Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 340, 341, 342, 343, and 344 - Tues July 22nd - There and Back Again

Day 340-344 - 
There and Back Again

I'm back. It was a nice being away. Living without the fear of missing an on-call for my job.  I loved being in nature, camping for the most part, fishing, swimming in the lake, light days of running, cooking good food, but most of all, hanging out with Justin and the girls without work or worries of time getting in the way.
Sunday was especially fun, we got up super early and went fishing (though we didn't catch anything), swimming in the lake, playing fetch with Jax and a stick in the water and watching our girls having fun splashing around and being adventurous. None of us wanted the day to end.
 

 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 338 and 339: Thurs July 17th - Going off the grid.

Going off the grid for a few days.  Looking forward to some R & R & R.

Running & Rest & Relaxation + some hiking, fishing and star gazing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day 337: Tues July 15th - Between a Rock...

Day Three Thirty-seven - 
Between a Rock...



And a hard place. 


Day 335 and 336: Mon July 14th - B.S.T.

   Day 335 and 336 - B.S.T.

Lovely early morning tough hike and long run. 
We tried to beat the full sunrise Sunday morning before the heat of the day started it's shift, and made it back down just in time.

Beautiful and very quiet. Only a few runners on the trail and no bikes to dodge around. 

A great start to an otherwise relaxing Sunday.

 






Jurassic Park Dandelion









Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day 333 & 334: Sat Jully 12th - The Final Countdown!

Day 333 & 334 - The Final Countdown - one month to go!

It's the Final Countdown (cue Europe song) I don't know if I'm sad or ecstatic that I have one month left before my birthday and goal is complete.
It's been easier in some ways than I thought it would be getting into a daily habit and ritual of running everyday and more challenging in others - keeping up with a blog falls under the more challenging bit.  In hindsight I should have made it a weekly blog, I didn't realize how time consuming a blog could be.  But it's been exciting nonetheless and created a photo journal of a great year. I'm having fun still, despite the heat, and that is the point of running for me.
It is my time to think, reflect, and vent my feet on the ground to work out my frustrations and tire my mind. At other times I feel joy, solitude, peace and grace as I marvel at the simple beauty in  places I hadn't taken the time to notice beforehand. And though sometimes it hurts, it's a good pain, with the exception of my heel ;)

I also loved running with my family when they've come along or indulged me.  It has helped to break up the monotony of the months and days along the way and I enjoy sharing that time with them.

I'm excited what the future will bring in life and running. I've decided what my next goal will be, however I have a month to go yet and some healing up I will need to do before the next grand adventure. Wish me luck! 





 



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day 331: Wed July 9th - A mental break.

Day Three Hundred Thirty-one - A Mental Break.


I need a mental break before I have a mental break... but I also need a feet break before my feet break.
Running is my mental break, most of the time. However, if i'm honest... there are times it adds another 'to-do' to each day and I begrudgingly go out the door . It's good I run in the mornings, because I can guarantee that if I waited for afternoon / evening times, besides melting on the road, I would not be posting about Day 331.

On a positive note, the lovely part of summer are the multitude of beautiful flowers.
I can never tire of taking photos of them. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Day 328, 329 and 330: July 8th - Too Damn Hot

Day 328, 329 & 330 -

TOO DAMN HOT
Basically that's all I have to say. 
It's too damn hot, even before the sun comes up.
My new mantra must be "hydration, hydration, hydration"
sadly this is often an area I struggle with.
Must. Drink. Water.
 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 325, 326 & 327: Sat July 5th - Daisies

Day 325, 326 & 327 -  
Daisies

I love daisies. They make me smile.
What a happy flower. 
Daisies also remind me of  'Big Scott'. 
I can't believe it's been almost 9 years this August since he passed away.  He was an amazing individual that meant so much to so many people in so many different ways.

One summer afternoon while we were visiting him, Scott gave me a tour of his garden and fruit trees. He was showing me flowers he named after his buddies lost in the Vietnam war, telling stories along the way.  At one point I happened to mention to him that my favorite flower was a daisy. He stopped what he was doing and had me follow him quietly to the front yard of his house. He bent down among a sea of daisies growing near the stairs, picked a large daisy and put it in my hair, tucked behind my ear and walked away smiling. 

Such a tender soul that we miss every day.