Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Camp

We live near Beaver Lake Nature Center, which is a beautiful little park with hiking paths that surround a little lake. This week Ryan is going to Beaver Lake Summer Camp each morning. We were a little worried about sending him, because he gets a little anxious about things he has not done before, but he is having a ball.

Today, instead of going to the gym and running from there while Noah was in Primetime (childcare), I decided to take the jogging stroller and run with Noah around Beaver Lake after I had dropped off Ryan. I told Noah we would have our own Beaver Lake Camp.

Well, the most amazing thing happened on our run. We had gone about a half mile, and all of a sudden there was a beautiful doe on the trail about 10 yards ahead of us. I stopped and the deer stopped and we just looked at each other. Then I realized that right next to us, not much more than 3 feet away behind a little bush, was her baby deer! I took a few steps up so Noah could see, and they both just stood there and looked at us. The doe finally ran into the woods, but her baby stayed a few moments longer, and stared at us with curiosity. It was really beautiful, and Noah could not stop talking about it. My only regret is that I didn't have a camera to take a picture...but this is a picture I will have in my mind for a long time.

The most not-amazing thing that happened on our run was that I forgot how hard it is to run with a jogging stroller. I haven't done it since last summer, and Noah is 35 lbs of wiggling, almost three-year-old these days. The trails were a bit muddy, and there are quite a few hills. I only managed 3.7 miles in 41 minutes, definitely not my typical pace, BUT I did get a good workout.

I'm feeling very tired, but that could be due to the fact that I went to bed very late after last night's Syracuse Symphony concert. I got called to sub on Friday, and had to go in with no rehearsal. It went really well, but I was wired when I got home and ended up staying up too late. I've opted to go to bed early tonight instead of a 30 minute easy swim at the gym. Of course, I don't feel great about skipping workouts this close to the race, but I am beat!!

Here is my promise to hit the sack before 10 pm tonight!


  1. awesome job in the mud with the stroller!!!

  2. Kelly
    Great post. Rest smart-with the race coming up you do not want to overdo it in the last period of training.


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