When it came time to renew our West Virginia season football tickets, it was a no brainer. Of course we would. Four weekends in a three month span with a 14 hour round trip drive with a baby? Let's do this sh*t.
Last weekend was our first trip, and it was slightly easier because it was Labor Day. It gave us an extra few days to hang out and enjoy being in Morgantown. We left just before our son's bed time on Thursday evening and drove into the night. We hit a crazy thunderstorm that looked like a beautiful light show over Lake Erie and felt like a nightmare for an hour on the Ohio Turnpike. Thankfully we arrived in Morgantown around 2 am without incident and a relatively on schedule small person.
The downside to driving late and letting the baby sleep is that he still wakes up on time around 6 am. I was groggy after only four hours of sleep, but it was nothing copious amounts of coffee couldn't handle. We spent the day lunching with family, buying WVU baby gear at The Book Exchange and relaxing at my parents' house.
On Saturday morning I headed out on the Deckers Creek Trail for a 12-mile run. I last visited the trail in June for the Deckers Creek Half Marathon where I shattered my half marathon PR. I love running the trail. It's flat, well kept and most importantly runs through one of my favorite places in the world. As I was running I was thinking of some really fun college memories like the crazy drunken millennium New Years Eve and cramming into the Mountainlair Plaza to see bands like Fuel and De La Soul.
|Art work under a bridge|
|Beautiful Deckers Creek|
My husband and I went to the West Virginia game relatively late, leaving my parents' house at 6 for a 7:30 game. Our son is cutting his first tooth, and he was really fussy all day. It felt rather self indulgent to leave him with his grandparents and aunt while we went to have a good time. We drove downtown and took the PRT (personal rapid transit) to the game. Thanks for funding our state Sen. Robert C. Byrd (RIP)! The PRT is a monorail that is free on game day. It's the perfect way to miss game traffic although you'll hit student bar traffic on the way out. Worth it.
My Mountaineers were kicking off the season with Georgia Southern, a division 2 team that, let's be honest, we had no business playing. Thankfully we shut them out, put up a pretty good defensive showing, and like most first games got a look at what we need to work on. As is the case at every WVU game I was choking back tears from the minute we walked into the stadium until the ball was kicked off to start the game. The nostalgia is strong with this one.
|Wearing sunglasses in the dark so you can't tell I'm almost crying.|
Will was up a lot Sunday night and woke up teething and fussy on Monday at 6 am. Nothing would soothe him, so I decided we'd take a long walk on the trail. Unfortunately we didn't bring the jogging stroller so I was stuck walking, but it was a really nice way to get in some exercise and spend time with my favorite little dude. It was a beautiful morning, and we walked three miles on the quiet, shaded trail. Will's fussiness dissipated as soon as he was strapped in the stroller, and he looked around and seemed to enjoy the quiet too. It was perfect.
|My trail buddy|
|"I'm keeping it together, but I'm NOT happy to still be in the car."|