Next adventure!

No post about running… Not enough of that lately with a knee that’s acting up.

We are, however, heading out on an adventure next week: a week exploring a 40 mile section of the Ozark Highlands Trail. We’ll hit the most scenic parts, with waterfalls, stream crossings, and all kinds of fun. 7 days in the middle of nowhere!

This week will be spent going through backpacking lessons with the kids. We’ll give them basic lessons on what to do in a variety of things, like how to set up camp, how to make a fire, crossing rivers, etc.

Lesson 1: Making camp. What to do when we arrive at our destination for the day. They know how to set up their tent, but we’ll make sure they can do it efficiently. Who does what when we get to camp (Luke begins collecting wood, Hannah sets up the tent, etc), how to pack it all up the next morning. Should be fun!

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Running with mini me…

If I’m being honest, my knee is still bothering me. Not bad, but its there. I can still run, and it hasn’t slowed me, but I can feel it. I hope it just ends up going away, but I don’t know that it happens like that.

To that end, I ran a short and easier run this morning with my son. It was awesome! He ran really well, even on a tough route with some big climbs… he ran every step! It was great for me to run easy and to get to spend time with him. He loves doing it, even waking up at 5:00 to get it done early.

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More morning miles…

In Mount Pleasant.

We just did an easy 5, but it was interesting. Cops had pulled over a guy on a bike. They let him go, and he was riding down the road swerving all over the place. Then, he turned or something… We lost him. And the cops rode down the road spotlighting the sidewalks, like they were looking for something. Really weird.

So, 5 muggy miles. Followed by a busy workday. And tomorrow calls for a hard tempo run. At least it’ll be flat!

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I don’t know how Luke has so much energy! Oh to be 8 years old again…

Bowling is just simple fun. Who knew being so terrible at something could still be fun?

Rachel nearly beat the rest of us combined in the first game.

I don’t know how Luke has so much energy! Oh to be 8 years old again…

Bowling is just simple fun. Who knew being so terrible at something could still be fun?

Rachel nearly beat the rest of us combined in the first game.

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No pics…

Because it was too dark! I love it.

A nice run this morning from the hotel to Isle of Palms and back. It was 7.3 miles on an out and back. No turns, just 3.65 out, 3.65 back. I like the simplicity of that.

And the flatness of Charleston is a nice change from our usual hills!

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It was a dark and quiet morning. The motorcycles took over town this weekend, but 5:00 am is apparently too early for them. There were hundreds parked all over town. 

5 easy miles early, and since then we’ve been making our way to Charleston. It’ll be a long night.

It was a dark and quiet morning. The motorcycles took over town this weekend, but 5:00 am is apparently too early for them. There were hundreds parked all over town.

5 easy miles early, and since then we’ve been making our way to Charleston. It’ll be a long night.

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Bad picture… But this is just about my favorite spot to run. Wide forest service road, clear skies. Even though it was too humid and warm for my liking, it was a great morning for 10 miles. 

I haven’t mentioned it to my coach livelongtrainhard, but I took this week off of running to rest my right knee. It had been bothering me a bit. Since it was a down week anyway, I thought I would take advantage. It definitely helped. I’m looking forward to being back out there with my normal schedule from now on!

Bad picture… But this is just about my favorite spot to run. Wide forest service road, clear skies. Even though it was too humid and warm for my liking, it was a great morning for 10 miles.

I haven’t mentioned it to my coach livelongtrainhard, but I took this week off of running to rest my right knee. It had been bothering me a bit. Since it was a down week anyway, I thought I would take advantage. It definitely helped. I’m looking forward to being back out there with my normal schedule from now on!

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It was just a run…

It wasn’t awesome, which breaks my streak of great runs.

Then again, it wasn’t terrible. I ran 9 and change miles. The pace wasn’t too slow. And it was my favorite kind, in the dark before the world awakes.

Except the one drunk guy we see every morning walking down the road with a white trash bag. Every morning.

Heading to Memphis today, and will enjoy my long run there on the Greenline. 18 with 10 miles approaching marathon pace is going to be tough!

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Hills!
They’re unavoidable here in Hot Springs. I can either try to avoid them and end up running the same boring routes over and over… or, I can embrace them and run all over the place.
I guess I’ll embrace them.
So today, the schedule called for 14. With a 15 minute drive downtown, 15 minute drive back, and needing to start work at 8:00… ain’t nobody got time for that. I ended up with 11.5 and I’m good with that.
It was another awesome, nearly giddy run. 10 degrees cooler and I would have been giddy. As it was, it was warm and humid (75 degrees and ~99% humidity), but I couldn’t have been much happier. The running felt easy, I enjoyed the hills, and loved being out, in the dark, on familiar roads.
The overall time was about 1:32, which puts it right at 8:00 pace. livelongtrainhard (coach) would say that’s too fast… but it felt easy throughout and I didn’t feel like I was pushing it. Eventually my summer easy paces start to get faster… maybe that’s happening now.
I’ll enjoy my easy 4 tomorrow!

Hills!

They’re unavoidable here in Hot Springs. I can either try to avoid them and end up running the same boring routes over and over… or, I can embrace them and run all over the place.

I guess I’ll embrace them.

So today, the schedule called for 14. With a 15 minute drive downtown, 15 minute drive back, and needing to start work at 8:00… ain’t nobody got time for that. I ended up with 11.5 and I’m good with that.

It was another awesome, nearly giddy run. 10 degrees cooler and I would have been giddy. As it was, it was warm and humid (75 degrees and ~99% humidity), but I couldn’t have been much happier. The running felt easy, I enjoyed the hills, and loved being out, in the dark, on familiar roads.

The overall time was about 1:32, which puts it right at 8:00 pace. livelongtrainhard (coach) would say that’s too fast… but it felt easy throughout and I didn’t feel like I was pushing it. Eventually my summer easy paces start to get faster… maybe that’s happening now.

I’ll enjoy my easy 4 tomorrow!

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6 easy…

6 easy for me, running alongside my son for his long run.

Yep, little man knocked out 6 miles non-stop at a 10:40 pace. He’s doing great!

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