Just when I was really starting to get used to the crazy wild animals and carrying a knife in my flip belt, it was time to go home.

Who wouldn't miss this?

Who wouldn’t miss this?

I dare say I will miss the hills.

I will not miss being scared shitless every time I headed out for an early morning run or singing “La la la la la la, sing a happy song!” at the top of my lungs like a lunatic when treading though some particularly remote area.

 

WEEK OF AUGUST 3, 2015

RUNNING: I have to admit I was savoring my last week of running in the wild. I was just getting used to all my running routes, where the hills are, where the really big hills are, where the port-o-pottys are and how I could best manage my splits. I will miss the views the most but I will take them with me and pull them back out whenever I need them.

Total miles: 28

ICYMI - my new favorite shirt from Oiselle!

ICYMI – my new favorite shirt from Oiselle! Cheesy grin not inlcuded.

CYCLING: There is a ride I want to do just one more time! Ok, I want to do at least once a week for the rest of my life. When I think about the bike/swim/bike I did last Monday, I just want to do it again and again. I started at the boy’s day camp, rode 12 miles to the spot in the lake where the lap lanes are, swam for 20 minutes and then rode back. It’s a day I won’t soon forget.

Total miles: 50

Transition area, lake style.

Transition area, lake style.

SWIMMING: I think I may cry the first time I have to swim at the YMCA pool this week. I seriously cannot believe how much I’ve come to love swimming in open water…well, open water that is clean and void of fish. For all the insane wildlife I saw on land, I barely saw any fish whatsoever when I was swimming, save for minnows. Figure that out.

I never thought it would be possible to get this happy from an open water swim!

I never thought it would be possible to get this happy from an open water swim!

I have almost three weeks until my next triathlon where I will once again attempt to qualify for nationals by finishing in the top 10 women. I hope all this swimming pays off big!

THINGS I LOVE: My Dad tried SUP for the first time in his long life and loved it! I mean LOVED IT. He was on Amazon on the car ride home pricing them out.

If he had a cigar we would have never seen him again. How far is Cuba from Lake Winnipesaukee?

If he had a cigar we would have never seen him again. How far is Cuba from Lake Winnipesaukee?

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time then you know my dad is my hero. This is just one of the many reasons why. He’s not afraid to try new things and, if he loves something, he just goes for it and gets it. #NeverStopLearning

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Kids puking at a restaurant, especially when it’s my kid. Ugh. Apparently Vaughn exceeded his chocolate milk quota for the day the moment we sat down to eat at a nice, waterside restaurant. You don’t want to know what the ducks did. #Grossout #WeAreNeverGoingBackThere #SoSorry

Vaughn (on the right) in a much happier moment at Town Docks in Meredith.

Vaughn (on the right) in a much more peaceful moment, at Town Docks in Meredith, NH. #Triplets

READING: I cannot believe I finished three entire, 300+ page books while I was in New Hampshire. That, to me, is heaven and something that will not be duplicated in the near future. I’m looking forward to getting back to reading all my favorite blogs, all my favorite online media sites and this one in particular:

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Thanks for the health and fitness web find ValentineRD!

And, to all my non-running mom friends, this is why we hang out, right? I express my love for you guys (and why you love me) in my latest article for RunHaven…!

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RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK: While having lunch with my husband one day last week, I saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that read “Bike, Run, Walk” so I said to my husband “What the hell kind of a race is that?” His response:

“I want one that says Walk, Crawl, Sleep.”

How are we still married? Or maybe I should say this is why we’re still married.

It’s good to be home! I’ll be back to my regular blogging schedule (Mon/Wed/Fri) so get your eyeballs ready…

How was your week?

Are you ready for Fall or desperately holding onto summer?