Another great day spent in the mountains. This time, due to a last minute change in plans, we ended up hiking the Burstall Pass. It was a nice hike, with some challenges to get through a very wet meadow (we rocked the logs, jumps and big steps to get through it all relatively dry), up an okay trail (not too challenging) to the pass. We went up a bit further to catch a few of the lake (another 4km away), sat and had lunch, before returning to the parking lot. It was a bit cooler this week, as you can see by the low clouds, and there was a rather persistent north wind. No desire to slide in snow today, but that didn't stop us from checking out some possibilities.
Got home around 7ish, and after resisting the strong urge to drive to Peter's for burger and fries, I ended up with chips and salsa (which may have been worse!) and in bed by 10:30. I was beat.
Got up this morning and met up with the ladies again for a nice long, slow run. MS and I ran together, as the other ladies are a bit faster...okay, we totally lost sight of them after a bit! But a run with us two just isn't a run unless there is adventure! A lot of the paths are closed due to construction (so frustrating) but we plowed ahead, running through mud and tire tracks to find the path again. A wayward coyote watched us from a save distance, then it was a scramble over a downed chain-link fence (partially...MS was sort of launched off, but landed safely and daintily into the tall grass) before regrouping. Sadly, the fence was much bigger further down the path, forcing us to turn around. Once we got back to Eau Claire, I was hot and tired, so finished at 15.6km in just over 2 hours. I was happy and feel pretty good. However, yesterday I did forget my orthotics, so hiked on without, and am paying for it today! Feet are a bit on the achy side.
After coffee with the gang, lunch of egg wrap and fruit salad, I went to Mom's, puttered around with her, before returning for home. Dinner was sort of Greek. A watermelon/feta salad (watermelon, feta, fresh mint, fresh basil and evoo), and Greek chicken burgers (ground chicken, S&P, Epicure Greek Seasonings) with tzatiki. Yes, that's a paper plate...I felt like a picnic!
All right...time to start winding down. My goal this week is to be in bed, lights out by 10pm. I think I need more sleep and that will reflect positively on the weight loss. Fingers crossed!