The day after we got back from vacation last weekend, I came down with a cold. So, I did what anyone does when they are stuck at home: I made plans for being out and about again. (That is what everyone does, right?) As soon as I started feeling better I was assaulted by fireworks. By which I mean half the town set off fireworks until past 1 am Wednesday, so I got very little sleep. Also our yard is still covered with the neighbors’ fireworks debris. I never particularly liked fireworks, but since moving to Bozeman I aggressively hate them. ANYWAY. You’re probably more interested in my summer plans than my feelings about fireworks.
Last summer I made a goal to PR at a local 5K…then I woke up race morning with a fever. So I’m trying again this year. The race is 4 weeks away, and I found this training plan that’s 4 weeks long. I’m planning to follow the “strongest 5K” version of the plan pretty closely, except substituting the second speed workout for hills. Ok, so maybe changing 1/4 of the plan isn’t following it that closely.
I had been waffling for a month or two about whether to run a trail 30K that’s now 2 weeks away. Because even 2 months ago there was no way I was going to be trained for a 30K by July 21. But! Just last week I found out about a new 30K that’s happening in late September. Much better for me because of the extra training time, obviously, but also because the temperatures will almost certainly be much cooler. It’s also closer to home and ends at a hot springs resort. What’s not to like?
I’m also volunteering at at least one race this summer, the Bridger Ridge Run, and maybe one or two other trail races, schedule dependent.
I want to drive the Beartooth Highway sometime this summer. It’s a national scenic byway that runs between the northeast entrance of Yellowstone and Red Lodge, MT. The highway goes up to almost 11,000 feet, is surrounded by mountains, and, well, just check out the photos at that link. This will probably happen either the end of this month or late August.
My husband really wants to ride the Route of the Hiawatha bike trail. It’s a rails-to-trails route that is supposed to be the most scenic in the country. Now, my husband bikes approximately once a year, so I’m not sure why this caught his eye. But hey, I’m not complaining.
We’re planning to go to Glacier in September, when my mom is visiting. Last time both my parents visited we stayed on the west side of Glacier – and didn’t get to the east side since there was snow over the pass. So this time we’re planning to stay on the east side. I haven’t been since I was a kid – so if you have any hiking or other recommendations for that side of the park, please share!
What are your summer plans?
Is anyone else more than sick of fireworks? Let’s commiserate.