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Date Day

Our Bradley Method instructor gives us “homework” every week. Usually it consists of certain exercises to prepare me for labor like pelvic rocking, butterflies, squats, tailor sitting, kegels, and contraction practices. It may also be to study a certain section of our book and answer questions or be prepared to discuss it. I also have to keep track of my protein intake each week. However, a couple weeks ago we were given a different type of “homework.” She told us to go out and do things that will be harder to do with a baby. So far we have gone to the movies, stayed out late with friends, and slept in as much as we can. Today we decided to spend the day with each other doing two of our favorite activities: hitting up local yard sales and going geocaching! *nerd alert* 🙂

We woke up early to hit up the yard sales first. Kevin had looked up a bunch on a cool yard sale app on his phone but once we got out into our town we realized it wasn’t really necessary to do that. We saw signs everywhere advertising family and community yard sales so we just followed them. We were looking for general home and baby stuff and we found a few good things for really cheap. However, we didn’t get out quite as early as we needed to in order to get the REALLY good stuff! It didn’t matter though, we love yard saling and spending time together. We found two growlers for Kevin’s home brewing and bar, a brand new shelving unit still in its box, and a cute storage shelf with fabric bins for the baby’s nursery. All for a grand total of $11! Can’t beat that.

After visiting yard sales for a while, we came back home to eat lunch and cool off a bit because it was super hot outside. Once we were ready we headed out again- this time to Leesylvania Park to find some geocaches. If you aren’t familiar,  geocaching is basically a scavenger hunting game that uses GPS, coordinates, and clues to help you locate hidden boxes with ‘treasures’ and logbooks inside them. They have thousands of them in literally every town just waiting to be found! It is great (and free!) entertainment.

We found our first one pretty quickly because it was right near the visitor’s center in the park.

Signing the log book

For geocache #2 we decided to go on a little more of a journey. We went to the trail for a 2 mile loop.

It felt good to be on the trail and in the shade. We were loving it!

Kevin is a show off and decided to run up a hill, knowing I can’t quite keep up with that anymore.

We came to a clearing in the trail so we stopped for a picture with the beautiful scenery. Plus I needed a break 🙂

32.5 weeks!

It took a while to find the next geocache. We had to go off the trail into the woods and it felt like we walked around forever.

But finally, I saw it! I was so happy because usually Kevin spots them before I do.

After looking through the box and signing the log we somehow found our way back to the trail and made the walk back to where we parked. When we got to the car we sat inside with the nice AC and decided that we were done for the day. We had planned to do some more but it was just too hot outside. So instead we came home, made dinner together, watched the men’s 10K Olympic race, and relaxed.

We had such a fun day, and it really hit me that we will only be a little family of two for a couple more months. I know that we will still be able to do these types of things with a baby but definitely not as easily and as care-free as we can do them now. It is a bittersweet transition for us, but I am so excited to begin this new chapter!

My Kind of Triathlon

This past week Kevin and I had a mini-vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! I call it a “mini” vacay because we were there from Wednesday night to Sunday. Since Kevin is taking off for our honeymoon to Costa Rica (!!!) this November, he has to save his vacation time. Two and a half days off was all he could spare right now, so we left on Wednesday afternoon and arrived that evening.

Kevin’s family had been at their house since Saturday, including his parents, his younger brother, his older sister, her fiancé, and her fiancé’s son. We all had a great time together. We spent time at the beach, enjoyed dinner and a show at Medieval Times, did some grilling, walked around and rode rides at Broadway at the Beach, and Kevin and I had a special date night.

But probably the best thing we did was on Friday – we had a special triathlon with Kevin’s sister Kara and her fiancé Brandon. I’m not a good swimmer and only a so-so biker, so this was MY kind of triathlon! It consisted of biking, geocaching, and running!

We have been really into geocaching lately and were excited to try to find some while we were in Myrtle Beach. We looked up some nearby geocaches on the Internet and then set out on our bikes to find them! Since we were on a casual adventure we weren’t going fast at all. We just rode around leisurely to different places in the area and stopped to try to find the hidden geocaches. We ended up finding four different ones and we rode 9 miles total. It was so much fun!

Kevin and I had slept in that morning by accident so we decided to do our run in the afternoon. We dressed for the geocaching adventure in our running clothes and planned to do a quick 4 miles once we were finished geocaching for the day. We locked up our bikes and helmets right by the beach and set off on our run. It was SO HOT and even though we had ridden pretty slow on our bikes we could feel it in our legs. We ran alongside the beach for 2 miles then turned around and ran back. When we made it back to our bikes we bought some ice cold water and cooled down for a few minutes, then biked the 4.5 miles back to his parents’ house. Once we were home I felt amazing and like I had accomplished so much! Bike – Geocache – Run – Bike … that’s a triathlon I could get used to!

That night we grilled a feast for Kevin’s family, including lots of grilled veggies (zucchini, squash, red onion, bell peppers, and asparagus), corn on the cob, fresh pineapple, and burgers (black bean burgers for Kevin and me). It was the perfect ending to our day and everyone loved it.

Here is the weekly rundown! It was a cutback week in our training plan so our ‘long run’ was only 8 miles. This worked out well since we were on vacation too. It was nice to rest a little bit.

  • Monday: Body Pump (1 hour)
  • Tuesday: 7 mile run (1:07:37 / 9:40 pace)
  • Wednesday: Body Pump (1 hour)
  • Thursday: 7 mile run (1:04:11 / 9:10 pace)
  • Friday: Bike/Geocache – 13.5 miles (1:05 / 9.5 mph) + 4 mile run (36:10 / 9:02 pace)
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 8 mile run (1:14:04 / 9:15 pace)

Ready for another week of training! I can’t believe it’s mid-July already. This summer is flying by!

Geocaching = Exercise for the Body and Mind!

Yesterday afternoon after we had recovered from our 18 mile run we decided to do one of of favorite activities, GEOCACHING!

I am a walking advertisement for running!

If you have never heard of Geocaching, it is basically a scavenger hunting game that uses GPS, coordinates, and clues to help you locate hidden boxes with ‘treasures’ and logbooks inside them. There are tons of geocaches all over the world and it’s kind of like a secret society of people that go around placing them and finding them. We were really into geocaching last year but life got busy and we stopped doing it. We thought that yesterday would be the perfect day to try it again, so we called up Kevin’s sister and her fiance and they met us in a little part of town called Occoquan.

Kevin had looked up a multi-cache ahead of time, which are our favorite kind of geocache. They involve several steps where you travel all around to find answers to questions that eventually help you fill in the blanks in a set of GPS coordinates where the final cache is located. These types of caches can take a few hours. We were so excited!

It was about 90 degrees when we started on our way. Of course Kevin and I weren’t very smart and wore jeans so we were HOT the whole time! But we wanted to wear our recovery socks and it’s not a very good look with shorts 🙂

We walked all over Occoquan to answer the geocache questions by searching for numbers on historic buildings and signs. We also had to count numbers of fence posts, picnic tables, and wooden steps in order to get all the numbers we needed.

Once we had all the coordinate blanks filled in we plugged it into the boys’ geocaching GPS app on their cell phones, and it directed us to this forest that we had to drive to!

Even though the GPS directed us to the general area, we still didn’t know exactly where the geocache was located. They are usually small boxes that are camouflaged or hidden. We hiked up super steep hills, crossed streams and tried to get around tree branches and spiderwebs. At one point Kevin was trying to cross a stream by walking across a log, and he slipped and fell really hard. It was scary, but he was fine!

The boys using their phones to direct us where to go

Kara and I spectating

The clue said that the geocache would be found inside the crater of an uprooted tree, so we searched everyone we found in the area.

We found a lot of interesting things along the way, including an old abandoned car, an animal skull, and someone’s lost doll!

    

Finally, while searching another tree trunk, Kara found the geocache!

It was an old ammo can filled with things that had been left by other people. Inside there was a disposable camera so you can take a picture of yourself when you find it, and a geocache coin, that you can take and put in another cache. When you take one you are supposed to track it on the website so you can see all the places it’s traveled to. We are going to take it to Myrtle Beach next week and find a cache to put it in 🙂

Every geocache has a log book that you sign when you find it. This one went all the way back to 2002 when it was started. We signed our names after the last people who found it, back in April.

Then we put it back and covered the box back up for the next people who are trying to solve the mystery and find it!

The whole multi-cache adventure took almost 2 hours! It was definitely hard work and by the time we were finished we were tired, sweaty, and in need of some refreshments. So we went to Mom’s Bakery in Occoquan for something yummy.

The bakery has TONS of cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweet treats. All homemade and delicious!

      

But since it was hot outside and we felt a little dehydrated from running that morning, we went straight to the gelato and sorbet area!

We both decided to try to peach sorbet. It was perfect – sweet, cold, and refreshing. Exactly what we wanted!

Later that night we actually went on another quick geocaching adventure. This one was only one step. It was called “Don’t Want to Grow Up” and we found it behind our local Toys R Us. We love geocaching because it’s a free, fun activity to do with other people. It’s also really satisfying when you finally find one! The boys have big plans for an undergound geocaching adventure today, so we will see how that goes.

Here is my weekly run-down:

  • Monday: 5 mile run (47:18/9:27 pace) + Body Pump class (1 hour)
  • Tuesday: 7 mile tempo run- 1 mile warm up, 5 miles @ 8:10 average pace, 1 mile cool down (Splits were 7:57, 8:02, 8:06, 8:11, 8:34 – big hill again!)
  • Wednesday: Spin class (1 hour)
  • Thursday: 4 mile run (38:12/9:33 pace)
  • Friday: Body Pump class (1 hour)
  • Saturday: 18 mile run (2:54:12/9:40 pace) + 2 hours of GEOCACHING!
  • Sunday: Rest!
Going to go enjoy some margaritas, more geocaching, and fireworks 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!