Saturday, October 10, 2009

In Which We Find an Adventure

Sometime last month I was in the grocery store and I picked up a copy of Yankee Magazine's September October issue. While I was flipping through it, I noticed they did an article on Rt. 100 in Vermont, which they claim to be the "Most Scenic Drive of All".. 200 miles through the heart of Vermont. After a discussion with The Boy, we deiced we'd go find out for ourselves. We've seen all there is to see around here after all, having lived out here since Fall of 2001. Even though the color is spectacular this year due to all the rain we got this summer, it's still the same old places.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

No Turning Back Now

Lewis Carrol said, Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop." This has always been one of my favorite quotes. It is very powerful in such a simple way. You might remember that last August I started running. I followed the Couch to 5K program, and was running 2 miles when I finished instead of 3. I was proud as hell for just that.. and have worked up to 3 miles since. It's hard to run around here for any distance, and not do a bunch of hills. On my 3 mile route, I run up 3 hills and that's already 3 too many. I try and run 3x a week, which is easier in the summer, although I enjoy running a lot more when it's cooler. I have a busy schedule and daylight working against me.

In September, the band boosters sponsored a post-half marathon cookout that I worked at. Several people I know ran in the race, and one of my co-workers who is also a runner worked at it with me. She mentioned that in October there was a race for a local teacher who is a runner who has come down with lung cancer and asked if I'd consider running. She told me it was 4 miles, part of the half marathon they were running that day, and considerably flat. It was a month away and I thought, sure why not.