Bears, Bears, Everywhere

As I mentioned last week, I extended my stay after our two-day family reunion and spent this past week with my mom. Last weekend, my relatives local to the area were telling stories of all the recent bear encounters. One had been seen on a section of the road along the river where I normally run when visiting (see video below). This particular bear was out on his morning run down the road at 8 AM when my cousin saw him. As much as I would love a running partner while visiting the farm, I’ll pass on this hairy guy. Another bear was spotted mid-day on another route I take when I head out for a longer run, and my uncle saw a momma bear and her three cubs in front of his house – also along the route I take on my longer runs.




When I asked where bears had been spotted, my uncles replied in unison, “It would be easier to tell you where they haven’t been seen.” As much as I’d love to see a bear, I’d rather see it from the safety of my car than while on foot. So with an abundance of caution, I chose to run a one mile loop that took me no farther than a quarter mile from my mom’s house at any given time. Even though the mailman saw a bear very near my mom’s house, that was at least a year ago and I banked on him getting bored with the local scenery…


Meow, Meow, Meow

It’s become my responsibility each summer to take my mom’s cats Callie and Hobbes to the vet for their annual exams and shots. Neither likes being held captive in their respective carrier, but they both cooperate and allow me to put them in. Of course, their cooperation doesn’t mean that they don’t both meow during the entire 45-minute drive to the vet’s office. They take turns meowing, Hobbes first in his deeper voice answered by Callie’s higher voice, and on and on.


Somehow Callie scratched her eye on the trip to the vet and was given drops which I had to put in her right eye three times a day for seven days. She was pretty cooperative, but I still wrapped her in a towel so she wouldn’t scratch me. I had to turn the baton over to my mom when I left this afternoon and hope that Callie will be equally cooperative for her new nurse. 😉


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



Monday morning’s rainy 8 AM run was the first in the area since there have been so many bear sightings. Black Angus cattle dotted the landscape and more than once my heart rate increased thinking that particular cow had to be a bear. HaHa!


By Wednesday, my radar was still up, but I ran a little more relaxed. The fields are all clear and bears would be very visible on the north side of the road, but the farmland on the south side is heavily treed with a lot of undergrowth. Oddly, I kept my eyes peeled along the open fields looking for anything that resembled a bear while a bear could have hopped out of the underbrush and I would have been taken totally off guard.

Additionally, the weather had changed drastically from the previous week when we had the extreme heat wave. I woke up to 49° on Wednesday. Luckily, I felt perfectly comfortable and didn’t need warmer running clothes because I hadn’t packed any. My fingers were a little chilly at first, but warmed up within the first mile.


By Saturday morning, I’d moved on from being on bear alert and often caught myself daydreaming, oblivious to anything around me…



Even though it included packing a bit of gear, I took my bike with me to my mom’s house. I ended up just wearing my running shoes since I never clip in while riding on gravel (I did wear my helmet). Also, since my rides were only ten miles, and I was lazy, I never changed into my biking clothes (i.e. padded shorts).

Monday’s ride started immediately upon completion of my run and it’s a good thing because within two minutes of getting back to Mom’s house, the sky opened and it rained heavily for the rest of the day.


On Wednesday, I rode in the afternoon after an early morning run and a mid-day filled with gardening. With more rested legs and a greater sense of spirit cruising the downhills, I cut about seven minutes off my previous ride’s time.


Thursday’s mid-day ride was a little more exciting when my back tire skidded in the deep gravel and I jerked the front of my bike suddenly as I corrected to keep from wrecking. My Garmin (affiliate link) popped up with an alert to send a message to Bill that I “needed assistance” which I dismissed so it wouldn’t be sent. What a great feature to have in the case of an emergency!


Strength Training

Since I never take weights with me when I visit my mom, I focus on doing body weight resistance exercises (push-ups, lunges, squats, planks, etc.) and if I need dumbbells, I use a combinations of her smaller hand weights – she has two each of one through five pound weights so I hold combinations of sizes to create heavier weights. It’s amazing what I can do using a little resourcefulness and ingenuity.



I kept it short and simple while doing my routines and focused on poses that would stretch out muscles used while running and riding.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Have you ever had to play nurse to a pet? ~ When I was in high school, I was responsible for giving our baby calves all of their vaccines and any medications necessary.
  • How was the weather this past week where you live? 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!