“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
This verse runs through my head quite often. However, I’ll be the first to admit that some days it’s a lot easier to rejoice than others. Today was one of the easy days. The sun was shining, the wind was mild, it was one of those all-around perfect spring days that remind us why the Midwest is an okay place to be sometimes.
We got up and headed to the zoo first thing. We have the cutest little zoo here that’s the perfect size for my kids.
We have a membership so we can pop in whenever we want.
Then we had Chipotle for lunch. I love that place. Mmmmm. I had a salad which was still about 10,000 calories by the time I added guac and cheese and meat.
When we came home we went for a bike ride. For the first time, Campbell took interest in her Strider bike and road it all the way to the park (2 blocks). It took about 20 minutes.
I am a helmet Nazi. Maybe I’ve mentioned that before? Helmets are not negotiable here.
Sometimes I’ll see friends with their kids on bike, sans helmet. I always ask them (the kids) where their helmets are. “Oh, he/she won’t wear one” the mom usually chimes in. I don’t get that. Then he/she shouldn’t be allowed to ride!
Yeah I know, I didn’t wear a helmet as a kid either. I also sat on the console between the front seats of my parents car and rode in the bed of my dad’s truck. Just because we weren’t as concerned about safety 20 years ago doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be now.
Tonight I didn’t feel like running at all so I took Lily to the park to run trails. I never mind running them. I let myself go as slow as I want to and I just enjoy it. Today I wore my New Balance Trail Minimus for the first time and they were AWESOME. It felt like running in socks. I would not recommend them for pavement, but on trails they were fantastic.
Note: if you are daydreaming when you run trails and suddenly realize you don’t know where you are, you might end up running a mile farther than you intended. Oops. I was never concerned about being lost as you can’t go too far without hitting the campground, the lake, or a road, but I was lost for a good 10 minutes. Here’s a map of the run. Where the arrow is pointing I should have gone straight south instead of veering way off to the east and looping way around. There’s my extra mile!
We ended up going 4.3 miles in an hour. I did spend at least 2-3 minutes putting big rocks in the creek so I could cross it without getting wet feet. And, to further justify my exceptionally slow pace, let me explain that these are horse/hiking trails and NOT groomed. It’s pretty rough going in spots. Sometimes I think people think of “trails” as groomed gravel paths, and that is NOT the case here.
It took me like six tries to take this self-portrait when we finished:
I hope you all had a great Sunday! Did you did anything fun? Who got a run in?