Saturday, November 20, 2010
Stars of Track & Field
I signed up for the Santa Cruz half-marathon!
The genesis went like this: last Sunday I went to the Clarksburg Country Run to cheer on Liz and Tony as they ran their 20 mile race. As they took off from the start-line, I immediately wanted to spring forward with the group. Also, when I saw the peaceful smile on Liz's face (see above) I yearned for that kind of euphoria for myself.
I'm not much of a runner, but if I have a goal to work toward (aka half-marathon in April) I think it will help me motivate and excite me. Perhaps it will become more natural and organic of an activity - the way I feel about yoga or hiking. In theory I love running - the meditative stare, the long stride, the breath matched with pace. Physically and mentally, however, I find it challenging.
But, lately, I find that there are many challenges in life we can't control, and these are challenges me must face. Why not take control of it all - and take on the challenge rather than let the challenge take on you? On top of everything else, when I saw an 88 year-old-man cross the finish - line that sealed the deal. If he can do it, I can do it!
Here are some glimpses I captured as I walked along the country crisp, vineyard lined course: