Last Monday I woke up with a sore throat, swollen glands, and pain in my ears. I was caught of guard by this illness because I had been so healthy all winter and spring and had felt great the night before. Since my Mom and my nieces arrived for their visit later that day I decided to take it easy, to back off my training, and to enjoy all of the wonderful time with my family. My body was definitely signaling me that it needed a few moments to slow down. For the last month it feels as though I had been going non-stop; biking, swimming, running, cooking, being a mom, going on field trips, celebrating graduations, move-up days and more in addition to writing and working on growing my Organic Runner Mom blog. In addition to all of my busyness Organic Runner Dad has been keeping a highly exhausting travel schedule. I tend to run at high speed at all times and keep a very full plate and can usually handle all of the juggling. But sometimes you just need to slow down and give yourself a break!
While my mom and the girls were here I put the blog on hold for a few days and back off from my crazy Half Ironman training schedule to give my body a chance to feel better. We went on some fantastic adventures while my family was here. We took a trip up Mt. Washington on the Cog Railway which was a new experience for my nieces and their excitement was palpable. it was rainy but the giant puffy clouds made for some amazingly beautiful views at the top.
The following day we filled our day with adventures in Norwich, Vermont. First an incredible lunch at King Arthur Flour where the kids got to see some of the bakers in action followed by hours of endless exploration and hands on fun at the Montshire Museum. On the last day of their visit we started the morning exploring our fields and woods on our property and picking and enjoying wild strawberries. After that we headed to the recently opened North Country Climbing Center in Lisbon,NH to challenge our little monkeys with climbing the wall and some bouldering fun.
On Friday we said goodbye to my mom and the girls filled with giggles and new memories. We had a quiet day to ourselves where I grabbed an easy treadmill run. Over the weekend the kids visited with their grandparents and Organic Runner Dad and I headed to Bates College for his 15th reunion.
The reunion was and will always be special for us because Bates College is where we met almost 16 years ago. I was the new Freshman Women’s rowing coach (having graduated from rival Colby College in 1999) and he was a Senior Captain of the Men’s Crew team . . . it’s a long story but let’s just say we have now been married for 14 years! We had a great weekend exploring the places that we used to go together and the place where our romance had all started, the Bates College boathouse in Greene, Maine. We even got to enjoy some time out on the Andsroscoggin River canoeing, a place where we had spent countless hours rowing and coaching. Even though our Colby College–Bates College Family Rivalry remains strong my heart is full after a weekend in a place that has such incredible meaning to us.
Finally by the end of the weekend I was feeling more rested and my ears have started to feel a lot better although not 100%. We rounded out the weekend with a 14 mile bike ride in our town together. We even got to rescue a box turtle on our route!
This week I hope to get back on track with my training but now that summer vacation is underway for the kids I never know what adventures each day will have in store for us!
What have you been up to lately? Have you been on any trips or any adventures?
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