While the big day isn't until Friday, I thought I'd share a few things that I've already been given and have been using.
The Beast beat everyone this year with this bag of goodness and first anniversary card of the year....she may or may not have been one month early : ) -
The amazing husband also got me my Golden Poppy California State Park Pass!!! So excited to have this!! I no longer have to pay to get into Mitchell Canyon or to get onto Mt Diablo, or any other park that charges an entrance fee!! I've been a little limited on mountain access up to now, going out of Castle Rock. I could really only explore a small chunk of the mountain before, but now I can get anywhere on the mountain and explore tons of trails I've never been on before. I've already been up there exploring and running trails that are new to me. I'm so excited to have this! It's good at the majority of state parks, although there are a few, mostly southern Ca parks, that it doesn't work at. You can get more info here on the pass.
(there was a Poppy Pass picture here, but I realized our address was in the background. Oops.)
Here's a link to the ones I have.
Brooks Cascadia 7's, which I also love. Brian has run in these for years and has always loved them. These are my first pair, and I gotta say, I love them, too. If you look at the picture of the Adidas above, and then at these, it's pretty obvious that the Brooks have a lot more room. The toe box is super roomy, my toes never touch anything, not the sides or the end of the shoe. They are super comfy. I gotta say, and I never thought I'd say this, but the Adidas have better traction. Gasp.
So between the two pairs, I'm totally happy with my trail shoes! I did get some Velcro and Superglued it to the back of both pairs so I could wear my gaiters with them.
Thanks to everyone who has already made this year extra special!!
We are super excited to be getting away this weekend as a family and celebrate 16 years of togetherness and having a wonderful family!!