And I Could See For Miles, Miles, Miles...

Oh, what a weekend it was.

Saturday I was up bright and early for my long run (what else is new?). When I woke up, every fiber in my being told me that I had put my body through enough for the week and that I should rest it and go back to sleep. I'm so glad I didn't because I had an amazing run! It's been no secret around here that I've been really nervous about adjusting to running hills. I (surprisingly) crushed a few short runs last week but I was still nervous about attempting a long run. There is no way to get to my apartment without running at least 2 miles uphill, so instead of doing that, I drove to the Huckleberry Trail where I rode my bike last week. I ran 4 miles out and 4 miles back and while it was certainly much hillier than I'm used to, I was pretty proud of the fact that I went out there and did it! Most surprising is that my pace has not been affected whatsoever, which makes so sense to me but gives me a lot of confident for my fall races.

After my run I did some homework and waited for Ben and Bane to arrive! When they got here we ate lunch, went back to the Huckleberry for a family walk (where we saw a game of cricket going on and could not figure out WTF was happening), went to eat dinner (where we ate outside until it started pouring rain out of nowhere), and watched a movie. I must have missed them more than I thought because just being with them made this the BEST day. We had so much fun I completely forgot to take a #100happydays picture - ironically (or not?) it was probably the happiest day I've had since I started posting the photos.

Continuing my new tradition of doing Blacksburg-y things I had never done before, we decided to spend Sunday afternoon hiking the Cascades. It was Bane's first time hiking and mine is...many many moons. We had a great time and I'm tired so I'll let the pictures do (most of) the talking:





My whole world <3 









Bane loved it! He did so great with all the walking and with the water, which he usually doesn't like. He even walked through it a little bit. I was one proud mama.

I'm obsessed with this picture and already have it printed out and framed on my desk
We had a great ~24 hours together and I was sad to see them go. I hope this weekend was just a preview of all the fun family adventures we'll have when we're all living here full-time!

9 comments :

  1. You'll be great racing on hills in no time!! :) Sounds like a great weekend with Ben and Bane!! I think I hiked the Cascades like 4 times and it was always an adventure! One time Peter and I got caught in a hail storm trying to come back down!! Love the last picture :)

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  2. wow I suck at hills, so I can't even imagine! You'll get there though, I am sure! The pictures you took are amazing, especially that last one! Perfect.

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  3. You go girl!!! This post makes me really want to go on a long, fun hike somewhere!!

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  4. Look at you go! 8 miles on hills is no joke. And then back for a walk?

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  5. I really want to go hiking now!! :) your dog is just the cutest! That's so awesome your pace wasn't affected at all on the hills. Go you!

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  6. Such cool photos!!! Looks like we both had our fair share of hiking lately!! :) It's the best, isn't it?!

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  7. BANE IS SO CUTE. i have thought that for awhile but i don't think i have ever told you.. I can't wait to get a pup. i think you guys are set for your christmas card with that last photo........

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