Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Summer in Colorado is hard to beat. Mild temperatures, beautiful wild flowers, and crystal clear lakes are an everyday occurrence in the mountains near our house. My husband is the program director at Highlands camp in Allenspark, CO. My role during the summer at Highlands is small, but I love hanging out with the summer staff and I enjoy seeing glimpses of God's work though the chaos of summer camp.
This summer, Caitlin and I completed a couple more states, working towards our 50 in 50 by 50 goal. In July, we ran an 5K race in Cozad, Nebraska. We appreciated a flat, low altitude course, but had a hard time in the heat. The next weekend, we ran right in town for the first annual Allenspark "Run like the Wind" race. Caitlin was a huge encouragement and kept me going through all the steep hills! Finally, in August we headed up to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a Race for the Cure 5K run. I'm not sure if it was the running for a great cause, the cool weather, a relatively flat course, or maybe I was just in a little better shape than the others, but this race was my favorite. Just as the race was beginning, Caitlin and I talked about how when we run these races across the country, we become a part of that community, even for just a day.
After saying goodbye to the summer staff and starting back into our "normal" life, Kevin and I headed to Santa Fe, NM for Labor Day weekend. We enjoyed southwest architecture, art, and of course food. Kevin was a great support in getting up early Monday morning to take me to another 5K race; "Hearts for Honduras" coordinated by the local Catholic church. I didn't get my best time during that race, but running (ok let's be honest...jogging) along the sunflower lined streets with the mountains in the background was beautiful.
6 states down and only 44 more to go!