Stats for 6/6:
Cool day on the Orting trail with Charity.
Eats for the Run: Dinner- Ravioli, shrimp, wheat toast, okra, and milk. Snacks- blueberries, apple, Special K Red Berries and Oatmeal with chocolate chips. Breakfast- The USUAL.
Sorry it took me so long to update....I have been travelling and am writing this Blog from my BEAUTIFUL room with an AMAZING view of the waterfront in Vancouver B.C.!!! It is dark and there is a little Chevron station in the water with a lit up blue, white and red sign. when the sun was up I could see Stanley park, I am hoping to do my 5 miler on Monday morning there, it looks AMAZING... TOUGH LIFE..
Thanks to everyone for helping me make my decision, ultimately my practical side won out, I did not have time to plan for the Free Marathon or the run in BC and I ended up training in my stomping grounds. Charity and I met at 7:30AM on the Orting trail for a 22 mile run (or for Mel's game, search for a good coffee place).
I knew that the long portion of the trail was 15 miles round trip so we set out North first, which we had not done before. The weather was cool, with cloud cover and a slight mist. We passed overgrown leafy trees, old tatty bridges, and flourishing farm lands. I felt at peace, a tranquility that is not often found in the BUSY day to day. This week for me has been CRAZY getting ready for this conference, on my run today I finally RELAXED. Did I really just say that running is relaxing? Yes I did!!
Charity and I talk and talked..I wore a pink shirt since her favorite color is pink. We planned to take a bunch of photos and enjoy our last LONG training run before the Marathon on the 27th. I felt STRONG, I felt FAST, I felt GREAT!! The mileage seemed to be flying by, I had twinges of pain on my lift shin and right foot, but nothing that lingered...well except the chaffing. The pink shirt was too big and I got some serious arm ouches, DARN IT!! I know better, thankfully I have my perfect outfit picked out for race day.
The last time we ran we passed a latte stand with a huge wooden cup, so we thought it would be fun to stop and take a picture. The Rainier to Ruston Relay was going on and there was a station just near the LARGE cup carving. My friend Ang planned to run the race but I don't know much about it. What I do know is that during my entire run I only saw about 6 people, so I was barely impacted. At one check point a young guy looked at me and started clapping, which I LOVED!!
At around mile 18 I was ready for music so Charity went on to take photos. I still had energy in the tank and was moving at a good clip. The path was crisp and green. When I looked at the little purple flowers to the right I imagined them to be my friends and family cheering me on, clapping, waving and smiling. The amazing thing about races is the support and enthusiasm, I miss that on training runs.
Charity and I had played with my Ipod last week and on a whim added Josh Groban's "You Raise me up", yes I am a Josh Groban fan.. I had forgotten until the moment the song softly began. I almost hit skip, but didn't. The flowing river, dark clouds and green tall grasses framed the trail and Charity was there poised to take my photo. My bestfriend there for me as I achieved yet another milestone. The beauty in that moment was indescribable, that song will be forever etched in my mind with that vision. A young mom in a light pink hoodie was walking with two age 8ish girls. The Mom pointed at me, as I passed the little girls smiled, with teeth too big for their small mouths, the adorable hands were clapping for me. I returned and smile and said "Thank You!" The kindness of strangers is touching.
UTOPIA!! That is the only word I can use to describe it. Tranquility, serenity, simplicity, beauty....I could go on. And the best part, when I was done I was 100% confident that I could have gone another 4.2 miles... PERFECT... We took a TON of photos but the line speed here is SLOW, so I will post a few today and get to the others when I get a chance..