Getting our butts in gear.

Friday was a rest day in prep for my Rock the Parkway half. With baseball practices and such, we only have the 2 littlest guys with us at dinnertime, so we took Bowie and Tatum for burgers and shakes at The Burger Stand. After that, I suggested a hike at the river trails to burn off some energy.

I know that we all hear the stories about kids becoming obese and sedentary due to fast food and video games. I guess I am lucky that my boys, save for the “treat” meal that night, really like eating healthy foods. And while they do like to play video games, it is after they’ve spent a chunk of time being active. I have very outdoorsy kids and sometimes it is an effort to drag them back inside.

The boys really love the river trail because it is beginner-friendly to run on, and just really beautiful. They like to play “Indiana Jones” as they run along. Tatum was running so fast, I was sure he was going to trip and face-plant, but somehow he managed to stay upright.

We did the 2 mile loop, to make sure we wouldn’t be out after dark. And those little legs do get tired. On the return trip, Tatum was poking along a bit. I told him to get his butt in gear. He told me that his butt was in gear but it was out of gas. Haha! Cute kiddo!

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Saturday was to be my Rock the Parkway Half… I have done this race two years in a row, and had a really fun run with a PR last year. This year, apparently, wasn’t meant to be. I had set my alarm, and even woke up at 2 (as I always do) to double-check my phone. Later I woke up at 7:00 to a “Welcome to iPhone” screen. My phone installed an update and restarted.

I told myself that I was probably too tired to run it anyway. But I was still very upset. Another race that I didn’t get to run because I am sick. Not happy about that at all.

I was really run-down all day but as stubborn as I am, I wanted to get some kind of a run in. I picked up some produce at Sprouts and decided since Rock Chalk Trails were nearby, I would head over there.

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I rarely run Rock Chalk Trails. I don’t care for the material the trails are made from, and it is a very hilly course. They are made of chunked up aggregate, so they are very hard and crunchy. I like dirt better. And I am just not really able to handle a lot of hills now. But I made 2 loops around the course and got in a little over 3 miles. (You can read my trail review here.)

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