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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Phillppians 3:14

Monday, October 13, 2008

Big Weekend

Alright, I had a big fun weekend with my oldest daughter, Macy. She is 5 years old and we went camping with her YMCA group of 9 friends and their dad's. Let me say that I am extremely proud of her and I will get into details in a moment. Let me also explain that trail running has completely ruined me! I will also explain that.

We got to Possom Kingdom Lake and Camp Grady Spruce at about 5:30 PM Friday evening. We got a fire going and grilled some hot dogs and began to settle into the camp. All the dads and daughters arrived and we got the girls down to sleep at about 9:30 PM. I had decided to get my 2 hour run in that night instead of the next morning so at 10:30 PM I take off in new territory. Three miles down the road I noticed a trail head for mountain biking/hiking and I was off into the great unknown. Three miles in and three miles out and back to camp for about 12 miles. It was 12:30 AM and the dad's were still up around the campfire and I felt really good. Most couldn't believe I had just whipped out a short 12 miler. I turn in at about 1:30 AM.

The next morning we are off after breakfast to climb Johnson's Peak. It is about a mile climb and about an 8 on the technical 10 scale. Macy took off with three other girls and the rockiness made no mind to her. Here is where trail running has ruined me. I can not go for a hike on a trail like this and I was literally chomping at the bit. Knowing that there was a 50 to 75 foot drop at the top bluff, I ran ahead to make sure our kindergarten girls would not do a swan dive off the top...so I got rid of a little of the pent up energy by running up to the top. Macy and 3 of the other girls chewed up the climb without any Diva Drama. This cannot be said about all parties involved. We made it to the top and pictures were taking and the decent began. Once again, my 5 year old daughter led the way down as the first one showing astuteness of footing and no whining. We got to the bottom and her comment was, "I am the first one down and I still have a lot of energy left." I was so proud of her. Trust me there was a lot of whining and waling in the party...but not my Macy....My princess is a trailblazer!

Great weekend. Pics to follow later.

4 comments:

Marcy said...

OMG NO whining? Dang what a good girl ;-) She gets it from Dad I'm sure!

Russ, Bren and Lance said...

How exciting! Sounds like you got your running groove back! Miss Macy is going to be quite a runner if she keeps it up.

Five days 'till race day!!

Rick Gaston said...

Dave, once I went on a hike with a nice girl. Two things happened. I realized I'm not really into hiking because I want to run, unless it's the Grand Tetons when running is a tricky proposition anyway and two I prefer the girls who don't mind hills or distance. I'm with you no whining or complaining. Your daughter is a rock star and I'm sure your running has made an impression on her. That's two kids already that has shown some running ability. You've got excellent crew and pacers in the making.

Just a reminder, get lots of sleep this week.

Dave said...

Marcy: Yeah, I got some tough kids...probably because their Mom and Me never babied them and always told them,"NO WHINING" and "Have a happy heart."

RBL:I think I got my running groove back...My kids make me so proud.

Rick: You have become a good friend and great advisor. Thanks for all of your input. I just hope I can do you proud.

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