Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
The day was spent on Mt. Helena and the Ridge Trail. The wildflowers and weeds are in full bloom so it was colorfully beautiful. Nice to see so many families out enjoying the day together. Of course, I was a bit jealous because Steve had to work the entire weekend. I got in almost 11 miles, all but the first mile running with some very fun downhill moments. I'd been watching these clouds building up all morning, and finally figured I'd better head back to the car. Just in time - soon after it started to pour!
Hope you all enjoyed the weekend. Happy Memorial Day!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
More debris covered trail - sound familiar?
Yay! A trail - who cares where it goes? It's a trail!
Message to Bill - We need your email so you can join us for upcoming adventures! Although you might not want to join THIS kind of adventure!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
With a warm, still Sunday morning, I decided to spend a long time outside. There's been a lot to think about - the loss of a childhood friend, the purchase of a house, an uncertainty looming that I'll keep quiet about for now, more uncertainty about how I handled a recent situation... What better way to mull it all over than on trails?
I'm a little uncertain how this bone got in this tree, but found it interesting...
This was one very angry bird as I hiked on through...
A peaceful day.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
1) My ankle is still not happy, so I'm doing a lot more hiking and cross-training than running. The area that was injured is doing fine, but time in the cast and the awkward gait from the cast caused another nuisance injury in the form of achilles tendonitis. Hills hurt, the backs of shoes hurt, massage hurts, walking in the morning hurts...blah. I'm back in road shoes finding as many flat trails as possible.
2) Because of #1, I didn't get to run my favorite race that welcomes spring - Don't Fence Me In!
My plan had been to run the 30k, but instead, I got to be a cheerleader taking a whole lot of pictures in the process. As in over 300 pictures! Some still need to be uploaded, but eventually, a link may be added to the race website so that runners can search for photos of themselves. I'm sorry that I couldn't catch everyone - the batteries in both cameras died before the end of the 12k.
It was fun cheering on familiar faces. Rebecca did awesome in the 30k. It was also fun meeting Bill, who, during the 12k, ran by asking if I was the running with my thoughts website girl. Loved it! Anyway, he's taken up trail running and gearing up for Elkhorn. Go Bill!
3) We bought a house. We've been doing our research for several months, but finally started working with a realtor two weeks ago. Ironically, I fell in love with the house I had originally refused to look at for a few petty reasons. It's in a great neighborhood, close to trails, has a big yard with lots of gardening possibilities, and it was at a great price. Each house we looked at had a different feel. This one felt like home. With good peaceful, happy energy.
4) The dog search is on. The humane society has been visited and a trip to Kalispell is planned to meet Berni's puppies. They are cute balls of fur, and we'll see if one of them would like to bond with us. If not, there are many out there needing a home. It's just finding the right one. It's even more exciting now that Rebecca also adopted a dog. She's adorable and a fun addition to our running get-togethers.
5) Because I work in the high schools, I got to experience my first Vigilante Day. My co-worker and I took in the parade, visited with students, and had a good lunch downtown before returning to the constantly growing pile of paperwork. There's something to be said for tradition, and it was a great day.
That's it for now. Oh, and yay to Danni who had her first safe "run" in with a bear family!