Thursday, September 3, 2015

This girl impressed the heck out of us tonight.

This evening she asked me if she could run in the 8.5k Nomad Trail Race at Roberts Farm Preserve. She had heard all the stories about what a tough race it is, the weather was extremely hot & humid, she was tired from her first week at school, and yet she was excited for an opportunity to get out and run! I was going up there anyway to photograph the event, so I was more than happy to sign her up.
She was nervous at the start because she's never run a race without any of the rest of our family with her, but tonight she was on her own. 
It was a long time before she reached the first point where I would see her, so I was starting to get worried that the trails were taking their toll on her. They were. She was walking instead of running, and crying. When I ran up to her, she started telling me how awful she felt. I was horrified, but not really surprised since that race course made me cry too. I told her that there was no shame in quitting if it hurt. Nobody wanted her to hurt herself running a race. She asked how far she had gone, and how much further she had to go. I didn't know, but informed her that I did know that the water station wasn't much further ahead. She said that she would get there and make her decision. When she reached the water station, she guzzled 3 glasses of water and decided to keep going! I am so proud of her for showing such toughness and gumption in the face of adversity. Those trails are tough, and long.
As it turns out, they were even longer for her. She took a wrong turn and ended up being out there in the woods for so much longer than expected. She has never run that far before! Fortunately, she had found another young girl out there who was also hopelessly lost, and they helped each other find the correct trail back to the finish line. We adults were just heading out to find them because it was starting to get dark, when they came RUNNING out of the woods! Those girls sprinted and chased each other to the finish line; laughing as they finished a crazy adventure together!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ice cream? Nope!

It's an absolutely delicious concoction of frozen bananas, peanut butter, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Just puree it all together in a food processor and enjoy on a hot summer day!

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's been a while...

They haven't been home much this summer, so Lily has been out to pasture. She was a bit fiesty while they were riding her around the yard, but when they started crawling all over her, and standing up on her back, she remembered how to stand like a statue!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Barely Legal

She caught a brook trout that was just big enough to fry up for supper! It sure was a tasty tidbit! I decided it was more like hunting than fishing though, because the brook is so shallow right now. She and her brother had to search out all the fishy hiding spots. Their patience paid off though with lots of bites and they had lots of fun together! I enjoyed tagging along behind them, listening to their banter, and relaxing near the water.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Laliberte Invitational

Today is the official start of cross country season! Woohoo!! Let's go Vikings!!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

We celebrated with a run, of course!
And afterwards - a quick dip in the beaver bog. For Amber. Not me!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Commemorative Mugs

We were the only 2 in the family who completed all the races in the series this year!
2 years in a row for both of us!! 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LA Bridge Run 5k

This morning the boys and I ran the 3rd and final race in this year's Greater LA Triple Crown 5k Series. I was feeling a bit 'under the weather', but decided to run/walk the race anyway because I wanted to finish out the series, and because it's such a pretty course which crosses 3 bridges that connect the cities of Auburn and Lewiston, Maine. My younger son stayed with me, and helped me to smile throughout a tough race - he also motivated me to a 37+ minute finish, which was way better than I was expecting! (You might also note that suddenly he's taller than me!!)
My older son ran a slower race than he would have liked, but he ran with a cross-country buddy and they had a great time enjoying the course together. Both of my boys proved that they are learning the lessons I am trying to teach them - sometimes running races is more about the people than the clock. However, he still placed 5th for his age group, and his consistency over the 3-race series paid off. He WON the Triple Crown Trophy for his age group! (Now, we just need to find the time to get back to the city and pick it up!)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Table Tennis

This morning we set up the net on the kitchen table and put the rest of the World 'on hold'. 
It was almost too much fun! If someone else in the family didn't know how to cook we would have starved.