This is an incredible story! Please check it out. I can relate to fighting cut offs in a 100 miler. I don’t know when I’ll do another one, but I really hope I have a little more resolve now. I feel like I do, I just need a race to test it!
Two years ago we went to Rocky Mountain National Park. We loved and it and vowed to go back. In a couple days, we’ll head out and Jasper will get his first mountain trip. This photo is from the very popular Bear Lake hike. Last time we went we did a hike where we summited a 12000 foot peak above tree line. This time we have a long list of short hikes to do, in case a certain little Owl decides he’s had enough. He’ll be going in the Ergo with me carrying him for all the hikes. We also plan on just hanging out at our cabin, eating pie at the Bald Pate Inn, and drinking good micro brew. There was a half marathon in Boulder, I wanted to do, but decided against throwing in difficult logistics. Instead I will enjoy a long run either in the park or around Estes Park, the town right outside the national park with a nice little hike and bike. Right now I am list making for the packing. Jasper has a lot of stuff….
Ryan asked me what races I was planning, and I’ve been meaning to post on it for awhile. First off, I love racing. I have no trouble getting out and doing my runs if I don’t have a race, but I love the ritual of it all, I love the challenge, and I love meeting other runners. I’ve done a couple little 10Ks since Jasper was born, but nothing where I had to really dig deep and push myself out of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to the race season in about 8 weeks or so.
One of the coolest side effects of having a blog is meeting people. I met awesome runners/ dads Mark, Derek, and Ryan this way. We’ve all become great friends and they have been so inspirational for me to work this balancing act of baby+work+running. Well, recently I met Jules, and she did an awesome post (and gave me a shout out!) about trying to keep up hobbies while you have an infant. Hello, the girl is trying to find time to run and ride her horse! How is that for being an active mama!?! I can sooooo relate. While I write a ton about running, I have about a billion other things I want to do that just don’t happen any more. Just a few: yoga (well, I get some but not 3 classes a week any more!), riding PeeWee (my bike), mountain biking, hiking, taking photos, baking, reading (got 2 books right now I am dying to get into), multiple TV series, movies, well you get the idea. As a mom of an infant, the only time you can do anything productive is when that baby is asleep. Now I also like my house clean, so I tend to have a long list of chores I want to get too also. I also have the Little Owl in day care, so when I am home with him it is the precious little time that we have together, and I feel terrible if I am not spending it with him. And, oh yeah, I have a husband it would be nice to spend time with other than tag teaming the Owl.
Jasper is 6 months old today. I really cannot use the excuse anymore of being a new mom/ having a new baby. As in: “Sorry I am late, I have a new baby.” “Sorry I dosed off in the middle of the meeting, I have a new baby.” “I know I have a bit of a gut, but I just had a baby.” At some point, I cannot make excuses anymore. Darn.