I’ve been a little MIA here at The Blog. Sometimes life requires prioritizing, and that’s been true for me this past few months. Happily, I’m back to attending to my writing. That’s the way I like it.

So here’s an update:

While the rest of the country has been suffering above average temperatures these past two months, we’ve been hovering around 73 degrees in Bellingham. I’ve hardly broken out my shorts and halter tops, but that’s about to change.

I’m off in a few days for a driving trip with Bill (see my two blog posts for TheSpiritedWoman website regarding my camping preparations). Our first stop will be Park City for the Park City Marathon. This will be my first full marathon since I developed plantar fasciitis last year. I’m happy to report that resting my foot (and by “resting” I mean sticking to ten miles or under on any given outing for several months and then gradually working up to two 18-mile training runs in this past three weeks) has healed me up nicely! I’m more worried about the elevation than anything else for this one. It might be slower than my usual slow. Stay tuned for a report.

After the Park City Marathon, we’ll make our way over to Yosemite National Park for a few days and come out the west side just in time for the Santa Rosa Marathon. Finally, we’ll wind our way up Highway 101, stopping at the Redwood Forest, among other iconic coastal destinations.  For reading material (not that I’ll get much time to lounge around) I’m taking along Marshall Ulrich’s book, Running on Empty (which I’ve been dying to read and keep getting waylaid with emergencies), Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner, and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (a favorite I reread from time to time). I hope to get through them all, but I’m not setting any goals on this trip except to finish the races I start.

In 2009 and 2010, Bill and I visited so many time zones that it was hard to know if it was morning or night most of the time. I’m grateful for a slow, poking-our-way-through-the-west sort of vacation this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be elated for our next international trip, whenever it’s time, but for now, I’m excited to see my own little corner of the USA and tick off two more states in my “run a marathon in all 50 states by the time I’m 50” quest.

Pictures and reports to follow in the days to come.

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