Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Perfect Montana weekend

This past weekend was great! The only way that it could have been better was if Justin had been here to enjoy it with me (he is in China/LA for 2 more weeks).

First up was the Montana Made 5K Saturday morning. Blake and Joe were running it with me and we were ready (my boss opted out due to lack of preparation). At 9:32 am the horn sounded and we were off! It was a bit congested at first but it leveled out quickly. The pounding of 60+ runners was electric. It being later for me to be out running, it was noticeably warmer, the air thicker, the pressure on. I managed quite well, and finished in my best time yet, 27 minutes, 8 seconds (a bit under a 9 minute mile), however it was the longest 3.1 miles I have ever run. This is only because I wanted to do my best, and times were being noted. Joe and I had both set goals the night before. Mine was to finish in under 28 minutes. It felt great to accomplish the race in under my goal time.

Next up was a trip to Lindbergh Lake in the Swan Valley. W
e had hoped to leave town by 1:30, however, a stop off at Kettlehouse Brewing Company delayed that. We actually left town at 3pm and finally found a campsite around 6:30pm. We set up camp while Blake got the fire started for supper. Dinner, drinks, campfire songs and a lot of laughing later, we were ready for bed. Sunday, we walked around the campground and then took the short stroll through the woods to the lake, where we waded in and sunned ourselves on the beach for several hours.

Behind me, Joe, Kristy, Blake, and Kimra

Blake's friend Kimra, from San Fransisco, had a tattoo appointment at 6pm in town so we headed back and made it with just enough time to freshen up. I had gotten it into my head that I also wanted another tattoo, it having been 8 years since my last one, and having wanted another one for the better part of 2 years. Alas, they didn't have anyone available Sunday night to do one for me...so I made an appointment for Monday morning!

The whole time I have lived in Missoula, this is the spur of the moment kind of weekend I have always wanted.

The joy is in the journey


Mindy said...

I finally remembered to scope out your page. It looks great! Love the pictures...MT is beautiful. Good luck with all the running!

Julie said...

Thanks Mindy! Wish you were here to run with me. I'm heading to the Chiro today to get adjusted...just some stiffness and a little bit of pain in my lower back. Hopefully not at serious at January's incident.