Ups and downs: week(s) in review

I thought it had been two weeks since my last weekly review, but it’s definitely been three. Time may be getting away from me a bit recently. Anyway, let’s start with the “ups” of the title:

We went to Helena for a weekend getaway. We stayed at a dog-friendly B&B,

hiked Mount Helena,

and walked around the historic downtown.


My mom came to visit and we did all the hiking. See Instagram for pictures (with more still to be added).

In less exciting things, I read many research papers over the past few weeks. So many. Presumably I know many things now.


On the down side of things, I only ran twice per week. Well, that’s mostly not a down. Three weeks ago I decided to bike to school (~10 miles round trip) instead of going on a longish run. I bike at a leisurely pace, so they’re probably not actually interchangeable, but…I do what I want. Two weeks ago my mom was here and hiking took precedence.

Then last week…ugh. Thursday my hands started hurting and they’re still at it. This is a thing my hands do sometimes, where I didn’t do anything to cause the pain and there’s no inflammation or anything, they just…hurt. All over. Constantly. This technically doesn’t stop me from doing much since my hands still function normally, but I may have used it as an excuse to not do much for a couple days. Then I went for a run yesterday and my calves immediately started feeling like they were climbing a super steep mountain. This is another fun thing my body sometimes does when it’s tired of playing (relatively) nice.


And, to end on an up: I signed us up for a monthly winter CSA. It’s a bunch of storage vegetables and greens plus one “special” item each month. This month’s special item is a choice between a quart of locally-roasted coffee beans or 3-4 lbs of local apples. I keep flip-flopping between them, because I want both! Which would you choose??



Linking up with Meghan for week in review and HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekly Wrap

16 Comment

  1. Your hiking trip sounds fun! That’s nice you found a B&B that accepted pets too!
    I think I’d have to go with the coffee over the apples lol recently posted…Weekly Wrap 115My Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The B&B was so pet friendly! They don’t even charge a pet fee.

  2. Coffee, hands down! What a lovely hiking adventure you had! Don’t remind me of my uni days of reading research papers!! Hope you have a great week xx

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The research papers are interesting usually, I’ve just read so many of them recently 🙂

  3. Isabel says: Reply

    Hiking looks like fun! I’m sorry you haven’t been as active as you wanted – sometims our bodies just want a break I guess. As for coffee vs. apples, I think I’d go coffee! Apples are everywhere at the moment but to get some good local coffee for free is pretty awesome 🙂 (but then I’m a caffeine addict so you might think differently)

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Our local apples are actually almost gone for the season! And I’ve never tried the varieties they’re offering.

  4. I’d choose coffee because I’m not as handy in the kitchen. 😉 I saw your posts about Ousel Falls. My husband has a long weekend so I think we’re finally going to check that out… and probably go back to Yellowstone and hope the crowds have died down since summer.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Ousel Falls was so pretty, and a short easy hike. There are also a few connecting trails if you feel like doing something longer. We haven’t even attempted Yellowstone in summer…but driving through at the end of Sept. last year only Old Faithful/Grand Prismatic area really felt crowded, so it should be less crazy by now 🙂

  5. Boo to pain! That’s no fun! Do you have circulation issues? I used to always have similar pains on and off and it ended up being crappy circulation that was the problem!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I don’t have circulation issues that I know of, but I don’t think I’ve had it checked either.

  6. My hands will hurt too and I’ve always presumed it’s from cycling (or water skiing?). Anyway, a lot of my weight is resting on them as I ride plus the awkward angle when shifting gears. It’s wonderful you were able to stay at the B&B with your dog. I think I’d pick the apples and do some delicious baking! Thanks for linking.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      That’s what I decided on!

  7. I want the apples but I think I’d have to go with the coffee. #momproblems

    I love when you can travel with your pet. Too bad cats really aren’t down with that.

    I hope you hands and calves are feeling better soon.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      One of our cats is totally down with traveling (as long as he gets to look out a window). I don’t think I would trust him in a fancy B&B room though.

  8. Farrah says: Reply

    Aww, I hope you feel better soon! :[ I’m glad you’re still able to do your usual daily activities!

    I hope I can join a CSA someday–that’s awesome that you get a “special” item every month! I’d go for the apples, but I’m biased since I don’t drink coffee. 😛

    That hiking trip sounds like a lot of fun! <3
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The apples were delicious 🙂

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