Well, an opportunity for me to work a little more than was typical during the academic year presented itself late last week, so I jumped on it.

I need to do some writing and put together some workshops – and I want SOME summer freedom to gear up for the next hectic academic year – but I think it’s going to work out really well to work PT for the next couple of months.

I really don’t think there will ever be a time when I will be able to fully let go of practice and exclusively embrace the academic world. A couple of days a month during the academic year kept me going, but I’m happy to be back a little more regularly.

Plus, it gives me a reason to get dressed.

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(It’s too bad these pictures are so bad. I need to figure out a new place to take them because I like being able to look back and determine what looks awful, etc. as I attempt to learn how to dress myself – but I don’t really have an option other than the hideous mirrored closet.)

I kept the blue/green shirt from Stitch Fix and am glad I chose to do that. I don’t know that I love it with this skirt and cardigan, but it worked out ok. I think the cardigan is just too big.

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We had a fantastic weekend. We knew the weather would be really nice, so we made plans to be outside as much as possible.

On Saturday, we got up and did our bootcamp (that is going to continue indefinitely!) and then headed out to a local Medieval Faire.

The day was, indeed, very gorgeous – but the faire kind of sucked. We’ve been to others that have been much better.

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It was nice to be outside and to be walking around, etc., though.

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And it was fun to just hang out with everyone.

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They had some “healthy” food options – so I guess that was a point in their favor.

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Jon and I left that night to drive a couple of hours to Abingdon, VA. We got there in time for dinner, but that’s about all we had time to do (meaning we weren’t able to see a show at the Barter Theatre, which had been discussed).

We had Virginia Creeper Trail plans for Sunday!

We rented bikes and took a shuttle to the top (Whitetop Station) with plans to do the entire 34 mile trail back to Abingdon. I really had no idea what to expect (since this was Jon’s idea) and was feeling pretty good about the whole thing until the shuttle driver mentioned it would take AN HOUR to get to the top. I immediately sort of panicked and asked Jon if this was a Mount LeConte situation.

I’ve written about that, I’m sure? The time (in 2008) Jon told me we were going to take a “little hike” and I wound up on an ALL DAY hike on a strenuous 11 mile trail?!?

I was probably 50 pounds heavier and not nearly as physically fit/strong – but I did it.

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I had never heard of Mount LeConte or any of the trails, so I had no idea what I was doing.

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I guess I just trusted him to not try to KILL ME.

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Anyway, it’s surprising how often I say things like “is this a Mount LeConte situation?” You’d think I’d learn. (Or maybe I know I need ignorance/a push to do this kind of stuff?)

(Edited to say: I wrote about it when it happened (both before and after). I’m going to have to alter my story when I tell it now that I’ve gone back in my blog archives. Looks like Jon DID bring lunch and DID let me stop to eat – so I guess it wasn’t quite as bad as I’ve been saying. I said this, though, which is totally the story of my life: “Honestly, I was terrified throughout most of the hike. Nothing but sheer determination got me up that mountain.”)

So, anyway, I panicked in the shuttle when I heard the ride up would take an hour because that seemed like a long way. And I had no idea where we were going. And that just seemed …. FAR. Too far from our car.

But – as always – I did it. And it was fine.

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The first half was super easy since it was all downhill.

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It seriously required ZERO effort. I was nervous since I hadn’t been on a bike in ages and I slowed myself WAY down and didn’t just barrel down – but it was fun.

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Also? GORGEOUS.

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Someone told us that most people stop at a little cafe in a town (area?) called Taylor’s Valley to have lunch or get a snack or whatever. She warned us that we wouldn’t find anything else until we were done – but she must have thought we were stopping at 17 miles (halfway – which is apparently a popular option) in Damascus, VA.

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So we stopped at the cafe since it was lunchtime and we were hungry – but it was a mistake.

These were really some of the best options:

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(That’s a turkey reuben and potato salad for me.)

(The “famous” chocolate cake was pretty good – but it was clearly straight from a box. Not a big deal because I like a Duncan Hines cake as much as the next person – just thought it was odd that several people mentioned it and it’s prominently promoted on their signage – yet it seemed like nothing out of the ordinary.)

We discovered much more stuff once we made it to Damascus and should have waited – or really, we should have just done the whole trail and eaten lunch in Abingdon when we were done – but we were hungry and unsure what to expect.

Next time? We’ll either pack a picnic or wait until we get back to Abingdon.

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The final 15 or so mile ride from Damascus to Abingdon was flat or slightly uphill and much more sunny in spots, so it was harder. I had to exert some effort, anyway. And I was no longer cold.

It was so awesome, though. Such a fun day.

I think it took 5 hours to do the 34 miles (including all of the picture stops and the lunch stop and a couple walk breaks because OMG did it hurt to sit on a bike for so long).

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Such a fantastic day! 🌲🚴☀️

Afterward, we drove home and grilled some stuff for dinner and had a friend over.

We spent Monday being pretty lazy, though we did get a 4M walk in on the greenway. Jon wanted to go out to breakfast, so I told him we could go if we walked a few miles immediately afterward – so that’s what we did. I really didn’t feel like running and the gym was closed because of the holiday, but wanted to do something. Especially if I was going to eat a waffle – which I did.

Looking forward to another weekend, for sure.
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We’re doing ok – activity-wise – this week. We did the previously mentioned 4M walk on Monday, had our hour with the trainer Tuesday night and I waited for Jon to get home to do a 4.5M walk/run with him last night. Turned out to be more walking (so I could talk), but whatever. I got the miles in and we spent an hour talking, so it was good.

I’m a day behind on the Higdon plan this week, so I’m currently working on building up the motivation to head out for my scheduled 3M run before it gets too hot.

We’re taking a break from the trainer meals for dinner this week, so one night I just had yogurt and fruit. Last night we picked up dinner from Panera on the way home from the greenway and I had my least favorite version of the strawberry salad:

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Not sure what we’ll do tonight, but I’ll come up with something, I’m sure.

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