I got in my runs, despite it being a real steambath on Saturday. And I got the family out for a short hike at one of the major battlefields of the American Revolution — just half an hour or so from our home. It seemed like the thing to do this holiday weekend.
The title, by the way, refers to the fact that some historians believe the Battle of Saratoga was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. But I’m getting ahead of myself!
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and a guest host for the Weekly Wrap to share how I’m staying active this summer — won’t you share how you get moving through the summer months?
- Monday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Upper Body Resistance, 3 miles easy
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
- Wednesday: 3 miles easy with hill sprints (5), Dogwalk, Pahla B Stability Ball
- Thursday: Dogwalk
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Balance
- Saturday: 6 mile LSD, Dogwalk
- Sunday: 3 mile hike: Wilkinson Trail @ Saratoga Historical Park
Mileage: 16 (NC)
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I decided to hit up the trails on a lovely Monday morning. What I didn’t know was how overgrown those particular trails are at this time of year (especially since we’ve had a lot of rain). Not fun.
I caught my toe on a root and almost face planted but managed to stay upright. I think the perimeter might be a bit better, so I might hit that up again next week to find out. I’m eyeing a possible (short) trail race at the end of August.
Another beautiful low humidity day and I took Bandit out for his first run in quite some time. You can almost always tell when I drop Bandit off — even with the hands free leash (buy it here — Amazon Affiliate link) — it just feels harder with him on “board”. My pace automatically picks up (usually) once I drop him off.
Yet another gorgeous day. I don’t normally run three days in a row, but I couldn’t pass up such a beautiful morning! And my resting heart rate (read about that here) told me it would be okay to run. Plus . . . just three miles.
I took Bandit out for a bit again. Dropped him off, and then added on some hill sprints at the end because my race on the fourth is hilly.
This run started out pretty good. No organized run for my group, and even though several of my friends were meeting up, I invited Darlene to run with me a little later because a) I could relax a bit more in the morning and b) we haven’t run together in a long time.
So of course we started out speedy for me, easy for Darlene. And we began to slow down after the first couple of miles. No biggie. Around mile 4 the heat & super high humidity sucked the life out of me and I seriously considered walking the last 2 miles, although of course I didn’t — I just slowed way down.
It was still a pretty speedy 6 miles for me, because it is almost always is when I run with Darlene. The good news is that although my race on the fourth doesn’t start until 9 am, it’s also only 4 miles and looks like it might be nice weather.
Favorites of the week
It was a quiet week that somehow felt super busy. I skipped my swim on Wednesday in favor of running on a glorious day. Catching up with Darlene is always good. And good speed training for me.
This humongous breakfast cookie. I tweaked a recipe I found on Pinterest, but it needs more tweaking. I tweaked it this morning but it still needs work. It’s very satisfying but also very crumbly.
And then I did it again: dragged Mr. Judy and the dogs out relatively early this morning for an easy hike. We were debating between a more scenic hike and one that would probably be less scenic, but less busy on a holiday weekend. We went with the less busy one, Saratoga National Historical Park.
Unfortunately after a lot of rain this week it was also quite muddy and had large puddles (or little lakes, if you’re a little dog) a lot. So the dogs got quite wet and we didn’t go too far down the trail. It always amazes me how peaceful former battlefields are.
Saratoga is actually considered one of the turning points in the American Revolution, although I was never taught about it, despite growing up just a few hours south of there.
By the time we left at about 11 am the parking lot was rapidly filling up. We headed home, refueled, and gave the dogs baths.
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Did your parents take you to battlefields?
Were you educated about local battles growing up?
Running around a battlefield — disrespectful or not?