All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!

Cross Training


We have a fantastic trail system in our community. Finding a trail to bike or run is never, EVER a problem here. The state has been working hard on expanding our “rails to trails” system and we have a very cool one just 20 minutes from our house. We have said for years that we need to go and check it out.

Yesterday, my good friend, Emily, asked if I wanted to run it with her. I suggested we bike so that Hottie and the boys could come too. We prepped the bikes, got the kids loaded, picked up Emily with her bike, and drove 20 minutes to the trailhead. And it started to storm. Ha! So much for “no precip for 110 minutes.”

We went to dinner, left the bikes on the rack, put the car in the garage, and had Emily stay the night. We stayed up late and watched a hilariously bad movie… Just like old times!

Bryson woke up at 6:20 so we went for a 5.5 mile run while the house slept. Hottie went for a run when we got back because Matthew wasn’t up yet. Once he was home, Matthew was up and the boys were fed, so we headed out once again to the trailhead.

This time, nothing but sunshine!

I volunteered to tow the boys in the Burley for the first time ever. That was easy, until it wasn’t on the way back with an insane head wind… But it was fun! They did great and we were biking for a little over an hour and went 10.4 miles.

It was worth the wait. The trail was beautiful and the bridge was, well, FANTASTIC!!! It was breathtaking, actually!

And I finally got some cross training in!

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

5 thoughts on “Cross Training

  1. I love these trails you talk about! I wish our council would invest in better trails as the infrastructure is very poor locally for this stuff. Other local councils do it much better. I also totally love seeing these images. It makes me feel like I get to know you that little bit more. totally inspired by your exercise. I am getting back out there again, had a good session on Friday and plan on going tonight.

    • Good for you for getting back at it! It’s so hard to jump back in, but then it becomes habit.

      We are VERY lucky to have the trail systems we do. It’s the one thing that makes living here not so limiting, you know? Iowa is pretty boring, but there’s lots of space to get out there and walk, bike, run and we have trails for miles and miles. What I really like is that people use them constantly – so they’re a great way to spend our tax dollars!

  2. It sounds like you live in a beautiful part of the world, nice trails are such an awesome amenity! And, I love the photos. Beautiful!

  3. Beautiful!! And I like corn fields too. 😉

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