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"-70 Degrees" by Taylor Burkum on pine at @aromasbliss! (at Aromas Benson)

"-70 Degrees" by Taylor Burkum on pine at @aromasbliss! (at Aromas Benson)

Double-fisting it.

Double-fisting it.

Happy days. (at Blue Line Coffee)

Happy days. (at Blue Line Coffee)

And so we get into the thick of things.

The first part of this year I spent training for a 6-hour run—The Dizzy Goat. Chris and I ran it together, and since I’m training more than he, I probably could have run more in terms of distance. But we did 19.5 miles of 1400+ feet of elevation gain, high humidity, 90 degree temps, and no breeze. We finished 6 hours of brutal trail running and survived.

But tomorrow begins the real challenge: training for the GOATz 50K at the end of October. I’m really ready to do this. Starting tomorrow by running sprints with pals Niki & Liz. Planned out meals for the week. Bought healthy foods to bring to work.

Mostly, I’m thankful I have my health so I can do this. My mind is right, I’ve got the support system I need, and I’m brimming with drive. It’s not about how fast you go but about the fact that you’re out there.

So call me crazy. Insane. Nuts. I don’t care. All I know is I’m healthy and happy, and if that’s crazy and insane or downright nuts—I’ll take it.

#gratitude

Fish face with my pal Creighton!

Fish face with my pal Creighton!

Vivian already called me “Mom”. @kailawhite: beware! (at Bellbrook)

Vivian already called me “Mom”. @kailawhite: beware! (at Bellbrook)

This guy and I ran a 6-hour race together today. After we got bad gas (yes—2 others got towed behind us after getting gas at the same place) and had to have Chris’ car towed. And did I mention it was hot with no breeze whatsoever? #goatz #dizzygoat #hokaoneone  (at Schramm Park State Recreational Area)

This guy and I ran a 6-hour race together today. After we got bad gas (yes—2 others got towed behind us after getting gas at the same place) and had to have Chris’ car towed. And did I mention it was hot with no breeze whatsoever? #goatz #dizzygoat #hokaoneone (at Schramm Park State Recreational Area)

#Pho (at Pho Quynh: Vietnamese Restaurant)

#Pho (at Pho Quynh: Vietnamese Restaurant)