A Whole Weekend

I don’t get whole weekends off, usually. I work at least one day at the ski store so it really does cut into my free time quite a bit. However, due to a happy (but still slightly irritating) schedule, I have the whole weekend off! So of course, this called for some serious overscheduling.

I’ve been feeling pretty good the last part of this week. My first run after the race (the report is coming! I promise!) was brutal. All those overworked muscles in my legs were feeling sore and tired. I’ve been taking it fairly easy this week because I’m feeling some pain in my right knee and ankle. I really really don’t need an silly injury right now.  But I also don’t want to take off of running completely because in a mere four weeks I should be starting a marathon training program!

For my long run on Saturday, I decided to do something a little different.  I headed to Great Falls National Park (where I paced Ashleigh for her North Face 50k in the spring) and hit the trails.

From the Great Falls Park Facebook page

It. Was. Perfect. Exactly what I needed. The weather was fantastic, the trails were calm and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so relaxed on a run. I had my Garmin and Nike+ to keep track of the time but tried ignoring my pace. You can tell that I was taking it SUPER easy:

And I am totally satisfied with that. I do think I went a bit farther than the Garmin says I did–it’s been acting a little wonky for the first 12-15 mins of my runs lately. But who cares–the entire goal of my run was to let loose and have fun. Which I absolutely accomplished!

Saturday afternoon I set out to Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch for some good ol’ corn mazing and pumpkin picking with friends.

Finding our way through the maze was disappointingly easy. I prefer longer mazes.

Our bounty!

After wandering through the patch, making animal friends, and buying all sorts of random items at the general store, we headed back for MORE pumpkin activities (pumpkin carving and beer drinking. Obvio)

After a jam packed Saturday, I was grateful to take a quieter track on Sunday. Sadly, I didn’t take full advantage of another gorgeous fall day but I feel like the pajama wearing, late breakfast morning and grocery shopping were still well worth it.

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