Sunday, March 30, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Mileage was good this week, despite the work and travel schedule.
Sunday - 13
Monday - Off
Tuesday - 10
Wednesday - Off
Thursday - 7.5
Friday - Off
Saturday - 15
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I was amused, and it got me thinking. I realize that we runners, especially ones who like the trails, are often looked upon as strange. I no longer mention to non-runners that Danni is going to run 100 miles this summer, or talk about long runs or upcoming races, because it normally starts the lecture of why long distance running is bad for a person. Next, the person usually asks "You don't want to run 100 miles, right?" Of course not, I say, because I don't want the inevitable knee discussion. How many times do I really need to hear that my knees are going to give out?
At the same time, I recognize that we runners are not always so fun to be around. Without realizing it, our running chatter can be a guilty reminder. Guilt for not exercising. Guilt for eating junk food. Guilt for the extra pounds put on over the winter. Guilt for perhaps just leading an unhealthy lifestyle. I've been there. I remember (pre-running days) watching people, usually from my own car window, looking all fit and trim as I gained the double freshman fifteen -except not in college, but after a couple years of marriage. I remember using 'The Beginning Runner's Handbook' and the difficulty it took to walk/run my way to a consistent 30 minutes of jogging. I remember several starts and stops due to discouragement from side aches, breathing problems and shin splints.
I have no idea when I officially became a "runner," and my thoughts today lead me to believe it doesn't really matter. I'm just glad it happened. I also need to remember not to try and "sell" the idea to others - I doubt that it's helpful. I can only hope that others out there might find something they really enjoy that might make them a healthier and happier person too.
On a completely unrelated note, I want to congratulate Frank on completing his doctoral thesis and nabbing a job in Massachusetts. And, congratulations to Melissa, his wife, who has waited so patiently for this day. I wish I was there to celebrate with you, but I'll call soon!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
This morning, I was supposed to run with the group, but when I got up and saw it was raining, I wimped out. It was a good excuse to sleep. Once Steve and I finally woke up, we decided coffee, a newspaper and real estate browsing was in order.
With Steve's encouragement, I put on the whole long run arsenal of items, and ran from our cabin to town, a little over 13 miles. Steve took the picture below of a cold me post run at the historical trail parking lot. I thought running shorts were a great idea as I left the cabin in sunshine, but as you can see from the red legs, I could have used running pants once the hailstones started. Steve was a gem, meeting me in town with warm clothes and a macchiato with whipped cream. He even let me have tuna and noodles for a post run meal (and he HATES the smell of tuna.) Aren't I a lucky girl?
Monday, March 10, 2008
After the ice and mud (see picture below) the rest of my weekend was spent on nice, dry roads. That is where I will remain until it is truly spring. I've survived the winter without major incident, and I'd like to keep it that way. The week ended with 35 miles and lots of hills. Not too bad for me.
For the social work and mental health people out there, please consider attending a conference or training with Toni Cavanagh Johnson. Intermountain Children's Home sponsored an event in which she was the main speaker. I found it to be interesting and helpful information. Plus, Dr. Johnson is really an outstanding, entertaining speaker. Obtaining CEU's is not always nearly so fun.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Today, I attended an NASW chapter meeting; my first since returning to Montana. My memories of NASW in DC include lectures at congressional buildings, meeting with state representatives, worry about Republicans taking over Congress, etc. Usually, just getting to the meetings/conferences took time. So, I was highly amused when I learned that our meeting was a quick drive down to the "Bulldog Lounge and Casino at the Outlaw Inn." I kid you not. If that's not unique to Montana, I don't know what is.
Spring seems to be here. The snow on the trails is melting, turning everything into chutes of ice. Here's a couple of pictures from my last trip to Helena.
The running is coming along. So far this week:
I'm traveling again tomorrow. We'll see what kind of mileage I can get between meetings, driving, and the conference. Hopefully, I don't have to seek out the dreadmill.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
"HuntSA offers a unique opportunity to tailor your dream safari into an unforgettable experience. You can create your itinerary by choosing from the various activities on offer.
Each and every one of us is equipped to make a difference in the lives of someone less fortunate than ourselves. At HuntSA Ministries we open up the opportunity for you to reach out. You’ll travel to the outlying rural areas where very few South Africans have ever been and poverty and AIDS are prevalent. This can be a truly life-changing experience!"
For who? Naturally, I was curious to find out whether or not people truly have the "opportunity to reach out" or if it's a "let's stand around and gawk at people less fortunate than we (and hunt)." Here it is...
"We do a six day outreach which includes showing ‘The Jesus film’, visiting hospitals and schools and encouraging the missionaries that work there full-time. We also visit the local people in their traditional homes. The six-day outreach comprises five nights of camping with one night of luxury accommodation at a cost of $180 a day. Alternatively six nights of luxury accommodation is available at extra cost. During the trip, we also pay a visit to the bible school, where people who are converted can do a six month bible course to improve their knowledge of God’s love for them. This equips them to minister to their own people."
If you look around the website, notice how much of their "ministry" is only for the already "converted." Don't even get me started.
Then, click on the price list. How many endangered animals do you see on this list? Disturbed yet?
**I'd just like to add that I'm not against regulated hunting, just hunting of endangered animals under the guise of Christian ministry, and people like this who make a mockery of true humanitarian efforts.