I went out on our final morning of our trip for a run and it was borderline a little chilly which felt heavenly.
I’ll miss these views. PS I didn’t run alone on single track trails like the picture above (that was just for the picture) but stuck to the big dirt roads or paved roads with other cars/walkers/bikers/atvs. We were as close to bears as I ever want to be while in Yellowstone so I wasn’t going to take any chances.
I planned on running 6-7 miles when I left for my run but stopped at 5. With pregnancy, the second my body says it’s tired and needs to stop, I do it. I listen so closely to every little signal it sends to me. Once I am back to training hard again after having a baby I really have to relearn running a bit. I still listen closely to my body when I’m not pregnant but to improve and get better (and handle the training Hawk is going to give me again once I’m ready to train) then I have to relearn to push past the ‘I am tired’ feelings. I’ll have to find that fine line again where you push yourself to the next level during those hard workouts/races but also know when too much is too much and pull back.
Until then I’ll keep sticking to the plan where I stop right when my brain/body tell me to.
Skye was VERY ready to get back to her normal 15 hours of sleep a day thing… naps definitely did not happen while we were gone. We got home at around dinner time and picked up Beretta from the dog hotel. She was very happy to see us and my bed has never felt as good as it did when we got home.
I have a bunch of random thoughts from the last week that I thought I would share.
*I really need Yellowstone to put on a marathon. Can you imagine how gorgeous that would be? I would probably stop a few times each mile to take pictures but I definitely think this needs to happen. ETA there is a half marathon… we should all do it together one day.
*I can’t tell you how many pb and jelly sandwiches I made in the car while Andrew drove. We drove a lot during this trip and sandwiches made the drive a whole lot easier to avoid stops.
*I forgot to pack a lot of things (Andrew tends to overpack and I tend to under pack) but I did NOT forget to bring my pregnancy pillow, mask and luckily both of the places we stayed had a fan for me to use for white noise.
*The girls reaction when they realized that they were wearing each other’s sweatshirts.
*Andrew was the MVP of this trip. We did A LOT of driving each day and he drove every mile of the way. I am not a fan of driving and he enjoys it so we road trip well together:)
*Brooke is Skye’s official translator. There are times when Skye is really wanting to communicate something that Andrew and I can’t understand and somehow Brooke has 100% accuracy of knowing exactly what Skye is trying to say.
*Andrew and I have now been to 14 different states together and we are really hoping that Alaska is one of the next states we get to visit together.
*Skye has picked up on how good it feels to do barefoot strides in the grass. I’m telling ya, if you haven’t tried it yet after a run then please do it asap. It makes you feel like you are a kid again and it always helps me to use proper running form again.
*Skye has called herself a cowgirl ever since this experience and kept asking us if we could go back for more.
*I love getting a kid’s book from wherever we travel and the bears were a BIG deal to the kids this trip.
*You can take kids to all sorts of crazy amazing things and see things they have never seen before and yet somehow, the hotel pool is still their favorite part.
*I got a picture where you can kind of see how Skye has two different colored eyes but it is still more noticeable in real life.
Are you an overpacker, under packer or somewhere in-between?
Do you like driving or would you prefer to be in the passenger seat?
How many different states have you been to if you live in the US?
Do you ever worry about running into wildlife while you are out running?