Why Barefoot??

Because being barefoot to me is being raw. Feeling every sharp rock, lush clover, spiky thistle, cushioned blade of grass, slimy covered stones, fragrant feathered flowers, cereal of sand, bead of water, element of litter, and the mash of mud.

Being Barefoot is the promise of prancing in the moonlight, leaping in the waves, running through a meadow, dancing on the porch, and doing all this while enduring a long journey to the end.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Moroni's Quest 2012

It all started last September. Jesse and I were called as tribe leaders. For 10 months we read discussed and prayed about the Book of Mormon and the youth that were to be in our tribe.

Our tribe name was Thunder, with this as a reference:

Alma 36:7 "And behold, he spake unto us, as it were the voice of thunder, and the whole earth did tremble beneath our feet; and we all fell to the earth, for the fear of the Lord came upon us."

We wanted our tribe to think about God's power every time they hear thunder. 

We used a Thunder bird as our symbol.

This was top 10 life experiences for Jesse and I. Please click and follow the follow link to a friend of mine's post about this it will give you more details and is worth the read. 


Monday, July 16, 2012

Cardston Family Fun Run 2012

I remember growing up thinking that the people that ran the "Cardston Five Miler" were crazy, "five miles who does that?" I also remember the first time I actually ran it. It was very intimidating to me, that was still back in the "yeah I run but not fast so I am not a real runner"days, which surprisingly comes back from time to time. They now include a 5k with the five miler. So I thought I would sign up my kids and have them run with me. Sometimes I forget, that 3 miles is still 3 miles, and that is kind of far. Ryan and Sara had been training for the Cardston Kids Marathon  by running a mile almost every day. So I thought that they would be fine, and they were.  They both stuck pretty close to me (ok Sara was close enough that I actually hit her with my elbow a few times.) but they are country kids the Town of Cardston is a little daunting to them. We had a great time. I finally talked Ryan into leaving us in the end so he finished before Sara and I. My Mom and Dad also cruised the route cheering us on. It was fun to be with our great little community, there is a lot of people that I love running this race.

Ryan finishing strong and in good time for his first 5k.

Kind of have to look beyond to see Sara finish she is in the pink shorts. She truly is my daughter and sprinted so fast to the finish that I couldn't keep up to her.

And finally me, not the best 5k time I have ever had but totally fun to run with my kids, it was a dream come true.

These are my "Run like a Mother" group. Me, Elisabeth, Karen, and Patricia. 

We all won prizes too. 

Sure love this running kids!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Coulee Cactus Crawl 2012

I am soooo behind on posting, but I still wanted to post this race because it was really fun, and got my confidence back after the 1/2 Marathon the week before.   According to the website the Coulee Cactus Crawl is

" 20 miles of narrow trails that wind up & up & up, down & down & down and through Lethbridge's river valley. Course is rated as "challenging and cross country". Individual leg lengths will vary. "

So as you can see I ran it as a team with 5 other fabulous Women. (Nicole, me, Jen, Christy, and Rachel.) I actually only knew Nicole before the race she is the one that asked me to run. If you ever want to get to know some new people sign up for a rely race with them. This was so great. I found it really relaxing to be around people that didn't really know me I didn't feel like I had to talk a lot. 

 The whether was typical southern Alberta whether CRAZY. This is our trying to stay warm while freezing picture. It was blowing and quite chilly on top  of the coulee's and sauna like heat in the bottom. It was so cold that I considered keeping my hoodie with me but so glad I didn't even the long sleeved shirt was a little warm but didn't bother me all that bad.
 Nicole ran the first leg, Jen the second, Rachel the third, me the fourth and Christy the fifth. A lot of people got lost in the coulees, the marking of trails wasn't that great, so I was really nervous about getting lost. I was also nervous about being able to do it because of the leg cramping from the 1/2 marathon. But this is a picture of me starting off on my leg of the race.
 I am in the bright shirt at the bottom, this is the finishing part  and yeah it really was that steep! 
But I love a hill and totally caught up to the lady in front of me and tried to help her out a bit. By the way I didn't get lost. My leg was great I really fell in love with trail running I want to try some more out this summer in Waterton. It was beautiful to run along the coulee bottoms in the lush grass, and then I also got to run up a bunch of stairs. I have always wanted to run up stadium stairs. I don't really know why I think I saw it in a movie once and thought "Ohhhhh that girl is tough." I think that is why I have always wanted to do it, so running up the stairs was somewhat dream fulfilling and really challenging. I am pretty sure I ran the whole way with a smile on my face because it was so beautiful.  We didn't make the time, so I missed Christy taking off at my leg but I got to see her on the trail, we high fived.  This race is really what I needed to get back into running. I loved it and got to make some great new friends.