This year I am the president of our local running club, the Visalia Runners. I stay busy planning and holding our monthly meetings, handling email inquiries, and other club business (newsletter, race directing, ... you know the drill).
December brought some festivity to a Friday morning run in the form of my selection of festive headgear. Everyone was very compliant, thank you!
New Year's Eve brought our Run To The Sky (Skyline outside Three Rivers). A tough 18 mile run as it was uphill for 9 then downhill for nine but it was beautiful and a very fun morning as we went out for breakfast/lunch afterwards at We Three Bakery in Three Rivers.
February brought my first visit to Death Valley to run a marathon there with some friends. I thought the desert was beautiful. It was a tough marathon for me as I cramped about as bad as I ever had. It wasn't so hot, but the air was very, very dry. A fun weekend nevertheless.
Next up, some cross country skiing in the mountains with my friend Karen. Yes, when it's March in the valley there was still snow for skiing and it was beautiful.
April brought another marathon, this one on the coast in San Luis Obispo. Again, another slow marathon but I liked the course and had a fun weekend with friends.
April also brought a run to Three Rivers with my friend Angelica. Tough run but we did it. The scenery was beautiful. The lake pictured is Lake Kaweah. Again, breakfast afterwards at We Three Bakery. :-)
After a morning run around Rocky Hill (my favorite place to run out here )...
I asked if anyone wanted to breakfast at Wildflower Café. That worked out well!
A week later I was running marathon number three for 2013 back in Minnesota. The weather was perfect. Low in the 30s and high in the 40s with very strong NW winds. The best I'd run in quite a while. It was so nice to be back in Minnesota and with friends and family. A great weekend.
Last weekend brought a 16.5 mile run followed by a 6.6 mile hike in Sequoia National Park (Marble Falls) on Saturday. I was really, really tired when we were done, but it was a very good tired. What a fun day with Holly and Angelica.
I know someone in Bakersfield who review shoes for The Running Network (the review appear in Running Times and other running publications) so this week 8 of us traveled down there to get some new shoes to review. For free. Sweet.
I'm enjoying nature's bounty here in the Valley, both fruit and flora ...
my running buddies ...
my cooking club ...
and the blessed life I'm fortunate to lead.
See you on the roads.