When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire

The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Running in Texas

I spent a wonderful long weekend in Austin with Larry. We ran a bunch of miles, cooked a ton of food, did the Boy Scout thing with Harrison and visited Massage School with an awesome backyard garden and a spa and a very welcoming and nice admission lady. We saw a crappy movie in a theater and a solid movie about Russian history on TV. We went to walk on streets of the city and toured the Capitol and had fun there. In a process we agreed that we are each "loner" runner, and it works best to hit a trailhead together and then split up. I loved running along Barton Creek and seeing all the other runners, hikers and bikers being nice and friendly. The weather was beautiful. In a meantime, Stephen spent a week of spring break with Oleg and his girlfriend's family in San Francisco and they had a grand time as well. I missed my kid a whole bunch and got a huge bear hug this morning when he woke up. I decided to not go for the RUmble this weekend and spend time with my son. Ah, so all worth it!!!












13 comments:

Danni said...

I missed the Rumble too, but only because I didn't feel like driving 9 hours. Are you running Diablo? If so I will see you in a few weeks!

Backofpack said...

We're going to Yakima this weekend, so no Rumble this year. Glad you had such a good time in TX! Sounds like you found a great massage school. Great pictures!

Larry said...

I'm just glad you didn't get lost out on the trails. :) And, thanks for showing me my own state Capitol for the first time after having lived here for close to 20 years. How embarrassing was that?

AnthonyP said...

I'm always so jealous of all the fun adventures you have. Love the pictures.

JeffO said...

You look happier than I've ever seen you.
I love those Texas photos and cedar trees. Brings back memories from my childhood.

Bret said...

Hey I didn't know you were even signed up for the Rumble? Yeah I still got the leg problem so if I have a brain I won't run it either. (Same thing I had last year at Waldo)

Too much fun in Austin! You gonna hate living there...sunny in the winter...sunny in the spring...sunny in the summer...sunny in the fall. Can Gail and I move with you too???

Dave said...

Thanks for tell us about your adventures in Texas...as you know this state is near and dear to my Heart.

Dave said...

Thanks for tell us about your adventures in Texas...as you know this state is near and dear to my Heart.

Jon said...

Who's dog is that in the last pic with Stephen?

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Everyone looks so happy!:)
Love the dog to!

Evan said...

Sounds like a fun trip. I love Texas.

Family comes first. It sounds like you are a great mother.

ultrastevep said...

Olga...

As you know, Deb is from Texas. I love to visit there...last time we were there we ran on the RR trails and had a great run.

Nice to see you so happy :-)
I'll have to meet Larry someday...
Steve

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing this post! I really enjoyed reading and learning more about your running. Hope your running continues to go well!

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