This past weekend’s Easter adventure was filled with family, activities, outdoor adventure, and memory making. In that same breath, there was no running or fitness activities for this marathon training while tapering Mama. I am learning to embrace the flexibility with marathon training because sometimes all you can do is be flexible and compromise your activities.
The boys were home with me on Monday for part of their Easter holiday break. My plan was to take them on the trails for an easy-ish 8 mile run while they ride bikes. Well…. best laid plans don’t always work out.
I was up all night (Sunday night) with a sad T-man who had an ear ache. Even though I didn’t get much sleep, I was up early with the two older boys who were ready to tackle the day. T-man slept in till 10:30 when I finally woke him up. Yawn. I was seeing my opportunity to run falling through my fingers very quickly.
Our morning was spent snuggling, snacking, and starting week 2 of our #BeBox family devotionals. After lunch we set off for our day’s adventure. It was a gloomy, foggy, light rainy day. The boys were determined to NOT go for a bike ride… but were up for a hike. Game on!
After our weekly trip to the public library, we headed to the lake to explore some new-to-us trails. We even took Daisy-dog with us for some fresh air, adventure, and exercise.
We explored two new hiking trails. The first one was by the Smithville dam and looped around an offset pond. We found a lot of neat critters, fallen sticks, and flowers starting to bloom. That hike was just over a mile. Mama wanted to cover more distance… and the boys were showing they had excess energy to get out.
So we headed to a second trail… this time one by our house. It was a quiet (until we got there) gravel 2.5 mile loop.
We were the only ones out there. I even let Daisy off her leash for some exploring, sniffing, and fun. We all got wet, a little muddy, and a lot of fresh air.
The boys had a great time finding and collecting big sticks. They used them as walking sticks, swords, javelins, weapons and more. Thankfully all sticks were left on the trail… for us to enjoy the next time we visit.
The boys love picking flowers for their Mama. Once person may see a weed… my children (and most young children) see a beautiful flower they want to bless someone with. The trail was sprinkled with colorful flowers alongside the trail.
Every few minutes, you would hear my oldest yell as he charged from behind, “FOR NARNIA!” and then three little boys would run past me… yielding their swords (sticks) immersed in complete imagination world. The owies from this imagination world were: 1 scraped and bloody knee from falling while running, one sore head from a thrown rock, and one emergency bathroom need gone bad.
When the boys weren’t yelling, arguing, or throwing ROCKS at each other… I took a step back and enjoyed the sweet moments of friendship the boys shared. The last stretch back to the van I watched P&C chat about life. The two older boys don’t have a very close relationship, so it was sweet to see them share a few special moments together on the hike.
Dirt mound climbing. Rock throwing. Stick yielding. Mud stomping. Boy yelling. Imagination on overdrive. Hike.
The days adventure was not how I had originally planned it. I did not get my run in… but I did enjoy the special hiking adventure and memory making with my boys. Motherhood and marathon training is all about learning to be flexible with compromise. I may not have run those 3.5 miles… but I did move my feet and was active.
Learning and teaching my boys to enjoy nature, get active, get outdoors, and spend time together… I call this day a win in my Mommy-book.