There’s been a legit lack of blogging here at Chasing Down a Dream over the past several weeks and I apologize for that. Training, kids, house work and work work are to blame for that. Oh and that fact that I’m typically fast asleep by 9:30 PM, thank you Ironman training, and back at it again by 4:30 AM. All of these things play a factor. But, once again, I’m going to work on my time management skills and see if I can show up here on a more regular basis. So, apology over and moving on!
As you all know, yesterday was Mother’s Day. Fortunately, I bribed my coach into making sure this was a recovery weekend so family time could be kept at a premium. Because of this, I had very little on my schedule and what I did have, I wanted to get it out-of-the-way asap. So! Just after 9 AM I headed down to the bike path with Little Boy Blue, his bicycle, two dogs and I made Ben tag along too! (As an aside, he’s injured so the running part of IM training has not been going his way. I forced him to take one for the team and come run with us in honor of Mother’s Day.) I had a 6 mile easy recovery run on my plan for the day. We all headed out together knowing that Ben would likely drop back into a run/walk depending upon how his leg felt. Little Boy Blue, Dog #2 and I charged ahead.
Almost immediately there was a big grin on that kids face and I know that he said more than once, I love you Mom. Ok, stop right there. My mother’s day had been made. I got gifts, don’t get me wrong, but spending a beautiful morning outdoors being active with most of my family, well the day doesn’t get much better than that.
Getting it done last year.
We jockeyed back and forth a bit as I had warned him before we set out that he needed to make sure to stay with me. There is a small road crossing with some hills that comes just before the two-mile mark. He dismounted and asked to run with the dog, so I road his bike. I must say that at 34 years old, I don’t fit all that well on a bike made for a 6-year-old. But he was highly entertained and we laughed. Ben and doggy #1, my girl G, managed to rock out four miles of run walk so we called it there for the morning. We had mulch to spread at the homestead and other projects to accomplish. I finished my last two miles quickly while they got to work.
We spent the remainder of the day doing yard work, relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company. And I have to tell you, it was absolutely perfect. I didn’t need anything fancy. I just needed to relax with my family. Life is pretty good most of the time, if you can just stop long enough to look at it.
Oh and my bike wheels got put on…. more to come on that!