Treat yourself to adult recess

Treat yourself to adult recess

Saturday morning found me somewhat discombobulated (read: hungover) for no reason other than I failed to drink any water Friday night between beers. And I only had, like, a few beers. And I was definitely in bed by midnight.

 

Switchbacks in the Moonlight: Hiking the Grand Canyon, Part I

Switchbacks in the Moonlight: Hiking the Grand Canyon, Part I

I think I’ve avoided writing about my experience at the Grand Canyon up to now because I’m confident words don’t exist to describe the majesty of the place. Its immensity and age defy the limits of what I can wrap my head around. To descend into the canyon is to catch a glimpse of 220 million years of geologic history, as our planet’s crust shifts, rises, falls, and shapes the landscape we walk on. And it’s all there to see. Right in our backyard, relatively speaking.

Preparing for the Fight

Preparing for the Fight

Just some morning thoughts.

Have you ever just wanted to lie in bed, drink tea, and just ‘be’ all day? That was me this morning.

I woke up, took a shower, brushed my teeth, you know, the normal morning routine. I walked into the kitchen, poured myself some herbal tea and then walked passed the lengthy ‘to-do’ list on my yellow legal pad blatantly sitting on my desk, and plopped myself right back into bed. Yep, still in my towel.

Just the beginning

Just the beginning

It is an incredibly humbling experience to work for months towards a goal and then, when the big moment finally arrives, you still find yourself fighting to the finish.

My marathon mentality

My marathon mentality

With about one week to go, and with all but a few of my training miles under my belt, my number one goal is to maintain positivity and carry that attitude with me to the finish line. When I first decided I was going to tackle a marathon, and I started telling people, I received more than one anecdote about experiences that were physically and mentally painful enough that a first marathon also became a last marathon.

How do you spend your time on the trail?

How do you spend your time on the trail?

Sometimes I get a craving for spending a clear morning on the trail the way I crave chocolate or peanut butter – the need comes on hard and fast.

I’ve started prioritizing those cravings when they come on…but I’ve noticed that the more I give in to the pull of the trail, the more I need for mental health and overall happiness.

DEALING WITH BEAR FEAR IN THE GRAND TETONS

DEALING WITH BEAR FEAR IN THE GRAND TETONS

“Phoebe, why don’t you walk in front?”

Yes, she was the fastest hiker in the group, but mostly I was starting to psych myself out that a bear was just around the corner, and Phoebe had the bear spray. Plus the woman grew up with the Tetons in her backyard so I had faith she knew what she was doing.