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October is Over October 31, 2011


wow, it is hard to believe that tomorrow brings November and one more month closer to Jamie’s return home from deployment! YAY! right about now, i’d usually be beginning to panic about getting my Christmas shopping done, but i’ve already got most of it done :) woot, woot! i am trying to be less of a procrastinator these days. it’s one of my biggest personality faults, so i’m working on it.

what are you doing tonight for halloween? i am staying in, popping some popcorn, and watching a good scary movie. i wonder if i’ll have any trick or treaters this year. i have a big bowl of some good candy waiting. i finally made it out to the May’s Corn Maze a few weekends ago with my mom. we bought some pumpkins, ate a hamburger, and loaded up on the hay ride down to the maze. we got through it pretty quickly. the maze was cut out as the shape of mississippi, and there were road signs for cities and major highways so you’d know which part of the state you were in. the moon was so bright we only needed our flashlights when someone would come around a corner and shine theirs in our face, messing up our night-vision. it was so much fun. we giggled so much, especially when we’d hit a dead-end or wind up in alabama. *lol* after the hay ride back to the barn, we ate s’mores around a roaring fire. the next day, my mom and i traveled to montogmery, alabama, to see Dracula at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. it was such an AWESOME production! it far exceeded my expectations. it was so worth the ticket price and 4 hour drive over. this has definitely been one of the most fun october’s i’ve had in a long time.

 

First Trail Run October 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — dragonfly180 @ 6:22 am

On Saturday, my regular day for running, I went shopping with a friend in Tupelo and didn’t run that morning before. I’d worked on legs pretty hard during strength training the night before and was feeling a little tired, so I decided to hold off. Sunday after church, I really wasn’t feeling like pounding the pavement, but I knew I needed to get out. It had been a while since I ran last. It was still cool after lunch, so I put on my shoes and grabbed my Garmin, and it hit me. I’d go down the 4-wheeler trails in the woods across from my house. So off I went. I’ve never run trails before. I started out going slow to make sure I kept my footing on the rocks and uneven ground. The first of the trail was downhill, which was nice, but I’m experienced enough to remember that I’d be facing that same hill at the end. At the first fork in the road, I took a left, trying to remember which way we’d gone on our 4-wheelers last year. We had apparently gone right, because left took me up a gravelly road that was difficult to run on. But it was all new scenery, and the time ticked by quickly. I didn’t even wonder how far I’d gone until I was almost a mile in. The run itself was intense. My heart rate stayed up higher than usual, and I could really feel myself pushing, unlike many of my easy, slow runs on the road. At the mile beep of my watch, I decided to turn around and make the run back. I didn’t want to go too far because I knew this new type of running would have me sore from using muscles I don’t normally use, so I decided 2 miles was enough. Before I even realized it, I was at the fork again, and the big hill loomed ahead. It wasn’t so bad, though. I strangely like pushing up a hill. That 2 mile run was the seemingly quickest 2 miles I’ve ever run, although my pace definitely wasn’t speedy. I had so much fun and concentrated on so many other things that I just really enjoyed myself out there. My ankles are really sore from trying to stabilize myself. I definitely worked muscles there that I usually don’t. Otherwise, I am surprised to find that I’m not really sore. I will definitely be going back to the trails. It’ll just be well into the day and wearing very bright colors so I won’t get shot by a hunter. Next time, I think I’ll try the trail to the right.