Boomer and I went for a very nice little run along the Alameda Creek Trail this morning. We ran through the Quarry Lakes area for a bit, where he has to be on a leash. I allowed him to stop at every drainage hole he could see and every shaded area. I even took him down to the water, where doggies are technically not supposed to be. It's his birthday and he wanted to get his feet wet, plus it was 76 degrees and 75 is the high of his "comfort zone". As we were running, I realized once again, running with Boomer is one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world to do. For dinner, he got some BBQ'd chicken and I think I'll give him a bowl full of whipped cream for dessert.
I was looking forward to doing the Golden Hills Trail Marathon for my third year in a row this October. I really wanted to do it. Better judgement (my husband) convinced me otherwise. Now is not the right time, with my ankle still healing and the arthritis in my knee. 26.2 miles is quite a long way. Yes, I could wear my brace and hope my knee doesn't hurt for the entire run. The longest run I've done since being slapped with the news about my arthritis is 8.6 miles. If I was able to do at least 20 and not have pain, then I would have argued my point and signed up. So, I'm doing the next best thing. I'm volunteering. I have been assigned to the Fern Dell aid station (mile 15.5), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hopefully I will be doing some ribbon checks before the race starts and sweeping afterwards. I will get to see many friends come through, and take care of them. It will be nice to still be a part of the race. I really enjoy this marathon.
I signed up to do 14K at PCTR's Skyline Ridge. It takes place October 4th. Christy and I are going to (hopefully) do it together. We're both signed up anyway. We never seem to stick together when we do these things. I'm very partial to this event because it was the very first organized trail run I ever participated in. I did the 23K back in March (or May?), 2007. I was hooked from that race! They didn't hold an event here last year, due to parking issues so I'm glad to have the opportunity to run in it this year. And, this 14K is the portion of the course I didn't get to see when I did the 23K. Exciting, right?
Tomorrow (Friday) night I'm going to bring home something very special. If I can get a good photo, I'll post it tomorrow night. I won't tell you anything about it but please know, I AM SUPER PSYCHED!!! I will tell you it's not an animal. ;)