take it!

    1. Thanks Melanie! And those exact words SO CUTE were the first thing that came out of my mouth when I saw them. My old hiking boots were plain old brown. I’m loving the pop of color!

    1. Thanks Heather and sending positive vibes back your way. Take care of yourself and be smart about the pain. You’ve still got plenty of time before the marathon to nip it in the bud.

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