Runnin, Soccer, Tough Yoga & a Bobcat Encounter!

Another weekend is in the books! Well, not so much a book, but more of a calendar.

Anyway, this weekend was extra epic because the boy had his first soccer match!

You'll grow into the jersey.

You’ll grow into the jersey.

But before that I was able to get in a short run on Friday as well as 9 miler Saturday morning. I was glad to negative split that fool despite the humidity!


After a shower, we were ready for some football.

Landsharks on three!

Landsharks on three!

Unfortunately the Landsharks started the season with a loss. And as head coach, I take full responsibility. In my defense though, it’s hard to get a bunch of five year olds to focus on one thing at a time.

Put me in coach...

Put me in coach…ooh look, there’s a dragonfly over there!!!

But at least they got a lot of fan support from sister!

Go team!

Go team…oooh look, there’s a dragonfly over there!

In the end, they all still had a lot of fun!

It was so hot one kid asked to leave the game so he could go to the shade.

Much like soccer, some of the team are also still learning how to take a photo.

On Sunday I met up with a friend for a trail run.  After a few miles we came across a train bridge/tunnel. Good spot for pictures.

Feeling a little blurry.

Feeling a little blurry.

This one feels more in focus.

This one feels sharper.

At this spot we heard a waterfall. We climbed over a barbed wire fence and could see it was on the other side of the tunnel. We’d have to climb up and over the tracks to see it. That’s what we tried to do.

Now I’ve been weary of train tracks since my last encounter with them a few months back. But this time I managed not to hurt myself.

Choo choo

Sometimes I incorporate trail running into my ‘training’. Get it? I know, I’m hilarious.

We never saw the waterfall cause when we got to the tracks I spotted a bobcat on the other side. Usually they run away from humans, but this one stood still. My friend snapped a not very clear pic…

She's dressed in her cammo.

She’s dressed in her cammo.

We didn’t want it to lose it’s fear of humans, so we started yelling and waving our arms to scare it off. It didn’t budge. In fact, it just sat down and stared at us like we were loco.

That’s when we heard the meow-screeches of the bobkittens. They were under the rock she was sitting on. This mama was protecting her litter. That’s why she wasn’t abandoning her den. And we could sense she was losing patience with us being so close. We decided it would be prudent to get out of there real quick like. Like my friend said, “I don’t want to get my eye clawed out by a bobcat today.”

We got back safely and ended up going about 7 miles on the run.

Afterwards it was yoga time.

Right before the pain. Ooo look, the shoe lady is back!

The calm before the pain storm. Oooh look, the shoe lady is back!

The instructor this day put us through a tough tough session. What made it tougher is that she had to leave early, so she squeezed in an hour’s worth of yoga into 45 minutes. This was a no-joke practice. Felt good though (after it was over).

They say weekends are supposed to be relaxing, but mine always leave me sore and tired. Go figure.

How bout you? Crazy weekend? Encounter any wildlife? Any tips to ensure we don’t lose another soccer match?


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39 thoughts on “Runnin, Soccer, Tough Yoga & a Bobcat Encounter!

  1. Awww, adorable photos!

  2. Great runs and great yoga workout!! Yoga is the best!!! Your weekends always sound busy, yet tons of fun!!! Such a cute soccer team!!! Awww!!! What a cutie fan, too!! Have a fabulous week!! XOXO!!!

  3. Aww, what cuties! I love seeing little, little kids in soccer uniforms. The shin guards are freakin’ adorable.

    Sounds like a great weekend!

  4. I would totally steal that frog chair from The Sister. Little squirts….

  5. Whoa good bobcat spot! Yikes! Laughing so hard about coaching and dragonflies. When I coached kindergarten hockey it was so funny watching them. I thought the puck would never go in the goal! I loved all the random kids who went into light saber mode and completely forgot about the game. Those are some adorable pics.

    • Thanks! Usually they run off and you only get a glimpse of them, but this one wasn’t budging! Haha, I bet you had some good experiences! I’m having a hard time getting them to understand the rules. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear em!

  6. They are so cute! Those jerseys are kind of like race shirts- never the right size. I love bobcats but while running? That may be a little alarming:)

    • Haha, I know, Grif’s went down to his knees! Bobcats usually run off, but this one wasn’t about to move an inch. First time I felt a little afraid, knowing it was protecting babies.

  7. I would have peed my pants. For real.

  8. Your soccer team looks awesome and besides, dragonflies are cool!! The bobcat and bobkittens are very cool, what a neat thing to see. I keep seeing lots of bears, I don’t want to see any more bears.

  9. Yikes! So so glad that you guys didn’t get hurt by a bobcat.

    Your son and the other little boys are adorable. I can imagine it’s really difficult to coach them playing soccer. Five-year-olds often have other ideas for what to do in lieu of the planned activity.

    • It was a little scary when we realized she had kittens!
      Thank you! Yes, it’s hard keep their attention for sure. But it’s even harder to get them to understand the rules – corner kicks, throw ins, goal kicks, etc. Working on it!

  10. ahhh I love 5-year old soccer. I call it “beehive soccer” cuz they all just swarm around the ball like bees to their hive. They have no field position understanding and it’s hilarious. (Unless you’re the coach then it;s frustrating)… HOW did you climb over a barbed wire fence and not get injured? You sure do see some crazy wildlife in your area!

    • Hahaha, that’s great! My dad always called it a shark feeding frenzy. That’s why I named them the landsharks! Ha, yeah, I got a workout in running around the field trying to explain different rules to them. It was a growing experience.
      As for the fence, to be more honest, we climbed down a little hill and were able to crawl under it. But it was easier to say we just hopped it. Ha!

  11. runningschlub

    So awesome, nothing better than coaching the little ones when the sports are still all about fun and snacks after the game. Sorry about the loss but all that matters is that they had fun.

    Oh man bobcat guarding her pups, yeah I wouldn’t go near that either. No crazy wildlife lately…luckily lol.

    • Yeah, great points! Especially the snacks part! Luckily their counting skills aren’t great and so most of them thought they lost by a lot less than they did, haha!

      Yeah, that was a bit scary. We got out of there pretty quick when we realized what was going on! Stay safe out there!

  12. My high school mascot was a bobcat so I probably would have handled it a lot better than you did.

  13. Aww, that would have been so cool if you could have seen the kittens! 🙂

    Your kids are so cute! I am totally laughing at the dragonfly comment. I bet it’s fun to watch them play 🙂

    • I did see one kitten for a split second when it hopped up, but I couldn’t gauge it’s cuteness.

      Thank you! I’m glad you picked up on that dragonfly bit, haha! They were really distracted by them!

  14. Little kids playing soccer is one of my favorite things to see, its always magnet ball. They are just too young to really grasp the concept of staying in their position. My 2.5 year old started soccer last weekend, I hope to one day coach his team like you are doing (I REALLY hope he loves soccer as much as I do!)

    I would have freaked if I saw a bobcat in the wild, but realistically I can’t see that far in front of me without glasses so I would be that girl that got attacked because she ran into a bobcat and her young!

    • Ha, that’s a great way to describe it! That’s why I named them Landsharks – cause it looks like a shark feeding frenzy!
      I hope your lil one loves it as much as you (and I) do too!

      LOL, that would be bad! They are pretty camoflauged, so they’re usually hard to spot anyways!

  15. WalkToRio

    I just read on a fellow’s blogger blog about a kid attacked by a cougar, not the drunk kind.
    The kiddos look so happy, I loved that pic on Instagram because they are all over the place lol
    Weekend was a mess and this week is gonna be hellish, but soon it’ll be Friday and then Monday again.

    • Ha! I think I saw the same post. Haha, thank you! It was so hot out there that I didn’t look at the pic until in AC. Those kids were all over the place!
      “soon it’ll be Friday and then Monday again.” I cannot deny your logic sir!

  16. LOL I don’t have kids yet, but I always participate in my company’s Kids’ Day. Parents bring their kids and I help out with a science experiment booth. This past year the kids showed up early so they told me I had to entertain them. We played 4 corners and man those kids lose their focus quickly lol!! Didn’t lose any to dragonflies but I did to some pretending to be birds 😉

    • You don’t have any kids…that you know of! 😉
      That’s cool that you participate in that! Ha, pretending to be birds, eh? That’ll happen. Lately our 2 year old pretends to be a puppy everytime she wants a snack. I have no idea why. But when she starts barking and crawling on all fours, I know she’s hungry.

  17. I didn’t know you have bobcats down there! Good call to get out when her babies were around.
    CUTE soccer team!
    I’ve seen lots of bighorn sheep lately on my weekend runs in the mountains. They’re not dangerous, but soon the males start fighting. I don’t really want to be close to them when that happens 🙂

    • Oh yes, lots of bobcats and coyotes. We were checking her out until we realized there were babies involved – she was getting visibly annoyed at our presence. Yikes!
      Thank you!
      Oooh, really?!? How neat! I wouldn’t want to be around fighting horned animals either!!

  18. I bet those bobkittens were adorable, but it is probably for the best that you didn’t get close enough to see them. 🙂

    • Oh I’m sure they were. I only saw part of one’s back, but if they were more open, I bet the mom would’ve been even on more alert!

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