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Natural High

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These last few days have been hectic, so my husband and I got away this weekend.  Away from the people.  Away from the noise. On Saturday, we ventured about 30 minutes north of home to Guadalupe State Park.  The temperature was in the 50s.  When we stepped out of the car, the crisp air filled my lungs and I was overwhelmed with a sense of calm I hadn’t felt in a long time.  There were only 3-4 other small groups of people in the whole area.  We meandered by the river.  I tried to skip rocks like I did when I was a kid, but it seems that skill is long gone.  My husband was amused at my repeated failures.

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The banks of the Guadalupe River

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Trees along the banks

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Wall of Roots

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Cypress trees

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The water was calm

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Maidenhair Fern – beautiful black stems

After our exploring, we headed into the nearby town for lunch.  We had been to this restaurant once before for dinner and it was a hit.  They did not disappoint this time either!

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I had a Dungeoness crab salad with crispy raviolis filled with sweet potatoes.  My husband had a grilled salmon sandwich with avocado.

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Dessert? Yes please!

For dessert, I had my very first Creme Brulee.  It was vanilla bean.  Creme Brulee, where have you been all my life?!

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Sunday Trail Run

Today, we wanted to continue the theme of getting away from it all – and we wanted to run.  So we headed to nearby Government Canyon State Natural Area.  As we arrived and the cool wind washed over me, again I was overwhelmed with a sense of calm.  This was going to be a good run.  These trails are very rocky in places.  You have to really plan each step, “choose your line,” and lift your feet – no dragging, no shuffling – unless you want to break an ankle or land on your face.  We planned to run 3 or 4 miles.  At about mile 3, we came to a magical area where Spanish moss was hanging from all of the towering trees.  It literally stopped us in our tracks.

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imageWe started running again and came to an old structure that is protected by a fence.  A beautiful old stone house.  It was boarded up and there was no informational signs, so I don’t know the story behind it.

imageBefore we knew it, we had run 6 miles.  I could never have run that far in our boring neighborhood.  I need something to look at!  It helps to be distracted by natural beauty.  Now I feel ready to face the week ahead.

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Training Run!

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My husband and I are running our first trail race in 3 weeks.  It will be at the beautiful Enchanted Rock State Park, an hour away from home.  We’ve been training since early summer but we wanted to train at least once at the site.  There is nothing exactly like that terrain here in town.  We wanted to visualize the course, check out parking, map the distance from the hotel to the park, etc.  The weather was a PERFECT 45 degrees!!  And look at that beautiful blue sky.

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At the bottom of Big Dome

The race course takes us around the base of Big Dome (once for my 10k, three times for my husband’s 25K), then up to the top for the finish!  We are so glad we did this.  I was picturing a fairly flat, easy course until the climb at the end.  Well it’s anything but flat!  There are hills, brush, water, gravel, cactus, and rocks along the way.

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The first hill

If I hadn’t been running as much as I have been, I would’ve been really intimidated.  But it was a GREAT run!  We ran around the base – about 5 miles – but we didn’t have time to run up to the top so that will be new territory for us on race day.  The ground was tricky to maneuver in spots – I tripped over a rock and fell forward, but luckily didn’t go all the way down!

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Running back towards Big Dome

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Beautiful, rugged terrain

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Gorgeous landscape

All of the natural obstacles made for an interesting run.

 I am so excited for the big day!

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