I haven’t done a Marvelous in My Monday in a longggg time, but it seemed like the perfect way to tie in some highlights of my weekend, and some awesome scenery. Thanks so much to Katie!


Marvelous is….

An AWESOME hike on Saturday. At least in my opinion.


(And Marvelous is forgetting to bring a sweatshirt and having to buy a new one!)

This is the hike where I learned that 2.8 miles with 700 feet of elevation is a lot. And my parents didn’t really appreciate my underestimation. As in, they were about to kill me. 

The hike began innocently enough-overlooking a small beach. ImageThen, there was even a nice paved trail. 

ImageOur hike was a loop of a few different trails pieced together, none of which were marked. We had some difficulty finding where the next leg connected.

And then began the ascent. 

ImageImageThis picture is back when my mom only KIND OF wanted to kill me. 

The views were amazing though!

ImageImageImageI definitely misjudged how steep and how high this would be.

ImageImageLittle did we know that the uphill was the easy part-the hike finished with an extremely steep downhill. We had to sidestep down the hill the whole ways, and I fell flat on my rear end once. Despite a little dirt, we emerged unscathed. I had a great time, my parents were glad it was over, and we ate delicious food after. What could be more marvelous?


ImageMarvelous is…

WAFFLES. I’m in love. ImageAlthough before a run? Ehh not so much.

Marvelous is…

A run! A glorious run! I found a bike trail near where we were staying in San Luis Obispo that was a 5 mile loop. Since hurting my calf, the most I had run was 1.5 miles before I had to back off due to pain in my injured calf. It’s been getting much better though, so the plan was to try and complete the whole 5 miles, of course backing off if it began to hurt. I’m happy to report that I completed the entire run, which almost no pain. It may have hurt a TINY bit in the last .5-1 mile but nothing crazy. 

Jul 28, 2013
However, it did kind of tighten up a few hours later after icing and sitting in the car for hours. But what are you gonna do, right?
Marvelous is…
My first half marathon in less than a week! I’m so excited-I have my playlist ready and my clothing picked out. After running 5 miles, I feel much better about running 13.1 after my calf injury, especially since it should only get better from here. I’ve determined from this past run that running the race will be fine, but I’ll probably be a mess post-race with my calf. As in, I think I won’t injury it but it will be sore after the race, which I guess is normal. But hey, I’ll take it!
Have a great Monday everyone!
What’s Marvelous in YOUR Monday?

11 comments on “MIMM-The Great Outdoors!

  1. Miranda @ Miranda Runs

    Ooooh hikes can be so misleading! 2.5 miles? Easy! Vertical incline? Yikes. Haha! Glad you had a great time!

    1. Aurora

      I guess now I know for next time!

  2. emilysmilesformiles27

    The view on that hike was beautiful!! I’m so glad your calf feels better. You’re gonna ROCK the half marathon! Can’t wait to hear all about it (:

    1. Aurora

      I’m so excited!

  3. Beth @ Mangoes and Miles

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend! I can totally relate to the hike–our completely-uphill 3 mile hike in Yellowstone was supposed to be “easy,” according to our boat tour guide. Definitely was a great workout though! 😉 The views look GORGEOUS!

    1. Aurora

      Haha, distance can be so deceiving!

    1. Aurora

      I really enjoyed it!

  4. jessielovestorun

    Those views are to die for. Absolutely gorgeous!

  5. skylar35

    Your hike looks like it was gorgeous even though it was a little challenging! It’s super exciting for you that your half-marathon is so close! You’ll do great!

    1. Aurora

      Thank you!

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