Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"You’re IN, baby!"

NWM 2010
Last year, I ran it with Team-in-Training and raised $2400 to help find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma. This year, I'm running with a group, Team-in-Training Friends. We entered the lottery together, and we're IN!

IN what? The Nike Women's Marathon (and half marathon) in San Francisco. Like last year, the theme is "I run to be . . ."

Last year, I devoted an entire post to answering this question; this year, I told Nike that I run to be strong and healthy--an example for my children! 

Yes, it is!
Life is good!

Related posts:
I run to be . . .
Just DID it!
Race week
Snapshot of a Saturday
Hill repeats and work (wait, hill repeats are work!)
The trail run 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Relaxing at home

Sunshine in Washington!

I'm enjoying my last month at home . . . Today was wonderful, sunny, and . . . ok, it wasn't warm, but it was nice! The great thing about the weather being cool is . . . I can still have a fire!

Today was productive for me--lots of phone calls, emails, etc . . . but things are falling nicely into place. I'll feel better when the package is wrapped with a nice little bow on top though!

I'm looking forward to this weekend--Easter with my kids! I'm hoping for a sunny weekend so I can take them hiking on Saturday. Even if it rains, it will be a great weekend!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ready . . . Set . . .

I am sooooo ready . . . I really am! Once I have a plan, I'm ready to go! In my mind, that is . . .

Truthfully, I have so much to do to get ready to leave for South Carolina . . . Yet in my mind, I'm already there. But half of the things I'll need are here with me in Washington, and the other half is in Arizona. Somehow, I need to get it all in my little car and get it to Ft. Jackson! But hey, I've done it before . . .

I'm excited--I've already started mapping my route and contacting friends to visit along the way. I love learning new things, visiting new places, and meeting new people. The only part I won't love is being away from my family . . .

I'm so glad my family is supportive of my adventures--I have the best family and friends. They understand what drives these adventures--that there is purpose and meaning to them. They understand that much of what I do . . . is ultimately for them.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

"May you live in interesting times"

My car - ready for the road trip home.
Not as loaded down this time!
I'm definitely living in interesting times! This phrase is intended to be a curse meaning "may you experience upheaval and trouble in your life." [credit] 

While I wouldn't say there is trouble or upheaval in my life, changes occur every moment. It isn't always easy, but it always works out for the best. I was expecting to head to San Diego to turn in my government computer and say goodbye to the 315th, but the my last battle assembly with them was cancelled due to the expected government shutdown. Instead, I packed and headed back to Washington. It was nice--I gain a lot of perspective during these long road trips, and I stopped in the Sacramento area and visited some friends on my way home.

Now, I'm packing and preparing for another road trip--to South Carolina. At first, although I'm definitely excited to visit friends along the way, I was wishing I had more time to rest before another road trip. Remember, I've been ill and am still recovering. But rest, for me, brings boredom.

So I'm getting excited about this new adventure. Rachel suggested awhile ago that I blog about my "adventures." I haven't written much about these road trips. This time, I'm going to take pictures along the way, and spend some time each day writing about the things I see and people I meet. It really is an adventure!

My life is good--I wouldn't trade places with anyone!

So don't be deceived . . . the true curse is "may you lead a boring and purposeless life."

I can always find the rainbow!