About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Archive: ‘Running’

    Our Weekend

    Monday, April 7th, 2014

    settingupI decided last minute to do the DanMan Challenge this past weekend.

    I had some complaining from my husband and son about my choice of the 10K, apparently they are above that.

    I am not.

    I would have choosen the 5K if they had one.

    Since it was 3hrs away we camped at Lake Texoma Resort State Park the night before.



    I really like these type of stoves, they make heating up water so much easier!

    laketexomaThis is not a park we would usually travel to go to because it does not have much hiking but it was a beautiful place to spend an evening.







    trailIt even had a hiking trail.

    It was an under 3 mile out and back.


    trailpathSuch a beautiful way to spend an evening.

    himandmeI really like having a little photographer with me.

    laughingWe started laughing when he just kept clicking away.

    laketrailWalking along a lake, holding hands at sunset.

    A memory I want to cherish forever.


    swingingThis was me forcing my husband to turn around and my son to take our picture because the light was so pretty.


    tenteveningI decided to leave the air mattress at home, I thought surely the foam pads and an extra sleeping bag would be enough.

    I am wimp.

    It was not enough.

    bedtimeReading a bedtime story on my kindle.

    finishersThe next morning we ran the 10K at the DanMan Challenge!

    My oldest and husband ran together and my little man and I ran together.

    His thoughts on the privilege of running with his mom, “I am not the slowest in this family so why do I have to run with you?”

    Yep, I am slow.

    I am pretty sure I was fast enough for his first 10K though.

    He did point out that a 10K is very short.

    That poor child thinks 6.2 miles is nothing.

    danmanchallengeIt was a fun run on dirt roads and trails.

    It is so amazing that someone opens their ranch up and invites all of these strangers to come enjoy it!

    It was a great first run for my boy and I!

    Since this post already has a lot in it, I will share what we did after the Challenge tomorrow!

    There just happened to be a fun history event going on in the area of the Challenge!

    My Oldest’s First Race ~2014 Snake Run

    Monday, March 31st, 2014

    After helping his Dad as a pacer last fall, my oldest really wanted to be in a race.

    His criteria?

    Snacks and a medal.

    beforeThis month he did his first race!

    The Snake Run at Turkey Mountain.

    There is a 3hr race and a 6hr race (you try to get the most miles in that time).

    We entered my son in the 3hr one and Nick entered the 6hr.

    excitedHe was really excited!

    sixhourThis is the 6hr race start.

    Nick started later with the 3hr racers so he could run with our son.




    cold3hr race start.


    hisfirstThere are my men!

    snacksMy son loves the “junk food”, his words…

    trailrunThe big laps were 3.75miles long.

    He did one lap and then took a break while his dad did another lap.


    secondlapHere he is with his dad starting his second, Nicks third.

    finishedFinishing his second lap!


    eatingHe was not even tired.

    Just wanted to eat more food.

    snack2I kept trying to give him time to rest but he did not need it.

    medalGetting his medal!

    done7.5 miles done!


    3hrdoneThe end of the 3hr race.

    The 6hr race was still going so we waited around for my husband to finish.

    I really like this race location.

    I am really familiar with the Turkey Mountain trails so I took the boys on several hikes in between seeing Nick.

    winnersWinners of the 3hr race getting their trophies.

    trophyMy oldest was concerned that they were real at first.


    diggingThe boys kept busy building grass forts while waiting for their dad.

    afterNick ended up doing 20.75miles.

    So proud of my men!

    My sons thoughts about the race:

    “It was really really fun!”

    “There were very yummy aid stations”

    “In the end there was lots of food and I ran 7.5 miles”

    “It was very hard, and I got a shirt and actual medal”

    “I want to do 100 miles when I get older.”

    Here is last years race.

    Our Weekend

    Monday, October 21st, 2013

    course crank crank2 help helper2 dropoff spot popup mathMy husband did the Pumpkin Holler Hunderd(that is how they spell it) this weekend.

    He did the 100K race!

    Cannot believe he did that!

    eyes faces smirk macnchees rice runnerThe race started at a campsite so we set up the camper the friday night before the race.

    It was nice to have a place to go with the boys for meals and downtime.

    There were two aid stations that crew could drive out to meet the racers so we went to those also.

    waiting run halfwayHe had to do a 50K loop twice so he came back to the campsite for his halfway point.

    Then he went all night.

    It ended up dipping into the 30’s.


    tomsaywerMy oldest joined him for his last 9 miles at 6am Sunday morning.

    He was mostly walking by that time.

    web sunrise puddle finish doneHe did it!

    My 7yr old did really well also!

    9miles was a little more then he had gone before but he loved all the attention from the volunteers and the candy at the aid stations.

    He did say next time he wanted to race instead of being a pacer so he could get his own medal though…

    It ended up being a beautiful way to spend a fall weekend!

    At least for me.

    I was not doing a 100K race though…