You may have assumed from the title of my website that I like wine. Ok, it’s more like I LOVE wine!
Last night I had the opportunity to attend a wine tasting fundraiser for our local sports boosters. Being that I’m now coaching for our local school district, and my daughter was recently recognized by the organization with an award, I felt inclined to go support their efforts. They are trying to raise money to resurface our high school tennis courts.
Come on! Wine and supporting athletics in my community? WIN!!
It was a good time!
Really good! ; )
I may have drank a little too much wine.
All for a good cause, right?
I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend full of fun shenanigans and friends! xo
Tomorrow, November 20th, is Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day! Or as it’s founders call it: GO HARD. It’s the brain-child of Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano from Run the Edge. (Yes, Kara is involved too.)
That said, I figured GO HARD would be the perfect opportunity to throw out a few “virtual” hugs to some of my favorite runners right here on Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking. So without further adieu…
Since we literally met while running, years and years ago, and our paths have continued to cross through various running related events and organizations, you are probably one of my longest running friends. You have been a wonderful mentor as I’ve started venturing into the world of coaching youth running and I’m grateful for your support and guidance. I was so happy to discover that we shared the dream of starting a running club and couldn’t ask for a better co-founder and partner in crime. When it’s time to run 51 commemorative birthday miles next month, you know you can count on your PB (pry bar)!
You are still such a new friend but we’ve already bonded so deeply and I love running with you! I love our talks! Witnessing you run and PR your second half marathon this past spring was pure magic. I know you can achieve whatever goals you set for yourself and will support you however I can. We are kindred spirits and I’m eternally grateful to have you as a friend and running buddy.
Bob, aka BFP:
A year ago, I never would have imagined the impact you would have on me and my running. I can say, without a doubt, that I have logged more miles with you than any other person on the planet. I know I slow you down. And talk too much. And sometimes complain… sorry. ; ) You are an amazingly gifted runner and just a really amazing person. I look forward to logging many more miles with you and watching you chase down some of your own dreams because you have been so very supportive of mine.
My Nuun Family:
To all of my peeps at Nuun Hydration, my fellow ambassadors, and my Hood to Coast teammates… you are family. Truly! Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the connections that have been created over this past year as we’ve gotten to know one another, interacted on various social media sites, and with some of you, spent hours in a van together making the epic 200 mile trek that is HTC. You are all an awesome bunch of people and you all have secured a special place in my heart for eternity!
St. Helens Road Runners Club members:
This group Woody and I founded nearly a year ago has exceeded every expectation and hope I had for it. Our Saturday morning runs are the highlight of my week. Seriously! I’ve enjoyed meeting runners in my community that I would not have met otherwise. Watching the group grow has been such a gift and I can’t wait to see what the coming year brings for us!
It has been such a pleasure to interact with you here in this space! Your support, comments, and encouragement have given me hope when I was on the verge of losing hope. You’ve rallied behind me and shared a part of your lives with me. Yet most of you, I’ve never met in person. The internet is an amazing tool for bringing like-minded souls together and connecting with you here proves it. Thank you, thank you!
If you can’t hug your runner friends tomorrow, I hope you will at least take a moment to tell them just how much you appreciate them! Happy GO HARD day!!
Mileage for the week of November 10th – November 16th
Total weekly mileage: 31.25
Total November mileage (to-date): 89
Total year-to-date mileage: 1,817.75
11/10 No run/rest day
11/11 38:39 min./4 mi./9:40 pace
11/12 49:44 min./6.25 mi./7:58 pace
11/13 25:04 min./3 mi./8:22 pace
11/14 No run (playing the busy card)
11/15 38:30 min./3.5 mi./11:00
11/16 2:08:04 min./14.6 mi. /8:46 pace
Last week was a little all over! While I’ve been shooting for 40+ mile weeks, I couldn’t make it happen despite having two unplanned days off from work due to weather (I did run both of those days!)… but I also took two days off.
This week is another busy one. How is it that when I expect life to slow down a little, it seems to pick up speed again at a dizzying pace? I hate playing the busy card. Like really HATE it. But sometimes you’ve just gotta deal with the hand you’re dealt, right?
Six days lie ahead of me for this week. Busy? Yes. But still committed to shooting for at least 40 miles? YES!! Let’s go!!
Have a great week!
As I was getting dressed a few minutes ago to go for a run, I discovered this message on the inside hem of a new running shirt I bought last week.
YES, YES, YES!
Just what I needed today!
A few days ago, I began to plan a gathering to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the running club I co-founded with my friend, Woody.
Nearly a year ago, we sat down over to coffee to discuss our ideas and hopes for what would become the St. Helens Road Runners Club. Our dream was to be able to provide local runners with an opportunity to get together on a weekly basis for a few miles, meet like-minded people, and socialize in a way that promotes health and fitness in our community. A few weeks later we met for the first time and we have been meeting ever since.
This group… these people… some of whom I barely knew a year ago, have become close friends. I look forward to seeing them on Saturday mornings. I’ve run with several club members outside of the Saturday morning group run. I’ve logged hundreds of miles with BFP, whom this time last year, I had never met. I told the group in a post on Facebook:
“Some weeks we’ve had several in attendance, other weeks just one or two. Regardless, this group has become everything we envisioned. Personally, the people I’ve met and the friendships that have been formed transcends every expectation I had. THANK YOU!”
Just today, we added our 100th member to our Facebook group. I’m so excited to see this group continue to grow and bond over our love of running.
If you are looking for a group or running club, check with your local specialty running store to see what they might offer. (Some athletic apparel companies offer runs too.) If you’re in a major city, you might check out the November Project. And, if you happen to be in my neck of the woods, come join my group! (Details can be found HERE on the Run Oregon Blog.)
Before I run (not literally. ha!), I would be remiss to not take this opportunity to thank our veterans for their service to this country. My deepest gratitude to the men and women who have served for our freedom. “Thanks”, simply is not enough for what you have done but it is all I can offer so THANK YOU!!!
Mileage for the week of November 3 – November 9th
Total weekly mileage: 41.25
Total November mileage (to-date): 57.75
Total year-to-date mileage: 1,786.5
11/3 32:32 min./3.5 mi./9:18 pace
11/4 39:41 min./5 mi./7:55 pace
11/5 34:05 min./4.25 mi./8:01 pace
11/6 33:01 min./3.25 mi./9:14 pace
11/7 1:00:10 min./7.10 mi./8:29 pace (+ .40 mi. (I messed up my watch!))
11/8 4.75 mi. (This was two runs combined together.)
11/9 2:02:33 min./13 mi. /9:25 pace
This was my highest mileage week in a while and it sure does feel good to be back around 40 mile mark! I’m feeling normal again! Ha!
Now if I can just get my blogging groove back… I know I’ve been absent and my posts are sporadic. I hope you will continue to visit this space and be patient with me!
I leave you with a bit of randomness today… as an ode to the rise of the Lumbersexual, I showed my support by wearing flannel today. You’re welcome.
One of the first things I saw when I logged onto Facebook this morning was the following quote and personal commentary of its meaning from a running friend I met this summer. He always shares such insightful, thought-provoking posts and this one really spoke to me this morning:
“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” – Graham Greene
Every day is a possible new beginning. We write our own story and it is up to us how and where we start a new chapter where the story takes us. We can look back on chapters and smile at the experience or we can take the experience and learn from it to write even better chapters. We are our own authors and if we keep looking ahead we can make sure the best chapters are yet to come. If there is a chapter you don’t like, turn the page and use it to take you somewhere amazing. Happy ever afters do exist as we ARE the authors of our lives. Anything is possible and everything can be changed. We can’t rewrite the past but we can write our future. LIVE the best damn story possible, LOVE where it is you are heading and LEARN that every story needs sad chapters to make the happy ones even amazing so keep writing! (Credit: Bryan Cichon)
We are ever evolving and growing. Even as adults. Who I was a year ago even is not the same person I am today. Life experiences, dreams, hopes, goals… they help shape us and make us who we are. Who we are destined to be.
Such a big part of my current chapter is the life that I’ve created around my passion for running… The goals I’ve set and the dreams that have come to fruition… The people who I’ve met along the way who have become so special to me… The work I’ve been able to do coaching… There have been disappointments along the way and there will be in the future. But right now, in this moment, this is a pretty damn good chapter!!
Thank you for the inspiration, Bryan, and have a fantastic Tuesday, friends!!