Weekly Mileage: 4/17-5/7
I have been MIA, but with good reason. I (mostly) unplugged for two weeks during a mega road trip between tours, away from cell service, and nowhere near a computer. This week, I hopped on a plane riding on two hours of sleep and returned to work on the opposite side of the country and have been catching up on sleep in my free time ever since.
I'm exhausted. I'm on cloud nine. I'm surfing the high tide of life. I have the post-road trip blues. I have a cheesy grin plastered on my face when remembering all the fun. But most of all, I'm finally feeling recharged and ready to establish a routine again which first begins with my weekly mileage post and recapping a road trip I won't soon forget...
Monday, April 17 - After 5.5 weeks working in Indiana, we said
|Recognize this road? Hint: I'm pretty tired...I think I'll go home now.|
Wednesday, April 19 - Watched the sun rise above the mitten buttes, made coffee/tea + breakfast for my mom and I, ran the Wildcat Trail that circumnavigates the left mitten (the only public trail where you don't have to hire a Navajo guide), packed out our camp site and we were off to see/stay/help my brother move to a new location in Fountain Hills, AZ || 4 miles (trails) || Monument Valley, AZ + Fountain Hills, AZ
|The View Campground|
Friday, April 21 - 5 mile run + soaking up every moment with my mom, brother and niece! || Fountain Hills, AZ
Saturday, April 22 - 5.8 mile run + my niece turned 5 months! + spent the day helping my bro + his wife move into their new home. || Fountain Hills, AZ
Sunday, April 23 - Ran 4.2 miles in the morning + moving day part II + spent the night in my bro's new place! || Fountain Hills, AZ
2 Rest Days
3 Time Zones
25 Miles Running
2 Days Moving
2 Hours at Top Golf
4 States (IN, CO, UT, AZ)
1st Time in Monument Valley
Monday, April 24 - Finished the final touches of my brother's move, returned the UHaul, and departed Fountain Hills too soon. Why is it that time flies at warp speed when you're surrounded by those you love most? We said our tearful goodbyes, and left Fountain Hills for Sedona (Cave Springs Campground). || REST || Fountain Hills + Sedona, AZ
Wednesday, April 26 - My mom hasn't spent a lot of time in Flagstaff, so I took her to one of Casey and I's favorite coffee joints, showed her the Route 66 Amtrak station, downtown Flagstaff, Buffalo Park, NAU, and then Walnut Canyon National Monument where we viewed the remains of cliff dwellings built/inhabited by the Sinagua ("without water") people between 1125 and 1250. Plus, mom got her Lifetime National Park Pass for $10 before the price is set to increase. Then we were off to Grand Canyon National Park nearly five years after taking my mom there for the first time to celebrate the end of her cancer treatment (May 2012). Upon arrival, we set up camp at Mather Campground, hit up the lodge, had dinner, watched the sunset from Bright Angel and then made smores and drank wine by the fire. It was such a great night spent under a beautifully lit sky in one of my favorite places with my favorite person. || REST || Flagstaff + Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
En route to Vegas, I learned that I would be rejoining Casey out East starting May 1st for a short tour with a marketing company and client we absolutely adore. Therefore, I pulled over to cancel my original flight, researched a new one that would get me close enough to New Haven, sent it for approval, and later that night booked it (I love this crazy tour life!). As we continued the journey to Sin City, my mom mentioned she hadn't seen the Hoover Dam in 20-30 years so we made sure to add it as a stop and then I also added the nearby Lake Mead Overlook before finishing the drive to our final destination. We finally checked into our hotel(!), rested a little bit and then finished the night by walking to Cosmopolitan to have a late night dinner at Holsteins Shakes and Buns. || REST || Grand Canyon National Park + Las Vegas, NV
After picking up the birthday girl, I learned that she hadn't stumbled around Las Vegas in the past (which almost made me cancel our plans entirely to stay on the Strip), has never seen the Hoover Dam and just saw Lake Mead from the airplane. You guessed it! En route back to the Grand Canyon (almost exactly a year after we ran R2R2R) I made sure to stop at the Hoover Dam/Lake Mead Overlook again so she could get a solid taste of Nevada (sans Eiffel Tower margs, slots, and lights) before our quick departure (FYI, I LOVE
Logan got a small snack, we soaked in the sunshine and the views, caught the bus back to the Visitor Center to get my rental car, hit the lodge for pizza + celebratory beers (what a difference mileage in the Big Ditch can make on post-run libations) and then finally made our way back to our camp site where we broke down everything so we could get moving to our next stop: Monument Valley. Yes, it is THAT GORGEOUS it deserves a second visit (and many, many, more). We watched the sunset over the mittens, set up camp, read for a hot second and passed out. || 20 miles || Grand Canyon National Park + Monument Valley, AZ
|shoes: Altra Olympus 2.0|
|House on Fire|
We drooled over this well-preserved Anasazi dwelling, mesmerized by its history and its condition. We hiked past it a little further attempting to spot more (unadvertised) dwellings before turning back around to continue the trip home. Next up was Moab where we enjoyed the most delicious gourmet quesadillas from Quesadilla Mobilla (thanks for the intro, LB!). Following a solid food coma, we took the scenic drive by Fisher Towers and loaded up on Starbucks not long after crossing the state border in Rifle, CO. I rode that Pikes Place Roast high all the way to Denver where I dropped off Logan at her car and backtracked home to Winter Park where I made it home before 11 p.m. The fun didn't end though as I stayed up until nearly 3 a.m. unloading the car, putting everything away, preparing our condo for my departure, unpacking/repacking, showering and finally got about 2 hours of shut eye before waking up at 5 a.m. to do laundry (that Pikes Place was on point). || 4 miles hiking/running || Monument Valley, AZ + Bears Ears National Monument + Moab, UT + Denver + Winter Park, CO
24 miles of hiking/trail running
2 Time Zones
4 States (AZ, NV, UT, CO)
1st Time in Cedar Mesa/Bears Ears
One Helluva Road Trip
Monday, May 1 - Got up at 5 a.m. to do laundry. Finished packing and departed Winter Park for DIA around 6:45 a.m. Dropped off my rental car and caught my first flight of two en route from Denver to LaGuardia (layover: Chicago). From LaGuardia I took a taxi just a few miles away to meet Casey (our work vehicle is too big for him to pick me up from an airport) and we drove to New Haven, CT for our next event. || REST || Winter Park/Denver, CO + Chicago
|Oh hey, Chicago!|
Tuesday, May 2 - Worked || REST || New Haven, CT
Wednesday, May 3 -Worked || REST || New Haven, CT
Thursday, May 4 - Worked || REST || New Haven, CT to Providence/Warwick, RI
Friday, May 5 - Worked || REST || Providence/Warwick, RI
Saturday, May 6 - REST || Providence/Warwick, RI
Sunday, May 7 - Explored Newport, Rhode Island with Case || Walked 6-8 miles || Newport/Warwick, RI
|Who knew the International Tennis Hall of Fame was in Rhode Island?|
0 Miles Running
5 States (CO, IL, NY, CT, RI)
3 Time Zones
Countless Hours of Sleep
After clocking nearly 3,000 miles (2,930 to be exact) on an epic road trip with my 65-year-old mother who was down to camp for the first time in 40+ years, embracing new adventures, new experiences and making priceless new memories along the way + spending time with my brother while soaking in every baby smell, coo, and smile from my niece + returning to the Grand Canyon with my trail sister/birthday girl/ultimate adventure bud = my heart is literally about to EXPLODE with happiness. I am so grateful for my family, my friends, my boyfriend, and this life that I have worked so hard for and risked to have. The icing on the cake was melting into the arms of my better half in New York and feeling whole again.
LIFE IS GOOD.
Next week's goals: Running 30(+?) miles including speed work + weights. Plus, cranking out a crocheted scarf or two (I've got about 12 or so to crochet between now and October as "thank you" gifts for those that have donated to the ACS). And lastly, settling back into the work groove as we're officially back on the road for the remainder of the year (or until Thanksgiving-ish) with three separate tours and I couldn't be more excited!
Final note: Life is short. LIVE. Seriously, LIVE. Dance in the rain. Take risks. Smile more. Love hard. Travel far. Retirement is not guaranteed. Nor is your health. Stop putting your dreams or your goals on hold, grab life by the horns, and ride off into the sunset!