Tag: Family

Yosemite

Heyo! It’s been a bit longer than planned since my last post- oops.

Let’s see, I ran some, I slacked off, ate food, gave myself heat stroke and cut my hair. Great, now that we are caught up, let’s move on to cool part. I went to Yosemite for the first time!

My brother is a crazy person who builds houses during the week and summits mountains on the weekends, car camping and taking amazing pictures along the way. He said he wanted to take my mother and I to Yosemite before things got crazy for the summer. Umm, ok?

Woah, 4 AM came early. And the drive was longer than I thought it would be… with my brother driving my car like it was a NASCAR race. That first view driving down into the park is just great, you get a look of Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome all on the drive down.

We let my brother lead the way as he had planned the day… I thought I was prepared. He even told us, he was taking it easy on us… yeah, sure 18ish miles later! But this was “easy” as it only gained 1100 ft in elevation. Thanks, B.

We stuck mostly to the Valley Loop Trail with a few off shoots and add ons. The trail was crowded even on an overcast, slightly chilly day. There were parts where it felt like people were everywhere followed by parts where you felt so alone in the woods you almost forgot where you were. The trail varied from dirt to rocks to paved path.

Mirror Lake was gorgeous- I may have taken too many photos.

Yosemite Falls was awesome- although a massive crowd gatherer.

Half Dome watched over it all. Yet, I now realize I have no pictures??? How did I do that?

El Capitan was impressive.

Although I also hit my breaking point around El Cap. My blood sugar dropped, I was running low on water, may have worked myself into a panic attack and I turned into a major bitch. Climbers halfway up El Cap may have heard me shout “this is bullsh**” as I tripped on rocks trying to get closer. More than once. My bad.

Actually that put me into a dark mental space for the 4-5 miles it took to get back to the car. But let’s be honest- Yosemite is the sights and sounds… words don’t really work. Which is why this post is mostly pictures.

If you have been there, what was your favorite part?

If you haven’t been there-put it on your list!

Strike 2

And another missed long run.  If we are counting, I have not run long in 16 days.   SLO is 20 days away.   And yet, I am not freaking out.

I had great intentions with my long run this weekend but I also had great intentions with a lot of things this past weekend.  What do they say about intentions?    For some reason I made quite the weekend to-do list without taking some things into account.  Like I worked Saturday morning.  I wanted to spend 2+ hours at the movies.   Easter was Sunday.  Oh and I am a Slacker.    I accomplished maybe half of I wanted to do this weekend.   Better than nothing right?

This makes me laugh
This makes me laugh

After getting home from work on Saturday I headed out for the scheduled easy run.  While the overall pace looks easy, the run was kind of erratic.    I started out walking with my mom and then I would run ahead and double back.  Except that didn’t always work.   Every now and then I would lose her somehow and have to run like hell to catch up.  I did one hill loop backwards with the hope of catching her at the bottom after that loop but no luck, she was already more than halfway up it.   I’ve never run that side of the hill but I gave it my best.  Halfway up I needed a short walk break before resuming running.    I lost her one other time towards the end too when she switched streets on me.  I ended up spotting her though an alley and again had to haul.   I loved the walk breaks when I caught up with her.    🙂   So let’s call it easy meets fartlek training?  6.5 miles done.sat4-4I did spend the evening at the movies.  I am a sucker for the Fast and Furious movies so I dragged my mother with me to see Furious 7.   Yes, it was totally over the top and borderline ridiculous but I still loved it.  I only got a little teary eyed.   We lucked out with fresh and hot popcorn and I disregarded all dietary rules.  It’s not like I go to the movies all that often.   🙂

Sunday dawned and after a week of rough sleep, and not getting to sleep before 1 the night before, I was looking forward to sleeping in.   I woke up at 8.  Seriously?!  I briefly thought about going for my run but really wanted to fall back asleep.  I stayed in bed until 9 when I gave up on the sleeping in.   Kimi was happy though, she loves when I sleep longer.   So one of us was happy.  🙂

Well, she was happy until I got up
Well, she was happy until I got up

I knew we were having family dinner for Easter so I needed to run before that.   The time came to get a 10-12 mile run in and I just wasn’t feeling it.   I kept putting it off.   First 10 minutes then 20 and so on.  I finally decided that I would head out for an easy 6 and call it good for the day.    But even that didn’t happen.  My uncle dropped by for a surprise visit.  Family trumps running, right?    After that we enjoyed a yummy dinner and there was no way I was running after that.  So long run fail.

But I am actually ok with it.   Something in me just wasn’t feeling it this week and I decided to listen to that little voice.  Yes, that re-confirms my Slacker status.   That being said I cannot miss my long run this coming weekend.  Plus all the stuff I didn’t get done last weekend.  Oh and I have a race!  First 5K in 5 months.   And it’s gonna kick my ass.  I am so looking forward to it!!

Happy Monday!  Can that even be a thing?

What was the last movie you saw?

Ever missed 2 long runs in a row?