As I got ready to write this week’s Rundown, I realized I hadn’t written last week’s Rundown! My goodness, I am slacking big time! First I was going to just let it go, but then I realized just how much fun I had my vacation week.
As I posted, I made my first goal for the year: running the 6.5 miles on the Rail Trail between Gardiner and Augusta. That was awesome, especially since it wasn’t as difficult as one might think. Now I wonder how far I can run??
Daisy and I got a lot of walking in. We didn’t go far each day, but we got out to enjoy the changing leaves and fresh air. Well, I enjoyed the changing leaves, she mostly enjoyed the sniffs and racing ahead of me. She did like chasing any floating leaves, pre-emptively attacking them before they could hit the ground.
I also got to play with the horses almost every day–I had wonderful weather on my vacation. It was almost too warm. I rode early in the morning most days, after the grain but before I threw out the hay to ensure it wasn’t too hot to make them exercise, much to the horses’ chagrin. But they did seem to appreciate the love, and I got to work my legs. Been a while since I had the time and place to make sure my legs were hanging the way they were supposed to be, heels down and on the horse instead of just reacting to what the horse was doing–or what I wanted the horse to be doing.
But I think the highlight of the week was the Great Inflatables Race.
I did it with 3 of my high school friends (and a daughter that got roped in), and we had soooo much fun. We had serious issues getting over some of the obstacles because we were laughing so hard!
I did the Insane Inflatable last year, and there were some differences in the obstacles: this year’s were made with a much softer plastic, which made waves across the whole obstacle as people walked on it in different places–and speeds. That just added a whole new difficulty level, not to mention more giggles.
The cool thing was that the set up course was 1.8 miles, so after all the waves went, we were invited to run it again. Second time was just as fun!
There has been talk of skater skirts next year, inspired by all the tutus we saw
Staring down the throat of the race (literally!) as we waited to start
Sliding home on the last obstacle!