For the first time in who knows how long - definitely several months - we didn't have any family activities, like kids soccer, to go to. What a welcome relief and a chance to relax.
Woke up Saturday morning expecting to see howling winds in full effect, but instead was low fog and no wind. So, I got out for 8 miles and it ended up being a moderate tempo run - maintained 8:12 pace for the first 6 1/2 miles - the "big hill" to come up near home knocked me back a bit - but still was a good result.
While my son was in what we call "a book coma", and my oldest daughter and wife doing some sewing - my 6 yr old and I decided to make cookies. Neither of us had really done it before, so we needed a little supervision - but after a while, as well as some misplaced flour - we made 3 dozen of the worlds best ever Chocolate Chip Cookies. Should have taken photos - the saying of "a picture is worth a 1000 words" would not have done justice. So we have a new saying - "the taste of cookies is worth a 1000 calories", or something.
Then I signed the 2 oldest kids and myself up for the YMCA Turkey Trot - I'll also run the 1K kids Fun Run w/ #6 prior to it. So, after signing up - time to start training. The plan - as always - is to run with the kids. 2 years ago, was w/ my son, last year, was w/ my oldest daughter. This year will be the same.
So, we all bundled up - by now the wind had really started blowing and got to it. We drove down the road to a neighbors house. W/ the wife and youngest being cheerleaders - the 3 of us jumped out and started up our big hill - is a 130' climb, followed by a flat "ish" section to our house, then turn around and back to the start. 2 1/2 miles total distance, total climb of 170'. On the way back I picked up the youngest and we ran about 1K back to the start.
We repeated this on Sunday, was less windy and a little faster for all of us. We may do it again on Tuesday morning. I really enjoy running w/ the kids - is fun and special to share a common activity. Baking cookies, or devouring them as a family over the course of the weekend is also a fun, could become more common activity.
I also managed to get in 5 miles over at Spruce Mountain on Sunday as well. So, 4 runs for the weekend, 3 dozen cookies (We didn't eat them all - yet), 2 naps, 0 soccer games played - although we did watch a few on the Tube. All in all - was a good weekend.