Log Jumping and Sneaky Snakes …Oh My!

Once again, I’m late to the Weekly Wrap party. I’m telling you, this dang ‘part time’ job gig seems to be taking up much more than 30 hours of my week! Between work, dog sitting the grand pups and trying my level best to stick to my training plan, blogging has definitely been pushed to the back burner.

Oh well, better late than never, right?

Ways Bluff

Week 2 of Ways Bluff 25k training was pretty darn smooth. It’s still early, I know. I hate that I’m already having trouble fitting in workouts other than my scheduled 4 runs per week. However, I will say that the trail runs are a serious workout and seem to more than make up for any other cross training workouts I’m missing.

Here’s how my week went:


Monday: 2 Miles of hill repeats

Hot and humid post work run …yes, it was a sweat fest.

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 3 mile tempo run with the Fleet Feet Rock Runners

Tempo runs are hard for me …yet seriously satisfying, especially with a group!

Thursday: 2 mile easy trail runIMG_20180803_135934_991.jpg

Hit the trails with my oldest son after work. He was lagging behind this time so I doubled back to check on him. When I caught up with him, I found him standing over this bad boy, with a stick in hand. Boys will be boys, right? Sigh….. I was surprised my son even noticed this snake as it blends in so well. It was just chilling out in a tiny little creek running alongside a section of the trail. I would’ve never seen it myself and could have gone the rest of my life not knowing how close it was to me. But hey, as long as it stays in the water and I don’t trip and fall in the water with him, we’re all good!

Friday: 30 minutes pool running and 15 minutes in the hot tub

Ahhhhh….. need I say more?

Saturday: 5 mile single track trail run with the Fleet Feel Rock Runners

Beautiful new trails to try out …very well-marked and even had all the roots and stumps spray painted for visibility! A trail runner’s dream!IMG_20180804_184557_020.jpg

Sunday: Planned on attending Body Pump class, but a cookout with all three of my boys won out! These moments are few and far in between …so I take them when I can get them and treasure every single moment.

Trail Stats to date:   13 miles, 1 tick bite, 1 snake, 0 falls

With the arrival of August, Summer break comes to a close. The youngest goes back to school soon, the college boy heads back to college and Major Hubs will be coming home ….yet the oppressive heat and humidity lingers on.

Happy Running my friends!

I’m linking up, albeit late, with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. If you are late to the party like me, be sure to stop by their blogs and read all about their ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ styled shenanigans!


Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one hot and humid week at a time!


19 thoughts on “Log Jumping and Sneaky Snakes …Oh My!

  1. A tick? Ew! And also a snake. I have a bit of the trail in my race on Saturday and really need to embrace it if I’m going to do an ultra one day. Sounds like you’re doing really well and getting those miles built up. I think it’s a more all-over workout doing trail as it’s uneven, dodging round things, etc.

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  2. Darlene says:

    Snake! EEK.

    You are lucky to have that group to run with. That will help you immensely. I always run better when I am with someone else.


  3. You’re doing a great job juggling it all. And 30 hours/week is pretty much full time — to my mind, anyway!

    Little snakes don’t bother me. But that is definitely not a little snake!

    I am so envious of your trail running group!

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  4. I don’t like spiders and snakes, but that ain’t what it takes to love me… (dear lord, please tell me YOU know this song!)

    I think the trail running sounds fun. I’m glad you are going to the group training sessions! For events, our local running club had always sprayed the bad pavement and potholes with orange paint. I can’t tell you how much someone with bad eyes appreciates that!

    Oh…I assume with bluff in the name, the race will be hilly? Thanks for linking!

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    • Lol, yes …I’m all too familiar with that song and actually had thought of it as a future blog title for one of my trail training recaps! Great minds!

      And actually no …I’m told that there are a few rolling hills but otherwise relatively flat for a trail race. Come on …you know you’re interested!


  5. I can’t get past that snake picture! I did ask Holly before I went waterskiing last year about snakes in the lake. She promised me there were none. No gators either. I just can’t even…

    I could see myself getting into trail runs–since I’m not running fast anymore, heck I’m not running much at all, it sounds perfect! Too bad we don’t have many trails around here…

    Love that your boys joined you for dinner. I’m just dreading sending my baby off to college. His girlfriend leaves Sunday, so you know he’s going to be sad.

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    • Wendy, did you really believe Holly when she told you there were no snakes in that water? Gators, probably not. But snakes? Oh yeah, there are snakes in all bodies of water in the South!! 🙂

      Yes, that’s one of the reasons I’m enjoying the trail running scene …no one is even the least bit interested in their time/pace, they take walk breaks all the time and the eat real food at rest stops ….like really good food! (brownies, m&m’s, pretzels, pb&J’s etc….


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