Well, somehow in between trying to balance work, planning our wedding, and a having a booming business where attention is needed twenty hours a day, training for our first 50k, and trying to enjoy what’s left of our summer, we managed to sneak away for a night and venture off to one of our favorite places…..Acadia National Park in the magical state of Maine!
Of course we were limited for time, like usual every time we go somewhere, but on top of managing to find some wedding ceremony spots (!!!!) we squeezed in some hiking/running while exploring the carriage roads, and some of the park as well.
We started exploring on the carriage roads, and then hiked up new-to-us Sargent Mountain. I recently read somewhere (I should start really writing down where I find these things) that while training for the 50k,one should incorporate hiking, and incline hill climbing. We have done this before (Notch climb…while running) and have been pretty consistent with our running, that climbing would be a good cross training activity. Plus, I love hiking. I love running. Jeez….I just absolutely love being outside! And, how could you NOT, especially at a place like Acadia National Park.
We hiked up along a great brook with small waterfalls along the way. It was very beautiful and peaceful. There were also some spectacular views at the top!
How can you not fall in love with views like this…?!
We were extremely lucky with the weather!
Hiking back down, Nathan seemed to have sprained his left ankle, which isn’t good. I thought I heard a snap, but wasn’t sure if it was his ankle, or a rock hitting another rock. I actually thought it was broken, but somehow he was able to get down the mountain on one foot and used his arms for help too. It was pretty scary for both of us. We were both upset, and sat down for a little while to try to figure out what to do. His ankle was a little swollen, but he was able to walk on it. We got back down to the bottom of the mountain, and back onto the carriage roads. We checked out his ankle some more, while sitting on some rocks.
We began to walk for a little bit, and Nathan tried running again. We kept switching from walking to jogging.
We went around Jordan Pond, looped back up to park road, and hit some heavy hills on the way back to the car.
We logged 10.94 miles in 3 hours, 41 minutes and 5 seconds.
Our average pace per mile was 20 minutes and 12 seconds.
I feel horrible that Nathan got injured. We plan to ice and wrap his ankle, and hopefully he can get an x-ray soon so we can figure out what happened!