August 28, 2011

Weekend Trip to Glenwood Springs

This past Friday Joe and I headed to Glenwood Springs without the girls.  We have never left them with someone else.  For the past 6 years either Joe or I have always been with them.  So, they are ready to hang out at a friend's house all weekend while we went and had some fun!

We spent the night a Hotel Denver right in downtown Glenwood Springs.  Friday night we enjoyed dinner at the Riviera Restaurant and then we played a round of mini golf.  Saturday morning we slept in and it was nice to not wake up to Lily crawling into bed with us.  We went to breakfast at Rosi's Little Bavarian Restaurant where I had Eggs Netupe.  I really wanted to try some of their homemade cinnamon rolls, pastries or just a slice of cake but I was too full!  After breakfast we headed over to the Yampa Spa.  The Yampa Spa had vapor caves which Joe and I love going to.  Finally after relaxing at the Spa we headed out for a hike.  We hiked to Hanging Lake.  It was super steep 1.5 mile hike from the parking lot.  In about 1 mile we gained over 1000 feet which equals about a 16% grade.  Joe and I were starting to get crunched for time so even though we were passing lots of the people on the trail and hauling a** it still took us about 45 minutes to get to the top.  It was worth it.  The lake is just beautiful.  After heading back to the car we stopped at Rib City for some excellent BBQ.  The BBQ was the best I have had in a long time. 

I wish I had tons and tons of pictures to show you but even though we took the camera with us we never had it one us so we did not take any pictures.  Click on the links above to get an idea.

August 26, 2011

Day 4 - 1 Mile

I am starting to worry that I am not going to hit 21 miles this week.  I did one mile run yesterday and a weight workout.  I was suppose to get up early and go for an early morning run but that did not happen today.  I am going to try and get some more miles in the weekend but since Joe and I are going away for the night I don't know if that will happen or not.

August 25, 2011

Day 3 - 8 Miles

Yep - I did some catching up today.  I did 5 miles first thing this morning and then another slow 3 miles at lunch.  Now I have a bank of some miles towards my goal of 21 miles this week.  I need this bank since my hubby and I are going out of town Friday night and I don't know if I will be able to get 3 miles in on Saturday.

August 24, 2011

Day 2 - 1.25 Miles

Yesterday I only did a 1.25 mile run because I also wanted to get in a quick weight workout.  I wanted to finish the other miles up after work but that did not happen as well.  I did catch up today because I was able to get in a 5 mile run this morning before work.  I am also hoping to get in another few miles at lunch so I can stock up!  My hubby and I are going away on Friday night.  This is the first time in the last 6 years (since we had kids) that we have ever left them with a friend/babysitter over night so we are due!

August 22, 2011

Day 1 - 3.03 Miles

I had hoped to run first thing in the morning and then get another couple of miles in at lunch but I decided to sleep in instead!  I did have a great 3 miles and my pace was 9:45 which is fast for me. 

Running and Blogging

One thing I have noticed with this blog is that when I am running good and strong I blog a lot more and when I slack off on running the blog lags behind as well.  As you can guess I have not been running as much as I would like to be right now.  I head out for a long run and my mind is just not in it.  I have been mountain biking a few time instead of running and I am LOVING that.  Two weekends ago I went mountain biking on the hill behind Western (as I call it - I don't think it has a name!)  I did over 11 miles on the mountain bike and I only saw one other person the whole time.  It was awesome. 

Over the next 7 days I am going to try to average at least 3 miles a day for a total of 21 miles.  I really want to loose a couple of pounds (who doesn't!) mostly because we are going on a beach vacation in a few weeks and I have put on a few pounds.  I am going to post daily as to whether or not I did this.  Hopefully my doing committing to daily updates I will keep running and keep posting. 

August 20, 2011

Backpacking Trip with Mikayla

Last weekend my friend Sherri and I took our daughters backpacking.  Sherri is the pro backpacker so I just put on my pack and follow her lead.  We took the girls to Boulder Lake outside of Ohio City.  It was a hard hike with 2 miles of steep uphill but the girls survived with very little complaining.  Mikayla was strong and had no tears!  The hike was 7 miles round trip and we had beautiful views during the hike.

Here is Mikayla and Lydia.  Lydia is 9 years old and they are best buds.

Our campsite.

On our way home my friend Sherri made a comment that she could easily go backpacking again the next day.  I had to say that my shoulders needed to recover first!  I was sore and tired on Monday and Tuesday but it was worth it.  I love the fact that I can take my 6 year old backpacking and all of the memories she will have of these trips.  Joe was upset that he wasn't allowed to come but Lily said she wants to go next year.