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Run with the Bulls

We’ve been enjoying our anniversary weekend/Labor Day weekend by hanging out with family in northeastern Pennsylvania.

There was one little glitch with our trip–major car trouble.  We heard a highly unusual sound when we set the car to idle at a pit stop on the way.  My husband chose to “press-on” and do our best to make it.  So, twice during the last leg of the trip, we smelled burning metal.

We made it in one piece, and Steve and his dad tinkered with the car on Friday and Saturday.  After replacing one part, the same irregular sound persisted.

So, we’re going to drive the car back to Virginia, then finalize our search for a replacement vehicle.

So, please think about today as we make our way back in 7.5 hours worth of travel time.

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So, while the guys have been laboring away with the car, I’ve been playing with my nieces, nephew, and son.

We’ve been dragging the smallest kids around on the wooden floors on blankets, constructed sky scrapers from legos, practiced somersaults, ran, and hiked.

Saturday morning, we headed to the local high school track because I wanted to stretch my legs and run.

With the high school football game in progress, that meant the track around the field was off-limits.

So, we meandered over to the unoccupied baseball diamond, instead.

I ran the perimeter while my mother-in-law and four of her grand kids walked around and threw a Frisbee.

After my warm-up, I noticed that there were 12 symmetrical rows painted on right field–perfect for interval training.

I ran up and down each row with a different pace or running form: high knees, heels-to-buttocks, grapevines (sideways running with the lead leg alternating), skips, and full-speed sprints.  When I was on repetition #15 out of 24, the rest of the gang thought that running looked like fun.

My 3 year-old niece joined me in running lengths.

Soon, we were joined by my 7 year-old nephew, 11 year-old niece, 22 month-old son, and mother-in-law.

My nephew pretended each length was a race.  My youngest niece directed the running styles at the end and suggested we run like ponies.  Calvin struggled to keep up, although he ran at a full-sprint the majority of the time.

At one point, we ran backward while I did the fireman’s carry with my son.  He absolutely had a blast and wanted to be carried for the remainder of the workout.

Running is fun for kids when you can turn it into a game!

After the end of the running workout, everyone’s shoes were wet from the damp grass. Montrail Mountain Masochist GTX

Everyone, except for me.

The Gore-Tex in my Montrail Mountain Masochist GTX were drier than toast.  Usually, when I do speed work on the grass, I’ll slip and slide all over the place.  But the super grip traction on these shoes were as sure-footed as track spikes.

Have I told you how much I love these shoes?

labor day giveaway

WIN IT!

Montrail_Logo_blkOne winner will enjoy a pair of Mountain Masochist GTX from Montrail (retail value $115).

(Primary entry method, this must be completed first!) To enter, visit Montrail and tell me about one other item that would love to use.  As always, Kudos to creativity!

EXTRA CREDIT

  • Earn two additional entries by blogging about the giveaway and linking to Traveling with Baby using “Montrail Trail Running Shoes Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave two comments here with a link to your post.
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  • Earn another entry by entering another Labor Day Giveaway contest on Traveling with Baby.  Leave a comment telling me the name of the other contest that you entered.  Active contests are listed on the left sidebar under the header “Win Prizes”
  • Earn another entry by following me (drdolly) on Twitter and tweeting this contest with the following RT @drdolly Win Montrail Trail Running shoes on Traveling with Baby! http://wp.me/p4s6M-NXLeave a comment with the weblink to your tweet.
  • Earn another entry by adding Traveling with Baby’s button to your website/blog.

Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another amazing person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on September 14th, 2009.

One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after September 14th. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.

**UPDATE**

Congratulations!  The winner is #20, Keitha.

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Tuesday Travels: Backcountry Babywearing Part I

Tuesday TravelsWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

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The first time I tried babywearing  while hiking, I was on a moderate-to-difficult trail that was slick with rain.   I shuddered every time my worn out running shoes slipped on a log or stumbled on a rock.  After all, it wasn’t just about falling and skinning my knee–I had the most precious cargo on my back, and I didn’t want anything to compromise my son’s safety.

Montrail Mountain Masochist GTXI knew I needed something that had more capability than my sneakers intended to absorb the shock of pounding the pavement.  However, I didn’t want overheated and leaden hoofs to haul around either.

I think it was love at first sight when I first spotted these light and springy Mountain Masochist GTX trail runners when I wandered into the local outdoor gear shop in my town.Mountain Masochist

Montrail sent me a pair to review while babywearing and backpacking in the Shenandoah National Forest.  “Eat my dust!” is what I wanted to exclaim when I slipped on these light-as-a-feather-and-tough-as-leather all-terrain runners.

Hoo boy! I spend most days wiping yogurt from my son’s face and cleaning up the spills from potty training.  But, when I don these trail runners, I can bound tall buildings while wearing a baby on my back–at least, small boulders and logs, thanks to the Gryptonite traction that keeps me steady on my feet.

Dr. Dolly in Mountain Masochist GTXSharp rocks and hidden crags are no match for the lightweight and flexible trail shield (aptly named).  I tested the shoes on a steep incline and through a few creek beds.  The Goretex kept my socks dry, and even in mud, my step was sure.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner who loves a comfortable and lightweight shoe that can hold up to a gnarly trail, or you’re an outdoorsy babywearing hiker, Montrail’s Mountain Masochist will surpass your expectations and allow you to enjoy the trail without distraction.montrail_logo

You can purchase your own Mountain Masochist GTX kicks directly from  Amazon.com for $115.  Visit Montrail’s site to read more GTX specs from the manufacturer.

Stay tuned to win your own pair of Mountain Masochist GTX in the near future!

–By Dr. Dolly
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