Falling for Hiking

FOOD

I honestly can’t remember everything of the past week.  My guess?  Smoothies, salads, and fruit are mostly likely what I ate.  Nothing is standing out though, so no amazing new (or accidental) creations.

I was lazy a few days.  This was my dinner one night...
I was lazy a few days. This was my dinner one night…
avocado and pickle on a rice cake!  I do so love this combination.
avocado and pickle on a rice cake! I do so love this combination.
a greens and berry smoothie
a greens and berry smoothie

FITNESS

I was all over the map last week when it came to fitness.  I’m trying to find my groove-thing without running, and I found myself pouting more than once about how life would be so much easier if I could just go run.

I did, however, get to go on a beautiful hike on Saturday.  A part of a meet-up group, R and I went with about 20-30 other hikers to a place called Crabtree Falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 4 hours from home.  My HR monitor said it was 1200 calories burned in those couple of hours.

I live in a region called Tidewater.  To give you some type of explanation….it’s flat.  Sea level or below, it’s flat, marshy, wet, and flat.  The 1-2 hikes I’ve been on haven’t been the most fun, and I was really trying to find out what the big deal about hiking is.  Turns out, just a few hours away is the Piedmont region (as R was lecturing to me on the drive), and it’s NOT flat.  It made for a much more beautiful and challenging hike, and I’m starting to understand why people like hiking.

On a personal note, R flew to the front of the group and was the first to reach the summit.  I was somewhere near the back!  We had lunch and then hiked back down.  It really was an awesome time.  I’m glad she’s my hiking buddy.

R ready to hit the trails!
R ready to hit the trails!

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an her at the summit with the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains behind her
and her at the summit with the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains behind her

LIFE

Since R and I had woken up just before 5am on Saturday to get to the group hike, we spent the night in Richmond at a hotel.  We went swimming, had dinner, and then curled up in bed watching the Harry Potter movie marathon on ABC Family until we fell asleep – around 830 or so.

Sunday we met up with D, A, and M in Williamsburg and did a little shopping at the outlet mall and then over to Busch Gardens, where we had a blast (as always).  R is tall enough to rider her first big rollercoaster, and she loved it!  Yay…looks like we’re a rollercoaster family!

all 5 of us
all 5 of us
my girls....
my girls….

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D and I
D and I
M and R - about to go on their ride!
M and R – about to go on their ride!
random picture of Bumble, who can get comfy and sleep anywhere....
random picture of Bumble, who can get comfy and sleep anywhere….

So, all in all, my Mother’s Day weekend was absolutely amazing!

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 44 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

4 thoughts on “Falling for Hiking

  1. Gorgeous views from that hike. I always think hiking sounds like a great idea until I get halfway through one. It is nice to have lunch at the top of a mountain though! Love all the pics of you and the family too.

    1. My hikes before felt more like walks in the dirt than anything actually fun. This one was different though, just beautiful and definitely challenging. My butt was killing me Sunday!

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