I ran/hiked the Winslow & Barlow Loop this morning. I chose the reportedly steeper, Winslow Trail to ascend and the supposedly mellower and longer Barlow trail down. They were both tough with rocks, roots and rock slabs.
It was gorgeous at the top:
Next weekend I plan to hike Ragged Mountain and will go longer on the SRK Greenway (Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge) trail. I bought the trail guide last year and now I will finally use it.
Today while hiking in Winant Park in Concord I stumbled upon a big, black bear and her cub. Actually, I just saw a big, black furry blob and a small, cute cub – stopped, called Winnie and started running back to the car.
I know you’re not suppose to run but I did. I’ve never – in all my years of hiking – seen a bear on the trail; much less a mama and her cub.
Winnie was so great – she came to me and we ran back to the car. So scary.
This was us just the day before on a more calm, no-wildlife hike:
As a test, I decided this week that I would run five days in a row. My friend Mark out in Houston is also testing himself, also running five days in a row. However, he is running 10 miles each day; I didn’t have a set number each day.
Saturday, today, I woke up a little sore but not much. Mark is glad the test is over.
The idea is to set my mind on little goals I could tackle each day to prove I could do it. Next week I will try to run five miles every day for five days.
To stay motivated I incorporate a strategy called Baby Steps, stolen from the acclaimed movie, What About Bob:
Such a great movie and a great principle; remember to look at what is right in front of you instead of tomorrow or a week from now. It really helps to settle the mind. Just run the five miles each day.
With that thought I’m off to walk the dogs on this beautiful Saturday morning in Concord. The sun is trying to break through the clouds; this day is a gift.