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Monday, March 04, 2013

First, a very important update!

One of my favorite little creatures Julian was adopted Friday afternoon!

I found out as I was taking him off for a bit of pal'ing around that he was going home. We still got to play for a little bit, then I took him back to his kennel, where I happened to meet his new mom. She was a very nice young lady, and I wish I could have chatted with her more, but I got too choked up crying and couldn't manage actual words much less a conversation. I congratulated her and excused myself.
That little boy is going to have a wonderful life!

Saturday turned out to be a good day as well. I'm a creature of habit - it doesn't matter if there's a different way to drive somewhere, I'm driving the way I know best. It doesn't matter if there's a different way to do something, I'm sticking to my habit.

I planned on finally going down to the path along the Columbia for a longer run Saturday morning - I needed 6 miles and knew that path would be just right. I drove over, and found that the boat ramp where we park was completely closed and blocked off.
I drove along Marine Drive, looking for another place to park and get to the path, but it just was not meant to be. Instead, I ended up driving over to a shopping center not too far away (Cascade Station) and parked there at the Target parking lot.

I got to thinking though.. I'm familiar with the route around the shopping center, great sidewalks and wide open spaces for running, but not quite 3 miles. I hate running loops for some reason, so I wasn't all that interested in running that route twice over. But there's a bike path a little further on that I've never been on.. I wonder.. hmmmm......

For me to tell you that I ran along a bike path that I've never been on before is.. stupendous. Unheard of. Exciting!

In the process, I found the perfect spot to park (Home Depot) that will allow us better access to that trail along the Columbia. I ran my way over there, and could feel the elation growing the closer I got to the trail and the river. By the time I reached the trail, I had just over a mile to run out before turning back, but it was totally worth it.

My pictures never do the scenery justice. There were ducks floating along there to the right. I disturbed Mr. and Mrs. Canadian Goose as I huffed and puffed my way by. It was serene and beautiful and overcast and lovely and soothing to my soul - just what I needed halfway through a run that I wasn't certain I'd be able to do.

I completed the run and I was re-energized once again. It was a means of reconnecting with that reason I say I love to run, even though I haven't been doing it often enough lately.

It can't be put into words, it can only be experienced inbetween the breaths and heartbeats that sync up with the rhythm of your footfalls.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COOKIE_AT_51 3/6/2013 7:30PM

    Love the pictures ... yay for Julian! emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/5/2013 8:23AM

    I too am a creature of habit. Way to break out of the routine and try something new. So exciting! I'm proud of you!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/4/2013 10:29PM

    Wonderful that Julian has found a forever home but I feel for's got to be hard to see the really special ones go. Julian was a lucky little guy to have you help make his life a little better while waiting for his new mom.

Very cool that you found a new access point to your trail while getting off the beaten path. And even more cool that you found your run groove! So happy-happy to hear that from you! Savor this and remember it in detail for when you need a little extra push.

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IMIN2GENES 3/4/2013 9:17PM

    Way to embrace the change! Sounds like you found a beautiful spot to start a new habit! Kudos!

PS - Glad you're little buddy found his forever home!

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IMISSOATIE 3/4/2013 5:41PM

    I'm so glad you pushed past your comfort zone and that it paid off. emoticon

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FRUITYFUL 3/4/2013 4:41PM

    I love that trail! I've ridden my bike on it a few times. Good job getting out there and trying something new. That in itself is a great feeling!

Keep up the good work!

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PARASELENIC 3/4/2013 2:40PM

    Awesome that you were able to discover a new route-- and cool that it's close to a target boutique, too-- you can do some sweaty shopping after the fact!

Sorry I've been MIA this past week, life has been nuts, and as a result, I went inward and brownie gnoshed--- but I will try to catch up on your blogs this week.

What a gorgeous little dog, so glad he got a new home!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/4/2013 1:41PM

    Way to go, Candy! I tend to be a creature of habit, too; we have a trail we run on regularly, but there are so many other options that I need to explore. It is hard to put into words what running can do for you when you make that connection; yay for you finding that place! So glad to hear Julian was adopted; it's a happy-sad thing, happy for him to go home, sad for you to say goodbye.

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ROBBIEMARIE 3/4/2013 12:53PM

    Good for you! Sounds like you had a wonderful run!!!!!

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ALICIALYNNE 3/4/2013 12:00PM

    Love this blog!

How great the doggy has a forever home now!

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CATBEFIT 3/4/2013 11:56AM

    Beautiful Spot -- wonderful that you found it and were so in tune with it!

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ALICIA214 3/4/2013 11:55AM

I love to get out and soak up the beauty that God has created, my area of peace is the ocean...


So happy your little boy has a forever home.... I have a rescue dog she is the love of my

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WALLINMW 3/4/2013 11:39AM

  Great blog!

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