Saturday I got up at 5:20 (FIVE TWENTY!!) for a two hour drive into the mountains for half marathon number three, Rush Creek Stampede. Which, let’s be honest, was more of a plod then stampede! But you know, whatever.
Plodding aside, this race was my jam. I had my doubts going into it but I shouldn’t have worried. It was exactly the kind of race I like. The City of Trees half marathon was noisy, crowded and stressful for me, the girl who prefers running solo down sleepy, quiet streets over crowds, traffic and group running. This one was the exact opposite and so, so good.
Rush Creek Stampede started off foggy and chilly, everything has this misty eery feel to it, but as we got to higher elevations the fog started to melt away and it was absolutely gorgeous. Oh my goodness.
These views fed my soul. Last week was full and busy and a little overwhelming but getting to step away and run down wide open back country roads was so life giving. I’ve been reading about the importance of self care and this was it. Everything smelled good, like damp leaves and fireplace smoke and woods. And it was quiet. Dead quiet. I felt like I could breathe deep again.
If you are just tuning in and have no idea why I am describing a race, well, here ya go: I am on a team of over 150 other people who are running four half marathons in 30 days to raise support for a group of orphanages in India. These “Homes of Hope” specifically care for kids affected by HIV/AIDS, giving them a safe place to live and thrive but and also an honorable place to die, if they are too sick. Every dollar we raise goes directly to these orphanages to fund things like medical care, education, meals and more.
We have one more race to go. ONE MORE! So basically, if you want to help support these orphanages, here is your chance! Simply click here, make a donation (even if it’s only five bucks!) and as a huge THANK YOU you can chose one of these prints for your own. Just send me a note to let me know you contributed and tell me which print you would like then I will send a PDF file of that print your way!
Thanks so much for following along with me! If you are tired of hearing me yak about running, no worries it’s almost over.