Family Hiking > Blogging, and My Weekly Summary!

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See that water WAY down there? THAT is the destination!

Hey everyone! Thanks for all of the awesome comments and blog posts … my intent was to get in some reading and commenting this weekend … but I didn’t. In fact it is late and quiet here Sunday night as I finish this post.

We had talked about possibly going kayaking on Sunday, but had decided to hike the PA Grand Canyon instead. The last time we’d hiked it was back in 2008, and the last time we’d been there … well, a year ago this weekend for a little race.

We hiked along a different trail near where the marathon was held, and as we crossed by where the start/finish line was … Lisa commented ‘my memories of this place are not so great!’ Haha – they were driving in the dark and torrential rain to find a place that wasn’t marked and that basically no one in town knew about!

I look at it this way – what better way to follow up a nearly 22 mile run than with a nearly 10 mile hike on a narrow, steep and challenging path with my family – including our terriers?!? Well – here are some fun pics!

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The zig-zag narrow path down

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Looking to one side of the stream at the bottom

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And back up the other way … past fallen logs

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At the base of the gorge … the dogs had a blast!

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Riley, of course, went swimming … but the water was COLD!

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The rather steep ascent that faced us on the return trip!

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Came across a geocache site!

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Wellsboro was shut down by 6PM, but we found a place for a sweet treat!

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And to end the night? Fruit Smoothie, of course!

My Running Summary

My goal since returning from vacation was simple – miles and mix-it up! I wanted to mostly just rebuild my base, but also mix up how I did things and include some speed, fartleks and so on while still doing my normal courses. I was very pleased with how I did – I did just over 45 miles across 5 days the first week, and kept up my 9 mile average this week!

I also wanted a long run … and a hill run. And repeats. So yeah, that was Saturday. Let’s take a look:

Sunday: Rest day
Monday: 9.25 miles
Tuesday: 9.5 miles
Wednesday: 9.25 miles
Thursday: 9.75
Friday: 9.25 miles
Saturday 21.55 miles

My weekly total was 68.55 miles! The thing I mentioned was how great it felt being ‘marathon ready’ … now I just have to get ‘Ultra Ready’ … I am hoping to hit the track this week if time allows – Lisa has work travel and we have a trip to Syracuse to check out the film school on Friday!

Do you ever do challenging hikes with family/friends? What is YOUR next race goal?