The week had kicked me in the butt big time. Nothing dramatically bad happened, it was just a huge rat race of just me here shuttling Jasper everywhere, with a dash of behavior jags thrown in. I fell into a heap every night, and barely managed my yoga challenge, but did it. Go me! Today is was my only outdoor run this week, and tomorrow is another treadmill day too. I needed a stress relief run. I was grouchy and doubtful I’d make good company, but I really needed to hang with friends. Weeks when it’s just me and Jasp we are so busy I feel like I lose all contact with friends. I met Steve and Meghan for 8 miles and then had about 10 on my own after they left. I love the town lake trail, but usually the group doesn’t want to do the whole trail loop. I figured it would be a good day to do it since I was going to be solo a large chunk of the run. for those who don’t know,it’s about 10 miles of mostly wooded, gravel trail, along a lake in the middle of downtown. Pretty awesome, huh.
It was wonderful. It was about 55 degrees which is perfect running weather in my book. After a quick run with friends I devoured every moment on the trail, inhaling the smell of pine with each step. The cypress trees had lost their leaves and the ground was damp making the whole run smell like Christmas trees. I watched the sun rise and loved that all the guys out fishing by the new Boardwalk had their boats decorated for Christmas. I ran into an old trail running friend and caught up a bit for a couple miles. I miss this run. I love this loop. I need to do it more. I came home a much more relaxed person.
And the I got stupid on an afternoon museum outing with Jasp. I guess I failed to eat and drink enough because I spent some time in the museum wondering how embarrassed I’d be if I passed out. Salty food and lots of water made me immediately better. There are times a person can actually have a physical need for fries….and this was one of them.
And I have a fantasy that one day Austin will have a really good natural history museum. How do we manage to have one of the largest universities in the country and tons of dinosaur and ice age mammal bones come out of this state and only have a teeny, tiny, natural history museum? I’ll take any chance I can get to see dinosaur bones and I love the Texas pterosaur, but come people we need more. The Texas Memorial does good for what it is, but it just seems like as big as UT is, it would have a huge museum.
I guess it’s never a bad day though to manage 18 miles, a pterosaur viewing, and another batch of cookies!
Of yeah and someone already went up a belt in taekwondo! So proud of my angel!