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Early Mornings - Catching the Sunrise

Early Mornings - Catching the Sunrise

The past month, finally (nearly) finished with the painting that needs to happen in my home (yes, there will be a before and after post), I have been able to muster the energy to get out and run before work. (Less late nights with a paintbrush in hand). My-oh-my the glory of moving.

And not a moment too soon!

There is only about a week and a half of running days left until the Peterson Ridge Rumble, and three of my friends and I will be tackling the 20 mile distance.  After running 19 miles on Sunday, I have no doubt we will all finish.  It is likely to be a gorgeous race day.

I have been putting so much effort into my home (yes - an apartment) that I have been neglecting not only my daily moving meditation (running), but also my written outlet - as well as providing fabulous city pictures to all of you (I am not trying to bribe you into moving to Portland, but seriously.  It's pretty great here).

Here are a few from my most recent running adventures:

Beautiful sun rays peeking through the trees on this Sunday's 19 mile training run. (This is about two miles before I did a Superman due to unknown tree root or rock).

Beautiful sun rays peeking through the trees on this Sunday's 19 mile training run. (This is about two miles before I did a Superman due to unknown tree root or rock).

I am looking forward to adding a couple of races between now and Fall.  I think I will sign up for the Portland Marathon this year for the first time, so October is filled.

Any suggestions for Spring and Summer NW area races that you have loved within a few hour's drive of the Portland Metro area?

Many thanks for your input!

Happy Running, friends!
~Alaina

Training Without a Goal Equals Random Length Runs and Mild Confusion

Training Without a Goal Equals Random Length Runs and Mild Confusion

Honesty: The Truth About Being Truthful With Yourself

Honesty: The Truth About Being Truthful With Yourself