Well it has been a blog-a-sphere dog's age since I dropped into this space, so I thought I'd take a post to tell you what all has been going on for me in these parts.
About the time I stopped blogging, I decided I needed a serious goal - like a personal fitness goal - to stay healthy and sane. So I decided to train for the biggest 10K of the year around here - the Butte to Butte on July 4th.
I started running a lot. At least for me - like 20-25 miles a week. And my runs took me to all kinds of wonderful new places.
There's a new trail along the MIddle Fork of the Willamette that I spent many miles running along. It is SO beautiful and goes along through so many lovely different habitat types.
And in the spring the wildflowers were spectacular and inspirational.
And my loop would begin and end at the old filbert farms and gardens.
I started using an app called Endomondo, signed up for Premium, and created a training program for running a faster 10K by the Fourth of July.
And then I just did what it said to do. I ran intervals; I ran really far; I ran not-so-far; I ran four days a week; I ran 'til I was bored out of my skull; and I ran and sweated out all my frustrations and stress and crap from a very long and weary winter and spring. I ran until I couldn't; I ran until I sobbed; I walked a lot; I lost eight pounds; and I got to be a lot faster runner.
And, along the way, I got pretty inspired to do some painting of of things I'd seen in my travels.
Which is always a happy side effect.
But when the day of the Butte to Butte came along, I wasn't really sure what to expect. The app said "you will run this race at an 8:15/mile pace." There were days I thought that was ridiculous, and other days I thought - oh well maybe that's possible.
My real goal was to run the race in under 50 minutes.
And yes, people, I did it!! I ran it at an average 8:02 pace and came in at 49:51. For those of you who know this race, the first mile is uphill - and that was very slow - but I actually ran the remaining miles at under 8' per mile.
I had no idea this was possible for me and I'm still SO delighted. I came in 9th in my age group out of 115 women. It served my spirit and my body so well these last couple of months that I'm sure I'll do it again.
But for now I'm taking a little break, reconnecting with my painting, trying to keep the garden from being invaded with weeds, and enjoying this beautiful summer.
I'll post again sooner than later, I promise, with lots of goodies to share. In the meantime I hope you're all basking in the warmth of your own wonder and sunshine.