Monday, March 2, 2015

Determination: Wenatchee trip


    This weekend, Craig and I drove over to Wenatchee, WA to attend his grandfather's memorial service. On Saturday morning, before the service, I was excited to go for a run to explore the new terrain. We were staying with my Aunt, and her neighborhood seemed flat, so when I headed out the door, I was expecting an easy run. The air was crisp and no one was out yet, not even other joggers.

     I guess I wasn't really paying much attention to the roads the night before (Craig was the driver), because as soon as I was on the main road, I began a steep descent, which made for a great run, that is until I needed to head back home, and up the mountain. Let's just say my mile times were >>> much greater than 12 minutes during the return trip, but I was determined to run the entire distance back. This definitely made for a great workout! I checked after the run, and I gained 250 feet per mile, which is about a 5% incline on average. This may explain why there weren't other joggers out. Locals probably know of flatter routes.

    At the memorial service, I really enjoyed meeting Craig's family. Everyone was very kind, and the event was very informal and more of a celebration of the life Craig's grandpa, Jack Owen. I am a bit disappointed that I was never able to meet him but am glad to learn about him through others' stories.

    He was a very determined person. At age 80, he was the oldest finisher of Ridge to River, an 35 mile event where participants ski, run, bike and kayak from the top of Mission Ridge to Wenatchee. Even in his 90's he walked the stairs in his home at night for exercise. I was told he said, "the less you do, the less you can do." This really resinated with me, because it's basically a better way of phrasing something I have always told myself: I run so that I am able to run in the future.

     After work, or on the weekends, it's easy to turn on the tv and forget about the outside world. But I sincerely hope that into my old age I am able to resist laziness, and truly live as a hiker, runner, camper, skier, or whatever, as long as I am absorbing the brightness of life that exists outdoors.