trail running

In Texas Coldbeer is One Word

Saturday morning my brother Andy and I got up a little early to go for a run before the day’s festivities. I knew I had a lot of GOOD EATING ahead of me and I also knew I’d feel much better about the whole thing if I got in a run.

It was cool and the sun was rising over the palm trees in front of the river. I wore my trail running shoes because we were running on grass, dirt and gravel.

We ran down to the river and then turned around and ran through the ranch and up the gravel road.

It was quiet out–the only sounds were our feet crunching and the roosters on the ranch. It was cool to be out there so early, with no one around, while we ran together. While we were out on the gravel road a truck came through. We stepped into the ditch and waited for them to pass, and for the dust to settle. I held my breath because the dust bothered my asthma.

Andy and I chatted and caught up on things. I wasn’t feeling fantastic on my run. My left knee hurt (which was new) and my right foot had been hurting for a few days for no reason. I had no idea what was going on with my body but I was glad nothing hurt too much to prevent me from running.

We ran by the cows and donkeys, passed the ponies and the buffalo. The animals didn’t seem to notice us.

There were wild sunflowers growing in the ditches.

It was warming up nicely and we turned around. Running on the gravel was hard on my knees but I did okay.

We headed back to the farmhouse and I stretched. I look very tired in this photo!

Run Stats:
Time: 44 minutes
Calories Burned: 369

I have no idea how many miles we did. I’d guess 3 miles.Β  It was cool to run with my bro. I showered and dressed and we all went up to the lodge to eat breakfast–eggs, bacon, coffee and toast. Before this weekend I had not eaten white bread since I was a little kid!

We all hung out by the pool and relaxed and then we went for a walk around the ranch. There were longhorns meandering freely around us–no fences.

We checked out the Pecan House on the river where they were doing skeet shooting. I’ve never seen it done before. I’m not a gun person so I didn’t try it. Now I kinda wish I had tried. My cousin Di gave it a try. The cowboys were obviously experienced at it and showed us all how it was done. There was a puppy in the water was trying to get the skeet.

We checked out the old general store:

I think it’s hilarious that they sold coffins there. But I guess that makes sense. In the old days general stores sold everything I’m sure.

We checked out the chapel:

And the hotel:

Then it was time for the hayride! I haven’t been on a hayride since I was a little kid. It was weird but fun.

My aunt Sheila brought refreshments. πŸ™‚

The hayride went through the cow fields and then we stopped to feed the cows.

After the hayride it was time for lunch. It was Mexican– a taco buffet which was delicious. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the pool! Michael lounged and I swam with my brother, his wife, my cousin Anna and our uncle.

It was sooo much fun! What a life. I could totally get used to lounging in a pool in the sun. πŸ™‚

After awhile I dozed in the sun before I had to get ready for the wedding! Check out Melina’s cowboy boots:

They are so cute! I loved her boots. I might need a pair of cute boots….

QUESTION: Have you ever tried skeet shooting? Were you good at it?

Sunday Trail Run

Sunday morning I woke up and had some time before breakfast to go for a short run. The campground was quiet. I think it was about 7:30. I got dressed and headed out into the warm morning. I could tell it was going to be a hot day.

I left my headphones and music behind. I decided to just run through the campground and listen to the early morning sounds. All I heard was the sound of my feet on the gravel, the birds in the trees, and the sound of my breathing.

I ran out of our campsite and down the gravel road through the campground. I looped around, following the road, and then headed back up the road.

I looped around through the whole campground, passed the quiet campgrounds and volleyball courts and paintball fields.

I was feeling really good. The last few runs I did were stopped because of calf cramps. I’ve been eating bananas again and haven’t had any cramps. Maybe I do need to eat them when I run. The cool thing about trail running is that it takes a lot of focus. I had to go fairly slow because I was looking where I was running. I had to watch my foot placement and be careful. It was cool–it made me feel more in tune with my running and my body.

I ran under the Zip Lines and High Ropes and down the steep gravel road toward the exit of the park.

I ran for a little bit on the lonely, country road. There were no cars out there at that time in the morning.

I ran up the rolling hills and finally decided to turn around and head back to the gravel.

There was a super steep gravel road in the park and I ran up that and headed back to camp. It was a good little run first thing in the morning.

Run Stats:
Time: 30 minutes
Calories Burned: 332
Distance: No idea!

I forgot to take a photo of my heart rate monitor after my run. I wasn’t really running to break any records, I was just running for fun and to keep a balance with all the camping food I was eating. It was a good way to start the day!

After my run I showered in the camp showers and we all had breakfast. I had one pancake, scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon and fresh tomatoes from our garden.

After breakfast we did some more activities included in our Adventure Package. The first was panning for gold. It was fun–and definitely something kids would like. I found 1 fleck of real gold and lots of gemstones and pretty rocks.

For lunch Michael and I grilled up the leftover pizza from Rovente’s last Friday night. The pizza was even better as a leftover.

Charles’ brother Matthew arrived with his puppy, Scout, and the three of them went on their treasure hunt throughout the park. Michael and I went our own way on the treasure hunt.

They gave us a metal detector and set us on our way. It was fun! I’ve never done a treasure hunt before. We found some groovy treasures too. I liked playing with the metal detector and I was pretty good at it.

We found mostly coins and rings (nothing of value) except for a few Buffalo Head Nickels. After the treasure hunt we joined up with our friends and we all played disc golf. It was a LOT of walking.

It took us 2.5 hours to go through 18 holes throughout the camp. It was a grueling experience, which is funny because you wouldn’t think it would be hard work. It’s a lot of walking, tromping through forests and bushes to find lost frisbees (especially for my frisbee).

Between the early morning run and the disc golf, my legs and feet were tired from the hard work.

Disc golf isΒ hard. I am so uncoordinated when it comes to sports. But I tried. This helped:

It was late when we finished up. I was glad it was over, honestly. I sucked at playing frisbee and was tired of digging through ant hills and bushes for mine! I was honestly tired from the whole weekend’s activities. We did a LOT!


Disc Golf Stats:
Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
Calories Burned: 510

It was definitely a very, very busy weekend but that’s how I like my vacations.

Scout was definitely one pooped puppy! I could relate. πŸ™‚

QUESTION: Do you do any fitness activities while camping? Are you a trail runner?