Monday, June 14, 2010

M-Cubed for 6/14/2010

Monday Morning Musings for June Fourteenth, Twenty Ten. A smattering of thoughts that alone don't constitute a blog post but together end up here on Monday morning.

- Wow, what a weekend!  And not just for me, either.  So many of my friends headed over to Pennsylvania for the Laurel Highlands 77 mile ultra-marathon.  It feels more like a 100-miler and just about 1 out of every 2 didn't finish it.  Hardcore, rocks, elevation, and it was hot/humid all day long.  I have to give a huge shout-out to a few folks who conquered it like Tara, Dan, Slim, and Kirk.  Slim, by the way, just finished MMT a month ago.  You rock!  Literally!  Also huge congrats to my other friends who did the relay and 50K distances and those who gave it all but got timed out or ran into other physical problems.  You ALL inspire me!  ROCK on!

- Friday was my "Dad-n-Daughters" Day.  Finally, a decent forecast presented itself and we started the day at Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek Park.  I grew up coming here with my parents and still remember rolling down the grassy hill as a kid.  Walking through the park with my girls 30 years later is pretty cool, I must admit.  Check out the post just before this one of the video I shot of our time there.  There weren't even 10 other people in the whole garden that day so it was just us.  Afterwards, I took them trail-side beside Lake Glacier where September's YUT-C 50K is held and found ourselves a picnic table and had lunch.  I packed their favorites and they couldn't have been happier.  After that, I took them over to Lanterman's Mill to see the waterfall, Covered Bridge, and walk along the boardwalk that is part of the trail that circumnavigates all of Mill Creek Park.  Again, see the video for a lot of that.  We had such an awesome time out there!  
Here are pics from the day.

- Saturday brought 21 miles of trails starting at 5:30am from Pine Lane.  I have to say...regardless of whether you like/dislike Facebook, it really has impacted the local running community in a very positive way.  I continue to meet others I would've never met without Facebook.  Who knew I'd have 7 of us in the parking lot at 5:30am???  Two new faces, too!  The Hopeinator was part of the crew and hadn't been to the Virginia Kendall part of CVNP so I played tour guide and designed a course that would cover every step of trail along with the little-known Valley Bridle connector to get over there.  We had a blast, got chewed up by biting flies, and even crested the Sound of Music Hills.  Of course, my camera was in tow as always.  Here is my
Summer 2010 Trail Running Album.  Saturday's pics start at picture #39.

- It's been 20 or 25 years I think, since I last picked up a bat and stood at the plate.  Maybe even more.  I did, however, finally get lured out to the softball game yesterday for the church league.  Boy, did I make a mistake by not being a part of that from the beginning.  That was so much fun!  I got on base all three times at bat and our church won their first game of the season!  I will definitely try and make the final few games but vacation, I believe, will interfere a bit.  Thanks, Pastor Bill, for "twisting my arm" one last time yesterday.  I had a ton of fun.  
Pictures from the game in my Picasa Album.

- During the day with my girls, I also got notice from my Navy world.  I've been targeting a new command and found out I got those orders to report there.  Great leadership opportunities await and a job that is integral to our nation's projection of power throughout the world and supporting the warfighter.  I will be there for at least 3 years and I believe a life-changing experience awaits.  More to come in the future on this.  It is truly an exciting time at my "part-time job."

- Change of plans for the Burning River 100.  I am still volunteering at Happy Days at Mile 64 but will no longer be pacing Brandon to his first 100-mile finish.  Some conflicting things have forced Brandon to shift his plans for his participation this year but I'm sure he'll be back in the future and hopefully, I can still be there for him.  So to keep myself in best use possible, I will pace Kathleen Dickson from the same location.  She had asked after Brandon so I'm honored to be her escort to ANOTHER BR100 finish for her!!!  

- Well, we're off to the Children's Hospital of Akron today.  My youngest is getting a tonsillectomy.  She had strep three times already this year and her doctor made the call that it's time to remove those pesky tonsils.  We are blessed to have a phenomenal place so close to us to care for her.  We'll be home by the evening!

- Regardless of who reads my blog, I found that I missed writing and sharing.  Even though my hiatus was very short, it felt long.  I feel like a have an invisible army of support behind me, encouragement, and accountability through my readers.  Thank you!

Happy Trails, everyone!  Choose to make it a GREAT week!

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